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20th February, 2018

We were certainly blessed with the weather coming north to Tromso.  Our seaday, with clear blue skies and calm seas, was a welcome sight for guests and crew alike. Today we crossed the Arctic Circle so as is the ritual of the seas, and under the command of King Neptune, we held our Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony on the Veranda Deck aft – many ‘blue noses’ after that. I have attached a great picture – in fact a rare picture of King Neptune himself!!!

On our seaday evening we held our Britannia Club Party, which was very well attended by our Saganauts, and we were treated to a fantastic formal dinner by our Executive Chef Dirk. The Opera Boys in the Discovery Lounge to finish the day off – perfect.

We picked up our Tromso pilot at 11:30pm on the seaday evening as it is around 111nm of inside Fjord passage to Tromso itself. 7am the next day and we were approaching the dock and by 8am we were docked starboard side alongside on our downtown berth. Temperatures were cold today at about - 5 degrees C – Welcome to Northern Norway. Many tours were on offer, including one of my favourites “Dogsledding through the Wilderness”. Many of our Red Army loved this tour.

Overnight here in Tromso, many eyes were on the outside decks peering up at the clear blue skies – Any Northern Lights?? – Unfortunately not – Surely as we approach Alta we will be blessed!!!!

5:30pm and with all our guests and crew onboard we departed the berth and port and headed North towards Alta, breaking 70 degrees North of Latitude. What a fantastic 2 days here in Tromso, I love this part of the world.

Next stop Alta and hopefully a Northern Lights show!!!

Captain Nick Sunderland BSc

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