Following brief calls at Honningsvag and Havoysund, we're offered "energy coffee" on deck 8 this morning. Many guests enjoy the cup of coffee, but we're not sure about subsequent energy levels. Next stop is Hammerfest, known as the world's northernmost town and home to the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society. The polar bear club is located on the quayside and nearby there is a Museum of Reconstruction after World War II. There is also a good selection of shops including a Coop supermarket and a Boots chemist, plus an accordionist busker from Prague! Back on board our ship, FINNMARKEN, we can learn how to make knots. Members of the ship crew are on hand to help. There are instructions and diagrams, and rope of varying widths. Some guests are clearly experienced sailors and manage to produce excellent results. Others don't. We're able to keep the instructions and some rope as souvenirs and one or two guests suggest we use some rope to tie up the on board pianist. To be honest he does seem to have one set of tunes .... and we've now heard them a few times!
Anyway, talking about music and entertainers, most guests head off to the Midnight Concert in Tromso this evening. Our ship docks in the Arctic Capital around 11.45 pm. Coaches are awaiting our arrival and we drive across a spectacular bridge to the Arctic Cathedral. Here we listen to a wonderful selection of Norwegian folk songs and classical pieces. There is pianist/organist, a flugal horn player and a baritone singer. It's a late night but one that guests will remember for a long time to come. Simply magical.