Friday, 15 June 2012

Hurtigruten lines up voyages for 2013/14

Fancy sailing around the British Isles from Greenwich onboard a Hurtigruten ship? Or spending Christmas Day on South Georgia with the penguins and celebrating 100 years to the day since the Whalers Church was consecrated? All this and much more is now possible with Hurtigruten, whose latest programme of ‘Explorer’ voyages in Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica and Europe features new itineraries, additional departure dates due to the ever increasing demand to visit some of the most remote places in the world.

New itineraries include:

This Christmas voyage will have an extended stay in South Georgia including Christmas Day, which in 2013 marks 100 years since the Whalers Church was consecrated in Grytviken, the islands main town on 25.12.1913. This church was pre-built in separate parts in Norway and bought to South Georgia. This epic journey to Antarctica is via the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Orkneys. Departing on 19 December, this 17-day itinerary costs from £6049pp including the voyage on a full board basis, flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and transfers in Ushuaia. Based on two sharing.

EUROPE:  HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS – Norwegian Fjords and Scotland – from £1724pp

This brand new itinerary travels from Bergen to Greenwich with many stops along the way. Before leaving Norway the ship will explore Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord then cross the North Sea to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and the northernmost town in Scotland. Then it’s on to Kirkwall on the Orkneys Islands before heading south to Greenwich with stops at Leith (Edinburgh) and Newcastle. This 10-day itinerary departs on 22 April 2013 and costs from £1724pp including full board. Based on two sharing.

- WESTERN EUROPE – BRITISH ISLES EXPLORER – offered for the first time, this itinerary that starts from Greenwich takes in some of the very best of the UK. After sailing down the Thames the ship visits Portsmouth and then the Isles of Scilly with its miles of white sandy beaches. Cobh and Dublin are called at in Ireland before heading to Douglas on the Isle of Man, Iona and Staffa in the Hebrides, Portree on the Isle of Skye, Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands, Leith (Edinburgh) and finally across the North Sea to Hamburg. This 12-day itinerary costs from £2498pp including full board. Based on two sharing.

- SOUTHERN EUROPE – EASTER VOYAGE – this Easter, MS Fram will sail from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria to Lisbon in Portugal. It will visit Lanzarote on Good Friday, Agadir on Easter Saturday and Casablanca on Easter Sunday before heading off to Gibraltar, Portimao and finally Lisbon. Departing on 28 March 2013, this week-long trip costs from £832pp including full board. Based on two sharing.

GREENLAND  - An additional departure date has been added for the ‘Southern Fjords and Disko Bay – Glaciers and Ice’ itinerary that departs Reykjavik and travels the southwest tip of Greenland. The trip is now available on 31 May and 7 July 2013 and costs from £ 3662pp including the voyage on a FB basis and flights between Copenhagen and kangerlussuaq or vice versa.

SPITSBERGEN  - Due to its popularity, an additional departure has been added for the Spitsbergen Circumnavigation itinerary – ‘In the realm of the Polar Bear’ which offers the chance to travel the entire archipelago. Three nine-day trips are now available departing 14, 21 and 28 August 2013 with prices from £3117pp including full board. Based on two sharing.

For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601

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