Sunday, 7 November 2010

Light Show in the Arctic Circle

By guest blogger Steve Newman

Hurtigruten’s winter voyages along Norway’s fjord-filled west coast will now offer an impressive light show at the Finnkirka Sea Cliffs in the far north of the country. Guests onboard Hurtigruten can enjoy the light display from the ship as it enters Kjollefjord on the northbound journey. This major new winter attraction in Norway will be available until the end of March 2011.

The Finnkirka, or ‘Finnish Church’ cliffs – aptly named for their Cathedral-like appearance - were originally a place of worship for the local Sami people. Located at the entrance to the Kjollefjord in the Finnmark region of Northern Norway, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful sea cliffs in the world. To ensure this impressive bluff is ablaze with light, even during the dark winter months, light artist Kurt Hermansen has been brought in to set the glowing stage for the Finnkirka.

In the past, the Finnkirka had played host to concerts and events during the summer but remained unused during the winter months. The creation of the new attraction is a joint effort between Hurtigruten and the local population, both keen to continue to show off the splendour of the Finnkirka during the winter season.

A voyage North from Bergen in the South to Kirkenes in the North during the winter months costs from £1105 per person including return flights, six night’s half board on the ship and transfers. No single supplements apply. Valid in January and February 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/ or visit the Hurtigruten section of adventure cruise specialists the Cruise Line Ltd.