When the weather over-rules fashion

Someone – I won’t say who – once asked me if we saw the Northern Lights from Poland. I explained that we are actually south of all the UK, save for the Channel Islands so he was more likely to see the Lights from his home in D***yshire.

Then today on TA someone asked how the weather would be in mid-October … never having been north of the UK, she was uncertain what to pack. It was calmly explained that in fact her home, in Nottingham, is a fair way north of here destination, Kraków.

This gives me a very tenuous link and excuse to show you some pictures from my 2006 Hurtigruten trip in Norway, sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes and back.

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That was late September – mid-October.

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Bergen is sort of where the gulf stream ends – the last of the warm water brought over the Atlantic – so it has a decent climate.

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As you go north, it gets cooler.

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You cross the Arctic Circle

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And you get right up to the North Cape

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And to Kirkenes, close to the border with Russia.

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Where it was BLOODY cold and the wind cut through your layers!

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Vest, t-shirt, n’other shirt, fleece and still could not wait to get back on the bus!

I still have that very fetching hat, I’m not allowed to wear it when out with Rajmund!

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