Sunday, 5 May 2013

More Norwegian Delights From Hurtigruten

Fancy getting up close and personal with Norway’s longest and deepest Fjord? How about fishing for giant king crab in the Barents Sea? Or a scenic rail journey which includes climbing almost 900metres while covering a distance of only 20km? Hurtigruten offers all of these experiences - and more - as part of its pre and post-trip excursion programme this summer, all under the warming Midnight Sun. Guests wishing to enhance their trip and see even more that Norway has to offer can opt to add these at either the beginning or end of their chosen voyage.

During the popular summer months, the land of the Midnight Sun really comes into its own. This is a natural phenomenon, found at latitudes north of the Arctic Circle, were the sun stays above the horizon for 24 hours. Brilliant sunshine through the clear Arctic air bathes the shores, fjords, mountains and bays in fiery reds, soft pinks and golden yellows. At this time of year you have all the time in the world to explore with day and night sightseeing the norm and going to bed is not necessary! Take a look at these additional options:

Sognefjord in a Nutshell – from £145pp: The Sognefjord, with its deepest point at 1,308m, extends more than 200km into Southern Norway. It boasts dramatic yet charming landscapes and those who visit consider it one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. This round trip from Bergen takes a full day and combines a boat journey through Sognefjord, a trip on the famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal and return to Bergen by train. This route can also be booked in the opposite direction. Available on any trip beginning or ending in Bergen, between May and end of September.
Summer King Crab Fishing – from £146pp: Head off to the best fishing grounds in the Barents Sea on a fishing boat. Here, everyone joins in and, together, huge cages full of king crabs are pulled from the water. Back on shore, the tasty catch is prepared and served for lunch in a cosy fisherman’s cottage – a true delicacy. The tour is offered to those starting or ending their voyage in Kirkenes and is available from mid-May to mid-October.

Norway in a Nutshell - £121pp: One of the most popular independent tours in Norway. This full day trip takes a bus, train and ferry through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area. It includes the train from Bergen to Voss, a bus journey to Gudvangen with views of magnificent waterfalls, a fjord cruise to Flam and then the Flam Railway back to Myrdal. The Flam Railwav will climb almost 900m while covering only 20km. In Myrdal, you will transfer to the Bergen Railway, one of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys, for the trip back to Bergen. Available daily, year round.

Hurtigruten's Classic Voyage North costs from £1,143pp (June 1 to 31 July) and is a seven-day cruise from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes by the Russian border. It includes half board on the ship but flights are extra.

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