|We got up very early to see us pass the North Cape. It was|
overcast and foggy but it cleared up enough to take this
photo. This is the northern most point in Europe that can be
accessed by car and is very popular for tourists.
The average high temp in June there is 52 degrees - and mostly cloudy. Our local guide told us that the day we had (70 degrees and sunny) was one of the five best days they have in a year!
|The day started out cloudy but cleared up quite quickly.|
Here's our first glimpse of the town.
|These were the only trees we saw all day. They and the|
fences beneath them are to protect the town from avalanches.
The white spots on the hill are reindeer.
|Our ship with it's tenders going back and forth.|
|We saw reindeer several times during our day. All reindeer|
are owned by the Sami people. Formerly known in English
as Laplanders. Since prehistoric times they have lived in the
northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
|We drove over the mountains to Gjesvaer and saw snow|
fields along the way.
|Beautiful clear glacial lakes dot the area.|
|We saw a number of fishing vessels heading out to sea. The|
hills in the distance were on the islands we circumnavigated
looking for various bird colonies.
|The village as we left the harbor.|
|Fish were drying in racks on the docks.|
|Although we are wearing warm clothing it was mostly due to|
the wind. The temperature was in the 60's.
|Here's Walt's picture of a puffin taking off from the water - it takes them|
quite a long time to get airborne!
|And Scott's photo of a puffin close up|
|Scott again, this time with several puffins!|
|Enormous colonies of kittywakes nested on the steep cliffs.|
|As you can see it was a beautiful day. We also saw numerous Gannets and Cormorants. Many white tailed Eagles soared|
over the islands. The Puffins are the most numerous with over 400,000 pairs!
|Walt & Honoree - Walt is a great photographer and has a big|
collection of lenses, including this huge one.
|Heading back you can see the extent of the village.|
|Approaching the harbor|
|Here's a poster explaining the bird species visible here and the mountain range behind the town.|
|Taken from the bus as we headed back to the ship, you|
can see the town and in the distance the islands we visited.
|The lakes are very beautiful and we even saw some sandy|
beaches - but you'd have to be very hardy to bathe.
|Our guide explained that almost all Norwegians have a|
small cabin somewhere in the country where they go on
vacation.This includes the people of Honnigsvåg! In the
distance here are a herd of reindeer.
|This small island with several vacation homes was connected to the "highway" by a bridge.|