The Qilak lounge offers amazing views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
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of spotting wildlife.
The team maps out walking routes and
sometimes adds unique activities to the
visits, like finding a place for us to slide
down a steep, snowy slope or sit atop a
perch overlooking a majestic glacier.
At one stop, the guides finished the visits
with a 15-minute boat ride through a spectacular bay choked with massive icebergs,
which we zigzagged through and then
watched as a minke whale surfaced about
30 feet away.
The guides were available to discuss the
wildlife as we observed it and explain behaviors such as why the penguins continuously run toward the water’s edge with their
young. (Answer: They are trying to teach
them to swim and must first coax them
into the water.)
Hurtigruten and the guides make sure that
passengers don’t take anything onto or off
of the White Continent, one of the world’s
most pristine places. So before boarding the
Polar Cirkel boats that transport us from the
ship to each stop, we step into disinfectant,
and when we return, we disinfect again.
The ship’s smaller staterooms have larg-er-than-normal windows, and even the
Fram’s large saunas have round windows.
The ship’s Nordic design sensibility is
seen in its blonde wood furniture and its
simple color schemes. Art from Greenlan-dic artists adorns the ship, including a mural made of seal fur and copper frescoes on
Then our boots and lower legs are hosed
down before getting back onboard.
During time on the ship, the guides are
either giving lectures or are available to answer the seemingly endless questions passengers have about the continent.
The main dining room, called the Imaq
Restaurant, has large windows on three
Expedition teams include
experts on penguins and
other pertinent topics.
A suite onboard the Hurtigruten Fram. Large windows
ensure optimum viewing.
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sides; the Fram is designed around observing what’s outside.
The upper-level Qilak lounge offers
amazing views from floor-to-ceiling windows and a row of seats facing out to
watch as the ship passes by glaciers and