Hurtigruten has introduced three new summer excursions, ideal for customers who love animals and wildlife. Available from now until the end of August, the excursions are centered around horses, reindeers and salmon and offer guests experiences that take them closer to the culture and nature of Norway.
All three are available when travelling on the southbound voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen and can be pre-booked by agents.
A Lofoten by Horse option gives guests the opportunity to explore Lofoten on horseback. En route, guests pass historic sites of the Viking era such as the island of Gimsøy, home to the highest density of relicts from the saga period. It is suitable for guests with little or no horse-riding experience and prices lead in at £102 per person.
A Reindeer Spotting in the Summer Night excursion takes guests overland from Mehamn to Kjøllefjord with a guide who offers information about the Sami culture, their special relationship with the reindeer and life at 71 degrees north. Prices lead in at £66.
The operator has also added a Visit the Salmon experience, which takes guests to a salmon farm in Brønnøysund. Guests will discover why the Norwegian coastline offers the perfect conditions for sustainable and responsible aquaculture, and can watch the salmon being fed, learn about modern fish farming and try their hand at using an underwater camera. The excursion costs £58.
In order to accommodation the new excursions, minor changes have been made to the schedule of the southbound route. The laytimes in Svolvær and Brønnøysund have been extended slightly, and the ones in Bodø und Sandnessjøen shortened slightly instead. The arrival and departure times in Stamsund have been pushed back by half an hour.
A Classic Round Voyage next month costs from £1,515 per person for an 11-night round-trip voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes. It includes half-board accommodation in an inside cabin. Flights are extra and cost from £450 per person.
For more information call 020-8846 2666 or see www.hurtigruten.co.uk/agents