2500 Miles on the Norwegian Costal Steamer


Front Cover, 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Erling Welle-Strand.

Front Cover, 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Erling Welle-Strand. Drawings and Layout by Reidar Johan Berle, J. W. Eide A/S. English Translation by Christopher Norman. Published by Bergens Tidende, Bergen, Norway 1978. ISBN 82-90103077. GGA Image ID # 1fbce3cb5f


From the Publisher

The journey by coastal steamer from Bergen to Kirkenes is an unforgettable trip covering over 1200 miles. The distance is equivalent to around the entire west coast of Alaska as far as the Bering Straits and penetrating just as far north. It runs along a coastline that has no equal in Europe, past eight of Norway's counties, with a coastal population of over half a million souls living in towns and villages from Bergen in the South to Kirkenes in the North.

A unique feature of this journey is that half of it lies north of the Arctic Circle. In other regions of the earth, the land that lies north of the Arctic Circle is barren and forbidding. Still, thanks to the soothing influence of the Gulf Stream, the inhabitants of Norway have been able to extend the outposts of Western civilization over 500 miles into what would otherwise have been a land of eternal ice and snow. No visitor to the Land of the Midnight Sun fails to be impressed with the luxuriance of the vegetation.



  1. The Coastal Steamer
  2. Leaving Bergen
  3. Måløy to Kristiansund N
  4. Trondheim to Leka
  5. Hestmannøy to Raftsund
  6. Harstad to Lyngen
  7. Rounding North Cape
  8. Kirkenes to Båtsfjord
  9. Hammerfest to Skjervøy
  10. Harstad to Rafsund
  11. Hestmannøy to Torghatten
  12. Trondheim to Kristiansund N
  13. Måløy to Bergen.


Back Cover, 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Erling Welle-Strand, 1978.

Back Cover, 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Erling Welle-Strand, 1978. GGA Image ID # 1fbd0b0823


From the Back Cover

The cruise on board the express steamer along the coast of Norway is one of the loveliest sea voyages in the world. The scenery you will pass en route is unbelievably beautiful, and there is always something interesting to see or do. You will also get to know an ancient, hospitable people in a way that no other means of communication permits. But you need the services of a competent and discreet guide, a service which this little book has already performed for some 200,000 passengers on the ships of the Coastal Express Service. It is our sincere hope that you will find it helpful. Bon voyage!


The Following Companies Operate the Norwegian Coastal Steamers:

    • M.S. Nordstjernen
    • M.S. Nordlys
    • M.S. Polarlys
    • M.S. Midnatso
    • M,s. Harald Jar
    • M.S. Håkon Jar
    • M.S. Ragnvald Jar
    • M.S. Erling Jar
    • M.S. Finnmarken
    • M.S. Vesterålen
    • SS Lofoten
    • M.S. Kong Olav
    • M.S. Nordnorge


Library of Congress Catalog Listing [from old catalog]

  • Personal name: Welle-Strand, Erling.
  • Uniform title: 2500 mit med Hurtigruten.
  • English Main title: 2500 miles on the Norwegian coastal steamer.
  • Published/Created: Bergen, Published by Bergen Line, Nordenfjeldske Steamship Company [etc.], 1965.
  • Description: 62 p. 16 plates, map (in pocket) 19 cm.
  • LC Classification: DL419 .W383
  • LC Subjects: Norway--Description and travel.
  • LCCN: 67070454
  • Geographic area code: e-no---
  • Type of material: Book
  • Notes: English Translation by Christopher Norman, Includes 31 Page black & white photographs of a journey to the various locations.
  • Size: 7" x 9 3/4"


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