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– Gateway to the World Heritage Area The beautiful coast of southern Helgeland with over 12.000 islands, islets and skerries are the home of a unique nature and cultural heritage. Brønnøysund is the regional centre of southern Helgeland and is a a lively and charming town.

Torghatten – the mountain of legends

The renowned Mount Torghatten pierced all the way through by a distinctive hole, has to be seen to be believed! You can walk a wellprepared path up to the hole, go through it and enjoy a fantastic view.

The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre

At the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre you can get a glimpse of the life in the sea, and learn about modern aquaculture, from fish-eggs to ready products of high quality.

Vega World Heritage Area

Vegaøyan are on UNESCO`s World Heritage list due to the islander`s unique and ancient tradition as guardians of the migrating eider ducks that nest here. After a new generation of young birds leave, the islanders collect the eider down, which is used to make the world`s best down duvets. Other excursions can be booked. Cruise on shore excursions, contact

Brønnøysund Cruiseport P.O.Box 65, N-8901 Brønnøysund Tel. +47 75 01 20 70


Sømnaveien 92, N-8900 Brønnøysund Email. Tel. +47 75 01 80 00 / +47 900 64 984



Editorial: CNNS ver 2.0


Narvik: Investing high and low


SeaWalk provides opportunities for new sailing routes


CNNS Map & Facts


CNNS Winter FAM trip: Therapy for body and soul


Tromsø smartens up its quayside


New port of call: Mo i Rana


Longyearbyen: Satisfied cruise guests


Festivals & Events 2018

Editor: Erik Joachimsen (Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard), Layout: Krysspress AS, Tromsø, Norway English translation and proofreading: Gavin Tanguay Oversetting og språkvasking, Tromsø, Norway Print run: 500

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CNNS is an associate member of Cruise Norway, and represents 13 cruise ports. For more details, please visit:


Experience the Arctic Circle Town Mo i Rana is located closer to the Arctic Circle than any other town in Norway. The cruise port of Mo i Rana offers a wide range of attractions to cruise passengers in both winter and summer.



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Genuine Arctic Living Northern Norway and Svalbard are approaching half a million disembarking passengers annually, an increase of nearly 70 per cent since CNNS was established in 2010. While growth was naturally one of our goals, it has been even more important to constantly develop better shore ­excursions and strengthen the individual destinations by bringing out the best in each other as a network. Furthermore, we have focused on ensuring that growth is sustainable, both economically and environmentally. Another goal is to increase the cruise lines’ use of turnaround ports. In 2017, the much discussed SeaWalk was installed in Lakselv, two years after turnaround operations were performed there with somewhat more basic infrastructure. Everything is now in place for turnaround operations involving aircraft and cruise ships to be performed efficiently, not only in Lakselv, but throughout our outstretched region. By using foreign ports in Murmansk (Northwest Russia) and Longyearbyen (Svalbard), the conditions are now in place to offer short cruises in Arctic waters. We hope more cruise lines take advantage of this option, which literally opens oceans of opportunities. The combination of Northern Norway, Svalbard and Northwest Russia offers something unmatched so far north.

Jan-Erik Kristoffersen Chair of the Board Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

With the huge growth in the cruise segment, we must be prepared to accept critical scrutiny of the effects of this. Cruise differs from other types of tourism in that many guests arrive within in a short period of time, which can be perceived as overwhelming by small providers. Critics can easily perceive this as unsustainable because of the large volumes of tourists and some providers earn good money while others are not as successful. CNNS has recently mapped out its future strategy, entitled “CNNS 2.0”. With the vision of “Genuine Arctic Living”, we will ensure that the cruise passengers of the future have even closer contact with our people and our culture. We will achieve this by working together, demonstrating ­sustainability and being as authentic. This way, we present the unique story of Northern Norway and Svalbard so that the cruise passengers who sail in our Arctic waters receive something in return. We promise that performing cruises in Northern Norway and Svalbard will be even better in the years ahead. The CNNS network is now more united than ever and enjoying each other’s success. This will ultimately bring success and prosperity for all parties.

Erik Joachimsen

Managing Director Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard



Narvik is leading the way – and this is not just limited to cruise. The town is undergoing a boost, which will be felt by everyone who visits. Narvik is primarily known for the historical events which took place during World War II since the town was of strategic importance to both German and Allied forces attempting to gain control of the iron ore shipments from Sweden. Known as the “Iron Ore Town”, the mineral has been the source of the capital to develop the town and ensure the wellbeing of its inhabitants.

DEVELOPING THE MOUNTAIN A major development project is underway at Fagernesfjellet, the mountain providing spectacular views and wellknown alpine ski slopes. A new gondola lift is being built, initially from the new base station and up to the mountain. This will later be extended closer to downtown Narvik, enabling cruise passengers to take the cable car from the town centre all the way up to a vantage point 656 metres above sea level.

demand significant investments before an eventual championship. Spectacular slopes and magical TV coverage would put Narvik on the world map. Time will tell if the application is successful.

