MURMANSK, Norway’s Hurtigruten tourism operator began offering cruises to Franz Josef Land, which will call at the Murmansk port, the Murmansk Region’s Governor Marina Kovtun told the Murmansk International Business Week on Wednesday.
“The Hurtigruten Company is selling 15-day expeditions for 2019,” the governor said. “The cruises will begin from Tromso, and then tourists will travel to Murmansk, Franz Josef Land, back to Murmansk, then to Skarsvag to return to Tromso.”
According to the governor, Murmansk has participated in The Arctic Harbor project, under which the port has organized an up-to-date passenger terminal with a 72-hours’ visa-free regime for cruises and ferries. The new conditions are attractive for tourists, she added.
“This cooperation should be extended,” she continued. “First of all, it should involve the Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard Company and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators.”