Monday, May 23, 2011

Ålesund - Rebuilt in the Art Nouveau Style

Leveled by a massive fire in 1904, Ålesund was then completely rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. Conveying beautiful intricate detail and design throughout the city.

Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Thursday, May 19, 2011

High Scores for Hurtigruten on Environmental Awareness

Environmental awareness on expedition cruises to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago is extremely high according to a recent study commissioned by The International Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). Hurtigruten’s MS Fram was one of four ships followed by research teams during the study.

The study, carried out by an independent Norwegian company, found that crew, expedition team and guests on MS Fram and the three other ships in the study displayed high environmental awareness. It found that ship’s officers were up to date on the latest legislation and regulations pertaining to the environmental protection of the Svalbard Archipelago and that this was a constant focus. According to the study, emissions from the expedition ships would have a relatively minor impact on the Arctic marine environment, provided that all international and national legislation was complied with.

MS Fram has an ice classed hull which reduces risk of grounding and runs on distillate only Marine Gasoil (MGO) - these two combined factors ensure it gives as little emission as possible.

Hurtigruten operates its voyages with the philosophy – "Take nothing but pictures – leave nothing but footprints." The study found that passengers were given the appropriate instruction on how to conduct themselves when in these precious environments from well-trained expedition teams.

To ensure we do our part to protect the environment in every way possible in Svalbard, Hurtigruten guests take part in a program called 'Clean up Svalbard' which helps to keep the coasts clean. Unfortunately, there are beaches that are littered with plastic, empty oil drums, fishnets and other waste that washes up on the coast. Hurtigruten guests, under the guidance of the ships expedition team, are invited to volunteer in helping collect the rubbish that is then disposed of in refuse sacks provided by the ship, so they can experience the wilderness of Svalbard as they wish to see it – pure and untouched.

Click here to learn more about Hurtigruten's voyages to Spitsbergen, Svalbard, contact your travel agent or call 800-323-7436.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The 17th of May - Norway's National Day

May 17th is Norway’s Constitution Day and is celebrated with children’s parades and festivities. These colorful processions of children with their banners, flags and bands take center stage on this day of celebration.

After being part of the Danish autocracy for 400 years, Norway got its own constitution in 1814 and joined into a loose union with Sweden that lasted until 1905.

A limited and hereditary monarchy was introduced, whereby the king would exercise his authority through a government, while Parliament (Storting) would allocate monies and make laws. The Norwegian constitution was the most modern in Europe at the time.

Norway's Constitution, which declared the country to be an independent nation, was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814, and despite full independence having had to wait until 1905, this date remains Norway's official National Day.

The day is celebrated with as much enthusiasm in Norwegian villages as in the capital city of Oslo, where tens of thousands line Karl Johans Gate, Oslo’s main thoroughfare, every year to watch the parade.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Glaciers & Icebergs Voyage - Special Guest Lecturer Bud Ward

As a special treat for guests traveling on the June 12th Glaciers & Icebergs voyage through Greenland, in addition to our already stellar lecturers and naturalists onboard, special guest Bud Ward will be lecturing on climate change.

Bud Ward is founder and editor of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media. Ward started his environmental journalism career in 1974 and later served as Assistant Director of a Congressional Clean Air Act Study Commission before founding The Environmental Forum policy magazine in 1982.

A co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in 1989, he has written two books on environmental regulatory issues and has authored more than 1,000 bylined articles on environmental issues and on journalism. He twice served as a frequent environmental analyst and commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He also founded and managed the Central European Environmental Journalism Program. Ward is Advisory Editor for the Oxford University Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2007); and an adviser to the 2007/2008 United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report, Climate Change and Human Development. Ward administers the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, at $75,000 the richest prize in journalism. George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communications in 2009 named Ward its “Climate Change Communicator of the Year.” A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Hurtigruten is very proud and excited to have Bud join us onboard the exquisite MS Fram on the June 12th Greenland voyage. We hope to see you there.

Check out this special Greenland video for a sneak peak at some of the awe-inspiring scenery Greenland has to offer.

Click here for additional voyage information, or to book now, please contact your travel agent, book online or call 800-323-7436.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hurtigruten Offering 12-day Antarctic Discovery

Hurtigruten’s very popular 12-day “Antarctic Discovery” allows the many North Americans whose vacation times are limited to two or three weeks per year the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most remote destinations.

