In association with: Hurtigruten Group
Celebrate 130 years of Norwegian exploration with Hurtigruten’s two newest itineraries
Rewind to 1893 and, among the islets and fjords of the Norwegian coastline, Hurtigruten set out on its first voyage. Fast-forward to today, and Hurtigruten is celebrating 130 years of exploration in Norway, having showcased the unrivalled beauty of this destination come sun, snow or storm for more than a century.
To celebrate, Hurtigruten launched two exciting itineraries that encapsulate the best of Norway’s captivating landscapes on the newly refurbished MS Trollfjord.
The North Cape Express
This brand-new voyage has made Hurtigruten history as the company’s first to sail to and from the capital Oslo.
Sailings of the 14-day itinerary will operate between January and April 2024 and from December 2024 to April 2025, during the Northern Lights season.
There are 16 breathtaking ports of call, including Honningsvåg, in the north, and the city of Bergen, farther south on the Norwegian coastline. Guests can enjoy a range of excursions during this wintertime adventure – learning about Norway’s Viking history as they whizz along the Karmsund strait on a rib boat, kayaking on the Arctic Sea or opting for a dog-sledding tour.
This voyage comes under the Northern Lights Promise, meaning if they’re not spotted, guests qualify for a free six or seven-day Classic Voyage the following season. T&Cs apply.
The Svalbard Express
The Svalbard Express is an iconic sailing that ventures deep into the Arctic Circle.
Lasting for 16 days, it offers departures between May and September 2024, sailing from Bergen before heading north along the Norwegian coast. It then sails across to the Svalbard archipelago where, during the summer, the sun never sets.
As well as marvelling at the midnight sun, passengers can enjoy views of the majestic Romsdal Alps on a gondola ride, a sauna session and an exciting dog-sledding ride. All excursions incur an extra cost and are subject to availability.
The Svalbard Express and The North Cape Express itineraries will be sailing on the newly refurbished MS Trollfjord.
The ship will spend longer in ports than on the original coastal voyages, and guests can enjoy full-board all-day dining, as well as selected drinks.
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PICTURES: Espen Mills; Stian Klo