Hurtigruten bails out its shipyard

Norway’s coastal voyage company Hurtigruten AS and the investors behind it have helped recapitalize the Kleven Verft shipyard in Ulsteinvik, collectively providing NOK 300 million in fresh capital. The company currently has ultra-modern hybrid vessels on order at the yard, and neither Hurtigruten nor its owners wanted to risk any delivery delays or additional costs. […]

Hurtigruten fights for its name, routes

UPDATED: Billed as the world’s most beautiful voyage, ships in the line known as Hurtigruten have plied Norway’s scenic coastline since 1893. Now the state, under pressure from EU competition authorities, intends to break up the 11-day round-trip routes running continually between Bergen and Kirkenes into three “packages” that would be open to bidding from […]

Cruiseships face fjord restrictions

The Norwegian government intends to impose stricter requirements on cruiseships entering the country’s famous fjords. After years of concerns about emissions that pollute both the air and the fjords themselves, nearly half of those now sailing in may be banned from 2019. “Our World Heritage fjords are an enormous resource,” Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said […]

Bergen’s ‘Bryggen’ mulls an entry fee

Norway’s tourist boom has left the historic Bryggen wharf area in Bergen so overrun with visitors during the summer months that its owners are pondering new crowd control measures. Among them is imposition of an entry fee, especially for cruiseship passengers. Local newspaper BA reported Friday that the foundation operating the wharf from the Hanseatic age has found […]

Former Bergen mayor cleared

Trude Drevland, the once-high-profile mayor of Bergen, won’t be indicted on corruption charges after all. Nor will Bergen’s former harbour director, Inge Tangerås, or the shipowner who was alleged to have bribed them both in connection with the launch of his new Bergen-based cruiseship. Drevland was forced to leave office and politics and Tangerås was suspended […]

Tourists pay more on Hurtigruten

Officials at Norway’s famed coastal voyage Hurtigruten were being hit by a wave of criticism on Monday over how they set their fares. Passengers from abroad have been charged much more than Norwegians, especially those buying tickets shortly before departure, and tourism experts fear the practice will worsen Norway’s reputation for high prices. It took a couple […]

Murmansk eyed as new Hurtigruten port

As Norway builds a new fence along its border to Russia, Russian officials in nearby Murmansk are hoping to attract new tourists sailing on Norway’s Hurtigruten passenger and cargo shipping line. The Barents Observer recently reported how Murmansk has become Russia’s visa-free port for passengers from Norway. The far northern Russian city has a new pier […]

State to monitor cruise emissions

Norway has become a popular cruise destination in recent years, but the vessels themselves can belch out high levels of emissions in the country’s fjords. Now the state is keen to measure those emissions, and take steps to reduce them. Nynorsk Pressekontor reports that cruise ships sailing in three western fjords are being asked to report all […]

Cruise calls decline in Oslo this summer

As summery weather settled over much of southern Norway during the weekend, it seemed only natural to see cruiseships sailing into Oslo as well. A total of 81 cruiseships are now expected to call at Oslo this summer, but that’s a sharp declne from recent years. News bureau NTB reported far fewer cruiseships will be tying up […]

Bergen mayor charged with corruption

Trude Drevland, the outgoing mayor of Bergen, was charged with corruption on Friday as was the chief of Bergen’s harbour authority, Inge Tangerås. The charges climax a dramatic year for both the city and Drevland, who’s been on leave since police reopened their corruption investigation. At issue is whether Drevland and Tangerås misused their positions when […]