Six days later, the MS Richard With crossed the Arctic Circle again -- this time on the southbound section of its voyage. Both our entering the Arctic and leaving this cold region of the planet were marked by special ceremonies that were memorable and, yes, entertaining. So, strictly speaking, it's not like there's zero ship-board entertainment supplied by Hurtigruten; it's just that, well, it's not all that conventional! ;b
At this point in the cruise, our ship had not yet crossed the Arctic Circle
When I took the above photo a couple of minutes later though,
we were already in the Arctic :)
To commemorate our crossing into the Arctic,
King Neptune came on board the ship!
Together with the ship's captain, tour leader and assistant,
he ladled ice cubes and water down the back of people's necks! :O
If you thought I was kidding about the ice cubes and water
-- and yes, I couldn't stop from screaming out loud when
they got ladled down my back! ;b
As compensation, all those who underwent the "ceremony"
got to have a shot of warming cloudberry liqueur afterwards :)
Tour leader Anna Olivia Wallinder shows the large bottle
of cod liver oil she dosed people with after we left the Arctic!
One last look at the scenery at and near the Arctic Circle
at Vikingen Island that's so gorgeous it can take one's breath away :)