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.
That was late September – mid-October.
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.
As you go north, it gets cooler.
You cross the Arctic Circle
And you get right up to the North Cape
And to Kirkenes, close to the border with Russia.
Where it was BLOODY cold and the wind cut through your layers!
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!