The deluxe expedition ship MS Fram sails round trip from Buenos Aires on three 2012 departures, traveling through the famous Drake Passage and making stops in several stunning ports on the “White Continent” as well as Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly port. The mesmerizing effect of Antarctica’s endless landscapes of glaciers and icebergs is only broken when colonies of thousands of penguins come into view, one of several exotic animal highlights. A selection of optional excursions – including pre- or post-cruise packages visiting Machu Picchu or the Iguazu Falls, allows guests to customize their adventures. Early booking prices for the Jan. 3, 12 and Feb. 14 departures start at $6,190 per person, but must be booked by May 31, 2011. Plus 1893 Ambassador Loyalty Program members receive an additional 5% discount!

For more information, contact your travel agent or call 800-323-7436. Click here for Antarctica itinerary details.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Norway rated Best for Moms

Not news to Norwegians, but maybe news to us, according to a new study, the best place in the world to be a mom is Norway!

According to the Save the Children's 12th annual Mother's Index released on May 3rd, maternal and child mortality rates are low, women's life expectancy and years in school are high, and the average maternity leave is about one year - and paid to boot! Plus, a typical Norwegian woman lives to be 83 years old!

The United States meanwhile places 31st while Afghanistan comes in last.

Released every year in the days before Mother's Day, the international nonprofit group's ranking analyzes the maternal and child indicators and other published information of 164 countries.

So not only is Norway an amazing place to visit with stunning scenery and activities, but also a wonderful place to live.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Taste of Hurtigruten

Pre and post Norway cruise extensions can be added to your Norwegian Coastal Voyage before
or after your trip to enhance your total vacation experience.

This program - A Taste of Hurtigruten - would be taken in lieu of a traditional 6-, 7- or 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage.

Journey from Oslo to Bergen along the Bergen Line railway, recognized as being one of the top 20 railway experiences in the world. After arrival in Bergen, transfer to your Hurtigruten ship for an evening departure of your northbound cruise to Trondheim. Sail through exquisite ports of call, including the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Alesund, before arriving at your final destination - Trondheim, whose colorful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture. From there, board a train through the scenic Gudbrandsdal valley to Oslo.

Enhance your sense of culture, discovery and adventure by adding our optional pre or post cruise extensions to your Norwegian Coastal Voyage vacation. Options includes day trips in Bergen, Flam, Kirkenes, Oslo, Trondheim, Røros and Voss.

Float in the icy Barents Sea with a special survival suite, or lunch on the Oslofjord in a wooden sail boat. Our optional extensions take your sense of Norway beyond adventure to new heights.

All pre and post Norway cruise excursions

Cruise excursions northbound voyage
Cruise excursions southbound voyage

Monday, May 2, 2011

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)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Russian Border

Radio talk show host Michelle Jerson from NJ 101.5 WKXW takes a photo at the Russian border on her way to a snowmobiling adventure.  Not many people can say they’ve been here!
Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2012 Norway Preview Brochure - Save up to 20%

Hurtigruten proudly introduces our new 2012 Norwegian Coastal Voyage Preview brochure!

This brochure was designed to give you a sneak peek into our 2012 Norwegian Coastal Voyage vacation opportunities, especially, our Early Booking Discount!* Book a 2012 Norwegian Coastal Voyage now and save up to 20% off the retail rate!*

Click here to order your 2012 Preview brochure and discover why we're known as "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage."

For more information, contact your travel agent, 800-323-7436 or visit

*Early booking rates are in USD per person based on double occupancy, valid for North American residents only and subject to change without notice. Cruise fuel surcharge is not included in the rates and will be added at time of booking at a rate of $8 per cruise night for all new bookings. Please note that the ship departure date determines the price of your voyage. All prices are subject to availability and change without notice. Early booking rates valid for bookings made by Sept. 30, 2011. Ships' registry: Norway

Facts about Greenland

Until World War II, Greenland was closed and self-sufficient economically. During the war, the country was supplied by the USA, which established a number of bases, of which all but three were closed down after the war. Today only the military airbase Pituffik (Thule) in North Greenland is left.

