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. --http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/8299720648/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
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! --http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/8299720648/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
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. --http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/8299720648/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
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About the Author
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.