“Top of the World” excursion tops cruisers list

Norway's North Cape. (photo: pete_johnson/flickr)

European cruise line Hurtigruten, which has run voyages along the Norwegian coast since 1893, reveals that once again, the North Cape – the northernmost point on the European continent – was the best-selling spot for shore excursions in 2011.  Last year, nearly 57,000 guests visited the site on Hurtigruten’s “North Cape” and “Breakfast at the North Cape” excursions, and the “North Cape” tour was officially the company’s top-seller.

The Top 10 Excursions for 2011 were as follows:

  1. The North Cape – Hunningsvåg: A stop 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean
  2. Midnight Concert in Tromsø: A visit to the “Arctic Cathedral,” Tromsdalen Church
  3. The Arctic Capital Tromsø: A tour of the largest town above the Arctic Circle
  4. A Taste of Vesterålen: A sampling of Viking history accompanied by breathtaking scenery
  5. Lofoten Islands: An exploration of a region known for aquaculture, agriculture and art
  6. Geiranger Panorama 2: A journey up the “Eagle Road” and down the Trollstigen Road
  7. The Russian Border – Kirkenes: An excursion to the place where East meets West
  8. Breakfast at the North Cape: An early-morning adventure at the top of the world
  9. Glacier Adventure – Svartisen: A trip to Norway’s second largest glacier
  10. Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral: A sightseeing experience in Norway’s first capital

The top-ranking “North Cape” tour, offered on Hurtigruten’s northbound Bergen-Kirkenes sailings, guests cross the 71st parallel – something few people can claim – and take in the sub-Arctic landscape as they make their way to the North Cape Plateau.

Hurtigruten offers approximately 45 excursions in the 34 ports it visits on its sailings between Bergen and Kirkenes.

Source: Hurtigruten

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