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Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, goes from Bergen to Kirkenes, through fjords, past glaciers, around islands – with some of the most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter.

Connections with Bergen and northern Norway have existed for centuries, long before the Hurtigruten opened in the late 19th century. The people in northern Norway came down with their dried fish (tørrfisk) and traded it for goods such as salt, sugar, flour and other items they needed, which they couldn’t get where they lived. Considering the limited transportation options in those days, boat travel was the natural choice – the fjords and mountains made trekking over land difficult and time-consuming. Boats could also transport far more goods.

Today, times are a bit different and Hurtigruten is not primarily a form of transportation, but a scenic sightseeing tour. A boat departs the Bergen Harbor every day year-round; a round-trip to Kirkenes and back takes 11 days and passes thorough 35 ports. If you feel that an 11-day trip is too much, a one-way trip from Bergen to Kirkenes takes six days. You can take a car onboard, then drive it from Kirkenes back down the coast or wherever else you’d rather go. You can also travel shorter distances on the Hurtigruten and by doing so you might actually end up saving time as opposed to other means of transportation. Going from one port to the next on the Coastal Voyage could well be faster than taking the bus or car and remember that there are no train connections along the coast north of Bodø. 

Last updated November 18, 2010
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