Greenland ceased to be a Danish colony in 1953 when Greenlanders became equal citizens of the kingdom of Denmark. In 1979 the country achieved Home Rule status and authorized to have its own parliament. In 2009, the country's status changed as the socalled 'self rule' was introduced. Instead of 'Home Rule Government', today we simply refer to the 'Greenland Government'.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Saturday, April 2, 2011

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)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hurtigruten's New Port to Port Pricing Allows More Flexibility for Travel

Announcing new port-to-port pricing that will allow travelers to customize their Norwegian exploration by combining the Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage with extended stays ashore in any of the 34 ports of call visited on the west coast itinerary. The new pricing system benefits guests who wish to spend more time ashore in certain cities including visiting family along the coast, an exciting ski vacation or perhaps a Lofoten fishing expedition.

With daily departures, easy online booking and an array of optional excursions, guests are able to design the itinerary (over 1,100 to choose from) that best fits their needs and preferences. Nightly rates for an unspecified cabin during the winter, autumn/spring and summer are $119, $142 and $202, respectively; rates for guaranteed outside cabins are $127, $158 and $250. For details contact your travel agent or book online!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Husky Adventure - Meet the Puppies

Dog sledding in Kirkenes offers the opportunity to meet the puppies!  Can we sneak them home in our suitcases?

Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Monday, March 14, 2011

Facts about Greenland

Greenland is in Greenlandic called Kalaallit Nunaat - the Land of People.

Greenland is a mountainous country and is the largest island in the world with a total of 2.175,600 sq. km.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lunch at the Sollia Resort in Kirkenes

Lunch at the Sollia Resort in Kirkenes, freshly prepared by the resort owner and chef! Exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and exciting winter activities all in one place.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Everyone is Talking About Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten has had a helluva run in the news over the past month. First, we had a brief mention about our $350 off per person deal for our 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages in the Washington Post on Jan. 14th.

Then, we just exploded on the scene with Sheila Norman-Culp's AP (Associated Press) article, "The Anti-Cruise: No Bingo, No Karaoke, Just Fjords." who sailed aboard Hurtigruten's Vesteralen in November. This article is still getting pick up!

Next, journalist Kari Budnarchuk sailed onboard the MS Nordkapp for the Ice Breakers theme voyage in October and published "Elbow Room" in the Boston Globe on Jan 30th!

Due to all this popularity, Hurtigruten was asked to be featured on the BBC/NPR nationally syndicated radio show - The World, featuring a live interview with MS Vesteralen's Tour Director Anna Kristine Tvedt directly from the ship.

Then, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler ranked Hurtigruten's Nordnorge among the World's Best Small Ships in their February, 2011 issue.

And finally, to top it all off, Hurtigruten's Climate Voyage was featured in the last Sunday Travel section of the New York Times by Elaine Glusac.

Hurtigruten is extremely proud and thankful for all of the wonderful press coverage. Talk about a windfall!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The New York Times and Hurtigruten!

Hurtigruten's exciting Climate Voyage was recently highlighted in the Feb 11th Travel Section of the New York Times as one of the most interesting new sailings of 2011!

Depart Reykjavik, Iceland on July 21, 2011 and embark on climate change discovery to Spitsbergen. Journey to the high Arctic lands of the Svalbard Archipelago, making an inaugural visit to Jan Mayen, one of the most isolated islands on the planet. Shore landings, lectures and discussions help you to gain a better understanding of this critical global crisis. Natural attractions include glaciers, icebergs and possible sightings of walruses and polar bears during the stunning 24 hour daylight Arctic summer days.

For more information, contact your travel agent, call 800-323-7436 or book online.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Facts about Greenland

Greenland has a population of approx. 56,000, which gives us more than 39 per person. The population lives in towns or settlement in the ice-free part of the country along the coast. The majority lives in Western Greenland.

Geographically, Greenland is part of the North American continent; geopolitically, the country is part of Europe, and nationally Greenland is part of Denmark.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hurtigruten's Customer Satisfaction Survey Results - High Marks Across the Board

Hurtigruten continuously surveys its guests looking for areas in which to improve as well as areas where they are exceeding expectations. The results from the 2010 survey, returned by 4,875 guests, offer a superior report card:

96% of respondents were satisfied to very satisfied with the Norway voyages
97% gave the same thumbs up to the company’s Explorer itineraries (Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen and Europe) aboard the four-year-old, deluxe expedition ship, MS Fram.

