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Norway's Hurtigruten-- the costal ferry boat

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An April 2012 trip to Norway by Wasatch

Quote: An 11 day cruise along Norway's west coast, round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes.
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The Hurtigruten stops at 34 ports in 12 days. Some stops are 15 minutes or less, not enough time to get of the boat and explore, so I shall only comment on the major stops, stops lasting as much a six hours where one can do some local sight seeing. A GENERAL OBSERVATION ON THE TOWNS OF NORWAY'S WEST COAST: WWII started in September, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. In January 1940 Germany invaded Norway with the fist paratroop invasion in history. Being neutral, Norway had virtually no Army-- the entire Norwegian Army was evacuated to England on one ship-- and the Nazis quickly conquered Norway. After shooting or starving much of Norway's population, the Germans wer...Read More

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MS Nordnorge

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Hotel | "Life on board the MS Nordnorge"

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The Nordnorge is one of 13 Hurtigruten ships, 12 of which are on the water 365 days a year making the 12 day round trip along Norway's west coast, the fjord lands. The Hurtigruten ships are a combination of tourist cruise, local ferry boat, and cargo ship. With 12 ships traveling one day apart up and down the coast, every port of call is visited at least once a day by a Hurtigruten ship. Bigger towns get two visits a day, one north bound ship and one south bound ship. The voyage is scheduled so that places you pass at night going north are passed in daylight going south. Theoretically, weather and your stamina permitting, you can see the entire coast from Bergen to Kirkenes. The oldest ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2012

MS Nordnorge
Bergen to Kirkenes
Norway, Europe

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruises

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Attraction | "Dining on board the Nordnorge"

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We sailed on the Nordnorge, one of 12 Hurtigruten ships that sail the west coast of Norway 365 days a year.The Nordnorge had two provisioners of food, the restaurant which served breakfast, lunch and dinner for passengers traveling in cabins, and a 24-7 cafeteria mostly serving day travelers using the Hurtigruten ferry service for short trips. We have taken some 40 or more European vacation trips, and it seems to inevitable that somewhere along the line when traveling in Europe we will develop a hankering for a good old American hamburger. Unfortunately this is urge rarely fulfilled, for European beef comes from different breeds of cattle that does American beef and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2012

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruises

Bergen-Kirkenes, Norway

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The whole point of the 12 day Hurtigruten experience is to look at the spectacular scenery of Norway's West coast where the sea has invaded the valleys between seemingly endless mountain ranges. Most of the time, Hurtigruten travelers see the rugged, mountainous west coast of Norway to the east and rugged, mountainous islands to the west. At its most prosaic, the whole point of the trip is to look at mountain tops and water. For most of the voyage, the mountains are Alpine in nature-- steep, rocky, and often with pointed mountain peaks. Once on trip to Jackson Hole, WY, we took a single engine sightseeing plane ride through the Teton Range. As long as you did not look down, this airp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2012

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruises

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Attraction | "Spectacular scenery where the mountians meet the sea"

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Hurtigruten (literally: the fast route) or the Costal Voyage or the Fast Express or the Norwegian Fiord cruise is, whatever you call it, one of the worlds great scenic trips, weather permitting. Hurtigruten cruises the fjords of Norway's west coast. The dictionary says a fjord is "a long narrow inlet from the sea between steep cliffs and slopes". So it is, but the dictionary is wrong. An inlet is piece of the sea penetrating the mainland The famous Trollfjord (one of the several fjords in Norway given three stars by the Michelin Guide) is miles from the mainland and is not an an inlet. It is a channel separating two islands. A better definition of a fjord is that it is a mounta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2012

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruises

Bergen-Kirkenes, Norway