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    Morning at Alstahaug, Tuesday 28th August 2012

    Nordstjernen’s meeting with the southbound Nordnorge off Svolvær the previous evening had, of course, synchronised us with the regular route in time and in place. Now, by next morning we had forged ahead in time during Nordnorge’s night stops, and had already passed the Arctic Circle by the time even the earliest of birds emerged from their cabins! It was strangely more reminiscent of a northbound voyage, seeing this stretch of coastline with its many distinctive mountain profiles before breakfast.




    The thought fascinated me as I wandered around, enjoying the calm quietness, capturing that early morning mood.

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        Though feeling more specifically southbound once again, there remained that sense of distortion of the familiar as the ship passed Sandnessjøen, as if it was keeping a discrete distance.



        The ship was slowing down just as I finished breakfast.

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          We were scarcely as much as a turn off the normal route, yet as we dropped anchor at Alstahaug it felt completely another place. A further exotic element was that we would be tendered ashore in the polarcirkel boats, so familiar a procedure in an Arctic or Antarctic icescape, such a contrast with
          these green-meadowed surroundings.

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            I watched the launching of the polarcirkel boats. Although it felt warm, there was strong wind that day, but that was no problem for our experienced crewmen.




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              I went ashore on the boat called Moffen, complete with walrus mascot Kare. (Love his nationality is given as Moffen on his crew-card!)

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                As I was selecting these photographs, I was about to choose between one or the other of this pair when I noticed they illustrate how the bow of the ship below the star looses its black paint.





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                  Once ashore, we make our way along a path. Most of us are on a guide-escorted walking tour, and we benefit so much from the company of our splendid guide when it comes to making the most of our time here. There is much to experience, and if you look back at the panorama I took from the ship you will see many of the reasons for our visit. There was also a temporary outdoor art exhibition which provided further photographic opportunities.

                  Everyone who has taken a hurtigrute and stopped in Sandnessjøen will have doubtless encountered Petter Dass, a portly figure as depicted in a sculpture of him in the main street where you will have undoubtedly paused to take a photograph. He was a priest at Alstahaug church in the last decade of the 1600’s and the first of the next century. Not only parish priest but also poet, and his writings not merely evangelical but full of images of the everyday life of the people and the nature and landscape of Nordland. You can see the church spire in my panorama, (#1508), and, next to it on the hill, a monument to Petter Dass. In the trees to the right, the parsonage and associated buildings, and to the left, thrust from between the trees and the rock itself, another architectural masterpiece from Snøhetta, the Petter Dass Museum.

                  There is so much more to say and show that I will save it for another thread (especially as our CVF family member HurtigruteMartin has a particular interest in the culture and history of Nordland, and pakarang in the architecture of Snøhetta). Here in this ship thread I’ll merely post a couple of “taster” images to illustrate the morning’s excursion.

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                    The profile of the new museum building seems almost ship-shaped from this angle.




                    This is the door of the old parsonage.

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                      At the end of the tour there was time to ascend the hill to the monument from where I looked down at Nordstjernen.







                      Patterns in the water, as the boats return us to the ship where lunch awaits.


                      (…to be continued: afternoon visit to Vega)

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        Such a nice morning walk around the ship and Alstahaug.
                        I love especially #1506/1, because the lamps at each table give the place such a cosiness, which i am missing very much modern ships, hotel lobbies, cafes and bars, where there is only a general light arrangement at the ceiling.
                        And a stunning picture is naturally #1514/1. This is how the Norwegian cast has to look like. Don't you also think a modern ship would destroy this scenery??
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          Re: Morning at Alstahaug, Tuesday 28th August 2012

                          The thought fascinated me as I wandered around, enjoying the calm quietness, capturing that early morning mood.

                          Dear Cecilia
                          I did’nt comment your travel record until now, waiting for its conclusion.It is not yet the case but I’d like to tell you how much I took pleasure to read and see what you lived during these weeks.
                          A lot of CVF members have mentionned the quality of your photos.I will not be original,telling I share their opinion.I simply wihs to underline the great strength of life of which they are done,both with emotion and visual analysis.
                          Each image means something or narrate an interrior story.
                          This one is a perfect illustration of your talent.
                          Last edited by pakarang; October 8th, 2012, 14:00. Reason: Repaired the Quote

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                            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                            Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                            ....Don't you also think a modern ship would destroy this scenery??
                            Fortunately for you Ralf I haven't time to photoshop in an alternative ship for comparison
                            But yes I agree it wouldn't look as appropriate in this particular setting (...even Trollfjord!!!!! )

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                              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                              Dear Yves, thank you so very much for your appreciative and kind words. It means a lot, for I have myself been greatly enjoying photos and narratives from your travels.

                              This journey has understandably been an emotional and special one. I had thought I would have “reached Bergen by now” so to speak! – presenting fewer photos from this excursion-dominated, part of the voyage in the ship’s own thread. However I came to feel that at least some account of the excursions ought to be part of the record of any account of this last voyage. So the notion of “instalments” came about, and, far from interrupting, the comments and interest shown spur me on.

                              So, coming soon, let’s visit Vega for the afternoon

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                                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                                Dear Lady C...

                                I'm keeping a special eye on this thread as you build it... I love EVERYthing that you have shown so far...

                                I will wait with my 191 final impressions of Nordstjernen until you have done, as not to mess up the story. I can post/share them when I get off my ship again in 2 weeks time.
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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