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Hurtigruten to Take Top Agents on Trip of a Lifetime

Travel Agent | Hurtigruten | Kristina Rundquist | April 22, 2015

Hurtigruten to Take Top Agents on Trip of a Lifetime

PHOTO: MS Midnatsol. Courtesy of Hurtigruten.

Are you a travel agent? Is North Pole on your bucket list? Then you could be in luck. If you are among Hurtigruten's top 10 producing retail agents who have booked and/or deposited the most revenue on 2015 Hurtigruten voyages by July 16, 2015, you'll be treated the trip of a lifetime -- an all-inclusive, nine-day trip for two to Arctic Svalbard and Coastal Norway. The voyage includes air from the agent’s home city, all meals, excursions, hotel accommodations and transfers.

Accompanied by Hurtigruten’s managing director - North America, Gordon Dirker, guests will depart from the United States on Oct. 1 for Longyearbyen, the largest town on the island of Spitsbergen and home to more than 3,000 polar bears.

Over the next three days, guests may select from a variety of tailor-made excursions, including a boat trip to the scenic Esmark Glacier; dog sledding on wheels, in which guests are fitted with special clothing and introduced to dog sledding; and a wilderness evening at Camp Barentsburg, home to mostly Russian and Ukrainian miners. From Spitsbergen, it's off to Tromso, Norway.

There, guests will get the VIP-treatment as they tour Hurtigruten headquarters, are treated to cocktails aboard a northbound Hurtigruten ship, and dinner before departing on the MS Midnatsol for a three-night cruise that will carry passengers into the Arctic Circle.

The adventure continues with cruise passengers experiencing a Sea Eagle Safari, in which smaller vessels take passengers north of the Trollfjord to see the magnificent sea eagles in their natural habitat, and a Fishing Village Walk, a guided walk to the picture-postcard fishing village of Svinøya in Svolvær.

The cruise wraps up in the 1,000-year old city of Trondheim. The final day of this spectacular journey will be spent taking a city tour with visits to the old city bridge, featuring a red gateway known to locals as the "portal of happiness," and a more modern sight, the world’s one and only bicycle lift.

Perhaps the highlight is a visit to the millennium-old Nidaros Cathedral, both the largest medieval building in Scandinavia and the most important church in Norway. Built in 1066, this magnificent cathedral is home to the vestiges of St Olav, the Norwegian king and national hero. A farewell dinner concludes the unforgettable experience.

For more information, visit Hurtigruten's website.

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