Friday, 30 August 2013

Our students arrive in Svalbard

This will be an interesting blog to follow.   Students from the University of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have just arrived in Longyearbyen.   24 hour daylight that will soon change to 24 hour darkness.

I'm looking forward to following their blog.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Sunday

It was Sunday in Longyearbyen and very quiet when we first went ashore.   This meant we could take photographs before everywhere sprung to life.





 

Windsurf in the Sound of Mull

Windrush in the Sound of Mull 5/11
One of the few modern sailing cruise ships in the world sailing through the Sound of Mull yesterday evening.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Research Ship Lance

This is the research ship that Paul Rose used when he was filming 'Oceans'

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Rannoch rainbow

Really bright rainbow with intense colours on Rannoch Moor as we returned from Stirling a week ago

and so to Svalbard

On the approach to Longyearbyen,  the harbour visible with National Geographic Explorer in port.










fascinating clouds over the cliffs.

Monday, 26 August 2013

More birdlife

We encountered more birdlife as we sailed towards Svalbard.

Having to just press the shutter as the birds flew overhead,  I'd no idea what was in the photographs until later...







Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kong Harald in Honningsvåg


Kong Harald caught up with us again in Honningsvåg

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Costa Voyager

Costa Voyager joined us in port.   I was happy to see it was a smaller ship.











and here she is reflected in the windows of Marco Polo
 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Cyclists

There are always cyclists on the road at this time of year and it was obvious these two had been shopping in Morrisons !

Honningsvåg construction

We were met with this sight in Honningsvåg as they extended the breakwater.











and there is a new photo-map of the town.
as the sun shone down it created colourful reflections in the harbour.
 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Approaching Honningsvåg on 05 July

A beautiful morning as we approached Honningsvåg.

MS Finnmarken was disappearing into the distance but we knew which ship it was from her distinctive shape.







Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Glencoe and Rannoch skies

Glencoe and Rannoch skies 3/4 Wonderful skies and clouds as we drove through Glencoe and over Rannoch Moor on our way south last week.







Lyngen

The wind turbines on Lyngen added interest to the evening light.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Skies near Movik

Skies near Movik We sailed from Tromsø with these wonderful skies over Marco Polo- near Movik, Troms Fylke










following Kong Harald as Richard With approached from the other direction.











Thursday, 15 August 2013

Yacht 'Grace'

The yacht 'Grace' was in Tromsø on 04 July.  The last time we had seen this yacht was,  I think, in Oslo last year.

The Hurtigruten was Kong Harald.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Day in Tromsø

Tromsø, 04 July We arrived in Tromsø with a list of things to do and people to see. On the list was a visit to the Norwegian equivalent of the Salvation Army's store. Sometimes there are some amazing bargains in knitwear but not today.

Next stop, the supermarket for some supplies. I also wanted to see if it was possible to buy a Euro plug lead for the laptop computer. Because these are 2-pin and flat, they are much easier to pack in a suitcase- but we could only find adapters.

It was hot-  very hot for the Arctic with the temperature displayed as +16C !




Although some of the Totally Norway team have visited Tromsø in spring and summer, all my visits have been in winter. The little roadtrain was running.
An interesting discussion with a local resident was that 'it is quieter in summer, everyone goes to their cabins'. They were referring, of course, to the local winter population.

Photographs

Something odd has happened,  the most recent photos have uploaded to the blog instead of linking back to the main albums.    Let's see what happens today.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Butterflies

Butterflies 1/3
no shortage of butterflies this summer although I think they are late in appearing?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tromsø, 04 July

Marco Polo sailed under the bridge as she prepared to dock in Tromsø.  The last time we sailed under this bridge was during February darkness when we were searching for the aurora.







The ski jumps towered over the city.











The excursion buses snaked into view as the mooring ropes were being secured.   Surely too many buses for all of our tours?
Well yes,   Costa Pacifica was 'parked' behind Marco Polo.
 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Marco Polo arrives in Leith

Marco Polo arrives in Leith 2
Marco Polo turning in Leith docks with help from the tugs.  July 2013.

and so we sailed North

04 July 2013:  Tromsø

Approach to Tromsø,  the hills near Brensholmen







passing the ferry near Buvik











This is the scenes I expect to see in Norway,  clear skies (with a few clouds) and reflections in the water










We had to sail around the island to get to our cruise pier-   and the city of Tromsø came back into view,  just.










Thursday, 1 August 2013

Romsdalsfjord to Åndalsnes

02 July 2013 continued:

We sailed through Romsdalsfjord towards Åndalsnes,  a lovely cruise for passengers who had not gone on the overland excursion.









It never appears to be an easy port for the ships.   Passengers lined the deck watching us edge out way towards the jetty.

 

More photos from Molde

Cruise call:  Tuesday 02 July 2013,  morning.

Marco Polo was moored at the cruise dock,  next to the Hurtigruten terminal.

It was a morning call with passengers exploring Molde or going on excursions.  

One excursion was an overland tour meeting the ship at the next port of call-  Åndalsnes
Molde looked like a different place with the winter snow and ice being replaced by flowers and greenery.

The ferries sailed to and fro