Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage: The Last Leg of a Thoroughly Enjoyable Journey:
|Day 13: Ålesund – Torvik – Måloy – Florø – Bergen.The final day on board. Past Ålesund , Torvik, Måloy and Florø the ship patiently weaves its way through the skerries of the West Coast and by lunch, glides towards Bergen, the city of Medieval Hanseatic merchants and Edvard Grieg. Please check-out before 10.00 a.m.
Your NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE ends on arrival at the Hurtigruten terminal in Bergen at 2.30 p.m.
00:45 – The ship leaves Ålesund and up till 08:15 it has made very brief stops at Torvik, Måloy and Florø. I think we’ve made up all the lost time in Trondheim as we will be arriving in Bergen at 14:30 as scheduled.10:45 – The ship sails through the narrow and beautiful strait of Steinsundet.
11:00 – Guests are asked to vacate their cabins at this time so that the cleaners can prepare the ship for the next journey. Bags are left outside the cabins for the porters to take away.
From now till arrival at Bergen, we spend time in the viewing deck which is quite full of people.
14:30 – We arrive in Bergen and make our way to the Hurtigruten terminal and wait for our bags to arrive. Time to say goodbye to fellow passengers and to thank Eskild our Cruise Director who is there to the last moment making sure that everyone is on their right coach. The blue Turistbuss Bergen coaches take passengers to the airport or to your hotel in the city.
Passengers who are going into the Bergen city centre are dropped off at the Radisson SAS Hotel right in the town square. This is where the coach picks you up as well if you’ve bought transfers to the airport for the next day. Had we known this, we would have booked our night in Bergen at this hotel. Instead, we are at the Thon Hotel Bergen, which is diametrically opposite from the Radisson and on the higher slope of the large square. Getting three suitcases and Barbara up there required a bit of effort.
So is this the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”? Not having been on many similar coastal voyages, we can’t really say if it is the World’s Most Beautiful, but it certainly is Very Beautiful.Considering that we are not the ‘cruising-type’ and we generally don’t like the cold weather, this winter Norwegian coastal voyage has made a huge impression on us that we would consider going on another trip like this. Even the disappointment of not seeing a spectacular Northern Lights show didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the trip.
Norway’s coastal scenery is stunning, the fjords and the intricate fjord routes are amazing and the Hurtigruten crew worked very hard to make the voyage enjoyable for passengers. Special thanks to Eskild our cruise director.