Customers looking to spot whales in their natural habitat can now do so as part of a voyage on the Norwegian Fjords with Hurtigruten.
A new land excursion is being introduced between now and August that allows guests to take in the new experience while taking one of its classic voyages along the coast of Norway.
The excursion is available on day five of the Voyage North and travels to the whale spotting area outside Andenes in Nordland County. Guests will disembark early in the morning at Risoyhamn and head to Andenes by coach to join the whale-watching vessel, MS Reine. The ship will travel out to the edge of the continental shelf where Sperm whales feed on nutrients. Using hydrophones, the ship’s crew can locate the whales underwater, and in 90% of sailings it is hoped to catch a glimpse of them.
After a few hours at sea, guests head back to land and onward towards Finnsnes to rejoin the ship, just before lunch. En route there is a ferry journey across Andsfjord to take in a different perspective of the northern coastal scenery, and see how the communities are connected by the ocean. The entire trip is approximately seven hours and costs £205 per person.
A Classic Voyage North leads in at £1,143 per person, based on travel up to July 31. Based on half-board, the trip offers a seven-day voyage from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes by the Russian border. Flights are extra.
For more information call 020-8846 2666 or see www.hurtigruten.co.uk/agents