Home / Travel / Around the World

Enigmatic ice world's unexpected warm embrace

By Sindy Chan | China Daily | Updated: 2013-12-08 07:07

Enigmatic ice world's unexpected warm embrace

[Photo by Sindy Chan / For China Daily]

Finally, we reach the North Cape. The 307-meter North Cape Plateau, rising almost vertically from the ice-cold Arctic Ocean, is a breathtaking feature. From here, one can't get any further north in mainland Europe.

I spend most of my time aboard watching the beautiful landscape of the Norwegian coast move from pane to pane like a movie.

We pass the narrow sound of Stokksundet, the Trondenes Norway's northernmost stone church from 1250, and Kjeungskjaer, the oldest lighthouse of this waterway - scenes never repeat.

Kirkenes is the northern turning point for the Hurtigruten ship going back to Bergen. We say goodbye to fellow travelers taking their round-trip back, especially Jenny and Graham, our dinner companions from England.

"I never imagined myself taking a cruise on a 'cargo ship' but it turned out to be wonderful," Graham comments.

Good weather, calm seas, unspoiled nature, northern lights and new friends - it's a blessed journey to all of us.

Kirkenes is Norway's closest town to the Russian border. Its unique position tempts us to spend two days in the small town.

Related: History of Bergen

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349