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MS Vesterålen entering Sortland

MS Vesterålen Ship Tour & Review

A 23-minute guided video tour of the second oldest ship in Hurtigruten's coastal fleet. Twelve days of diary entries weren't enough it seems! Many people have asked me for a more thorough review of the Hurtigruten...
Hurtigruten arrival in Bergen, Norway

Day 12: The Journey’s End

Day 12: Twelve days that seems more like a month comes to an end as we pull back into Bergen and bid farewell to the MS Vesterålen. Today was something of an anti-climax as we spent...
Kristiansund town sign

Day 11: Trondheim – Kristiansund – Molde

Day 11: A look at one of the other Hurtigruten ships in Trondheim before some long sailing time down the coast to Kristiansund and Molde. Everything is now winding down as we spent the last full...
De Syv Søstre in Norway

Day 10: Blood Moon and the Seven Sisters

Hurtigruten Diary Day 10: A sensational view of the blood moon was an unexpected highlight of the trip as we crossed the Arctic Circle southbound and sailed down the Helgeland coast. It's a great feeling to...
Calling at Stamsund at night on the MS Vesterålen

Day 9: Vesterålen to Lofoten by Moonlight

Hurtigruten Diary Day 9: Today we got to enjoy arguably Norway's most spectacular coastal scenery lit by a glorious full moon. As I wrote previously, the southbound return to Bergen is shorter and today it's been...
Northern lights visible from the Hurtigruten quay in Tromsø, Norway

Day 8: Hammerfest & Northern Lights!

Hurtigruten Diary Day 8: Blizzards on the deck, Hammerfest in the snow, and northern lights in Tromsø. Finally the northern lights came out to play properly! But more on that later… Hurtigruten Diary: Day 1 / Day...
MS Vesterålen in Kirkenes, Norway

Day 7: Turnaround at Kirkenes

Hurtigruten Diary Day 7: After the turnaround port call at chilly Kirkenes, we begin the southbound leg of our epic winter journey along the Norwegian coast. Today was a strange day. After a busy breakfast room,...
Nordkapp globe in the winter

Day 6: Nordkapp in the Winter

Hurtigruten Diary Day 6: A visit to Norway's North Cape in the polar night. Today's itinerary was built around the stop at Honningsvåg and the trip to Nordkapp, easily the most popular excursion of the trip...
Midday in northern Norway in January, just after leaving the port of Finnsnes

Day 5: Arctic Circle Ceremony & Tromsø

Hurtigruten Diary Day 5: An unexpectedly cold Arctic Circle ceremony (for me at least) out on deck before a visit to Tromsø, the regional capital of northern Norway. We are now well into northern Norway, and...
Leaving Bodø on the Hurtigruten

Day 4: Into the Arctic, Bodø to Lofoten

Hurtigruten Diary Day 4: We crossed the Arctic Circle and have enjoyed a day of fantastic winter weather, and our first glimpse of the northern lights. It's been great to hear from people following along with...