New excursion in the Hurtigruten country program Tromso, April 2013 – a new program highlight awaits all Hurtigruten guests on the occasion of the 120 anniversary of the voyage in summer 2013: from June 1 until August 31 interested travellers in order to can go first the land excursion program on a whale Safari. The whale-watching tour, respectively, will start on the fifth day of the North walking route from Risoyhamn: in the early hours of the morning, it’s the home of many whales, the deep-sea basin off the North Norwegian coast near Andenes. The new trip begins in the early morning, when the glow of the midnight sun or the first light of day on the characteristic landscape of Northern Norway. On the bus ride from Risoyhamn to Andenes, the guests up close experience rugged mountain ranges that jut out of the ocean. MS Reine is already waiting on the pier in Andenes: the ship brings to the deep-sea basins of Bleik, where in the summer many whales, particularly sperm whales, the whale fans.
On the search for food the impressive mammals stripes often at the edge of the deep Water along, since here in addition to octopi too many nutrients from the depths to the surface of the water. The location of Andenes is unique on the Norwegian coast: nowhere else the edge of the deep sea basin is so close to the Mainland. With the aid of hydrophones, it is possible to locate the whales and track in 90 percent of cases. The captain of MS Reine departs approach as close as possible the participants the spectacle of nature and unique photo motif. After unforgettable hours on the open sea, guests can reminisce about the experience on a subsequent boat trip with MS Skutvik via the Andsfjord alone with a cup of coffee and while enjoying panoramic views on the majestic North-Norwegian coast before relaunched Gryllefjord on the island Senja is.
The North Norwegian fishing village is well known for its mountainous surroundings, the local jazz scene as well as the troll who should live according to a legend there. The final bus drive along the national tourist route with its many various landscape features, Participants of Finnsnes, where they promptly vessel go back to lunch on board their Hurtigruten Harbour. The new Hurtigruten tour takes a total of seven hours and is available for 249,-euros per person in advance or on board.