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Four seasons with Hurtigruten

Every season has its charm; the northern lights in winter, the Arctic awakening in spring, the midnight sun in summer and the vivid colors in fall.

The most beautiful voyage in the world

Discover the beauty of Norway’s coastline with Hurtigruten. The ever-changing seasons provide a stunning backdrop of matchless wonder any time of year.

Winter – hunting the light

Winter is perhaps the best time to explore Norway's most northern reaches. The sun is low on the horizon, and north of the Arctic Circle it disappears completely below the horizon for weeks. Hunting the aurora borealis, the northern lights, is a major attraction of the winter journey. On board Hurtigruten, far from artificial light, you have excellent chances to experience the magic colors of this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

You can also take part in exciting excursions like a visit to a wilderness camp or the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a snowmobile trip or a husky dog sledging adventure. 

Spring – the Arctic awakening

After a long winter, the sun returns to the shores of Norway and rejuvenates life along the coastline. The sun works overtime to thaw the frozen land, rising higher and higher each day. In spring you can experience three seasons in one journey, and the contrasts between northern and southern Norway. From mid-April, Hurtigruten sails from Geiranger to Ålesund, including highlights of the Norwegian fjords, the famous Seven Sisters Waterfall and the panoramic view from Ørnesvingen. Spring excursions include a RIB boat expedition to the bird island Runde, kayaking in Tromsø, an excursion to Gjesværtappan nature reserve, bird watching in Varanger and a sea eagle safari to the Raftsund. Hurtigruten invites all guests to participate in the Arctic awakening!

Summer – midnight sun

Summer is the most popular time of the year for exploring Norway’s coast. During the light summer months, the whole country bursts with life. Flowers bloom, rivers are filled with fish and giant waterfalls cascade towards the ocean, creating a perfect setting for a summer holiday. Take time to enjoy the wonder of Norway’s midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle. Daylight around the clock provides energy to the flora and fauna, as well as to the Norwegians themselves, and it is likely to rub off on you as well. Make the most of the energy and take part in Hurtigruten’s exclusive summertime shore programme like the Geiranger panorama view excursion, a glacier adventure to Svartisen, a sea eagle safari in the Lofoten Islands or a visit to the UNESCO-listed Vega Islands

Fall – golden colors

Hurtigruten sails on, into the season of clear colors. As summer fades, you can watch the coastline shift from one season to the next. Along Norway’s shores the sharp, clear air strengthens the reds, yellows and oranges, which fill the mountainsides and hilltops. You can enjoy a tranquil voyage and see the stunning display of colors, the fresh air and the beautiful landscape. Hurtigruten’s fall programme includes several activities and excursions taking you closer to the cultural life, old traditions and local inhabitants along the coast like a visit in the Hjørundfjord or the Munkholm Island, or a Sami Fall and Arctic bushcraft experience.

Last updated:  2013-05-29
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Hurtigruten under the midnight sun in Northern Norway - Photo: Stephan Bauer - Guest image
Hurtigruten under the midnight sun in Northern Norway

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Watching the northern lights from a Hurtigruten ship in Northern Norway - Photo: PATIN - Guest image

Four seasons with Hurtigruten

Every season has its charm; the northern lights in winter, the Arctic awakening in spring, the midnight sun in summer and the vivid colors in fall.

Four seasons with Hurtigruten

Source: Visitnorway

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