And Mel captures them!!
04.03.2014 - 07.03.2014 -2 °C
So readers you may have heard that we saw the lights big time on the good ship Trollfjord. They are so amazing - they shimmer and roll around in the sky and at times you feel like you are being showered with an alien rain. Photos just cannot do them justice because it is such a three D experience. Fortunately Mel got some great shots - without a tripod and on a moving ship - no easy feat. We loved the Hurtigruten cruise ship. It was spacious comfy - great food and great fun.
We got off at tromso and saw the town and the polar museum (I think I may have mentioned that earlier!) and then the next morning we got off and headed for the North Cape! The northernmost point of mainland Europe. It was about then that we started compiling a list of inhospitable place to live - and this would be very high on the list. Blowing a gale, sheet ice, rocks and snow but a great lookout! You can only go up wih a snow plough leading the way
We then re boarded and continued on to Kirkenes. Our stay at the Thon hotel has been terrific. Comfy with yet another great breakky. We were picked up yesterday and then went off in sleds to the frozen fjord where we learned how to drill holes in the ice and how to set a crab pot - the giant king crabs are known thus because if you don't bleed them quickly when you kill them their blood turns the flesh blue! We had a big haul and then we set off for a farm where the uides steamed them and we sat inside (the old henhouse) a quaint little eating house - we had the freshest crab served with bread, mayo and lemon and they were absolutely the best we have ever eaten! They acually belong to the lobster family so the flesh is sweet and tasty. The inside of the long part of the claw was like the size of a breakfast sausage - doubt I could eat a whole crab!!
We came back in the dark and didn't need dinner so we all collapsed.
Today we have had a leisurely morning before we go out driving on the fjord with our own husky teams and sleds - could be interesting! we fly to Oslo tonight and off to morrocco in the morning but we are all ready for some warmer weather. Won't be sorry to see the end of the michelin woman therm suits!
It has been an amazing trip thus far. Every morning we get up and are astounded by whatever new sights or experiences we have had. Lucky enough to see the lights more than once and on one night for hours and they were really great! Seen some barren and frozen towns and some really pretty ones, stayed in ice rooms, eaten lots of new foods, tried lots of new experiences and gained some new skills.
We have thoroughly enjoyed this trip - and now onto morocco!