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    Drive the forklift? I wish! No, I was just peering through the rear window. I think this chap was a bit concerned that I might have a go at driving it though, he did march over quite briskly and move it away...

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    • Tommi
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      This must be one of the best reportages about trees that we've seen for ages on this forum...

    • Seagull
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      A wonderful thing to have captured, Bill. I have made a bookmark note of these posts for when I encounter folk with no feeling for what hurtigruten is all about.

    • Sarnia
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      Great pictures of a beautiful Christmas story with Hurtigruten (and even better, with MS Lofoten!)
      . Thank you so much for sharing these, they warm my heart.

    Such nice additions, Bill. Thank you so much! To which harbour did they ship the trees to?
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm just pleased to be able to post these photos and have people enjoy them, rather than them calling me a boat geek...!

      Ralf__, I'm not quite sure where the trees were unloaded. I wasn't up in time for our 0600 departure from Hammerfest (oh the shame - I'm a lightweight, I know), but looking at some of the photos I took they were still on deck when we got to Havøysund. So it wasn't Hammerfest. It may have been Havøysund, and we did indeed spend 15 minutes longer than scheduled unloading there - but I don't know what was unloaded, because at the time I was up the road taking pictures of that stilted wooden building from a very wobbly floating pier which demanded all my attention... Honningsvåg? Possibly; we arrived late, so I dashed off to join the Nordkapp trip and didn't see what happened cargo-wise. Or anywhere else before Kirkenes, because all I know for definite is that, by the time we were approaching Kirkenes, we had swapped the trees for a "cherry-picker" crane:



      So, somewhere after Hammerfest and before Kirkenes is the best answer I can give you.

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      • nari
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        My original bet was Honningsvag. They were not there after that port and from there on were all the little ports prior to Kirkenes. I watched them being unloaded but as usual was thinking about other things and not where we were. at the time.

        Nari

      While I'm wittering on about trees and cherry-pickers, I will just add that watching the various cargo being loaded and unloaded, and looking out first thing in the morning to see what new surprise was on Lofoten's deck, was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining aspects of the trip for me. So here's a bit of a cargo redux.

      I loved the way that we carried just about everything you could imagine, from speedboats


      boat loading boat

      to skips



      The above-mentioned cherry-picker was unloaded, picturesquely, in Kirkenes:


      crane unloading crane

      and at various points, we loaded


      tyres, studded of course,


      chains,


      and fence posts of every conceivable type.

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        In Trondheim (southbound) we had forklifts queueing up



        to load a rather mundane collection:


        wheelie bins, more studded tyres, fish carefully sealed in polystyrene boxes, and assorted plastic-wrapped stuff on pallets.

        Ah, yes, the fish.



        Fish on ice equals fish on deck. Certainly not in the hold, after the infamous stale-fishy-ice-water-draining-into-the-cabins incident that resulted in the entire ship being evacuated last year. Other palleted stuff goes in the hold in general



        with a bit of guidance



        and the whole procedure goes on day and night, whenever the ship docks, including (as in this case, my favourite of them all) loading prefabricated structures onto the deck in the gorgeous pre-dawn light in Harstad:

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          The loading and unloading of the cargo is fun isn't it. The sheer variety - from coffins to Christmas trees, Beer to building materials. Those northerly ports are still so dependent on the Hurtrigruter running - partly of course why the 'molo', the groyne or mole in Honningsvåg harbour was extended last year.

          We spend happy summer hours trying not to get run over by the psycho forklift driver at Honningsvåg when we're there for a two-yearly family visit.

          Of course it wasn't that long ago that the older generation of ships still carried cars - post 516 of this thread shows a Renault Espace going on at Vardø in the 1990s (I think the right link is http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...455#post103455), and Polar's video afterwards is even more alarming!

          Great photos Bill.
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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          • billplumtree
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            That's a great pic of the car being loaded. Such a shame (for observers, though perhaps not for the car owners) that they don't do that any more.

          I was on Lofoten back in 1997 when they loaded and offloaded three cars. The poor stevedores must have hated squeezing cars onto narrow decks and swinging them over rails.
          Mind you,it provided terrific entertainment for the pax who were anticipating a semi-decent collision.

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            That Harstad photo reminds me, I wanted to say something about the light on this trip. Particularly in the northern half, it was fascinating - and I suspect the southern half would have been pretty good too in better conditions than the cloud and drizzle we had. It was a photographer's dream, and as a not-particularly-accomplished one I spent much of the time experimenting and trying to find out how to make the most of it., which just added to the fascination and absorption.

            There was that gorgeous pink dawn that precedes the sun rising (or not rising in this case, so I suppose it's a pseudo-dawn?). This light lasts a few minutes on a good day back here in the UK, but here went on for ages, hours and hours, and segued - but back and forth, not smoothly - into (pseudo-)sunset. Here we are leaving Havøysund for Kirkenes, for instance, showing that pink blush at around 10am




            Here's a sequence taken between Risøyhamn and Sortland, a couple of days later, showing the way that the light seems to change back and forth. We seem to be already entering the pseudo-sunset by 1030, as we approach Risøyhamn,



            Yet south of Risøyhamn, half an hour later, and we're somehow heading back into the pseudo-dawn:



            Heading for Sortland bridge at noon, a further hour later: is the sun almost up or just gone down?!



