Hurtigruten sails The Norwegian Coastal Voyage around the majestic coastline of Norway. It has been described as “The World's Most Beautiful Voyage”. You will experience the natural delights of a land of ever changing moods, where every day is an unforgettable experience, with fresh horizons and new discoveries.
As you board your Hurtigruten vessel you become part of a tradition which dates back over centuries. A service originally created over 110 years ago as a vital link to the remote coastal communities, carrying supplies and passengers, the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage has never strayed far from its original route always hugging the rugged Norwegian coastline touching some of Norway's last wildernesses.
Many of the ports of call are tranquil hamlets on tiny islands whose inhabitants depend for their very existence on the Hurtigruten ships to bring the communities essential supplies and reunite families and friends.
Each Hurtigruten ship has a distinct style and character and no two journeys will ever be the same as the changing seasons, climate, flora and fauna, local people you meet and the friendly English speaking crew, make each Hurtigruten voyage a different experience.
Like-minded people from across the world come to enjoy the magnificent scenery and informal atmosphere on board. Many take the opportunity to sail in summer during the period of the midnight sun, when the sun flirts with the horizon before curving skyward, bathing the glorious scenery in perpetual daylight.
As you board your Hurtigruten ship you can be proud that you are part of a tradition that has spanned three centuries. It is this commitment to a proud tradition that has made Hurtigruten an essential part of Norwegian life.
Welcome on Board
On board the ships, large comfortable lounges give unequalled views as you glide silently and slowly through some of the world's most beautiful and untouched scenery.
As you would expect from Hurtigruten, the highest standards of design, complemented by works of art inspired by the land and seascapes through which you sail, have been employed to ensure that relaxation is the order of the day.
No dressing up for dinner - no fuss, no frenzy - our aim is to sail calmly through the crisp clean air, close to the ever-changing environment. Open seating for the buffets at breakfast and lunchtime creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to contemplate the sights already seen and anticipate those still to come.
Hurtigruten menus are planned around fresh, seasonal ingredients and take advantage of local produce to satisfy appetites stimulated by the fresh sea air. The restaurants are fully licensed and the set dinner an occasion to exchange the experiences of the day before enjoying coffee in one of the lounges or perhaps something stronger in one of the bars.
A multilingual Tour Manager is on board the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage to assist with the shore excursions, help you book if you have not pre-booked your trips ashore, provide information on the highlights of the day and ensure that you will never forget your crossing of the Arctic Circle. Additionally, there is a Reception Desk open 24 hours a day.
Occasionally there may be a local choir or band in one of the lounges for an evening or two but there is no organised entertainment programme to detract from the gentle flow of your voyage.
Lecture theatres and meeting rooms are available on most ships, creating an ideal environment in which to listen to a guest lecturer on one of the Theme Voyages.
All of the Hurtigruten ships, except for the older, smaller, vessels have an elevator, a library to really 'get away from it all', and a café serving snacks 24 hours a day (Norwegian Coastal Voyage only). The newer additions to the fleet have Jacuzzis and a fitness rooms.
Hurtigruten also operates voyages to Greenland, Antarctica, Spitsbergen and throughout Europe.