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    OK then, if anyone would like to see a few photos from a Finnmarken summer, I'll put a few on every day. Probably not in order though, and more for some days than others.

    As Bengt says, a Norwegian summer can have every sort of weather, we didn't see more than about 7C, but we had plenty of blue skies between the banks of rain.

    Here's the Gamle Dame in Honningsvåg on 24th June.

    Coming past Altsula. Beeeeep - beep - beeeeeep. (It took me years to realise that we get a morse 'K' for northbound, I know you lot all knew that!).



    Aiming at the berth at a good speed.



    With the usual audience (on a good weather day!).



    Hello Sailor.



    And the poor bridge crew fighting for some space on the wing-bridge.



    Alongside.

    Cheers,

    Mark.

    www.pologlover.co.uk

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      The increased technology of the fork lift truck is a constant wonder. With a few deft moves the gangway was in place - relatively high tide today.



      And the crane creaked into action, plenty of freight coming off today. In fact there seemed to be more cargo carried this year than I remember for a while on all of the ships.



      Most people safely installed on their excursion coaches, so up the ramp to show ID, get a 'free squirt' of antibacterial, and get a visitors pass.



      Rather more friendly passengers this time than last time, just looked resigned as we tramped through the restaurant to the cafe via the shop (yes, I know the sign says not to, but the crew always tell us to go that way).



      After coffee and people watching it was time for a walkabout.

      Front.



      Back - with the Sankt Hans decorations still in place.

      Cheers,

      Mark.

      www.pologlover.co.uk

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        Looking across from the Ice Bar.



        Then up to the hill to sun-bathe and look down on the old lady.



        And after a while, around to the other side of the harbour - not much makes Lofoten look big ...



        But she looked wonderful on the Hurtigruten Quay in the sunshine. Plenty of playing with emergency alarm signals and flares during the afternoon, but she just dozed and waited to leave for Kjøllefjord and the north.



        Yes, there is something large and white looming behind her, but let's not worry about that for now.
        Cheers,

        Mark.

        www.pologlover.co.uk

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        • nari
          nari commented
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          She is looking a bit worse for wear - time for a paint job? Great photos, Mark. Always good to see new ones of the old girl.

        • Seagull
          Seagull commented
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          Superb photos as always, Mark. Always good to hear about folk VISITING the ships, about little traditions that survive, and about there being lots of freight activity even on little Lofoten.

        When Lofoten met Gann (ex. Narvik) in Kristiansund 29th June 2017

        SSL21651 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        SSL21660 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        SSL21664 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        SSL21671 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        Two icons on the harbour, hurtigruten and sundbåten
        SSL21676 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          Thanks for the comments Nari, Cecilia, Bengt - yes, back in the UK and yearning for a Scandi summer with sensible temperatures, not the too-hot summer we've currently come back to.
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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          • nari
            nari commented
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            Mark, what sort of temperatures are you having? This winter is mild - with a lot of sunshine and daily temps around 10-12C, but we do live on a tableland...

          • PoloUK
            PoloUK commented
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            We've got very high 20s here in the west of England. I'm much happier in the low 20s when you can still do things outdoors. The British are odd though - as you know! - we moan when it's warm, we moan when it's cold.

          Very high 20s sounds rather weird to me; I guess I assumed that all of England was cold, except for a few hot days here and there. But I have been only to LHR four times as a transit place, so I would not know! I keep wondering what will happen when all the ice disappears from the Arctic areas.

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            Thank you all for the updates from the north and from the coast a little south of me.

            Nice to see that the LOFOTEN is still going strong - to be honest, I don't pay too much attention to these ships like I did before. While at work, I'm normally tied up with something when we meet them, and when I'm on leave, I'm busy with other things. I used to have much more time available before, now, I can't seem tom find the time anymore. What happen? Did the priorities change, or did I actually find more to do now? I have no idea - perhaps a combination of the two, or more reasons.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              I can understand that the changes in Hurtigruten in recent years must be rather hard for "the boy who loved hurtigruten" to keep up with and come to terms with - I even share some of those feelings myself and am not so much 'hurtigruting' along the coast as I used to.
              But I think your passion for these ships, is still very much alive, and never more so than when in conjunction with photography plus more recent 'gadgety' pleasures. When flying your 'c-gull wings' and capturing two hurtigruter together recently you said yourself how really excited you were.

              You've been frequently at the cruise terminal to see cruise ships too, as well as walking in the countryside and making the most of the all-to-brief Norwegian summer. As for for where the rest of the time goes, the answer to your question "What happen?" seems totally obvious to me - all those three-weeks-leave you've spent in your other country! I am also thinking that quite a lot of your spare time in Norway must be taken up by planning and preparing for the Thai trips - both the road trips catching up with dear friends, and making the most of the fulfilling opportunities that have opened up for you.
              Your Ladycgull (who has herself spent more time in Thailand than Norway in the last two years.) totally understands.

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                hahahahaha.... thanks for the great comment and for putting a smile on my face!

                Yes, it's been a busy year so far - as also last year was. I seldom find time and energy to visit the Hurtigruten dock to photograph the ships, unlike what I did nearly a decade ago. But the c-gull has certainly been an investment that has brought me out more to take new and different pictures. Hopefully, they will be enjoyed by many.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  Guess I was at the right place at the right time today, as Lofoten departed Svolvær in Lofoten and I took her picture from the end of the breakwater

                  SSL23186 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                  "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  • Tommi
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                    The bird was missing already in 2013:

                  • PoloUK
                    PoloUK commented
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                    It was there on June 20th. Maybe he was on a tea break when you were there, and then again when Svein was there. Must only be one.


                  • Tommi
                    Tommi commented
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                    Who's responsible for commanding out this bird anyway? Cecilia? ☺️

                  #1197.3 Lady C.... are you on holiday in Norway right now? hahahahaha
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                  • Seagull
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                    No BUT... of course I have a seagull in every port!

                  She was still late arriving in Honningsvåg today, but catching up.
                  Cheers,

                  Mark.

                  www.pologlover.co.uk

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                    Taken in Tromsø last weekend:

                    P8174578 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr

                    P8174579 by Eirik Stensland, on Flickr
                    Olympus user
                    E-M1, E-M5
                    w/ Lots of new and old (adapted lenses)...

                    Hurtigruten ships traveled on:
                    MS Richard With, MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp, MS Nordlys, MS Finnmarken, MS Midnatsol (Both old and new)

                    Cruise ships traveled on:
                    MS Sunbird, former RCI Song of America, now MS Louis Olympia (August 2002)
                    MS Adventure of the Seas (October 2010)
                    MS Vision of the Seas (June 2012)
                    MS Enchantment of the Seas (October 2016)

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                      Great to see that despite us having started the second half of 2017, Lofoten is still going strong on her coastal route.

                      Does anyone know of her booking situation - is she as popular and fully booked as we like to think?
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      • nari
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                        Lofoten usually is fully booked, particularly in the summer months. I have heard from various people that the waiting list can be 8 -10 months (or longer) But compared with the other ships, she is incomparable! That's just me.

                      I agree! You are the master of panning-photography! You nail it again and again!
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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