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Finnmark

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  • Day43

    Kirkenes, a beautiful walk in the snow

    October 11 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    This morning we arrived at Kirkenes at about 9am. During the night there was quite a swell and rocking of the ship in the Barents Sea, but rather than feeling queasy we slept well. On arrival at Kirkenes there was an enormous low grey cloud hanging on one side, and semi brightness on the other...we feared the worst, but amazingly we were lucky again. The rain was actually a dusting of snow, and it had obviously been snowing overnight, but when we disembarked it was fine and remained bright for our hike to the Russian border.

    We were so glad to do this hike. Partly because it’s so nice to get off the ship to exercise, and also we now know the guides a bit, and they are funny, informative and friendly...and helpful if anyone needs it walking in the sometimes tricky conditions. The small amount of snow made it easier walking in a way - it firmed up what would have been sloshy mud, though there were many hazardous parts, but not any steep climb, just a bit of gradual uphill.

    We were taken by bus (about 15 of us this time) for a short distance, then walked along a mountain track to the border. But this was not the part of the border that another group who took a totally bus tour - they went where there are tourist shops and an official border area. We got to a high point, and there was a yellow post which marked the end of Norway, and another green and red post a metre or so further on, and if you went beyond that post you would get fined (better than shot!)...there was no barrier and nothing to stop you walking right into Russia. But they showed us a tower on the opposite mountain that has a camera and it watches the border, and people straying actually get identified and fined!! So that was lots of fun and we didn’t stray, and got back to the ship before it left at 12.30.

    There was something funny about the time as the photos I took (till my phone’s battery died, it is in a serious condition) had a time that was an hour ahead, and I think we strayed into the next time zone. The ship didn’t change time, and I find it hard that a small section of Norway would have a different time, but we are far East. In fact, after we left Kirkenes and started the return journey we stopped briefly at Vardø which is the easternmost town in Norway, and is further east than St Petersburg and Istanbul. Weird to think about.

    I am going to post a photo of the northern lights we saw last night (again - we have been so lucky, and they say tomorrow night is another good possibility). The photo was taken by someone else with a new iPhone with a better camera that you can adjust, and it shows the green that is hard to see with the naked eye. At least it confirmed that I was looking at the right thing, but it looked like a light part of the sky, not really colourful.

    So now cruising and relaxing till dinner, sipping a Portuguese wine. And I think it’s reindeer for dinner tonight!
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  • Day42

    Reaching our northernmost point

    October 10 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    A fairly quiet day today. After breakfast Amr went for his ritual sauna and walk round the deck. On deck 5 you can walk right round the ship - he says 5 laps is just over a km! It is always nice to get out there and watch if it’s not too cold or breezy! At 11.15 we docked at Honningsvåg which is where some people went on an excursion to the North Cape marker. We contented ourselves with a wander through the town which did not take long...we did go into the North Cape museum though which was interesting and well displayed. This place, like so much of the coast of Norway, was burnt to the ground by the Germans when retreating, so it also is rebuilt, and quite pretty and neat. Of course, it is basically just a fishing town. We are way above the tree line now, and the land we see is just rocky crags. Any trees in the town were planted, and probably have trouble thriving.

    Since leaving Honningsvåg we have been going out in the open sea and have to take care walking around, quite rocking! And I think this will continue as looking at the map we are out in the Norwegian Sea till we reach Kirkenes tomorrow morning. At the moment we have just pulled in to a fjord so it’s relatively calm, but we’ll be out in the open again soon, and continuing north till we reach our northernmost point before turning southeast to reach Kirkenes. There will be a few offload stops during the night, but for passengers that is the next port.

    Kirkenes is the end of the voyage for quite a few people who just do the northern journey, though quite a lot of people are, like us, continuing on the southward journey back to Bergen. So tomorrow there will be the bustle of people disembarking and others embarking.

    And today we did see rain for the first time!! There wasn’t much, and although it is quite cold, it wasn’t snow, so not that cold. By the time we walked around the town this morning it was quite bright, and though clouds are about there is also quite a lot of clear sky. I looked up the weather for tomorrow in Kirkenes and supposedly there will be snow overnight, but cloudy and little chance of precipitation in the daytime. That is so good as we have signed up for a walk to the Russian border! We do go part of the way in a bus, but then have a 4 km hike, which they have already warned will be wet underfoot. Glad I haven’t cleaned the mud off my shoes since the last muddy walk!

