I sailed north along the coast of Norway from Bergen to Stamsund on the Nordlys one of the Hurtigruten ferries (the Norwegian “fast ferries”), a three day trip. This trip seems to be popular with retirees, because I seemed to be in the younger half of the population on this ship.
On Wednesday, we sailed from Bergen to Molde, including a side trip up the long, narrow Geiranger Fjord, stopping in seven towns along the way.
On Thursday morning, we stopped in Trondheim for 3 1/2 hours, and I took a walk around part of the downtown area. Then we continued on north past the town of Rørvik. The evening included clouds and rain, and not too many photos. However, I knew I would be returning the same way in a few days, and would have another chance.
Early Friday morning (while I was sleeping) we sailed through a scenic part of the coastline, but I knew I would have another chance to see it on the return trip. We crossed the Arctic Circle at about 9:00 a.m. The skies were cloudy that day, so I didn’t see the “midnight sun.” The farther north we travelled, the fewer trees we saw, and north of the Arctic Circle, there were hardly any trees at all.
For much of the trip, we sailed in calm waters, protected from the open ocean by the many islands along the Norwegian coast. On Friday, we crossed the open ocean from Bodø to Stamsund, and the sea was definitely rougher. I got off of the ship in Stamsund, and stood on a very deserted dock in a small town, watching the Nordlys disappear over the horizon. I was a little concerned, since the waiting room in the terminal was locked, and it was cold and windy. After half an hour of waiting, someone came to unlock the waiting room, and a few more passengers arrived.
Finally, the Narvik arrived, and I headed back south towards Bergen. My room was on the second level from the bottom, and during the crossing back to Bodø, waves crashed almost continuously on my porthole, and I tried not to fall out of bed. However, I did manage to make the whole trip without being seasick.
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