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.