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    So beautiful, Bengt. I knew Sarnia would be thrilled to see your photo of her voyage on Lofoten the way one doesn'’t experience it when actually aboard.

    (oops I seem to have sent a post when it was meant to be a comment - again!)

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      The weather is indeed absolutely lovely since yesterday (crossing of the Vesteraalen and Lofoten). The deck 5 lounge armchairs are back! They have been re-upholstered in the same red fabric as the other chairs (I will post pictures when I'm back).
      On a more serious note, the loading crane, which have been showing troubles in the last few days, is broken for good since Svolvaer. All the cargo was unloaded there by a crane brought on the quay, and we are now sailing cargo-less, which is sad. I don't like seeing nothing happening at the port of calls. MS Lofoten is at the moment mostly a touristic ship (and some local passengers of course) and this doesn't feel quite right. Hopefully they will be able to fix it soon (maybe in Bergen? But getting spare parts for this crane must be quite a hassle).
      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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        Lofoten in Trondheim this morning:

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        • Sarnia
          Sarnia commented
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          Another glorious day it seems... What a beautiful light in this capture! Unfortunately my voyage is already over, I took the train this morning from Trondheim to Oslo.

        I decided this time to take the Sea Eagle safari excursion, not so much for the sea eagle (I'm not really keen on feeding the birds for tourists) but because I really wanted an opportunity to take pictures of Lofoten sailing (and hopefully of her sailing in the Trollfjord). It turned out to be quite successful, and during the excursion I had 3 opportunities to see the ship sailing and take picture. The first opportunity was when we boarded the excursion boat, at the end of Raftsundet. As everybody was on one side of the boat taking pictures of the bird, I was on the other side watching Lofoten sailing graciously in this gorgeous environment.











        Opportunities 2 and 3 are coming later!
        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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          Look! I bet this would be a successful extra tour: Photosafari of MS Lofoten. Catch her from the outside in a spectacular passage! Sometimes things can be so easy!!
          Very good point, Sophie.
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          • Sarnia
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            I would most definitely sign up for that tour! (in a way, I did with this one!)

          Il est beau notre bateau dans sa livrée automnale.
          (She is so nice in this automn colours).

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            I love those photos of my favourite ship in the Raftsundet. The fourth one makes her look so old (well, she is) and grey. Thanks Sarnia.
            I have been having problems accessing the site and finally after three attempts over some days,all seems OK again.

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              Thank you for your comments!

              Opportunity #2 presented itself as the excursion boat was making its way down the Trollfjord (it was actually my first time on the Trollfjord and even on such a small boat the entrance and the vertical cliffs are quite impressive). After we turned around and sailed towards the entrance, I was looking for MS Lofoten and suddenly, she appeared behind a rock.











              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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                And then she passed us and continued her way towards the end of the fjord and I got my money's worth of shots of MS Lofoten in the Trollfjord! (although the light was not ideal as the sun was setting behind the mountains, so very spectacular in reality but tough to handle for the camera). This really was a fun and unique moment.













                And then she was gone her way, and us sailing away. But as I said, I had another picture opportunity, a bit later in the day.
                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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                • Linray
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                  Wonderful photos! One of the reasons we did that excursion in July, to get photos of MS Nordnorge!

                Marvellous, Sarnia! Seeing the photos of Lofoten appearing behind the rocks is one of those "so emotional it’s amazing you managed to hold your camera steady" kind of moments!

                The view from close to her stern as she heads determinedly up the fjord has more sense of motion than any video would. Then seeing her against the surround of mountains, and subsequently seeming so small in the distance...

                Clearly a "must-do", and as a bonus a persuasive example of Ralf's skills as excursion brochure author!

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                • Sarnia
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                  Thank you Seagull! As it was my first opportunity (in 5 trips) to enter the Trollfjord I debated whether it would be better to actually be on board during this, or to be outside taking pictures. I don't regret my choice (and my travel companion remained on board so I have some second-hand experience - and some pictures, which I will post sometimes later - of what it's like.
                  Maybe next time, but then maybe not, because there definitely will be a next time, but it's likely that it will be in winter again. Autumn colors were amazing, but we missed the snow and the winter lights.
                  I have a few more pictures to post but I'm having trouble uploading them so maybe a little later.

                • Sigve
                  Sigve commented
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                  Well done!

                Another very nice feature of this excursion was that we sailed to Svolvaer through a maze of rocks and islands (very nice ride!) and then entered Svolvaer harbor by going under the Svinoya bridge. And we arrived in port 5 minutes before the official arrival time of MS Lofoten (18.30) so I rushed out of the boat and run around the harbor to have a view of MS Lofoten when she would enter Svolvaer. I should have taken my time, because the ship was actually 15 minutes late, and it was getting dark. So I had to push the ISO a bit (it shows) but here was my third opportunity of the day to catch her at sea. And I'm really glad I caught her with the fisherman's wife statue, which is a bit of a good luck charm for me.













