Is Norway’s Coast More Beautiful Than Alaska’s? Judge For Yourself On Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten Norway
Snow-covered mountains in our wake on Hurtigruten in Norway. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

I am currently cruising on Hurtigruten’s Trollfjord from Kirkenes to Bergen. Winter voyages have become increasingly popular along the Norwegian coast, where Hurtigruten’s vessels operate year-round. You can read more about my “Northern Lights” voyage at the links below. For a different perspective, however, check out a voyage I did on Hurtigruten in the summer of 2005.

From the top deck of Hurtigruten’s 464-passenger Nordkapp, the city of Bergen beckons. The picturesque waterfront is only a short distance away, and I am aching to explore. But poor planning on my part put me here too late. Our voyage to the north is about to begin, and for the next half hour, I can only watch as one of the world’s loveliest towns recedes into the distance.

Bergen is the departure port for the Nordkapp’s 12-day roundtrip cruises (one-way cruises also are available) to Kirkenes, near Norway’s border with Russia. The journey ahead will be unlike any I have ever experienced. Nordkapp will show me and my traveling companions some of the world’s most beautiful scenery; we will sail into breathtaking fjords, cross the Arctic Circle (twice), witness the Midnight Sun and call on the world’s northernmost town during our journey along Norway’s spectacular 1,250-mile west coast. Read the rest of the story.

Posts from In Search Of The Northern Lights.

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