Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hurtigruten in smoother waters

The cruise along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, has been called the most beautiful cruise in the world. The Hurtigruten company, has however, struggled to stay afloat in these financially demanding times. The economic result from the 3rd quarter of 2009, indicates that the battered company has entered more profitable, smoother waters.

Hurtigruten, the Norwegian coast cruise line has carried goods and people along the long Norwegian coast line for 116 years. The company has suffered through hard times and had accumulated a large budget deficit.

The good news for the company is that it ends third quarter of 2009 with a 127 million NOK (15, 2 mill EUR) surplus and it expects a result before taxes of +157 million NOK (18,7 mill EUR) in 2009. This after the company has axed over 200 jobs. Lower fuel costs is another major factor. The good result is in contrast to last years 126 million NOK (15 mill EUR) deficit.

This is good news for those of us believing that this old institution was on its deathbed. Besides being a great cruise, it is also a life line for many of the smaller communities on its way, as it delivers much needed goods as it cruise along the coast.

Ports visited along the coast during the 6 day northbound cruise with Hurtigruten.

View Hurtigruten - northbound 6 day's journey in a larger map

The northbound cruise starts in Bergen, on the Western coast of southern Norway. During the 6 day journey the ship will dock at 31 ports along the long Norwegian coastline. The ship will take you from the mild, lush scenery on the western part of Norway, far into the Arctic region.

The company also offers other cruises to destination in the Arctic regions as Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica, as well as cruises on the Baltic sea and the Channel Islands.

You can see more of what the Hurtigruten has to offer here

On destinations along the coast here on Enjoy Food & Travel

Earlier stories on Hurtigruten