Nordstjernen to sail three-day and four-day voyages
Hurtigruten, Norway’s cruise and ferry company, is selling Arctic cruises with a twist – their short programs. Chartering the 108-passenger MS Nordstjernen, built in 1956, it will sail three-day and four-day cruises in Spitsbergen for the next summer season.
The cruises start at NOK 8,995 (€1,100) per person, including one overnight in Longyearbyen. Airfare is additional. Pre and post programs are available, but Hurtigruten promises that the short cruises will allow passengers to see Arctic wildlife and the northwest coast of Spitsbergen up to 80 degrees north.
At the same time, Hurtigruten’s 2006-built, 400-passenger Fram will sail longer cruises, as are repositioning voyages from Bergen to Longyearbyen (June 1) and from Longyearbyen to Hamburg (August 28).
Nordstjernen has been sailing in Spitsbergen since 1994. When celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2006, it was claimed it had sailed a distance equivalent to 150 times around the equator.
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[pictured: MS Nordstjernen; courtesy Hurtigruten]