The alarm rang at 6am for our Hurtigrute day. We first drove by car to Svolvær, took the 9:45am bus to Stokmarkness on the Vesterålen and then at 3:15pm the Hurtigrute ship Narvik back to Svolvær.
In Stokmarkness we visited the Hurtigrute museum and the old ship Finnmarken but then had 3 hours to burn - and we did not need to do any real shopping. So, if anybody does this tour - and I consider it one of the highlights of our holiday, so a definitely must ;-) - I advise to take the 12:30pm bus.
The tour went through the narraw Raftsund channel with lots of tiny villages and mountains behind them on both sides of it.
The highlight was the trip into the 2km long Trollfjord where the ship nearly hit the walls entering it - and then got close to the wall as part of a three-point (Y) turn before turning back. The walls at Trollfjord are quite steep, the mountains raise up to 1156m.
The whole day was sunny and the ship deck was filled until Trollfjord but later only a few stayed on dock and looked to the fast passing by landscape, in the above to the Norwegian mainland.
Around 6:30pm we arrived in Svolvær and returned to our holiday home.
The Hurtigrute is really an express route - the ship was too fast too really compose photos properly and you had no chance to stay or move back a few meters. The whole tour was a really fantastic experience!