We were now on our way along the coast of Norway. We are travelling all the way from Bergen to Kirkenes. The Hurtigruten is a passenger cargo ship and ‘time and the Hurtigruten wait for no man,’ so we have been told, the ship will not wait for anyone who is late and it would be your responsibility to meet the ship at the next port. We settle down that night to the hum of the engines looking forward to the coming journey.
The idea of an express coastal service had been proposed but many thought it impossible, especially in the winter. Captain Richard With had been keeping accurate notes on courses, speeds and times taken to sail the route. In 1893 the communication revolution along the coast of Norway commenced. The Coastal Express had ships especially constructed for their operation, with refrigerated compartments and roll on and off facilities. Early on tourism was conceived as forming a basis of the operation. The journey is from Bergen to Kirkenes and it is possible to hop off and stay at various ports along the way. Many companies were initially involved in the operation along the coastal route. Now it’s under the Hurtigruten (Fast Route) Company and is marketed as ‘The world’s most beautiful sea voyage.’
We had a number of stops to admire the scenery each one proving to offer interesting views along the way. We continued to the town of Molde where we had dinner as we caught up with our ship the ‘Nordcapp.’
Daylight lasts virtually the whole night as we proceeded further north it lasts longer into the night until we reach the Arctic Circle and it becomes the Midnight Sun. Whole the sun is shining you don’t feel tired, midnight arrives and you don’t realize it and feel like staying up, but common sense takes over.
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