Hurtigruten’s stamp of tradition

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nordlys.jpgIt’s not just Royal Mail ships Queen Mary 2 and St Helena which have an important role to play delivering the post.
The Hurtigruten fleet which plies the Norwegian coast year-round delivers letters and parcels to remote communities, as well as taking passengers to see the sights, and sometimes the Northern Lights.
The ships even sell their own stamps on board for travellers wanting to send postcards and letters home, carrying on a tradition which dates back 118 years.
The stamps come in five designs showing iconic places along the coast including: Geirangerfjord, the Arctic Circle, Trolljord, North Cape, and one is dedicated to the ship on which they are bought. For added authenticity, the stamps are given an extra touch on board – they are stamped with the date on which the passenger passed the location.
Petter Overa, hotel manager on Hurtigruten’s Trollfjord said: “No machines are used on board, we do everything manually giving the process a personal and authentic touch. When we sail into Geirangerfjord or cross the Arctic Circle many passengers rush to buy their stamps date-marked with the day they were there.”
Get your stamps on a six-day Hurtigruten voyage this spring travelling south from Kirkenes to Bergen. Fares from £1,043pp on a full board basis from 15 April to 31 May.
Go to or call 0844 448 7601.

By | 2017-06-15T16:00:10+00:00 14 February 2011|Cruise Destinations, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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