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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.


Editorial: Hydrogen is the fuel of the future


Open churches want cruise tourists


Jekt Trade Museum in Bodø opens: Beautiful ship gets worthy home


CNNS Map & Facts


CNNS Winter FAM trip: New adventures beneath the Northern Lights


Cruise tourism to Longyearbyen: Think before you act on Svalbard


Music and soul of the Arctic


CNNS cruise statistics 2010 – 2019


Festivals & Events 2019

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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The mayors in Northern Norway: Warmly welcome sustainable cruise tourism

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A peninsula surrounded by fjords and mountains!

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Welcome to Narvik


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Sustainability – More than just a word The cruise industry is constantly being put to the test, and Northern Norway and Svalbard are no exception. Recurring themes are that cruise passengers don’t leave money behind onshore and that the cruise ships are the worst environment sinners. The claims are often taken out of thin air without checking the facts. The fact that a researcher at a Norwegian university can claim that “the cruise industry is a parasite that does not contribute to value creation” without backing this up with any research is almost unbelievable. Those of us involved in the cruise industry know that values are created at every level of the value chain, otherwise no one would bother to turn up along the entire coast to provide services. This includes a guided bus tour, a home visit to a family or the provision of goods and services to the ship, among many examples. It’s estimated that cruise passengers will leave NOK 2.3 billion in Norway this year alone. During the year, approximately 500 calls with more than 500,000 arriving passengers will call at the 13 ports in our region, Northern Norway and Svalbard.

ships operated by marine gas oil. The media is not particularly interested in this, and often relies on populist statements that provide “good headlines”. However, for Norway’s part, it’s surprising that using heavy fuel oils north of the 62nd parallel north is still permitted. We live on the same planet and have a shared goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, it would be quite natural for Norway to also forbid heavy fuel oils north of the 62nd parallel north in the near future. The hybrid ships have arrived, as have the LNG ships. One can raise questions about the purpose of hybrid solutions. Although they have a certain environmental profile, the climate effect is probably modest. When it comes to LNG, the environmental benefit is considerably more documentable. However, this is not the perfect solution either. “The future is hydrogen,” said Torstein Hagen during Cruise Norway’s conference in Stavanger in 2018. We also believe that this is the case and that it will be a reality within 10 years.

Someone must earn money from this. Technological innovations and increasingly stringent rules are contributing to reducing the emissions from the cruise ships. The content of sulphur dioxide in heavy fuel oils has been reduced from 3.5% to 0.5% from 1 January 2020. Using closed-loop scrubber systems gives lower emissions than

Henriette Bismo Eilertsen Chair of the Board Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

This will be the next game changer in the cruise industry. Hopefully it will silence the criticism against an industry that has received undeservedly much negative criticism. We predict that the accusations from the critics will quieten down.

Erik Joachimsen

Managing Director Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard




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Northern Norway has many wonderful churches that are easily accessible to cruise passengers. with a history dating right back to the Viking Age. Here are some of them.




The newest church featured in this magazine stands proudly at the end of Markedsgata in Alta. The bishop consented to the Northern Lights Cathedral being called a cathedral, although strictly speaking it’s not a cathedral. However, the distinctive ­architecture resembling a flaming Northern Lights, combined with the wonderful location in the town’s main street, meant the term could be used, nevertheless. The Northern Lights Cathedral opened in 2013, and has become a proud symbol of Alta. Naturally, the decoration is inspired by the natural phenomenon. In the basement of the cathedral, there is an interactive exhibition where guests can learn more about the Northern Lights through creative and easy-to-understand exhibitions.

Architect Jan Inge Hovik had free rein when he designed the modernist Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø in the early 1960s. This church located on Tromsø’s mainland also uses the designation cathedral even though formally it does not meet the requirements. The church opened in 1965, and is built of reinforced lightweight concrete, glass and aluminium. The architecture provides clear ­associations with icebergs, while the acoustics are phenomenal. This makes the Arctic Cathedral an ideal venue for concerts as well as a popular attraction for tourists keen to experience this unique building.

Tromsø’s actual cathedral is situated in the heart of the city, just a one-minute walk from the city’s central quay, Prostneset. The Tromsø Cathedral was built in 1861 and has survived both the city fire in 1969 and the Second World War. The church is Neo-Gothic and is Norway’s only wooden Protestant cathedral. There have been several churches in this area dating right back to the 1250s. At that time, the ­parishioners often had long journeys by boat to attend church services and they stayed overnight in purpose-built church lodgings at Prostneset. Today, the cathedral is a popular place for weddings, christenings and confirmations. It also hosts daily concerts featuring traditional North Norwegian music, enabling tourists to experience this beautiful building and get a taste of North Norwegian culture (see separate article on page 24).



Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen Photo: Bård Løken

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Photo: Jan Ivar Rodli

Photo: Bodø domkirke

Photo: Kristine Sandmæl

These beautiful buildings range from the new and innovative through to a proud building




Vågan Kirke in Lofoten, which is popularly known as the Lofoten Cathedral, was consecrated in 1898. Seating 1,200 people, this is the largest church in Northern Norway. The huge capacity can be attributed to the large number of fishermen here during the famous seasonal Lofoten fishery. The church is built in Neo-Gothic style. It is a 10-minute drive from the cruise port in Svolvær and just over an hour’s drive from cruise port in Leknes.

Bodø sustained heavy damage during the Second World War, and the old church was bombed in May 1940. A new, modernistic church was built on the same site. Bodø Cathedral was consecrated in 1956 and, as part of the city’s post-war architecture, is a listed building. The concrete cathedral is built in basilica style and features a 36 m high free-standing bell tower. The cathedral is a popular concert venue and is walking distance from the Port of Bodø.

The beautiful and distinctive Trondenes Church is situated on a historic site from the Viking Age, just 3 km from the Port of Harstad. While it remains unclear when the church was consecrated, it was probably completed around 1440. However, there have been various wooden churches on the site dating back to the 12th century. The church is surrounded by a high stone wall, which also served as a fortress against hostile invaders. Like with most of the churches featured here, guided tours of the church are available. We recommend combining tours with a musical performance to give the guests a more vivid impression of the building’s function. A tour of the wider Trondenes Peninsula also allows guests to visit the famous Adolf Guns, which were built during the Second World War, and explore historic Viking sites.


FASCINATING MARITIME TRADE MUSEUM OPENS IN BODØ Bodø has a new attraction to offer the city’s steadily increasing number of cruise passengers. The Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum, which opened in June 2019, is counting on many cruise passengers making the 15-minute bus journey from the port. The main attraction of this impressive new museum is a traditional Norwegian cargo vessel, the "Anna Karoline". Built in 1876, this is one of the last remaining examples of a vessel that was of great importance to this region for centuries. The museum is quite literarily built around the historic vessel precisely where she went ashore for the final time in the 1950s. The Jekt Trade Museum offers unique experiences, combining history, storytelling and food culture. “We believe that by feeling, smelling and tasting the history, our guests will never forget their Nordland experience. We invite guests to visit the museum and immerse themselves in the fascinating history of wind, Arctic seas, trade and livelihood north of the Arctic Circle”, says Erika Søfting, the Project Manager of the new Jekt Trade Museum. A "jekt" is a large, open cargo vessel with a square sail and roots dating back to the boatbuilding traditions of the Viking era. The museum conveys the story of 8 CRUISE NORTH 2019

how this humble ship transported goods for global markets from the far north to the exporting cities further south in Norway. For more than four centuries, the jekt trade provided Bergen and Trondheim with important export commodities such as stockfish, clipfish and cod liver oil. In the jekt’s heyday, more than 200 such wooden vessels plied the coastline every year, arriving in Bergen in time for the annual stockfish markets in the summertime. The crews sailed down with cod liver oil and fish and returned with vital supplies for the northern communities such as grain, flour, salt and hemp. The jekt trade also brought products like coffee, silk scarfs, silver cups and haberdashery to Nordland. The crew risked their lives on this journey, which was more than 500 nautical miles in each direction and could last from a week up to several months. Even though the jekt played such an important role, very few examples of these vessels remain. Only three original jekts still exist – one in Nordfjord in

Sogn og Fjordane, one in Trøndelag and the Anna Karoline in Bodø. She forms an important part of Nordland’s cultural heritage, and the new museum is proud to present this venerable vessel to document the jekt trade history. The purpose-built museum building includes two exhibition halls and a reception centre housing a restaurant, museum shop and auditorium. The restaurant serves local and tradeinspired dishes based on local produce. The main ingredient is fish, fresh as well as dried. The exhibitions display trading commodities from different times, from Viking Age glass beads and medieval silver cups through to silk garments of the 18th century. This is complemented by the museum’s impressive maritime collection, while the surrounding open-air museum completes the story. Outside the main museum building, guests can explore authentic, traditional buildings, see a collection of traditional Nordland boats, and enjoy the beautiful landscape

and ever changing Nordland weather. The exhibition invites guests to immerse themselves in and reflect on the history of the jekt trade. Through activities that will stimulate all their senses, the guests will learn about what life was like onboard a stockfish jekt, including the knowledge and skills of the crew. The smell of tar and stockfish will accompany the guests as they walk along this historic vessel. The scenic landscape of steep mountains and deep fjords visible through the large windows adds an extra dimension to this journey back in time to an important chapter in the region’s history.

