Hurtigruten's Arctic New Year's Cruise


The MS Trollfjord is traveling to the Arctic Circle for Hurtigruten's "Celebrations in the Arctic" New Year's cruise. // (c) 2011 Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten is offering a 12-day round-trip “Celebrations in the Arctic” cruise, setting sail December 26, which includes: a dinner in Honningsvåg; New Year’s Eve festivities in the North Cape; and a stop in the port of Alta.  Other stops include the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, the small fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands, the medieval Viking capital of Trondheim and the western fjords, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geiranger

Guests can personalize their holiday with several optional excursions, including a guided snowmobile safari, a husky ride over three miles of frozen tundra, or a visit to the Snow Hotel, where guests are welcomed with a shot of “Rudolf’s Revenge” (crowberry) before touring the suites and the nearby Gabba Kennel.  Other options throughout the voyage include a Viking feast, complete with homebrewed mead, and a city tour of Trondheim.

The holiday itinerary aboard the 646-berth MS Trollfjord sails from Norway’s cultural center, Bergen, to Kirkenes above the Arctic Circle, and back. Some additions to the normal itinerary include a visit to Alta, the world’s northernmost city with more than 10,000 residents, and additional time to explore the North Cape.

Rates include accommodation in cabin grade of choice; all meals on board, including a selection of drinks for those in suites; a wind and water proof jacket; and all aspects of the onboard program, including lectures.  Optional excursions, flights and cruise fuel surcharge are additional. Prices range from $2,255 to $5,252.  Members of the 1893 Ambassador Club receive 10 percent savings as well as a range of complimentary onboard benefits.

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