THE SPECTACULAR OFOTEN LINE The Port of Narvik has plans for the gradual development of a new cruise port in the town centre based on the existing port, allowing larger cruise ships to dock in downtown Narvik close to the cable car and charter train. After many years’ work, a charter

View from Fagernes Mountain. train is now in place following a private initiative. Starting from the station in downtown Narvik, it transports passengers along the Ofoten Line through the scenic Rombaksfjord and up in the

IMPROVED CRUISE LOGISTICS There are two main reasons for this ambitious project. Firstly, Narvik needs better infrastructure to improve logistics for cruise calls and other major groups of tourists. Secondly, Narvik is applying to host the 2025 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This is a huge event with major international focus, which would 6 CRUISE NORTH 2018

Charter train on the Ofoten Line with Rombaksfjord in the background.

Photo: Pål Jakobsen

mountains to the Swedish border. This 43 km trip takes less than an hour and has become increasingly popular among tourists keen to enjoy spectacular fjord and mountain views right up there with

the better known Flåm Railway further south. This separate charter train provides more flexibility for cruise passengers and removes the need to rely on timetables from the Swedish Railways (SJ).

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An exotic attraction is Polar Park in Bardu, a one-hour bus trip from Narvik. Guests can experience the big predators – the wolf, Scandinavian brown bear, lynx and wolverine – as well as more peaceful animals from the North Norwegian habitat. NORWAY SWEDEN The new Hålogaland Bridge, which will be completed in the autumn of 2018, significantly reduces the driving time and makes this attraction more accessible from Narvik. Bjørnefjell Registered calls to the Port of Narvik show there is already growing interest in the town at the head of the Ofotfjord. Katterat Cruise lines like Carnival UK, Aida and Marella Cruises have registered multiple calls alongside ships with a capacity of 2,000 passengers. The shore ­excursions, Bjørnefjell logistics and capacity that Narvik is Katterat ­developing make this fully manageable. Narvik is going for gold and we hope the 30 35 40 45 town succeeds on all fronts.

Ofoten Line – curvy and steep. CRUISE NORTH 2018 7



WALKING ON THE SEA The SeaWalk is now in place in the bay of Hamnbukt in Porsanger close to an airport with a runway long enough to handle the world’s largest aircraft. With a huge potential for new sailing routes, Porsanger m ­ unicipality is now focusing on increased cruise activity – in its own fjord, neighbouring fjords and to its good neighbour, Russia. Turnaround operations in Northern Norway are subject to cabotage rules, meaning cruise ships must sail overseas for a minimum of 24 hours before being allowed to sail back and disembark passengers at a home port. Examples of “emergency ports” in the north include Murmansk and Longyearbyen. Even though Spitsbergen is Norwegian territory, the archipelago is outside the Norwegian customs zone.

NEW TERMINAL IN MURMANSK A new cruise terminal has opened close to downtown Murmansk capable of handling medium-sized ships. Pullmantur’s MS Empress called at the Port of Murmansk in Northwest Russia several times in 2015 in connection with turnaround operations in Narvik (Evenes Airport) and Porsanger (Banak Airport). The main challenge in Murmansk proved to be achieving efficient passport controls, which the county authorities in the region are now fully aware of. This is something that must be improved before further cruise ships can call at the world’s largest city north of the Arctic Circle. But back to Northern Norway. The plans for the SeaWalk in Porsanger were originally initiated by a combined private and public initiative. However, it eventually became clear that the public authorities

needed to take responsibility for putting the investment in place. The SeaWalk is owned by the Municipality of Porsanger and an operational services agreement has been signed with the Port of North Cape. “We all share a common interest in selling the various provisions we have in the municipality,” says the Mayor of Porsanger, Aina Borch. “Banak Airport is completely unique. Any aircraft in the world can land here. With the SeaWalk in place close by in Hamnbukt, we can now carry out efficient turnaround operations.”

The Municipality of Porsanger is now in the process of developing more and better tourism offers. “We acknowledge that our provision for tourists has been too limited, but this is something we are working to improve. There’s a lot to offer, so we can develop more products. The Northern Lights and Midnight Sun are a great backdrop for adventures in the archipelago. Furthermore, this region has strong Sami roots both on the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau and here in Porsanger.”

North Cape Airport can welcome the biggest airplanes in the world, and is situated in the Photo: Bada Bing heart of the Sami area. CRUISE NORTH 2018 9

PORT CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT The turnaround operations alone will provide a good income for the municipality with major logistics operations required to move the passengers and their luggage the short distance between the port and the airport. “We know that one of the main reasons why the airport owner, Avinor, chose to maintain the standard of the airport here is the fact that the SeaWalk is now in place. Everything is connected here. That’s why we believe so strongly that cruise lines will choose to perform turnaround operations in Porsanger,” concludes Mayor Borch. The next phase for the Municipality of Porsanger municipality is to partner with tourism providers and focus on product development and concepts to prioritise. Borch has chosen to cooperate with Midnight Sun Tourist Service, a new company established by Henriette Bismo Eilertsen from North Adventure in Alta and Arthur Kordt through one of his companies. Henriette Eilertsen has clear targets for Midnight Sun Tourist Service: “We will be an incoming operator in Lakselv, but not just for cruise. The area has lots to offer, including the wonderful nature, Sami culture, the strong history of the Armed Forces and even our own brewery.” Porsanger’s Banak Airport will be fully utilized to attract cruise passengers wanting short cruises and shore ­excursions to explore the region. The company will cooperate with Russian Inflot for calls to Murmansk, while Svalbard will be on the map of “cabotage” destinations. “We will be proactive when it comes to proposing new sailing routes and innovative shore excursions. We

