Tromsø, Norway, November 2013 – As more people take to traveling ‘solo’ these days, enjoying their quiet time as well as the opportunity to make new friends, Hurtigruten continues to offer a long held policy of sailings without penalty. Guests traveling alone and booking a double-occupancy cabin will pay the same per person rate as if they were traveling as a couple on select departures of the six to 12-day itineraries along Norway’s fjord-filled west coast – including the holiday sailings. The route, named the “world’s most beautiful voyage” by Lonely Planet, runs between the UNESCO-listed harbor city of Bergen and the Norway/Russia border town of Kirkenes, with 34 ports of call in both directions.
This offer, translating into a savings of up to $1,973, runs through Apr. 28, 2014. Regular (per person, double) fares for departures through December 31 range from $1,286 to $2,631 and include the voyage in the cabin grade of your choice; all meals on board; and cruise taxes and port charges. For trips in 2014, prices range from $1,311 to $2,894. Rates are valid for new bookings for North American residents only and are subject to change without notice.
The Hunt for the Northern Lights is a signature element of Hurtigruten’s winter voyages, when the display of Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that fills the night sky with yellow, green or red-violet belts of color, arising with little advance notice. As a goal that appears on many a travelers’ bucket list, Hurtigruten guests have a greater possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the company’s northbound, southbound and round-trip Classic Winter Voyages as the ships sail above the Arctic Circle.
The fleet of 11 ships, which visit 34 ports of call during the seven-day northbound and six-day southbound sailings, and twice each during the 12-day roundtrip (Hurtigruten’s most popular itinerary), provides guests with an opportunity to experience Norway in a truly unique and meaningful way. A single journey on Hurtigruten shows each aspect of the diversity of Norway’s natural resources and culture while allowing guests to interact with locals, as Hurtigruten offers an everyday means of transport for inhabitants of the coastal region.
Guests looking to save even more can book the four-excursion package named “Hunting the Light Package,” consisting of The North Cape, the Lofotr Viking Feast, a Polar History Walk in Tromsø and a Husky Sledge Adventure, resulting in an onboard credit of $105 to $114.
Hurtigruten, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, sails to the most remote of destinations – including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen – as well as year round along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring and fall. The company’s fleet of intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.