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Dispatch #4: 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. These photos were taken in course of the day, September 6, the fourth day into this northbound voyage.

This morning started off with vistas many only can see in art galleries or on the Internet machine – dramatic clouds clinging to mountaintops. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Clusters of houses at the feet of mountains look like colored flowers on a green field. Very peaceful. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Blue sky and dark clouds and layers upon layers of mountains. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Rays of sun penetrating incoming clouds of rain obscuring the mountains. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The rain as if dancing for an audience. I could not believe my eyes. What a light! What a weather. What a fantastic start on the day! ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Not one, but two rainbows showed up, the salty ocean air filled my lungs, the wind messed up my hair, and a drop of rain on my cheek reminded me that there is no rainbow without a little rain and sun. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Fellow passengers came outside for the sun and watched while we were closing in on Bodø. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Bodø harbor. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

In Bodø, I went to see Bodø Cathedral, famous for its 39-feet stained glass window. Bodø Cathedral is built of concrete and has a basilica design and consecrated in 1956. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Leaving Bodø, we’re sailing into the open sea toward Stamsund in the Lofoten Islands. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

More mountains, steeper, more dramatic, and, in the back of my head, I can hear Grieg's music. If you listen to Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King), you will connect with the music when you see this nature. It's nothing less than stunning. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Just outside of Landegode Island, the Landegode Lighthouse stands tall – red with two belts of white. This lighthouse is also on my wish list of lighthouses to visit. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Landegode Lighthouse was built in 1902 and automated in 1988. The lighthouse was listed as a protected site in 1999. The red, round, iron tower stands 95 feet (29 meters) tall and the light can be seen for about 17.8 nautical miles (33.0 km; 20.5 miles). ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Far in the distance, washed in blue, right there at the horizon, I see Måløy-Skarholmen Lighthouse. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the upper Vestfjorden, the broad sound between the mainland and the Lofoten Islands. It is located on the tiny islet of Måløyvær, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) west of the village of Leinesfjorden. The lighthouse was first lit in 1922, automated in 1979, and in 1999 it was listed as a protected site. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Mountains and clouds are dancing today – dancing together. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

The moment we embark on a ship we are all strangers to each other. But that changes soon. I met these two beautiful women from Australia who love this trip, the mountains, the waves, the wind. First, their husbands weren't sure they wanted to come, but not taking no for an answer the women went ahead and booked the tickets. Their husbands come along and did not regret it. What a blessing it is to meet wonderful people. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Approaching Stamsund. The mountains here are spectacular. Lofoten is known for dramatic mountains and stunning fishermen cabins and quaint villages. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Stamsund harbor with peaked mountains backdrop. Amazing place. Amazing colors. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

Another day is over. Night is on its way. Due to fog, there was no sailing into the narrow Trollfjord. Safety first is the rule onboard every Hurtigruten ship. So, goodnight. I’m off to bed. Fresh ocean air all day long makes me tired in the evening, and that's okay, I'll sleep like a baby. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.

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This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigruten’s ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. These photos were taken in course of the day, September 6, the fourth day into this northbound voyage.

Learn more about Hurtigruten.

Click here to see a slideshow for Day 5.

Click here to see Dispatch #5 photo report.

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