Dispatch #5: 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 fifth day into this northbound voyage.
The way this is done involves pouring ice cubes and ice water inside your clothes, down your back. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
It you weren’t awake yet, this would do it, for sure! ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After King Neptune left, things went back to normal. Normal being stunning nature, hues of blue, fresh wind, and changing weather. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Sailing into Finnsnes for a quick stop, before heading toward Tromsø. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After leaving Finnsnes, we could see small boat houses along the beach, fall-colored green and yellow trees, and a calm ocean that gave perfect reflections – peaceful, and pleasing to the eyes. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
And just heading out from Finnsnes, the weather changed once again ... ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Autumn is here, the birds are chilling along the waterside, the ship sliding through the water so peacefully. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Getting closer to Tromsø, we saw blue sky and snowy mountain peaks. The ocean still smooth as a mirror. No matter how chilly it was outside, going inside was not an option. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Arriving in Tromsø – with its signature bridge, the Ice Cathedral, and the harbor. Everybody was moving outdoors today. What a splendid day to see this picturesque city, this capital of the North, or Paris of the North, as it’s called. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
King Neptune came for a visit to baptize the passengers who crossed the Arctic Circle yesterday. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Right after breakfast everyone gathered on the top deck. Even the captain was present. A special guest had arrived. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
I woke up today and autumn had arrived. I could see the trees turning yellow, and the rain kept coming and going. The air was crisp, and it was time to put on wool socks, jumper, and gloves. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
I started looking for other things, or things in a different way. Like lines and nature. This city has everything. Even the things we don't think about, such as construction sites and nature side by side, can create one harmonious composition. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Reflections from the sailing – the best way of travel the coast. This trip has been an eye opener, creatively inspirational. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The Blue Hour at Tromsø with snow-covered mountain peaks. The calm water look like ice, and the clouds give the area a blue tone. What light they have here in the north! ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Guess what? A seagull saw me, and started posing for me. He had this "I see you wanna take my pictures. Let me show you what I've got!" attitude. “I see you wanna take my photo. Did you know I could do this? I guess you had no idea. I can do the "Tree" yoga pose. It's perfect. "The Tree" and stretch my wings. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After being totally charmed by a seagull, it was time for the sun to say goodbye. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The intense glow from the sunset, the rippling water, the dance of the clouds, and the smell of the sea. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
As I thought it couldn't get better, it did ... the evening offered more. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
A small fishing boat completed this photo composition just perfectlt. Nature took care of the rest. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The sun is gone, the colors linger, the shadows turn bigger and day five says goodbye. It's time to go to bed soon, and dream about another fantastic day with stunning nature, meeting King Neptune, enjoying Tromsø, and witnessing a spectacular sunset. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.