Visit the new Jekt Trade Museum in Bodøsjøen!


Duration: 1-2 hours Capacity: 280 per hour Language: English, German, Norwegian All photos: Ernst Furuhatt


Experience Nordkapp 71°10’21’’ Visit us at ACTION!


Welcome to the northernmost point of Europe and enjoy the wealth of facilities at Nordkapp


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The North Cape Hall offers: • New film, Nordkapp Panoramafilm shown in a 160° widescreen portraying the four seasons at Nordkapp • Exhibition from the long history of North Cape as a travellers’ destination • Chapel of St. John - the northernmost ecumenical chapel in the world • Exciting gift and souvenir shop with a rich varity of beautiful items • Restaurant, cafe and bar with a fantastic panoramic view of the Arctic Ocean

• Northernmost post office with at special North Cape mark

KingCrab Safari



Midnattsol IceBar


Local Gallery Photo: Aune forlag. Illustration: Bjørn Holthe

Hotel & local food


Welcome to the port of Såpmi! 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 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.

Porsanger is your new top choice destination!

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Photo: Katja Rykova

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Photo: Einar Veimoen / / Harstad


CRUISE FROM FJORDS TOWARDS THE NORTH The limitations being placed on cruise calls to the fjords of Western Norway can provide a new and huge opportunity for Northern Norway. Northern Norwegian hospitality can lead our region back to old heights, when the Midnight Sun and North Cape were the most important selling points. However, to fully succeed, this must be sustainable in the broadest sense of the word. Throughout 2018, there was a major focus on the cruise industry in the public discussion, particularly in relation to sustainability measured in terms of environmental footprints, overtourism and value creation. Some of the criticism has been justified, while a lot of it is based on expressing strong but weakly founded opinions and carelessness with the facts. The main argument against the cruise traffic has been that “cruise passengers don’t leave money behind onshore”. This 12 CRUISE NORTH 2019

is wrong. No one offers charity to the cruise lines; cruise tourism is good from a social economics perspective as well as a business economics perspective – also onshore. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries commissions Innovation Norway to conducts an annual tourism survey. The figures for 2017 show that cruise lines and passengers leave behind a total of NOK 2.6 billion (Euro 0.26 billion). If you divide this by 3 million (the number of day

visits), it equates to NOK 860 (Euro 86) per landing passenger. This is a significant export income for Norway, which creates jobs and generates tax revenues for small and large communities along the coast. Even small destinations can handle the cruise ships, which bring their own hotels with them. Virtually all forms of tourism involving transportation result in greenhouse gas emission. That is also the case for the cruise industry. Although air traffic

accounts for most of the pollution, the cruise industry has been left to face the criticism because the emissions are very visible when they accumulate in narrow fjords. Photos of fjords covered with smoke on a warm and calm summer’s day are a recurring theme in the media, and obviously this does not look good. Like all other transport industries, the cruise industry must also adapt to international and national ­requirements related to fuel and limitations on emissions. This is a driving force for the cruise lines installing exhaust gas cleaning systems, the largest ports investing in shore power and shipbuilders testing new engine technologies and alternative energy sources on board, such as LNG. Furthermore, it’s not improbable that in a decade ships powered by hydrogen will be built, meaning the only discharge will be water. The cruise lines have the capital and the willingness to do this and perceive that the authorities and the passengers are pushing for a lighter environmental footprint than is the case today. In the fjords of Western Norway, the restrictions on the cruise industry have become extensive and in part ­unrealistic. Consequently, the cruise lines are looking for alternative sailing routes. This change represents the perfect pass to Northern Norway, which now has a golden ­opportunity to make itself attractive and thereby increase revenues from a large and growing cruise market. All increases within the cruise industry in recent years have occurred within seven-day sailings. If one wishes to offer week-long Midnight Sun cruises in Northern Norway, this must be done as a flight and cruise package. Turnaround operations are common in other parts of the world and will increase in Northern Norway in the future. In our region, we have airports and ports in Lakselv, Tromsø, Harstad/Narvik and Bodø that have the capacity to perform such o ­ perations. Other examples of ­destinations that have good quay facilities to expand the cruise season are North Cape, Hammerfest and Alta, all of which have specific plans for new quay facilities with a view to more winter cruises. The cruise lines will station cruise ships in Northern Norway during the “Midnight Sun season”, which will enable them to shorten sailing distances while still offering the same experiences as before – plus much more. Historically, a generation or so ago, Northern Norway attracted 80 per cent of the cruise traffic to Norway. Although we

