If a picture paints a thousand words, I think I got a few thousand words with these stunning photos of my Hurtigruten cruise in Norway.
I recently went on an exploration cruise in Norway with Hurtigruten. It was an awesome once in a lifetime journey, and this converted me to love cruising as an alternative way of travelling the world. The sea and weather were unpredictable during my trip and I experienced different weather in only an hour span. We had rain, snow, hail, sunshine, windy and cloudy it was super crazy. There were a few evenings during my voyage that I felt seasick, I’m convinced it was because of the waves and not because I had few glasses of wine. These things are surely part of the package when you explore the Arctic region, oh well, explore like a true Norwegian!
On this sail, I saw loads of picture perfect landscapes that will surely inspire you to plan your trip and set out for an excellent adventure in Norway. I hope that these photos will do the talking to convince you to visit Norway.
I love taking landscape photos and trying to learn more about photography and video editing. Here is the video I made about my exploration cruise in the Arctic region in Norway with Hurtigruten.
Kirkenes is located in the Finnmark county, far northeastern part of Norway. Kirkenes is close enough to say that you are on the top of the world. It is only a few kilometres away from the Northern Russian Border and even further up north than Lapland in Finland. This is indeed a true winter wonderland. Hurtigruten’s fleet docks in Kirkenes to turn around from Northbound to Southbound Voyage.
The capital of the Arctic Norway and gateway city of the Arctic Ocean. Tromsø is also known as the Northern Light city due to its location where it is typical to see the Northern Lights glimmering across the sky. During winter months, Tromsø does not get much sunlight; this is what they call the “Polar Night”. The sun will set on mid-November, and the lowest point will be in December (winter solstice), and it won’t rise again above the horizon until the end of January. Tromsø also has an underground tunnel road system with two round-a-abouts, which I find amusing. The underground tunnel serves as a safe alternative route, especially during the winter months.
A very special place for Hurtigruten. Stokmarkness is where Mr. Richard With founded the shipping company back in 1810. Not far from the port, you can visit the Museum of the Coastal Express (Hurtigruten Museum).
The Fjords of Norway
The charming landscape of the Norwegian fjords will leave you speechless. I can’t find any adjectives to completely describe the beauty of this UNESCO protected area of Norway. There are thousands of fjords scattered around Norway, one of the most popular one is the majestic Trollfjord. One of the ships of Hurtigruten, MS Trollfjord, was named after this fjord. Based on a local folklore, Trollfjord is the home of the troll that is in slumber for thousands of years.
Lofoten is an archipelago in the western part of Norway. On my cruise around the Arctic region, I stopped over in Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten islands. The fishermen’s cabin will surely capture your heart and leave you awestruck while gazing into the beautiful surroundings. While in Svolvær, don’t forget to visit the fish racks near the coast where you can see thousands of stockfish as far as your eyes can see!
Part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the beauty of Helgeland shouldn’t be missed when you visit Norway. Known for their white sand beaches where you can enjoy kayaking in the fjords during summer months. The glorious and majestic mountains can also be your playground if you want to go hiking to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. Helgeland coast is also the home of the famous seven sisters that according to a local folklore are the daughters of the King of Sulitjelma and legend has it they turned to stone when the sun shined on them. Unfortunately on our way to Trondheim we missed the beauty of the seven sisters due to the erratic weather. Hurtigruten docks on Nesna, Sandnessjøen,and Brønnøsund along Helgeland Coastline.
It was a great week-long exploration of the Arctic region and the Norwegian coasts with Hurtigruten. I highly suggest you to experience it for yourself!
Interested to experience this cruise?
Here is the sample itinerary voyage of Hurtigruten’s Bergen- Kirkenes-Bergen for 12 days.
Special thanks to Hurtigruten UK for inviting me to join this wonderful voyage in the Arctic region of Norway.
All the opinions and photos in this article are my own, otherwise stated.
About the Writer
Ryazan Tristram is named after a Russian city near Moscow. The Miss Zan-shine of Everything Zany – A Photography, Lifestyle and Dual Citizen Travel Blog. She likes to travel, history, meet people & try exotic foods! Planning to explore more countries with her D.I.Y trips as a Dual Citizen (British – Filipina). Follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.