From mountain top concerts to art galleries and guided museum tours, Hurtigruten’s new cultural voyages offer an in-depth insight into Norwegian art, music and history - including a focus on one of Norway’s national treasures, the music of Edvard Grieg.
Next spring there will be 12 voyages along the Norwegian coast from Bergen in the south, up to Kirkenes (on the Russian border) and back again. Each 12-day trip offers a whole host of authentic and cultural activities, both on the ship and in some of the incredible venues dotted along the Norwegian coastline.
These voyages will follow the same breathtaking route as Hurtigruten’s regular coastal route through countless fjords, stopping off to explore coastal communities and travelling high up into the Arctic circle.
The trip kicks off with a piano concert in a cave at Trollhaugen, Grieg’s home in Bergen where guests will enter the cave by raft across the crystal clear lake, which will be specially illuminated for the occasion. After the concert they will then enjoy a guided tour of the composer’s villa.
There are a total of 17 cultural excursions or activities included in the trip with a further six available for a small supplement.
Music lovers will be treated to operatic arias performed inside a cave in the mountains and a concert in an old fish-oil factory. Those who enjoy more traditional venues will visit coastal churches and the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso. Among the many concert halls visited is ‘Stormen’ in Bodo. The city’s Grand Hall was opened in Autumn 2014 and has been labelled ‘outstanding’ by Nordic design institutions for its cultural and architectural features, as well as its wonderful acoustics.
In addition to the concerts, passengers will enjoy lectures on Norwegian culture, guided cathedral tours, art exhibitions and botanical garden tours.
Spring is a magical time to visit the Norwegian fjords. It is a journey of great contrasts between the southern and northern part of the coast, with a spring climate in Bergen, while Kirkenes up in the far north is still in the grip of winter.
Those wishing to enjoy the full programme of events can join the 12 day Classic Round Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and back to Bergen, though for a shorter trip it is possible to join just the north or south bound portion of the journey.
The 12 day voyage departing on 4 April on MS Kong Harald from Bergen to Kirkenes and back to Bergen, starts from £1,250 per person (full board basis, inside cabin, 2 sharing). Flight and transfer prices start from an additional £330 per person.
Prices for the Classic Voyage North (staying in an inside cabin on full board basis), costs from £828 per person. Flight and transfer packages are available from an additional £395 per person.
Other departure dates are available during April and May 2016.
The ships visit 34 ports along the way and Hurtigruten’s regular programme of excursions will also be offered with options ranging from trips to the North Cape (Europe’s northernmost point) to a bird watching safari or husky sledging.