7/30/2006: Cruise aboard MS Lofoten // Click here to open (or close) the description
]For many years Norway has been one of my favorite destinations. The impressive sceneries and the changing light in the tranquility of nature provide great fascination at every season. On my voyages along the Norwegian coast I travelled more than 10 times on board of the classic Hurtigruten vessel MS Lofoten which was built in 1964 and has a unique atmosphere of privacy. For some years this ship has been only used in winter on the regular coastal route and must give way for the rest of the year to the big modern luxury liners. In the summer of 2005 special cruises aboard the old ship were offered for the first time. I spontaneously decided to participate in a one-week trip around the Lofoten archipelago in combination with a connected tour southbound to Bergen via the Sognefjord, which is known to be the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Outgoing from Bodø we dropped anchor at many places along the Helgeland coast and the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, which are not scheduled on the regular Hurtigruten trip. Whalewatching, boat rides to the sea eagle cliffs, hikes, a visit to the Svartisen glacier and many other scenic and cultural attractions made this trip an unforgettable experience. The selection of photos shall provide an impression of the diversity of this tour of which I hope that it will be offered furthermore in the future. Most of the pictures were taken with f2.8/28-70 and f2.8/70-200 IS lenses on Canon 1DsMarkII and 1DMarkII cameras. For some indoor shots the f1.4/35mm lens was used. The photos of the wildlife were taken with f4.0/600 IS and f2.8/300mm IS lenses. I also used 100F Provia film for my Canon 1V camera.