Lancashire Times
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Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
1:02 AM 23rd August 2023

Havila Increases Access To Norwegian Fjords

Havila Voyages two ships, Polaris and Pollux, begin sailing on Norwegian waters this week, promising cruisers an awe-inspiring trip down some of the country’s breathtaking fjords.

Havila Polaris arrived in Bergen a few days ago and began local sailing operations on Monday along the historic coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes, improving accessibility to the beautiful experiences in Fjord Norway.

Sister ship Havila Pollux, enters service today.

Increased access to coastal experiences
With a value of approximately 150 million Euros for each of the four Havila Voyages ships, the investments are considered one of the largest in Norwegian tourism in recent years.

With full capacity, each ship accommodates 468 beds, and passengers can choose whether to sail from port to port or embark on a comprehensive journey along the Norwegian coast.

"With these last two ships, accessibility to and within our region is further increased, giving both tourists and residents opportunities to experience coastal culture, fjord landscapes, and their unique cities in a fantastic way all year round,” said Tom Anker Skrede, Director of Tourism at Destination Ålesund and Sunnmøre.

In addition to Bergen as a turnaround port, the Havila Voyage ships dock at Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde, and Kristiansund. During the summer, the route also includes Geirangerfjorden and Hjørundfjorden, while in winter, the ships spend up to 10 hours at the dock in Ålesund.

The new Havila Voyages ships, all named after well-known names in the starry sky, are originally designed for emission-free voyages.

They currently operate on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and battery packs, allowing them to sail emissions-free for up to four hours at a time on battery power.

Havila Voyages. Details Here