Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fulmars on Spitsbergen

Fulmars following the ship in Isfjorden (the Ice Fjord) on Spitsbergen (Svalbard).

Photos: Per-Erik Skramstad /

Ålesund from the very top of Mt. Aksla

Breathtaking view of Ålesund from the very top of Mt. Aksla.  Ålesund saw its first snowfall in many years this day.  Notice the Hurtigruten ship Trollfjord along the right.
Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Experience Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Isfjorden, Svalbard. Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

When you decide to take a cruise to Arctic Norway and visit Spitsbergen, Svalbard, you may sail into Isfjorden ("the Ice fjord") to the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen and the deserted Russian mining settlement at Pyramiden. The mountains here are spectacular. It is really breathtaking, as I hope this picture shows. The mountains on Spitsbergen, Svalbard house some of the most interesting fossils ever found. There are even separate excursions that will take you to fossil rich places where you can pick the fossils you want. There are also a lot of other excursions for the more adventurous, like trips on snow mobile, dog sleds, polar bear safaris and much more. Most of them starts in Longyearbyen.

In the winter you may experience the Northern Lights here, and in the summer they have the midnight sun from 19 April to 22 August!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Robert Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate.

Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he explores the world of new research and its impact on society. In his column, he ranges broadly across the research horizon, from climate change, cosmology and molecular medicine, to evolution, neuroeconomics and new insights into the human brain. Hotz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1986 for his coverage of genetic engineering issues, and again in 2004 for his coverage of the space shuttle Columbia accident. Mr. Hotz shared in The Los Angeles Times’ 1995 Pulitzer Prize for articles about the Northridge Earthquake.

Robert Lee Hotz is a director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation, which funds independent journalism projects around the world, and a distinguished writer in residence at New York University. He is the author of Designs on Life, Exploring the New Frontiers of Human Fertility, and a contributor to several books on research issues.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bordeaux, France

Hurtigruten cruise line also visits France and other destinations in Europe, like Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux region produces some of the world’s greatest wines. Visit some of the vineyards and châteaux that pepper this rich and beautiful region, of which the Margaux and Lafitte-Rothschild brands are the most famed. The city Bordeaux also presents a fascinating destination, with its wide avenues, beautiful parks and neo-classical architecture affording it a distinctly 18th century air.

Guests can choose from an array of countries and experiences as the MS Fram travels along the coast of Europe during its Spring and Fall repositioning sailings. 

Early-booking rates range from $1,021 to $5,047 if booked by December 31.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Norway: Photo of the Month

The Sami people are among the largest indigenous ethnic groups in Europe. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages, which are classified as members of the Finno-Lappic group of the Uralic language family.

Sami experience

Have you ever visited Norway? Please share your experience here!

Visit to see some of the things Norway has to offer
Northbound excursions
Southbound excursions

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Facts about Greenland

The most active glacier in the northern hemisphere is found in Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), producing 20-25 billion tons of ice annually. Some of the largest icebergs are found around Ilulissat and these may be up to 100 meters high above sea level (and only 10-15% of the iceberg is visible above water).

The icebergs move northwards by the current, then south where many do not melt until they level with New York.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Polar Bears Having a Great Meal

17 polar bears are having a great meal after having discovered a whale.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Penguins can drink salt water

Did you know that penguins can drink salt water? It is because their supraorbital gland filters excess salt from the bloodstream. The salt is excreted in a concentrated fluid from the nasal passages.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Antarctica photo of the month

Antarctica is white poetry: icebergs, total silence - and the cutest creatures on earth: the penguins!

Have you ever visited Antarctica with Hurtigruten or any other cruise company? Please share your experiences with other blog readers in the comments field below!

Hurtigruten's voyages to Antarctica