The morning after our Harstad exploration we were up around 6.30am to get ready and eat some breakfast before our big day aboard the Hurtigruten ship MS Kong Harald. Hurtigruten is a fleet of cruise ships that run up and down the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and is considered a historical staple of Norwegian infrastructure and culture, helping to bridge the distance between the north and the south.
When taking the southbound ship from Harstad to Svolvær it takes about 10 hours, with three stops in between – namely Risøyhamn, Sortland and Stokmarknes. Stokmarknes is considered the birthplace of Hurtigruten and when they stopped there we left the ship for a brief tour of the Hurtigruten Museum – home to the largest museum object in Norway: the 1956 MS Finnmarken Ship. The sailing itself was very much all about sitting on the viewing deck and watching the beautiful world go by, but once we were off the ship in Stokmarknes we received our dose of history and facts and fun exploring for the day. The ten hours stretched on and we were both grateful for a break from the slow rocking of the boat (which may or may not have lulled me to sleep a couple of times) 😛
One of the main reasons we went on this 10 hour cruise from Harstad to Svolvær was the Trollfjord – a fjord famous for it’s extremely narrow mouth and steep mountains like nothing we had ever seen. Huddled outside on the deck we watched the steep mountain walls around us close in on the ship and it was breathtaking. The water around the ship was impossibly blue and it was a great experience. The fjord is part of the Lofoten and Vesterålen regions and is a spectacular sight, a must-see if you ever find yourself in the area!
Until tomorrow, lovelies! Xxx
Ps: We’re not even halfway through our Northern Norway mini adventure, but I’ve already started editing the video… Think this is going to be a good one!