On the MS Artania – 01.07.2014
I am on a Cruise-Ship again. This time it is the MS Artania – and here you see my cabin.
Today was an important day – Poseidon came onto the ship, because we crossed the Arctic Circle.
He was the man in green on the balcony.
Some of his friends came too – strange people.
Many of the humans went there to get a ‚Polartaufe‘– polar christening – we didn’t want it.
But I received this certificate that I crossed the Arctic Circle!
Leknes, Lofoten, Norway – 02.07.2014
After two days on the ship I saw the coast of the Lofoten in Norway. Great, wasn’t it?
We had wonderful weather.
We stopped at two look-outs and saw our ship far away.
Then we went to a place, where Vikings lived in the past – but first I saw a modern church.
This is the house of the Vikings.
Well – I prefer my bed on the ship.
Behind me you can see the dried fish they used to eat.
I was brave on this strange animal.
We sat in the sunshine and relaxed.
What a great country!
Tromsö, Norway – 03.07.2014
We arrived in the morning in Tromsö, the sky was grey, but I was sure that it would be better later this day.
There was an icebreaker, but fortunately we didn’t need it.
Later that morning we went to the botanical garden of Tromsö. There were many beautiful flowers from different mountain regions of the world.
This one was really big.
And this one was really blue.
I found a small waterfall.
And a lovely lake.
Do you know this cottongrass?
In the afternoon we went onto a hill and had great views over the city and the surroundings.
This was funny!
Another view to other mountains.
Our last stop was at this wonderful church, called Eismeerkathedrale – Arctic Cathedral.
What a wonderful day!
Spitzbergen,Magdalenenfjord, Norway – 05.07.2014
We spent a day on the sea and today we arrived in Spitzbergen – and visited the Magdalenenfjord – a great place.
I called my girl-friend Kleine Fee, because it was so beautiful here.
There was a big glacier behind me.
A few minutes later the sun came out – and it even looked better here.
The sky, the mountains, the glacier – everything looked great!
We couldn’t stop taking photos.
After two hours we left the fjord.
I went onto our balcony and had great views there, too.
Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway – 05.07.2014
We stopped at another nice place called Ny Alesund. The surrounding was beautiful.
Ny Alesund is a research town and has an all-year permanent population of 30 to 35, with the summer population reaching 120.
I don’t think that I would love to live here.
But it could be nice to live in colourful houses next to glaciers.
Look, you can see our ship behind me.
We went back to the ship and had a drink at this nice place.
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway – 06.07.2014
Our next stop was Longyearbyen – the largest settlement and the administrative center of Svalbard, Norway. As of 2008, the town had a population of 2,040. Longyearbyen is located in the valley of Longyeardalen and on the shore of Adventfjorden, a bay of Isfjorden located on the west coast of Spitsbergen.
Some relicts from the time of coal mining here.
We saw the church.
And we were allowed to go into it.
Wow – what is this – I would love to ride a scooter.
I found one!
I met some animals from the region.
And an ice bear!
They have their own sign here.
A wonderful view of our ship!
We continued our trip and passed Barentsburg – it is the second largest settlement on Svalbard, with about 500 inhabitants (2007), almost entirely Russians and Ukrainians. The Russian-owned Arktikugol has been mining coal here since 1932.
We had a great time here in the Spitsbergen.
North Cape, Norway – 07.07.2014
It was time to go back into the South, so we went to the North Cape. We should have seen it from the seaside, but look at this. Fog around the ship. Behind me there was the North Cape.
Later we arrived in Honningsvag, there was sunshine and fog.
This was the view to the other direction.
But we left the ship and went to the North Cape. On our way we stopped and saw Niels and his reindeer.
It was really funny – we drove more than 30 minutes through the fog, and when we reached the North Cape the sun was there. Do you know this globe behind me?
There was still fog on the Sea.
There were other monuments in this area.
This monument shows the direction to the North Pole.
My last view to the North Cape, believe it or now, it was 11 p.m. in the night and the sun was still that bright.
Back on the ship I got this certificate that I reached the North Cape!
Rörvik, Norway – 09.07.2014
We started our day, relaxing on our balcony.
We arrived in a small place called Rörvik.
There were nice colourful houses.
And a small harbour.
I found two nice statues.
There was a bigger one – with a bird on her head.
A nice view of our ship – It was so hot here today – more than 32 degrees Celsius.
This was the view to the other direction.
Look, this was the welcome of our ship!
Later we left Rörvik.
Behind me you can see a farm for salmons.
Geirangerfjord, Norway – 10.07.2014
It was a great day today – we will visit the really famous Geiranger-Fjord. In the morning we had a short stop in Alesund and I saw a ship from the Hurtigruten. It was really foggy at this time.
Later that day we saw some people of the ship – they were good in ice-carving.
What a beautiful swan.
We continued our trip and saw many nice fjords! And the sun, of course.
Look, another Hurtigruten-Ship.
Then we saw the entrance to the Geiranger Fjord with some waterfalls.
This one is called Seven Sisters.
What a wonderful place!
We loved the views in the Geiranger Fjord.
There were some other ships in it.
We left the ship and jumped into a bus – and drove to the top of the mountain Dalsnibba (1495m). We had great views to the fjord and in the wonderful nature.
This was another viewpoint – closer to the Fjord – and you can see our ship in it.
Time to drive a street called Eagle-Street. It had 11 serpentines.
Now we saw the fjord with our ship from the other side.
We left and drove along the waterfall again. Well, you can see it good on this photo.
But of course this is the better photo, don’t you think so?
Bye Bye Geiranger Fjord!
Bergen, Norway – 11.07.2014
We arrived in Bergen – a nice sunny city in Norway. I cannot understand why the cruise-director told us something about a city with the most rainy days in Europe…
In the morning we walked through the old city with nice colored houses.
These houses were bigger, but beautiful, too.
There was a castle in the middle of the city.
It was really nice.
In the afternoon we drove to a place, where the musician Edvard Grieg lived. He had a great nature around his house.
This was his house.
And in this small cottage he wrote his songs.
And this was the place where he relaxed.
Look, another typical house for Norway.
Then we went to a church called stave church.
We went inside – I love the wooden things here.
We walked around the church – it was really interesting!
Back on the way to our ship we stopped in Bergen and had a last photo with these wonderful houses.
On the ship, Norway – 12.07.2014
It was our last day on the ship – and I just walked around and want to shop you some nice places here. We had nice weather again.
People were sitting in the Kopernikus Bar and enjoyed their lives.
A really beautiful ice sculpture.
This place is called the atrium – you can find the reception here – and more important – the entrance to our famous restaurant!
We had a great cruise – and I loved being on this ship.
Yours Dicker Kumpel