Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Hurtigrten's Short-Break Programme

Fancy a break in Norway where there is no need to go to bed as daylight shines continuously and the ever-changing scenery is mesmerising morning, noon and night? Hurtigruten has launched a new summer short-break programme, tying in with the Midnight Sun and new flights from Gatwick to Tromso, launched by Norwegian. A selection of five and six-day flight-inclusive breaks is now available, offering the opportunity to experience a range of new summer excursions such as a Midnight Sun kayaking trip and evening hiking.

With just a few days away, time is short and these breaks are designed to make the most of both daytime and night-time. New excursions make it possible to go kayaking or hiking at night (which is actually still daylight) so there is no excuse to miss anything on your short break!

  • Sea Kayaking - £161pp – Experience the calm waters of Norway by kayak, paddling the coast with rugged mountains as the background.
  • Midnight Sun Kayaking - £187pp – with fully trained guides, explore the arctic marine life by the light of the midnight sun.
  • Mountain Hiking - from £122pp - full day, half day and short evening options are available, designed to suit different levels of hikers from the experienced keen to spend an entire day on the mountain to couples and friends who prefer an easier hike.
  • Guided Trip to the Polar Museum - from £110pp - Includes a tour of Tromso to learn about its part in polar expeditions and a visit to the Polar Museum.
  • Birdwatching at Lake Prestvannet - from £84pp - Learn about the birds at Lake Prestvannet nature reserve, including the red-throated diver.
  • Jeep Safari to Sommaroy - £180pp (based on four persons) – this half-day trip includes a journey passing mountains, fjords, reindeer and birds and the chance to do some fishing, see beaches, birdlife and maybe meet local fishermen.
Sample packages:

In to the Arctic Summer (Bergen-Tromso), from £1,075pp: Available on 19 selected dates between April 5 and September 6, this five-day voyage includes highlights such as Alesund, Geirangerfjord, Trondheim and sailing through the Lofoten Islands. Prices include return flights from Gatwick, three night’s half-board on the ship, one night’s B&B hotel in Tromso and transfers.
 
Lofoten - The Scenic South (Tromso-Bergen), from £1,075pp: Available on 24 selected dates between April 3 and September 11, this five-day voyage includes highlights such as sailing through the Vesteralen Islands, an Arctic Circle crossing ‘baptism’, Trondheim and Kristiansund. Prices include return flights from Gatwick, three night’s half-board on the ship, one night’s B&B hotel in Tromso and transfers.
 
Land of the Midnight Sun (Tromso-Kirkenes-Tromso), from £999pp: Available on 14 selected dates between April 13 and September 14, this five-day voyage includes highlights such as Honningsvag, the gateway to the North Cape, Kirkenes and Vardo. Prices include return flights from Gatwick, three night’s half-board on the ship, one night’s B&B hotel in Tromso and transfers.

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's adventure-cruise specialists.