are now experiencing growth in the winter cruise market based on the Northern Lights phenomenon, our region has lost market share to the fjords in recent decades, mainly because we are too far from the ships’ home port. A modest 15 per cent of the cruises to Norway now go to Northern Norway and Svalbard. Bergen now has more cruise passengers annually than the whole of Northern Norway and Svalbard combined. Northern Norway now has a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to regain the position the region had. We can turn the developments in the fjords into something positive for Northern Norway by showing the cruise lines that the cruise ships are welcome, that the passengers get good experiences and that this is sustainable. According to European Cruise Service, there is a potential to triple the current number of more than 100,000 cruise passengers and thus a market share of 50 per cent in Norway if we play our cards right. The Midnight Sun must again be used as a selling point for attracting cruise tourists who wish to go on a week-long cruise. However, it requires that the ports, the tourism industry and the politicians take a positive view to the cruise calls, and that this is done secure in the knowledge that the environment, local communities and value creation are all taken into account. A good example of this potential can be found in Narvik. The iron ore town is currently a medium-sized cruise port, while the political leadership in the ­municipality is very forward-thinking. This year 25,000 passengers will arrive in the town, and they will leave behind more than NOK 20 million. The Narvik community is focusing heavily on infrastructure for the quay, railway line, road and mountains. Everything is ready for turnaround ­operations – and a world championship in alpine skiing. Consequently, Narvik does not have to expand hotel capacity for one large event – and has succeeded in involving the entire region in this. We know that many ­destinations applaud every time a cruise ship docks because it means more life in the town and village, money at the checkout, jobs and tax revenues. Northern Norway cannot afford to say no to this opportunity, even when you weigh up sustainability in every dimension of the word.

Rune Rafaelsen Mayor of Sør-Varanger

Kristina Hansen Mayor of Nordkapp

Aina Borch Mayor of Porsanger

Monica Nielsen Mayor of Alta

Kristin Røymo Mayor of Tromsø

Rune Edvardsen Mayor of Narvik

Marianne Bremnes Mayor of Harstad

Alf E. Jakobsen Mayor of Hammerfest

Tove Mette Bjørkmo Mayor of Sortland

Eivind Holst Mayor of Vågan

Remi Solberg Mayor of Vestvågøy

Ida Maria Pinnerød Mayor of Bodø

Sigurd Stormo Mayor of Meløy

Geir Waage Mayor of Mo i Rana

Johnny Hanssen Erik Joachimsen Mayor of Brønnøysund Cruise Northern-­Norway & Svalbard


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,



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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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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

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Lakselv, Banak Airport

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Evenes Airport 10 Narvik

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Medium body aircraft


6 Lofoten - Svolvær

5 Bodø

CNNS Cruise destination

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: Solveig Henriksen-Sharp, Port contact: Port Manager Sølvi H. Kristoffersen,

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: Cruise Network Lofoten, Sissel Hansen, Port contact: Port Manager Kjell Jakobsen,

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: Cruise Network 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 ­

10 Narvik

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,

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8 Harstad Unique Selling Points: Viking, medieval and military history Quay “City centre”: 300 m / 9.3 m Shorex contact: Jan-Erik Kristoffersen, Port contact: Port Manager Ivar Hagenlund,

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: 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,

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,



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 01.06 – 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







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.






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

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.






1 Mo i Rana: Head Chef and celebrity wilderness cook Svein Jæger Hansen at Meyergården Hotel served dinner to our guests and entertained them on the first evening. He focuses on locally sourced produce from the sea and mountains, preferably accompanied by his own aquavit. 2 Grønligrotta: An underground cave system that is easily accessible for cruise tourists visiting Mo i Rana. 3 Bodø: The flight simulators featuring the landscape around Bodø have become a popular attraction at the Newton Flight Academy, which is part of the


CRUISING ALL YEAR ROUND Inviting cruise lines and agents on an exotic winter FAM trip in Northern Norway in February has slowly but surely become a tradition for CNNS. Each trip lives its own life, creating new memories and powerful experiences. Cruise passengers can experience much of this, regardless of the season. This year’s expedition started in a newcomer to the cruise industry, Mo i Rana. Even though the industrial town in the far south of the region has always had a port, this is the first time Mo i Rana has decided to invite the cruise industry. There are more than enough quay facilities in a town that has made its name through the extraction of iron ore from the mines established at Rana Gruber in 1937. While Mo i Rana finally received town status until 1997, it has been a trading centre since the late 18 CRUISE NORTH 2019

18th century. However, despite being a transport hub along the north-south route, Mo i Rana has not distinguished itself as a tourist town. The Meyergården Hotel is a venerable establishment, with traditions dating all the way back to its origins in the late 19th century. Our guests were greeted here by celebrity chef Svein Jæger Hansen, who served his own wilderness aquavit along with accompanying local dishes in the oldest part of the hotel. Fish, reindeer, moose and grouse are all locally sourced

ingredients. The fitting way to conclude such a meal is with local cloudberries, the gold of the Arctic marshlands. The first activity of the trip took place underground in the well-known Grønligrotta caves about 30 km from Mo i Rana. A guide is required, even though the 400 m walk with a 20-degree slope down into the cave takes place in illuminated, warm and dry surroundings. Wooden walkways and bridges make the cave system surprisingly accessible, while the underground river creates a good atmosphere.

