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Whale watching – Hurtigruten land excursion

Whale safari. Photo by Marten Bril www.nordnorge.comWhale watching – Experience more of the beautiful wildlife that exists in the waters off of the Norwegian Coast in this trip to spot local whales.

This is an optional land excursion which you can only book on board your Hurtigruten cruise (no advance booking available).

Leaving the ship early at Risoyhamn, a coach will take you through the mountainous, coastal scenery to the town of Andenes where your sturdy, whale-watching vessel awaits! The highly experienced crew of MS Reine will ensure you’re comfortable and decked out in waterproof clothing before heading out to sea. The ship will take you out to the edge of the continental shelf where the whales feed on the nutrients 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 so you are very fortunate. Using hydrophones, the ship’s crew can locate the whales underwater, and in 90% of sailings you catch a glimpse of these giants of the deep.

Northern Norway coast. Photo by Gunder Gabrielsen

Northern Norway coast

After a few hours at sea, you head back to land and your onward coach journey to Finnsnes. En route, you will take the ferry across Andsfjord where you can enjoy a different perspective of the northern coastal scenery, and see how these communities are connected by the ocean. The ferry meets land at the fishing village of Gryllefjord, known for its mountains and windy weather. The area is also famous for the “Senja Troll”, a 17-meter-high troll statue containing an exciting world of adventures for young and old based on local legends!

Moving onwards, you will drive along the national tourist road and see a variety of landscapes before rejoining the Hurtigruten ship at Finnsnes for a well-deserved lunch.

Practical info:

Hurtigruten ship at Helgeland coast. Photo by Erlend Haarberg, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Hurtigruten ship

Duration: 7 hours (start 04:30AM)
Included: Breakfast
Transportation: Bus, boat and ferry
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Life vests are provided.
Available: June 1- August 31
Land excursion #5H

Midnight sun in Norway. Photo by Graham Austick

Midnight sun in Arctic Norway

Available on the following Hurtigruten Cruise packages:
Cruise Arctic coast & North Cape, 7 nights
The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway, 11 nights
Cruise package Bergen-Kirkenes-Oslo, 10 nights


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