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    Re: ::: Lofoten :::

    Dear Asimut, and dear Sterkoder,

    The panning shots of Lofoten are absolutely superb.... I wish I could make an image such as that, so successfully. They are all absolutely spot-on perfect!

    Sterkoder, I love those images of Lofoten you also created. They smell summer and a perfect ocean view!
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      Thank you all for the nice comments.

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        Re: ::: Lofoten :::

        Originally posted by Asimut View Post
        Thank you all for the nice comments.
        Well deserved I must say!
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          Re: ::: Lofoten :::

          As I've kind of expressed earlier, I'm stunned over your panning!!
          One thing is the exposuretime, that is just a set value, but how in heavens name can you pan/follow the ship for close to a second without any blur....?
          I can't do this, because even if I use a tri-pod, I have to touch and move the camera mount...
          You produce some of the wildest and most hairy (and I have almost nothing left) pictures I've ever seen of "Lofoten"!!!!
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            Re: ::: Lofoten :::

            Hello all -

            I've been lurking on this forum for some time. Last May, inspired in part by what we read here, my wife and I took a trip from Bergen to Kirkenes on the MS Lofoten. I'd like to return some of what I learned from other people's posts by sharing some thoughts about the trip and some photos of the Lofoten!

            It was a fantastic trip - the scenery and the ever-changing light were simply overwhelming. I haven't traveled on any of the other ships, but I think the intimacy of the Lofoten greatly contributed to the experience. It was clear that everyone was traveling for the same reason - to experience the natural wonders of the coast - and there was a quiet concentration in the public areas of the ship as people absorbed the natural wonders around them. I suspect that the smaller size of the ship and the fact that one is close (low) to the water played a part in encouraging this. And as many others have stated, it's great to be able to stand and observe from the bridgewings, which one can't do in the new vessels.

            The ship rolled somewhat more than I expected, even in relatively calm seas, and this also gave a sense of a more intimate connection with the environment. We encountered some more significant swells in the Barents sea, to the point were passengers were told not to go outside and at dinner we were warned to keep all plates and glasses on the sticky placemats designed to keep items from sliding around the table. This last warning proved irrelevant, since a few minutes later a larger swell hit the ship and she leaned over sufficiently far that plates and glasses simply fell off the tables (as opposed to sliding) and several diners fell out of their chairs! All this served to heighten the feeling that the trip was actually a bit of an adventure.

            Day 4, starting with the crossing of the Arctic Circle and culminating with the Raftsundet in the Lofotens was probably the visual highpoint of the journey (the following day, which no doubt would have also been spectacular, we generally had heavy cloud cover), but the final day had an other-worldly quality that made it quite unique. We had timed our trip so that we would, at least in theory, catch the midnight sun the last night, and to our delight the clouds did indeed break around 12:30am and sunlight broke through. The quality of the light was magical. The wind had also started blowing quite strongly, and at one port, Båtsfjord I believe, we tried four times to dock (once bow first, then three times stern first) before finally abandoning the effort much to the disappointment of two people who had hoped to disembark!

            One significant advantage of traveling on the two older ships is that they offer cabins with shared showers/toilets at significantly lower cost than the cheapest, inside cabins on the newer ships. We had a wonderful quiet cabin with shared facilities on the A Deck which had a nice window. I got wind of these cabins through some hints on this forum; they're not listed on the Hurtigruten USA website, and when I tried to make a reservation by phone using the USA toll-free number the person who answered at first denied they existed and it took a lot of arguing to convince her to allow us to book one!

            Finally, we were very impressed by the entire crew - everyone was cheerful, helpful, and extremely professional. The kitchen prepared an excellent vegetarian meal for my wife each night (I think she was the only vegetarian aboard), and the cleaning staff were outstanding - the ship was spotless at all times, including the shared toilets and showers.

            One problem I did notice: I took a stroll through the hallways of B and C decks, and there seemed to be a great deal of engine noise and vibration throughout the rear third, or even half, of these decks. I think I might have had trouble sleeping in a cabin in these rear areas. Also, as others have mentioned, the visibility from the interior Panorama lounge isn't as good as from the forward lounges of the newer ships (we had a few minutes to run aboard the Nordkapp in Trondheim). The problem is that the windows are recessed into the wall, so that one can really only look out of the window directly in front of one. If one tries to look out of a window at an angle, the surrounding frame tends to block the view, something which is made worse by the curtains hanging to the side of each window. Since these curtains seem never to be used, I wonder why they are not all pushed to the far side of the lounge (they seem to be hung on a continuous track) or simply removed entirely.

            Anyway, on to some photos of the Lofoten:

            Lofoten docked at Ålesund:




            Near the Geiranger Fjord:


            Lofoten seen from the Nordkapp while docked in Trondheim:


            Docked at Trondheim:


            Near Ørnes:


            Continued...

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              Docked at Ørnes:


              Leaving Ørnes:


              Crossing Vestfjord:


              At Stamsund:


              Sailing through the Raftsundet:




              Continued...

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                No prizes for guessing where this was taken!


                Richard With approaching the Lofoten docked at Harstad:


                Near Tromsø:


                Lofoten docked in Tromsø:


                Passing the Nordstjernen near Skjervøy:


                Docked at Havøysund:


                Continued...

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                  Docked at Honningsvåg:


                  Midnight sun, near Båtsfjord:




                  Docked at Vadsø:


                  Continued...
                  Last edited by Petrel; September 6th, 2011, 20:07.

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                    I hadn't realized that Lofoten is still running on her original engine:




                    End of the line:


                    I hope this hasn't been too many photos, and I hope they bring back memories for some! Later, I'll try and post some youtube links to video of the Lofoten passing the Njordsternen and of the Lofoten making her way through the Barents Sea.

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                      Wow..., welcome to this forum, 'Petrel' and thank you so much for a very interesting report both in pictures and text!!
                      I'm so happy to see that you were partially inspired by CVF (CaptainsVoyage Forum) to go on your trip.
                      Again, it was great to see yet another angle to a hurtigruten voyage, specially as long as it was on board the old lady "Lofoten"
                      Hope you'll enjoy your stay in here and that we can inspire you to further journeys...

                      This goes for your wife too, naturally...
                      Last edited by Sterkoder; September 6th, 2011, 07:21.
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                        Hi Petrel,
                        welcome to the forum! That's a really nice trip report you came up with, great story and good pictures.

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                          Petrel, welcome! I enjoyed so much your report of my favourite ship, Lofoten and can confirm all your comments. You described perfectly the feeling aboard. I am so glad you catched one of the "secret" cabins, for sure one of the most attractive possibilites on the ship. Regarding the view out of the Panorama Saloon: That's why the geeks are travelling with explorer clothes so to be able to stand outside night and day!!! No better views than from Lofoten. She has the most outside view places of all ships!!
                          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                            Thank you all for the kind comments! As promised, here are two video links. First, the Nordstjernen passing the Lofoten near Skjervøy (featuring a long blast on the Lofoten's wonderful horn):


                            And next, the Lofoten rolling her way through the Barents Sea near Kjøllefjord:
                            Last edited by Petrel; September 13th, 2011, 04:48.

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                              Yeah! That brings back memories! That is a real Hurtigruten journey. Congratulations that you were able to be on board with such weather. You had the best eyperience you could ever have on Hurtigruten! So did i and i am so happy about it!!
                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                                Re: ::: Lofoten :::

                                That was a lot of rolling!
                                Seems like you had a real salty experience.

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