|Snow on deck of the Viking Sky as we approach the Arctic Circle (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
But, on the ship, crossing the Arctic Circle was a big thing for many cruisers, who participated in the “Order of the Blue Nose” ceremony. About 50 intrepid explorers chose to jump into the jacuzzi, which as you can see was being prepped with giant bags of ice. When the temperature was down to 1 degree above freezing, the participants jumped in, froze,, then quickly jumped out and got their nose painted blue in official recognition of their feat of courage or stupidity. I was a little bit tempted to participate, but I chickened out.
|Viking Sky crew cools down jaquzi for Blue Nose crossing the arctic circle ceremony|
|Iphone GoSkyWatch app indicates the short daylight hours above the arctic circle (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
|Resident Astronomer Peggy bundled up for shore excursion in Bodo (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
We had just enough t8me in the darkness to drive through Bodo with some quick stops at a medieval castle, the old downtown that was not bombed during WWII and an old cathedral build in, if I recall correctly, the 1200’s.