Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Unforgettable Cruise with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) is a daily passenger and freight shipping service along Norway's western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Hurtigruten ships sail almost the entire length of the country, covering some 2,500 miles (4,000 km), and completing the round-trip journey in 12 days. 

Hurtigruten cruises, Norway

There are daily departures and frequent stops along the coast. The ships can accommodate cars, making it easy to combine the cruise with a holiday in different places ashore. 

Eleven regular ships are on the line. Each liner has a distinct style and character and no two journeys will ever be the same. Some ships were produced in 1960-80s and offer a unique retro atmosphere. However, 80 per cent of the fleet consists of quite modern vessels. 

Ports of Call 

Hurtigruten sails along the beautiful coastline, calling at 34 ports including Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Svolvær, Tromsø, Honningsvåg. During your trip, you will have the opportunity to disembark and explore exciting destinations along the way by joining a range of shore excursions. 

What to Expect 

About 80 per cent of time the vessel goes along bays, fjords and gulfs, not far away from the coast. You will be able to see the land from both starboard and port sides of the ship. The liner takes to the open sea only in the North, but still tries to keep closer to the coast. Due to this fact there is practically no rolling, storms are possible only in the northern parts. 

MS Finnmarken, Hurtigruten, Norway

During the route, the ship enters two narrow fjords – the Geirangerfjord and the Trollfjord. 

Money Matters 

The cruise is costly. However, there are some money-saving tips. 

1. Whole trip? You may go half way: Bergen-Kirkenes or Kirkenes-Bergen. 

2. Full board? Supermarkets are located in each port. Book lunches (the smorgasbord is delicious), and buy some snacks for breakfast and supper. 

3. Booking a cabin? A port-to-port ticket allows you to stay onboard. The shower and sauna are free of charge, and you may sleep in the salon on the observation deck. With a sleeping bag and a pillow, you will have even more options. 

Cabin, Hurtigruten

Of course, the last tip suits for younger and more hardcore travelers. Still you do not have to collect money for ages to join this cruise. 

Attractions 

The Hurtigruten cruise gives you a wonderful sense of travelling in northern seas, with slightly vibrating deck under your feet, salty impetuous wind, perpetual noise of cold greenish water, and imperceptibly changing rocky coastline. 

Hurtigruten, Fjord

The landscape is picturesque, the nature is diverse, but its beauty does not open for everyone. Bear in mind that you will be able to enjoy this trip to the fullest only if you really love the Sea and the North. 


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