Norwegian Aviation Museum. 4 Rognan: Boat building traditions are alive and well as increasingly more Nordland boats are launched, all built by hand in the traditional way. 5 The Arctic Circle: Elin Oskal (right) is part of a Sami reindeer herding family who are also involved in tourism. She presents Sami culture in excellent English and gladly invites the guests home to greet her “pets”. A traditional Sami joik is All photos: CNNS/Erik Joachimsen always included! The journey continued along the E6 highway, the main south-north road in Norway, up to the legendary Arctic Circle. North of this line on the map, at 66˚ N, is generally referred to as the Arctic. However, it’s still a long way to the northernmost parts of Norway. North of the Arctic Circle, you can experience the Midnight Sun for more than two months each year. In practice, this means the sun does not drop below the horizon.

X-FACTOR A short and smiling Sami woman was waiting to greet us at the Arctic Circle during a snowstorm. Elin Oskal was wearing her traditional, colourful Sami costume and carrying a lasso. She is a member of a reindeer herding family whose herd is gathered in the Saltfjellet mountains for winter grazing. In the summer, the reindeer migrate to their summer pastures on the coast. The Sami are a nomadic people, but only small number still survive on reindeer herding. Elin took the group by storm with her charming smile, impressive English and

fascinating stories about life as a Sami reindeer herder in harmony with nature. She topped it off with a traditional Sami joik, a distinctive way of describing a person or object. You can call it a song, but it’s just as much a story. This proved a real hit, which was only reinforced when she invited us home to her mother and their reindeer herd. It was an unforgettable experience with X-factor deluxe. The journey continued north to Rognan, which is known for its rich boatbuilding traditions. It’s fair to say that, with his dishevelled, grey hair and solid hands that have built many a Nordland boat, Kai Linde looks like a boat builder. He spends many weeks making each wooden boat, starting with finding suitable wood in the forest. Rognan also has a dark story to tell, dating from the time prisoners of war built the “Blood Road” here near the end of the Second World War. Tens of thousands of prisoners built the road and rail connections under the cynical leadership of the Germans. The Blood Road Museum offers a moving and thought-provoking reminder of a

chapter of history that no one wishes to experience again.

BACK TO THE STONE AGE Bodø is going all out when it comes to cruise, and the city is receiving more and more calls. Bodø has a rich array of shore excursions to offer cruise passengers and crew in the city and its beautiful surroundings. The port has been upgraded and expanded, while the harbour basin has been dredged to allow larger cruise ships to dock. The Norwegian Aviation Museum, which has already provided experiences to its guests for 25 years, has shown great ability to renew itself. The latest addition are flight simulators in the Newton Flight Academy, which enables guests to experience the fun of flying a twinengine aircraft in realistic surroundings around Bodø. Guests can also experience an impressive exhibition of civilian and military aircraft in an interactive and beautifully constructed exhibition in a building shaped like a giant propeller. The highlight for many is the Lockheed U-2, CRUISE NORTH 2019 19





6 Saltstraumen: A recreated Stone Age settlement is situated right beside the famous tidal current. Tuvsjyen serves food and storytelling from the Stone Age. 7 Tromsø: The wilderness centre near Tromsø has experienced a significant growth in the demand for dog sledding, which is a soft adventure everyone can participate in. The more than 300 Alaskan huskies are busy pulling cruise passengers through the wilderness for much of the winter season. which created an international crisis when it was shot down over the former Soviet Union on its way back from Pakistan to Bodø on 1 May 1960. This incident put Bodø on the global map as a strategically important military base. It’s virtually impossible to experience Bodø without travelling by high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the world’s strongest tidal current, Saltstraumen. Guests can experience the enormous vortices when up to 400 million cubic metres of water pass through a narrow strait in a matter of hours at speeds of up to 20 knots. It goes without saying that qualified and experienced guides are required. Besides the tidal current, this tour also offers the chance to see the protected white-tailed eagles at close range as they hunt for fish in waters noted for abundant fish stocks. Or to visit Tuvsjyen, a familyrun tourism company which takes guests on a journey back to the Stone Age.

