Your Hurtigruten Voyage - some interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about travelling on the Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast.

Be prepared for your Hurtigruten Voyage north bound with some facts about travelling along the Norwegian coast.

Day 2 Hurtigruten North bound:

Torvik & Måløy - deceptively important fishing towns

While Måløy is small, it has huge facilities for preserving and processing fish. Every year, 180,000-200,000 tonnes of fish are brought ashore here and then exported directly abroad.

A little further on today, a journey during which you can see lighthouses, natural wonders and even old gravestones, you will dock in the quayside in Torvik. Torvik is the centre of Norwegian fishing gear manufacturers and Bo a village with the same connections to the industry.


Fishing boat in Northern Norway, credit: Rebecca Matsubara

Day 3 Hurtigruten North bound:

Arctic vegetables on your voyage

Vegetables are all the same, right? Well, not quite. Vegetables that grow North of the Arctic Circle actually tastes a bit different than the vegetables that are found in other parts of the world. They have to spend a longer amount of time in the ground due to the weather conditions, which produces a vastly different flavor than you're used to. For instance, carrots and berries tend to be a bit sweeter than what you may be used to back in the states. The produce pairs deliciously with the freshly caught Arctic char that's delivered to the Hurtigruten vessels the same day it was caught.

Hurtigruten Hurtigruten

credit: Madis Särglepp & Ørjan Bertelsen

Day 4 Hurtigruten North bound:

Trollfjord - seriously hard to believe

The breathtaking Trollfjord is only 1.2 miles long and 330 feet wide. If the weather permits, the Hurtigruten captain will make a detour here so voyagers can soak in the sights of the steep cliffs that outline the ship's sides. In the winter cruises in Norway, expect freshly cooked fish cakes on deck at the fjord's entrance.

Besides the majestic vistas, another fascinating sight is witnessing the Hurtigruten ship turn around in the Trollfjord - the narrowest of spaces. How are your parallel parking skills? Now imagine that with a 442-foot-long vessel!



credit: Ørjan Bertelsen & Alexandre Turpyn

Day 5 Hurtigruten North bound:

historic channel

Be on the look out when you sail through the Risøyrenna opening. This shallow channel, flanked on all sides by snow-capped mountains, was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. Carefully look over the ship's railings and you'll see the sand banks, which are visible through the clear, green water. It's less than 25 feet (7 metres) deep here.

Hurtigruten facts

credit: Andreas Nærbø

Day 6 Hurtigruten North bound:

Check the map, it's true

The town of Kirkenes is as far east as Cairo and only 9 miles from the Russian border. 

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