January 3, 2013 | By Collette Peck
The sun never takes a break in northern Norway – a land where the light never fails to inspire. The country has always been known as “the Land of the Midnight Sun”, but even that can’t convey the enduring beauty to be found in “the Land of Light and Darkness.
Experience Norway by sailing the routes that have been sailed since 1893 as cargo and postal voyages to reach far off villages located in Norway’s majestic fjords. Hurtigruten has a fleet of 13 ships with daily departures along the coast of Norway.
All the Hurtigruten ships vary depending on their size and age from the MS Finnmarken, Trollfjord & Midnatsol built in 2002 and 2003, to the traditional vessel MS Lofoten (1964), still a favorite for many returning guests. Each ship has a different style and design, from the on board art to the ship’s colors and interiors. Despite their aesthetic differences, they provide the same intimate travel experience, with their own informal Hurtigruten atmosphere.
On board the ships, large, comfortable lounges provide panoramic views as you glide silently and slowly through some of the world’s most beautiful and untouched scenery. All the ships, except for the older, smaller vessels have a small library where you can immerse yourself in a good book, and a café serving snacks and drinks 24 hours a day. Some of the newer ships have Jacuzzis and a fitness room.
Enjoyment of the pristine Norwegian environment doesn’t need a lot of whistles and bells. What NOT to expect: Las Vegas style shows, formal dinner nights, drinks with umbrellas or belly flop contests.
Call me today to discuss all the various itineraries that these Norwegian coastal voyages have to offer. 801-327-7600.