So Mandy and I have returned safely after rounding the North Cape and parking the ship right up on the border with Russia. We choose this trip primarily to see the Lofoten Islands and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Hurtigruten are so confident you will see the Aurora on these trips – that they offer a free weeks cruise if you fail to view the lights with them. Rather than post a whole gallery of shots, I thought I would post a few individual images to give you a feel for Norway and wrap it all up with a gallery post. Hurtigruten are the Postal and freight boats which steam the Norwegian coast daily some 13 boats in total. In other words it is not run as a cruise more like a working ferry dropping mail and freight as they go – this first shot is to give you a feel for the kind of 2 dimensional scenery you get sailing beyond the Arctic Circle (around 6 days of the trip is within the Arctic Circle). This first shot Norge Post is taken during the Polar Night (where the sun does not rise above the horizon during a 24 hour period) polar nights create a very ethereal light, also note how calm the water is (it was not always this calm) but that is a story for another day.