Trip Start May 07, 2005
117Trip End Ongoing
Earl was the first American we had stayed with and we realized how nice it was to communicate with someone from your native land. Lots of people speak fluent English but there is a certain level of communication you just can't reach without common roots. I found myself using more idioms and slang and making obscure political and social references.
We slightly regretted not taking the cable car to the mountain in Narvik so we did it in here
We walked around town a bit and saw the arctic museum. It talked about different arctic explorations. I was most impressed by the captain who planned to ice his boat in and float across the north pole. When he realized he wasn't going to get very close he selected one man and they set out on foot! They didn't make it back to their boat before winter so they made a tent and waited until it got warmer while they lived off of walrusses and polar bears. When they finally found civilization again they had gained 10 or 15 pounds, so maybe Atkins is full of crap.
We bought shrimp fresh off the boat and had for dinner. One lunch we ate at the northern most Burger King in the world.
Here is where we realized that we had really come to Norway too late. Our plan was to take the Hurtigruten (coastal steamer) from Honningsvåg (near north cape) to Kirkenes. We had planned to take a bus from Tromsö to Honningsvåg but the direct line only runs during the summer
It really was nice. It was like a cruise ship without as many acitvities and you have to pay for food. Or it was like a cheap ferry but a lot nicer. In any case it offered a great view of the fjords. We brought food abord and ate it in the observation lounge (where we later learned was not allowed to eat).