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Hurtigruten adds Russia's White Sea to expedition cruise lineup

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The Solovetsky Islands are a highlight of the new itinerary
Ever-expanding Hurtigruten Expeditions is adding Russia's White Sea to its offerings.

Highlights include Murmansk, the UNESCO-listed Solovetsky Islands and Norway’s North Cape.

Hurtigruten began expedition cruises in 1896, and first sailed to the Russian Arctic more than 100 years ago.

17-day expedition

The new 17-day 'Expedition Cruise to the White Sea – Norway and Russia Adventure' will depart Bergen, Norway, on Oct. 6, 2022, and sail north along the Norwegian coast with visits to fjords, the Lofoten Islands, settlements rich in fishing traditions and Sami history, and the North Cape, the European mainland's northernmost point.

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Then follows seven days in Russia, combining modern cities and historic ports with expedition landings at rarely visited and isolated villages on the shores of the White Sea including the Solovetsky Islands.

Travelers will be able to soak up Russian culture and history in two of the country's northernmost cities. They will see old Soviet-era monuments and learn about the wartime and maritime past in Murmansk before taking in the well-preserved architecture of Arkhangelsk, the cultural and historical capital of Russia’s north.

Sailing aboard Spitsbergen

The 180-passenger Spitsbergen will operate the trip. It offers expedition equipment, a Science Center and an array of citizen science research projects.

Spitsbergen will also offer a 23-day 'Grand Expedition' from Tromsø to Lisbon, a journey that can be shortened by embarking at Hamburg, Amsterdam or Dover for Lisbon. The ship then continues to West Africa from November 2022 to March 2023 for a new program including the Canary and Madeira islands, and the Bissagos Islands and Cape Verde from Dakar, Senegal.

Expeditions to the Galápagos Islands are also new in 2022.

'Huge pent-up demand for adventure travel'

'2022 is set to be our most exciting year ever, introducing a number of new exciting itineraries in three different continents. We see a huge pent-up demand for adventure travel, and much more to come still,' Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Asta Lassesen said.

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