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Some time ago I looked out interior photos of Kong Harald but never got around to posting them here. But today I’m thinking I should do so right away, before our Captain beats me to it with much better photos! – he mentioned he would be travelling Rørvik to Trondheim last night. My own time aboard KH was similarly brief and was entirely during hours of darkness - Molde to Alesund on the 31st January 2004. That currently holds the dubious “record” for being the shortest time I have spent on any of the current Hurtigruten fleet!
The reception desk seems a logical place to start. While I wait for other passengers to check in, I discover this charming wooden receptionist just around the corner! – perhaps I have found my “favourite thing” aboard Kong Harald already!
Up to deck 4, and a dramatic mirror centrepiece with a sculpture, depicting the wind I think - I don’t have the details of the artist immediately to hand. (How I wish there was an illustrated book available for every ship describing the art on board, like the one I recently bought on Finnmarken – a well-produced hardback volume).
Yes, you guessed correctly – I am heading for the cafeteria, which is named for Roald Amundsen.
Other polar explorers are also featured in the stained glass of the cafe ceiling . . .
. . . and further along, the TFDS flag flies above. If this view of the cafe seems familiar to you, that is because it featured in the New Year story of the adventures of Wild-Bear on Lookchin’s thread! (you’ll find it in People of the World.)
This view looking along the coast arcade from the cafe, may also be familiar for the same reason! In that story I suggested that the bears might have felt a bit intimidated, and this is indeed Kong Harald’s decor at her most majestic.
Umm, I sometimes feel that referring to this ship as a her doesn’t seem quite proper. Perhaps this ship is a he. (Curiously I don’t seem to have the same issue for Richard With, though several folk I know are convinced that Narvik was a boy, and consequently a misunderstood ship!).
Here I’m peeping through the glass door at the elegant restaurant, Märtha Salen . . .
. . . and at the forward end of the Coast Arcade, more glass doors with TFDS shield-shaped handles lead to the club-bar Fridtjof Nansen.
On Kong Harald, the conference rooms and library are located on the port side of the club-bar, with the library, Snorre Sturlason, most forward. Here is a wide-angle view of the library.
Compared with the regal grandeur of many of the public spaces, the stairways themselves seemed to me to be restrained in style, though this provided an excellent setting for further paintings and prints as seen, for example, in the aft stair (right, above).
The cabin corridors are carpeted however. A typical deck 5 corridor is shown here, together with a colour variation of this carpet design, with its simple crown motif, from deck 3.
Ascending to Deck 7, the panorama lounge is called Ottar Viking. There was low lighting here (and low heating too as I recollect) on this quiet January night. Here, more than any other of the public areas, I feel I wish to travel again on Kong Harald soon and see how things appear in daylight.
I wandered through to a warmer area of the ship, and here, as the centrepiece of the port side bar-lounge on deck 7 is artwork which might actually be seen to best effect in artificial light.
The name of the lounge is Leiv Eriksson – clearly we are moving back in time to earlier explorers up here on deck 7!
I nearly forgot to show you the playroom back on deck 4, with its jolly picture of the ship making easy going of those lively looking waves. Now what do you think that would be on the Beaufort wind scale, I wonder?
And finally I return to the cafeteria where our Captain may well have been enjoying a comforting hot chocolate late last night (just like Wild-Bear and Lookchin did in my imagination) . . .
. . . and as you’ve all been very good about my Hurtigruten carpet obsession this time, here is another carpet.
This is actually one from the cafeteria and you’ll LOVE it I guarantee – it’s covered with a TFDS motif!
Thank you so much for these interior pictures. It is marvellous, how much details the builder of the ships filled with Hurtigruten history and memories. I am watching this with growing respect und begin to understand why there are so many people, who have their favourite among the new ships. I thought up to now: all the same modern look!
So i learn that there are a lot of differences! However, i don't like this glamorous style very much, i am more the old fashioned, useful type and this is why Lofoten is the best for me. Up to now I did not understand the freaks who especially like the Mid-Generation Ships (the "ferries" - like i call them), but they might have a similar feeling: Too much glamour for a steamer doing his daily work transporting people from town to town!
Thank you so much for the nice thoughts and the photos from the King! I will download my images as well this afternoon and see if I can have them uploaded to the forum shortly.
It was a nice trip, short and sweet.
I agree with Ralf though, the ship does indeed give me a Carnival Cruise Line feel with all its mirrors and fancy lights in the arcade and corridors, but looking beyond that, Kong Harald is certainly a great vessel with lots of personal charm.
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