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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Nordic Expedition, Part 12 -- Ornes and Bodo

At first it seemed that life north of the Arctic Circle wasn't much different from that to the south. We cruised for hours past isolated homesteads and tiny villages.

As you can see the leaves were turning and infusing the landscape with a golden haze. A lot like home.

You seldom saw a home without a boathouse. Up here there are few roads and nearly all travel is by water.

The small fishing village of Ornes. About 1,500 residents. We stopped briefly to unload supplies and take on passengers heading farther north.

Ornes may be small, but it sure is pretty.

Heading north.

And here we are in the late afternoon approaching Bodo, the second largest city in northern Norway and home to nearly 50,000 people. Bodo's claim to fame is that a nearby fjord has the strongest tidal current in the world. No, we didn't check it out.

As the sun was setting we departed Bodo and headed north into the open waters of the Vestfjorden.

Moonrise over the mountains. The little lighthouse marks our entry into the Vestfjorden.

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