LEADING US CLIMATOLOGIST JOINS HURTIGRUTEN'S "IN THE WAKE OF THE VIKINGS"

Climatologist Expert Jason Box Provides Multimedia Lectures and Learned Viewpoint during 14-day Expedition

Hurtigruten has extended its 25% savings offer on its September 26, 2010 expedition sailing, “In The Wake Of The Vikings,” a 14-day odyssey aboard the deluxe 318-passenger MS Fram that follows in the wake of the ancient Norsemen from Iceland to Greenland and then onto Canada’s Labrador and Newfoundland. This incredible odyssey encompasses some of Greenland’s and eastern Canada’s most spectacular natural and historical landscapes. As an added treat, guests will sit in on lectures and discussions on Greenland and climatic changes given by one of the foremost U.S. experts, Jason Box. Jason is associate professor of geography at Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center. Booking by July 31 means reduced fares of $4,743 to $9,316 per person, double. Passengers booking suites also receive free round-trip airfare from JFK or Newark Airports.

Having made 18 expeditions to Greenland’s ice sheet since 1994, Jason Box is considered an authority on the relationship between Greenland glaciers and climatic change and was a contributing author to “Climate Change 2007,” which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. His insight is impactful and will leave Hurtigruten’s guests with a clearer understanding of one of the world’s most discussed climate issues — global warming. Other onboard experts from numerous disciplines, including geology, marine life, environment, history and culture, will also be on hand and will join the landings and shore excursions where passengers have the chance to get close to the culture, wildlife and communities of Greenland’s most isolated areas.

Before boarding the MS Fram in Reykjavik, Iceland, guests can take in some of the cosmopolitan city’s many museums and shops or sightsee among the glaciers, waterfalls and geysers just outside the city’s boundaries. After transiting the Denmark Strait, four days are spent exploring the eastern and southern villages of Greenland including visits to Køge Bay, where the Greenland ice tip reaches the sea; Umivik, where Fridtjof Nansen went ashore and started his epic first crossing of the Ice Cap; and Qassiarsuk, where Erik the Red was exiled. The ship then heads across the Labrador Sea, stopping in Newfoundland and then turning south to Halifax via St Anthony, Bonne Bay and Baddeck in Nova Scotia — taking time to visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: L’Anse Aux Meadows, Red Bay and Gros Morne National Park, among other excursions.

Sailing aboard The MS Fram means large, comfortable lounges with panoramic windows and wonderful views from large outdoor decks; no need to dress up for dinner (unless you want to) and open seating; fresh seasonal ingredients, plenty of incredible seafood and a comprehensive wine list; multilingual tour directors; comfortable cabins – from the smaller inside accommodations to the large outside suites that offer TV, mini-bar, queen-size beds and numerous bonuses including a free bottle of champagne, two free shore excursions, complimentary wine with lunch or dinner and a free round of mini bar use; and a friendly and well-informed crew, ready to offer assistance and suggestions when asked. The public areas also include an Internet café, a wellness center with saunas, work-out room and two glass-screened heated outdoor whirlpools.

Source: Hurtigruten.us

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