Fugløya and Tromsø, Northern Norway
In tranquil mist-muffled seas we had crossed overnight from Bear Island towards mainland Norway, and we awoke to find ourselves approaching the small island of Fugløya (Bird Island). Immediately, the rise in temperature was palpable. The mist still clung to the island, however, tantalisingly revealing only a few feet of the lowest cliffs, everything else obscured from view, as we slowly cruised its eastern shore, hugging it close. This island is an important breeding site for Atlantic puffins, and the waters around our bow teamed with them. We watched with delight as the puffins paddled back and forth on the lazy surface, or dived beneath, using their wings to swim underwater with speed and great agility. The sharp-eyed also spotted razorbills amongst the throng, and even a White-tailed eagle sitting on a ledge watching the scene. Later in the morning Ralph Lee Hopkins continued our photographic education with a motivating talk on Creative Travel Photography, explaining at last what all those buttons and dials are meant for.
Soon civilization was in sight, the shorelines of Tromsø with its docks and boatyards, bridges and hotel blocks, slipped into view. Read More>
Jul 24, 2016
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