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Hurtigruten - Detailed 11 Day Voyage Guide: Nature, Culture, History, Legends: 1 [Paperback]

Berit Liland , Kristij Kruger (illustraturs) and Anne Cathrine Jansen (design)
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5 Sep 2008
Over 20 000 sold in three languages! This is described as the ultimate informative travel and reference book and voyage guide for the Hurtigruten (Norwegian Coastal Steamer) journey along the rugged and beautiful Norwegian coast and fjords between Bergen and Kirkenes. This book describes what is seen from the ship, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day. In addition to time references from the last port of call, the book also has GPS positions for interesting landmarks to assist the passenger in keeping up with the progress of the journey. Each port of call is described in detail, and for the major cities, recommended city walks are described. Islands, towns, mountains and fjords are described as they are today, as well as in their historical, cultural and nature contexts. More than 500 large and small photos, and several hundred maps illustrate the text. Special chapters include: - The Norwegian coast - the historical highway. - Communication along the coast in former times. - Norway from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. - The Gulf Stream. - The Napoleonic Wars. - The Storegga Slide. - The fishermen's rules of what to do and don't do in a boat. - The Vikings. - Arctic Circle - Midnight Sun - the "Dark Period". - Sea Eagles. - Maelstrom. - Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis. - Ancient Norse Gods. - Bird nesting cliffs in Norway. - The Barents Sea. - Convoys in the Second World War and the fate of the Tirpitz and Scharnhorst battleships. - The burning of Finnmark in 1944. - The Pomor Trade. - The Sami. - Melkøya and the Snøhvit oil fields. - Alta Rock Carvings. - Hurtigruten Museum and MS Finnmarken. - The history of the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Steamer. - Egg and down gathering. - The Dutch Trade period. - Navigational Beacon System. - Ships in the Hurtigruten Fleet. - Official flag days in Norway. - Relative temperatures and wind chill factor. The 11 day journey includes Bergen, the Geiranger fjord (summer season), the Romsdal area, Trondheim, the Lofoten islands, Tromsø, Finnmark and Kirkenes, along with the 34 large and small ports of call. Each county is described separately. This book has been praised by both the major Norwegian national television channels (NRK and TV2), as being authoritative and rich in detail. Many Norwegian newspapers and magazines have also praised it. The book is soft covered in laminated paperback so that is can be easily read both aboard in a deck chair, and at home in your lap or on a table. Reference flaps doubling as bookmarks are included with the front and back covers, for the readers' convenience. The "Hurtigruten Detailed 11-day voyage guide" has since publishing also been used also by the Hurtigruten company for it's employees.

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  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Forlaget 67N Rolf Liland; 1 edition (5 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8299720648
  • ISBN-13: 978-8299720649
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 22 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ms. Berit Liland (born in Bergen, Norway, in 1943) is a former Radio Telegraphy Officer with the Norwegian Merchant Navy, who later followed a maritime career ashore. Retired, she travelled as a passenger with the Hurtigruten ships several times and was impressed by the mountains and fjords of the coast, but felt that there was much more to be learned about what she could see from the ship. After retirement, she spent four years gathering current and historical information about the nature, culture, history and legends of the Hurtigruten journey, and has since found a large audience in former, current and future Hurtigruten travellers, as well as those interested in the coastal culture of Norway and western Scandinavia. Ms. Liland has also published the Hurtigruten book in Norwegian and German language. The English edition is translated by Mr. Andy Lomax, who resides in Troms, Norway, and by Mr. Øyvind Martinsen.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian Coastal Voyage 26 Sep 2008
My wife and I have done the Norwegian Coastal Voyage round trip (Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen) twelve times, and are booked for our thirteenth. We very much we'd had the benefit of this excellent book for our previous voyages, and are looking forward to taking it along next time. Quite frankly the voyage itself stands well on its own merits. What this book does is to add a number of extra dimensions, and is an invaluable aide to understanding more about the scenery, the history and the culture. If you read it before a voyage, it'll help you get the most out of the trip; if you read it after a voyage, it'll bring back beautiful memories.

