On Hurtigruten: day 10-11: Arctic Circle to Molde

Day ten already of our trip along the Norwegian coast! Morning light, somewhere after Ørnes and before a late breakfast. Soon after this, we met the southbound Hurtigrute ship MS Nordnorge, whose passengers waved at us and we waved back. There is a schedule printed for us every day, meals and port stops, key sites and mountains we pass and when we meet other Hurtigruten ships, it is really useful. As roundtrip passengers there was was also a 130 page book in our cabin, with maps and descriptions of birds and fishing industry and history, very useful.

We knew from the schedule that at 0920 or so we would pass the Arctic Circle on our way south again. That is the marker, the globe on the rock. There was a ceremony on deck soon after (involving cod liver oil this time, it was ice water on your neck on the way up), both of which we passed on. But they gave us the diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle anyway, which was nice.

Before university, I spent a few months working up here on an agricultural research station, but had never been back. It is incredibly gorgeous, this coast. On the northbound trip we passed this during the night, so coming through this stretch (Nesna, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund) in daylight on the southbound trip was fantastic.

Here we are in Rørvik, after dinner, waiting for the northbound Hurtigrute MS Vesterålen. Passengers take a stroll, some get off, the little forklift trucks zip around the dock loading and unloading pallets: fish, flour, windows, every port is different. We are hoping for more northern lights as well.

A little late, but here comes MS Vesterålen. Aha, it is actually MS Trollfjord, one of the newer and bigger Hurtigruten ships. It is a deck taller than our ship, MS Nordlys, and we passengers wave at each other.

20140220-145238.jpgAlong the coast after Trondheim. Apparently there were more northern lights last night, at eleven and at one. You can select to have northern lights announced over the speaker system in your cabin, if the bridge sees them, but I opted for sleep. (I have been battling a brutal cold for a few days, and was a bit reduced.) Still, nice to hear about it over breakfast from those who stayed up.

Lovely sunny day along the coast of Trøndelag. A number of passengers disembarked in Trondheim this morning, and we will reach Kristiansund soon, then Molde tonight. I am much better, and having a quiet afternoon on the promenade deck, enjoying tea and views of snow-dusted mountains. Tonight is our last night on the ship, and we are really enjoying the trip. It is clouding over, we might have rain in Bergen tomorrow?


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