Prepare for a Hurtigruten Voyage with Norwegian Wisdom
PHOTO: Hurtigruten’s Norway Explorer (Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten)
Hurtigruten isn’t your typical tourist cruise provider. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a truly authentic experience, getting an insider’s view of the local atmosphere. Their cruise adventures offer a unique way to tour Norway, Antarctica, Europe, South America and the Transatlantic region.
These finely crafted and intricately detailed ships are much more nimble than a massive cruise liner, allowing for access to areas where other ships cannot venture.
Given their Norwegian roots, we thought a great way to prepare for the Hurtigruten experience was to review some of our favorite Norwegian proverbs. These words of wisdom might get you in the perfect frame of mind to plan your own adventure to Norway and nearby regions.
“He that lies on the floor doesn't fall down.” He does, however, have a close-up vantage point of the dust bunnies under the couch.
“It is better to feed one cat than many mice.” Just be sure to remember that the cat is the boss, and they may or may not feel like engaging in your trivial mice-chasing plans, silly human.
“It's too late to close the stable door after the horse has escaped.” But close the door anyway—what do you think, we’re heating the whole neighborhood?
“A little thing can ruin the whole thing.” Especially if that little thing is a pebble in your shoe.
“To be away is well and good, but home is where the heart is.” It’s also where nobody looks at you funny if you walk around in pajamas and fuzzy slippers.
“Ask for advice, then use your head.” But don’t ignore your gut, which usually knows what you should do.
“A boy's will is the will of the wind.” In other words, it is strong and sometimes powerful, but also subject to change direction at a moment’s notice.
“A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.” Don’t underestimate the value of determination and persistence.
“All weather is passing.” Which is why TV weather people can almost always claim to be sort of right, at least some of the time.
“An empty head gets the easiest sleep.” It also keeps the pillow from getting too flat.
“Behind the clouds the sky is always blue.” Just make it through the cloudy times as best you can, and focus on how much you will enjoy those blue sky moments.
“Better early than late.” Especially if you want to get the best seats.
“Blood is thicker than water.” But water is much easier to get out of carpeting—or so we would assume.
“Early bird gets the worm.” We prefer a different version of the term “early bird special,” one that involves budget-friendly breakfasts or great deals, but to each his own.
“Fish bite best on a golden hook.” Or one dipped in some really tasty gravy.
“He who has a dog need not bark himself.” Not at the mailman, nor the paper boy, nor the neighbor, nor a random leaf blowing across the lawn.
“It is the great north wind that made the Vikings.” And also deposited your trash cans into your neighbor’s yard.
“Latecomers see the least.” Get there in time to enjoy the entire adventure.
“Luck is loaned, not owned.” Once you have your share, loan to someone else who deserves a turn.
“The afterthought is good, but forethought is better.” This is a fancy way of reminding you of the importance of good planning.
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