When did you first catch the spirit of adventure?
Actually, it was with Hurtigruten. When I was twelve, two friends and I bicycled from our home to Finnsnes, and travelled with Hurtigruten to Harstad. It was our first trip alone, and we had to leave in the middle of night to catch the ship. The distance was long and it wasn't easy to get there, but I'll never forget the feeling of independence and freedom when, at last, we were finally standing outside on the deck.
If you could depart tomorrow, what would be your ideal adventure?
With MS Fram or MS Midnatsol to Antarctica, definitely. I've been dreaming about it for many years. Experiencing the wilderness - the starkness of nature. Kayaking among the seals and snorkelling in icy water. I'm going to do it soon!
What’s your favourite spot for taking in nature aboard a Hurtigruten vessel?
On deck of course. There's nothing like standing on deck under the northern lights or in the midnight sun, feeling the wind, the smell of the ocean, observing the scenery. You truly feel that you're part of nature. I also strongly recommend sitting in a hot Jacuzzi out on the deck on MS Trollfjord in icy cold weather and checking out the beautiful surroundings!
- History, Political Science and Media Studies at the University of Tromsø and Oslo
- Member of Parliament 2005-2013
- Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice 2005-2009
- Deputy chairman of the Standing Committee on Transportation
- Head of Communication NST
- Political adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Journalist, NRK Troms