Hur­tigruten reaches for sky

Selling Travel - - The Review - BY LAURA GELDER

HUR­TIGRUTEN is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of sailing un­der the North­ern Lights with its largest win­ter brochure to date.

The 2018/19 of­fer­ing in­cludes a fleet of 12 ships and cov­ers 34 ports along the Nor­we­gian coast­line. A range of clas­sic voy­ages are avail­able, from the 12-day full round trip, to the eight-day Arc­tic Won­ders voy­age, and a seven-day Voy­age North or six-day Voy­age South.

Ad­ven­ture seek­ers and na­ture en­thu­si­asts have the chance to cus­tomise their win­ter won­der­land ex­pe­ri­ence by choos­ing an ar­ray of ex­cur­sions in Nor­way, in­clud­ing dog sled­ding, snow­mo­bil­ing, cross-coun­try ski­ing and moun­tain hik­ing.

Hur­tigruten are the only com­pany mak­ing a ‘North­ern Lights Prom­ise’: that all guests who em­bark on the 12-day Clas­sic Round Voy­age or As­tron­omy Voy­age will get a free six- or seven-day voy­age if Aurora Bo­re­alis fails to make an ap­pear­ance dur­ing their jour­ney. The prom­ise is valid for de­par­tures from Oc­to­ber 1 2018 un­til the end of March 2019.

More hand­picked ex­pe­di­tion teams have been added to ten ships on the fleet for 2018/19 sail­ings. Made up of knowl­edge­able modern-day ex­plor­ers, they are in­tended to en­hance guest ex­pe­ri­ences by of­fer­ing in­sights about lo­cal his­tory, ge­ol­ogy, bi­ol­ogy, and ac­tiv­i­ties on board.

The cruise line has also added de­par­ture dates to its flight-in­clu­sive Clas­sic Round Voy­age, with char­ter flights de­part­ing from nine re­gional air­ports to Ber­gen through­out the win­ter. hur­tigruten.co.uk

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