Bird promised no one would laugh at HP in a picture, so NO laughing.
Yes yes, we know a promise was made that the next post would be delivered from the Lofton Islands. But, but the six ferries over 7 and 8 July were so amazing (at least to us) that we took too many shots to piggyback on a Lofton post. Did someone recently complain about the cost of ferries? Please slap that idiot. Views from the ferries were worth well more than we paid.
We crossed the Artic Circle, and kept a sharp lookout for Santa, his Elves, or even Rudolph. Imagine our shock at not only seeing none of this, but noting only a slight change in the landscape and housing. There were even sheep wondering the road, as always, a cow or two grazing, ditto a few horses. All of this above 66 degrees North! No more sunsets until we leave Norway.
We are spending Sunday night in Bodo. Your trusty travelers had anticipated this to be a bit of a hamlet with the hotel adjacent to the ferry dock, like Eidsdal. Wrong. This is a large town; promise it's really above the Artic Circle, but we are sleeping in a swank Clarion Hotel. Construction about the town is
Waiting on the Ferry
The three ferries on the second day were a bit like a caravan; the same cars would appear from one ferry terminal to the next.
extensive, cranes everywhere. Correct, still no Santa or Rudolph.
Equating Northern Norway with Oslo is like stating there is no difference between Atlanta and Clermont. Oslo is not unlike any large city in the U.S., only a tad cooler and much cleaner. Northern Norway is a world apart. We are at the edge of civilization in the north, at least it sure seems that way. Nonetheless the government provides a great deal of infrastructure. We passed through many, many tunnels, some five miles long, and rode on towering bridges. Amazing and thoroughly enjoyable.
Tomorrow we board our last ferry, at least we think, for a three plus hour trip NNW to the Lofton Islands. Stay tuned.
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