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This another picture from our recent trip on the Hurtigruten. The 'coastal express' is a fleet of 11 ships, one of which leaves Bergen everyday to travel the 12 day round trip to Kirkenes on the Russian border and back.

The first boat, the Vesteraalen, left Trondheim for Hammerfest in 1893, with the aim of improving communications and industry for the scattered coastal communities. With limited navigational aides in dangerous waters the 'postal' boat became established with Bergen becoming the most southerly port. The route extended northwards and Kirkenes was included in 1914. Tourism has always been part of the function of the fleet to supplement the freight and ferry services for the locals. The route is known as 'The world's most beautiful sea voyage'. The ships stop several times a day (and night) to deliver and collect cargo and load/unload passengers. The stops vary from 15 minutes to several hours and it is amazing to see the efficiency of the small fork-lift trucks that get into action as soon as the ship docks with its roll on/roll off facilities. Sometimes the harbour entrances are rather small and difficult to navigate. A few are exposed to open sea rather than the sheltered waters experienced most of the way. Two major storms led to aborted attempts at docking on two occasions. We were on the Finnmarken (built 2002) and unless we were were watching the storms (Force 12) it was not at all apparent that they were happening as the stabilisation system is so good.

This photo was taken between Havoysund and Hammerfest within the Arctic Circle and not far from the North Cape. A snow storm was blowing but the light filtered through. It is always exciting to see other ships from the fleet pass by. This one is the Vesteralen built in 1983.

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  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1520 W: 0 N: 3655] (18143)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-24
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/6.7, 1/750 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-04-06 2:49
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