Today, one of the fleet of eleven ships departs daily from Bergen sailing north up around the tip of Norway and then eastwards to Kirkenes near the Russian border—and then make the return voyage. Along the way Hurtigruten calls at more than 30 ports, carrying leisure passengers, but continuing to serve ports along the way with delivering cargo as well as port-to-port passengers year round.
Hurtigruten (Norwegian: the fast route) coastal ships have been part of Norwegian life since the 1890s. The company arouse from the demand for safe shipping along the coastal islands and skerries between commercial centers north and south. There were comparatively few lighthouses in those days and navigation maps were not as reliable as they […]