This was the day we were to visit the North Cape.
This is the northern most point of Europe. There
is a monument and a museum there — or so we were told.
The day started out very grey. The winds picked up,
but we were still in the inland waterways. In the
morning we were told that the trip to the cape was cancelled.
The last part of the road is very exposed to the Arctic
Ocean. The winds were simply too strong for the buses.
So we were going to visit some areas around the port.
Too bad. The “I visited the Cape” shirt I bought on the
boat turned out to not be true. (After washing it did not fit
This was our last day on the boat. From Honnigsvåg
the route is in the open ocean. Those among us who were
inclined to sea sickness were rather green by the next
We arrived in Kirkenes the next morning. Sadly there was
not time to tour the area. Instead we were taken
immediately to the airport. In the next several hours we
learned that the storm we experienced the previous day ravaged
air transport in Norway. Our flight to Oslo was late.
When we arrived our bags were not to be found. But
there were many piles of bags from much delayed passengers.
Fortunately our bags were eventually delivered and we
made our flight to London.
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