want to utilise the entire cruise region of Northern Norway and Svalbard. To achieve that, we will produce our own product manual to present to cruise lines and agents. The target is to have several calls as early as 2020.” Pullmantur, which performed several turnaround operations in Narvik and Porsanger in 2015, will make a regular call to Porsanger in the summer of 2018. Naturally the SeaWalk will be used, but not as part of any turnaround operation.

NORTHERN NORWAY AND SVALBARD There are several opportunities for turnaround operations in Northern Norway and Svalbard. Bodø, Narvik, Harstad, Tromsø and Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) have all performed turnaround operations for many years. There is every reason to believe that the investments in Porsanger will also have a positive spillover effect for other ports. The cruise ships will sail more within the region and the cruise lines and agents will see the opportunities offered by performing short and eventful cruises in a region offering good infrastructure yet many undiscovered gems. In Bodø, the Director of Cruise Development, Carina Dreyer Salater, informs that the airport has invested in the necessary equipment to handle airlines such as Boing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350. Moreover, the harbour basin has been dredged and new quay fronts have been constructed. The largest cruise ships to call at Bodø have had 2,000 passengers but Visit Bodø expects even larger ships to call in the city from 2019. In Harstad and Narvik, everything is in place for turnaround operations using Evenes Airport, which is located

Bodø is investing heavily. In a few years, a brand-new midway between the two cities. Like Banak, Evenes can handle even the largest aircraft, while both the nearby towns are implementing measures to improve the port facilities. This makes Evenes attractive for turnaround operations, with Sortland/Vesterålen and the

In Tromsø, Avinor is expanding the airport by 5,000 m², which will offer far better logistics and simplify the ­performance of turnaround operations. 10 CRUISE NORTH 2018

airport will open to go with the conditions at the port, which have undergone a range of improvements. ­attractions in Lofoten also within range. In Tromsø, the terminal building at Tromsø Airport Langnes is being expanding by 5,000 m² so the capacity can meet the enormous tourist growth the city has experienced. Combined with the completion of the port terminal at

Ill.: Archus Arkitekter AS

Prostneset in downtown Tromsø (see article page 23), the region’s largest city is well equipped to perform turnaround operations involving medium-sized aircraft. It’s now up to the cruise lines to start using the entire region of Northern

Norway and Svalbard as ports for turnaround operations. This will provide passengers with the opportunity for short cruises far away with many beautiful sailings in a region that, due to the long sailing distances, has been out of reach for many.

Like Banak, Evenes Airport can handle the largest aircraft. CRUISE NORTH 2018 11

Welcome to the Porsanger is the new cruise experience. Just a short bus trip from this bay, you can find yourself at Finnmarksvidda, in the heart of the Sami fairytale. Porsanger is one of Norway’s most beautiful and perhaps most underestimated fjords, now made

Photo: Roger Johansen

Photo: Katja Rykova


Porsanger is your new t


Photo: Ă˜rjan Bertelsen

e port of SĂĄpmi! available through new infrastructure: The SeaWalk close to an airport capable to handle the largest aircrafts. This destination is specially designed to provide efficient turnaround operations for cruise ships.

top choice destination!

Photo: Beate Juliussen

Photo: Katja Rykova

Photo: Jørn Tomter


1 Svalbard / Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen

Unique Selling Points: High Arctic nature and wildlife, explorers, ­adventurers and polar history Quay “Bykaia”: 300 m/9 m, Quay “Gamlekaia”: 90 m/5 m Shorex contact: Svalbard Cruise Network, Port contact: Port Manager Kjetil Bråten,

2 Tromsø


1 Longyearbyen

Unique Selling Points: Where your Arctic adventure begins, Northern Lights, Arctic adventures, the Arctic capital powered by nature, world’s northernmost university, the “Paris of the North” and “Gateway to the Arctic Ocean” Quay Breivika: 102 m/11 m, 104 m­/­11.5 m, 150 m/11.5 m Quay Prostneset – City Centre: 200 m/8 m and 300 m/9 m Shorex contact: Arctic Guide Service, or Farout, Port contact: Marketing Manager Harriet Willassen,



8 7 Vesterålen


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5 Bodø Bodø Airport


This map provides an overview of all the cruise destinations associated with our network, Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard (CNNS). Our cruise network was established to develop new shorex offers, create interest in turnaround operations and promote CNNS in collaboration with Cruise Norway. CNNS is an associate member of Cruise Norway.

You will find contact details on our website, You will also find all ­information imaginable about each destination, including port ­information, shorex database, image gallery, sailing distances, downloads and turnaround ­opportunities.


