How often do you get to paddle in Arctic waters and live to tell about it?

August 14, 2012  ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS  — King Neptune baptized me this morning. Dressed in a flowing black gown and carrying a gold trident, his long grey beard blowing in the wind, he appeared on the stern of the seventh deck after being summoned by the tour director three times. He was there to welcome us to the Arctic, assure us of his protection, and dispense cloudberry liqueur in little shot glasses –- but only after …

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We cross the Arctic Circle, but the temps are still quite pleasant

August 13, 2012 ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS – I am no longer an Arctic Circle virgin. Just as ships in South America used to make you walk the plank when you first crossed the Equator, there is a ceremony up here given by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas, to mark our very first crossing of the Arctic circle. Ours will take place tomorrow because we are all dividing up and leaving the ship to go …

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One of the oldest towns in the world, Trondheim has one of the youngest attitudes

August 12, 2012 ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS – Breakfast in Boston, for me, means a glass of orange juice and a slice of toast. That’s it. The day begins. On this Hurtigruten cruise ship in Norway, however, breakfast is a Vikings’ banquet. Norwegians take their breakfasts very seriously, and the buffet choices that greet us in the dining room every morning require considerable concentration, There are huge platters of delicious native salmon, bowls of herring, pickled in …

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Words cannot describe the incredible beauty of sailing into a pristine and massive fjord…

August 11, 2012 ABOARD THE MS NORDLYS — It was like having my mother onboard. She was standing at the door as we came up the gangplank of the Hurtigruten ship last night at the start of our Norwegian cruise. We expected the usual safety lecture on how to put our life jackets on, but we didn’t realize we’d have to wash our hands before stepping aboard the MS Nordlys. Two hours later when we arrived at …

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The many “F” words that describe Bergen, Norway

August 10, 2012 BERGEN, NORWAY — “There are three ‘F’ words that describe Bergen,* our guide, Jim Paton , told us this morning at the start of our tour. It turns out he was referring to “fish, fire and fijords.” Before the day was out he told us a lot about the first two. Tomorrow we’ll get to the third. Over the years, Bergen’s wooden buildings have been ravaged by numerous fires. As you walk around town …

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We fly to cooler temperatures in Norway and explore Bergen’s historic quarter

August 9, 2012 There’s one way to avoid Boston’s oppressive summer heat: Fly to Norway. We left Boston in sweltering, humid 90-degree weather and flew to Bergen. Five hours after taking off from Logan Airport, we de-planed on a beautiful dry 65-degree day and and found ourselves in a historic town in the center of what they call Fjordland. Bergen, on the southwestern side of the country, is known as the Gateway to the Fjords. At the …

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Julie is heading to Norway aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Nordlys

Saturday, August 4, 2012 A cruise in Norway!? What a lovely idea; I’ve never been to Norway; have always wanted to go. I’m immersed now in reading about fjords, Vikings, Norse gods, gorgeous people, fresh fish and unfettered wildlife in preparation. But Norway is north of Boston. I live in Boston and try never to go north from here. Boston is north enough for me, cold most of the year in fact, frigid in the dead of …

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A cruise in Norway? What a lovely idea, especially in summer

Friday, August 26, 2011 A cruise in Norway!? What a lovely idea; I’ve never been to Norway; have always wanted to go. The fjords, Vikings, Norse gods, gorgeous people, fresh fish. But Norway is north of Boston. I live in Boston and try never to go north from here. Boston is north enough, cold most of the year, frigid in the dead of winter, lots of snow and ice. I don’t do north. Give me the Caribbean, …

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Our last day in the Galapagos brings us to North Seymour Island

Special to AllThingsCruise.com It’s our last full day on the MV Evolution, and the hour-to-hour activities arranged by International Expeditions don’t stop. During the night our captain has once again crossed the equator as we sleep, bringing us to tiny North Seymour Island, an “uplifted” island, simply pushed up from the ocean`s floor due to lava eruptions. This is a good island for hiking to see one of the largest Magnificent frigate bird colonies, the Magnificents being …

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Fernandina and Isabela: Two of the youngest islands in the Galapagos

Special to AllThingsCruise.com Each night before dinner one of our two naturalist guides presents a half-hour slide lecture on what we’ll be seeing and doing on the following day. So last night, Boli explained that we’ll be visiting two of the “youngest” islands in the archipelago, Fernandina and Isabela.Because the Galapagos are identified geologically as one of the earth’s “hot spots,” centers of acutely hot magma rising from inside the earth and producing intense volcanic activity on …

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