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In fact – the coastal steamer ”Hurtigruten” is not 1 ship but in all 11 ship, where half is southbound and half is northbound every day. Each ship sails the distance between Bergen on the west coast to Kirkenes in the North East. The trip take 5 days one direction.
The ending place in the north east: Kirkenes is just some few kilometres from our border to Russia. And few know that Kirkenes is so far east that it has the same longitude as Istanbul.

The ships are very popular for tourists but is fundamentally a very import mean of transport for people and goods along our long coastline. All the ships provide many towns and villages with two stops daily, one for the soutbound ship and one for the northbound.

I have had the pleasure to use the coastal steamers from time to time over several years both in job connection and for holidays transport. This includes some fascinating experiences especially in the wintertime when a full storm is a rather exciting thing to experience, and quite different from the summer sailing as shown on my pic.

Last year I used the ship to go from Trondheim (mid Norway) to Lofoten (group of islands in the North). I went at that time with car and also took the car aboard the ship for 1,5 days later drive ashore in Lofoten (saved app. 1000 km drive).

This picture is taken of one of the southbound coastal steamers outside Vesteraalen in the north.

<(The pix is included in the theme Lofoten but is actual a little further north - Anyway the coastal steamer is so essential for Lofoten so..)

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