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Hurtigruten Launches New Whale Watching Excursion

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Passengers who have always wanted to see whales in their natural habitat can now do so as part of a Classic Norwegian Fjords Voyage with Hurtigruten.

UntitledA brand new land excursion is being introduced between now and August 2013 that allows guests to enjoy this special experience on a Hurtigruten Classic Voyage along the coast of Norway – the first time this has ever been possible.

The excursion is available on day five of the Voyage North and travels to the whale spotting area outside Andenes in Nordland County. Guests will disembark early in the morning at Risoyhamn and head to Andenes by coach to join the sturdy whale-watching vessel MS Reine. The ship will travel out to the edge of the continental shelf where Sperm whales feed on the nutrients such as octopus welling up from the abyss. Andenes is one of the few places in the world, let alone Norway, where the continental shelf is so close to the mainland. Using hydrophones, the ship’s crew can locate the whales underwater, and in 90% of sailings it is hoped to catch a glimpse of these giants of the deep.Untitled1

After a few hours at sea, it’s back to land and onward towards Finnsnes to rejoin the ship, just before lunch. En route there is a ferry journey across Andsfjord to enjoy a different perspective of the northern

coastal scenery, and see how these communities are connected by the ocean. The entire trip is approximately 7 hours. Priced at £205pp.

Classic Voyage North – from $1,971pp (1 June to 31 July) – A seven-day Classic Voyage North from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes by the Russian border costs from $1,971pp and includes half board on the ship. Flights are extra.

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising, sailing to the most remote of destinations – including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen – as well as year round voyages along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring. The company’s fleet of 12 intimate ships, which each carry 254 to 1,000 guests, allows guests to enjoy unique destinations in a relaxed atmosphere.

Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition cruising and is represented in Australia by Discover the World Marketing.

For more information, contact Discover the World Marketing, 1800 OCEANS (1800 623 267) or email retailres@discovertheworld.com.au

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