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    Such darker evenings with lights in the ship and their reflections make very lovely photos - especially with your ability Bengt. This one makes me want to be aboard.
    So good to see so many posts from you again. I was missing you and the Tromsø scene

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      This is exactly the memory I have from my teenage years when I started finding an interest for the Hurtigruten ships.... when they came to Rørvik in the dusk time, their lights always made me crave to be on board, to sail them and giving me a feeling of wanting /attachment.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        "Lofoten" was a little bit after the schedule tonight,but I managed to get a photo despite the darkness.


        Lofoten syd
        by Grindøya, on Flickr
        Best wishes from
        Bengt Domben

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        • Seagull
          Seagull commented
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          ...and what a photo! The reflections are so sharp and clear and there's such a feeling of arriving in the city.

        That is truly one of the best night shots of Lofoten under way. It is still so sharp that you can see details in the "windows" and so clear that you can see people on deck - DESPITE the darkness!
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        • nari
          nari commented
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          I am new to this forum and wished to make some comments about Hurtigruten and Lofoten in particular. My first classic voyage on her was in 1997, the next in 2013 and I am going again November 20 this year. I was completely sold an hour after leaving Bergen the first time, due to the informality, cheerfulness and good management by the officers and crew. I grew up with small ships, from 600 tons to a maximum of 7,000 tons and Lofoten was perfect. I have kept an eye on this forum and finally decided to join.

          However, if the Old Lady retires voluntarily or involuntarily, I will not be coaxed onto the 'monsters. Yeah, unfair but I don't like hundreds of people and stabilisers - after all part of the fun of being on the briny is the rock and roll of the few spots of open sea.

          On a coach tour of Scandinavia in 2013 the tour leader asked about Hurtigruten and thought they saw themselves in competition with the coach company - I assured her there was no real competiton, the two companies complemented each other quite well. Different clientele for a start, different scenery, different almost everything. I had a feeling she wrote back to Hurtigruten, not sure.

          Anyway I am glad to be here to post a few times.

          Nari

        • PoloUK
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          Hi Nari - wonderful to hear from you! Welcome to the forum!!

          You'll find many people here who share your view, and many that don't entirely - but I think all of us have a real affection for the older ships.

          All I'd say is that my Norwegian family who live on the Finnmark coast adore the older boats, but value the fact that they get a warm, stable ship that can carry them, their cars, their dogs very nearly 365 days a year when they need to go to town, or hospital, or funerals, or any other of the elements of life that for many people like me living relatively close to towns and cities - and in a climate that doesn't generally make travelling difficult - just take for granted.

          We look forward to many more posts from you - and perhaps some photos? We certainly look forward to following your November trip on Lofoten - I think for many of us that live away from Norway these days, following other CVF folk travelling on the Hurtigruten is something to look forward to.

          Welcome again.

        Hi poloUK,

        Thanks for the welcome; I am still trying to sort out the logistics of the board but am slowly getting the hang of it - I think....
        Yes, I am certain the bigger ships perform a vital function especially in the colder months, so I did not mean to negatively criticise them.

        In Trondheim, the Finnmarken reversed parked itself behind the Lofoten, so we went aboard to suss it out.

        Very new, very large, corridors miles long - great panorama windows -but we were pleased to be back on our little ship. The four Brits who were with me all agreed!
        Good vibes all round on the Old Lady.

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          Hi and welcome Nari
          I was just about to say hello and add my greetings in the "Welcome to new members" when I saw you in Lofoten's thread, and posts here always get me excited! Your third voyage aboard the dear Old Lady - how wonderful. It will be great to follow her and you in November, and hopefully hear about your experiences afterwards and perhaps see some photos too.

          I was wondering, what time of year were your previous trips in Norway?. Lofoten is a special delight in the winter months and I always think she actually seems even cosier than ever! When there was also Nordstjernen in the Hurtigruten fleet I used to think that was my 'summer ship' and Lofoten my 'winter ship'.

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          • nari
            nari commented
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            Hi Seagull,

            Thanks for the welcomel
            .
            I won't be taking a smartphone - I am not very savvy with such things even though they are called smart....

            My first voyage was in October 1997 and a Danish friend of mine said that was the wettest time of year, but the weather was quite good and I saw the Raftsundet in brilliant cloudless sunlight; fantastic. And fell in love with Bergen....

            The second voyage was in April 2013 and there was snow everywhere. Will always remember Svolvaer in that amazing blue light and drowned in snow. It was followed by a 20 day tour of Scandinavia by coach, and although it involved a hell of a lot of sitting still, I saw parts of Norway otherwise closed to Hurtigruten - 2 days in Narvik and Alta, three days at Honningsvag and so on. I became intensely interested in Scandinavia and WW2 and remain so, to the extent of following up the stories of PQ17 in the Barents..

