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)