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    Eventually it was time to return to the beach and the boat landing place. Here is Ylva with Tulla…and assistant!




    Olav Jan, my favourite bear with the confusing name, was aboard Karin.

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      If one was lucky, there would already be a boat at the steps and the boat would make a circumnavigation of Nordstjernen. In such calm circumstances this was a welcome photo opportunity, with scarcely any risk to ones camera.









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          Everyone is soon back on board – our bar-coded cards check us off and on – and it is time to hoist the boats back onto the foredeck. For after lunch, Nordstjernen will move off, though first of all it won’t be very far.


          In the next instalment we approach a glacier …and get to see another part of the ship!

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            I should've done so many other things on this week-end day, but I can't manage to cut myself loose from CVF and these fantastic pictures and the hole story of yours from your Svalbard trip!
            There are so many enjoyable and well composed images, but #1305/1, #1306 and #1307 I must sau are among my favourites.
            The opposed 'Pakarang view' there of NORDSTJERNENs stern is, at least to me, somewhat "powerful" (in lack of other words).
            Then I find pictures from Barentsburg very interesting. It's like getting a glimpse into another world.

            (The sad thing now, is that she's a hotel ship at Ågotnes..., being occupied by "rough-necks" who might only see her as a hotel and act accordingly. But then again, Hurtigruten is experienced in having to 'kleen up' after ships being used as hotels, so it'll all be ok I hope. Nevertheless, a ship should be used, being splashed with seawater, not moored to a quay).

            Back to your trip, C..., look forward to seeing more!!!
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

              Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
              .... I can't manage to cut myself loose from CVF and these fantastic pictures....
              ....look forward to seeing more!!!
              Thank you S! Sounds like I am fulfilling my aim of making folk feel they had been along on this voyage.
              Oh, the word “opposed” or “reverse” got missed off my writing about the “pakarang view” –better correct that! –it’s perhaps as well that I’m working on a more photos than writing section at the moment! But that brings other problems…however I’ve just decided that “editing is futile” because these are special and probably unrepeatable views of the ship which I ought to share, whether good or bad as photographs. There will be fewer photos for this thread once in mainland Norway. Then I promise to show you more of Barentsburg and other places in other threads.

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                Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                Sounds like I am fulfilling my aim of making folk feel they had been along on this voyage.
                Oh you most certainly are! Like Mr S, i should really be doing other stuff today, but i could not tear myself away from reading about your adventures. And it is like it was with your Fram trip, reading your accounts and looking at your photos really make me feel i was there. The photos, i am no good at describing why i think photos are good, but in this case i will sum it up with one word - mystical. Photos from a landscape that seems a million miles away from where i am now. A real pleasure to be following you along on this trip Cecilia. Thank you.
                Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                  Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                  Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                  There will be fewer photos for this thread once in mainland Norway. Then I promise to show you more of Barentsburg and other places in other threads.
                  Not too few photos of the mainland I hope? Enjoying all of this, would hate to miss out on anything if you've got time to share it with us!
                  Last edited by PoloUK; September 9th, 2012, 16:11.
                  Cheers,

                  Mark.

                  www.pologlover.co.uk

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                    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                    Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
                    Not too few photos of the mainland I hope? ....
                    Don't Panic PoloUK! -I only meant here in the NX thread. Then later there will be LOTS of other photos of places both in Svalbard and on the mainland in various appropriate threads. Such threads as "This is Honningsvåg / Nordkapp" spring to mind for some inexplicable reason!

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                      Don't Panic PoloUK! -I only meant here in the NX thread. Then later there will be LOTS of other photos of places both in Svalbard and on the mainland in various appropriate threads. Such threads as "This is Honningsvåg / Nordkapp" spring to mind for some inexplicable reason!
                      Just checking!!! Will look forward to that.
                      Cheers,

                      Mark.

                      www.pologlover.co.uk

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                        Hi Cecilia,

                        Wonderfull photos ! I enjoy the #1306 ones... the mood stands really very beautiful in Magdalenefjorden, peacefull... Thanks for sharing

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                          A blissful afternoon of contrasting pleasures!

                          In spite of all my intentions about saving photos that do not show or specifically relate to the ship for later threads, I am going to start with this image. I hope you’ll agree it might even be worth a second posting in due course! Anyway, I needed it now to explain why Nordstjernen is moving off as we finish lunch, and what our plans are for the afternoon! It is to be a photo opportunity –we are going to approach the front of the Smeerenburg glacier.



                          So here we are, the ship slows once again and everyone falls silent, leaving only the tinkling sounds as air escapes from melting ice.

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                            But here on Nordstjernen’s thread, that afternoon is not so quickly summarised in one image and one sentence!

                            Up on the boat deck no one is to be seen, despite the views and the relative warmth of non-windy weather. For there has been an announcement. There will be “guiding out on deck” and we can learn more about this place, about glaciers’ formation and of melting ice, and doubtless the questions will widen onto issues of changing climate and so on. I think the German speakers were about to assemble below me on the aft deck, whereas the English speakers should now make their way to….the foredeck!

                            On the regular coastal service, the foredeck is simply somewhere to be glimpsed standing on tiptoe to peer over the front of the bridge wings, a working deck, crane in action as freight is loaded and unloaded at the ports. I have actually on one previous occasion been permitted to go onto that deck, on a rather strange evening in a Bergen heatwave in the summer of 2009. The dear old lady was overheating, her cooling system clogging up… slowing and eventually at anchor scarcely an hour out of Bergen and the tourists increasingly restless, perhaps the captain had been keen to offer a distraction. My resulting photos, bathed in the balmy golden light of a Nordic Summer Evening, have still not appeared in this thread, but I am saving them for your future nostalgic pleasure. They are in any case quite different from mood and circumstances here in Svalbard!

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                              “ How do we get there?” I heard someone say, and you may be wondering too.

                              You can scroll quickly through the sequence of the next few photos which answer that question, perhaps pretending it is a short movie (which I lack as a function on my camera).
                              Go down to Deck C (we are on the port side in these photos) and walk along outside as far forward as it goes…



                              The door at the end is marked “crew only”, but they’ve put up an extra sign at the side with an inviting red arrow labelled Front Deck.





                              So follow the arrow… there’s another crew only door. Pause to look at the notice, which I think is telling crew to close the door gently or guests in nearly cabin 301 will complain!





                              Another red arrow sign has come loose, but you can see it points up the stairs…



                              ….from where you emerge onto the foredeck…

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                                …and see this!

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