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    A big thank you Eilun for sharing your lovely photos of this very special voyage. Domestic circumstances meant I was unable to plan ahead and join the voyage, though as things turned out I have ended up being half the world away at the same time! - so didn't even manage a real-time day by day virtual stalking of Lofoten! So, now that I'm VERY slowly starting to get back into things, it is a real delight to start the day in this thread. Oh, and I loved that daring and clever dash ahead to Bodø

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      Some of my family spotted me - most of the time they saw raindrops on the webcams.
      The idea with the speedboat - yes, I had fun and as a secondary effect I missed the polar-circle ceremony. To sad, I like cold water and ice cubes so much.
      Always I have something other to do, but I should try to complete this report so that someone else can start another -

      Shortly after we left Berlevåg Kong Harald waited and they set Bengali fire for us.





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        Vadsø, the weather was wet again



        better to stay inside?


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          A Sami sang some traditional Joiks



          and the pilot boat escorted us to Kirkenes



          it's time to fly the flags


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            Kirkenes, the first harbour where a lot of people wish to greet MS Lofoten.






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              It's very important making a photo of the ship in each harbour
              but don't be afraid of it - southbound we missed many harbours because of strong wind, this means less photos.



              Short time after we left Kirkenes all portholes were closed. The name of the bird on the right side is Emma. Sadly I lost her on my way home. In Amsterdam she was still there, hanging on my bag, and in Hannover I couldn't find her. Probably she left the plane somewhere between Amsterdam and Hannover.



              Somebody told me, I should take a look at the model ship in the dining room. If the portholes there had been closed, too, the situation would be serious.



              ? Looks not dangerous!

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              • Seagull
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                You may be right Yves - there used to be just a wooden trough with plants dividing the dining room.

              • Seagull
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                Awww Eilun… As you have probably realised I attach great importance to my travel mascot, so I was sorry to hear about Emma! At least you have a photo of her onboard Lofoten.

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                I am bad, I know Seagull takes better care of Sea-Troll.
                In Germany we say all seagulls look like their name is Emma, so sometime I will find another one. (Maybe not all Seagulls are called Emma?;-)


              Beautiful evening light in Vardø









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                To prevent a storm the next ports were cancelled and a nonstop cruise to Honningsvåg was announced.
                The next morning I got up and we were just leaving Honningsvåg. But where have we been tonight? In a waiting loop?


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                  In Hammerfest I tried to climb up the mountain. Because of a slippery path and missing spikes for my shoes I gave up before reaching the top.




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                    Shopping and visiting the ice bear in the club is less dangerous





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                      Bad weather again, a short stop in Skjervøy and only one photo:



                      Strong wind on the way to Harstad




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                        Finnmarken was already there. I decided to stay on board and go for a walk in the next harbour - a wrong decision, this was the only chance this day.



                        We did a full turn before we reached the Risøyrenna and sailed back to Harstad. The Captain decided it was better sailing to the Tveldsund.



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                          Harstad again, the passengers who came on board here, left the boat at the same place nearly four hours later.



                          Surprise, there was another Hurtigruta, too. Midnatsol was back from Alta and the sled dog race.





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                            I didn't chose the best time for lunch. I ran out twice - first time for a photo from the Tveldsund bridge (a little bit lat)



                            second time for this one.




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                              Near the Tranøy lighthouse I took this photos







                              Later I found a film on facebook - same ship? I am not sure ...

                              https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater

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