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Moira Romer’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008

Location: UK

MapHello everyone, I am now going to embark (yes on a ship!) on another rather interesting journey. Sounds dumb perhaps going into the dark of the north atlantic and over the arctic circle at this time of year but that is where I am off to.
Norway has an Express Ferry fleet (Hurtigruten) which runs up and down the coast from Bergen almost to the Russian border. It stops at about 34 different settlements along the rugged mountainous coast and in and out of ffiords and islands.
I will fly to Copenhagen in the morning (24th) and change planes to reach Bergen at about 15.30 and then will join the ship. It is one of the newest in the Hurtigruten fleet and is called the MS Midnatsol ( Midnight sun). It leaves port at about 22.30. I will stay on board for 4 nights until it reaches Tromso from where I will fly back on Monday night via Oslo.
Not a long trip! Bonus's will be to see the Northern lights and spot wildlife eg Orca whales.
I am excited!