Like a Scandinavian version of Chile, Norway's dragon-tail coastline is long, rugged and packed with natural marvels.
Departing year-round from the southern city of Bergen, ships of Norway's Hurtigruten ("express route") service trace this dramatic seaboard north to the remote town of Kirkenes, way beyond the Arctic Circle.
The 2,500-nautical-mile (4,700 kilometers) return journey takes 11 days to complete.
Frequently situated in stunning locations, Norway's coastal cities, towns and villages are situated on fjords kept ice-free by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
A adventure cruise aboard Hurtigruten to the Norway coastline is definitely on my bucket list. Not only is the scenery stunning, but the region is seeped in tradition and culture.