Visiting the Arctic Capital
During breakfast the southbound Hurtigrute ship MS NORDNORGE passes by. Nordnorge took us to Antarctica on our first couple of visits a decade ago so we have a soft spot for her. We wave furiously but no one is watching!
Shortly after our visit to Harstad we sail pass Trondenes Church, the northern most medieval church in Norway. We arrive in Tromso around 2.30pm. This is northern Norway's largest town with approimatelly 70,000 inhabitants. MS Midnatsol docks in the centre of the city and there is a mad rush to disembark. Many ship guests are going on optional excursions. Some are heading for a Husky Adventure, others on the city tour and still more just strolling around town. Most of the Furlongs team take a walk through town via the Amundsen statue, the church and city library to the Polar Museum. Tromso has always been a centre for polar exploration and research and the museum is run by the city university to celebrate its polar connections. It is well worth a visit if you are in town.
Back on board we sail at 6.30pm and our captain hosts a Stockfish and cod presentation on the top deck. Most visitors chew the stockfish sample for a minute or two and move on!