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18th June, 2012



Our overnight journey took us back out into the Norwegian Sea, but even before breakfast we were back inside and it was only the early birds who watched as we passed, with only meters to spare, under the bridge at Rorvik. The blue sky was slowly invaded by wisps of high cloud, but the day remained fine as we crossed the Arctic Circle in mid afternoon. I had sufficient time to take a short detour into Hollandsfjord and bring the ship to a halt off the Svartison glacier, one I had not visited for probably ten years, and for some no doubt, the first they had ever seen.

The schedule had indicated that Solvaer should have been our next call, but the weather forecast indicated that life would be a little tricky at the anchorage. Consequently, after a few emails and mobile phone calls, arrangements were made to visit Narvik. The city is known, not only as an iron ore exporting port, but also for the significant events that happened nearby during the early part of the Second World War. Consequently there is a significant museum which was included in one of our hastily arranged alternative tours.


Others went off to the ‘Polar Zoo’ to check out wolves and the like, while I managed to get a seat on the bus that took a steady drive around the city and which dropped us off at the lower cable car station. The low clouds seemed to shroud the mountain, so it was with a modicum of hopeful anticipation that we boarded. But we passed through the wispy murk and by the time we reached the top we were in fact above the lot. They looked as though they were being slowly blown up the mountain to meet us, but never did and soon started to thin out. The views were superb. Our own rather large Sapphire looked just a touch insignificant compared to the bay below. The fjords stretched way into the distance and the still snow capped mountains could be seen all the way to the southern horizon.

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