            Out of all the towns I visited by coach or Lofoten, my favourites are Tromso (bridge walk to the Cathedral and back in pouring rain and 30knot wind!!), Narvik, Honningsvag, Bergen++, and Dovrefjell. The best scenery is between Ornes and Nesna. Definitely......

            I must stop or I will get carried away...I would like to post photos but I first have to work out how to.......phototechnology is not a strong point.

          Hi Nari and welcome on CVF.
          I definitely agree.Lofoten is the pearl of the fleet.However whatever is the boat which you navigate this voyage is magic.
          Waiting for your next report.

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            We had a thoroughly enjoyable round trip on Lofoten, which we got home from last week. The ship really is a delight, and there is always at least one member of the crew who recognises us, so it feels like home.

            On board, we were told that Lofoten is expected to continue sailing for "at least another 5 years".

            There is also to be an experiment with a "retro" look - with serving staff dressed in 1960s style, and with silver service in the restaurant (and with 60s dress optional for passengers!) Has anyone else heard anything about this? (and possibly a 1980s feel for Vesteralen?).

            While we sailed, the "Hurtigruten" graffiti was being scraped off the stern of the ship. Good! It is not needed!

            Will the original funnel colours be re-instated?

            We did not go into Trollfjord, because there was a gale blowing, so we'll just have to book on Lofoten in the season again to go in on her.

            Sorry, I was going to add a photo or two, but I can't work the attachments function for some reason.



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              Sorry, pressed the button twice!

              Last edited by bonxie; September 22nd, 2014, 16:01. Reason: Duplicated message

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                Sorry, another failed attempt to attach.
                Last edited by bonxie; September 22nd, 2014, 16:11. Reason: Trying to add a photo.

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                  See yout thread Photo Attachments, Bonxie. Don't worry, you'll soon get it sorted!
                  Ivy

                  "To thine own self be true.......
                  Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                    Hi Bonxie. I'll do some tidying up of the empty posts when one of the others has explained how to post photos.

                    I link to my own webserver, so I'm not much good to you, but I'm sure one of the others will explain how they post. Ivy (Wherrygirl) is particularly good at the training necessary! We don't store photos on the Forum itself, simply because there are tens of thousands of relatively large files and it would be impossible to manage.

                    Looking forward very much to the photos.
                    Cheers,

                    Mark.

                    www.pologlover.co.uk

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                      Good to hear the Hurtigruten graffiti will be moved from her stern. I prefer her black funnel,however.

                      In April 2013 I heard that she will be guaranteed to sail until 2020. However this was from a very hopeful waiter who enjoyed the smaller ships.

                      i was a bit disappointed that on the 2013 trip the stern was closed to passengers, in 1997 I loved being under shelter to watch the scenery disappear over the wake.
                      But I am well aware that it could be a major safety issue for the pax should they get in the way.

                      Cheers
                      Nari

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                        Sorry, have had a look, and it seems I'm stuck until I've got an account with Flickr or similar.

                        Maybe sometime, but can't spare time to set it up/organise it, etc at least for the time being.

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                        • PoloUK
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                          Comment - Hi Bonxie. Have sent you a Personal Message with an alternative suggestion.

                        Hello everybody, reporting live from MS Lofoten...
                        This had somehow escaped me but there is now wireless access on board! Don't know if it's a bad or a good thing actually, but it is a convenient thing
                        I know that I have been too long away from this forum (I'm reading often, but not writing much), and I know that I still have a travel report on MS Lofoten in limbo somewhere in the forum... I'm really sorry.
                        But I'm back now again on board, it's my fourth time and the first time in autumn. The voyage has started weirdly since the ship was stuck in Alesund on her southbound voyage because of a hurricane-strength storm (which has apparently disturbed a lot of the ships these past 2 days), so my voyage actually started with a 9 hours bus ride. Finally last night at 5am we were able to board and have now resumed the normal schedule (Hjørundfjord today, absolutely beautiful).
                        Many thoughts to all of you (from Molde, at the moment).
                        MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                        Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                        My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                        • Ralf__
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                          Another weather cancellation, this time Southbound. Nothing to complain by the Finnmark people then, but you a pity, that the distance riding by ship is shortened. Weather during your next two days should be fairly O.K.. I wish you good luck for a wonderful trip!

                        • Tommi
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                          Have a great trip Sarnia, and say hi to the old lady!

                        • yvneac
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                          Gasp et re-gasp.J'en bave d'envie! Even though the wineyards in Burgundy and Arbois were so beautiful under a sunny sky this last week-end.
                          Enjoy your trip.
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