Norway Day Seven: Back At Sea, Another Cruise On The MS Finnmark
On Wednesday morning I once again awoke in Norway without having seen the midnight sun. I was up early, the MS Finnmark was scheduled to depart Honningsvåg at 5:45 a.m. for my cruise back to Tromso. I walked to the dock 1/2 hour early in a windy snow shower.
I thought the ship would be in port and I could board early like I did in Tromso. I was wrong. I waited dockside in the cold and snow for the ship to arrive. It entered the harbor around 5:30. Here is a link to a video of the ship’s arrival. https://youtu.be/Xzn7qSkOffg
It slowly made it’s way into the port and was at dockside at 5:40. In five minutes a group of tourists got off and I boarded the ship. We departed Honningsvåg right on time at 5:45.
I was soon in my small cabin for the 17 voyage. This was a smaller cabin one without a window. This turned out to be a good thing. After settling in with my luggage I left the cabin and headed to the upper deck. I wanted to take in scenery as we cruised south. Surprisingly, the strong winds brought an end to the snow and there were actually breaks in the clouds.
But it was good to see blue skies again.
After breakfast I spent some time exploring the ship and venturing outside to watch the changing scenery. Here is a link to some more photographs from my morning on the MS Finnmark. Norway Day Seven. MS Finnmark June 6 2018.
It was a lot easier walking back to the ship and I arrived just on time. I wanted to check out the Polar Bear Club but was told the Captain was leaving in 20 seconds. I quickly climbed aboard the ship. Here is a link to some more photographs from my short visit to Hammerfest. Norway Day Seven. North Cape to Tromso: Hammerfest. June 6 2018.
After our visit to Hammerfest I had a light lunch. I returned to my cabin to work on my blog and try to get a little sleep. I was able to get a couple of hours sleep because if the darkness in the windowless cabin. I awoke and was soon back on the cold and rainy decks of the ship watching the arctic scenery.
I returned to the deck for the last few hours if the voyage and enjoyed some fresh shrimp
I walked about a half mile under the cloudy but still light arctic skies to the Scandic Grand Hotel. After checking in I was soon in bed once again without seeing the midnight sun. It was still another wonderful day of travel in Norway. Here is a link to some more photographs from my cruise back to Tromso. Norway Day Seven: North Cape to Tromso evening. June 6 2018.
“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.
– Into the Mystic”
― Van Morrison,