Friday, October 29, 2010

The traditional fisheries in Northern Norway



This music video is a very good historic document of how the traditional Lofoten fisheries is done. On a winter voyage with Hurtigruten through the Lofoten Islands in the period of the fisheries (January to April) you may experience this yourself. The lyrics is Norwegian and is about Fish and Potatoes.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Norway Ranks #1 on Prosperity List!



Norway leads the 2010 list ranking the prosperity of 110 of the world's nations by the London analytical center Legatum Institute.

Norway also topped the 2009 rankings.

"The Prosperity Index seeks to understand how economic fundamentals, health, freedom, governance, safety, education, entrepreneurial opportunity, and social capital influence a country's economic growth and the happiness of its citizens," the group says.

Hurtigruten's classic Norwegian Coastal Voyages offers the most authentic way to see Norway along the 1,250 mile fjord filled west coast. Come discover for yourself why Norway continues to top the Prosperity Index.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Ethereal Northern Light Dance


The ethereal Northern Light dance above our heads as we return from dog sledding in Kirkenes.  What a fantastic end to an amazing voyage.




Photo: Jeffrey Sobolow

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Northern Lights in Norway





Photos of the Northern Lights in Trondheim, Norway.
All photos: Jo Chr. Sandvik

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hurtigruten More than Doubles Advanced Sales for 2011!

Hurtigruten is extremely proud to announce a tremendous increase in interest for our Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Explorer (Antarctica, Greenland, Arctic and Europe) cruises from the N. American market for the 2011 season!

Advance bookings have grown by an amazing 127% from our 2009 pre-booking season, comparison based on end-of-September figures. Passenger counts also increased substantially during the same year-to-year comparison. Ongoing growth is expected as we continue to develop strong sales opportunities for travel agents.

Way to go!

Finnkirka



On October 18th 2010 the Light Art Installation of Finnkirka, a Sami/Lapp sacred rock close to Kjøllefjord in Finnmark, Norway was opened. All guests aboard Hurtigruten sailing into Kjøllefjord will from now on see this magnificent sight.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Norway: Photo of the Month: Northern Lights


Is there a better way to experience the magical Northern Lights than by sailing through the sheltered coastal waters of Arctic Norway on an award-winning Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruise? Relax on board, with the chance to see the magical Northern Lights set against a dark sky, free from artificial light. As you glide through the Arctic twilight, you become one with the peaceful atmosphere that descends around you. Clusters of houses glow like embers along the coast, small towns become welcoming refuges as you pull into harbour, and snow-clad mountains reflect the polar light to bathe you in eerie shades.

Norway means Aurora borealis up north in the winter, narrow fjords, beautiful mountains, skiing, skating, Nobel's Peace Prize, glaciers, sea eagles, the midnight sun and spectacular untouched nature.

With Hurtigruten you can experience a lot of this on the cruises along the coast of Norway - all year round.

Have you ever visited Norway? Tell us what you think!

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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Facts about Greenland

The Greenlandic words: Kayak, anorak and igloo have been adopted directly by many other languages.

85% of the country is covered by inland ice, which rise up to 3000 m above sea level. The ice cap was first crossed in 1888. The journey was made on skis.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hurtigruten's Northern Lights Adventures




Experience a spectacular Norwegian coastal voyage aboard Hurtigruten. Known internationally as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage,” this enchanting vacation showcases Norway’s dazzling scenery of fjords, snow-capped mountains, bustling villages and picturesque towns. Our journey takes you on either a 6 or 7-day voyage to 34 charming ports between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north, close to the Russian border.

Winter may be the most special time to experience the Norwegian Coastal voyage - a hidden gem. A truly spectacular time to see Norway’s northern reaches with majestic scenery, the Polar Light and a surreal experience not found anywhere else.

Unique to the winter voyage are the exciting shore excursions including dog sledding in Tromso, snowmobiling over the frozen fjords of Lapland and the King Crab Safari. Here you’ll dive into the Barents Sea where your guide will catch the mighty crustacean and prepare it for you for dinner!
Plus, what winter wonderland would be complete without an encounter with the awe-inspiring Northern Lights? Aurora Borealis is a truly rare phenomenon only occurring in the winter.

Hurtigruten is truly once in a lifetime vacation.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Introducing the new 2011 Norway Brochure!


Hurtigruten proudly introduces our new, 2011 Norway brochure. This exquisite brochure was designed to give you all the information needed to plan your Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage including itineraries, pricing, shore excursions, theme voyages, cabin information and our Early Booking Discount*

Book now and save up to 15% off the retail rate!*

Click here to order your beautiful new brochure.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hurtigruten Introduces the "1893 Ambassador" program for Loyal Guests

Hurtigruten is proud to introduce our first customer loyalty program - the 1893 Ambassador program. This program was created to reward our repeat passengers with exclusive discounts and recognition benefits.

Named after the year of Hurtigruten’s original founding by Captain Richard With, the program allows members to enjoy 10% off their next Norwegian Coastal Voyage, 5% off a future Explorer Voyage to Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen, or Europe plus a host of other amenities including:

  • 5% discount on selected excursions booked on board Norwegian Coastal Voyages
  • A free bridge visit
  • Free fruit basket in your cabin upon arrival
  • 3 days free bicycle rental included with every Hurtigruten Norwegian classic round trip
  • Free quarterly member newsletter with interesting background stories about Hurtigruten as well as travel tips and destination information
  • Personalized membership card


Membership is free and easy to join. Visit www.hurtigruten.us/1893 for details.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Antarctica photo of the month

Antarctica is white poetry: icebergs, seals, 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

Antarctica video