Hurtigruten released its 2015/2016 season preview brochure, including early booking discounts of up to 25 percent, if booked by June 30, 2014 for explorer sailings and Sept. 30 for Norway voyages.
The Classic Norwegian Coast Voyage includes stops at 34 charming ports and offers 50 natural and active excursions. Sailings are available year-round in six-, seven-, 11- and 12-day options, with early booking fares starting at $1,319 per person, double.
New for 2015 are two unique Norwegian fjord explorer voyages – The Norwegian Fjords and Fjord Highlights and the Viking Trail – are available for booking. Hurtigruten’s expedition team takes guests on a 10- or 12-day sailing to Norway’s iconic places, sharing local knowledge along the way. Kayaking, guided walks, lectures and other landings are available. Early booking rates start at $3,151.
New for 2015, most Greenland sailings depart from Reykjavik, Iceland, allowing for direct flights for North American travelers. Hurtigruten provides guests with several sailings opportunities, visiting Greenland’s southern fjords, its northwest coast, Disco Bay, and the world’s largest national park, along with the country’s unique culture and breathtaking natural resources. Itineraries range from 12 to 16 days and departure dates are available between June and Sept. 2015 with early booking rates starting at $7,728.
Guests can experience the extreme contrasts of Iceland aboard “The Land of Fire and Ice” exploration. The MS Fram circumnavigates the island country, providing travelers with the opportunity to explore the settlements, wilderness and history of Iceland. Daily landings and activities on land and sea provide the perspective of a country whose heritage dates back to the ancient sagas. The 11-day sailing departs May 23, 2015 and early booking fares start at $6,387.
Hurtigruten also explores Antarctica. These expeditions sail in the wake of historical explorers, includign the coldest, driest, highest and cleanest continent on Earth. No matter the selected voyage, guests have the opportunity to get an up-close look at penguin colonies, cross the Antarctic Circle and possibly spend the night camping on land. Itineraries run 14 to 20 days, departing between Oct. 2015 and Feb. 2016. Early booking rates start at $8,138.
Spitsbergen is the crown of Arctic Norway and the kingdom of the polar bear. Located on the southern fringe of the frozen Arctic Ocean, guests can choose from three unique expedition itineraries. Depending on the selected voyage, guests will journey from Iceland toward Svalbard via the Barents Sea, circumnavigate Spitsbergen, or sail from Spitsbergen through coastal Norway to Bergen. The expedition-style landings take guests close to wildlife, remote towns, and spectacular fjords and icebergs. Sailings range from 10 to 13 days with departures available from July through Sept. 2015. Early booking prices start at $4,252.
Exploration voyages to Greenland, Antarctica and Spitsbergen can be enhanced through a variety of optional activities and excursions offered by an expedition team. Experiences include small boat expeditions, which bring guests within arm’s reach of sea mammals; camping outdoors like a true polar explorer; hiking; kayaking; and educational and interpretive tours. These excursions take Hurtigruten guests even closer to the people, culture, nature and wildlife of these culturally and geographically fascinating destinations.
For more information, visit www.hurtigruten.us.