The Aurora Borealis is a natural light show that takes place during the winter months and is best viewed in the polar regions. The amazing displays swirl overhead with greens, reds, blues and golds highlighting the sky and snow-laden coast. Hunting the Light really begins when the Hurtigruten ship crosses into the Arctic Circle. Other presentations and activities on board and ashore are equally unique and special: dining on freshly made fish cakes; listening to the captain and crew’s description about life along the Norway coast; understanding the science behind the Aurora Borealis; learning how to make knots and hitches; and gaining insight into native Sámi culture.
Excursions, both included and optional, run the gamut: dog sledding, overnights at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, seeking the Northern Lights by snowmobile far from interfering lights, incredible vistas, wonderful meals of local fare, and numerous presentations on the history and cultures of Norway.
The Norwegian Coastal Voyage itinerary runs between the UNESCO-listed harbor town of Bergen and Kirkenes, high above the Arctic Circle, on a path that visits 34 unique ports – from charming villages to vibrant cities, each an introduction to Norway’s multifaceted culture. Highlights include the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Alesund; Molde, with its magnificent view of the Romsdal Alps; the charming streets of Trondheim, Norway’s first capital; trendy Tromsø; the picturesque Lofoten Islands; Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town; and the small fishing villages of Kjøllefjord and Berlevåg. Norway’s fjords have had awards and honors bestowed on them over the years, most recently by National Geographic Traveler which named it the world’s most celebrated and iconic travel destinations.
Hurtigruten sets the standard for exploration voyages -- offering journeys to the world's most remote destinations -- as well as continuing to build on its near 120-year history of providing daily voyages along Norway's spectacular fjord-filled, 1,250-mile west coast. So, whether it’s visiting with penguins in Antarctica or polar bears on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, exploring the ice-covered environs of Greenland, or standing on the North Cape Plateau to watch the hours-long sunsets of the Midnight Sun, travelers looking for that trip of a lifetime have a wonderful resource in Hurtigruten.
The company’s fleet of 13 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy unique destinations in a relaxed atmosphere. Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten's visitor-friendly website, www.hurtigruten.us; by phone: (877) 301-3117; or fax (888) 524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call (800) 582-0835.
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