Lovely pics, extremely envious of your location!
We went to Norway for my 40th and took the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Tromso - absolutely the best experience of our lives, ever! Norway rocks!
Got a couple of vids on youtube for anyone interested....
As usual, Mrs MikeP makes an appearance here and there....
To digress slightly, in the second vid, there's a bit about 3 and a half minutes in where we are stood at the front of the ship in a slightly rolling sea and the prow goes diving down into a wave. You can hear a big CLUNK noise (no idea what that was, maybe the captain dropped his tea mug...)
Anyway, that was our first day onboard the Hurtigruten, and I strongly suspect that the bridge crew, upon seeing a bunch of tourists crowding around the prow area oohing and ahhing at the scenery, decided that a little impromptu splash might be a bit of fun. Well, it was - I went down like a sack of spuds as the ship hit the bottom of the wave.... unfortunately using my ass to destroy the 18-55mm lens on the SLR which was slung over my shoulder at the time.
Now you can't visit Norway without a wide angle lens on your camera, so when we got to Alesund, I managed to find a camera shop that was able to sell me the most expensive lens I have ever bought in my life. Lovely people, very helpful.
Got some fantastic shots with it, though, so take this not as a complaint, but more as a warning if you should find yourself at the prow of the Hurtigruten on the first day of a trip north in a rolling sea with an SLR slung over your shoulder.
Well, you never know ..... :-)
PS, whilst I'm fully taking a trip down off-topic alley, we had a tour of the Hurtigruten bridge. Now, I don't know what I was expecting really - a white-whiskered, salty old sea dog grappling the wheel with a big brass compass and an almanac, perhaps ? Or a smartly turned out captain issuing clipped commands to a crack crew with one of those throttle things that goes 'ding ding' every time you move it to a new setting....
But no. A bored looking bloke sat in a big comfy recliner on a swivel, coffee cup in one hand, magazine in the other, with a massive flat panel in front of him showing the current position via GPS and our course as a yellow dotted line. It's all autopilot, of course!
I felt vaguely let down. There wasn't even a parrot.