Ha Det og Tussen Takk Hurtigruten!
Photo I wished I had taken - Farewell to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Ha Det og Tussen Takk Hurtigruten!

Hurtigruten translates literally as the Coastal Express.  The service started in 1893 - the Hurtigruten name was first used in 2006.  Before the service began, a letter from Trondheim took…

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The Lowlight
Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have

The Lowlight

Gale force winds were blowing all day today meaning that the ship was rocking about a lot leaving many people feeling nauseous - including me.  The on board shop was…

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Day 9 – Vesterålen Hike
Vesteralen Hike

Day 9 – Vesterålen Hike

Yesterday, we made a brief stop at Hammerfest - the Northernmost town in the world.  It is a tiny place, but there is an interesting museum of the restoration there.…

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What is it like to live in an Igloo?
Snow Hotel Kirkenes

What is it like to live in an Igloo?

25 tonnes of ice and 15000 cubic metres of snow are shifted each Winter to build the famous igloo snow hotel at Kirkenes.  Every year, the hotel is built completely of…

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On the Edge of a Forbidden Frontier – Where East meets West
Snowy Kirkenes - you can just make out the MS Nordlys in the dock.

On the Edge of a Forbidden Frontier – Where East meets West

Kirkenes - the turning point of the Hurtigruten's voyage - is just a few miles from the Russian border.  Norway is a Schengen Agreement country.  Both Norwegian and Russian sentries…

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Winter Nights – Northern Lights
Hurtigruten Cruise Northern Lights

Winter Nights – Northern Lights

The northern lights are present all year around, but you can’t see them unless the evenings and nights are dark. Also, the northern lights are above the highest clouds, which…

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Day 5 – Entering the High North (Tromsø)
Tromsø by night - breathtakingly beautiful .

Day 5 – Entering the High North (Tromsø)

The sunrise was beautiful this morning - a gentle pink light hung over the coastline for quite some time. The coastal kitchen's offering this evening is: baked celery soup with…

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Day 3 – It’s time for the Snøskoene!
View across Trondheimfiord from Olavspranget

Day 3 – It’s time for the Snøskoene!

The Nordlys docked at Trondheim this morning allowing us time to lace ourselves into our snowshoes (snøskoene) for a hike through the deep snow covered forest of Bymarka to a…

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