Pta, South Africa (PressExposure) December 17, 2008 -- The Hurtigruten (Norwegian Costal Voyage) ships have been part of Norway's lifeline for over a century. Beneath the Midnight Sun or the mystical Northern Lights, daily departures across the Arctic Circle from Bergen to Kirkenes, take us right to the heart of costal Norway. Calling at 34 ports, most never visited by commercial cruise liners, the ships deliver freight, post, and passengers to remote communities, some of which are home to just a few hundred people. Sailing along this beautiful coastline, through magical fjords to enchanted islands, we enjoy a genuine, friendly and unpretentious voyage which is truly Norwegian. As we weave in and out of narrow inlets, we sail along some of the world's most beautiful coastline, nearly always in sight fo land. Many of the ports of call are tranquil hamlets on tiny islands whose inhabitants depend for their very existence on the Hurtigruten ships to bring the communities essential supplies and reunite families and friends.
Many communities still depend on agriculture and fishing, as they have done for centuries. In cities such as Bergen and Tromso, and towns like Svolvaer, traditional wooden house and churches are flanked by modern hotels and facilities. In the many small ports visited, such as Bronnoysund and Skjervoy, quaint little houses huddle in the midst of imposing landscapes.
This is an intimate encounter with history and culture. All guests on this coastal voyage experience a wonderful range of geology and geography, moods and moments. The 2 000km long coast takes the ships form the temperate climes of the south, to the wild, desolate Finnmark plateau, a journey that brings with it dramatic changes in climate and landscape.
Endless day, endless night. Each season casts its own spell on the Norwegian coastline. As the ship changes latitude it may feel as if you are traveling through all the seasons in a single journey. Between the extremes of Midnight Sun and Polar Night, and between temperate south and the Arctic north, natural light always plays an important role, dramatizing the scenery and enhancing the experience.
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