Get Inspired / Europe / Scandinavia / Norway Exploring Norway’s Uniquely Magnificent Coastline Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Scandinavia / Norway Exploring Norway’s Uniquely Magnificent Coastline story by: Mike Williams For New Zealanders, a coastline full of Milford Sounds might be the most relatable way to describe Norway’s 25,000 kilometres of fjord-filled coast. If you also include the shores of Norway’s thousands of islands, there are actually 83,000 kilometres worth of gorgeous photos waiting to be taken. Charming seaside towns are scattered up and down the coast, each laying claim to idyllic backdrops of mountain peaks and eerily calm waters. While further inland, endless picnic spots, photo opportunities and Norway’s collection of over 900 road tunnels, make it perfect for a road trip, there’s no better way to experience one of the most amazing coastlines on the planet, than by ship. Hurtigruten utilises vessels built to serve the Norwegian coast and combine the role of both a coastal voyager and a means of transport for people and cargo. These vessels are purpose-built to serve the Norwegian coast, and have been doing so for over a hundred years. Often described as the world’s most beautiful voyages, these unique journeys cover over 2400km of Norway’s magnificent coastline. As well as sailing breathtakingly close to year-round beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife, Hurtigruten guests will be part of a vital link between the 34 ports carrying local freight and passengers. The smaller hamlets rely on the ships to deliver essential groceries and supplies or take them to the nearest town for shopping. Guests can visit fjords, waterways and ports that larger ships cannot access, as well as experience Norway’s diversity with an exciting menu of excursions. In fact, there are over 50 excursions and extensions available on the 12-day Classic Voyage. Or simply explore on foot, hire a bike or stay onboard to guard the supplies. Hurtigruten utilises a number of ships, all with a different style and something unique to offer. On board, guests enjoy an informal atmosphere, comfortable lounges, ample deck space and a wide choice of cabins, not to mention cuisine inspired by the regions, ports and season. Passengers can opt to spend more time in Kirkenes by taking the northbound journey from Bergen to Kirkenes, and then catch a later ship on the southbound return leg back to Bergen. Whichever way they travel, they’ll be sure to experience the journey of their life. UK & EUROPE YOUR WAY - 2015 ON SALE - Click here for deals DWM Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist How's this for cruising!? Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Norway Road Trips: Mountains, Tunnels and Bears - Oh My! Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.