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Lulea

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24th August, 2019

Lucky with the weather, was a bit windy out at the pilot station but it certainly calmed as we approached the inner harbour. We embarked our pilot at 6:30am this morning and then we proceeded in as fast as we could to get our keen Saganauts off and explore the Natural Scandinavia on offer here today with clear blue skies and sunshine. Is that you Captain Sunshine?? Not sure about that, none of us have that luck all the time HAHAHA!

It was a pleasure to welcome the local dignitaries onboard for our Plaque Exchange today then I was ready suited and booted to go on my tour today – White Water Rafting – oh yes we do these tours and it was a great day. We also had lunch half way on an island with a camp fire and toasted sandwiches – very cool. I last did this style of rafting in the Amazon River and I enjoyed this as much – if you get a chance, do it!! Attached some nice pictures for you of the rafting team. We also had to stop on a main road for a wild reindeer (is it Donner or Blitzen??) who got a bit lost.

Lulea is the capital of the Norrbotten County and has around 75,000 people living there. We are also the biggest cruise ship to call here ever – so breaking another record!!! Los of great exploring tours on offer today and our guests loved it. 7:30pm and time to leave for our 22 mile pilotage out. Great day and time to sail across the Gulf of Bothnia to Oulu in Finland.

Fab day!!

Captain Nick Sunderland

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