Viking Feast, Northern Lights, Cruising at High Noon and our visit to Tromso
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For dinner last night we chose to go to a Viking Feast. We got off the ship in one port and got back on about 3 hours later at the next port. The celebration was held at a construction of a Viking Long House which Archeologists had found - the foundation was one of the most northern and largest great houses ever discovered. The settlement dated from the year 1000.
The highlight of the day was the viewing of Northern Lights both before and after dinner. They were bright, shimmering and quite spectacular. The ship had put out recommended photo settings and I ended up shooting 13 second exposures to capture these pretty amazing photos. I did use a tripod. Some folks were trying to do it hand held and using a flash. Needless to say they weren't very successful.
Of course several folks decided to watch the lights from the comfort of the hot tub....
This morning started out as dark and sunrise was at 10:30am and sunset about 1:30pm. The coloring at local apparent noon was quite spectacular. The sun had returned to this part of the world for only one day.
Our final stop for the day, was our visit to Tromso, the largest city in Northern Norway with a population of about 70,000 and a major hospital and university which are the major employers. We visited the Polaria Center, which is an arctic aquarium, toured the city in the afternoon darkness and visited the Lutheran Arctic Cathedral.