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    Ralf, it is partly because I so much enjoyed my time on my last Hurtigruten winter journey north of Tromsø, (which was Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø with a group arrangement last February), and also because it gives me more possibilities of flights and routes to Norway than starting in Kirkenes. ( I have on another trip spent some enjoyable days in Kirkenes, but as a “stop over” between northbound and southbound hurtigrutes.)

    I have still to finalise some aspects of my November trip - no point battling with airlines overloaded websites right now with people stranded in airports in our present snowbound chaos.

    Of course I will keep you informed as things develop. I actually have some contacts working in an institute in Tromsø myself…though I could well be seeing them and making new acquaintances before November. For my visits to Norway are kind of getting arranged working backwards for 2011 – It seems that an annual European conference, which I attend some years with David, will next be taking place in Oslo in early September!!!!

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      I have really enjoyed to read this thread the last couple of days.

      Wonderful to read that you are going to have a south voyage next november, Ralf. Late autumn and winter are my favourite. Very often magnificent light and changing weather.

      It is also great to read that I finally haver found some people who are just as crazy as myself. Getting dressed in the middle of the night, just to see a few minutes short docking in i port. Or feel some huge swells taking control over the ship and your stomach. WOW. I`s great.

      If I am in the neighbourhood, and will be able to take a day off, I will try to get a short port-to-port-voyage together with you. Maybe Svolvær-Bodø or Bodø-Brønnøysund. We have to break that record of CV-members.

      I have located your cabins. I like port-side cabins. At Nordkapp I have had port side cabin on deck 3. And don`t remember any noise. I just remember som noise the times I have my favourite-cabins with the bullet-holes just above the bow-thrusters.

      And I see that Seagull will have a cabin at the promenade-deck. So Cecilia.....You better pull the curtain. Otherwise you will never know when a man named Martin will have a look in to you....


      And will you please save 30-40 potatoes in a big pot for me. I am a very big potato-lover

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        Martin, that would be a thrill to have you aboard for a port to port trip!!



        The possibility, which takes as less of your time as possible could be the following (as i look correctly at the schedule):

        Take "Trollfjord" at 3.11.2011 at 15.00 heading for Stamsund and wait there for us. We would have the open sea passage together (and high waves?) and reach Bodo at 04.11.2011 02.00.

        You will have no possibility to wait for us in Svolvaer, because no Hurtigruten will go northbound on 31.10, 01.11. and 02.11. from Bodo. I don't know, if there is another possibility to reach Svolvaer.

        The other possibility sounds very attractive. I would recommend to go with us to Rorvik and change there aboard the northbound Lofoten and sail on her back to Bodo. But that means to be two days off work...

        Maybe you have completely other ideas, but i love to play with the Hurtigruten schedule!!

        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          Martin! this port-to-port idea is absolutely wonderful.

          Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post
          ....You better pull the curtain. Otherwise you will never know when a man named Martin will have a look in to you....
          Oh yes I will know…Sea-Troll will see what you are up to!

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            When the sun returns after two months of darkness, it will be celebrated with an international music festival in Tromsø, known as the Northern Lights Festival.
            During the festival you can stay on board the Hurtigruten.
            Centrally located in the center is a short distance to the festival's many events.

            This year, "Nordnorge" will be in Tromsø during the festival.
            The ship will do a mini-cruise around Tromsø in the early evenings each day.

            "Nordnorge" will resume normal route from Skjervøy 31 January at 19:45

            "Nordnorge" on her way to Breivika harbor this afternoon





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              WONDERFUK images, as usual, Bengt.

              I see that Nordnorge is dressed up with the "banner with all those small lamps"
              (Don`t know the english maritime word for that)

              Is this a common thing to do in Tromsø????? Or is there a special occation or celebration????????

