On Hurtigruten, day 8-9: Hammerfest to Stamsund

Morning light, on our way to Hammerfest. We have had very calm weather through the trip along the Norwegian coast.

Hammerfest harbour. We wandered over to see the cultural centre. Afterwards we found a bookstore and stocked up, we have electronic books with us but I do prefer paper. My husband is reading Nemesis by Jo Nesbø, and bought the original version of the book, to try reading some of it in Norwegian. I found a Camilla Läckberg book I had not read, excellent Swedish author.
Trondenes church, a medieval church. We were on an excursion for the morning to see a bit of Vesterålen, so we left the boat in Harstad and rejoined it in Sortland a few hours later.

Lovely light.
There was quite a snowstorm as we crossed the island (Hinnøya) by bus, but it soon cleared up.


Finally! Northern lights, near Stamsund! Not very bright, but band of green across the night sky. We had been hoping for this the entire trip, and we were heading down for dinner when someone said “Northern lights!” And we all ran out to see, despite not having coats with us. Nobody wanted to miss it. Eventually the cold drove us in, but the lights came back several times last night, and we were all so pleased!
With the moon being so bright and a bit of snow last night, it was not the brightest of northern light displays, but after hoping night after night to see them, it was very exciting. This has been a fabulous trip. Two more days, then we are back in Bergen. Tomorrow we cross the Arctic Circle on our way south again.


2 thoughts on “On Hurtigruten, day 8-9: Hammerfest to Stamsund

  1. Rowena

    I am going to be a very sad reader when your tour ends, but at least I have even better hope to be able to do a Hurtigruten cruise or a week in Tromso next year. My husband’s boss didn’t give him a thumb’s up yet but at least he’s aware of our plans. He said: “You want to go to Norway in January? It’s COLD!!”

    1. krumkaker Post author

      It would be fantastic if you can go next January! We had mild weather up north, not worse than -3 I think. Earlier this month it was -26 in Kirkenes. Now nearing Kristiansund and it is a balmy + 2, lots of snow on the mountains.


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