You may never have heard of Florø, Stamsund or Øksfjord. But if you visit them, you'll be very glad you did. They are just three of the 34 ports on the historic and visually stunning Hurtigruten coastal voyage.
A journey with Hurtigruten is unlike any cruise. The ships – they are an intriguing amalgam of cruise liner, ferry and cargo boat – sail up and down the Norwegian coast every day, just as they have done for more than 120 years.
They carry vital goods to isolated hamlets, pick up freshly caught fish and take locals to visit relatives. But a fair proportion of those on board will be travellers eager to admire the breathtaking seascapes on what is arguably the world’s most beautiful voyage.
The ships are nearly always close to the coast, sailing between islands and into slender fjords to hidden villages. It means passengers enjoy incredible vistas, especially in summer when the days barely pause for night. Spring and autumn are also great times to experience this spectacular journey when fares are at their lowest.
Cruising in Norway is on my must do cruise list. The scenic beauty of the region and the people and culture are fascinating and as an amateur photographer, the photographic possibilities are endless.
Hurtigruten is the premiere luxury adventure cruise line and is the cruise line I will pick when I plan this cruise.