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    Coincidence! 220 was my cabin in 1997, but hey, the upgraded style after the fish episode looks positively posh.
    A desk! Would have loved such a big desk last trip - A400 had a small one with fire extinguisher to sit on. OK, not quite but it was tiny. And as for water sloshing everywhere during and after a shower...that seems to be a Lofoten tradition.

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      A few more random ones, if I may, of - well, just things I loved about this trip. The first few aren't Lofoten-specific, for which I apologise, but they were taken from Lofoten and I will always associate them with her. Can I get away with that in this thread?


      That blue light. Repeating myself, I know, but this does at least have Lofoten in it!


      Moonlight, and lighthouses, at Harstad.


      On the quayside in Brønnøysund.


      I loved the tyre fenders, daft as it sounds. So tough and reassuring and functional. The tread patterns emphasised by the angled light reflecting off their wet surface, or by frost or snow.


      The bridges were sensational. What else can you say about them?


      View from the quay of the well-known church at Sortland. Oh, and some refrigeration containers

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        As usual, great photos. The tyres were fascinating, especially waiting for the inevitable high-pitched sound of severe stress as the Lofoten squeezed against them.
        Do you remember where the bridge photo above was? Looks like the Lofoten Wall.......

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        • billplumtree
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          Full marks, Nari! Not far out of Stokmarknes, looking SE. I suppose that makes it the back of the Lofoten Wall?

        The lighthouses deserve a post of their own. Not so much the famous ones, but the tiny little unmanned ones that seemed to be on almost every headland, their bright white walls and red roofs making them stand out reassuringly even in the daylight.





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          Not sure about the direction re the Wall, but it makes sense to say SE aspect.

          The lighthouse in the first photo on lighthouses reminds me of the Finnmark coast where there would be one house packed against a high mountain and nothing else for miles around.
          Hmm. As my friend on the Bergen -Oslo train said: Norwegians like their solitude. If there is a large field, the man will build his house in the middle of it, rather than close to neighbours.

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            Just wonderful! I'm enjoying everything I see.
            It's perfectly ok to start new threads to document trips. For my last Norway trip I started a thread for the trip itself and then posted the ship specific pictures in their own threads (Lofoten / Finnmarken).

            A flashback in #1028/3: I have exactly the same model of "shower handle holder rod" in my own bathroom.
            #1028/5: is that port hole also openable? Well despite from the facts that it's sealed close.

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              I am smiling about the desk lamp in #1028. Was this a provisiorium or was it the original installation? Both would be possible on Lofoten. She has a very pragmatic style, which i love so much.
              But i can't remeber the desk lamp we had in A-200 on our trip.
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              • billplumtree
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                Ralf, that's how it was when I arrived. Pragmatic indeed - functional rather than pretty, and very likeable for that reason.

              Originally posted by Tommi View Post
              It's perfectly ok to start new threads to document trips. For my last Norway trip I started a thread for the trip itself and then posted the ship specific pictures in their own threads (Lofoten / Finnmarken).
              Thanks Tommi, both for the advice, which I will follow next time (and there will definitely be a next time: the bug has bitten), and for the links to your photos. Although I will say that reading those threads is stopping me getting on with posting the rest of my own photos...

              1028/5: is that port hole also openable? Well despite from the facts that it's sealed close.
              I'm sure it is. I've seen photos of similar cabins with the cover open. I'll just have to go back another time to prove it

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              • nari
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                I understood that portholes on and below a certain level (B?) have to remain closed during the winter period. On my first trip ('97) I certainly saw a lot of ocean beating at the glass.(not just waves)

              Another of the SE aspect of the Lofoten Wall for Nari:

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              • nari
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                Thank you!
                My first of many views of the Wall was in 1997, leaving Bodo on a brilliantly sunny afternoon and heading WNW - slowly, the thin white line of mountains appeared on the horizon, occupying the whole horizon. I was sold....

              And now another bunch of things I loved about the trip, but these ones are much more specific to Lofoten.


              Obviously. I mean, who couldn't love this one? Oh, for one of those to hang on my wall at home!


              I loved that the gangway was delivered to the ship at every port by forklift, except for one (I think) occasion when it didn't need to be raised up so was just manhandled into position flat on the quay. I chatted for a while with an English couple on Nordkapp when our paths crossed in Trondheim - they'd just had a look round Lofoten and weren't very impressed at all with the noisy, dowdy, scruffy, old-fashioned, tiny little thing. Lord knows what they would have said if they'd known about the gangway.