TROMSØ TODDY Tromsø Wilderness Centre (Villmarkssenter) has experienced 20 CRUISE NORTH 2019

explosive growth in recent years, due in part to the increasing number of winter cruise calls to Northern Norway. The founder, Tove Sørensen, now has more than 300 Alaskan huskies in her dog yard. Guests can enjoy the tranquillity of nature in the scenic landscape just a 20-minute drive from Tromsø. The silence is disturbed only by the sound of eager, hard-working dogs pulling you by sled into the wilderness while you enjoy the views of Tromsø and its beautiful surroundings. More than 43,000 guests had this experience last year alone. The only reason why this number was not higher is that there are not enough dogs ... After the Cable Car upgraded its gondolas in 2016, visitor numbers have risen sharply. The number of guests making the trip up to the viewing platform 421 m above sea level to enjoy the views of Tromsø and the surrounding area passed 200,000 in 2018 and the growth seems set to continue. In this region, only the North Cape can boast higher ticket sales, and that’s no coincidence. Cruise calls and Northern Lights tourism to Tromsø, the Capital of the Arctic, have

increased significantly but there is still space for more. The Cable Car is planning further extensions to both the upper and lower stations so it can handle the everincreasing traffic to the roof of Tromsø. The latest attraction in Tromsø is Full Steam, a concept based on the history of the annual Lofoten fishery a bit further south in the region. In an old, ­traditional and authentic quayside building in downtown Tromsø, large groups can now hear, see and taste the history of the rich cod fisheries along the North Norwegian coast. By the way, the “Tromsø Toddy”– a mix of vodka and cod liver oil – is an unforgettable experience. As is Kalle Mentzen, the storyteller who some will no doubt remember from the equivalent Full Steam concept in Henningsvær in Lofoten.

NORTHERN LIGHTS AT LAST Honningsvåg, with roughly the same number of passengers as Tromsø, was one of two marquee ports on this trip. Both destinations had 140,000 arriving passengers in 2019, which creates a large potential for onshore added value

8 Full Steam: The latest addition to Tromsø is Full Steam. On the quayside near the city centre, you will be served the history of fisheries along the coast accompanied by cod roe and a “Tromsø toddy” – an unbeatable combination. 9 North Cape: The North Cape plateau is accessible year-round. In the wintertime, snowmobiles provide an exotic way of arriving at the North Cape Hall. This time we were followed All photos: CNNS/Erik Joachimsen by the Northern Lights! and few problems when it comes to capacity. The Northern Lights is something everyone wants to see, including our guests. We travelled by snowmobile from Skarsvåg, the world’s northern­most fishing village, in the direction of the North Cape Hall. We had barely left the settlement when we saw the ­unmistakable green light start its dance across the sky. This spectacular sight became even stronger as the convoy of snow­mobiles approached the 307 m plateau at Europe’s northernmost outpost. The North Cape Hall is now accessible by road virtually year-round, but one is reliant on convoy driving during winter for their own safety. However, snowmobiles are the most exotic way of experiencing the plateau, not least because you get such a close-up encounter with the forces of nature. In the summertime, it’s also possible to arrive by boat via Hornvika, like tourists did before the road was built. The tourism company Destinasjon71 Grader has gradually built up a host of adventures year-round at Magerøya,

where Honningsvåg and North Cape as situated. Our guests got to taste one of the great delicacies of the sea for a breakfast with a difference when freshly caught king crab was boiled on the quayside while the guests waited.

MORE NORTHERN LIGHTS For many cruise lines, Alta is the “reason to go” in the wintertime. The town has an impressive range of offers for cruise guests. Furthermore, the destination is extremely well organized, and the various actors cooperate very well together. The Northern Lights Cathedral at the end of the main street wishes you welcome to this wonderful destination. The annual Finnmarksløpet, Europe’s longest sled dog race, creates major activity during an action-packed week each March. Many cruise lines call during this period. Another drawcard is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. As well as day visits, intrepid travellers can stay overnight. The hotel is constructed in December each year and Mother nature arranges demolition each April. Meanwhile, communal areas like

the church and bar, as well as the guest rooms and suites, are decorated with top notch ice art by professional artists. Over the last few years, Glød Explorer has expanded thanks to Northern Lights tourism and a variety of outdoor activities. Trygve Nygård always provides thorough presentations for his guests before starting the various trips, hereby ensuring that knowledge and ­expectations are fine-tuned to maximise the experience. Alta also has several companies running dog sledding trips, an activity that guests never get enough of. There is also a wide variety of Sami experiences, which include far more than sitting on a sled behind a reindeer. Sami culture is very strong in Finnmark and constitutes an important part of the overall product. Our FAM trip ended with a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the Mathisdalen valley just outside Alta. The menu featured dried reindeer meat and coffee brewed on an open fire, followed by a traditional North Norwegian dessert: The Northern Lights dancing in the sky, as if to say goodbye and welcome back. CRUISE NORTH 2019 21

