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Aug 20, 2017 - Last day in Kirkenes

I went to the only church we have found in town, but it was closed. No sign of life. And it is Sunday!! Heading out now to explore the town Comment from Gordon Liz and I have been visiting a few cemeteries in Norway, and this can be a somewhat moving experience, particularly given the horror some areas had to endure during the 2nd World War. During these wanderings through graveyards, it struck me that almost everyone buried in Norway is called “Fred”, regardless of gender! However, I did not dwell on this remarkable fact, given that...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Kirkenes

We left the MS Lofoten at 9am, exactly on schedule this morning. We found our Airbnb with no trouble - right in the centre of town, next to the park. Very good location. We left our luggage and immediately walked up the hill to the Borderland Museum. This was an excellent exhibition, showing the situation in this town during WWII. Kirkenes is on the border of Russia and Norway, and was the second most bombed place, after Malta, during the war. The display contained many personal reflections of the war and many photographs. There was also a...

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Aug 18, 2017 - Honningsvag

Smoked salmon is among the many options on the breakfast smorgasbord. Today was spent watching the landscape and the ocean. There is not much vegetation now - just grass and low plants. Lots of islands. Lots of cliffs. Lots of rock. We made a stop at the town of Honningsvag. This is the old church today Here we visited an old church, that was the only building in the entire town to survive WWII. This is a photo of the same church during WWII Afterwards we had time to walk up a very high mountain behind the town. Gordon and myself at...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Kirkenes, Norway

The ship ported in Kirkenes at 9:00 am but I was in no hurry to get off. I needed to finish updating my journal and I hadn't figured out how to get to the boarding house I was staying at. When I looked into this a couple days before, it was apparent that this place was out in the middle of nowhere and there was no Sunday bus service that far out. I was hoping for a tourist info office. I checked my reservation to see when I had made it because it was looking similar to my out in the middle of nowhere experience in Giverny. Did I make the...

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Aug 5, 2017 - Honningsvag, Norway

My last full day, Saturday, I got up and had breakfast and then hit the gym early since our port call to Honningsvad was at 11:15. I saw the tourist info office from the ship as we ported. There isn't a whole lot going on in Honningsvad given the population is about 2,800, but it's only a 45 minute bus ride to the North Cape (Nordkapp) which is the northernmost point in Europe. I didn't sign up for an excursion because they were like 1500knn (about $185) so I had decided I'd forego and lolligag around town. But when I got to the tourist...

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Aug 5, 2017 - Mehamn, Norway

As I end my cruise, I want to talk about the cabin situation. I was near the bottom of the ship which is just fine because it's the most stable. But this second ship I was on the stern (backside) and must have been right over the engine which was fine except when we came in and out of a port at night. It generally woke me up because the thrusters make the boat rattle and it woke me. Maybe everyone else feels the same thing but I'm sure it was especially bad on the bottom near the stern. The good news is that I always got up for a few...

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Aug 5, 2017 - Kjollefjord, Norway

We made a 15 minute stop in Kjollefjord. I was in the laundry room finishing up my laundry so I didn't get out fast enough to take 5 minutes on the dock but I got some pictures. The most notable thing on the dock was the hanging clip fish. You may recall I had some as an appetizer my second night aboard the MS Finnmarken. Clip fish is caught and then dried out by hanging it upside down on the tall wooden racks. The nets are us to keep the birds away. It is then soaked for over a day (if I remember correctly) and then made into various...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Alta

Alta has prehistoric unesco protected rock cravings They were discovered after a sesmic event lifted the land up out of the water after you pass though the muesem entrance you go on a guided tour that covers about 3Km the Rock cravings are fairly spread out some are still have the original colour some have faded with time and can be barely seen till you get up close inside the musem there are exhibits that explain how the site was found and the techniques that were used to work out the age of the rock cravings After lunch visited a quarry...

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Scandinavia 2017

Jul 27, 2017 - North Cape

Honningsvag is the last town before the north cape there is not much here except tourists it is a 90 minute run in the bus up to the north cape. The idea was to experience the midnight sun at Europe’s most northern point. when we arrived at the cape there was champagne and caviar waiting for us this dates back to when one of the Norway’s king visited the cape in the 19th century I was amazed by how many tourist were there it was easily 5 thousand in the old days you had to take a boat then walk up a steep path since the road got built it...

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Scandinavia 2017

Jul 24, 2017 - The top of the world

I have run out of adjectives today. (This was written last week when we went to see the North Cape from the post of Honningsvag - but the internet connection since I wrote it was so bad I could not send until now we are in Oslo) We arrived into Honningsvag about 1pm – a few hours later than expected since our departure from Lofoten yesterday was delayed due to a group being about 1 ½ hours late returning to the ship from one of the special excursions. Thank goodness they were on a Viking organised tour otherwise they would have been...

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A Traveller's Tale

Jul 17, 2017 - The land of the midnight sun

We crossed into the Arctic Circle about 11.30pm on Saturday evening – 15 July. No sunset that night and none last night either as we headed towards the northern most point of Norway – Honningsvag and North Cape. A slither of red, orange and yellow hovered just above the horizon for the first hours of the new day 16 July – until clouds developed and hid the sun for the next 12 hours! Our arrival into the Lofoten Islands on Sunday was greeted by a fine drizzle which built up over the next few hours into some cold rain – the first since we...

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A Traveller's Tale

May 11, 2017 - Hammerfest

We are running late with our Blog. When we have time we have no wi-fi and when we have wi-fi, we have no time. The vast sea and snow-covered mountains are awe-inspiring. We sailed west up over the top of Norway stopping at 6 small villages - 15 minutes each. On the second day of our voyage we stopped at Hammerfest (1789) Europe's most northernmost city,(World) where the midnight sun shines May to late July. We had 45minutes, so we walked up through town to the only building left standing after the German occupation. The Germans occupied...

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