Dispatch #3: My epic Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigruten's ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. This is her dispatch from day three. After a stormy night, with waves 16–40 feet, I woke up in Trondheim. The captain of MS Finnmarken is nothing less than amazing. After having watched the waves last night, I cannot see why the ship didn't roll more than it did. In Trondheim, we were greeted by rain.
I went straight to Dromedaren Kaffebar for a chillout with friends. When you get a rainy day in Trondheim, there is no need to run all over the city. Just make sure to see one thing, and then lean back, grab a coffee and do some people-watching. This city was build for this. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After having visited Trondheim several times, this time I wanted to see Kristiansten Fortress. It was built after the city fire in 1681 to protect the city against attack from the east. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
With the flag waving in the wind and the rain closing in, there’s nothing else to do than just run for it. Run inside to see what’s there. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
I can't help it. I am a sucker for details ... and vanishing point photos ... ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The courtyard is sheltered from the wind. The green is everywhere. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The views are amazing. If you don't have the time to run around town, you can see it all from here. The island is Munkholmen, just outside Trondheim harbor. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Nidarosdomen cathedral. Work on the cathedral started in 1070, and was finished around 1300. The many alterations and additons still continue to this day, and the cathedral is not completed, by far. Nidarosdomen is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
It is a great feeling to just take in the view of the city. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After 3-and-a-half hours in Trondheim it was time to return and for MS Finnmarken to continue the northbound voyage. MS Kong Harald, also a Hurtigruten millennium ship, is doced and later in the day will be heading south. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Wind and rain coming our way again. And like this, when rain comes in these ways, it hides everything ... ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
At the end of the Trondheimsfjord, and sailing north, we pass by Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, a beautiful lighthouse with its unique architecture where I stayed a month ago. I just love this lighthouse and how it fights off the weather. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
And there, way out in the North Sea, I spot a lighthouse I know I haven’t seen any photographs of before. After checking the list of lighthouses on this website, doing some googling, and comparing photographs – red body with a white, single belt, white base, a “chimney” next to the beacon ... – I concluded that it is Kaura Lighthouse, Roan, built in 1931 and automated in 1959. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Along the coast, we see clusters of colorful houses and small communities. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
I met fellow passengers Libby (mom) and Joe (son) from Australia. I asked Libby how she ended up wanting to go to Norway. She said "I saw a picture of the Geirangerfjord. I just pointed at the picture and said I wanna go there. And so I did. I just love that picture." I have rarely met anyone so positive about everything in Norway, even the weather! ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Passing Buholmråsa Lighthouse located in the Svesfjorden on the small island Sønnaholmen. The 77-feet (23.5 meter) tall lighthouse is red with one white stripe and can be seen for 17.1 nautical miles (31.7 km; 19.7 miles). It was built in 1917 and automated in 1994. Hmmmm ... I might visit this one in the future. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Taking in the evening light ... before dinner. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Dinner tonight is trout, served on a bed of root vegetables, potatoes, a drop of lime, and light gravy. The fish was perfect and the gravy was from another heavenly world. The food here is delightfully presented, tasty, and perfectly portioned. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.