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

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

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

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THINK BEFORE YOU ACT Ignorance often leads to guests doing things that are incompatible with the local culture and attitudes towards nature and surroundings in Longyearbyen. The settlement is in the wilderness and has a very limited “urban area”. Polar bears are often observed in the outskirts of the settlement and even enter Longyearbyen from time to time. When this happens, experts from the Governor of Svalbard arrive quickly to prevent any danger. This means that all tourists who travel outside the main settlement must carry firearms or be accompanied by an armed guide. The guides often joke that you need a friend who runs slower than yourself… However, behind every joke there is an element of seriousness. A polar bear can run up to 60 km/h over shorter distances and can kill humans with a single blow. Consequently, polar bear protection must be taken extremely seriously. If you make footprints in the wilderness, it will take many years for the nature to repair itself, if it manages to do so at all. For instance, if you bike on the tundra, your cycle tracks will not

Photo: Jarle Roessland / Visit Svalbard / Longyearbyen

One of the most vulnerable areas in the CNNS region is Svalbard, or Spitsbergen, as the archipelago is known. The largest settlement, Longyearbyen, has a population in excess of 2,000, including nationalities spanning virtually the entire globe. Cruise calls to Longyearbyen place extra demands on the behaviour of cruise lines and passengers alike, due to the extremely vulnerable nature.

Visit Svalbard has developed a set of community guidelines to raise awareness for guests and residents alike. disappear. Obviously, you should not pick flowers or gather fossils from the ground. The locals also want to ensure that tourists shop locally. While there are not so many alternatives to Longyearbyen once you arrive, the shopkeepers don’t like tourists simply using the shops to look at the goods. They also want to

ensure goods are purchased at a wide range of shops. Visit Svalbard has developed a set of community guidelines to raise awareness for guests and residents alike. This lists what you can and cannot do while visiting the world’s northernmost cruise port.

LONGYEARBYEN COMMUNITY GUIDELINES 4 Stay safe and get the best experience of our little Arctic community. 4 For your own safety, do not leave town without polar bear protection. 4 Chat with locals but ask before photographing, please respect privacy and do not take pictures of children at kindergarten or school. 4 Enjoy a walk through the town, but please walk on the left side of the road if there are no pavements. 4 The Svalbard reindeer, grouse and birds can be seen around town. Enjoy our wildlife at a safe distance

and remember that birds and other animals are not to be disturbed. 4 Dogs in the dog yards are a common sight in Longyearbyen. Please do not feed, touch or disturb the dogs by getting too close to them for photographs. 4 We have many beautiful flowers. Enjoy the sight but please do not pick them. 4 Help us respect our history by leaving old cultural remains alone. All traces of human settlement from before 1946 are protected by law.

4 You are welcome to photograph parked snowmobiles, but please do not touch them. 4 The use of drones is prohibited in Longyearbyen less than 5 km from Longyearbyen airport. 4 Help us keep beautiful Svalbard clean. Use our rubbish bins and leave no traces behind. 4 Shop locally! You are welcome to buy our locally made products, but please note that we do not have a tradition for bargaining.


A musical taste of the Arctic soul: Right by Tromsø’s pulsating main street, guests can experience high quality North Norwegian music at the Tromsø Cathedral. Photo: Arctic Vibe


THE MUSIC AND SOUL OF THE ARCTIC One of the many churches offering cultural experiences for cruise guests is the Tromsø Cathedral. This landmark building is situated in the heart of downtown Tromsø, just a two-minute stroll from Prostneset, the central quay in Northern Norway’s largest city. Arctic Vibe, which is run by musician Øyvind Bakkeby Moe, offers daily concerts in this venerable church from Monday to Saturday. The concerts have been well received by the city’s tourists, and not only cruise guests. The church is easily accessible and has excellent capacity. Just metres from Tromsø’s hectic main street, Storgata, guests can experience North Norwegian music of high quality, and have a relaxing and different experience compared to many of the 24 CRUISE NORTH 2019

nature-based activities on offer in the “Paris of the North”. “The sea has provided the basis of life in Northern Norway since time immemorial. To this day, it remains our most important transport route and our largest resource. It is Mother Nature’s own pantry and is an important community builder. To fully understand North Norwegian society, you need to understand the sea and the importance it plays,” says Bakkeby Moe, whose work is well supported by Innovation Norway. “Along the extensive coast of Northern Norway, there has always been a vibrant and varied culture that people have used to express their experiences, sorrows, faith and hope. This coastal culture covers a wide range of styles and musical

expressions,” he adds enthusiastically. The musicians create a wonderful atmosphere in Tromsø’s most important cultural heritage building, which takes the audience on a beautiful journey through the rich musical treasures of the coastal culture and the Arctic soul. The concert features psalms, folk tunes, songs, traditional Norwegian music and indigenous Sami music focusing on the past, present and future, performed by the region’s leading musicians. This excursion offers you a unique and close-up experience of the rich cultural heritage of Northern Norway’s coastal communities. If you lean back and listen carefully, we hope you will gain a special insight into the soul of the Arctic.


