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Great tyro 2019-02-07 3:27

Hello Will,

You travelled much farther north than we did on our little cruise in April and this beautiful photograph perfectly captures the remoteness of this far flung and deserted place whose only evidence of any human interference is afforded by the few specks of artificial lights speckled along the distant shoreline.

Calmness has descended with the falling light and the smooth waters of the fjord have provided stunning reflections of the sky and the magnificent snow covered mountains.

A fine composition with gorgeous light, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

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Old 02-07-2019, 01:17 PM
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Hello John

We did the Hurtigruten coastal trip from Bergen round the North Cape to Kirkenes on the Russian border and return. It was certainly spectacular, but dare I admit that after a few days, the sight of another beautiful mountain and another incredible seascape really began to pall a trifle...

Do you have any thoughts about the proposed visit to Holland this coming Autumn?

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Will
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:45 PM
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Hi Will,

Thank you for your reply - and also for your kind remarks on my Troldhaugen photo.

I 've always been interested in the Hurtigruten trip you describe but our trip was organised by my wife - it was very pleasant indeed (a Fred. Olsen cruise) and we had some nice excursions as well as fine food on board. I must confess that I never became bored of looking at mountains or fjords - in fact most mornings I had set my alarm and was up on deck by 4 or 5 a.m. (usually completely alone but for some seabirds) to view and, sometimes, capture the early light and I also stayed out late at night after dinner too to watch the sun go down.

I believe that the Hurtigruten is a mail ship - is that right? And I also believe that there are few opportunities to spend any reasonable time ashore - is that correct too? Perhaps I need to do some more research into it.

Regarding Viviane's invitation to Holland this Autumn, I'm afraid it's a bit too far ahead just now for us to make any definite plans but we shall certainly bear it in mind. It would also be very nice if we could also perhaps arrange a mini meeting somewhere here in Old Blighty - that would be nice. And I see that Ann has now reappeared after a hiatus of a couple of years too!

I trust you and Rosemary are keeping well.

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John.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:31 AM
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Hello John
Hurtigruten ships are indeed mailships, and still fly the mailship Norwegian ensign. In twelve days they stop in around 50 ports, most of them small fishing villages, to deliver and pick up people, goods, and I assume, mail. They are doing this day and night, so many places are missed as you are asleep. But you tend to see them instead on the way back during daylight hours. The food is copious and excellent; there's no entertainment on board, though there are lectures/talks on topics of interest (history, geography, ecology and so on). And a bar: eye-wateringly expensive, but that's the case throughout Norway. So they are still working boats, but these days are certainly more oriented to cruising, and most passengers are holidaymakers. They stop at at least one port each day for an extended period - typically 3 hours or so - during which time you can go ashore and look around or partake in one of the many excursions they offer, which are again pretty expensive. If you're like me, you'd probably prefer to be independent.

I'm quite keen to visit Holland in the Autumn, but would probably be on my own, as Rosemary will still be working. We had Viviane and Chris staying with us for a couple of days last Summer, so R hasn't got the excuse that she doesn't know anybody! But like you, I haven't got any fixed plans that far ahead yet. A mini-meet in Blighty sounds attractive: how about suggesting some wheres and whens!

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