Autumn is a magical time in Norway as the summer fades, the coastline shifts from one season to the next with cooler evenings and even the first dusting of powdery snow on the mountaintops. The darkness arrives gradually, the sun sets earlier and earlier and it can even be a time for early sightings of the Northern Lights. Now, for the first time, guests travelling with Hurtigruten between 1 September and 31 October can enjoy their journey under a brand new ‘Autumn Gold’theme, which celebrates all the best things about this colourful season. This includes sailing into a new fjord, a range of new shore excursions, musical treats and new seasonal delicacies on-board.
A key highlight of this new Autumn Gold concept theme will be the ships journey intoHjørundfjord, which is considered one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. For 35 kilometres, the Hjørundfjord cuts its way into the alpine mountains and offers the chance to get far away from the tourist bustle taking guests along steep rock walls, past green meadows, mountain farms and secluded small villages. In addition, a new excursion “A Taste of Norway’ offers the chance to explore the Hjørundfjord region even further. Guests will visit the village of Urke before continuing on to Lake Lyngnstøyl. The next stop is the Hotel Union in Øye - built in 1891, two years before Hurtigruten began its service along the Norwegian coast, the hotel has hosted royalty from Germany, Holland and Sweden.
Food will also play an important role with the on-board menu being tailored to the seasonal delicacies of the regions the ships visit plus there will be tastings of autumn foods such as cloudberries and reindeer out on deck for guests to enjoy. Each night guests can expect local specialities - for example in Tromsø guests will enjoy leg of lamb with grilled autumn root veg and in Kirkenes baked King Crab and pumpkin puree followed by rump steam of reindeer with autumn mushrooms and carrots glazed in rosemary.