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    Very beautiful photos of "Lofoten" in the Trollfjord
    Lovely atmospheric pictures of Lofoten on arrival to Svolvær
    Excellent, Sarnia
    Best wishes from
    Bengt Domben

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      I haven't managed to find a link in English, but it seems that as of April 2015 Lofoten will be sailing a special route which the large ships cannot manoeuvre in and offering unique opportunities onboard such as silver service dining and fishing from the deck to recreate a 'classic' Hurtigruten experience. Great idea in my opinion!

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        GraemeD - what a great idea - I can see her sneaking into small places which the big ships have to avoid. Fantastic. I might just have to go again next April.......

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          Me too Naripalmer. This is a translation of the piece from shipmagasinet.no:

          Hurtigruten offers a new concept for the classic MS Lofoten.

          By: Editorial Published: 16/10/14 at. 6:23 p.m.
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          Hurtigruten has launched a new, yet classic, concept fleet grand old lady, MS Lofoten (1964). Ship's classic features will be streamlined throughout the journey, and she will offer guests authentic experiences, close to nature and culture.

          Exclusive experiences on new routes

          The small, agile veteran has some advantages over other ships. The venerable lady can navigate waters others can not. Thus she can bring guests closer to the action and nature.

          Fjellomkransede fjords in the north, Stokksund in Trøndelag and Svartsund in Lofoten are just some of the newest routes the traditional ship will frequent from April 2015.

          Nearly 30 outings are on the program with additional exclusive activities offered on the MS Lofoten:

          * the opportunity to fish directly from the deck

          * set traps to lure the fascinating king crab

          In the evenings you can boast of fish stories over a game of bridge and a glass of sherry in the vintage lounge before dinner.

          Norwegian food at its best

          A delicious four-course dinner based on menus in 1960 will be served to delight your taste buds with fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers along the coast.

          We adhere to the informal atmosphere on board, but the crew and officers are familiar with proper etiquette from MS Lofoten humble beginnings.

          Rights will therefore be served from silver by staff wearing white gloves and uniforms from the era. Captain's Dinner will round off this voyage on the sea of ​​remembrance.

          "Modern dining and Asian fusion can be enjoyed all over the world, but now it's time to turn back time on the MS Lofoten to the old highs, before sushi, pizza and the Internet took over our everyday lifestyle. Being able to offer a 11 day nostalgic, but high-quality service concept is something we are very pleased to offer our guests from 2015, "said Thomas Westergaard, Senior Vice President Product Development & Hotel Operations.

          A dignified lady

          This vintage ship, launched in 1964 in Oslo, was rebuilt and renovated in 2003, 50 years have MS Lofoten remained loyal to the Hurtigruten and its travelers. With its tasteful wooden decks, lounges original and traditional panoramic deck retains its authentic and charming atmosphere.

          As the smallest and oldest Hurtigruten ships have been protected since 2001 and it has a very special place in the hearts of Hurtigruten's customers. On his 50th birthday in 2014 had MS Lofoten raised nearly 3 million nautical miles, carried 1.25 million guests and anchored more than 75,000 times Hurtigruten ports.

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          • Sarnia
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            Thank you for the info. I'm also quite excited about having her sailing alternate routes, but not so much about the four-course dinner served from silver plates by white-gloved staff. I wouldn't want sailing on the old lady to become a posh, stuffy affair.
            I'm already on the verge of booking my next trip without the evening dinner (if possible) since, although the food is good, it takes forever and make you miss out on scenery and excitment outside (Northern Lights don't always wait for dinner to be over), and except one time when we were seated with a very friendly Australian couple, we usually end up sharing meals with other French people and French travellers are not always the most agreeable companions . I'm not sure I'll be at ease with a "high quality service concept".
            Let see how it goes though before complaining!

          Sarnia, my sentiments exactly. The casual buffet service is just fine by me. The posh, stuffy atmosphere sounds quite ludicrous to me, but I would just hope the atmosphere would be the same.
          However, although I never fish (I feel sorry for the declining fish population) the places visited sound fabulous. I would be uncomfortable with silver service. Lofoten is an old lady and I reckon she deserves better!! That's my bias showing through...

          Graeme D, thanks for the information.

          Nari

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            This is not a super-razor sharp image but in my defense, it was taken from a moving ship at great zoom-length in relatively gray weather... (sounds pretty much like a complete set of excuses, right?)... ...

            What I like about the image though, is that in this particular view, we can truly see how large the new HSC is (Terningen) when compared to tiny Lofoten.

            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              Crikey!!!! I really had no grasp of the size of this new breed of HSC until I saw this! A LOFOTEN for scale! And it's also a delightful image.

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                Another darkness photos of "Lofoten" from yesterday.


                Lofoten i mørket
                by Grindøya, on Flickr


                Lofoten nordover i mørket
                by Grindøya, on Flickr
                Best wishes from
                Bengt Domben

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                  I'm immensely impressed with the sharpness of your images taken in near total darkness!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                    Thank you Bengt for photographing the old lady in Tromso. I was aboard her in Cabin 400 and wondering "Is Bengt taking a photo of her as usual?
                    A wonderful trip -but down the way a bit on the last full day she ran an hour and a half due to head wind and heavy seas. Interesting being in 400, next to the kitchen.....I think the chefs were having a secret party because the crashing and colliding noises from the galley were astounding! The tour guide Asgeir Larsen did a great job organising KLM to hold its planes until 25 passengers could leave the ship and not miss their flights completely.

                    Nari

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                    • yvneac
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                      How lucky you are.
                      Yesterday morning I woke up aboard Lofoten.But it was just a dream!

                    • nari
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                      Sometimes dreams come true but it's hard to hold the breath. This time, I asked if the engine room could be visited. Three groups of pax were detailed, but the third group missed out due to heavy weather. It was great, seeing a 50 year old engine room. Very nostalgic for me. And a very obliging chief engineer too.

                    "Lofoten" south tonight.


                    Lofoten
                    by Grindøya, on Flickr
                    Best wishes from
                    Bengt Domben

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                      Absolutely wonderful... full of lights and warmth... May all on board her have a Merry Christmas!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                        I do have a few pics of Lofoten herself, honest, but first I'd like to acknowledge our esteemed captain, Tor Amundsen:



                        and our equally-esteemed, though possibly in a different way, tour guide, the irrepressible Asgeir Larsen:



                        The crew did their best at times to repress him, but never managed it for very long.

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                        • nari
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                          Agreed, couldn't have been Asgeir -wonder why he was being restrained? The mind boggles.....

                        • Tommi
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                          Some true professionals, portrayed in a fantastic way!

                        • Sarnia
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                          Beautiful portraits! I traveled twice with Captain Tor Admundsen and he is really a wonderful person.

                        OK, some proper Lofoten picutres. And what could be more appropriate for Christmas Eve than loading a small forests-worth of Christmas trees?

                        Arriving in Ørnes, northbound,


                        we found the dockside was covered in trees,


                        so we set to, loading them,


                        by (with some difficulty) getting a sling under each one in turn, while the forklifts stood idle,


                        and we gradually made inroads into them,


                        until we finally came to the last one remaining.

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                        • yvneac
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                          WOW.Nice report Bill.
                          Did you drive the forklift??????

                        Look out!


                        There she goes,


                        the very last one.


                        With that, I sprinted back on board and up to the port bridge wing (thank heavens for small ships!), just in time to see that final tree added to the large pile on deck


                        and made secure.


                        And off we went to save all those northern Norwegian ports above the treeline from a barren treeless Christmas.

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