    Now sitting quietly - Amr got us prime position chairs at the front - which is good for now. There are many sitting places and chairs and it is usually easy to find a cosy place to sit and read etc. with a view looking out at the passing spectacular scenery. It is getting too cold to sit outside for too long, although there is one outside place that has heaters and is partially glassed in. There are 2 “public” decks where you can find places to relax - 4 and 7. The other decks are just cabins. 4 and 7 have bars, the dining room, lots of room for everyone, although I don’t think we are filled to capacity. Let’s hope for anther fine day tomorrow.
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  • Day44

    Hammerfest, the northernmost town

    October 12 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    I am very slack today...it is 10pm and am just getting to remembering the day. This is partly because this afternoon Carole suggested we do one of the jigsaw puzzles that they have (and games etc) and we chose one with 1000 pieces, and of course got obsessed (and have succeeded in doing just a very small amount...but that was the time I would usually be writing. So am going to be quick as tomorrow we have an early start...we are off on an excursion at 8am, first on a bus, then a ferry, then a 5 km walk...then we get back on the boat at the next stop...

    Anyway, today has been fairly leisurely. We are now back round the top of Norway and the first stop long enough for getting off was Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world. It said 2° there but it felt icy. It is equal in latitude to northern Siberia. And it felt like it, and this is only October, not even winter. We had a walk round, and like most of the towns, it is fun to walk round but not very exciting. They look very pretty as you sail in and the houses are all very rectangular and neat, and often colourful, but at this time of year not much is open - cafes etc. there are often very modern and beautiful churches. A far cry from the huge medieval ones we see on the Camino! And it is all very friendly and easy, but usually we come back to the ship before too long. All these towns along the coast were bombed or burnt down during the war, and so almost all the houses are built in similar practical style which is why they look so uniform (except the art nouveau town we visited on the second day). Today we got back before the excursion people would be back and leapt up to the jacuzzi and were in a lovely bubbly hot tub as we left port!! Felt very decadent!

    Hammerfest is the richest town in the area because of oil. It has a big LPG plant where they freeze the oil and liquefy it so that it can be exported. The plant actually was made in Spain and then brought to Norway and set up here!

    So this afternoon we cruised along and all the big craggy mountains we had seen before now have a dusting of snow on top and look even more like postcards. I realised as I was doing the puzzle that I was doing it and not looking at Norway, so maybe we will never finish it!! Tonight we had dinner of pollack, another very favourite fish here (after cod and salmon)...very delicious white and firm. The cod however is famous and joked about. It is the livelihood of many Norwegians and Amr tells me he heard it has now replaced someone famous and is on the 200 kroner note! There are many funny cod songs!! I went out on deck after dinner, really to look at the full moon, and there were the northern lights again! I spotted them before they announced it, we are getting so used to seeing it almost every night - because of the clear sky.
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  • Day7

    Winter Wonderland....

    March 1 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ -4 °C

    Der Weg bis nach Honningsvåg dem letzten Ort vor dem Nordkapp ist um diese Jahreszeit sehr speziell und schön.
    Es gab viel Wind damit verbundene Schneewehen, Schnee, Regen, Hagel aber auch viel Sonne.
    Die Straßen sind vereist und obendrauf liegt Pulverschnee.... also ideale Bedingungen...
    😉

  • Day7

    Magisches Land... magische Lichter

    March 1 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -12 °C

    Bei tollstem Wetter geht es weiter östlich nach Finnland an den Inarisee, der Weg dorthin Ist bei Sonnenschein und Schnee einfach nur großartig anzusehen.... man kann sich gar nicht sattsehen. 😁

    Letzte Nacht gab es über Honningsvåg ein Spektakuläres Schauspiel zu beobachten.
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  • Day7

    Alta prachtig stadje

    June 12 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    De reis richting de Noordkaap gaat verder via Alta. De prachtig mooie fjorden combinaties. De mooie vissers plaatsjes met zalm kwekerijen. En in Alta wat extra olie gescoord voor de Mini want we hebben een kleine lekkage gekregen die ik niet kan verhelpen. Dus maar wat extra erbij. Wat prachtig om hier te zijn ook al zijn het kleine korte pauzes maar adembenemende uitzichten en mooi momenten. Op naar de Noordkaap samen met team Hilux die ook wat te voortduren hebben met zo,n kleine tomaten blikje in de Spiegels. Haha thanks guys #bramsteffrallyteam #alsjeenkelmaarkoudis #Noorwegen #roadtrip #Balticsearally2019 #team20minions #donaties #annapatat #brandwondencentrumbeverwijkRead more

