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Winter is coming as Hurtigruten opens winter 2016/17 bookings

Hurtigruten, the exploration travel company, has unveiled an exciting range of opportunities for adventure travellers seeking to explore the Norwegian Coast and Spitsbergen during the winter season with the launch of the winter 2016/17 brochure.

With a fleet of 12 Arctic vessels, including the recently refurbished MS Kong Harald and newly launched MS Spitsbergen, the winter brochure opens up opportunities for travellers to experience the wintery delights of the Norwegian coast and the majestic landscape of Spitsbergen whilst being dazzled by the Northern Lights on route.

Magnus Zetterberg, UK & Ireland MD, for Hurtigruten commented; “Every year we see an increase in demand from guests wanting to fully explore coastal Norway and the Arctic Circle under the Northern Lights. We are always keen to widen our offering to meet this demand, whilst continuing to reaffirm our position as leaders in winter exploration. This winter season, we’ve expanded our coastal expedition teams to four ships; expanded our regional programme to 10 airports; and we’ve launched our exclusive land-based itineraries in Spitsbergen which opens up this awesome Arctic destination to satisfy anyone’s thirst for adventure.”

The brochure, launched today features a wide range of exciting excursions, new itineraries and details around regional and chartered flights.

Regional Airports and Charter Flights

To allow guests to travel at convenient times and fly direct to Norway, charter flights are available from ten UK regional airports direct to Bergen or Tromsø to join the 12 day Classic Round Voyage and the 5 or 6 day Arctic Highlights itinerary. Direct flights are available from Glasgow, Dublin, Newcastle, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Gatwick and Norwich.

Where flights aren’t included, these are available to be booked through Hurtigruten with full ATOL protection, and Hurtigruten can tailor packages for a hassle free journey, so no matter where you live in the UK, getting to Norway has never been easier.

Northern Lights Promise

The unique Northern Lights Promise from Hurtigruten returns and is available for bookings in 2016/2017. The Northern Lights Promise offers guests who embark on the 12-day Classic Round Voyage or Astronomy Voyage a free 6- or 7-day voyage if Aurora Borealis fails to make an appearance during their journey .

Destination Spitsbergen

Spitsbergen has long been the starting point for Arctic exploration. Now, Hurtigruten will offer a land-based package so travellers can embrace this wintery wilderness. The new four/five night Pure Spitsbergen, itinerary includes flights (direct from London Heathrow) and a choice of two excellent hotels in Longyearbyen, one of which is a beautifully converted former mining barrack.

For adventure seekers, there are around 20 excursions to choose from including; dog sledding under the Northern Lights, ice cave tours, Spitsbergen winter safaris and a three-day guided snowmobile trip. Those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture of Longyearbyen can enjoy a guided walk of the town trying local delicacies and drink.