Skip to navigation Skip to content
Search
< back

Narvik

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

9th March, 2019

After the hectic tour schedule of Tromso and Alta, our guests appreciated a day at sea to “re-charge” before our arrival into Narvik. We 2 pilots already on board we weaved our way to our berth at Narvik. Staff Captain Tom carried out the docking and this was done to his normal high standard.

With us all fast by 0900 our Guest had another day of tours with 2 trips on the Ofotbanen railway, a WW II history of Narvik tour and a trip to the Polar Wildlife park was a great hit, where the bear had just woken from hibernation. Some passengers even went skiing! This is a major ski area and is looking to host the winter Olympics.

At 68 degrees North, Narvik lies 140 mile inside the Arctic Circle, with its history as a settlement beginning in the stone age. Vikings are also known to have lived here. The modern town came into existence in the 1870’s to serve the needs of the iron industry. Iron ore is mined in neigbouring Sweden and as an ice free port, Narvik was chosen as the ideal export location.

Departure was originally set for 2100hrs, however with strong winds onto the berth we had to await the arrival of a tug and finally departed at 2300 bound for Stavanger.

Captain Julian Burgess

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

Archive

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
)