Choose from a variety of pre, post and land-based excursions to enhance your voyage
Fancy getting up close and personal with Norway’s longest and deepest Fjord? How about fishing for giant king crab in the Barents Sea? Or how about a scenic rail journey which includes climbing almost 900 metres while covering a distance of only 20 km? Hurtigruten offers both of these experiences as part of its pre and post-trip excursion programme this summer, all under the warming Midnight Sun. Guests wishing to enhance their trip and see even more that Norway has to offer can opt to add these at either beginning or end of their chosen voyage.
During the popular summer months, the land of the Midnight Sun really comes into its own. This is a natural phenomenon, found at latitudes north of the Arctic Circle, were the sun stays above the horizon for 24 hours. Brilliant sunshine through the clear Arctic air bathes the shores, fjords, mountains and bays in fiery reds, soft pinks and golden yellow colours. At this time of year you have all the time in the world to explore with day and night sightseeing the norm and going to bed is not necessary!
24-hour daylight provides energy for the flora and fauna and also the Norwegian’s themselves, so make the most of your voyage with some added experiences either end of the trip!
Sognefjord in a Nutshell – from £145pp - The Sognefjord, with its deepest point at 1,308 meters, extends more than 200 kilometres into the interior of Southern Norway. It boasts dramatic yet charming landscapes and those who visit it consider it claim it to be one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. This round trip from Bergen takes a full day combines a boat journey through Sognefjord, a trip on the famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal and then returning to Bergen by train. This route can also be booked in the opposite direction. Available on any trip beginning or ending in Bergen, between May and end of September. Priced from £145pp.
Summer King Crab Fishing– from £146pp – Head off to the best fishing grounds in the Barents Sea on a fishing boat. Here everyone joins in and together huge cages full of king crabs are pulled from the water. Back on shore the tasty catch of the day is prepared and served for lunch in a cosy fisherman’s cottage – a true delicacy. The tour is offered to those starting or ending their voyage in Kirkenes and is available from mid-May to mid-October. Priced from £146pp.
Norway in a Nutshell - £121pp – One of the most popular independent tours in Norway. This full day trip takes a bus, train and ferry through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area. It includes the train from Bergen to Voss, a bus journey to Gudvangen with views of magnificent waterfalls, a fjord cruise to Flam and then the Flam Railway back to Myrdal. The Flam Railwav will climb almost 900 metres while covering a distance of only 20 km. In Myrdal you will transfer to the Bergen Railway, one of the world’s most beautiful rail journeys back to Bergen. Available daily, year round and priced from £121pp.
Classic Voyage North – from £1143pp (1 June to 31 July) – A seven-day Classic Voyage North from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes by the Russian border costs from £1143pp and includes half board on the ship. Flights are extra. For more information call Hurtigruten – 0844 448 7601 www.hurtigruten.co.uk