Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trondheim, Norway’s First Capital

Trondheim, Norway’s first capital, is a Norwegian center of education, technical and medical research with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF located in the city. Here we see traditional wooden warehouses along the Nidelva River.

Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hurtigruten Celebrates Anniversaries of Polar Heros Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amunsen

In honor of the anniversaries of two national events – polar explorer, scientist and humanist Fridtjof Nansen’s birth, and polar hero and pioneer aviator Roald Amundsen’s historic trek to the South Pole – the Norwegian Government has declared 2011 the Year of Nansen-Amundsen.

Hurtigruten, which was established in the same year that Fridtjof Nansen set off into the Arctic Ocean in his newly built vessel Fram, is celebrating the monumental year with four unique itineraries honoring their legacies.

First, a centenary celebration onboard the MS Fram, named after Nansen’s famous ship, on Dec. 14 the day Amundsen and his men reached the South Pole, during the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica voyage; the Climate Voyage; the special Polar Bears, Islands and Fjords voyage following in the path of Nansen and finally the Ice Breakers theme cruise.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Facts about Greenland

The first Christian church on the American continent was built in Greenland. It was Tjodhild's Church in Brattahlid in South Greenland.

The 1000th anniversary of Leif Eriksson's arrival in North America - 500 years before Columbus - took place in the year of 2000. The Norse Leif Eriksson reached Vinland (today New Foundland) in the year of 1000, sailing out from Brattahlid in South Greenland.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hurtigruten's Europe

Migrating towards the coasts and waterways of Europe, the MS Fram sets course to enjoy the spring and autumn exploring some of the richest historic settings in the northern hemisphere.

Enjoy the spring traveling on our Western Europe Voyage, where you can explore the most enchanting ports on the Atlantic coast.

Celebrate Easter in the Norwegian fjords on a special voyage covering ports off the traditional Coastal Voyage including Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord and Stavanger. Or join us on a voyage to some of the most captivating historic cities in the Baltic Sea. From St. Petersburg and Helsinki to Estonia and Bornholm, our 11-day Baltic
recaptures something of the golden glories of a maritime
tradition that spanned generations.

In the fall, cross the North Sea to explore the wild and rugged beauty of
the Hebrides, before continuing to visit the remote Isles of Scilly
and a number of the other fascinating coastal communities that lie
along the west and south coast of the British Isles.

During your voyage enjoy shore landings and excursions by our Polarcirkel Boats. These smaller nimble boats give you greater access to areas of special
interest and beauty.

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Wednesday, December 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 cruise to Antarctica

(All images © Hurtigruten)