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Jun 4, 2014 - Towards Finland

We headed South towards Finland & Sweden in the afternoon & gradually left the snowy mountains behind, the scenery changing back to green trees & lakes, not so dramatic as the last few days but still very pretty. We finally stopped at a small town called Karasjok where we found a lovely camp site overlooking the river & the town. The sun shone all day, and most of the night & the temperature was up to 75 degrees by the time we stopped at 6.30pm. I can't believe how lucky we have been with the weather Mileage to day - 259 Mileage to date - 3310

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Jun 3, 2014 - Olderfjord

Yet another day of bright, warm sunshine & beautiful scenery as we get close to our target, the Northernmost point of the European mainland at Nordkapp. We got away early today at 6.45am, it's just so light & bright it makes staying in bed difficult. The sunshine & the clear air made the magnificent scenery more vibrant & sharp. There seems to be a lot more snow about at lower levels now although the roads are completely clear. Their summer season has started now as of the first of June but it only lasts about four months at the most before...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Day 8 Hammerfest

Hammerfest is the northernmost designated Town in Norway. 70 degrees 39”48’ North It is the centre for the Norwegian North Sea oil and gas. Lots of new buildings. On land we had a quick look at the Polar Museum. There were some interesting looking films, which I didn’t have time to have a good look at. It has two main areas of focus. One is the polar exploration, unfortunately I did spend a bit of time on the internet so only saw a part of this section. lots of blizzard sound effects so that you get the feel for what it must...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Day 7 to the Russian border

So much to learn on this informative bus trip from Kirkenes to the Russian border. An entertaining guide brightened any dull moments. Kirkenes (Church+headland) is the last ice free port; gulf stream does not reach the Russian ports so they ice up during winter. An agreement between the two countries has Russian fishing fleet operating from Kirkeness. No Norwegian fleet does so. Once upon a time there were no borders, just a common area for Russia and Norway/Sweden (then one) the border was fixed in 1826, with some funny anomalies....

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Jul 2, 2009 - Another Sea Day

We really slept in this morning. The lack of darkness must have caught up with us, since we were in bed relatively early last night. After a late breakfast we did some walking then went to a lecture on the Fjords which was quite interesting. We had lunch where there were carved Viking heads and ships from watermelons - the heads in particular were very well done. Afterwards Christine returned to the cabin to read and I went to a lecture on Verdi's Operas. As I was returning there were people outside obviously intent on something in the...

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Jul 1, 2009 - At the Top of the World

We were again up and breakfast when the ship docked. This time in Honningsvag. Apart from crossing the pole on an aeroplane, this is the furthest north we have been, and are ever likely to be. Honningsvag itself is the furthest north village in Europe and the gateway to North Cape or Nord Kapp as it is known here. Technically I understand it is not quite the most northerly part of mainland Europe, as a nearby point is slightly further north. It is, however the most accessible and is where the Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans are generally...

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May 5, 2009 - Finnmark

Well if Finnish Lapland is the home of Santa Claus then Finnmark Norway should without a doubt be home to the abomnible snowman! This is a land of absolute extremity, shockingly beautiful, but wild and dangerous. Travelling here during the winter months has opened our eyes to the all consuming power of nature. Our journey into Finnmark, starts off, as all journeys into the unknown do, just two people blissfully unaware of the unwelding power of this new and unexperienced climate. We drive into the town of Alta, the first town on our tour...

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Oct 14, 2007 - Cruise and Photos

Back on land... After spending 7 days at sea we are ready to be back on terra firma. We can still feel the boat rocking. Where do we start? Fantastic food (luckily, they do not weigh us- only our bags), superb scenery, magnificent mountains, excellent weather, snow and people from all over the world. Luckily, all the crew on the Finnermarken speak a number of languages, including English. The ship is a coastal steamer that takes supplies to the towns all along the Norwegian coast. People also use it as regular transport. We could get off...

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Jun 26, 2006 - passed the arctic circle, yikes!!

This will be a very fast and furious and misspelled entry, because it is a rainy horrible day in Hammerfest and we had to take a taxi into town, and the only internet in the whole area are these two crappy terminals at the public library and I only have 15 minutes for my slot. So I can't split this into two entries like I wanna, so I can properly cover Mo I Rana and Hammerfest/Nordkapp separately, dang it. And this computer is old and I can't get to recognize my camera, so no photos. Double dang it!! So to get to Mo I Rana, we had to pass...

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Jul 25, 2005 - Bergen to Kirkennes and back to Bergen on Hurtigruten coastal steamer

Well we have now been on the expensive part of the journey our one bit of luxury for 8 months (apart from when we stay in my brother Stephen's house) We left on the Richard With at 8pm on a lovely clear warm evening. We had booked the cheapest inside cabins and were shown to cabin 486 on the 3rd deck. We named it "the black hole of Calcutta" as it was a tiny little box that was absolutely pitch black inside and was near the engine room so we could hear a constant hum. We didn't mind though as it was cheap and we didn't get woken up in the...

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Jun 15, 2005 - The Norwegian Narrative Part 1.

The Norwegian Narrative Part 1 Monday 13th June - Across the Arctic Circle - and North in brilliant sunshine and us wearing shorts and tee shirts!! And after seeing umpteen warning road signs about the dangers of wandering Reindeer - we eventually meet some on the road - then a few miles later more - then one big beast with fantastic horns, just wandering down the middle of the road - and this is not a little back road - it is the main road North - so everyone just slows right down and waits for the beast to decide which way to go off the...

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