One holiday I would love to repeat is a trip along the Norwegian fjords. I opted for the Hurtigruten service for my trip, started in 1893 to link the remote communities which hug over 1,000 miles of the Norwegian coastline.
These sturdy, well-equipped Hurtigruten boats glide along carrying freight and transporting locals from place to place. International holidaymakers (like me) enjoy the trip as a cruise travelling through some of the most magnificent scenery I’ve ever seen.
Along the way the snow-covered peaks and scenic glacier fields turn into deep fjords, some are so narrow that the vertical cliffs are only a few yards from the boat’s guard rails. Just as you feel that the cliffs are closing in, you sail out into a wide channel, past brick-red houses and multi coloured houses zigzagging up the cliffs.
It can take up to 12 days if you’re completing the return trip from Bergen to the Russian border like I did. I thought I might be bored on the return journey but the ship stops at different ports, with different points of interest at each, and throughout the trip there was a constant turnover of local passengers.
The boats are very comfortable and have adequate facilities on-board; a restaurant, a café and a bar, although those used to travelling on large ocean cruise liners should not expect the same amenities here – there’s definitely no night club!
Outside is the real star of this holiday. The scenery and excursions were the highlights of the holiday for me; visiting little chapels, going on a King Crab safari or fishing, Husky dog sledding and having a drink at an Ice Bar in Kirkenes are all fantastic memories.
This is a holiday that caters for older and not-so-mobile people as well as younger and really active. There are loads of optional excursions to choose from on the trip, but also just enjoying the scenery is a pleasure, so you can be as active as you choose.
The scenery is really incredible, no matter the time of the year you go, although I do recommend the months of March, April, September, October and November. Late in the year, it’s colder but the snow on top of the mountains makes it even more special, plus you have the opportunity of witnessing the incredible northern lights display if you’re lucky!
My name is Vasco, if you have any questions about this holiday or any of our other trips, please call me on (01) 637 1600
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