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'Arctic Highlights' onboard MS Finnmarken - February 2014

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  • 'Arctic Highlights' onboard MS Finnmarken - February 2014

    We have recently returned from Hurtigruten 'Arctic Highlights' Voyage, this included direct flights from Glasgow to Tromso where we boarded MS Finnmarken to begin a four day/three night voyage to Kirkenes and back to Tromso. One of the main aims of these trips is to see the Northern Lights, but I may as well tell you know, there will be no wonderful photos of the aurora borealis as it did not appear at anytime during the five nights we were in Norway! There were however plenty of other highlights during the trip, our first experience of a Norwegian winter.

    From the airport we were taken directly to the quayside to board 'Finnmarken', which gave us plenty of time to settle in before sailing northwards at 18.30.

    All aboard MS Finnmarken...

    'Boudicca' was tied up alongside.

    That amazing blue light...

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    Gradually the light began to fade....

    ...and as darkness fell it was time to leave Tromso...


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      The first port was Skjervoy...

 be continued, Honninsvag and Skarsvag


      • #4
        Lovely winter light and mood Linray.


        • #5
          Beautiful pictures Linray! I agree, Northern Lights are just one aspect on a winter cruise, but there are much more. Nothing to worry about, if you didn't see them.
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


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            Mmm, those places, that ship...


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              First thing the next morning we called at Havoysund...


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                We then sailed onwards towards Honningsvag..


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                  A few views around a very wintery harbour at Honningsvag.....


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                    We chose to visit the fishing village of Skarsvag with Heidi's conducted tour of fishing port and her Christmas House.


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                      The fishing boats with their bounty of cod...

                      ..and as shown off by Heidi......

                      ...and the king crabs


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                        Heidi's Christmas House

                        ..where delicious waffles and lefse are served..


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                          Sigve commented
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                          Like it. Should've been there. Waffles is nam nam!

                      • #13
                        Very interesting pictures from Skarsvag! I've seen in some TV reports that they are hard fighting to get a piece of the North-Cape tourism cake. It is often seen that very nearby a stream of tourists there can be very quiet places.
                        Last edited by Ralf__; March 14th, 2014, 16:25.
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


                        • #14
                          Great photos - they feel so COLD!!!

                          H'våg looks so bleak compared to when in her summer clothes.

                          Skarsvåg too - clinging to the fjord, with the mountains behind. Heidi Marie's Christmas House is certainly fun ( - we try to bring one or two little Christmassy reminders of this remote corner of Finnmark back every time.

                          Ralf's comment is interesting - the Nordkapp villages all have a real charm about them, and very different characters. Gjesvær with the 'birding boats' and its absolutely superb Fish Restaurant, Sarnes with the crabs and clear, blue fjord (in the summer) and the ruined Solvang Internat skole, Kamøyvær with its narrow, winding streets and crowded harbour. I'm not even sure that many of the visitors really get to see Honningsvåg properly - just the well trodden path between the quay and the buses, and up to the plateau to join the masses up there! The entire kommune has a lot to offer.




                          • #15
                            Grey-t pictures Linray!