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On Monday, we joined the ship at Tromso. This is a much bigger ship than either of the two previous ones - around 15,000 tons. It has luxuries such as an internet cafe (which I think is a necessity), and a hairdryer in the bathroom (which Creatrix thinks is a necessity).

Yesterday, while most of the other passengers were going on a bus trip to the North Cape (by all accounts over-dull, over-hyped and over-priced, and not even the most northerly point in Europe), we went on a bird-watching trip. We saw more sea eagles, puffins and gannets, along with purple sandpipers and goosanders.

Today, we went on a boat trip to the Russian border, and ate cloudberries and cream. The trip was slightly dull, but we did get out in the fresh air. We were told in very definite terms Not To Approach The Border; apparently it gets a fine of 5,000 kroner, and a 4,000 taxi fare to catch up with the ship, which you miss while you are being interrogated.

This afternoon, we hope to go to a C18 star fort at Vardo.

Today has been one of the few cloudy days on our holiday, but it has remained dry; and mild enough, except when we were out on the river.

Date: 2008-08-20 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meglorien.livejournal.com
Prepare for rain down here, then ;-)
Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Date: 2008-08-21 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wellinghall.livejournal.com
We're looking forward to seeing you as well! :-)

Date: 2008-08-20 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrkinch.livejournal.com
What a lovely little bird the purple sandpiper is!

I imagine a snug, comfortable inn whence you could observe the Russian border while eating cloudberries and cream.:)

Date: 2008-08-21 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wellinghall.livejournal.com
Well, actually it was an open hut ... but it was still fun ;-)


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