This article is part of the series “2018-03: Varanger peninsula”.
Days 41 to 44 of my winter journey 2018
13 March at 19:45 the Hurtigruten ship MS Nordnorge docked in Båtsfjord. Annika went on board with all our luggage that we would need the next days, while I drove the car into the elevator. The next 59 hours we would travel many miles but stay in the same cabin. Cabin number 305. Kind of luxury. We would even get breakfast because of a campaign. On 16 March round 7:00 we would leave the ship in Ørnes and drive home.
I will not write much about this part of the winter journey but showing photos from the Hurtigruten trip with some comments.
13 March 20:30 – finally on the Hurtigruten. Shop, reception, restaurant and people cruising.
13 March 22:00 Berlevåg – the westernmost of the four Hurtigruten stops Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord and Berlevåg. Some days ago we stood on the breakwater to see the ships coming in, now I stand outside on the bow of the ship to see the very same breakwater passing as we approached the peer.
14 March 05:25 – very early and quite cold in the wind. I’m the only one outside beside of people working.
14 March 05:40 – approaching Honningsvåg on the island Magerøya. Main attraction of that island: the North Cape.
14 March 06:35 – I stay outside and look at the constantly changing weather.
14 March 08:25 – two ships pass. First a smaller boat, twenty minutes later the Hurtigruten ship Kong Harald. It’s snowing.
14 March 11:15 – we approach Hammerfest. Normally the ship will lie there for two hours, but today the ship is late.
14 March 15:45 – I’m outside for some hours and enjoy the view at the landscape. Everything is constantly changing: The mountains, the perspective, the light.
14 March 20:15 – strong polar lights cover the sky. Many people are outside and so are we. I already showed some photos in the article Aurora on the Hurtigruten.
14 March 23:45 – we approach Tromsø. Annika and I are already in our cabin and ready for sleep, but I can see the Tromsø Cathedral through our porthole. (We booked a cabin with limited view to save money and our porthole is more like a tube.)
15 March 07:30 – it’s not cold but very windy on the bow of the ship. My advise for such a winter journey: take the warmest jacket you have.
15 March 07:35 – we approach Harstad.
15 March 10:20 – we reach Risøyrenna – the Risøy Channel, build between 1911 and 1922 to enable bigger ships pass between the islands Andøya and Hinnøya. Only seven meters deep.
15 March 17:00 – we approach the quite famous Trollfjord. In winter however the Hurtigruten ships do not enter it.
15 March 18:30 – we arrive in Svolvær, largest town on the Lofoten. It’s a longer stop and Annika and I leave the boat for looking around.
16 March 06:00 – the alarm clock rings. At 7 o’clock we will arrive in Ørnes, leave the ferry and drive to Skelleftehamn. 583 km by car then I’ll be home again after more than six weeks of travelling.