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 […]

Crew serenaded Paul Simon on Hurtigruten voyage

Legendary US singer Paul Simon took a holiday voyage on board one of Norway’s famed Hurtigruten coastal vessels last week, the Trollfjord. The crew ended up serenading him on his last night on board on Friday. “It was an honour to have Paul Simon on board,” wrote Hurtigruten officials on the vessel’s own Facebook page. “We can […]

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 […]

Hurtigruten places biggest order ever

Norway’s famed coastal shipping line Hurtigruten announced a major fleet renewal and expansion on Thursday, formally placing an order for up to four new passenger and cargo ships at a yard located right on the route it serves. The order was most welcome, at a time when Norwegian shipyards have been struggling because of the downturn in the […]

Murder alarm on Hurtigruten ship

A man who was working on board one of the vessels in Norway’s popular Hurtigruten coastal shipping line was found dead in his cabin Wednesday night. Police are investigating the death as “suspicious,” meaning he may have been murdered. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Thursday morning that police boarded the vessel in Kristiansund Wednesday evening. Police said […]

Tourism booms as economy weakens

Amidst all the recent concern over falling oil prices and rising unemployment, Norway’s important tourism industry is reporting a banner year. Hotels and, not least, the coastal shipping line known as Hurtigruten have logged their best spring and summer seasons ever, thanks largely to Norway’s weaker currency and much more favourable exchange rates for foreign visitors. State statistics bureau SSB […]

Best summer ever for Hurtigruten

Norway’s iconic coastal shipping line Hurtigruten is sailing through what’s likely to become its best summer season ever this year. Rainy and chilly weather in much of the country isn’t dampening the stream of passengers coming on board, as a weaker krone and more local interest in home-turf holidays are drawing both foreign and Norwegian tourists alike. “The summer […]

Hurtigruten sails towards profits

For the first time in a decade, Norway’s coastal voyage line Hurtigruten would have logged a black bottom line if it hadn’t been for some high one-time costs tied to its acquisition and delisting as a public traded company. Company officials are pleased, and expect more operating profits ahead. “We’re super-satisfied,” Hurtigruten boss Daniel Skjeldam told […]

Foreign investors sail into Norway

A great state sell-off has picked up steam, while foreign investors are snapping up stakes in private Norwegian companies and property at the same time. The sales are causing concern in some circles, while others think it’s a good sign that Norwegian assets are attractive. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) has noted that all 10 of the […]