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    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
    ....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.
    Dearest pakarang, that will absolutely perfect…

    So funny too, because I just commented on your Autumn photos “advert” for CVF on FB, saying that I hadn’t looked at them yet because they are my “reward” for finishing a further instalment of Nordstjernen!!!!
    Last edited by Seagull; October 8th, 2012, 18:12. Reason: ...added quote of post, as my reply has gone onto a new page!

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      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

      Originally posted by Asimut
      ....Everything just feels right in this picture, and it's such that way we would like to see the Norwegian coast.
      And I just want to agree with Ralf, this picture would not have appealed to me the same way if it had been a modern ship....
      Oh Bengt, thank you, so much. You must have sent your post just as I was typing mine to Yves, after which I had to hurriedly go out to the local shop before it closed (ran out of milk again!)…and meanwhile pakarang popped up…

      Yes, I agree with you and Ralf, there is no doubt that this is the right ship in the right place in that image – a traditional ship in a traditional setting.

      Strange thing though is that I was taking that photograph from up in this extraordinarily modern designed museum that you can see from the ship in #1509, and I do like that modern architecture in the otherwise traditional setting. I’m sure I’d have hated a building of the required size had it been in a pseudo-traditional looking style to supposedly “fit in” with the surroundings.
      The museum is actually seen at its most exposed from that angle, from where Nordstjernen was anchored, and I think the size of that huge granite memorial on the hill, erected in 1908, kind of balances the bulk of the museum and the proximity of the church spire in that view –take away the museum and the memorial seems over dominating to my eye.

      I should add that once ashore, the museum appears striking yet truly sensitive to and a part of the surroundings from its cleft in the rock, glimpsed through trees, or through the grass as in #1513/1. I have other photos, but oh how I would love to send pakarang off on a photo mission to really convey the special-ness of this place.

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        Visit to Vega – afternoon, Tuesday 28th August 2012

        At a little before half past one in the afternoon Nordstjernen had arrived at the island of Vega, the largest island of the Vega archipelago. From the bridge wing I look down at the crew looking down at the anchor. Yes! all’s well.
        The wind had been increasing throughout the morning, and I had wondered if it might even prevent our afternoon landing. Such a possibility was minimized by landing at an alternate, more sheltered place (given the wind direction), than had been the intention.

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          Here is the view looking back at the ship from the pier in the previous photo:

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              Our relocation here in Vegstein meant a little delay for the tour bus to arrive, but that was no disadvantage whatsoever. For here a local society enthusiastically dedicated to the coastal culture have a small museum and exhibits about this trading post from the old days.

              In an adjoining building there is even a motor museum of old boat engines.






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                Again, it is my intention to keep many more photos for a future dedicated thread, but I’ll include a few more “taster” images here. It is not at all inappropriate to do so, for I see in next summer’s brochure for the regular Hurtigruten southbound route that there will be an excursion to Vega offered, between the port stops of Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund. From the welcome I experienced from the local people on Vega, that is an excursion I will certainly be recommending.

                Others of our group were asking questions about reaching Vega on their own because they want to return for a holiday sometime.

                This is probably a good point at which to insert some maps.


                Google Earth map, showing the location of Vega in relation to the Hurtigruten ports of Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund.


                Nordstjernen was at Vegstein. I think it may have been Rørøy that had been the intended anchorage.


                GPS track of the excursion. (For scale, note that the distance from Gladstad to Vegstein is 3km.)

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                  At Nes we visited E-Huset – the Eider House – a museum which describes the traditional way of keeping Eider ducks for their down.





                  The method of cleaning the eider down was demonstrated.

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                      We were then served coffee and a taste of local food production, including, as you see on below right, delicious lefse from the island’s own bakery.



                      After the refreshments, we were treated to a splendid and informative presentation covering many aspects of what makes the Vega archipelago so special, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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                        The Eider ducks were kept rather like domesticated farm animals, and this is an example of the little “houses” built for them to nest.



                        To the delight of the many botanically inclined members of the group, we then enjoyed a nature walk on nearby Husøya. Just look at the photo, and I’m sure you can imagine how very much I enjoyed wandering around here… and yes, you guessed , I found some interesting examples of the geology also! It thrilled me to find a couple of rock exposures peeping out from among the vegetation that, as it were, told a story (stories that I needed little encouragement to recount to others in our party!). Our guide tells me that people from the Norwegian Geological Survey are assisting them to produce material that will help them include and present such aspects of the nature to the general public.

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                          We stopped in Gladstad, the main administrative centre of the island, its “capital” if you like, and had time to visit the church, and even pop into the local supermarket.

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                            And so it was time to return on our bus to the pier at Vegstein. There are guest harbour facilities there, and watching our Polar Cirkel boats tendering back and forth was fascinating a number of onlookers.



                            So ended the most enjoyable of excursions.

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                                Back on board, a few more “details” images to end the day.…









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