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Come Sail with us on The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage
Today marks the start of another Live Voyage Report here on From the Deck Chair, and it is one that will take us to one of the world’s most beautiful countries at a seemingly unlikely time of year.
Beginning tomorrow, we’ll embark Hurtigruten’s 2003-built Midnatsol for a remarkable voyage up Norway’s Western coast sailing from the Hanseatic town of Bergen to the remote northern port of Kirkenes. Along the way, the Midnatsol will call on an astonishing 34 ports of call as she completes a voyage that the line has been operating for the past 120 years.
This journey has been called – perhaps not surprisingly – “The Most Beautiful Voyage in the World.” But while many tourists and cruisers will flock to Norway in the summer, there’s some very special reasons to want to come here during the winter months. Snow-capped peaks give way to small villages nestled in amongst the islands and fjords that make up this proud land, while at night the opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis – or Northern Lights – holds enormous appeal.
The full itinerary, both here and onboard:
|Day 1||Bergen, Norway||Embark||22:30|
Of course, with so many fjords and inlets, satellite internet coverage may be sporadic at times, but we’ll do our best to get each report up as quickly as possible.
Next Tuesday, I will disembark Midnasol in northerly port of Kirkenes. A town of about 3,000 inhabitants, Kirkenes also has the distinction of being 2,500 kilometers from the capital of Oslo, and lies 400 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It’s also stunningly close to the Russian border.
You’ll notice there will be a gap in coverage next Tuesday, but there’s good reason for that: I will be spending a night at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, where Wi-Fi (and presumably electrical outlets) will be scarce.
Constructed entirely of snow and ice, the Snow Hotel changes in design and feel each year, and is lit by low-heat LED lights. Each room is completely different from the rest, and the hotel stays at a fairly constant -5 degrees Celsius. Beds have proper mattresses, and guests are given sleeping bags rated at up to -35 degrees Celsius. How cool is that!?
But the Live Voyage Report doesn’t end there, as we update you on our adventures in Kirkenes next Wednesday from the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where our report will conclude as we prepare to make the trek back to Canada.
It’s a full week of Norwegian Winter coverage with Hurtigruten – and it starts right now!
Our Live Voyage Report continues tomorrow, as we embark Hurtigruten’s Midnatsol in the beautiful Norwegian port of Bergen and set sail up the coast of Norway for a truly special winter experience! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.
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