Christmas and New Year's voyages through the Norwegian winter wonderland
If you want to spend this year's Christmas and New Year period away from
the festive hustle and bustle at home, let yourself be enchanted by a Hurtigruten voyage
through the Norwegian winter wonderland. This season's highlight: the sister ships MS
Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol will see in the New Year together in Tromsø.
For MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord, the 2012/13 New Year celebrations promise to be truly
special: accompanied by a colourful fireworks display, these sister ships and their guests are set
to celebrate the turn of the year together in Tromsø. The Christmas holidays aboard Hurtigruten
are also packed with many highlights. In full Norwegian tradition, guests can look forward to a
multitude of festive and joyous activities on board. Wintery shore excursions and a new multi-vision show about the fascinating Northern Lights round off the programme.
Festive activities on board
Christmas in Norway is primarily a social experience – and this is no different aboard
Hurtigruten. The crew and guests jointly decorate the vessel and Christmas tree with Christmas
decorations made on board, and learn Norwegian Christmas songs together. Norwegian festive
treats such as "Julekake", a sweet Christmas bread with raisins, candied lemon peel, nuts and
cardamom should not be missed. On 24 December, all Hurtigruten ships will moor in their
respective destination ports for approximately 24 hours. In each location, the Hurtigruten guests
are cordially invited to attend Christmas mass at the local churches. Christmas Eve is then
celebrated on board with the crew and guests, where Julenissen, the Norwegian Father
Christmas, pays the ships a visit. All guests then come together to ring in the New Year in the
harbour, lit up by fireworks (in Tromsø), with dance and a champagne toast
Winter adventure – the Hurtigruten shore excursion programme
Guests who not only want to enjoy the festive atmosphere on board but also experience the
Norwegian Winter's Tale on shore should not miss an extraordinary outdoor event on the
agenda: the excursion to Camp Tamok lets participants experience "pure winter". Equipped with
warm winter clothes, participants are introduced to three methods of winter locomotion: take
off for a winter safari through the Arctic from Finnsnes to Tromsø on dog sledges, snowmobiles
and reindeer sledges. Hurtigruten's winter concept "Hunting the Light" lays on further exciting
and varied excursions.
New Northern Lights multi-vision show
When winter comes, the polar lights return to the arctic skies. This season, the chances of seeing
the aurora borealis are once again extremely high, with solar activity still at a maximum. As well
as a fair prospect of enjoying the aurora borealis, those who join Hurtigruten on the trail of the
fascinating polar lights can also enjoy the captivating multi-vision show of the Norwegian solar
scientist Pål Brekke onboard each ship for the first time this winter. This impressive show is also
part of the winter programme, "Hunting the Light".
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