Back in Trondheim on Boxing Day

Bryggen, Trondheim

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage: Stranded in Trondheim… but for Three Hours Only: Day 12: Trondheim – Kristiansund – Molde – Ålesund. At 6.30 a.m. the ship arrives into Trondheim where you are able to visit the 12th Century Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s largest medieval church. After a few hours in Trondheim the ship will depart Trondheim […]

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33' North

Arctic Circle Globe, Vikingen

Crossing into the Land of the Midnight Sun: Travel in Norway has many highlight moments and crossing the Arctic Circle is one of them. This imaginary geographic border circles the earth at 66°33′ north and marks the border with the Land of the Midnight Sun. When one crosses the Arctic Circle on a northbound Hurtigruten […]

Tromsø – Hunting the Northern Lights

Statue of Roald Amundsen, Tromsø

Tromsø has Many Northernmost Claims: Tromsø is a town that can boast of many things. This capital of Arctic Norway is the gateway to the Arctic Ocean and is the largest town in the polar region of Scandinavia. Tromsø is a very important research town and at Polaria, the national centre for research and information, […]

Tromsø – Capital of Arctic Norway

Tromso Ishavskatendralen Cathedral

This Gateway to the Arctic is also known as the “Paris of the North”: DAY 5: Stokmarknes – Sortland – Risøyhamn – Harstad – Finnsnes – Tromsø – Skjervøy. You awake to find the ship sailing between Norway’s two largest islands, Hinnoya and Senja. Or perhaps, earlier still, in Harstad. Finnsnes is reached late morning, […]

Making it to the Arctic Circle!

Arctic Coastline

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Arctic Circle, Norway: DAY 4: Brønøysund – Sandnessjøen – Nesna – Ørnes – Bodø – Stamsund – Svolvaer. You will have passed the Arctic Circle before the whole ship is fully awake.  The ship will follow the mighty Borvasstindene Mountains before arriving into Bodo, North Norway’s second largest city at 12.30 […]

So What’s a Trollfjord Drink?

Hurtigruten cruise

A Hurtigruten Tradition on Crossing the Arctic Circle: We reached the Arctic Circle this morning and as we pass the entrance of the Trollfjord, it is a tradition on  a Hurtigruten cruise that you have a Trollfjord drink. Our invitation says to put on warm clothes and to be out on the deck at 23:30 […]

Trondheim, a Viking town and Norway’s Coronation City

Trondheim Cathedral

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Trondheim Visit, Norway: DAY 3: Trondheim – Rørvik. Arrive Trondheim at 6.00 a.m. Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, founded by Olav Tryggvasson in 977 AD, has a strong academic flavour and can boast the country’s oldest school, first official theatre and one of the first national newspapers.. (B, L, D) 06:00 – […]

Visiting Alesund and Molde on our Norwegian Cruise

View of Alesund, Norway

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Alesund and Molde Visits, Norway: DAY 2:  Floro – Maloy – Torvik – Alesund – Molde – Kristiansund. Early arrival at Maloy at 06:45 The ship rounds the Cape of Stadt, Norway’s westernmost point. You will pass the bird rock of Runde where 32 species of birds are present during the […]