These marks show continued improvement in guest satisfaction, year over year.

92% of passengers were happy with Hurtigruten’s shore excursions – both on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage and the Explorer sailings while 95% would recommend a Hurtigruten trip to their family and friends. Those same respondents placed Hurtigruten above competing brands as 85% who had taken cruises on other lines, rated the Hurtigruten sailing as satisfactory and very satisfactory. More than 2/3rds of the guests were happy with the value they received for the money spent. And more than half of the guests confirmed that their original expectations had been exceeded.

Way to go!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weddell Sea Adventure

Antarctica is a land of truly awesome grandeur. The highest, driest, coldest and cleanest continent on Earth, its oceans are unimaginably rich in bird and marine life and its surreal and haunting landscapes are like nothing else on Earth.

Discover this awe-inspiring landscape aboard Hurtigruten's luxurious and intimate MS Fram during the Weddell Sea Adventure. Named after Captain James Weddell, who in 1823 discovered the sea that bears his name, reached a latitude of 74° south - something no other human had ever accomplished to that point.

Experience some of Weddell's same unforgettable encounters with huge tabular icebergs as you sail through the Antarctic Sound on this astounding voyage.

Book now and save up to 20% with our Early Booking Discount!

Contact your travel agent, book online or call 800-323-7436.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

HSMAI Honors Hurtigruten with Two Gold and Four Silver Awards at it's Annual Adrian Awards Competition

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recognized Hurtigruten with two gold and four silver Adrian Awards for advertising excellence in the 54th annual Adrian Awards Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition.

HSMAI paid tribute to Hurtigruten during the annual HSMAI Adrian Awards gala attended by more than 1,000 hospitality, travel and tourism marketing executives, on January 31, 2011, at the New York Marriot Marquis.

"This recognition shows that our work with our agency LOS&CO in Norway represents quality in all formats and categories. Major efforts have been put into the winter product development. The Gold Award in this category gives us a special satisfaction" says Trond Øverås, Product and Marketing Director, Hurtigruten ASA.

Hurtigruten Awards
Gold – Winter Campaign – Print media
Gold – Campaign Consumer – Complete Campaign
Silver – Summer Campaign series – Print media
Silver – Hurtigruten Cross Sales – Brochure
Silver – 1893 Ambassador – Loyalty Program
Silver – Port to port – Television

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Norway Tops List of World's Happiest Countries

Five years ago researchers at the Legatum Institute, a London-based nonpartisan think tank, set out to rank the happiest countries in the world. But because "happy" carries too much of a touchy-feely connotation, they call it "prosperity." Legatum recently completed its 2010 Prosperity Index, which ranks 110 countries, covering 90 percent of the world's population.

To build its index Legatum gathers data from 12 sources the Gallup polling group, the Heritage Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Each country is ranked on 89 variables sorted into eight subsections: economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety, personal freedom and social capital.

And guess who ranks as the most prosperous country in the world? Norway of course! What does Norway have that the rest of the world doesn't? The biggest bump comes from having the world's highest per capita GDP of $53,000 a year. Norwegians have the second-highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living: 95 percent say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74 percent say other people can be trusted.

Join the lovefest today and book a Norwegian Coastal Voyage! What a great way to unwind and find your own happy place.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hurtigruten - Ranked Among the World's Best Small Ships

Hurtigruten's beautiful Coastal Voyage ship Nordnorge has been rated among the "Best Small Ships in the World" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the February 2011 issue.

Built in 1997, Nordnorge is an intimate and charming vessel carrying less than 450 guests along the stunning fjord filled coast of Norway year round. Congratulations on a job well done!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Unforgettable Whale Watching Adventure

Hurtigruten has invited respected researcher and marine biologist Dr. Boris Culik and Dr. Fenella Bazin, an extramural lecturer in the Universities of Birmingham and Liverpool, aboard its 12-day “Giants of the Deep” sailing. This special itinerary combines nine days of the Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage – named “world’s most beautiful voyage” by Lonely Planet – with stays in Bergen and Andenes and a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching expedition. The two speakers provide guests with fascinating lectures and intimate knowledge of the area and its wildlife throughout the voyage. Optional excursions in each of the stops – including a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geiranger Fjord and an authentic Viking feast in Lofotr – start at only $32 and allow guests to personalize their cruising experience. Voyage departs July 31, 2011.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lofotr Viking Museum

Fun shore excursion during the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage – a visit to the world’s largest Viking building at the Lofotr Viking Museum. Writer Donna Peck dons the Viking gear.

