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    A number of group walking tours set off….


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      I balance the merits of joining them with those of individual exploration and photography, eventually hovering on the periphery. A two-language group is ideal in such situations, where I may be forgiven turning my back to look to the ship and such for half of the time while the explanations continue in a language I clearly don’t understand.




      It is in any case essential to join a guided group to walk out to the airship mast, which, though only a short distance from the buildings, is “outside” the settlement, and thus requires an armed escort. My memories of wildlife threats from a previous visit there was not of polar bears but that from aggressive arctic skuas – an experience almost impossible to describe without alluding to a certain Hitchc0ckfilm! But at this time of year there is scarcely a bird to be seen, allowing unmolested concentration on photo taking, including views of the ship from a different angle.

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        So, saving many images of Ny-Ålesund for a future thread, I’m moving on to the return to the ship.

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            No sooner back on board than suddenly it is apparent that this last departure is going to get a special send-off!





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              Friends of Moffen rapidly muster in response!



              …and as Nordstjernen moves off, the emotional tug-of-war –that now so familiar mix of partying and parting.

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                Indoors, and heading south, the bizarre realisation that our next stop will actually be Honningsvåg, and a change of pace and mood onboard. Yes, people noticeably walking around the ship more slowly.




                Many find a comfortable sofa here in the forward lounge, reviewing photos, diary writing, or settling down with a book. I’m only now realising how comparatively little time I’ve ever spent there. Sure I am often popping in, saying hi to the mermaids, oh those dear mermaids, but, tellingly, I don’t have a favourite chair there. The aft lounge, for all its more regimented café-table-like seating, is where I am more likely to be seen sitting, and where I have a Favourite Corner. With its large windows, and emphasised by the furnishings, the aft lounge has for me something of the half-outdoors atmosphere of a conservatory. With quick access and a natural continuation beyond onto the aft deck, that main outdoor space on the ship acts in the reverse manner, deck as room.

                This all has a bearing on my personal notion of Nordstjernen being a summer ship, while Lofoten is a winter ship. Something I suppose I am going to have to come to terms with in the coming years. Or will I become more attached to Vesterålen, for all her mid-generation mixed-up muddle and idiosyncrasies?

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                  Some remain resolutely outside.







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                    In or out, I am never still for long, nor is my camera idle.





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                        We pass a working ship, whose cargo might explain why suddenly there are so many more sea birds around, less simply swooping around than somewhat disconcertingly checking us out…. Umm, I’ve mentioned that film already.
                        I take photos of birds and clouds, automatically without thinking, forgetting I am no longer needing a “Skyscape” for a daily project.

                        “I’m Seagull, right, I’m one of you…oh you’ve come to say goodbye to the ship”.
                        My imaginary conversation and further photography are only interrupted by the call to dinner.

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                          It was to be another mealtime that would itself be interrupted by happenings and photo opportunities. I had thought that we seemed to be heading east rather than south, and all was explained as the ship slowed and an announcement was made. Two of the Spitsbergen Travel guides were now leaving us, and would transfer to a boat to take them to nearby Barentsburg.



                          Of course I had to leave the dining table table to go and photograph the deployment of rope ladder and descent and departure.


                          Only then did I look into the distance to see if it was indeed Barentsburg I could discern in the distance, and certainly the weather in that direction was of the kind I have deemed appropriate for the place. I could just make out a ship, and remember thinking it was rather Hurtigruten-like…

                          ...only afterwards realising that, without announcement or public acknowledgement, Nordstjernen had closely encountered Fram.

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                            That night, as Nordstjernen headed south once again, the sky took on some sunset colouring.
                            Later a few people got up and ventured out on deck in the early hours when it had been said we would pass a place where whales were often sighted. I did see one, or it may have been two, spouting.



                            But my photo is of the sunset –or is it the sunrise?…or perhaps, at this latitude and point in the year they are more or less the same thing.


                            In the next instalment Nordstjernen continues south and passes Bear Island.

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                              Sorry for not commenting on each and every one of your images!
                              But I'm here, and I enjoy them very much, specially the bright and sunny ones from Ny-Ålesund and from aboard the Star.
                              I do enjoy the scenery of Spitsbergen...., it's clearly something of its own.
                              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                                Really nice as always, but that mountain scenery in sunset is really fantastic!

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