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    Encouraged by the occasional shafts of sunlight through the windows of the deserted front lounge, I venture outside to cool invigorating air. Useful places, these covered outside vestibule-like decks from the hall. Temperature assessed, and clothing declared adequate, I head upwards and out.



    It had been snowing during the night –or rather while most were still up and around, judging by the footprints on the aft deck. I suppose most people stayed up late after the evening’s celebrations and excitement –and are now sleeping in a little later than usual. There will not be landing in any case until after the post-breakfast briefing at 9am.








    We’ll actually dock at the pier this morning, so no matter that Karin has an accumulation of snow. I giggle to myself as I notice that Teddy-bear Olav Jan has apparently come in from the cold, as if to emphasise the evolution of polar-bears as better suited to this environment!!

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      I’m standing on the bridge wing, soaking in the scenery…ok I’m especially looking at pyramid-shaped mountains and especially the varying inclination of the rock strata, emphasised by this sprinkling of recent snowfall. I am recognising where we are from my previous visit, quite close now to Ny-Ålesund, and have anticipated the Captain’s plan of action without need of returning to the cabin to check the computer/GPS or making a nuisance of myself on the bridge. We’ll continue further along Kongsfjorden, before turning back to arrive at the exactly appointed time. It’s going to be one great scenic breakfast!

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            Walk with me!….





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              I’m scampering around the ship now, captivated by the continually changing light on deck, on funnel, on this and that accumulation of paintwork. And detail …the light drawing my eye to detail after detail, and, somewhere behind consciousness, a small voice urging me on, whispering to me, reminding me “you may never have another opportunity to be aboard this ship…”

              I ought to live the rest of my life, each day, each moment, the way I did that morning aboard a ship of yet-undetermined future. Here, merely a few photos, a shadowy two-dimensional approximation of how it was to be there.






              Last edited by Seagull; September 14th, 2012, 19:16.

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                  The ship is waking up. Others had been about their duties by the time I stepped indoors, for the breakfast buffet had miraculously appeared!



                  Well, someone has to be first!

                  Breakfast! It happened exactly as I had supposed, this most scenic of dining experiences along Kongsfjorden. As I write this, it’s right after watching a TV documentary charting the history and politics of British railways. A short flash back to scenes of a dining car of old, and the distant personal memory it evoked of train journeys and such meals with a passing view. Window seat…scenery… and a bacon and fried egg day on Nordstjernen, another taste of the magic of mealtimes on the move!

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                    The breakfast buffet’s busy now, while back outside on the aft deck the flag is hoisted.



                    There was one passenger who shared my penchant for pre-breakfast experiences, and a delight in landscape and seascape, light and weather.

                    I am totally in awe of her, sketchbook-capturing the moment in pen and paint.


                    In the next installment:- Ny-Ålesund (yes really!), before heading south, a surprise encounter, and a even a sunset.

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      The latest pictures are just a big WOW!
                      So many great details, and I'm pretty amazed about the changing light.

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                        I’m scampering around the ship now, captivated by the continually changing light on deck, on funnel, on this and that accumulation of paintwork. And detail …the light drawing my eye to detail after detail, and, somewhere behind consciousness, a small voice urging me on, whispering to me, reminding me “you may never have another opportunity to be aboard this ship…”

                        I ought to live the rest of my life, each day, each moment, the way I did that morning aboard a ship of yet-undetermined future.
                        You have a beautiful eye Cecilia (and a beautiful heart!), because what you write here is exactly the feeling I had while watching your precious detail pictures. You manage to convey exactly that feeling of need to capture every little detail, every light, every shape, maybe for the last time, before it is too late. Your pictures brought tears to my eyes actually, even before I read those words.
                        MS Lofoten April 2006, March 2012, Feb 2013. MS Polarlys Dec 2010. MS Fram Feb 2009, Sep 2011.
                        Upcoming : MS Fram Dec 2013, MS Lofoten Sep 2014
                        My travelblog : http://voyageterremer.blogspot.com. Hurtigruten, Antarctica, Svalbard, Norway (and other places...).

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                          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                          Thank you so much for this morning walk. Having experienced something similar, we know exactly the mood and it is like being there with you. We are enjoying each picture!!
                          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                            Ny-Ålesund, Thursday 23rd August 2012

                            Ny-Ålesund –exactly as planned! The post-breakfast briefing prepares everyone for the special issues of being a visitor here, for this once coal mining settlement has become an international scientific community and research centre. It would be out of place here in Nordstjernen’s thread for me to expand on that, indulge in personal reminiscences of my previous visit and scientific connections or even present too many photos of this place and this landscape. The opportunity to share interests in the history of polar exploration I will also largely leave for another time.

                            But here is Ny-Ålesund as Nordstjernen approaches.

                            Last edited by Seagull; September 18th, 2012, 14:27.

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                              The tall ship seen here is Antigua, Dutch owned, a replacement for Oosterschelde as frequent visitor to Svalbard in the summer season.



                              The ISPS-terminal signs and such are the first changes apparent since my last visit.

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