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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: Yesterday at 21:23

We get to the top bit tomorrow. Then we are racing the boat back between two points at 2 in the morning on snowmobiles. I have had my head measured for a helmet.


All we bought at the cape was two hot chocolates.  Everything else was too expensive.  I think the ice hotel is quite close to the russian border.


 The boat is bouncing a bit . Hubby has gone to bed with two stugeron.  The Northern Lights were good tonight, right over the boat, and swirling around.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: Yesterday at 15:15

Well the ride up to North Cape was interesting. The buses set off and after half an hour queued up at a barrier. They then have to follow a snowplough up through the mountains to the North cape. Think Lands End but with a lot of snow, minus 11, biting cold wind, and a lot of Japanese getting excited having pictures taken in front of the globe. ... and the shop has Trolls. The snowplough was huge. It puts gritsy bitsy teeny weeney anti slip machinery to shame.  The blade was taller than I am.


 Back to the boat, Doug Allen has finally made it.


I can definitely recommend Yaktrax. We were walking on inches thick sheet ice, and feeling quite confident about it. As not many people on the boat are under 27, not breaking a hip is an advantage.  We have had some interesting conversations about bucket lists


 Tomorrow we go to the ice hotel.  It was fully dark at 3pm, and we are now rolling about on the high seas and its pitch black out there.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: Yesterday at 09:49

11.41 am sunset. The sun is above the horizon for less than half an hour, but there is a period of dusk about two hours after. What we would call a gloaming. However that was on clear sky  days and it is now getting cloudier.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: Yesterday at 09:21

Sunrise today 11.16 am Sunset is 11.41 am Current temperature minus 10C, with wind chill,  will feel like minus 16(Forecast). At 11.15 we get on a bus to the North Cape.  I've put an extra pair of woolly socks on. 


Breakfast was 7 till 10. Brunch is 10.30 to 1pm. There were a lot of apples going into pockets at breakfast. I should have bought a tupperware box with me. The insulated mugs and the tub of instant drinking chocolate have come in handy.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 20:01

I hope Zimbabwe gets better now that Mugabe has been deposed, but I suspect the new lot will be just as bad.


Doggies were wonderful. A couple of unplanned three month old puppies, but mostly adults. Yes, I would willingly have bought them home.  The ride was good. Another tick on the bucket list.


Arctic Char like very delicate salmon trout.


 Dandelion syrup good colour but not a lot of taste.


Doug Allen on delayed flight, missed connection in Oslo, will now arrive tomorrow.(fingers crossed)


The Northern lights are being spectacular tonight, swirling around above us. We seem to be sailing directly underneath. We have just come in to have hot chocolate as my chin is numb. Now minus 11C.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 13:06

There are two jacuzzis on the back deck.. I haven't seen anyone in them yet, but I did bring a cozzy. Maybe when we get to Kirkenes. Should be chuffing cold up there. As for fizz, I should have picked some up duty free. Its a bit like a Methodist convention here. Alcohol is so expensive, there's a lot of water being drunk.£11 for a small glass of prosecco.  I've just added a fourth layer before we go sledding, and mittens to go over the fur lined gloves. For someone as nesh as I am, the Arctic is probably not the best place. Underwear, thermal long sleeve vest, fleece trousers, padded trousers, cashmere jumper, fleece jacket, down coat, fur lined hat plus hood on coat. two pairs of socks, hiking boots, Yak trax.  You can't say we are not prepared. We have a beautiful sunset. It started at 12. 30 pm. Should be dark by 3.


 Off to see doggies now. Dinner is Chicken soup, Arctic Char, and yoghurt pudding with dandelion syrup.

Mice in the polytunnel!

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 10:46

Big cheese mouse traps, baited with nutella or peanut butter.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 09:48

We had Northern lights again last night. First night we got a big arc(like a green rainbow), last night we had the bleeding up and fading and brightening effect.I think we are above the Arctic Circle for five nights, so a few more days of it yet if the clear weather holds.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 09:43

We are currently on the MS Nordkapp heading for Tromso where we are going Dog sledding this afternoon. The ship is sailing between mountains up the Fjords. The water is somewhat protected and so it is quite calm. It got light at 9, temp minus 7, Wind enough to cut you in two, we must be mad.  I look a bit like a Michelin man when I am togged up. We had Northern Lights again last night.


We have a talk by Doug Allan (Cameraman on  Frozen Planet) tonight.

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