Ha Det og Tusen Takk Hurtigruten!
Photo I wished I had taken - Farewell to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Ha Det og Tusen Takk Hurtigruten!

Goodbye Hurtigruten - and Tusen Takk - Thank you very much ! Tourism was always part of the basis for the Coastal Express though with brochures printed in several languages…

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Seasickness on Hurtigruten – The Lowlight
Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have

Seasickness on Hurtigruten – The Lowlight

Gale force winds were blowing all day today meaning that the ship was rocking about a lot leaving many people feeling nauseous - including me.  The on board shop was doing. roaring trade in sea sickness tablets - even the crew were taking them. The decks were closed, which meant you couldn't even get a breath of air.  Everything began to feel very claustrophobic.  Unfortunately, seasickness on Hurtigruten is something you may well have to put up with if the weather is rough - which it often is - so come prepared!

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Day 9 – Vesterålen Hike
Vesteralen Hike

Day 9 – Vesterålen Hike

Vesteralen Hike Yesterday, we made a brief stop at Hammerfest - the Northernmost town in the world.  It is a tiny place, but there is a really interesting Restoration Museum…

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On the Edge of a Forbidden Frontier – Where East meets West
Snowy Kirkenes - you can just make out the MS Nordlys in the dock.

On the Edge of a Forbidden Frontier – Where East meets West

Where East Meets West On the Edge of a Forbidden Frontier Kirkenes - the turning point of the Hurtigruten's voyage - is just a few miles from the Russian border…

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Day 6 – World’s End at the North Cape
Friluftsliv

Day 6 – World’s End at the North Cape

World’s End at the North Cape The ship docked at Honningvãg this morning - the capital of the North Cape.  At 71 degrees north, this is as far north as…

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Winter Nights – Northern Lights
Hurtigruten Cruise Northern Lights

Winter Nights – Northern Lights

What ARE the Northern Lights? The northern lights are a physical phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun hurtle towards the Earth. The light becomes visible when…

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Day 5 – Entering the High North (Tromsø)
Tromsø by night - breathtakingly beautiful .

Day 5 – Entering the High North (Tromsø)

Entering the High North - Tromsø The sunrise was beautiful this morning - a gentle pink light hung over the coastline for quite some time. A beautiful Norwegian sunrise Mount…

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Day 4 – Crossing the Arctic Circle
Bodø

Day 4 – Crossing the Arctic Circle

Crossing the Arctic Circle We are crossing the Arctic Circle at 7.30 this morning.  You could have bought a postcard with a special stamp and posted it from here all…

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Day 3 – It’s time for the Snowshoes!
It's time for the Snowshoes!

Day 3 – It’s time for the Snowshoes!

It’s time for the Snowshoes! The Nordlys docked at Trondheim this morning allowing us time to lace ourselves into our snowshoes (snøskoene) for a hike through the deep snow covered…

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Day 2 – Friluftsliv
Art Nouveau Ålesund

Day 2 – Friluftsliv

Day 2 - Friluftsliv Bergen We left Bergen at around 10 last night and headed for the pretty Art Nouveau port of Ålesund.  If you wanted time to visit Bergen…

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The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage – Hurtigruten Norway itinerary
The World's Most Beautiful Voyage - Norway Hurtigruten Itinerary

The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage – Hurtigruten Norway itinerary

Tomorrow, we embark on "the world's most beautiful voyage" on the Hurtigruten line, departing from Bergen and travelling over 2,500 nautical miles to the Top of the World at the North Cape.  We hope to see the Northern Lights (there is a guarantee of a free cruise of you don't) en route and then retrace our steps slowly back South down the coast to Bergen.   The voyage will last a total of 12 days, crosses the Arctic Circle twice and visits 34 Nordic ports along the way.

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