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The Norwegian government has asked Hurtigruten to reduce its current traffic to the ports between Bodø and Kirkenes (as it was during the spring). This way the two ships currently in service will call in port every three day, insuring the vital transport service that these communities need during winter. This is to be effective from Oct 24th and until further notice, but expected to last for some time, unless the other 13 affected ports in the South protest.

I can currently only find info in Norwegian : https://www.nrk.no/nordland/hurtigruten-skal-kun-seile-bodo-kirkenes-pa-kystruten-bergen-kirkenes-1.15197856 which can be Google translated but I'm sure it will be picked up by English-speaking medias soon.

 

This is not very good omen for the future of the coastal service... And definitely bad news for everyone booked with Hurtigruten until the end of the year. But good news for local Northern communities I think.

 

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November coastal sailings are cancelled.

 

Notification from Hurtigruten on 20th Oct:

 

Lately, there have been local and regional outbreaks of COVID-19 in Norway and abroad. Local, national and international travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are widespread, restrictions for travelers are changing rapidly - and lately also more frequent.

 

With the escalating uncertainties, very low number of national and international travelers, and the impact the pandemic has on our operations; we are sorry to inform you that we must reduce capacity on our coastal service. This means that will cancel all sailings with MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol, MS Nordlys, MS Finnmarken, MS Richard With, MS Nordkapp, MS Lofoten, MS Vesterålen, MS Nordnorge, MS Polarlys, MS Kong Harald and MS Spitsbergen from November 1st until November 30th. All port calls on the ship’s round trip between Bergen and Kirkenes have therefore been cancelled.

 

With the escalating uncertainties, very low number of national and international travelers, and the impact the pandemic has on our operations; we are sorry to inform you that we must reduce capacity on our coastal service. Due to a request from the Norwegian Ministry of Transportation in the month of November; Hurtigruten will only be operating a limited service between Bodo and Kirkenes with two ships; MS Polarlys and MS Kong Harald.

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