Firstly, thanks so much to everyone for donating to Cancer Research on our page at http://www.justgiving.com/edandjames
The amount we have raised so far is very encouraging.
We awoke to the bright sunshine and some of the most amazing views we have ever seen. We had traveled around 100miles over night through some of the many islands just off the Norwegian coast. As we enjoyed breakfast, we took in some of the beautiful scenery of the snow capped mountains lining both sides of our route. Not a bad way to start the day!
As mentioned previously our boat is relatively small (we later found out that it is in fact the smallest in the fleet and the oldest, having been constructed in 1956!) so there is no sauna or jacuzzi to help us while away the hours on board. So a good old fashioned bit of reading was the plan for most of the day, interrupted by the odd trip outside and various scheduled stops in ports.
Just after lunch we docked at Stokmarknes where there was a Hurtigruten museum we could all have a look round. We almost held the boat up departing as we were too busy using the free Wi-Fi in the museum to write and send days 70&71!
We have also acquired a Yahtzee set and managed to get through quite a number of games in amongst all the reading! The shouts and whooping maybe starting to annoy some of the other passengers, but it keeps us entertained!
There was a planned excursion at one point in the afternoon which took anyone who wanted to pay to go aboard another smaller boat to go and see some Sea Eagles, we were a little bit tight to pay but fortunately the smaller boat came in to view at one point dragging an Eagle along with it. So we managed to see one anyway!
For dinner we once again disembarked from the boat, this time in Svolvær and found a nice restaurant to enjoy a rather expensive meal in. About 58quid for two main courses and two beers! As usual we left it until the last moment to get back on board! I think the crew have now clocked us and will be advising us we should be back 10minutes earlier than everyone else!
Up to bed time we continued with our Yahtzee championship and enjoyed a couple of beers. (not the price though!)