Fancy kayaking silently in the fjords against an impressive mountainous backdrop? Or learning prawn shelling skills from local Norwegian fishermen? These are just two of the activities available in 2012 as part of Hurtigruten’s new ‘The Spring Awakening’ on board programme which runs from 15 March to 31 May. For next year, Hurtigruten is focusing on the different experiences each season offers in Norway as they each offer something unique to enjoy. In addition, for 2012, Hurtigruten will be offering a range of packages that include flights from Stansted for added value plus an extended Opera Voyage for those who like something a little different.
“The Spring Awakening’ programme aims to enrich the voyage with on board activities and new land excursions. It takes guests closer to the teeming life in the ocean, the migratory birds and the inhabitants of small communities. It includes activities such as fishermen coming on board and presenting skills such as shelling prawns with the guests, on board lectures and for something a little different, during the spring a saxophonist plays on deck. In addition, customers can now enjoy a new excursion ‘Kayaking in Tromso’ which offers the chance to paddle in the waters off the coast of Tromso and enjoy the views and get closer to the marine life. Hurtigruten use stable, double sea kayaks and no experience is needed. Priced from £129pp.
For those with music as a passion, Hurtigruten has extended its annual ‘Opera Voyage’ from four days to 12 day where alongside the set programme of concerts, additional concerts ashore can be added to make even more of the journey. The voyage features soloists and musicians from the National Norwegian Opera and provides an extra dimension to a winter sailing. The versatile programme on board MS Trollfjord includes classics from well-known operas, operettas and musicals. Some of the concerts are held on board, with the beautiful Norwegian scenery providing a spectacular setting for “the world’s most beautiful voyage”. In addition, optional concerts can be added that are also held in impressive arenas such as the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, the North Cape Plateau and the Lofoten Cathedral make this opera voyage a magical and memorable journey. Priced from £1232 per person for a 12 day voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and back departs on 6 January including 11 night’s full board on the ship, tour leader and various concerts. Based on two sharing. Flights are not included and can be added from £400pp. (Price valid for bookings made before 31 December 2011)
For those looking for great value and direct flights, Hurtigruten’s 2012 flight inclusive packages from Stansted to Bergen are available on selected dates in April, May, September and October. The flights will combine with the 12-day Classic Round Voyage, which travels from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Packages will include flights, cabin on full board plus transfer arrangements and prices lead in at £1801pp if booked by 31 December.