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Honningsvåg

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  • Day42

    Reaching our northernmost point

    October 10, 2019 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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  • Day7

    Weil es so Spaß gemacht hat...

    February 28 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Das Team von Plan B war verzweifelt auf der Suche nach einer Karotte. Nach langwierigen Verhandlungen haben wir die dringend benötigte Karotte geliefert und Plan B um ein paar Liter Heidegeist erleichtert... Der Schneemann wurde super... ;-)Read more

  • Day8

    Halbzeit am Nordkap

    February 29 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern Abend endlich die ersten Polarlichter vom Balkon aus sehen durften ging es nach einem super Frühstück im Skandic direkt weiter Richtung Nordkap - hier warten wir nun mit den anderen Teams auf den Start des Konvois Richtung Weltkugel aka "der nördlichste Punkt des europäischen Festlands"Read more

  • Day8

    Artico Ice Bar

    February 29 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Einmal "aufwärmen" in der Ice-Bar. Es waren "nur" minus 5°C an der Bar!!!😃
    Danach schliefen wir unseren Rausch im selbstgebauten Iglu aus😴
    Im Traum wurden wir dann noch vom Elch geknutscht😘😘😘

  • Day8

    Fehlersuche mit dem Werkstattteam

    March 1, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -5 °C

    Ohne funktionierende Heizung wäre zwar möglich 🤪 aber je nach Wetter brauchen wir die Lüftung für die Windschutzscheibe, sonst wird’s gefährlich 😲.
    Da alle Sicherungen in Ordnung waren, war die Suche mühsam! Nach nur 3 Stunden in der Kälte war es dann erledigt und Teile neu verkabelt.
    👍 DANKE an Sebastian vom Werkstattteam 😍
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  • Day10

    Honningsvag

    January 26 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ -5 °C

    Ok so no snow down south and up north we have blizzards and avalanches so the road to the north cape is closed which is a shame.

    The north cape is the northern most part of europe that you can reach by road. In summer it is often covered in clouds so it can be a tricky place to see.

    Its only been open 12 days this winter and a group of Australians and staff were snowed in for 4 days last week. Apparently they always have enough food for a month.

    In bad weather the road to the towns and homes up north operate in a convoy with a snowplough in front and an end truck and they go twice a day depending on the weather.

    The road is icy and combined with the wind and the sun setting at about 1.30pm its a slow and dangerous drive. Its one of the most dangerous roads in the world which is why you can only travel in a convoy in bad weather.

    So with the north cape road closed we were stuck in Nordkapp for a while and because the lady who runs the only shop knew we were coming through she opened the shop and was ready for us. Good commercial move as trapped people shop and eat!

    We had to wait to see if the convoy would operate to Honningsvag where our hotel is.

    So after a couple of hours the convoy set off and it was the most beautiful drive.

    Then once we arrived we went for an afternoon stroll in the dark around the deserted town. On weekends the nords stay inside and all the shops are closed on sundays. The sun rises about 9.30am and sets around 1.30pm.

    And its Australia day.
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  • Day7

    Honningsvåg

    March 1, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ -6 °C

    Noch 33 km bis zum Nordkap. Ich wiederhole mich, aber es ist unbeschreiblich schön die Landschaft das Licht die Luft die Kälte

  • Day7

    Aufn Weg zum Essen

    March 1, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ -5 °C

    Heute mal ausnahmsweise Übernachtung im Hotel, konnten den klassischen Norwegischen Schlitten 🛷 testen und damit zum Essen gefahren, geiles Teil.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Honningsvåg, Honningsvag, Хонингсвог, هنینگسواگ, HVG, ホニングスヴォーグ, Honingsvogas, Хоннингсвог, Honnesváhki, 洪寧斯沃格

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