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If your cruise line or cruise company wants to come on a FAM trip to our ports and destinations, please feel free to contact us.

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6 Svolvær

3 Honningsvåg / North Cape

Unique Selling Points: North Cape, the ultimate place to see Midnight Sun and Northern Lights, life in the fishing villages, catching the Red King Crab, the Sami life and the reindeer migration and seabirds Quay North: 100 m/12 m Quay 1: 150 m/10 m Quay 2: 70 m/10 m Quay 3: 125 m/10 m Quay West: 115 m/10 m Quay South: 80 m/10 m Quay East: 80 m/10 m Shorex contact: Arctic Guide Service, and Artico Ice Bar, Port contact: Keth Lokke Pettersen,

3 Honningsvåg / North Cape

12 Hammerfest

Lakselv, Banak Airport

11 Alta

2 Tromsø


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Harstad 4 Brønnøysund

Evenes Airport 10 Narvik

Wide body aircraft

Unique Selling Points: World Heritage area, geology, where Northern Norway starts / ends and trade history Quay 1: “Gårdsøya”: 250 m / 25 m Quay2: “Central Port – town centre”: 140 m / 6.2 m Shorex contact: Tove Nordås, Port contact: Port Manager Sølvi H. Kristoffersen,

5 Bodø Medium body aircraft CNNS Cruise destination


Unique Selling Points: Coastal culture, trade history, defence history, the “spy city”, the modern service centre and the Saltstraumen Tidal Current Town Square quay: 220 m - city centre 50m Terminal Quay South: 230 m - city centre 150 m Terminal Quay: 330 m - city centre 200 m Shorex contact: Visit Bodø, Carina Dreyer Salater Port contact: Port Manager Kjersti Stormo

6 Lofoten - Leknes

Unique Selling Points: The Lofoten seasonal fisheries, spectacular nature and Viking history Quay 1: 230 m / 10 m Shorex contact: Destinasjon Lofoten, Sissel Hansen, Port contact: Port Manager Kjell Jakobsen,

6 Lofoten - Svolvær

Unique Selling Points: The Lofoten winter fishery, spectacular nature and Viking history East Quay: 214 m / 6 m West Quay: 122 m / 10 m Shorex contact: Destinasjon Lofoten, Sissel Hansen, Port contact: Port Manager Ole J. Osland,

7 Vesterålen (Sortland)

Unique Selling Points: Amazing nature and wildlife, whale safaris year-round, life in and by the sea, the fishing industry (historical and modern) Quay: 450 m / 7.5–12 m Shorex contact: Ssemjon Gerlitz Port contact: Port Manager Einar Glad Hansen ­

8 Harstad

Unique Selling Points: Viking, medieval and military history Quay “City centre”: 300 m / 9.3 m Shorex contact: Gro Dagsvold, Port contact: Port Manager Ivar Hagenlund,

Unique Selling Points: The Arctic Circle City. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes Quay "Toraneskaia": 265 m / 8 m Shorex contact: Polartours, Stig Johansen, Port contact: Port Manager Øystein Lorentzen,

10 Narvik

Unique Selling Points: Polar Park, The Ofoten Line Railway / Ore industry and World War II history Quay “Fagernes”: 250 m / 15 m Quay “Pier 1”: 140 m / 15 m Shorex contact: Grethe Parker, Port contact: Maritime Manager Øistein Kaarbø,

11 Alta

Unique Selling Points: Northern Lights, the Sami and Alta River Quay Terminalkaia: 265 m / 10.2 m Quay Marinekaia: 63 m / 12.5 m Shorex contact: Henriette B. Eilertsen, Port contact: Port Captain Arnt Trygve Nilsen,

12 Hammerfest

Unique Selling Points: The world’s northernmost town, from Pomorian trade to energy town (5 energy sources), Meridian / land surveying history Quay 1: 220 m / 9 m Quay 2: 120 m / 8 m Quay 9: 300 m / 12 m Shorex contact: Christian Dederichs Port contact: Port Manager Per-Åge Hansen,


MEET THE COD Lofoten depends on the Lofoten fisheries for its livelihood. GALLERI ESPOLIN Immerse yourself in artist Kaare Espolin Johnson’s expressive power. Explore the region’s dramatic history and the life and destiny of coastal people. The art gallery offers a different way of understanding everyday life in Northern Norway and Lofoten.

LOFOTEN AQUARIUM Experience the fascinating underwater world of the North Norwegian Sea at the Lofoten Aquarium. Learn about the Lofoten cod, known by it’s Norwegian name «Skrei». Meet the otters and enjoy the seals in their outdoor pools.

LOFOTEN MUSEUM Study the history of the fisherman at the Lofoten Museum. Enter one of the region’s best preserved squire’s mansions, feel the history in authentic fishermen’s cabins and traditional boathouses.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: • Three different attractions all within walking distance of each other. • Open all year • Museum gift shops, café at the Lofoten Aquarium. • Recommended time use: 30 minutes pr. attraction. • Location: 5 km from Svolvær. • Capacity: total 150 / 50 pr. museum SKREI EXPERIENCE CENTER LOFOTEN Storvågan • Kabelvåg +47 76 15 40 00 16 CRUISE NORTH 2018


2017 WINNER! Certificate of Excellence Lofotr Viking Museum


USEFUL FACTS: PRACTICAL: OPEN ALL YEAR. Exhibition halls: audio guide system, 6 languages. “Live guides” in the Viking Chieftain´s house.