              (Sorry if this question is stupid)


              I also notice that Nordnorge has the same new and fancy blue light on the upper aft-deck, as her sister Nordkapp and Richard With. While Nordlys has red light

              (Mentioned in another thread)

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                Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post

                I see that Nordnorge is dressed up with the "banner with all those small lamps"
                (Don`t know the english maritime word for that)

                Is this a common thing to do in Tromsø????? Or is there a special occation or celebration????????

                (Sorry if this question is stupid)

                I KNEW my question was stupid

                I better read proporly and pay more attention.

                Of course it is "Nordlysfestivalen"

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                  So here I come, ready or not! Just made final payment on our 11-Day Coastal Norwegian Voyage, booked the airfare, booked the hotels (one night in Bergen before we get on the Nordnorge; one night in Trondheim when we get off; a week in Oslo), booked the train from Trondheim to Oslo.....

                  now all we have to do is WAIT! until April 9, when we fly out of here (Wisconsin)! We are once again very excited, and looking forward to comparing the Nordnorge with the Fram, this trip with the "special" trip we took on the Fram...and seeing people in Oslo that we met last time, and will be visiting again.

                  Oh -- and I have to research the general weather for the area -- seems like it'll still be pretty cold in the most Northern tip of Norway, yes? We're going from Bergen north to Kirkenes, then back to Trondheim..

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                    ...seems that Nordnorge appears to be the forum ship 2011. Members of a German forum are travelling the tour beginning at 31st of March and some of us are following in November.

                    Some average climate dates for April:
                    Bergen: day 9°C, night 3°C, 5 hour sunshine per day, 13 days with rain per month
                    Hammerfest: day 3°C, night -2°C, 6 hour sunshine par day, 18 days with rain per month
                    Trondheim: day 7°C, night 0°C, 5 hour sunshine per day, 13 days with rain per month
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post
                      I see that Nordnorge is dressed up with the "banner with all those small lamps"
                      (Don`t know the english maritime word for that)
                      The lights are called "decoration lights" or "cosmetic lights" or even "festival lights".

                      On Crystal Symphony they were referred to as the "decoration lights".
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                        Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                        ...seems that Nordnorge appears to be the forum ship 2011. Members of a German forum are travelling the tour beginning at 31st of March and some of us are following in November.

                        Some average climate dates for April:
                        Bergen: day 9°C, night 3°C, 5 hour sunshine per day, 13 days with rain per month
                        Hammerfest: day 3°C, night -2°C, 6 hour sunshine par day, 18 days with rain per month
                        Trondheim: day 7°C, night 0°C, 5 hour sunshine per day, 13 days with rain per month
                        Thank you for the temperature information! So it seems like "cold and wet" is the order of the day! And you are telling me this on a day when I am looking out my window at 15 inches of snow on the ground, and more expected. Guess I have to dig out my heavy raincoat, for sure!

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                          Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                          Members of a German forum are travelling the tour beginning at 31st of March
                          That's correct. We are at least 12 people on the ship.
                          with kind regards,
                          Joachim

                          hurtigforum.de / hurtigwiki.de

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                            Originally posted by Keelson View Post
                            That's correct. We are at least 12 people on the ship.
                            It may be that my husband and I will be getting ON when you are getting OFF! We are boarding on April 11, in Bergen.

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                              Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                              ...seems that Nordnorge appears to be the forum ship 2011....
                              Well, Ralf has a very good point there – I like the idea of a CV Forum Ship of the Year! So especially for those who are looking forward to being aboard and haven’t sailed on NN previously, I thought I should post some photos, especially interior views.

                              They are all taken on a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. This was back in 2005 (so note this was pre-DSLR days – most taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ20, and a couple with an even older Nikon E990).
                              I vividly remember my emotions when I took this first glimpse of the ship in Ushuaia – I had taken this long journey … my very first time south of the equator … and here in this southernmost town was this familiar-looking ship waiting for me. I’ll never forget how that felt.

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                                Reception.



                                Cabin number 543 on Deck 5. One of the smaller N grade ones, conveniently at the end of the corridor and near a door to the promenade deck.

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