            Docked at Sortland shortly afterwards, it's as far away as ever:




            Such wonderful imperceptibly-changing yet quite distinctive variation in the light. An absolute joy.

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              Your camera does a superb job of detecting and enhancing natural light. (oh, and the photographer does too!)

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                I was about to go on to the magical blue light, and describe my amazement that the "blue hour" can last the whole day. Then I found that Sarnia has already said exactly that:

                Originally posted by Sarnia View Post
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                This one was taken on our first evening after leaving Bergen. In French we call that time of the day "the blue hour". I was amazed to see that in Norway, at this season, the blue hour actually lasts for hours! (even for the whole night when we arrived in the north). The light is so delicate, it's like a dream.

                I even had a photograph lined up from almost exactly the same point on deck:



                So, anyway, a few unoriginal! blue pictures, so to speak:





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                  And a couple more, with less Lofoten in them,


                  An impressionist take on Havøysund


                  Trondenes Church


                  Moonrise


                  Approaching storm, on our last night of the trip.

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                    And a couple of warm and snug ones from a lovely comfortable interior,


                    My favourite corner of the dining room (aft port, next to the door through to the cafe), complete with Christmas star.


                    Sitting in the bar, watching the scenery go past the windows as if on a giant television screen.

                    The contrast between the warmly-lit inside and frosty blue outside made it feel so welcoming; even stood outside on deck, shivering in the coldest moments, it was comforting to know that warmth and hot coffee were only a few steps away.

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                    • Sarnia
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                      This is all absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much also for the nod to my picture! This was the first day of my first trip on MS Lofoten (and Hurtigruten) and little did I know it would be the first trip of many... You have captured the winter lights and colors beautifully. When I say that I enjoy taking this trip in winter, people often say "but it's dark all the time!". But oh, it so much is not. And I also really enjoyed your cargo collection. This is for me also a highlight on a trip aboard MS Lofoten (along with the beautiful and delicate manoeuvers to and from the piers, a dance with anchor and mooring ropes...).
                      Last edited by Sarnia; December 31st, 2014, 02:23.

                    • nari
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                      I have a lot of photos of corridors and passageways on Lofoten. Such places always seem to lead to somewhere important either on the ship or to a memory. or two of my first trip on her in 1997. When and if I get brave enough to put photos in the clouds or whatever it's called, I will post some. Maybe.
                      Like photos of cabin 202 in 1997 which got demolished with the fish problem.

                    • billplumtree
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                      Thank you Sarnia, I'm glad you're enjoying them so far. I must confess, I was guilty of a "but it's dark all the time!" initial reaction to my own thought of taking the trip, my first, at this time of year. And it was this forum, more than anywhere else, that convinced me that not only is it not dark all the time, but it's probably much the *best* time to go for interesting light.

                    Nari,

                    In the last one of the bar area I am intrigued by the colours on the ceiling.
                    Yes, I noticed that. I wonder if the purple colour may be something of a photographic artefact. What with the very bright wall lights, the dark interior and the blue exterior, there was a lot going on light-wise. The pattern is genuine though, the lighter patches being reflections of the very brightly lit curtains, and the darker patches of the windows.

                    This one of the polar bear lounge shows a similar thing, but without the purple colouring. It's from a different (higher) angle, so the ceiling reflections are rather less of the (dark, blue) windows and more of the (bright, orange/brown) wood panelling above them.

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                    • billplumtree
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                      Thank you! But these are my 'mainstream' pictures so far - I was saving the obscure subjects for later...

                    • Sigve
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                      If so, we are looking forward to that....

                    • billplumtree
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                      And Grindøya has it at the first attempt: it is indeed Bodø.

                      I didn't really do Bodø justice when we were there. Amazingly, just 2 days before I left for this trip, the Guardian (UK newspaper) had a big feature on the new library & concert hall in Bodø: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...cert-hall-bodo
                      And stupidly, I read it at the time and had completely forgotten about it by the time we arrived there; instead, I wandered around a cold and wet Bodø centre feeling rather out of sorts and fed up.

                      So, obviously, I have to go back again to put this right. Does anyone have any other suggestions of interesting things to see and do in Bodø while I'm making a note of them?

                    And speaking, as Sarnia was, of the first day of the first trip, I took this one as we left Bergen:



                    That's naripalmer, before I knew she was naripalmer, on the right, and A N Other. They just happened to be handy people to have in the photo at the time. Spooky, eh?!

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                    • nari
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                      Eeek. Gotta admit though, it is a good photo -- of Bergen at night.

                    • Tommi
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                      A great capture of that "we just have to see the departure - it shouldn't be too cold"-moment on deck that we all know!

                    Great pictures from your trip during the dark season, billplumtree

                    "Lofoten" northbound yesterday evening at this year's penultimate day.


                    Lofoten
                    by Grindøya, on Flickr
                    Best wishes from
                    Bengt Domben

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