Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express, a leading cruise company, has expanded its Classic Coastal Voyage portfolio to include four Half Voyages on board the upgraded MS Trollfjord. This expansion provides more choices for adventure travellers keen to experience the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.
The phenomenon is best observed in clear, dark skies between September and April, and the Arctic Circle is one of the best places in the world to do so. Hurtigruten’s new North Cape Express – Half Voyages offers the perfect way to explore Northern Scandinavia.
Launched as part of the cruise ship operator’s 130th-anniversary celebrations, the four Half Voyages are shorter than the original 16-day North Cape Express, making it easier for travellers to find a trip that works with their schedule. Departures range from seven to nine days and sail from September to March. Each journey takes in a selection of carefully curated ports along Norway’s stunning coastline, allowing guests to truly immerse themselves in each destination visited.
Guests can also look forward to unparalleled personalised service from Hurtigruten’s dedicated Coastal Experience Team, who serve as invaluable hosts. A rich daily program of activities both onboard and ashore, including an average of 6 hours spent in every port, allows guests to fully experience each location.
Onboard, the upgraded MS Trollfjord offers an exceptional cruise experience. All cabins feature a modern Scandinavian aesthetic with lots of nostalgic touches evoking the ‘golden age’ of travel. The ship’s restaurants have received an extensive makeover, with Hurtigruten’s elevated Norway’s Coastal Kitchen experience providing guests with a rare opportunity to indulge in local culinary delights and savour the tastes of the Norwegian landscape. Upgraded dining options include an à la carte restaurant, tasting menus, all-day dining, afternoon tea, and takeaway services, with a picnic and culinary excursions also available.
Guests now have four new options to choose from, including Hurtigruten’s 9-day North Cape Express – Half Voyage from Tromsø, Hurtigruten’s 9-day North Cape Express – Half Voyage from Bergen, Hurtigruten’s 9-day Norway’s Capital and the Arctic Circle (Oslo – Tromso), and Hurtigruten’s 7-day The Arctic Circle and Norway’s Capital (Tromso – Oslo). The prices for twin share start from AUD2,899* per person.
For those looking for a longer adventure, Hurtigruten’s full 16-day North Cape Express voyage is also available for sale, with a saving of AUD900 per person until the end of March. Please note that these itineraries do not sail all the way to the North Cape.
Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express has exceptional knowledge and familiarity with sailing in the region, making these Half Voyages an unforgettable experience. For more information about these itineraries or Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express, please visit their website.
In conclusion, the Half Voyages offered by Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for adventure travellers to experience the Northern Lights in one of the best places in the world to do so. With exceptional personalised service and a rich daily program of activities both onboard and ashore, guests can truly immerse themselves in each destination visited. The upgraded MS Trollfjord and Hurtigruten’s elevated Norway’s Coastal Kitchen experience also provide an exceptional cruise experience.
WRITTEN BY: JILL WALSH