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Narvik was built in 1902 because it has a harbour that never freezes. A train line was built from Sweden across the EU border into Norway to carry the iron ore to the ships. It made it a prime target in times of war and was taken by the Germans after heavy bombing. Shipping routes and access to the sea have always been fought...
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The further you go north, the colder it gets, the more the skies rage, the sunsets are extreme and the night skies can thrill. The more the seas can roar and you might need your sickness bands (click picture for explanation). We had force 10 gales, 97 mph winds and slept through it. Alta is known as the city...
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If you venture this far north to see the northern lights, do not miss the Alta Museum. Here is Jean's report. https://youtu.be/mw8CmQPWFmE The view is worth the bus ride! You may never get this far north again, and even if it is snow covered, so all the outside stones are covered, the museum is a treat and the view amazing. It is easy...
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The Aurora's very last cruise as a family ship saw it covered in snow with many guests staying inside. The sea got rough but it ploughed through it gracefully with few changes, the Headliners stage shows were cancelled as they could not dance as the ship moved about, but Elektra, the violin duo played (not in heels!). Roy Locke...
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Another cruise ship comedian, Taffy Spencer, has been bemoaning lost his luggage .... well, as they say in the song, 'the days of Taffy Spencer' .... days with no clean pants! Manuel Martinez lost his flying back to do his 'live at the Apollo' and quick back to the Britannia. These guys are on planes at least twice a week....
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The mountains like the sea are incredibly soothing, relaxing and challenging, especially for those who don't like heights. Skiers amongst you will say this is just another ski lift and you have been on many, but this gives incredible views of the Fjord below. The total journey takes 6 minutes as you can see from the second film, but...
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Fred. Olsen started in this Fjord, at the start of the Baltic cruise. They take immense pride in their boutique fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel. The dress code is a little stricter, the atmosphere calmer. Their long-serving staff are carefully chosen for their friendly, caring personalities, and they...
Single, and cruising solo? - Cruising is very solo cruiser friendly and our chat community is also here to help - watching the blogs this week they have been exchanging chat on how it is often cheaper to book a double room and pay the supplement. Small, new and growing this will be a great chat site.  All the cruise...
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A trip on Rauma Railway reveals the most spectacular scenic areas in Norway. Rauma Railway goes between Åndalsnes and Dombås with four daily departures all year, in very modern trains and the trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. In the summer an electronic guiding system provides information about the sights along the route like a bus tour guide system....
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Andalsnes attracts far more than cruisers to the tiny town nestling in the Norwegian Alps, and I don't mean troll hunters. These could be called thrill seekers, the people who choose to jump off the 6,000ft wall, the tallest in Europe, with or without a parachute. Base Jumping, or B.A.S.E. jumping, with a chute or a winged suit. Find...
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