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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

STILL ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, I NOW TAKE A PRINCESS SOUTH THROUGH THE VERY SCENIC LOFOTEN ISLANDS.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE WEATHER DID NOT CO-OPERATE. OFF & ON DRIZZLE. LOTS OF BUS TIME & A BIT OF RAIN WHEN WE GOT OFF DOES NOT MAKE FOR A GREAT DAY, OR GREAT PICTURES EITHER.

HERE WE PASS A FISH FARM...

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THIS COUPLE ARE ASLEEP ALREADY .....

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SOMEWHERE ALONG HERE WE PASSED A SIGN FOR THE VILLAGE CALLED Å. IT WAS CALLED Aa UP TIL1917, WHEN IT WAS CHANGED TO Å.

MUST HAVE BEEN TOO MUCH OF A MOUTHFUL SO THEY SHORTENED IT.

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OUR FIRST STOP IS AT A LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE..

WHERE SOMEONE IS WORKING ON A LATHE IN A WORKSHOP ....

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ALMOST A GOOD SHOT OF A RAINBOW HANGING IN A VALLEY..

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AND ALMOST ANOTHER GOOD RAINBOW SHOT ....

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QUITE A BIT OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION GOING ON & SINCE THERE IS ONLY ONE ROAD IT MEANT A FEW WAITS IN LINE..

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ANOTHER STOP AT A LITTLE VILLAGE WHERE A LOCAL CRAFTSMAN MAKE THESE METAL SCULPTURES ...

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PERHAPS MARTINE KNOWS WHAT THIS BIRD IS .....

BESIDE THE LITTLE CHURCH AT FLAKSTAD ......

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I SPENT A BIT OF TIME CLEANING THE SPRAY OFF MY LENS BUT THIS WAS THE ONLY SHOT OF MYSELF DOING IT..

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THIS AREA WOULD BE GREAT TO BE IN WHEN THE SUN SHINES. AND TO RENT A CAR & SPEND WEEKS DRIVING AROUND..

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ANY GUESSES WHAT THAT MEANS? BEWARE OF CHILDREN TAKING THEIR ANTS FOR A WALK?

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - STAVANGAR

AT LAST WE DIP BELOW THE ARCTIC CIRCLE.

THE SUN HAS BEEN OUT CONSTANTLY FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

WHAT A STRANGE EXPERIENCE IT IS, TO NEVER HAVE DARKNESS FOR A WEEK.

EVEN MORE SO FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE & HAVE LIGHT FOR TWO MONTHS & NO SUN FOR TWO MONTHS IN THE WINTER.

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GETTING OFF, HERE IS THE SHIP TIED UP RIGHT DOWN TOWN.

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FOR ONLY THE 2ND OR THIRD TIME ASHORE, I AM NOT TAKING A PRINCESS EXCURSION. I AM GOING TO TAKE A WALK THROUGH TOWN, GET A LOCAL BUS TO A DISTANT FJORD & BUS BACK. AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT.

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PASSING SOME NORWEGIAN CITY BIRDS .......

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THIS IS THE HEAD OF THE FJORD I WAS AIMING FOR BUT THERE IS NO TOWN HERE. I HAD EXPECTED SOMEWHERE TO GET A DRINK AT LEAST BUT IT IS JUST A FERRY STOP.

STILL IT WAS A NICE RIDE & I HEAD BACK TO TOWN ....

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I BUMP INTO SOME PASSENGERS WHO REMIND ME ABOUT THE OLD PART OF STAVANGAR JUST A SHORT WAY FROM THE SHIP SO I HEAD OVER THERE.

I AM GLAD I DID ....

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A PICTURE PERFECT SLICE OF NORWAY .....

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A CAT BURGLAR? TRYING TO GET IN FOR SURE.

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A BEACH VOLLEY BALL TOURNAMENT ... YOU CAN SEE OUR SHIP BEHIND ..... THE BOYS IN THE CREW NOTICED THE GAME.. CANNOT IMAGINE WHY.

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OK - I GOT A BIT CARRIED AWAY THERE.....

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AFTER THE GAME I HEADED TO A CAKE SHOP THAT HAPPENED TO SELL BEER. SITTING OUTSIDE I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING HOT FLASHES BUT IT WAS A HEATER ABOVE MY HEAD.

I STOPPED INTO A BAR TO GET RID OF MY LAST NORWEGIAN MONEY. I GAVE THE SCOTTISH BAR GIRL EVERYTHING I HAD AND ASKED TO GIVE ME WHATEVER IT WOULD BUY. NOT A LOT AS IT TURNED OUT.

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YOU MIGHT NOTICE THE LOCK-BOXES ABOVE THE BAR. SHE EXPLAINED THAT CUSTOMERS PUT BOTTLES OF SPIRITS IN THEM FOR WHEN THEY WANT TO HAVE A TOT. SAVES THEM A LOT OF CASH APPARENTLY.

SHE ALSO TOLD ME WHY SOME OF THE ADVERT ABOVE THE BAR HAD BEEN BLANKED OUT, BUT I FORGET THE REASON.

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A LAST LOOK AT NORWAY AS THE FIRST SIXTEEN DAY SEGMENT OF THE CRUISE COMES TO AN END.

A LOVELY PACED CRUISE, WITH MOSTLY A DAY AT SEA IN BETWEEN SHORE TIME.

Posted by hasbeen 14:47 Archived in Norway Comments (0)

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