Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Norway's Autumn Magic With Hurtigruten


Autumn is a magical time in Norway as the summer fades, the coastline shifts from one season to the next with cooler evenings and even the first dusting of powdery snow on the mountaintops. The darkness arrives gradually, the sun sets earlier and earlier and it can even be a time for early sightings of the Northern Lights. 

Now, for the first time, guests travelling with Hurtigruten in September and October can enjoy the journey under a new ‘Autumn Gold’ theme, celebrating all the best things about this colourful season. This includes sailing into a new fjord, a range of new shore excursions, musical treats and new seasonal delicacies on-board.

A key highlight of this new theme will be the ships' journey into Hjørundfjord, considered one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. For 35km, the Hjørundfjord cuts into the alpine mountains and offers the chance to get far away from the tourist bustle, taking guests past steep rock walls, green meadows, mountain farms and secluded villages. 
 
In addition, a new 'Taste of Norway’ excursion offers the chance to explore the region even further. Guests will visit the village of Urke before continuing on to Lake Lyngnstøyl and stopping at the Hotel Union in Øye. Built in 1891, two years before Hurtigruten began its service along the Norwegian coast, the hotel has hosted royalty from Germany, Holland and Sweden.

Food will also play an important role, with the onboard menu being tailored to the seasonal delicacies of the regions the ships visit, while there will also be tastings of autumn foods such as cloudberries and reindeer. Each night, guests can expect local specialities; for example, in Tromsø there will be leg of lamb with grilled autumn root veg and, in Kirkenes, baked King Crab and pumpkin puree followed by rump steam of reindeer with autumn mushrooms and carrots glazed in rosemary.

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