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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Nordic Expedition, Part 14 -- Harstad and Finnsnes

Early morning found us entering the port of Harstad, a city of about 23,000 people and the third largest in northern Norway.

Since we were scheduled to remain in the harbor for more than an hour a hardy little band of ramblers set out for a walk through town.

Here they are -- milling around aimlessly on the dock.

After leaving Harstad we were visited by "King Neptune" who christened us with ice water and a glass of schnapps and congratulated us on crossing the Arctic Circle and becoming his subjects, with all the rights and privileges accorded his other subjects, such as crabs.

Here we are approaching the harbor at Finnsnes, a small town of about 4,000 people. The bridge is the "Gisundbrua" linking Norway's biggest island with the mainland.

We only stayed in Finnsnes for a short time and did not go ashore, then it was off again heading ever northward toward our next destination -- Tromso.

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