THERE IS SPACE FOR MORE Since its establishment in 2010, Cruise Northern Norway and Svalbard has experienced steady, positive growth in terms of both passengers and calls. Apart from one year, 2015, the number of arriving passengers to the region has increased every year. While the number of passengers has increased steadily, the number of calls has varied somewhat. “After all, it’s the passengers we live by. The more they shop and buy experiences, the better it is for the business community at the various destinations,” said the Managing Director of Cruise Norway & Svalbard (CNNS), Erik Joachimsen, who has headed the cruise network for the entire period. The figures for 2019 are forecasts, which for the first time show that the CNNS region will pass 500,000 arriving passengers at the region’s 12 cruise ports. At the same time, the region is approaching 500 calls. Comparing the figures from 2010 with the forecasts

for 2019 shows that the number of calls has increased by 38 per cent, while the number of arriving passengers has increased by a whopping 80 per cent. This clearly illustrates that the size of the cruise ships has increased. When CNNS was established, the average number of passengers on board was around 800, but this figure has now stabilized at well over 1,000 passengers. “We see that while the biggest cruise ships are getting bigger, there is also an increasing interest in the smaller ships that allow passengers to take slightly more expedition-oriented cruises to the region,” says Joachimsen. “Despite this growth, we wish there was

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more interested in carrying out turnaround operations in the region. Spanish cruise line Pullmantur carried out some such operations in 2015, with Lakselv and Evenes airports as the bases. This was extremely successful and enabled the cruise line to offer short but comprehensive week-long cruises, including the Russian port of Murmansk as a “tax-free port”. Several cruise lines should have tried the same, as the infrastructure and experiences are easily accessible throughout the entire region. I don’t really understand why others don’t see this opportunity,” comments the Managing Director of CNNS. In conclusion, Erik Joachimsen points out: “The Port of Bergen is still larger than the entire Northern Norway and Svalbard region combined, and this shows some of the potential for our region. With the resistance that some sectors of the shore-based tourism industry are now demonstrating in Western Norway, the cruise lines should realise that the time is now right to utilise the many small or large ports in our region. We have capacity combined with many unique experiences, which provides good opportunities for slow cruising throughout the region. Providing it’s sustainable in terms of the environment and value creation, the cruise lines will experience a warm welcome!”




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:

North Cape


Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF)

The North Cape Festival Month: June

Month: January

North Cape Film Festival

Sami Week in Tromsø

Month: September

Month: February (Sami National Day, February 6)


Hammerfest Days (Hammerfestdagene)

Midnight Sun Marathon Month: June

Month: July

RidduRiddu (International ­indigenous people’s festival)


Month: July

Photo: Arthur Arnesen

Finnmarksløpet (sled dog race) Month: March

Northern Lights Festival (Nordlysfestivalen) Month: January / February


Harstad Arctic Arts Festival (Festspillene i Nord-Norge) Month: June (Week 25)

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

Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival Month: July

Month: August


Winter Festival in Narvik


Month: March

Month: July

Cod Fishing World Championship Month: March

Month: April

Nordland Music Festival – Summer



Bodø International Organ Festival

Lofotr Viking Festival


Month: August

Bodø Nordland Music Festival – Winter Month: March

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

WELCOME TO BRØNNØYSUND "A Gateway to the UNESCO Word Herritage Area"

Brønnøysund is a lively and charming town. It has two cruise ship berths- welcoming ships up to 230 meters in length. Local English & German spraking guides available for excursions. 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. Hildurs Herb Garden A charming outdoor arctic herb garden welcomes guests for a guided tour before enjoying Norwegian afternoon tea inside. Open air museum & Coffee roastery Just an hours drive north of Brønnøysund you may visit the charming open air museum at Vevelstad, a small rock carving field from 4000 years BC and enjoy refreshments at the coffee brewery located at a trading post from 1792. Several other excursions available.

Brønnøysund Cruiseport Tel. +47 75 01 20 70

For more Shorex details contact:

Helgeland Reiseliv as


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

Henriette Bismo Eilertsen Harriet Willassen


Chair of the Board

Erik Joachimsen Managing Director

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