              I think this may have been the kind of thing they meant. I loved that these fittings were so obviously used and standing the test of time, entirely appropriate for this ship.


              All the woodwork. Those lovely heavy varnished external doors; and railings worn beautifully smooth by the passage of so many hands sliding down the stairs, slightly nervously in Bergen and with increasing confidence as the journey went on.


              The colours on the lit lower aft deck, with that blue light beyond. This was roped off most of the time, but I happened to be mooching around with camera in hand on the occasion that someone had forgotten to put the rope across, so it seemed fair game.

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                I loved that there was a poinsettia on the bridge! How many ships have pot plants on the bridge?


                Looking through the window into the warm, homely staff canteen. I would have quite happily have eaten in there instead of the dining room.


                The box the teabags were kept in on the cafe counter. I don't know if this was a comment on the oddity of teabags, as opposed to the sensibility of coffee, or if it just happened to be the only suitable container they could find. It amused me, anyway.


                It was a source of great amusement to me to find that everything not fixed rigidly to the floor was chained to it. Everything! So, if you picked a seat in the panorama lounge that happened to be not aligned with a window, you had to hope it was at least on a chain sufficiently long to allow you to move it to where you wanted to be. There was a lot of seat-swapping went on when an interesting view came up and moved around relative to the ship.


                And late on in the trip, the reason for the chains became apparent... And I loved this too, the persistent rhythmic rolling seemed so soothing.

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                • nari
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                  Ah, that roped-off stern area which used to be open to folk who liked to get up close and personal with the wake and the thrum of the engines. I spent a lot of time there and then in 2013 it was roped off. I can understand why, the crew would not like the idea of pax hanging around while they deal with ropes and stuff. I can imagine an excellent Monty Python series of passengers being whisked overboard by ropes.....

                  As for the Nordkapp passengers demoting Lofoten as a dowdy tiny thing....propriety forbids my response.

                How could I have almost have forgotten this one? The special 50th anniversary stamp:

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                  And finally, an apology. I wasn't aware of the rule that we had to take a photograph of the ship in every port, so I don't have a complete collection. Here's what I do have.


                  Bergen. Obviously, I wasn't going to miss out on a photo of the very start, and wandering from the city centre bus stop in the vague direction of the Hurtigrute quay, having attempted to memorise the map, I realised I was only slightly off when I came upon this view across the harbour - a better view than if I'd been dead on directionally. Serendipity


                  Torvik, the following morning.


                  Ålesund.


                  In Trondheim, dwarfed by MS Nordkapp.


                  A wet Bodø, with a hint of that blue light just beginning to appear.

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                    Svolvaer, obviously.


                    Kirkenes, in the magical pink light.


                    Sortland (I may have posted this pic earlier; if so, I don't apologise for it!)


                    Stokmarknes. We got our Christmas decorations up! The chap leaning on the railing was from Canada and pleasant company, out on deck with camera as much as I was.


                    Berthed back in Bergen, bookending #1041/1 nicely.

                    The end, to my great sadness.

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                    • nari
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                      Great stuff, Bill.
                      Some of these photos (Sortland, Bodo, Kirkenes) mirror the ones I took, but yours are much higher quality.
                      I got to know the Canadian a bit (never knew his name) but he was a loner and I respected that. Some of us set out in pitch darkness to walk to Vardohus,
                      but I gave up as I had seen it twice before and he went on alone. He came back and said: I am so glad I went...
                      A pity there wasn't ice in the run up to Kirkenes, and in the harbour.
                      Did you ever find out much about Polaris, the red vessel behind Lofoten at another wharf at Kirkenes? I didn't find anything definitive.

                    • billplumtree
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                      Thanks Nari,

                      Stena Polaris - wow! I didn't even see her at the time, I was too busy heading off to the Russian trawlers. But now that you've drawn her to my attention... http://www.stenanorthernsearoute.com/category/blog/ is an interesting blog about a trip on her to Korea, via the Arctic with a Russian nuclear icebreaker for company. "The Northern Sea Route connects Europe with East Asia via the Barents Sea, the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. This route reduces the voyage with approximately 10 days compared with the traditional route via The Suez Canal, India and the Strait of Malacca."

                    Wonderful additions. I showed some of the pictures to my daughter and she asked for the link to see the complete Lofoten thread. She is full of anticipation for our trip in June!
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    • billplumtree
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                      Thank you Ralf. It will probably take until June for your daughter to read all 70 pages of the complete Lofoten thread!
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