Day 8 and we crossed the imaginary line (there’s an island with a plaque on it) and entered the Arctic Circle. For many, this was where the real fun starts. By now, the temperatures were dropping unlike the sun which wasn’t going below the horizon, causing 24 hour daylight and plenty of confusion about when to stop drinking at the bar.
And on the 4th day, we reached the shores of Norway. I was expecting snow-capped mountains rising out of the sea from all angles with small colourful sea-side villages dotting the shoreline and I got exactly that and then some, reminded me a lot of New Zealand…with more fish. Along the way we learnt a lot about Norwegian culture thanks to the historians and biologists onboard, a country that has played the hand it was dealt extremely well.
Mission to the Arctic. I booked this trip in the first week of 2015 in a bit of a yolo moment, I’d always wanted to go to the Arctic Circle and getting there via the Norwegian Fjords on a ship seemed like the perfect way to see Norway.