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    What a nice surprise encounter- and excellent photos

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      Fram's last port in Norway for the 2014 season. The start of the reposition cruise from Bergen

      Fram by Tom McNikon, on Flickr


      Fram by Tom McNikon, on Flickr


      Fram by Tom McNikon, on Flickr


      Fram by Tom McNikon, on Flickr


      Fram by Tom McNikon, on Flickr
      View more photo's at my Flickr photostream blog

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        "Fram" in Nærøyfjorden today

        M/V "Fram" i Nærøyfjorden, Sogn og Fjordane by JoakimAndré, on Flickr

        M/V "Fram" i Nærøyfjorden, Sogn og Fjordan by JoakimAndré, on Flickr

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        • nari
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          Beautiful shots, Fjordtroll. I believe Naeroyfjord is an offshoot of Sognefjord - or is that wrong?
          Whatever it is, it looks wonderful.

        Nice shots from Nærøyfjorden, Joakim!

        First time you got to see Fram?

        I've only seen her once myself, at Brekstad.
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          An Explorer Cruise aboard Fram 12 – 23 May 2015
          “Fjord Highlights and the Viking Trail”

          Day 1 – Bergen

          Having chosen not to add Hurtigruten's pre and post cruise extensions, we (this being a holiday for David, aka D or 'cabin-mate') had already arrived in Bergen the night before. I had booked a room in the Radisson Blu hotel at the end of Bryggen, well situated for the cruise quay at Skolten. It had been rather surprising to find a desk with the sign "Hurtigruten" set up in the lobby as the pre-extension hotel was the Neptun, but it turned out to be nothing to do with Fram's cruise. There was a problem with Finnmarken, and the regular northbound departure was cancelled.

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            On the morning of the 12th, Fram would be arriving in Bergen for a rather rapid change-around after a Whisky Cruise from Dover! Here she comes:.







            The lines in the foreground are for the cruise ship Aurora at the adjoining quay at Bontelabo. Yes, you keen-eyed folk will have noticed the MOB boat in the water. You'll see why later, but it was not just a required test routine or a man overboard!

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              The ship is in position at the quay just as the sun comes out briefly!
              Now various large vehicles were arriving and it was definitely a good idea to move well away from the railings at the port gate and head off towards Bryggen and a light lunch. I had negotiated a late checkout at the hotel, perfect for our return to the ship for 4pm as per the cruise joining instructions.

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                It wasn't only that Fram had a rapid changeover of guests and cabins to attend to. This was the all-important call in Bergen before the repositioning, initially to Iceland, and readiness for the northern hemisphere arctic season. All manner of equipment and supplies need to be delivered and taken aboard. Even when we returned to Skolten a little before four in the afternoon the quay was a buzz of activity amid trucks, cranes and boxes, and officers, crew and expedition staff alike were hard at work. Really impressive.

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                  The port officials had let through a few of us before thinking better of it! So I was so fortunate and pleased to have to stand and wait where I could take photos of the activity and the ship. There were all manner of openings and hatches I had hardly been aware of before!

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                    Then the gangway was clear and we were among the first aboard at the desk on deck 3, efficiently checked in, and with the multi-purpose identification and cabin key cards also activated for making payments onboard. My usual cabin 338 is right next to this desk, which is only used at check-in. Within seconds I was taking a couple of photos for you, before cabin-mate took over and started unpacking his computer and GPS stuff! I then left him to it, and headed out around the decks to enjoy the more interesting and unusual ship's unpacking activity from other viewpoints!





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                    • Sigve
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                      So far, so good! So very good! I hope you have a picture of your cabin AFTER your cabin-mate had unpacked his computer and GPS-stuff!!??

                    Ummm Sigve ...I’'m not sure if I do have a 'cabin after unpacking' photo, but there are some from D's previous trip here, including the same aerial support with suckers that sticks in the window!

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                      See what I mean about hatches and openings! Deck 5 as you don't usually see it.




                      Soon there was more action taking place here.

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                      • Tommi
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                        Finally an explanation to what is located behind those doors.
                        I assume there also is a evacuation chute on the starboard side too?

                      • Seagull
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                        Yes, having checked for similar doors on photos there.



                      Meanwhile, where the MOB boat usually is ....





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                        Across on the starboard side I looked down and saw that the landing platform was out. The MOB boat and a Polarcirkel boat were there, but that wasn't all!



                        Among the important deliveries taken on in Bergen were two new, impressively big and powerful-looking Polarcirkel boats! With their forward-facing seats they will be ideal for the extended boat-ride type excursions in the polar regions - getting up close to icebergs and similar explorations. Later these boats were christened Amundsen and Nansen (and I believe some sprinkling of the Fram whisky was involved!)

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                          The customary blue chairs picture...




                          ...and deck 7 with panorama of Vågen taken from deck 8. Maybe that barrel in the foreground by the stairs is a left-over from the whisky cruise!

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