Museum gift shop. Museum café (June – August). Activities: daily 15.06 – 31.08, and on request. Viking meals: snacks, drinks, lunch, Viking feasts/dinner (request). Recommended time use: 60 – 100 min (extra when optional activities/meals). Drop off zone for buses, nearby entrance. Location: Central, 15 km from harbour Leknes, 50 km from harbour Svolvær. Capasity:


3 buses/ ca 130 persons pr 15 min. HARSTAD

Travel more than 1000 years back in time






THE LARGEST Viking longhouse in the world was found at Borg in Lofoten and reconstructed in full size, impressive 83 m. Upon entering, feel the smell of tar and smoke. See beautiful interior decorations, architecture, craftswork and demonstration.

Feel the Viking daily life. Enjoy a different meal - delicious Viking style meals and drinks.

BORG IN LOFOTEN, NO - 8360 Bøstad Booking: +47 76 08 49 00



Every year in August: 5 day Viking festival. Welcome to the Viking age! MO I RANA







1 1 Four cruise lines ready for FAM trip in the winter wonderland 2 The Narvik War Museum has an increased focus on peace. 3 Hadsel church – an


LIKE PEARLS ON A STRING In February 2018, it was time once again for CNNS’ Winter FAM. This time around we were joined by six representatives from four European cruise lines and our good partner, Cruise Norway. The focus this year was on the southern part of our cruise region. Starting in Narvik, we continued to Harstad, Vesterålen, Lofoten and Brønnøysund. An almost magical weather forecast greeted the participants from Pullmantur, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Marella Cruises and Phoenix Reisen.

BIG PLANS FOR NARVIK Narvik is on the offensive and has big plans. At the heart of this is an application to host the 2025 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which has given a boost 18 CRUISE NORTH 2018

to the entire town. Well, the entire region for that matter. As the first step in a larger master plan for the Narvikfjellet ski resort, a new gondola lift will be installed in 2018. The long-term plan includes a major upgrade of the port facilities. In the future, cruise ships will be able to dock at dedicated cruise quays within walking distance of downtown Narvik and a future extension of the gondolas (page 6). The Narvik War Museum has moved across the road and at the same time has increased its focus on peace, a theme that is probably far more captivating for the modern tourist. This educational

exhibition with easy-to-understand texts and beautiful illustrations and effects makes the museum an attractive place to visit. As if that’s not enough, a charter train is in place to take groups on trips to the Swedish border and back with uninterrupted panoramic views of fjords and mountains. The train ride from Narvik to the Swedish border is a classic, a 30-minute trip with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Rombaksfjord. Our guests were not scared to go outside at Riksgränsen despite the temperature of minus 18 ˚C.




historic site. 4 Sverre Kulseng – the 9th generation at Røkenes Gård near Harstad. A new bridge is under construction north of Narvik, which will reduce the driving time between Narvik and the main airport at Evenes. This is of great importance for cruise lines wishing to use Narvik and Evenes as a base for turnaround operations. Even though we had considered saving the best for last, we experienced the beautiful Northern Lights on the first evening...

UNITES GOURMET AND CULTURE City of Harstad has profiled itself as the culture capital of Northern Norway, which has caught the interest of several cruise lines. The annual Arctic Arts Festival has long been a bastion in the region, which has eventually led to several cruise calls during the festival itself. The town is surrounded by fjords and mountains, with a beautiful archipelago that can be reached by a 30-minute high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) trip from downtown Harstad. Such excursions enable guests to enjoy the rich wildlife, an infinite number of islets and skerries

and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Meløyvær, which consists of hundreds of islands, is considered the world’s northernmost inhabited ­archipelago. A little Caribbean north of the Arctic Circle (if you don’t consider the water temperature)! Røkenes Gård is a 10th generation family farm with Kristian Kulseng as a primus motor. This is the place to experience the most Norwegian of Norwegian – freshly baked waffles with local strawberries and sour cream, as well as regional handicrafts. The farm is surrounded by fertile agricultural landscapes and a 9-hole golf course beautifully located in the same terrain. We rounded off an active day with a gourmet dinner served in a boat house on the waterfront in Elgsnes, a favourite spot for hunting the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights. Miss Aurora decorated the sky with the most beautiful Northern Lights as our guests enjoyed a threecourse gourmet dinner featuring roasted reindeer as the main course. It’s hard to imagine a better backdrop.

