Guests on board two of Hurtigruten’s ships can enjoy a double celebration this New Year as both MS Trollfjjord and MS Midnatsol dock together in Tromsø to ring in 2013. The sister ships will unite under a firework-filled sky while guests are treated to a special banquet, dancing and champagne toast. In addition, those sailing over Christmas can expect a truly Norwegian affair with traditional food, music and dancing asthey journey along Norway’s spectacular coast.
There are many highlights for guests travelling over the Christmas period including a number of festive activities on board, wintry shore excursions and a brand new multi-vision show about the fascinating NorthernLights. With the solar activity at a maximum, guests can enjoy this captivating show and learn a little about this amazing natural phenomenon before hopefully seeing them for real.
Guests and crew join together to decorate the ship and the Christmas tree with decorations made on board, learn and sing Norwegian carols and decorate gingerbread houses. Traditional Norwegian Christmas food is served, including ‘Julekake’, a sweet Christmas bread with rasins, candied lemon peel, nuts and cardamom and ‘Julegrot’, a Christmas porridge. A full Christmas buffet is served in the restaurant.
On Christmas Eve, all Hurtigruten ships will moor in their respective destination ports for 24 hours. Guests are invited to attend Christmas mass at the local churches before coming back on board to celebrate with fellow guests and crew members and ‘Julenissen’, the Norwegian Father Christmas, will pay a visit.
Those wanting to not only enjoy the festive atmosphere on board, but also experience a true Norwegian winter on shore, should join a special excursion to Camp Tamok. Equipped with warm winter clothes, participants can then take off for a winter safari through the Arctic from Finnsnes to Tromsø on dog sledges, snowmobiles and reindeer sledges.
Christmas In Norway In Search Of The Northern Lights – From 946pp – Enjoy a traditional Norwegian Christmas on a Classic Voyage North departing from Bergen in the south and sailing up to Kirkenes by the Russian border. The eight-day voyage (normally seven-day) costs from £946pp and includes full board on the ship.Based on two sharing. Flights are extra.
Christmas With New Year in Tromsø – From £1363pp Depart Bergen with MS Trollfjord on December 23 to enjoy both Christmas on board and New Year spent in Tromsø, alongside sister ship MS Trollfjord. Prices for this 13 (normally 12) day Classic Round voyage start from £1363pp including full board on the ship. Based on two sharing. Flights are extra.