We were tired of buses and trains, of planes and cars, so we signed ourselves up for the next best form of travel: A voyage on one of Norway’s Hurtigruten Ships.
This is no typical cruise line though. It’s far from a Disney cruise and even further from the Royal Caribbean experience. Every Hurtigruten is a working ship. They do not set sail for tourist’s amusement, these ships have places to be and people to see. The Hurtigruten welcomes guests onboard because the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the western coastline are breathtaking and being on the water is a spectacular way to experience them.
Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of entertainment but it comes in the form of natural beauty and being present in the world around you. You come to realize this side of the world is chillingly beautiful and we are all so lucky to be alive.
One Hurtigrutin ships leaves the city of Bergen every single day. From there you, along with other tourists, locals and supplies alike, can make your way up the coast to the very north of Norway. Every passenger is there on a different journey though. We met an older couple who were doing the entire 12-day trip – those adventurous kids!
Our two night journey was an outstanding experience. We were prepared for the overwhelming cold and the calming atmosphere on the ship. We knew we would be eating the same buffet breakfast every morning and completely took advantage of it. What we weren’t prepared for was the weather. The only three days of stormy weather we’ve had all trip came during our voyage. It started the moment we set foot in Bergen.
The winds were roaring day and night. The ship would sway wildly and constantly. I would look around to see if anyone else thought the situation was getting a bit “rough” and as I did so I noticed the blue scenery coming from the window on the opposite side of the ship was ocean, not sky. The movement was always worse in open water so those few hours were spent in our tiny room, letting the boat rock us back and forth to enjoy a nap. By the time we woke up the ship was steady and docked at our new location.
We visited three main cities: Bergen, Alesund, and Trondheim. More on these beauties soon!
I can’t imagine what it would be like on the Hurtrigruten while the northern lights are beaming brightly or what it would be like to enjoy every inch of the midnight sun onboard, but I guess I’ll have to wait until next time. And there will be a next time, because there is no better way to get around Norway!