We are near the end of our Arctic Norway series and your most burning questions will be answered, as we spend a day on board the Hurtigruten ship ‘Nordnorge’. Will Nigel have gotten over the burger drama? Will we ever get to see the Northern Lights? How will we cope with the harsh Arctic climatic conditions? Will Nigel miss the boat? How did our encounter with a sperm whale end? Also – a short, 25-minute holiday in the Arctic village of Finnsnes, a Hurtigruten breakfast and lots and lots of unforgettable Arctic scenery.
You know a place is truly spectacular when even the worst of weather fails to spoil its beauty. Well, the arctic fishing village of Henningsvær on the Nowegian Lofoten Islands was determined to prove this. Having been thrown out of our hotel at noon with no roof over our heads until our ferry departure late at night, we had plenty of time to experience it. Do you think it deserves to be referred to as spectacular? You will also find out how Nigel only narrowly escaped starvation and how he nearly pushed Martha into divorce.
After Nigel’s traumatising first skiing experience, he was ready for some luxury. In part four of our Arctic Norway Road (and Sea) Trip it’s finally time for us to board the gorgeous Hurtigruten Ship Midnatsol. We only had one night on board and we certainly made the most of every aspect. Including the various 15-minute stopovers in random little towns.
Welcome on Board
After a busy day of skiing in Tromsø we left our hotel at midnight. It was only a short walk to get to the Hurtigruten terminal and we were happy to see our ship, the Midnatsol, waiting for us. It certainly looked more cruise ship than a ferry with its modern design and a foyer which even had glass elevators. We left our bags in our cabin and went to explore the ship before our 1.30am departure. There were numerous nice lounge areas and up on deck there were even two jacuzzis. It was while we were up on deck that Nigel noticed an unusual band of green light in the sky rising up from Tromsø. It could only be one thing, the Northern Lights! We watched as it became a little brighter and then began to move about in the sky and by now some other passengers were watching on excitedly and trying to take photographs of it. View Post