For the first time in two decades, Hurtigruten has expanded its sailing schedule by adding the Hjørundfjord, one of the most stunning fjords in Norway. Located in the Sunnmorsalp mountains, all ships will sail into the fjord between 1st September and 31st October 2013 as part of their daily journey up and down the coast of Norway.
Regarded as one of the most outstanding fjords in Norway, Hjørundfjord is not far from the big brother of fjords, Geirangerfjord. For 35 kilometres, the Hjørundfjord cuts its way into the Alpine mountains and offers the chance to get far away from the tourist bustle, taking guests along steep rock walls, past green meadows, mountain farms and secluded small villages.
For those who want to explore this new region further, Hurtigruten guests will have the chance to disembark and explore the new fjord on a shore excursion called a ‘Taste of Norway’. The ships will stop at the village of Urke in Norangsdalen, one of Norway’s wildest and narrowest valleys. From there passengers will travel by bus to Hellesylt and Lake Lyngstol, where they visit the remnants of a settlement that sank into the sea after a massive landslide hit the area more than 100 years ago. The next stop is the Hotel Union in Øye. Built in 1891, two years before Hurtigruten began its service along the Norwegian coast, the hotel has hosted royalty from Germany, Holland and Sweden. An added treat is the opportunity for guests to enjoy some of the region’s culinary specialties, plus free time to explore the town.