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    A second set from my Polish built mobile photography - platform:







    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • yvneac
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      I love the "good old" Lofoten. Hope I will again be onboard this part of the Norwegian maritim memory.
      Thank you for those pictures.

    • Ralf__
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      As far as we know now, the new ships shall do the explorer business. The schedule shows her until March 2018.
      Midnatsol and Spitsbergen are replacing themselves in the winter/summer schedule 2016/2017/2018.
      I believe, when MS Roald Amundsen is starting, she won't change in the coastal route. She will operate like a cruise ship.
      But what will happen, if all four new ships will be ready and the Explorer business is not growing fast enough?
      Good old MS Lofoten is hanging by a thread..

    At least, she will be around for some time more, but as with anything in business right now... don't take anything for granted.
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      Lofoten as seen through ultra-mega zoom:



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        Lofoten just before arriving at Trondheim about two months ago:

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        • nari
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          As they spent money and quite a bit of it on her new engines, I doubt they would scrap her.........too soon. I hope not, anyway.

        Hello everyone. I will be on MS Lofoten from Bergen tomorrow (the 14th) until Tromso on the 18th if anyone is around. Graeme

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        • PoloUK
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          Have a great time Graeme.

        • Tommi
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          Have a great trip!

        • nari
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          I am envious!!! Enjoy it all.

        Due to hurricane URD, the old LOFOTEN has been moored to the quay here in Kristiansund since arriving southbound on the 23rd. She sailed on northbound at around 5 PM today, 26th. December.


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          Wonderful evening photos, Sterkoder!

          Who could have imagined that Kristiansund would need a hurricane to become the turn aorund port for a change. I saw her in Trondheim and earlier this morning, they said on the local radio station she would be here until 2 in the afternoon. But then again, at around one, she had already sailed away. I think it is strange and unfortunate to announce her departure delayed till 2 PM and then sail earlier anyway. The message on the radio had been given them by the Communications Director at Hurtigruten.
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            Moody!

            The photographically interested can compare the white balance differences in Sterkoders and Grindøyas renditions of the old lady.

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              I wonder if the lucky pax on Lofoten enjoyed their extended stay in Kristiansund. I would have, I know.

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                That new night time photo of Lofoten is so moody and inviting.... the lights from the ships "windows" kind of draws me on board and makes me wish I was there.

                Despite the lack of light illuminating the ship, there is no doubt which ship it is. Wonderful once again! Naturally.
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                  Absolutely wonderful image from Tromsø as usual. I truly love the photographs you have shared over the years, and I'm truly sad to hear you are leaving.
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                    After some re-thinking and awaiting some new photo equipment I will still be joining this forum and post pictures in the future

                  I don't suppose Bengt will see this, but I'll write it anyway. His photography has always seemed a marvel to me and an inspiration. Tromsø already feels farther away than it did before, and virtually following my favourite ships there less complete without images like this ...Lofoten’s deck lights the colour of the pale gold sea.

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                    Don't worry Lady C,I will still post pictures in the future.
                    For the moment I have no fotogear,(sold all my Olympus gear and will go back to Nikon again)

                  • Seagull
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                    So very very delighted to see you here Bengt I'd been concerned something here might have upset you, or perhaps you hadn't been well. Take your time and enjoy choosing your new gear.

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                    Everything is just fine with me, I was just a bit uncertain after the equipment was sold, but now I'm on track again

                  Dear Grindøya... so glad that you are still around - you have no idea what an inspiration you have been for me up through the years!

                  Selling camera seems like a scary affair to me, even though I have been toying with the idea myself a lot the past year. A colleague of mine, also a captain on same ship, strongly discouraged me from een thinking those ways. I'm not there yet - and will hopefully never arrive there.
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                    "After some re-thinking and awaiting some new photo equipment I will still be joining this forum and post pictures in the future "

                    ​Thank you. Those words were like music in my ears.
                    Keep us informed of what's going on in and around Trømsø.
                    Especially now when Hurtigruta wants to move its arrival point.


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                      Thank you for your kind comments, Oistein

                      We will see how developments between Tromsø Harbor / Tromsø municipality and Hurtigruten take place in the near future

                      It would be a shame if the express route should disappear from the cityscape
                      But I think that they will come to a common position regarding harbor fees, although they do not currently agree with this question

                      When the new Prostneset port terminal is ready for use in February 2018 (and it will be a nice one) I think that the conflict between the parties has gone

                      But in the opposite case, the express route will call its own new dock in Eidkjosen on Kvaløya and she will disappear from Tromsø Strait and the cityscape

                    Interesting discussion about the future of "hurtigruten" as we know it. I persoanlly think there will be a lot of changes in so many levels in the years to come, and especially during the new tender periode.

                    I have no information other than my own opinions and speculations, but in deep respect to the operators today and in the future, I will not share any on a public platform.
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      There is no doubt that it will be exciting to see who puts a bid on Riksvei 1 in the next period.
                      Then we just have to wait to see what's going on in the future.
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