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7th March, 2016

Narvik, Norway

Our journey south from Alta was perfect, barely a breath of wind and a cloudless sky - so much so in fact that we were treated to yet another fabulous show from the Aurora as we passed to west of Tromso island, how fantastically lucky are we……

We made our approaches to the Bay in Narvik shortly before 11am and by midday we were all fast and our eager passengers were ready to explore.

Our first excursion to depart today was a visit to the ‘Polar Zoo’ at Bardu which is the world’s northernmost wildlife park for predatory animals. Covering a vast area the park is home to the Brown Bear, Wolf, Lynx Deer, Reindeer, Mousse, Musk, Oxen, Arctic Fox and Mountain Fox, to name just a few with the animals able to wander quite freely in large enclosures. As passengers travelled through the wildlife park they admired the changing landscapes as they journeyed north through the towns of Bjerkvik and Salangsdalen. Once arriving passengers were greeted by a local guide who was able to give in-depth information about each animal and answer many questions about their way of life. Refreshments were enjoyed after the guided tour, and the chance to have some free time to look around the park before making the return journey back to the ship passing some dramatic scenery.

Another interesting excursion this afternoon was a trip on the ‘Ofotbanen Railway’. The main purpose of the railway is to transport iron ore from Sweden to Narvik, where it is then loaded onto ships and exported, a process that has now been happening for over a century. This 26 mile train journey took passengers from the centre of Narvik to Riksgransen, which is just half a mile over the Swedish border. Along the way our passengers were afforded the chance to admire some beautiful scenery looking out across the southern cliffs of Rombaksjford. Hugging the steep rock face the line passes through Katterat and on to Bjornfjell which is the last station on the Norwegian side of the border, sitting 1,600 feet above sea level. Passengers were able to enjoy some refreshments at a local hotel after the train journey before making their return journey back to Narvik by coach.

We set sail from Narvik at 7pm and following a delicious dinner our passengers made their way into the Britannia Lounge for tonight’s Showtime where we welcomed back our ever popular Explosives Singers and Dancers in an all-time favourite show, ‘All You Need Is Love’, a tribute to the classic sounds of the ‘Fab Four’.

Well Ladies and Gents as it’s been a hard day’s night, and this Captain has been working like a dog, I’ll bid you goodnight and report back soon on our final port of call this cruise, Alesund.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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