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Hurtigruten's Vesteralen: Coastal voyages across the Arctic Circle
Vesteralen was the name of the Hurtigruten line's first coastal ship, which set sail in 1893. It was named for the area in which the cruise line's original home port, Stokmarknes, is situated. Today's ms Vesteralen was built in 1983. Her name pays homage to Hurtigruten's long history and heritage while offering passengers state-of-the-art conveniences, comfort and safety features.
The Vesteralen archipelago lying just north of the Lofoten Islands offers some of the most striking scenery on Hurtigruten's coastal voyages, and provides a fitting name for this ship that accesses this remarkable landscape. One of the smallest ships in the fleet, ms Vesteralen was upgraded in 1988 and 1995 and is characterized by bright, cheerful public areas and lounges and an extensive onboard art collection. Passengers can enjoy spectacular views from the comfort of the lounge with its sweeping panoramic views. With a passenger capacity of just 510, a voyage on Vesteralen is something special.
Who will like sailing on Vesteralen
If you're an adventure-cruise enthusiast looking for a memorable cruise vacation in a remote and extraordinary destination but with all the comforts of home, Hurtigruten’s ms Vesteralen may be just the ticket.
Where Vesteralen sails
Vesterlan offers cruise packages along the coast of Norway. On her five-day Scandinavia and Northern Europe itinerary, she takes passengers across the Arctic Circle and sails from Kirkenes to Bergen with calls at Hammerfest, Tromso, Vesteralen, Lofoten Islands, Trondheim and Kristiansund.
Cruising on ms Vesteralen combines a spirit of adventure and exploration with a destination rich in history, culture and stunning natural scenery. It's all experienced from comfortable, modern accommodations and public spaces.
A dining highlights on Vesteralen is the addition of locally sourced food to the menus on a seasonal basis. There's one main restaurant onboard and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the cost of meals is included in the cruise fare. In addition to the dining room, there is also a 24-hour cafe with snacks and drinks available for an additional cost.
There is not a lot of organized entertainment onboard; honestly, it couldn't compete with the exhilarating scenery outside. Vesteralen offers plenty of comfortable places to relax, including cozy lounges, as well as space outside to roam. Perhaps the best aspect of cruising on ms Vesteralen is that it's a working ship providing transportation and services to local communities along the route, giving international passengers a rare, personal way to experience local people and culture.
Cabins on Vesteralen are comfortable and functional. There are a variety of stateroom configurations available, from standard cabins to mini-suites and suites.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Hurtigruten’s ships visit 34 ports of call on the Norwegian coast, with stops of 30 minutes to six hours.
- Sailing with you on the working ships of Hurtigruten are locals and goods transported to and from Norway's coastal villages and cities, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Ms Vesteralen crosses the Arctic Circle as she sails, a thrilling experience whether the first or 15th time.