At the moment we are traveling with Hurtgruten on the MS Vesterålen from Bergen to Tromsø. For me this is a very exciting part of my time in Norway, as it is both a holiday and a chance to explore some of the west coast of this magnificent country.

The MS Vesterålen is named after the first Hurtigruten ship that sailed along Norway´s rugged coastline in 1893. It is one of the smaller ships in the Hurtigruten fleet. During the course of our five-day journey, I will share some of my photographs of the journey.

We boarded the ship on the Thursday evening, the 21st and on Friday the 22nd, our first stop was the small village of Urke, located in Ørsta Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county. The village is located on Rånahalvøya by Norangsfjorden which is an arm of the Hjørundfjorden.

There is not a large port in Urke so we were ferried from the MS Vesterålen on a small local ferry.

With a population of just 53 residents, it is about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of the mountain Slogen. The village of Sæbø is on the opposite side of Hjørundfjorden. A car ferry connects the two villages. As you can see from the pictures it is a beautiful place.

The other thing worth noting is that on the other side of the mountains is the cabins at Standalhytta – where we ran the cross media workshop. I thought one of those mountains was familiar!

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