Monday, 18 April 2011

Norway's Big Day Out In May

Join the parties and parades of the great Norwegian National Day this May with Hurtigruten.

Every year on 17 May, Norway becomes a country of celebration as it marks the day it became a fully independent nation. The way the Norwegians celebrate their National Day is unique - there are no military parades, instead colourful processions of children with banners, flags and bands play the main role. It is possible to sample true Norwegian culture and join in the festivities with a trip on the famous ‘Hurtigruten’, which has been an important part of Norway’s history for more than a century, as it calls at over 30 villages and towns between Bergen and Kirkenes.


The day is celebrated across the country, from remote villages to the main cities and is a time when national pride rides high. Locals of all ages dress up in beautiful bunads (national costume), as do students preparing to graduate. Lively events are staged by local schools, orchestras play music and elaborate festivals take place in every town in Norway. Hurtigruten’s ships also mark the celebrations and, where possible, join the parades when they call into port – an unforgettable experience.


Wherever the ship is on National Day, there will be the chance to experience this traditional celebration and feel part of it! In addition, on the Classic Round Voyage departures from Bergen between 6 and 16 May, there will be a series of informative lectures about the history and significance of the National Day, the Norwegian royal family and the story behind the national costumes. During these voyages it will also be possible to enjoy traditional folk music and singing. A voyage at this time is a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding of Norway, its people, its cultural heritage, all the while joining in with the locals and guests to celebrate.


Norway’s Big Day Out – from £1952 per person - departs Bergen between 6 and 16 May for a 12-day voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, calling at a wide range of port along the way. The price includes 11 nights full board accommodation. Flights are extra and can be booked via Hurtigruten.


For more info, visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk or contact the UK's leading adventure cruise specialists of The Cruise Line Ltd.