HIDDEN TREASURES Vesterålen contains many hidden treasures and remains a well-kept secret for many. The big news in Vesterålen is that the venerable, old Hurtigruten ship MS Finnmarken will now have a roof constructed over it as the old lady deserves. Within a couple of years, the Hurtigruten Museum at Stokmarknes will have a major makeover, becoming a major attraction with sufficient capacity to receive large cruise groups. More than 60 years after being launched, MS Finnmarken (built in 1956) remains in the category of the world’s most beautiful cruise ship. Laila Inga’s “Inga Sami Siida” has gradually become a must-see attraction for all tourists in Vesterålen, including cruise lines. Just a 20-minute drive from the quayside at Sortland, her camp was built to herd reindeer, not to welcome tourists. This place could not possibly be more authentic and that is why it is so highly appreciated by the cruise passengers. Hadsel Church stands on a historic site with roots stretching back to the Viking Age. The red, wooden, octagonal church CRUISE NORTH 2018 19





5 Magic Ice in Lofoten. 6 Horseback riding at Hov in Lofoten. 7 Magical Henningsvær. 8 Mini concert in an old herring oil tank. 9 Svolvær

building was built in 1824 and seats about 500 people. The present church is the fourth church to stand on this site since the 1300s. A big surprise during our trip was the mini concert in the old herring oil tanks at Melbu, which is made for acoustic experiences which are completely out of the ordinary. The Neptune Herring Oil Factory is one of the few industrial plants in Norway run as a museum. Guests can also enjoy a distinctive meal at Neumann’s Rökeri & Supperclub, which is set in historic surroundings in the factory’s former warehouse.

THE PEARLS OF LOFOTEN Lofoten. It’s impossible to get enough of the mountain range that stretches from the mainland and far out to the sea. Like pearls on a string, Lofoten stretches from the vibrant small town of Svolvær to the fishing village of Å, where you will discover one postcard photo after another. Magic Ice on the quay in Svolvær serves drinks in recyclable glasses which, like the exhibitions, are made of ice. 20 CRUISE NORTH 2018

probably will not be your last ride either. To many people, Henningsvær is Several people probably overcame a Lofoten in a nutshell. If you close your personal barrier on that day without eyes, you can almost imagine life in the having the feeling of being outside their fishing village in days gone by when there own comfort zone. What an experience! were so many small fishing boats that Å (yes, A with a small circle above it!) is you could walk along the quay from one the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet boat to another without getting your feet and the name of the place at the end of wet. Art galleries, handicraft businesses the road at the tip of Lofoten. We can and tourism have now taken over, but the only speculate if this is a coincidence. One atmosphere from the golden days of the thing is for sure, anyone who makes it seasonal Lofoten fishery remains in the out here has the feeling of being in a very fish-drying racks. special place, surrounded by the open sea Some people can’t imagine riding a and steep mountains. As incredible as it horse as it sounds too difficult to master. sounds, roads and houses have been built That feeling probably disappears for most in-between. The wealth here was created after a visit to Hov Gjestegård by the Lofoten fishery. Every winter huge where you can ride volumes of cod (or skrei) migrating Icelandic horses from the Barents Sea to Lofoten on the most to spawn. Throughout history, beautiful the huge catches in winter have beach imaginable. With the been the basis for significant open sea on one fish exports. Our guests side and a Viking Age tasted the history of days trail on the other, this gone by when the hosts invited is the perfect setting for us into the venerable Ellingsen your first ride. After manor, the owner’s residence of Drinks served the Viking Way. the former fishing station in Å. this experience, it




– the capital of Lofoten. 10 Close-up encounter with reindeer. 11 Anders Tangrand demonstrates glass art at Vikten in Lofoten. All photos: CNNS / Erik Joachimsen

There is far more to Lofoten. The Blacksmith of Sund produces artistic cormorants, the Glassblower in Vikten creates the beautiful objects from quartz collected in the mountains and the goat farmer at Aaland Gård produces cheeses and picks herbs. We could have spent much longer here.

Many undiscovered gems remain along the North Norwegian coast. Norway’s international marketing slogan “Powered by Nature” certainly applies to the “world’s most beautiful voyage”. Just 20 per cent of the cruise traffic to Northern Norway calls at seven of the ports – and

this is where the great potential for new discoveries lies. See page 14 – 15 for an overview of all the ports, including facts, unique selling points and contact details. Good luck with your planning.

MANY UNDISCOVERED GEMS Brønnøysund is the base for beautiful voyages in the Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site worthy of its status. This coastal community has much more to offer, including Hildurs Urterarium, a small oasis combining herbs with storytelling and world-class local food. It’s gems like this the guests are looking for and will never forget. Aquaculture is the “new oil” of Norway, and in Brønnøysund they are researching new methods that are efficient and environmentally sustainable. On a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre, you can have a close-up experience with salmon and learn about modern aquaculture.

Night Cap at Ellingsen manor at southern tip of Lofoten. CRUISE NORTH 2018 21

2 018/2 019 Opening hours Summer 2018/19

09–19:00 Sundays 13–19:00

Concerts 2018/19 Midnight Sun Concerts

Organ Concerts

Northern Lights Concerts

Every night at 23:00 June 01 – August 15 NOK 180/50

Every day at 14:00 June 01 – July 31 NOK 80

Every Thursday–Sunday at 23:00 February 7–March 31. 2019 NOK 195/50

We present you with a varied and wonderful program of Norwegian and foreign music: Classical songs, instrumental pieces, religious folk tunes and more.

