Hurtigruten, the mythical northern postal line

The Coastal Express of the Hurtigruten shipping company, half ferry half-cruise, carries freight and passengers all year round to supply the coastal cities of the far north and to discover the wild landscapes and the fjords to the few tourists. The 120-year-old line serves the 2,700-kilometer Norwegian coastline between Bergen, the country's second largest city, and Kirkénes with its 3,500 inhabitants on the shores of Barents Sea 500 km north of the Arctic Circle. The shipping company has 12 boats that sail permanently, including public holidays. It is on board the MS Midnatsol, the name means Sun of Midnight, one of the ships of the line, that I propose you a stroll in the immensity and the tranquility of the Norwegian fjords. The ports of call are succeeding each other in smaller and smaller harbors, hooked to the rocks. They are known as Kristiansund, Alesund, Trondheim, Bodo, Harstad, Finnsnes or Tromsø, the capital of Arctic Norway or the Atlantic Ocean join the Barents Sea, the icy waters that bathe the end of Europe.