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    Default Sailing the length of Norway with Hurtigruten

    That was a very fine trip.
    We had clear, sunny weather the whole way, according to one of the officers on the ship, that happens once every 10 years.

    It was still chilly, especially once we got up into the arctic sea.
    The ship was big enough that I didn't feel too crowded and the food was terrific, which was a surprice.
    Norway is not normally a vegetarian paradise, which is the one thing that has kept me from moving up there permanently.

    It was interesting to see how the vegetation and landscape changed as we progressed the 2500 km toward the subarctic.

    The best part for me was when we sailed through Trollfjord in Lofoten at night.
    It is so narrow that at night it seems like there is only maybe 20 meters to the cliffs on each side of the ship.
    The water was dead calm, like a mirror, and the Aurora borealis was really cranked up.
    So we had northern lights above and they were mirrored in the water, totally magical.
    I've seen Northern lights several times before, but nothing like this.
    The crew served hot tea with a shot of rum, to help keep the cold at bay.

    I had brought my SOTC t-shirt as usual, got my picture taken at Nordkapp, the northernmost point of the continent.
    That is getting to be quite a well travelled t-shirt

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    Deyr fé,
    deyja frændr,
    deyr sjálfr et sama;
    ek veit einn,
    at aldri deyr:
    dómr um dauðan hvern.

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    Nice!!

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    Two intrepid travelers!!! Cool that you got back to the same place (from the 70's?)

    Fine pictures. I assume that is some very old glacial activity that carved all that out?

    SOTC t-shirt rules!!
    Gary

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    I bet the Aurora borealis was a sight to see!

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    -78, Gary.
    We had quite a few laughs over the difference of hitchhiking on a $2 a day budget and doing it this way.
    Yep, all the fjords and valleys/canyons in Norway were glacier made, which is why they have that rounded shape.
    Only exception is Lofoten.
    The Ice wasn't thick enough to reach the tops of the mountains, so they are ragged and full of pointy tops.
    The word used by geologists to describe that phanomenon comes from the Greenland inuit ( They have them, too) Nunataks.
    Deyr fé,
    deyja frændr,
    deyr sjálfr et sama;
    ek veit einn,
    at aldri deyr:
    dómr um dauðan hvern.

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    Very fine trip, Stig. Thanks for the pictures! You both are looking hale and hearty.
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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    Cool.

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    So they let commies have vacations??

    I cannot ever find time. Stunning scenery for sure
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    I've never had a vacation in my life.

    Gonna try it one day!

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    That is soo cool Stig, I was trying to cath up a bit and get your shirt up neat Mt.McLaughlin!
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