Hurtigruten introduces lounge concept in Norway

New facility in Bergen opens for guests embarking on Coastal voyages

Credit: Espen Mills/Hurtigruten Norway

Hurtigruten has debuted its first lounge concept for guests about to embark on its Norwegian coastal voyage from Bergen, Norway.

The Bergen Lounge is Norway’s only guest lounge of its kind for ship guests, and has a capacity of 177 people. It is located on the second floor of the Hurtigruten terminal and is open to all guests booked to sail with the company.

Around 80,000 Hurtigruten guests are expected to use the facility in 2022, with the lounge also connecting experiences on land in Bergen, as well as the commencement point for Norwegian coastal voyages on Hurtigruten Norway’s ships.

Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway with crew and guests at the new Bergen Lounge | Credit: Espen Mills/Hurtigruten Norway

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“A separate lounge makes the experience of coming to the city even better, and it increases the importance of Bergen as a hub for tourism and the gateway to the Norwegian coast,” said Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway.

In the lounge, guests can relax before departure while exploring the sights and excursions they have in store for their journey along the coast. At the same time, a selection of dishes will be served from the more than 50 regular local food suppliers Hurtigruten has along the entire coast.

The facility features a modern Scandinavian design, acting as an extension of the impression guests experience aboard Hurtigruten’s ships. Inside is a mini-version of Hurtigruten’s ‘Norway Coastal Kitchen’ found on the ships, offering a buffet selection of light refreshments, fish soup, small dishes, pastries, coffee and tea.

There is also a lecture hall which Hurtigruten utilises for mandatory safety instructions ahead of boarding a ship.

Guests will also have access to free WiFi, USB chargers and sockets for last-minute device recharging ahead of boarding their vessel.

“When we were to build our first guest lounge, Bergen was the obvious choice for this million-dollar investment. This will give a very good start to the journey for the guests, and will give a big boost for Bergen and Hurtigruten after the reopening of Norway,” said Felin.

Hurtigruten’s Bergen Guest Lounge will operate daily between 1:00pm and 8:00pm daily.

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