Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Hurtigruten's Anniversary Voyages

Anyone who wants to help make history can join one of 11 ‘In the Wake of Richard With’ anniversary voyages being offered by Hurtigruten this summer. Treats include a special sailing into Lyngenfjord in the Lyngen Alps area, the chance to get even closer to Norwegian culture with a series of on-board concerts plus special menus inspired by the 1893 era. The 11 special departures are available each day from June 21 and all include July 2, which marks 120 years since Richard With captained Hurtigruten’s very first departure from Trondheim along the Norwegian Coast.   

Hurtigruten has never sailed into Lyngenfjord as part a main itinerary before and, as a special treat, each day during this 11-day period, a ship will stop here while travelling south-bound between Skjervoy and Tromso. Located in the Lyngen Alps, Lyngenfjord is 300km north of the Arctic Circle and guests can expect mountain peaks rising more than 1,000 metres directly from the fjord, blue glaciers, cascading rivers, gleaming mountain lakes and deep ravines. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet a local prawn trawler and its fishermen, who come on board with freshly caught prawns.

Integral to these anniversary voyages will be bringing Norwegian culture and history even closer and special on-board concerts are planned: 
  • In Geirangerfjord, a young 19-year-old fiddler and folk musician who has won various awards will perform in local costume. 
  • In Tromso, Hurtigruten will focus on the electronic genre of music made famous by Royksopp as guest are joined by ‘Sounds of Nature,’ two young students who describe their music as sound art.
  • And, in Berlevag the Berlevag Men’s Choir will perform a midnight concert on the quay.
To mark the occasion, special menus are being created by Hurtigruten’s team of chefs that are inspired by the food on board DS Vesteraalen in 1893. Each ship will enjoy its own onboard anniversary celebrations on July 2, in true Norwegian style. Guests should expect cake, coffee, music and much more.

This sailing period starts with MS Midnatsol departing Bergen on June 21, followed by the complete fleet, with MS Lofoten being the last ship of this period, departing Bergen on July 1.

Classic Round Voyage – Daily from Jun 21-Jul 1: priced from £2,137 per person, to include 11 nights half-board on the ship and all the anniversary celebrations. Flights and transfers are extra and cost from £450pp. This price is valid on June 21, 27 and 29.

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