                Mission acomplished!
                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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                • Seagull
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                  Utter magic! The perfect place and time to photograph the ship looking her cosiest, the mountains, the moon, and the fisherman's wife who's a 'special friend' of mine too

                • Tommi
                  Tommi commented
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                  Just the perfect timing regarding the light, there was just enough to lit up the sides of the ship when arriving to Svolvaer. Very nice indeed.

                I haven't managed to find a link in English, but it seems that as of April 2015 Lofoten will be sailing a special route which the large ships cannot manoeuvre in and offering unique opportunities onboard such as silver service dining and fishing from the deck to recreate a 'classic' Hurtigruten experience. Great idea in my opinion!

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                  GraemeD - what a great idea - I can see her sneaking into small places which the big ships have to avoid. Fantastic. I might just have to go again next April.......

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                    Me too Naripalmer. This is a translation of the piece from shipmagasinet.no:

                    Hurtigruten offers a new concept for the classic MS Lofoten.

                    By: Editorial Published: 16/10/14 at. 6:23 p.m.
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                    Hurtigruten has launched a new, yet classic, concept fleet grand old lady, MS Lofoten (1964). Ship's classic features will be streamlined throughout the journey, and she will offer guests authentic experiences, close to nature and culture.

                    Exclusive experiences on new routes

                    The small, agile veteran has some advantages over other ships. The venerable lady can navigate waters others can not. Thus she can bring guests closer to the action and nature.

                    Fjellomkransede fjords in the north, Stokksund in Trøndelag and Svartsund in Lofoten are just some of the newest routes the traditional ship will frequent from April 2015.

                    Nearly 30 outings are on the program with additional exclusive activities offered on the MS Lofoten:

                    * the opportunity to fish directly from the deck

                    * set traps to lure the fascinating king crab

                    In the evenings you can boast of fish stories over a game of bridge and a glass of sherry in the vintage lounge before dinner.

                    Norwegian food at its best

                    A delicious four-course dinner based on menus in 1960 will be served to delight your taste buds with fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers along the coast.

                    We adhere to the informal atmosphere on board, but the crew and officers are familiar with proper etiquette from MS Lofoten humble beginnings.

                    Rights will therefore be served from silver by staff wearing white gloves and uniforms from the era. Captain's Dinner will round off this voyage on the sea of ​​remembrance.

                    "Modern dining and Asian fusion can be enjoyed all over the world, but now it's time to turn back time on the MS Lofoten to the old highs, before sushi, pizza and the Internet took over our everyday lifestyle. Being able to offer a 11 day nostalgic, but high-quality service concept is something we are very pleased to offer our guests from 2015, "said Thomas Westergaard, Senior Vice President Product Development & Hotel Operations.

                    A dignified lady

                    This vintage ship, launched in 1964 in Oslo, was rebuilt and renovated in 2003, 50 years have MS Lofoten remained loyal to the Hurtigruten and its travelers. With its tasteful wooden decks, lounges original and traditional panoramic deck retains its authentic and charming atmosphere.

                    As the smallest and oldest Hurtigruten ships have been protected since 2001 and it has a very special place in the hearts of Hurtigruten's customers. On his 50th birthday in 2014 had MS Lofoten raised nearly 3 million nautical miles, carried 1.25 million guests and anchored more than 75,000 times Hurtigruten ports.

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                    • Sarnia
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                      Thank you for the info. I'm also quite excited about having her sailing alternate routes, but not so much about the four-course dinner served from silver plates by white-gloved staff. I wouldn't want sailing on the old lady to become a posh, stuffy affair.
                      I'm already on the verge of booking my next trip without the evening dinner (if possible) since, although the food is good, it takes forever and make you miss out on scenery and excitment outside (Northern Lights don't always wait for dinner to be over), and except one time when we were seated with a very friendly Australian couple, we usually end up sharing meals with other French people and French travellers are not always the most agreeable companions . I'm not sure I'll be at ease with a "high quality service concept".
                      Let see how it goes though before complaining!

                    Sarnia, my sentiments exactly. The casual buffet service is just fine by me. The posh, stuffy atmosphere sounds quite ludicrous to me, but I would just hope the atmosphere would be the same.
                    However, although I never fish (I feel sorry for the declining fish population) the places visited sound fabulous. I would be uncomfortable with silver service. Lofoten is an old lady and I reckon she deserves better!! That's my bias showing through...

                    Graeme D, thanks for the information.

                    Nari

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