Stokmarknes


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In 1893, Norwegian ship captain Richard With founded the Hurtigruten coastal ferry service in Stokmarknes, where he lived and worked. At that time, no year-round scheduled ferry existed in northern Norway. The Hurtigruten pioneered the service and became a vital link between northern Norway and the rest of the country.

A century later, when the Hurtigruten vessel Finnmarken was retired in 1993, it was brought to Stokmarknes and became the first exhibit in the Hurtigruten Museum that followed. The museum does a great job of presenting the Hurtigruten story. From Trollfjord, we continued north to Stokmarknes where we spent an enjoyable night at anchor following a visit to the museum and a walk through town.

Below are trip highlights from June 1, 2018 in Sotkmarknes, Norway. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

6/1/2018
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Fallvika

The waterfall Fallvika, right, with mountain peaks just visible behind the clouds as we continue north through Raftsund to Stokmarknes.
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Raftsund Bridge

About to pass under Raftsund Bridge at the north end of Raftsund.
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Power Lines

Power lines crossing Raftsund as we exit the channel.
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Hanøy

The fast ferry Hanøy passing us as we enter the harbour off Stokmarknes.
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Tender

The tender tied off at the guest dock in Stokmarknes.
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Finnmarken

When the Hurtigruten vessel Finnmarken was retired in 1993, it was brought to Stokmarknes and became the first exhibit in the Hurtigruten Museum that followed. Plans are in place to build a dramatic new museum in a huge glass enclosure completely surrounding the Finnmarken.
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Radar

A display on ship’s electronics inside the Hurtigruten Museum. Jennifer is standing underneath a huge Furuno radar that would sink Dirona.
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Transfer

This photograph shows how goods and people were transfered in earlier days when a dock wasn’t available for the large coastal steamers. A small boat came alongside to shuttle between ship and shore.
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Crowds

When we arrived, the museum was pretty much empty. As we watched an excellent movie detailing the history of the coastal steamer service in Norway, the museum quickly filled up. The daily Hurtigruten had arrived.
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Model Ships

The Hurtigruten Museum has an excellent display of model ships. We were overall quite impressed with the museum and really enjoyed our visit.
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Trollfjord

On board the Finnmarken we had a view to the Hurtigruten Trollfjord that was docked in town. That’s where all the people came from.
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Bridge

At the bridge of the Finnmarken, with much of the electronics still in place. We had access to most of the Finnmarken except for the engine room. Too bad, as we would have loved to see it.
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Anchorage

A view to our anchorage off Stokmarknes from the bridge of the Finnmarken. It was an easy and convenient stop with reasonable depths, good holding and plenty of swing room.
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Helm

Jennifer at the helm of the Finnmarken.
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Sailor

Piles of old Sailor satellite communications equipment piled on the Finnmarken.
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Spare Bank

After visiting the Hurtigruten Museum, we walked through Stokmarknes. We’re big believers in redundancy, so appreciate the idea of a spare bank. 🙂 They even have a backup mini-bank too.

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