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    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

    Docked in Svolvær

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      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

      Sheeesh, Carina beat me to it, but here goes my rendering of the last hour:

      Nordstjernen is now about to dock in Svolvær about on time, yess my hunch was right... Good for them.

      Attention, Graeme:
      Your first day onboard (Kirkenes through Vardø) will definitely be vehehery cold! If lucky, you'll be able to walk to the 17th century fortress in Vardø, which is a special treat. Do bring winter shoes with "soft-rubbery-soles" because hard synthethic soles will make you slip on snow/ice. After Vardø it's dinner, then beddy-bye and sleep.

      Day 2 after Honningsvåg sunrise is at 08:30, but you should get up at 07:00 and try to catch "the blue hour" which is absolutely stunning, only to be seen just after dawn, which you will do if sky is clear. If cloudy, sunrise is the key to light. Also forecast for the Finnmark area is cloudy weather , which means slim chances for watching northern lights. BUT: weather forecasts change rapidly in the north so this is not final gospel, more like winning the lotto... Before you get there it will be different from what I can see today.

      The mid-day 1,5 hr stop in Hammerfest allows you to walk in the area. After dep Hammerfest the light lasts for some time with nice sights, but approaching Øksfjord no more daylight. Beddy-bye after Skjervøy. Sleep through Tromsø, which you saw on your trip north anyways. Get up well before Harstad, about 7:00 (or later, if cloudy, but stick your head out to check it out at this time anyways) Breakfast just after Harstad, then on the last part of the way to Risøyhamn keep a keen lookout for stray whales that have not yet realized that the herring have long since migrated to the south...

      Stay on the starboard bridge wing when approaching Risøyhamn, the ship navigates through the dredged shallow waters of the Risøyrenna. This is where the Hurtigruten was born – its founder was a merchant in the area around 1880 and discovered the need for regular transportation to Bergen of the abundant herring catches during that time.

      This dredged passage opened in 1922 through the sandy shallow waters between Andøy and Hinnøy have traditionally been marked with lights-on-poles. Alas, today they are "modernized" and not the charming all-different light poles that I enjoyed in my childhood in the 50ies when travelling from Risøyhamn to Harstad.

      You'll watch these lights keenly, and before you know it, you'll be docking in Risøyhamn so watch out in good time. Then I'll be your guide between there and Sortland, lotsa history to be told about what went on in that area...

      See ya Wednesday, Graeme! And thanks to Carina for staying up tonight...

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        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

        Dont worry i'm out There too, we just touched down in Lødingen. The return to Bodø tonight will be hairy:-)

        Someone lost a liferaft in the fjord tonight, Actually i think it was nordstjernens. Can you see of any is missing?
        Walking in the shadow of the blues

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          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

          Heyyy, buddy!
          I noticed that all other ships in Vestfjorden had much slower speed than NX, most of them 5-6 kts slower... Even real large cargo ships...
          Nordstjernens' lifeboats are solid wood of orange color, ya sure it was one like that?
          Do wish I could sail along with you down the Vestfjord right now, no matter what ride you are on....
          Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 22:58.

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            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

            I have never sailed on board "Nordstjernen", not even been on board when she's moored on the southbound visit here in Kristiansund.
            The Star will soon make her very last roundtrip, and like a lightning from clear sky, I got a dinner invitation on board the old lady on her sailing from Molde to Kristiansund Sunday 19th February.
            I might say yes to that...
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

              Originally posted by Speedbird View Post
              Dont worry i'm out There too, we just touched down in Lødingen. The return to Bodø tonight will be hairy:-)

              Someone lost a liferaft in the fjord tonight, Actually i think it was nordstjernens. Can you see of any is missing?
              Eh, maybe you were mistaken by my vivid rendering of her crossing of the Vestfjord.

              I WAS ACTUALLY NOT ON BOARD TODAY, just recounted what I saw on the AIS compared to my previous sailings on NX there...
              Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 23:19.

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                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                Originally posted by Speedbird View Post
                Someone lost a liferaft in the fjord tonight, Actually i think it was nordstjernens. Can you see of any is missing?
                Really? They lost a liferaft? If someone sees/knows, please keep us updated
                Harald Jarl, I don't think it's one of the lifeboats he means, but a raft (like these: photo / photo).
                Last edited by carinahansen; February 10th, 2012, 23:14.

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                  Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                  Originally posted by sterkoder View Post
                  i have never sailed on board "nordstjernen", not even been on board when she's moored on the southbound visit here in kristiansund.
                  The star will soon make her very last roundtrip, and like a lightning from clear sky, i got a dinner invitation on board the old lady on her sailing from molde to kristiansund sunday 19th february.
                  I might say yes to that...
                  so get your ass onboard buddy, this is your last chance!!! Ya dunno what you've been missin' all these years.

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                    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                    Oh, sorry things sent a bit too fast here it was a raft, not a boat. With nobody in it
                    Walking in the shadow of the blues

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      Originally posted by carinahansen View Post
                      Really? They lost a liferaft? If someone sees/knows, please keep us updated
                      Harald Jarl, I don't think it's one of the lifeboats he means, but a raft (like these: photo) / photo).
                      Hm, no energy to find out what you mean. Don't recall seeing any rafts on NX, Carina.

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        Originally posted by Speedbird View Post
                        Oh, sorry things sent a bit too fast here it was a raft, not a boat. With nobody in it
                        Again, maybe I'm half blind, but cannot recall seeing any "modern-type" rafts onboard NX. LO has them, though, the "egg-type".

                        Todays 6,5 meter waves in Vestfjorden should not have been strong enough to strike a whatever off any boat.

                        Maybe it was off one of them big foreign ships tiptoing along at 8 kts...
                        Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 23:33.

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                          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                          I'm following this here in southern England and I wonder if the future will provide us with more technology to "enjoy" weather like this?

                          Imagine something much faster and more comprehensive than AIS - a system that provides near real-time 6-axis ship data - roll, pitch, yaw, surge, sway, and heave. And now imagine a special rig in your house, like a flight simulator that allows you to be thrown around like a real passenger! You could even have screens to show outside views with wind and rain and sea spray and life rafts breaking free.

                          It's just a dream of course but I could well imagine Harald Jarl and Hurtigrute Martin investing in such technology just to get a wild ride every few days.

                          Actually all the underlying technology exists but the price would be veeeeeery high if you wanted this today.

                          Clipper
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                          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                          Deck plan geek.
                          The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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                            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                            Originally posted by GraemeD View Post
                            I'm wishing I was there, will be soon :-)
                            Yeah, and you know-nothing innocent newbie will harvest all the fun!!! Riding happily on the residue seas left over from tonights storm.... Lucky you! [Me green of envy...]

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                              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                              Originally posted by Clipper View Post
                              I'm following this here in southern England and I wonder if the future will provide us with more technology to "enjoy" weather like this.
                              Clipper
                              No, don't believe we can arrange something like that, would be artificial anyways.
                              After the oldships are retired, I'll get my roller-coaster fun by rough-seas hitch-hiking on the fishing-boats, where I live now.
                              Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 23:51.

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                                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                                Originally posted by HARALD JARL View Post
                                .. Don't recall seeing any rafts on NX, Carina.


                                Clipper, that sounds awesome. Haha, I would love to have such a thing in my house . I'm sure, in 100 years this is a "feature" people can have in their houses, atleast the rich people. Technology never stops developing.

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