Passport. Check. Cameras. Check. Suitcase that won’t close. Check. Seasick patches. Check.
Do you remember me telling you about my trip to Norway? No? Guess what?!
I’m going to Norway, land of spectacular fjords, VIKINGS, wild arctic vistas, POLAR BEARS, deep blue waters and expensive everything.
No, Norway wasn’t on my bucket list becuase I don’t have a bucket list. Bizarre for someone who spends all of her waking hours, researching, reading, writing and thinking about travel, right? Even more bizarre for me, since everything else in my life is listed, color-coded and organized (except for my closet, which is a disaster). But a travel list? I can’t make one. Show me a pretty picture of a far away (or not) place and I’m off down the rabbit hole of the internet looking for air fares and travel tips.
The Northern Lights are an exception. They’ve been a constant obsession for as long as I can remember. How obsessed am I, you ask? I check this site every day. I fight the urge to post a daily Northern Lights photo on my Facebook wall.
So, this is the year.
The Mister and I will sail on the MS Trollfjord, a Hurtigruten ship that cruises the coast of Norway, delivering passengers, cargo and dreams of Northern Lights and Arctic adventures.
Here’s the itinerary…
Flight from London to Oslo. Stay in Oslo for 2 days, check out the city and buy expensive coffee.
Take the scenic, 8-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen.
The Mister flies into Bergen and joins me the day before we board the ship. We should have time to explore the city and see what it has to offer.
photo via wikimedia
The ship departs Bergen for a 7 day South to North sailing stopping in Alesund, Trondheim, the Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands, Tromso, Honningsvag and the North Cape and Kirkenes. We’ll leave the ship in Kirkenes (didn’t have enough time for the round trip) and spend the night there before flying back to London the following day.
So, that’s what the upcoming weeks look like. I have my camera packed and I borrowed a tripod and a GoPro. Hopefully, I can bring back a few good pictures. I also know the Northern Lights are unpredictable and we might not see them. I’m prepared for that and I’ll won’t be disappointed (maybe a little). I’m pretty sure we’ll be happy with our first ocean voyage, dogsledding through the Arctic and arguing about who’s going to drive the snowmobile (me). Hope you’ll follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all the rest. If not, I’ll see you back here in a few weeks. Thanks for reading.
Email from husband the day we confirmed our trip: “I’m so excited about going on a ship with you.”
This from the man who spent over 20 years driving the oceans of the world. This time, he’ll see it all from above the waves instead of through a periscope. And with me. What could be better, really.
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