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Experience the beauty of the Norwegian Coast
Described as ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’, a sailing along the Norwegian coast offers untold epic landscapes. Since 1893 Hurtigruten ships have been a hallmark of the Norwegian coast – not surprising then that Hurtigruten means ‘the fast route’ in the Norwegian language. The fleet of 11 ships operates a year-round sailing schedule with departures from Bergen every day, calling at 34 small ports en route to Kirkenes at the northern tip of Norway. There’s the chance to see the Northern Lights in winter months, while in summer the Midnight Sun is on display in these arctic latitudes.
Each Hurtigruten cruise ship is slightly different but across the fleet there’s a similar standard of accommodation which ranges from basic to suites with bay windows on the newest ships. All the ships have décor inspired by the colours of Norway and a restaurant serves a set dinner of fresh, healthy food. There’s a bar and café as well as comfortable panoramic lounges for watching the scenery – while for the hardy there are Jacuzzis on deck. There are no casinos or cabarets as Mother Nature provides the entertainment.
The fleet of four smaller exploration ships venture further afield, exploring the Americas, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Russian Arctic and the remote Northwest Passage. Two new Hurtigruten hybrid ships, named after Norwegian polar pioneers – MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen – have been designed by Rolls Royce and combine new electric propulsion technology with a state-of-the-art hull design. The ships have large observation platforms for unimpeded views of nature and wildlife; a majority of cabins have their own balcony; there’s a pool deck with infinity pools, Jacuzzis and bars; while three restaurants serve cuisine inspired by the destinations. Expedition team members are experts in marine biology, history, geology, ornithology, or photography.