Photo: Jennifer Rosen

Friday, January 21, 2011

Your Antarctica Adventure Starts Here

Hurtigruten's Antarctica Adventure cruises promises a richness of exploration and discovery. Enjoy a close-up look at penguin colonies and historical sites plus the chance to marvel at Antarctica's mountains and icebergs. Your Antarctica 2011-2012 Adventure starts here
  • Shackleton's Antarctica 2011
    Sailing in the wake of the historical Explorers of old, you journey from Argentina towards the remote Falkland Islands/Malvinas and the stunning landscapes of South Georgia. Explore and experience the natural majesty of
    Antarctica itself.
  • Chilean Fjords and Antarctica
    Bowing to popular demand we once again feature Chile in our program! This comprehensive expedition affords a unique opportunity to visit the gorgeous landscapes of the Chilean fjords, a large area of uninhabited islands, deep sounds, breathtaking glaciers and narrow passages.
  • Shackleton's Christmas Adventure
    We invite you to join the Fram family on this epic voyage to Antarctica, via the remote Falkland Islands/Malvinas, South Georgia and South Orkneys. Enjoy traditional Christmas celebrations and a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve at the end of the world, surrounded by icebergs and penguins.
  • Antarctic Discovery
    This incredible adventure will take you through the Drake Passage and down into the Southern Ocean, escorted by albatross and storm petrel along the way. Set against the backdrop of Antarctica’s magical white landscape, you will experience the best of this continent’s summer magic, discovering a wealth of wildlife that includes seal, penguin and whale.
  • Weddell Sea Adventure
    This expedition is named after Captain James Weddell, who in 1823 discovered the sea that bears his name. Experience unforgettable encounters with huge tabular icebergs.
  • Polar Circle Quest
    Voyaging deep into the Southern Ocean, this unique adventure cruise takes you south to the Antarctic Circle, where you will enter a realm few have ever ventured into. Find yourself surrounded by the most sublime beauty imaginable, joining your fellow explorers to gaze out across landscapes that few eyes have ever seen.
  • Shackleton's Antarctica 2012
    Sailing in the wake of the historical Explorers of old, you journey from Argentina towards the remote Falkland Islands/Malvinas and the stunning landscapes of South Georgia. There will be time for you to acquaint yourself with these less visited regions during the voyage and learn more about their history, before continuing even further south to explore and experience the natural majesty of
    Antarctica itself.
  • Hotel Nights
    You are able to add hotel nights before or after your voyage in the following cities: Bergen, Oslo, Lisbon, London, Reykjavik, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Copenhagen
  • Essential Information
  • Suggested Reading
    A selection of favorite, new and hard-to-find books, prepared for your journey.
  • Landings in Antarctica
    Safety is paramount and the ship’s captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Here is a selection of some of the possible landing sites in Antarctica and during your voyage we will attempt to land at some of these sites.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Discover Stunning Greenland

The Disko Bay expedition along Greenland’s west coast is a fascinating exploration of the Inuit culture and the remarkable land that they inhabit. Accessible only by boat, these small settlements evoke the very essence of Greenlandic culture and, set against a spectacular natural landscape that is bathed in the light of the Midnight Sun, they provide you with a truly unforgettable journey.

For a closer look at awe-inspiring Greenland, check out this amazing video.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Facts about Greenland

North America is Greenland's closest neighbor, being separated by just 26 km of water. From the most northerly point on Greenland it is approx. 700 km to the North Pole.

Greenland has been populated by small groups of people, migrating several times across the sea ice from northern Canada. The first time was about 2500 BC.

Greenland cruises with Hurtigruten
Thanks to Greenland Tourism & Business Council

Sunday, January 2, 2011

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)