Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hurtigruten’s 8-Day “Autumn Adventure” Reveals Natural Splendor of the North Atlantic’s Multifarious Ports

This September, Hurtigruten invites guests to discover the natural beauty of the North Atlantic with an eight-day “Autumn Adventure” voyage, set against an ever-changing backdrop of Arctic fauna, emerald pastureland, undulating coastline and soaring cliffs. As the MS Fram explorer ship wends its way between Reykjavik and Bergen, guests explore Leith - Edinburgh’s port, as well as the more remote areas of the Faroe Islands, a hub of Nordic culture; the Shetland Islands, which contain a notable amount of prehistoric archaeological remains; and the Orkney Islands, known for its abundance of wildlife – seals, seabirds, whales, dolphins – and the colorful flowers of its coastline. Fares range from $1,762 to $4,096 per person, double. An optional flight package, priced from $1,660 per person, includes economy class flights from New York (JFK) to Reykjavik and Bergen to JFK, as well as a one night post-cruise hotel stay in Bergen. Members of the 1893 Ambassador Club, a free loyalty club for guests who have sailed a on any Hurtigruten ship in the past, receive a 5% discount on cruise fare as well as a range of other exclusive benefits.

Description: Description: MS Fram hi-res - credit to Hurtigruten-Neck ErnstThe 318-guest MS Fram begins its journey in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, where nature-themed activities such as glacier trekking, mountain biking, geothermal baths and visiting the Heiðmörk nature reserve, abound. The ship then ports at Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, known for their symphony orchestra and traditional lace handicrafts. In Lerwick, the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands, the lodberries – the name for the charming stone buildings lining the harbor – recall the town’s 17th-century roots as a fishing and trade mainstay. Derived from the Norse name meaning “church Bay,” Kirkwall boasts an impressive selection of historical sites and museums: St. Magnus Cathedral, set at the heart of the town; Tankerness House Museum, set in one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th-century town houses; and a doorway and aumbry from the 11th-century church of Saint Olaf for which the town is named. At the port of Leith, a hub of Scottish activities through the centuries – ranging from whaling and golf to glass making – guests can dine in one of the waterfront restaurants or visit Trinity House, which houses the town’s seafaring history. The trip ends in Bergen, where the UNESCO World Heritage Bryggen buildings meld seamlessly with more modern structures.

Voyages include accommodation in cabin grade of choice; full board; a selection of drinks with meals onboard for suites; wind and water resistant jacket; landings in Polarcirkel boats; and lectures by the expedition team. International flights, optional excursions, fuel surcharges and gratuities are additional. The optional flight package price includes transfers between the airport, pier and hotel at set dates and times, current air taxes and air fuel surcharges; other departure airports and upgrades to business and first class are available upon request.


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