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Bodø – 20th May 2016

It is a rapid chan­ge from win­ter to sum­mer. It is not long ago that we went to Bar­ents­burg by snow mobi­le, and today is the start of the nort­hern sum­mer for me. Qui­te a spe­cial sum­mer, my 20th one, coun­ting Spits­ber­gen sum­mers. I am a bit proud of it, but it makes me feel a bit old at the same time. Well, that is just how it is.
Yes­ter­day I came to Bodø, cros­sing the arc­tic cir­cle at an alti­tu­de of 30000 feet (give or take a few, I did not check). I have not seen the arc­tic cir­cle, but I know it was the­re, far below us.

Good old Anti­gua was wai­t­ing along­side in the har­bour of Bodø. Or rather, good new Anti­gua. The ship has chan­ged qui­te a bit sin­ce I have seen her for the last time in Novem­ber. Same place, by the way, but qui­te dif­fe­rent. Back then, it was dark and cold. Now, it is warm and sun­ny, very plea­sant. I was qui­te curious to see her now, 8 m lon­ger. And inde­ed, the midd­le deck resem­bles a foot­ball field. Well, in com­pa­ri­son. The new cabins are also qui­te impres­si­ve.

Old friends and new faces, good spi­rits, a hap­py start into a new sea­son. Ves­t­fjor­den is also in good shape, the 40 nau­ti­cal miles (give or take a few, I did not check) are pure plea­su­re, sit­ting on deck in the sun. The famous Lofot­ve­g­gen, the chain of moun­tains that makes up the islands which are rising from the sea like a wall, are slow­ly com­ing clo­ser, the out­liers Mos­ken and Værøy in the beau­ti­ful light of the evening sun.

Gal­le­ry – Bodø – 20th May 2016

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

It is late as we get­ting near the har­bour of Rei­ne, and just as we are about to enter, we meet a pod of Orca. We stay with them for a litt­le while. A big male with an impres­si­ve dor­sal fin and several smal­ler ones, inclu­ding a calf or two.

It could stay like this for the who­le sum­mer 🙂

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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