My Hurtigruten Adventure to Rørvik

in #lifeexperience3 years ago (edited)

Hello Steemit Community,
my name is Daniel and I am studying in Trondheim (Norway) as an exchange student.

This will be my first steemit post after my norwegian friend @oyvindsabo kinda of exerted pressure on me with statements like this "If you write your first post I will publish more as well".

I want to tell you about my first travel with the Hurtigruten which are a "Norwegian cruise, ferry and cargo operator"(source: wikipedia). The trip with the Hurtigruten has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage".

My original plan was to take the southbound ship but after checking the weather forecast I decided quite spontaneously to take the northbound ship instead. After some hectic packing I arrived at the harbour in Trondheim 15 minutes before departure. Luckily, I caught one of the newest ships of the Hurtigruten which means that there will be two whirlpools on the upper deck. The weather on this day was more like you would expect in the Carribean or Mediterranean Sea. It was almost 30 degrees and sunny.

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At this picture we can see a typical Hurtigruten traveller. Maybe around 70 % of the passengers are pensioners.

After 5 hours of observing the beautiful Norwegian coast line and sunbathing, I finally decided to go into one of the whirlpools. It would not be a cooling with a water temperature around 38 degrees but as the seawind became stronger it was quite nice. So the remaining 2 hours I enjoyed the time in the whirlpool.

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Then I had to prepare myself to leave the ship. I was a bit sad because I already started to make friends on the ship (not only old ones of course :)).
My goal was a small fishing village called Rørvik with only 3,700 inhabitans lying on the island commune Vikna. Vikna consists of 6000 islets and reefs, so I just thought "You will easily find a place to sleep there".
Ah, I forgot to mention that I was travelling with my bike and a big backpack. So my plan was to sleep in a tent at a nice place somewhere outside the village. Most of you non-norwegian maybe did not know that Norway is the perfect country when you want to go on a tent tour. It is almost allowed to tent everywhere outside in the beautiful nature.

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The fishing village Rørvik

After cycling about 10-15 km, I found a really nice to sleep. The temperature was still little over 20 degrees around 11 PM which made me think "Why should I need my tent. This is a great opportunity to sleep under the open sky for the first time in my life".

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My sleeping place close to the sea

The first 2 hours were quite ok. Nevertheless it was quite hard to fall asleep because it wasnt cozy and soft like my own bed. Also a mosquito visited me from time to time.
After I felt half-asleep I suddenly noticed some bitings around my face. I woke up directly and determined that there is no wind anymore. The wind was gone but therefor dozen of mosquito and very small biting flies (which crawl in your ears and nose) besieged me. It was awful.
So I panically build up the inner part of the tent which protects you from these little small bastards. Luckily, it wasnt 100 % dark in the night, so I only needed about 3 minutes.
Then I continued my half-sleep for two or three hours. Around 5 AM I was awake again. After looking outside my tent I saw the next disaster coming towards me. Dark clouds and the humming noise of a thunderstorm (never trust the weather forecast).
So I fled outside my not rainproofed tent looking for a dry shelter. Luckily, there was some building on a pier only about 200 meters away.
I was very tired and cold and spent the next hours under some door of some building which was rainproofed.
As the pier looked quite interesting as a fishing spot, I decided to try some fishing. This was a really good idea and I caught four makrells.

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One nice makrell

After waiting for better weather which was also predicted, I packed all my stuff and left the place. My aim was to cycle more around the island, waiting for sunshine and to find another good fishing spot.
Finally, I found probably the best fishing spot from shore where I have ever been. Without any expectations I got 3 big fish after spending 5 times at this place. Of course I wasnt fishing all the 5 hours, I made some sunbathing, sleeping and eating breaks between.

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A really nice pollack

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My fishing spot

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My last minute codfish-caught before I had to leave the place :)

After filleting all the fish, it was time to cycle back to Rørvik since the southbound Hurtigruten ship left back to Trondheim around 9 PM.

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Back at Rørvik, I bought something to drink and eat in the supermarket. So I was waiting at the harbour for the ship.

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The return trip back to Trondheim was overnight. The guy on the reception was supercool and really friendly, so I could cool my 4 kilogram fishfilet in some fridge overnight.
I hadnt booked a cabin because it would have been to expensive for the average student. So I tried to sleep somewhere on the ship.

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Back in Trondheim at 6:30 AM

Finally, it was a great Hurtigruten experience and a really exciting tent-bike-fishing trip. I will defintely travel with the Hurtigruten again. At the latest when I am pensioner as well! :)
But I was also happy to be back in Trondheim since I was really tired and hungry. A cozy bed is worth a lot...

I hope you all like my first post. I am glad for some upvotes :)

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Congratulations on your first post! It's awesome to see you finally taking the leap and become a Steemit writer.

Thank you ! :). Do you also want to comment on the content level maybe ?

Yes. I wash impressed by your ability to catch fish. Where others see water, you see a fishy opportunity;) I also like your pictures, particularly that of the Hurtigruten ship, and I find that my impression of your braveness has increased quite a few notches for taking on this trip alone.

Welcome mr @samuraikrabbe
I see you had a nice trip and got some nice fish too!
looking forward to see more from you in the future.

Thank you very much! :) As I see, you also like to be outside in beautiful norwegian nature and do some fishing.

Have to use this great nature when we can!
a little tip for next time when you are going to sleep outside, use a hammock ;) easy and fast to set up, and your back is not twisted after laying on a stone or in a dump.

Thanks for your advice! Maybe I should try this another time. Only disadvantage might be that I could be hard to find suitable trees at some places :)

Me and @sintfisk traveled the country and had no problems finding trees for our hammocks, but of course we cannot put them up on top of a mountain because there are no trees there.
Good luck on your next travel :)

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