This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigrutens ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. This is her dispatch from day two.
After a night of great sleep, rolling sleep, light sleep, and then some more sleep, we arrived Ålesund. What a wonderful reunion with this great-looking city, and Molja Lighthouse that’s located in the harbor. In August I visited Ålesund and spent the night in this little lighthouse and I highly recommend it to everyone. This is a fantastic spot! ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
A rain-washed Ålesund. As we were about to leave, the sun came out. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Heading to Geiranger, the crew cleaned everything onboard. This is a great ship, the staff is awesome and helpful and everything looks brand new and clean at any given time. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Today was the day of the rainbows. The wind picked up, the sea got darker, and the rainbows appeared, more than once. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After entering the Geirangerfjord, weather did not matter. Everybody on the ship came out on deck to look at the fantastic nature. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Clouds and rain make perfect light and a dash of sun creates magic. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
When I think about the work by the Norwegian romantic painters Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude, I always thought they were a bit too dramatic ... I stand corrected. Seeing the light today, I know they just painted what they saw. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Did I mention that this was a rainbow day? This time around, there were two rainbows showing off. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
No matter where onboard MS Finnmarken I find myself, the views in this fjord are overwhelming. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
A rainbow and myself on what could easily be described as a horrible hair day. Whatever you do, don't think you can beat the winds in Norway. Everybody walks around with funny hair today ... ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
And you know the wind is strong when the waterfalls don't fall but fly up in the air ... ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
This waterfall is called the bridal veil. Today, it had to share the glory with a rainbow veil. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After hours of what felt like sailing deep into the mountains, we approached Geiranger. All the way in the fjord. The mountain formations are unreal. How people came to settle here, is another riddle. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
To get in and out of this village, a wild road was build. Eleven hairpin turns just to get to the neighboring village or farms. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Mountains after mountains after mountains. Some are still snowcapped. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The weather is changing again. Clouds and rain hide the mountains and cover up the Geirangerfjord behind us. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Tonight we are expecting a storm to hit. So, I will prepare, keep my camera ready, and while waiting, I will enjoy a coffee with a view. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.