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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...
Cargo terminal in Trondheim

Day 3: Cargo Operations in Trondheim

Hurtigruten Diary Day 3: A look at part of the famous coastal voyage that forms a vital part of Norwegian life but that many passengers don't even notice. My second night at sea following the day...
Hurtigruten Diary Day Two: A stormy day at sea in Norway

Day 2: A Stormy Day at Sea

Hurtigruten Diary Day 2: A difficult first night, an enjoyable if chilly return to one of Norway's prettiest cities, and crossing the open ocean in gale force winds. Well, I did say I wanted to experience...
Leaving Bergen on the MS Vesterålen

Day 1: All Aboard! Boarding the Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten Diary Day 1: My first impressions after boarding the vessel in Bergen for the 12-day voyage. All aboard! I'm writing this from my cabin on the MS Vesterålen, the second oldest ship in the Hurtigruten...