Life at the end of the road

November 4, 2019

King Neptune’s blessing :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:15 pm

Well we are some 200 odd miles north of the Arctic Circle now, having just left Tromso, which is Norway’s ‘northern capital’ if there is such a thing We actually crossed the Arctic Circle yesterday but King Neptune was busy so we didn’t have the ceremony until today Smile Perhaps he works ‘22 days on 22 days off’ like the rest of the crew and he was ‘off shift’ Smile I wonder how that works cos, unlike us at CalMac, their ‘change over days’ will always be different, so they’ll change at a different port every shift I guess. Anyway, there were one or two different faces aboard today and we have a new Master, perhaps he’s King Neptune in disguise Smile

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Anyway, after leaving Haarstad around 7:00am, having yet another monster herring, caviar and other fishy delights breakfast we went to summon King Neptune. Sure there’s the usual fried egg, bacon and sausage for people with a less than nautical palate but hey, I can get that at home anytime hey.

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The first recipient of King Neptune’s blessing was this German lady who won the ‘guess what time we cross the line competition’. Along with her signed (by the Master) Hurtigruten ‘house flag’ and crow berry wine she was also the first to get the ladle of ice cubes down the back. Andre the Viking and I being the last but he had the good sense (or lunacy) to remove his shirt first. They breed them tough at this latitude Smile

An hour or two up the coast to Finnsnes where we tied up for 30 minutes

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and had a walk into town.

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I could have sworn I saw John and Murdo on the roof of a house near the pier Smile John and Murdo being a pair of hooded crows that live at Arnish. Having seen many a live lamb or sickly sheep have it’s eyes plucked out or umbilical cord complete with belly eaten I’ve shot plenty. Must be getting soft in my old age cos I’ve gotten quite fond of my two. Like most creatures in life ‘they’re just trying to get by’ Smile Well apart from the mink I guess but that’s an American import and like junk food I can do without it  Smile

Gone to the dogs

Three hours sailing and an excellent lunch later we berthed at Tromso around 14:30,


just as the Arctic dusk was arriving. It had been snowing steadily and we were going dog sledding, something that I cannot say has been high on my priorities of things ‘to do’ and most certainly didn’t appear on my ‘bucket list’. Well, make sure you put it on yours, it is a great experience Smile


Even in the dark with cold snow on yer face it’s a joy Smile


After the trip we got to meet some of the dugs, not all 300 plus right enough but quite a few.


The whole pack of them made less noise and were better behaved than Molly and Leah Smile

That was it really, we had an excellent dinner, saw the northern lights again and now I’m off to bed somewhere above 70 degrees north, which is a couple of hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle.


  1. Paul it definitely looks like your having a great trip. You’ve brought back memories when I crossed the equator in 1966 oil, grease, feathers great to remember. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — November 5, 2019 @ 8:43 am

  2. Thanks for that. Brought back many memories

    Comment by eileen1929 — November 21, 2019 @ 9:51 pm

  3. #lifegoals, that looks a fabulous journey, thanks for posting,

    Comment by smalltopcircus — November 30, 2019 @ 10:17 am

    • Thanks Anne, enjoy the Peatbogs 🙂 XP

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 30, 2019 @ 11:41 am

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