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    I’m taking the short cut from bridge wing to bridge wing to photograph the ship, the sky, the approaching coast. Do you feel the thrill, the tingle of anticipation!

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      Nordkapp! …as I’d never seen it before!

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        Fresh from the cliff-hugging around Bear Island, I could have kissed the crew – all their skill and seamanship seemingly focussed on giving me this experience, this head-on confrontation with the extremities of coast.

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          It’s as if I’m seeing this one for the first time, this image. Cleared now of the veil of my tear-misted camera viewfinder, there is that globe against the sky, rising proudly above the cliff.
          We have so many of us queued in line in the crowds to photograph and be photographed there – now, still early morning on the deserted plateau, I start to really understand why.

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            Nordstjernen rounds the cliffs, so close inshore that the familiar buildings and structures and monuments are hidden from view, save that you can just discern beneath the skyline, tucked-in and camouflaged in the rocks’ cleft, that viewing balcony. I find myself, waving… to no one? to nothing? …or rather to Jan-Olav and to everyone who has ever stood there and looked and understood what the interface of direction and space and time means.

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              Turning away and around Nordkapp now, the rock formation known as the Horn comes into view, at the perfect angle…a holy place to the Sami people.

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                  I look back at the remains of the pier at Hornvika, and the zig-zag route to the top, that taken by tourist visitors in former days before the road was constructed.




                  Nordstjernen swings elegantly round as she gathers speed.

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                    We pass houses, roads, tunnels…



                    …until the unfamiliar blends into the recognisably familiar surroundings of Honningsvåg –the view redolent of so many years in service on the regular route were it not for the “cargo” of Polar Cirkel boats stacked on the foredeck.


                    In the next instalment, (as previously promised!)… Honningsvåg .. . and a taste of King Crabs.

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      Good....................................

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                        A lot of great scenery.
                        I got really curious, what's that unconnected cable for?

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                          Could be the shore connection wherever that is available.

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                            Tommi, Ostafjells ... Yes, shore connection had been my assumption, though I never got around to getting that confirmed, as we were starting to be ashore more as the pace of the trip shifted into excursion mode.

                            Hi Ombugge ... I get the feeling you might be looking forward to the King Crab excursion?!?! . I'm going to feature it more fully in the Honningsvåg thread rather than this ship one, but maybe a bit later, due to spending a LOT of time virtually in your part of the world this weekend! Hope you are surviving the F1 motor racing invasion!

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                              Enjoy your report a lot, C!!!

                              Specially #1421 nr. 2, when Nordstjernen list starboard in a speed increasing turn.
                              I can almost hear the sound from the funnel and propeller beating the water at the stern.
                              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                                You got it Big S
                                Yes, such moments during what I am beginning to think of as the two "cliff-hugging" days at Bjørnøya and Nordkapp will probably come to define this voyage in my memory in time to come.

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