Day 13 Hurtigruten and Tromsø

Yesterday we cruised until Tromsø and then further north. When we woke up the sea was pretty rough. 

Also the night was pretty rough, our cabin was, lets say, not ideally located. It was very loud and shaky during the night. 

The cruise was pretty cool, especiallyotowards Tromsø. The ship stayed for 4 hours in Tromsø and we used the time to explore the city. 

First we walked to the Artic Cathedral. From the port it takes about 30mins.

The cathedral is really unique and the architect designed it to resemble arctic characteristics. 

After our visit to the cathedral we walked back into the city to stroll around for a bit.

At 6:30pm we left Tromsø to head further north to the Nordkapp (North Cape).

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Day 11 Mount Røren and Mount Litlberget 

When we woke up this morning it was raining 😮 nevertheless it was less windy than yesterday. Therefore we decided to try and go venture. We headed to mount Røren. When we got to the parking lot it was raining 🙂 half way up the first mountain it eventually stopped so we could hike for about half an hour without getting wet. After we passed mount Røren we headed to mount Litlberget to not having to return the same way. The hike itself is not too hard a little steep at some points and very slippery when wet, especially getting down again was pretty difficult without falling. 

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Bay Sandbotnen

When we drove towards Hamnøya the light was great, so we stopped a couple of times to take pictures. 

View out of the living room

View out of the front door

Day 10 Hamnøya: rain plus a strong breeze/moderate gale 

Today was an indoor day. Strong winds (our little house is sometimes shaking, its so strong) and rain almost every minute of the day kept us from venturing. Apparently the wind is caused by an offset of hurricane Ophelia. Thanks Ophelia 🙂 

Watching the weather

It still is raining cats and dogs. We did get to go outside for a couple of minutes and we drove to the grocery store to stock up on some supplies. Between that we read, trank tea and relaxed. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks slightly more promising. Fingers crossed! 

Rorbuer in Hamnøya

Sakrisøya

Reine

Day 8 Leknes, Unstad and chasing Mrs. Aurora again

Yesterday was a rainy day. It did not rain all the time but plenty. Unfortunately the weather forecast was right so we decided to take it slow. As it was also pretty windy with up to 11m/s we drove to Unstand Beach. Unstand Beach is supposed to be a hot spot for surfing. And indeed despite the weather there was some surfin going on.

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Surfer at Unstad Beach

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Day 7 Lofoten Islands

Today we left Svolvaer and headed towards Leknes, which is in the middle of the Lofoten. The drive took about one hour. As our hike today we had picked out Offersøykammen, a mountain close to Leknes, which we believed a manageble evalation change. After around one hour steeply climbing 436 meters we reached the top and were able to enjoy a beautiful view. 433 meters elevation change on 1,3km is ca. 33% elevation increase!

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Day 6 Hiking up Tjeldbergtinden

Today we wanted to take it a little bit easy. We slept in a bit and enjoyed the very good breakfast of the hotel. At around 10:30am we decided to tackle Tjeldbergtinden a 367m summit next to Svolvær. The hike is around 5km but its very steep so not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. In total it took us around 3hours cause we hiked a loop instead of going back and forth the same way.

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Day 5 extra: Aurora Borealis

Last night the aurora forecast which I, along with the weather forecast, the supposed cloud coverage etc., studied religiously, forecasted an aurora activity of 5 out of 9.  Together with clear skies the spectacle began at around 7pm. We stepped out of the hotel in Svolvær and saw the lights immediately cause they were so strong and visible. No need for long exposures with the camera.

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4 days to go…

…and only 3 more days at work. Tomorrow is Germanys annual national holiday, therefore we do not have to work. It is a crazy thought that we only have to go to work 3 more times. The thought of being off for so long has motivated us a great deal during the  past couple of weeks.

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