  • Day8

    Made it de Noordkaap

    June 13 in Norway ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    De bestemming waar het allemaal om ging hebben we gehaald. Foto's volgen eerst een maaltijd, we kunnen pas om 01:00 op de foto met de Globe. Dat wordt het hoogte punt van de dag en van de missie dus mis het niet. Ik probeerde een timelaps te maken van de middernachtzon maar helaas werd het bewolkt.
    Het was ook even wachten, maar om 1 uur kon de we eindelijk richting de noordkaap om een paar mooie foto te maken. Wat een mooie ervaring om met je uit 1983 jaar oude minitje hier te staan. Nog lange reis te gaan met zijn tweetje en een oranje aanhangsel.
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  • Day7

    Haare fallen lassen es geht zum Nordkapp

    June 21 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Wie es sich für eine feine Dame gehört, wird aufgestanden, das Essen - Frühstück ignoriert!, ein bisschen rum gepuddelt (ihr wisst schon Sachen von A nach B verschieben ;), angezogen und dann zum Friseur... der macht einen dann erstmal hübsch 😌

    Bild 1 : Serdar bei seiner morgen Routine von der Paparazzi erwischt

    Was dort wirklich passiert (Bild 2) : - Singend vorstellen bitte!

    Das bißchen Promotion macht sich von allein
    Sagt mein Mann
    Das bißchen Promo kann so schlimm nicht sein
    Sagt mein Mann ....

    Serdar neu „behauptet“, geschniegelt und gestriegelt (Bild 3) .. weiter ging es :)

    Wir bewegen uns weiter Richtung Nordkapp - Lui wird morgen zwischen 4 und 6 Uhr (ist egal weil wird ja nicht dunkel!) morgens, am Globus stehen und wir mit dabei 🥳

    Die Straße verleiten zum schnell fahren (Bild 5) aber die Jungs reißen sich am Riemen und fahren Strich (Bild 4), mit der Nostalgie 90er Playlist verstreichen die Kilometer !! Norwegen ist teuer, wenn geblitzt ...!

    Bis späääääda :)
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  • Day7

    Siebter Tag -> bis zum Nordkap

    June 21 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nach unserer Tauschaktion sind wir heute um 9:15 Uhr losgefahren und hatten gleich einen Schreck in der Morgenstunde.
    Bremssattel hinten rechts fest. Es hat gequalmt, wie bei der Formel 1. Glücklichweise hat sich das Problem mit ein wenig Klopfen gelöst. Läuft wieder. Die Handbremse ist jetzt festgetaped, ich vermute nämlich als Übeltäter den Seilzug der Handbremse, der sich nicht richtig löst.
    Bein erst bedecktem und dann wolkenlosen Himmel sind wir über Alda bis zum Nordkap durchgehend offen gefahren.
    Jedoch sind wir auf dem Parkplatz oben direkt wieder umgedreht. Offizielle Besichtigung morgen.
    Der Plan war, einmal offen bis zum Nordkap zu kommen und diese Traumstrasse bei Sonnenschein zu fahren.
    An den Globus (Nordkap) darf man mit dem Auto eigentlich nicht ran. ABER! Die Teilnehmer der Rallye haben einen Slot von morgen früh um 4:00 Uhr bis 8:00 Uhr, um mit Ausnahmegenehmigung ein Foto mit dem Rallye Auto zu machen. Dafür stehen wir gern früh auf. Ist ja schon hell... 😉 Anschließend wird wieder freigegeben für TUI, Hurtigrouten und tonnenweise Busladungen Touristen meist älteren Semesters. Da oben geht’s zu wie auf Schloss Neuschwanstein.
    Ein weiteres Highlight des heutigen Tages waren die Rentiere die uns nun mehrfach über den Weg gelaufen sind.
    Heute Abend haben wir uns einen Restaurantbesuch gegönnt. King Crab natürlich. Und wenn nochmal einer sagt, Hamburg wäre teuer, dann bitte nicht nach Norwegen fahren. Das Preisniveau ist krass.
    Fahrzeit heute 9 Stunden. 405 km.
    Viele Fotostops. Oft angehalten. Sehr entspannt.
    Das Wetter hier ist übrigens wohl ein echter Glücksfall. Normal ist es hier meistens bedeckt und viel kälter. Die wussten halt, dass wir kommen.
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  • Day7

    Nordkapp

    June 21 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Und da sind sie nun.. die ersten Bilder vom Nordkapp. Wir haben 4°C und nur leichte Wolken. Wir sind so happy das wir es bis hier her geschafft haben. Wir werden später noch ein paar Bilder für unsere Sponsoren machen und natürlich auch das begehrte Bild mit dem Auto.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Finnmark Fylke, Finnmark, Finnmárku

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