Alexander Armstrong’s three part series ‘Land of the midnight sun’ kicks off on ITV this week and shows the television presenter and comedian embarking on an epic 8,000 mile journey across the Arctic Circle. During his trip he met the locals, sampled the local cuisine and experienced one of the most authentic methods of local travel – a Hurtigruten ship.
The Hurtigruten voyage is ideal for foodies as the on-board menus not only reflect the seasons, but also the local specialities and cuisine of the regions past which the ship is sailing. Products and delicacies are sourced from local small-scale producers and suppliers and seasonal raw foods are brought fresh onto the ship each day.
A 5 day Arctic Highlghts package including a three night voyage from Tromso to Kirkenes and back to Tromso, plus a night in Tromso and direct flights currently costs from £749 per person (From London Gatwick on 21 February 2016) with other dates and airports also offered. That price includes a £200 per person discount off the normal price and a free wine or beer package.
For the ultimate Arctic experience, the 12 day Classic Round Voyage from Bergen along the coast to Kirkenes and back to Bergen can’t be beaten, stopping off at 34 ports along the way. Prices start from £995 per person on a wide selection of dates in January 2016 (in an inside cabin on full board basis). Not only that, but Hurtigruten are so confident that you will see the Northern Lights, that this voyage qualifies for their ‘Northern Lights Promise’. If you don’t see the lights during the trip, you will be offered a free 6 or 7 day voyage next winter. Flight and transfers are available from an additional £330 per person.
To book call Hurtigruten on tel: 020 3582 6642 or visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk.