Hurtigruten

By Everett Potter For sophisticated travelers, an Alaska cruise presents a classic travel conundrum. The magnificent fjords, glaciers and small coastal towns beckon, along with the possibilities of abundant wildlife sightings of brown bears and whales. On the other hand, setting sail with several thousand other passengers in a large

By Monique Burns For years, the Arctic haunted me.  I longed to cruise those northerly waters, to set foot in that stark, mysterious land.  I dreamt of tracking rare wildlife, from walruses and whales to reindeer and polar bears, and of following the flights of black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars and

By Monique Burns From the rugged frontier outpost of Kirkenes, a stone’s throw from the Russian border, south to Bergen, gateway to the western fjords, Norway’s coast stretches some 2,500 miles.  From the North, Norwegian and Barents seas, and from countless fjords, rise hundreds of sun-dappled islands and islets, topped