North Cape, Norway

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A unique experience awaited me and my niece when we travelled to North Cape in Norway. Sweden was to the South! This is not an easy place to get to. You fly into Hammerfest from which a network of busses travel between the small communities across the vast frozen peninsula. Not frequently, so make sure of the timetable and if you need to call ahead to let them know you want them to come. We had the nice hard working young woman at our hotel in Repvåg call so the buss to Hammerfest would indeed come and collect us.

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They were also kind enough to drive us to their town of Håningsvåg, for a fee which was well worth paying. Despite the March snow we really enjoyed walking around the town. And the people we met – not many – were very friendly.

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As we ate at the harbour the ship for Hurtigruten arrived.

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We discovered a way of life very different from the modern cities we are used to. On the long rides stared out from the bus windows across snow covered fjords and very occasionally a wooden cottage would appear, most of which had large TV dishes. There were long distances between settlements and few people. But they work hard to make a life for themselves so very far north.

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Pleasant travels! C