Experience organ music by professional organists. Enjoy the great acoustics on a visit to the Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece.

As the candle lights flicker, the Arctic Cathedral is filled with the sounds of Norwegian folk songs, as well as classical and sacred selections.

Tickets at entrance or online




OPENING HOURS 1.6 – 10.8 ........ 10:00 – 01:00 11.08 – 31.5.....10:00 – 23:00




The passenger terminal at Prostneset from the sea side.

WORTH WAITING FOR Prostneset is situated on the quayside in the heart of downtown Tromsø. This is where the Port of Tromsø opened its new passenger terminal on 22 June 2018, marking an important milestone following a challenges to design the building in a functional way. The passenger terminal at Prostneset has an exciting architectural appearance, spectacular views of the Tromsø strait and outdoor areas facing to the north, south and west where there will be various options for outdoor dining and activities. Travellers and locals alike can walk in and on the new building and enjoy the sea breeze and the wonderful view.

A NEW MEETING PLACE The new terminal will serve people travelling by Hurtigruten, local express boats and bus services. As well as being a passenger terminal, Prostneset will be an important meeting place for visitors and locals, including for cultural events. The new terminal means a significant upgrade of the arrival to Tromsø for the

passengers on cruise ships able to dock at the quay in the heart of the city. The terminal will house a modern tourist information office, and bus passengers will be able to board and leave the bus in a far more comfortable manner.

VISIT TROMSØ The new terminal at Prostneset will be filled with attractive businesses such as Visit Tromsø, including the Tromsø Visitor Centre, shops selling sportswear and equipment for the Arctic climate, gift shops, a local coffee shop and bakery, restaurants serving local food and a car rental outlet. The attraction “Magic Ice” featuring an ice bar and ice gallery opened here in May, meaning Tromsø has a new and exciting attraction in the city centre.

The passenger terminal in the dark. CRUISE NORTH 2018 23


CLOSE TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Welcome to Mo i Rana, the latest member of CNNS, which is beeing proactive in attracting cruise lines to a town t­ raditionally regarded as an industrial community. However, there are many hidden treasures here. Located in the “middle of Norway” close to the Arctic Circle, Mo i Rana has large and varied surroundings, stretching from the beautiful Helgeland coast, via fjords and mountains far into the Swedish wilderness. All of this can be experienced on relatively short excursions from the Port of Mo i Rana at the innermost point of the Ranfjord.

A VARIETY OF ATTRACTIONS An hour’s bus ride north of the port brings you to The Arctic Circle, a circumpolar line denoting the boundary between the “Land of the Midnight Sun” and the rest of the world. As well as visiting this magical border, the area is also rich in Sami culture associated with reindeer husbandry. Just north of Mo i Rana is Grønnli­ grotta, a comprehensive network of limestone caves and tunnels, which is

This network of caves and tunnels made from nature itself, is called "Grønnligrotta". Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv 24 CRUISE NORTH 2018

a more than 4 km long. Sections of the caves are illuminated and accessible to guests wishing to explore underground. Guests who are more interested in culture can visit the oldest part of the industrial community, which was based on the ironworks right back to the early 20th century. The town has developed into one of the most modern industrial areas in Norway after the ironworks underwent a major renewal a few decades ago. However, it’s worth noting that mining is still one of the main indust ries in Mo i Rana.

VISIT THE NORWEGIAN SALMON The aquaculture industry has expanded significantly along the entire North Norwegian coast in recent years and, in many ways, is the “new oil” of Norway. Paying a visit to the aquaculture visitor

"Havmannen" stands in the port og Mo i Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv Rana Rana. centre near Mo i Rana enables visitors to gain knowledge of Norwegian salmon, which is one of Norway’s major export commodities. Mo i Rana also offers a host of opportunities for nature-based activities yearround, including hiking, cycling, kayaking and other physical activities, not to mention the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun, both of which play a major role in attracting tourists to Northern Norway. The Port of Mo i Rana is an exciting addition to the variety of cruise destinations in the world’s northernmost cruise region. The town’s unique selling points will certainly make it attractive for cruise lines to sail into the Ranfjord. As Mo i Rana is an industrial town, there is no shortage of quays.

Mo i Rana has preserved the oldest part of the city, making it possible to walk among Photo: Helgeland Reiseliv Rana history.


It is impossible not to be affected by the vulnerability and the wilderness of Svalbard.

Photo: Jarle Røssland

ONCE IN A LIFETIME A full 98 per cent of the guests visiting Svalbard and Longyearbyen are satisfied with their overall experience. The world’s northernmost cruise port is perceived as genuine, untouched and authentic. These are two of the most important findings of the guest satisfaction survey recently conducted by Visit Svalbard. Cruise tourists are overall very satisfied with their stay in Longyearbyen. On a scale from 0 to 10, the average guest satisfaction is 8.5. The average likelihood that they will recommend their friends or family to visit Svalbard is 7.8.