This book is a labour of love, and to those of us - and there are many from all over the world - for whom the Norwegian Coastal Voyage is a wonderful (and repeatable) experience, it is essential. If I were allowed only two books as a desert island castaway, Berit Liland's book would be one of them.

Buy the book, and take it - along with binoculars and camera - on the voyage.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A brilliantly indepth look at the 11 day Norwegian trip on the Hurtergruten Coastal Steamers. To buy on the vessel is around £40 and this second hand book was around half the cost and in excellent condition. The book provides an almost minute by minute guide to what you are passing( and believe me there are thousands of islands) and the history etc of Norway.The vessel provides you with a small paperback version but this book really gets to grips with Norway.And Yes! I am going to keep it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By DrJoe
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If you are doing the voyage this gives so much information about the places you are seeing. Sometimes almost too much but there is something for everyone from ancient legend to modern facts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still to be tested 10 Oct 2010
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We are planning to make the voyage covered by the book in March 2011 so we haven't been able to use the book as a guide during our journey yet but, even so, it is proving invaluable for our planning both for the journey as a whole and for any excursions we want to make. The detail and content are superb and, although we won't read the book from cover to cover, it will serve as a great momento of the trip we have yet to make.
All we need is the voyage to live up to our expectations. The book certainly does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book has a detailed information for travelers of the Hurtigruten Norway Coastal voyage, it is an ogligated lecture to know more about History of Norway, events on each one of the ports, detailed maps routes and times of the travel.

It is a very useful guide to plan the travel and to add value to the magnificent fjords along the Norway coastline travel and enjoy each one of the natual sceneries during the travel.

That is very recommendable for people who wants to book the travel and for people who took the travel is an essential lecture to recall memories of the travel.

A great book for a great travel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurtigruten Guide 25 May 2012
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This is an excellent souvenir of the 11 day coastal voyage (which is amazing) and I ordered it from Amazon whilst on the voyage and saved money and space in my case. The photographs, maps and historical information are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurtigruten Guide 30 April 2014
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Excellent book with a wealth of information, both written and photographic, on the voyages. Can't wait to use it on the actual voyage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an essential for the trip 17 Mar 2014
By G. Key
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if you like to know where you are and what you are passing as you sit in the observation lounge, then this is the book for you. Very useful. Super trip, made better by a super book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good if bulky travellers guide
Excellent book, if slightly dated and sadly no index which it badly needs. An abbreviated version is given "free" to Hurtigruten passengers doing the cruise.
Published 4 months ago by StBuryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurtigruten route followed
As we followed the exact route we found its information to be accurate up to date and usually repeated in the ship's informative p.a. Messaging. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lawrence Hanlon
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book on Hurtigruten
Main drawback is that there is no clear introduction to the route itself. It seems the writer is happy that the reader is already familiar with the subject.
Published 15 months ago by AnaAlberta
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Great Book which was in great condition and it proved invaluable on our trip, so much great information.

Thank you.
Published 15 months ago by ms
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Exactly what it says in the title! Only slight quibble is that the detailed maps are not continuous, but the amount of information is amazing.
Published 17 months ago by Janet Primrose
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 day voyage
Helped us plan our holiday before we went - what we wanted to see and what excursions we might choose. A lovely souvenir of our holiday. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful voyage in the world (even in December!)
Bought the book a wek before undertaking the voyage. Very helpful. It would be great if someone undertook the enormous task of indexing the book so that it can be "dipped... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jhh
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
An excellent book. As well as a detailed guide it is also an excellent read with sume stunning scenic photographs
Published 18 months ago by johnjasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Really looking forward to an expedition to the Northcape. And this...
My wife and I have long wanted to visit the coast of Norway and give ourselves the chance to see the Northern Lights. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Alexander Matthews
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