Hurtigruten comes to Stamsund

Continuing on the Lofoten theme of the last couple days…

The Hurtigruten is a daily coastal ferry that runs the length of Norway from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes, far into the arctic circle in the north. Stamsund is one of it’s ports of call. And twice from there, I’ve caught a ride south. The first time to Bergen in summer 2001 and the second to Trondheim in spring 2007.

A full price ticket and cabin is quite a fee, but with a student discount (many things in Norway have a ‘student’ price) and being willing to sleep somewhere on the floor for a couple nights, it can actually be one of the cheaper ways to get up or down Norway. Anyhow, the journey is so spectacular that there’s not much time for sleep anyway, though the ticket lady gave me quite a funny look when I said I didn’t want a cabin. “It’s a 3 day journey…” she said. “Yep, I’ve got a sleeping bag.” I replied. “Ok then, here’s your ticket.” And that was it.

I’m amazed at the skill of the captains. They bring this huge ship to port better than most people can park a car! It’s simply incredible to watch them navigate this giant boat like it’s some little toy. Most of the modern ones have propellers in the bow which help them turn the ship around. But on some of the older ships, they drop a front anchor, hit the throttle and spin the ship around the pivot point, then arrive absolutely perfectly. So cool.

Hurtigurten arriving at Stamsund as viewed from a nearby mountain one spring evening…

Lofoten travel photo: Hurtigurten coastal ferry arriving at port in Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Cody Ducnan Photography

Lofoten travel photo: Hurtigurten coastal ferry arriving at port in Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Cody Ducnan Photography

Lofoten travel photo: Hurtigurten coastal ferry arriving at port in Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Cody Ducnan Photography

Lofoten travel photo: Hurtigurten coastal ferry arriving at port in Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Cody Ducnan Photography

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