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  • Day4

    Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

    May 28, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    We have made the ultimate sacrifice for our "followers." We bought internet service on board our new home for the next 6 days....Hurtigruten's "Polarlys". Small price to pay to keep you in the loop !!! Of course it means something in the budget got Coke Zero for Cath for a week.

    Our day started with breakfast at our hotel, the Scandic Kirkenes....have not seen a breakfast spread like that for quite sometime. Great way to end our run of hotel stays. bus to the dock....walk aboard and register. Our cruise has unofficially begun....we depart Kirkenes in an hour. Time to get our bearings. The ship was updated last year and seems to not lack for anything. "Polarlys" doubles as a delivery vessel so we will make 32 stops of varying durations these next 6 days.

    Catherine and I are sitting on deck 7 when she realizes we have pushed off from the dock. It is exactly 12:30 p.m.....we leave right on time. Our cruise has now officially begun.

    First stop...Vardo where we take a brisk walk to a witch monument. An odd spot but the walk was refreshing. Thankfully Cath grabs a booklet that will explain what we just saw!!

    Once back, not much time before dinner. Hurtigruten scheduled us for the 6:00 p.m sitting. We have a table for 2 with another table beside us. Soon a couple join us...Daryl and Jennie from Australia. They are on the round trip cruise so have been aboard for 6 days. They had an empty table beside them for the south to north voyage. Now they'll have to put up with me for 6 days!! They are delightful...well travelled....and Daryl, a retired teacher, sings in a men's choir.

    Tonight's dinner is a 3 course meal. Smoked salmon for starters followed by....wait for it......RUDOLPH. Yes, we had reindeer. Catherine ate all of her's so that should tell you something about the taste. It was delicious. Dessert is next up but wait...what's this??

    Suddenly our table is invaded by about 8 staff all waving Norway flags and singing. They surround the table singing the Norwegian version of "Happy Birthday." Cath gets hugs/best wishes from several of the female staff and a special dessert. The room erupts in polite applause and the birthday girl is blushing. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos and Daryl didn't know the lyrics!!

    Next stop....Batsfjord for 30 minutes. In/ clockwork. Onward to Berlevag......15 minutes....see ya.

    Our next port is is 2 1/4 hours away...scheduled to arrive shortly before 1:00 a.m....not gonna see that stop....bedtime but not before Hurtigruten's ship " Vesteralen" passes us on our port side as the ships swap spots in Berlevag. Time for is snowing A LOT (see pic)

    Day 1 is in the books. Great ship, food and company.

    Happy Birthday Cath.

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    Terry Campbell

    Those poor teachers are everywhere! If Rudolph is consumed, does that meant that there'll be no Christmas this December? Happy Birthday, Cathy. Some people get wiser with age. Some people get richer with age. But everybody gets older with age. So good luck on the first two .

  • Day8

    Cruising to the Top - Nordkapp!

    January 5, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Day two in our Hurtigruten cruise of Northern Norway took us around to Honningsvag where we docked and when on a day excursion to Nordkapp or North Cape- the furtherest point north on mainland Europe. An interesting experience during the polarlys- when there is no sun until the 22 January and only a couple of hours of twilight. It’s beautiful up in this part of the world- cold, but I wouldn’t change anything- i think I was born in a cold climate in a previous life!! We have also been lucky to have seen the northern lights( although only weak ones) on both nights on the ship. Tomorrow we arrive in Kirkenes and stay at the snow ❄️ hotel and go hunting for attic king crab 🦀Read more

    moira Crowley

    Enjoying the snow photos. Sweltering here. Pleased you have seen the lights 😊

  • Day10

    Hafen von Berlevag

    July 26, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Wir laufen noch kurz vor 23 Uhr den Hafen an. Aber immer nur ein kurzer Aufenthalt. Wir sitzen gemütlich in der Bar und lassen uns unseren Whisky schmecken. Keiner möchte bei der Helligkeit ins Bett.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Berlevåg, Berlevag, BVG, Берлевог, Bearalváhki