IMPORTANT DESTINATION Around 82 per cent of the cruise tourists responded that it was important for them that Svalbard was a destination when they chose that specific cruise. Approximately 44,000 cruise tourists visited Svalbard in the summer of 2017. The cruise tourists spent an average of about NOK 675 per person, which goes to the local community in Svalbard. In comparison with expedition tourists, cruise tourists are more likely to explore on their own when they visit Svalbard. This is primarily because fewer cruise tourists have local excursions included in the price of their cruise. The most popular activities among the

cruise tourists are experiencing the nature, wildlife and the Midnight Sun. Germany is by far the largest market when it comes to cruise tourists, accounting for around 60 per cent of all cruise tourists visiting Svalbard. About one in five travels with children. Around half the cruise tourists booked their travel last year. For most of the respondents this was their first visit to Svalbard and the probability of them returning is low. This indicates that for many visiting Svalbard is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

GENUINE AND UNTOUCHED Around 70 per cent of cruise tourists arranged their own activities in Longyearbyen. More specifically, 75 per cent had been shopping, 40 per cent had visited a museum, 25 per cent had been to a café and 30 per cent had done “other” activities, which often involves exploring Longyearbyen on foot and visiting the local church. Visit Svalbard’s Director of Tourism, Ronny Brunvoll, says he is extremely

satisfied with the good results. “I would like to highlight that one of the most important findings is, even though the number of visitors has increased significantly over the past five years, the destination is still perceived as genuine, authentic and untouched. The guests also agree that the destination is marketed in a realistic and respectful manner.”



Satisfaction with Longyearbyen


Sensitibility to recommend Svalbard to other



Satisfaction with Longyearbyen


Sensitibility to recommend Svalbard to other


SOMETHING FOR EVERY TASTE This overview includes all relevant large-scale festivals, sporting events and cultural events for cruise passengers. You will also find photos and links on our website:



The North Cape Festival

Winter Festival in Narvik

Month: June

Month: March

Nordland Music Festival – Winter

North Cape


North Cape Film Festival Month: September


Bodø International Organ Festival Northern Lights Festival (Nordlysfestivalen)

Month: April

Month: January / February

Nordland Music Festival – Summer

Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) Finnmarksløpet (sled dog race) Month: March


Month: July

Finnmark Arctic Race of Norway (International cycling race) Month: August


Month: August

Month: January

Sami Week in Tromsø Month: February (Sami National Day, February 6)

Midnight Sun Marathon Month: June

Hammerfest Days (Hammerfestdagene)

Month: March

RidduRiddu (International ­indigenous people’s festival)

Brønnøysund Lofoten Cod Fishing World Championship Month: March

Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival Month: July

Month: July

Harstad Arctic Arts Festival (Festspillene i Nord-Norge)

Lofotr Viking Festival

Month: June (Week 25)

Month: August

Rootsfestivalen Month: July

Torghattmessa Month: August Annual three-day trade fair in South Helgeland combining entertainment, information, sales promotions and amusement – and with a lively atmosphere right in the thriving Brønnøysund.

P.BOX 203, N-8376 LEKNES +47 760 56 116 | +47 760 56 117 HAVN@VESTVAGOY.KOMMUNE.NO

Kristin Fosland

Marcus Vian Engen

Kristin Fosland

– A GATEWAY TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN THE WORLD Voted by National geographic as one of the most appealing desitinations in the world, Lofoten is an arcic island group that has been a cruise destination since 1889. The port of Leknes is often one of the regulas stops for up-coast cruises and we have adapted to this traffic by offering more arrival-opportunities - both by quay and tendering.

Welcome to Vesterålen and Sortland The Northern Lights appear with the advent of the winter season. The breath-takingly beautiful colours of the Aurora Borealis shimmer across the sky and create a bewitching atmosphere. In summer we have 24 hours of daylight and you can experience the awe-inspiring Midnight Sun. Vesterålen is the only place in Norway where we do whale safari all year round

Trollfjorden northern lights

whale safari

midnight sun

• Whale Watching • Trollfjorden • Northern Lights • Midnight Sun • Sami Culture

• Museums • Bird/Eagle & Seal Safari • Aqua Culture Center • Fishing Trips • Nyksund

sami family

Tel 0047 75 57 71 00




Northern Norway & Svalbard Northern Norway and Svalbard offer ultimate cruise opportunities. Our region is powered by breathtaking nature and offers a host of unique opportunities based on nature, culture and activities.

On our website you will find information about our shorex project, turnaround opportunities, winter cruise and port information. In addition, you will be able to read news and browse through our extensive photo gallery.

At Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard (CNNS) we will do our utmost to facilitate the cruise lines and agents to provide an outstanding service for passengers who visit our cruise region.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss joint opportunities in Northern Norway and Svalbard. We will do our outmost to offer your cruise line or agency the best shore excursion opportunities and infrastructure in our cruise region to create unforgettable adventures for your passengers

We strongly believe that our future success will depend on our ability to constantly improve existing shore excursions and develop new ones. CNNS also considers that turnaround operations in the northernmost part of Europe are the key to success.

Kindest regards

Harriet Willassen Jan-Erik Kristoffersen

Chair of the Board

Erik Joachimsen Managing Director

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