Blue-whales in Isfjorden in June, polar-bears feeding on dolphins, a white humpback whale in the North Atlantic, and a polar bear cub riding on his mother’s back to cross open water. These are some of the interesting sightings that cruise ship operators have seen and jointly reported to the scientific literature in partnership with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI). The valuable cooperation between the tourism industry and researchers is helping to increase knowledge about the Arctic environment during this time of rapidly changing conditions.
When the 18 hole links world class course opens July 2015 in the world’s most beautiful islands, it will make this a “must visit” location also for golfers.
The experience at Lofoten Links is completely unrivalled, offering Midnight sun golfing daylight and 24-hour tee-off during the summer months of May through July, in surroundings reminiscent of a classic Scottish links. The sea is an integral feature on 9 of the new 18 holes, with some world class golf holes. The course, uniquely situated 95 miles north of the Arctic Circle at 68 degrees latitude, makes every golfer’s dreams a reality!
14 Jun Lofoten Cruise Manual
In future CNNS will have an even stronger focus on presenting innovative shore excursions with a focus on nature-based experiences. Consequently, we will prioritise our resources such as newsletters and other marketing material on small and large experiences in a region which more than any is “Powered by Nature”.
14 Jun Cruising into Russia
With the belief increased cruise traffic to Russia will also lead to more sailings along the coast of Northern Norway, CNNS hosted a FAM trip to Arkhangelsk, the Solovetsky Islands and Murmansk in April 2015. Russia is an exciting destination offering great attractions and a rich and dramatic history.
During the summer of 2015 Costa neoRomantica has called at completely new destinations in the north, all of which are located within a small radius. A total of eight itineraries will call at Bodø, Narvik, Vesterålen and Lofoten. “That’s exactly how we hope the cruise ships will make use of Northern Norway in the future,” says the Managing Director of CNNS, Erik Joachimsen.
In early June the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur started a series of cruises that involve turnaround operations in Northern Norway. This is a ground-breaking way of implementing cruise itineraries and one which Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard (CNNS) believes will become a new trend in the northernmost part of Europe.
Five years ago the cruise ports in Northern Norway and Svalbard made an important decision by agreeing to form a regional cruise network. By joining forces, they aimed to strengthen the individual ports. Cruise North has chatted with two of the people behind the creation of Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard, Harriet Willassen (Port of Tromsø) and Åse-Lill Barstad (Visit North Cape).
CRUISE NORTH MAGAZINE: Erik Joachimsen
This is a travelogue from a wonderful “work holiday” in our beautiful region. I can never get enough of Northern Norway.
CNNS / Erik Joachimsen (Text & Photos)
13 May CNNS FAM-trip to Russia
During the last week of April 2015, Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard hosted a FAM-trip to Arkhangelsk and Solovetsky at the White Sea. A posttrip was also conducted to Murmansk close to the Norwegian border in the north, and to city of Kirkenes in the very North East of Norway.
Questions regarding cruise opportunities in Northern Norway and North West Russia may be submitted to CNNS / Managing director, Erik Joachimsen