Representatives of the agency for tourism and international cooperation in the Arkhangelsk region, county council of Troms and the “Hurtigruten” cruise line agreed to plan cruises on the route Kirkenes-Murmansk-Arkhangelsk-Solovki with the expedition ship “Fram” that can accommodate 276 passengers. This was announced by the Government of the Arkhangelsk region according to the press service REGNUM.
The Hurtigruten company is interested in expanding their routes, including considering the possibility of developing transnational cruise products to North West Russia. Such a cruise offer can could catch interest not only in Norway and Russia but not least on the international tourism markets.
The partners will prepare a proposal for two test runs from Kirkenes to Arkhangelsk which shall also include Solovki Islands. The goal is to conduct the tours as early as 2017.
The project partners will meet again under ProArktik – tourism meeting in Arkhangelsk during October.
Hurtigruten transports already since the 1800s passengers and cargo along the Norwegian coast – first from Trondheim to Hammerfest, later from Bergen to Kirkenes. This voyage is one of the most famous tourist products of Norway – and a possible extension to Northwest Russia represents a great opportunity for the tourism industry in Northwest Russia.
MS Fram is a comfortable ship that is designed for sailing in cold waters. The ship was built in 2007 and has a gross tonnage of 11,647 tons. There are 276 passenger berths on board.
Source: Voice of Russia , Regnum News Agency ; Photo (Fram): Hurtigruten