What will I remember from the Land of the Midnight Sun? Walking across the Arctic Tundra on Magerøya, almost the furthest north of Norway, white reindeer skittering away from us, delicate flowers brightening the turf and later we saw North Cape itself towering above the ship’s deck.
The trip to the Briksdal Glacier near Olden, dramatic peaks, waterfalls, wild flowers and lunch near the glacier’s snout- though you can’t walk on it without a guided tour- and back to a hot shower and four-course meal on the ship. Yes, it does rain – but we got sun too and even a glimpse of it at midnight!
It’s fair to say some of the walks were more like city sightseeing tours, but sightseeing is better on foot than from the windows of a bus- the old part of Stavanger was surprisingly attractive – white-painted wooden houses surrounded by flowers. There were several days entirely at sea, some among magnificent fjordland scenery including a surprise trip when the captain took ‘Braemar’ along the Jøkelfjorden to view a glacier, the first cruise ship of its size to sail up the fjord. I’ll have to mention the Force 8-9 gale on the first day, even the captain said it was rough – but everyone survived!