NORDNORGE

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The "Nordnorge" was built in 1997 for the Norwegian Coastal Fleet and during the northern summer operates between Bergen and Kirkenes. She was built to navigate shallow and narrow waters as well as open sea and is classified for light ice conditions. She normally carries 460 passengers but during Antarctic operations this will be limited to 350 passengers. The "Nordnorge" uses eight zodiacs while in the antarctic and is restricted by I.A.A.T.O. to having 100 passengers go ashore at any one time.

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NORDNORGE 1.   2002 (November 18th) Antarctic cruise envelope posted Punta Arenas.  Price US$5

The above envelope is backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 28 November, 2002.

The photo at right shows the "Nordnorge" arriving at Punta Arenas on November 18th 2002. It had just returned from a voyage to the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. 

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NORDNORGE 2.   2002 (November 18th) Signed picture postcard posted Punta Arenas.  Price US$8

Note: The view at right shows the picture side of the above postcard which is one of the ships own postcards.

It has been signed at left by the Captain and is backstamped on arrival in Christchurch on 28th November, 2002.

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NORDNORGE 3.   2002 (November 27th) Envelope posted Punta Arenas ex Antarctic cruise.  Price US$6

The cover above has the South Shetland islands cachet on its back as shown at right.

The "Nordnorge" had arrived from the Antarctic via the Canal de las Montanas (Mountain Channel) and the narrow Kirke Narrows into the Magellan Strait where Punta Arenas is situated.

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NORDNORGE 4.   2002 (November 27th) Envelope posted Punta Arenas ex Antarctic cruise.  Price US$6

Note: This envelope is franked with a different souvenir sheet and has a different cachet to the previous envelope.

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NORDNORGE 5.   2002 (December 16th) Postcard posted Punta Arenas ex Antarctic cruise.  Price US$8

Note: Because the vessel is registered in Norway it is entitled to use Norwegian stamps at the first port of call in a foreign country.

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NORDNORGE 6.   2002 (December 16th) Envelope posted Punta Arenas ex Antarctic cruise.  Price US$8

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NORDNORGE 7.   2002 (December 16th) Envelope posted Punta Arenas ex Antarctic cruise.  Price US$8

Note this envelope differs from the previous one by having a different cachet at bottom left.

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The photo at left shows the "Nordnorge" berthed at Punta Arenas on Xmas day 2002.

Also seen are the bows of the American Antarctic supply vessel "Laurence M Gould" at left.

The photo at right shows the two pursers on board "Nordnorge" on Xmas day 2002 at Punta Arenas. Berit Meiselbach, the Assistant Purser is shown at left holding a Koala Bear Xmas present while the chief Purser Peter Jensen is shown at right.

This year was the first time that "Nordnorge" had come south for the season and hence the first Southern Hemisphere xmas for most of the crew.

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NORDNORGE 8.   2002 (December 26th) Postcard posted Punta Arenas for Antarctic cruise.  Price US$6

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NORDNORGE 9.   2002 (December 26th) Postcard posted Punta Arenas for Antarctic cruise.  Price US$6

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NORDNORGE 10.   2002 (December 29th) Postcard posted Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base.  Price US$6

Note: The above cover was posted at the Chilean Antarctic Base Eduardo Frei on King George Island. The picture side shows the "Nordnorge".

The picture at right is of a label/cinderella produced by the vessel's owners for its Antarctic Cruise.  We have a small number of labels available.

NORDNORGE 11.     Label.    Price US$4

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NORDNORGE 12.   2003 (September 20th) Envelope from two poles.    Price US$6

Note: The above envelope was carried by the " Nordnorge" from the Antarctic at the end of its 2003 Antarctic cruising season to the Arctic for the start of its Arctic cruising and posted from Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world according to its datestamp.


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