Winter Wonderland with Hurtigruten

On November 1, Hurtigruten officially kicks off its winter season, and the hunt for Northern Lights begins. A signature element of Hurtigruten's winter voyages, the display of Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that fills the night sky with yellow, green or red-violent belts of color, arising with little advance notice. As a goal that appears on many a travelers' bucket list, Hurtigruten guests have a greater possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the company's northbound, southbound and round-trip Classic Winter Voyages as the ships sail above the Arctic Circle. Although the Northern Lights are often viewable from September to April, the peak viewing season is during Hurtigruten's winter voyages, as this is when nights are at their longest in Northern Norway. Sailing between November 1 and March 3, fares for departures through December 31 start as low as US$1,078 per person, double through Hurtigruten's "Winter Cabin Guarantee Offer." For trips in 2014, prices range from US$1,311 to US$16,425.
The term "Hunting the Light" was coined by one of Hurtigruten's captains as he described what happens when guests gathered on deck, eager to see this natural light show for themselves. Guests can learn more about the science behind the Aurora Borealis through onboard lectures, and they'll also get photographic tips about how best to capture the light show. They can even sign up to be awoken during the night should the crew spot the Lights.

The coastal voyages run between the UNESCO-listed harbor city of Bergen and the Norway/Russia border town of Kirkenes. The fleet of 11 ships, which visit 34 ports of call during the seven-day northbound and six-day southbound sailings, and twice each during the 12-day roundtrip (Hurtigruten's most popular itinerary), provides guests with an opportunity to experience Norway in a truly unique and meaningful way. A single journey on Hurtigruten shows each aspect of the diversity of Norway's natural resources and culture while allowing guests to interact with locals, as Hurtigruten offers an everyday means of transport for inhabitants of the coastal region.Learn more about Hurtigruten’s winter cruises in the latest issue of Jetsetter magazine, on newsstands across Asia now.

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