Slideshow, day five: My epic Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes
Our photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing north, from Bergen to Kirkenes, on Hurtigruten's ship MS Finnmarken, which is one of the three millennium-category ships. Today, baptism is the keyword. A tradition here at Hurtigruten, is the baptism. One of many reasons to take this voyage is to cross the Arctic Circle and see the arctic part of Norway, which is approximately half the country. On the day after entering the Arctic, Hurtigruten gets a rare guest.
After breakfast, everybody gathered on the eighth deck for the baptism. Even the captain was there. It was a chilly Autumn day on deck but everyone dressed right for the occasion. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
The majestic, ugly, powerful King Neptun – the ruler of the ocean – came to visit. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
First, a lucky winner received the flag Hurtigruten displayed at the time of crossing and a gift. She was also the first one to be baptized. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
You would think that the screams and faces would come from females only, but that was not true. King Neptun is pouring down ice cubes and ice water down the back. Male or female, they, and we all, screamed and made faces. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
My Australian friend Ariel also got her jumper filled with ice. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
After the baptism, it was time for King Neptun to return to the ocean. He ain't no handsome dude, and he can turn sunny days into stormy weeks. So we will do everything to not awake his anger. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Back to normal. We are heading towards Finnsnes. No rain, clouds, and calm ocean. I guess King Neptun is happy about today and all the good sports onboard who willingly let ice flow down their back. We’re enjoying the Arctic and want to see more. ©2012 Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.