Vital Link to remote Coastal Communities
Hurtigruten’s service was originally created over 110 years ago as a vital link to the remote coastal communities, carrying supplies and passengers to 34 ports along the rugged coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.
Operating almost daily, the ships have panoramic lounges, restaurants with good food, and well appointed cabins. They are not cruise ships, so do not have the entertainment programme of other cruises. However, the ships are able to sail closer to the coastline on the way to each port or fjord.
In addition to these conventional coastal voyages, Hurtigruten also offers Explorer Voyages on ships specifically built for this type of voyage, accompanied by expert guides. The modern MS Fram journeys to the largely unexplored North and Southern Arctic Oceans, taking in the stunning scenery of Greenland and Spitsbergen. The ship’s interior has been inspired by the Arctic region and there are leisure facilities onboard.
South America and Antarctica
She also sails at appropriate times from South America to Antarctica, where guests can watch the sight of whales, penguins and seals, as well as the magic of the Midnight Sun. There is full use of Zodiacs, Polar Circle Boats (like rigid Zodiacs) and Tenders, so guests should be reasonably fit.
The line also offers 6-day Polar Encounters, using the comfortable, purpose-built MV Polar Star, with its attractive public rooms. destination_blogs include the remote landscape of Moffen Island.
A great way to view the Northern Lights is on a Hurtigruten Voyage. Contact me for further information.
The Costal Voyage Fleet
The Costal Voyage fleet is large; the most recent three ships built in 2002 and 2003 are the Midnatsol and Trollfjord, all around 16000 tons carrying around 800 passengers. There are also six other ‘modern’ ships built between 1993 and 1997, the Nordnorge, Nordkapp, Polarlys, Richard With, Nordlys, and Kong Harald all around 11,000 to 12,000 tons carrying around 700 passengers.
The Costal Voyage ‘Classic’ Fleet
The Costal Voyage ‘Classic’ fleet consists of three ships, the 6,261 ton Vesteralen built in 1983 carrying 510 passengers, the 2,621 ton Lofoten built 1964 carrying 400 passengers, and finally the smallest the 2,193 ton Nordstjernen built 1956 carrying 400 passengers. Although these ships are old they have been refurbished and offer the passenger a real classic boat experience.
Other purpose built ships
The newest ship the Fram built in 2007 is 11,642 tons carrying 318 passengers and 150 crew; she is unlike the rest of the fleet and is not a ‘working’ ship but designed for expedition cruising as described above.
And finally the 3,500 ton Polar Star built in 1966 was originally an icebreaker and was converted and upgraded for expedition cruising; it is specifically equipped for Polar waters. She carries around 100 passengers and 40 crew.
To find out more about Hurtigruten’s Voyages and latest offers please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
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Photo: From ship deck (Hurtigruten) 66