Kirkenes

 

Our second day on the Nordkapp, stops at several ports along the way, why anyone would live there beggars belief, but I guess someone has to keep the north functioning.  endless vistas of snow covered granite outcrops  plunging into the Artic ocean and the occasional dwelling.

After dinner, about 8 pm an announcement that northern lights have been sighted. There is a mad scramble for cameras etc and rush onto the deck. Words cannot describe, or photographs do justice to the amazing sights. Across the whole sky were the northern lights, cross one off the bucket list. Moving veils of green fill the sky, new splashes appear and disappear in quick succession to the ooohs and ahhhhs of the passengers, ignoring the icy wind and ice covered decks.

The photographs do not reflect the scale or majesty of what I witnessed. To take time lapse photo on a moving ship is going to result in out of focus images, but you do what you can.

The main thing is that we actually experienced the northern lights, and it was sensational.

The next morning we arrived in Kirkenes, 2.5 sq km, pop about 4000, and thousands of Japanese tourists, 400 km north of artic circle, 7 km from Russian border and 30 km from Finish border and we were welcomed with a temperature of -12 degrees. Can’t wait to try out the Snow Hotel tomorrow,

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A couple of Chinese tourists trying to photograph northern lights
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Northern lights 1
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Northern Lights 2
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Northern Lights 3
Fishing boats on the way to Kirkenes
Town in northern Norway
A port on the trip to Kirkenes, every one has its own snow showfield
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Kirkenes as viewed from hotel Thon window
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A street in the shopping centre of Kirkenes

4 thoughts on “Kirkenes

  1. Lisa Davis February 8, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Fantastic! I’m so glad you were able to see the lights.

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  2. Leanne Shay February 8, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Brilliant! Beautifully written Wally too, might I add. I can feel your delight in every syllable.
    I’ve got goosebumps!

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  3. draculacounts February 18, 2016 / 6:27 am

    So you did get to see them. What a wonderful experience!

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  4. Amanda Marshall February 18, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    Happy Days. You can both tick the Northern Lights off your lists now. Mansfield must be looking pretty good now; even in mid July!

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