South Queensferry and the Highlands

After the two island groups, our ship arrived in South Queensferry on the mainland of Scotland.  And not an island called Mainland, but the actual body of land that is attached to England. South Queensferry is the port for Edinburgh.  It used to be a small fishing village, but got attached to Edinburgh as part …

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Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland

The day after visiting Lerwick, our ship arrived in Kirkwall.  Kirkwall is located on the island of Mainland.  Mainland is one of 70 islands in the Orkney Archipelago.  Twenty of the islands are inhabited and Mainland is the largest, while Kirkwall is the biggest town.  Orkney is one of the councils of Scotland, part of …

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Harstad, Norway, A Beautiful Hike

Heading south again after North Cape, our next port of call was Harstad, Norway.  Harstad is one of those medium-sized communities that Tom and I prefer.  It has about 25,000 people, which makes it small enough but also means that it has all the stores and restaurants you want.  The town was established as a …

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North Cape and the Arctic Circle

Our ship reached its furthest north point, North Cape, Norway two days after Trondheim.  We crossed into the Arctic Circle the next morning and are now experiencing continual daylight.  The sun doesn’t set in this area of the world from May 12 until July 31.  I got up several times during the first night just …

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark, was the last Scandinavian country capital that we visited.  That is, if you count Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland as the Scandinavian countries.  There is some confusion about how many Scandinavian countries there are, you may recall. Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark, with 1.4 million people in the urban area.  …

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