18th February, 2019
We had a pleasant run up to Alta from Tromso on the inside route. Unfortunately, we only saw the Aurora for a short time and there was a full moon so it was not very bright.
We had 2 nights in Alta and I think just about everybody went ashore, either on one of the many tours or independently to visit the city and the Cathedral of the Northern lights.
Great fun was had dog sledding, reindeer sledding, visiting Sami villages, the Igloo hotel and some people even stayed there overnight. There was also an overnight Husky experience that was for very fit passengers.
The first night Hunting the Aurora it was cloudy and the clouds only parted very late in the night so the first group missed it by about 10 minutes, but the second group saw it. On the second night there were clear skies and a full moon restricting the view of the aurora, but some good photos were taken.
There was also a visit to where the Tirpitz was sunk and to visit the memorial and museum.
We had just let go to leave Alta when the Doctor requested we go back alongside to send a passenger to Hospital, which delayed us by an hour and a half as we then had to wait for another plane to land and take off from the Airport which was right next to the berth.
We finally departed Alta in light airs and clear skies for Sortland at 0930.
Captain Richard Lambert
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