The one where a Hurtigruten ship ran aground in Norway…

Kong Harald sails through the narrowTrollfjord, Norway. Image: Hurtigruten

Kong Harald sails through the narrow
Trollfjord, Norway. Image: Hurtigruten

The 11,200-tonne Kong Harald ran aground at the mouth of the Trollfjord in Norway at midnight local time on Monday.

Carrying 258 passengers and 57 crew, the ship was able to free itself when high tide came in at approximately 4am local time and continue onto Svolvær on Lofoten following an inspection by military divers.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew with all passengers disembarked and flown home on Tuesday.

“This isn’t any fun, but what can I say,” Captain Brynjar Ulvøy told local reporters on arrival into Svolvær on Lofoten.

“Everyone can have an accident in their cars too.”

Captain Ulvøy went on to explain that the grounding happened near his home, an area that he knows, “like the back of his hand”, but that the incident was “absolutely not dramatic”.

Passengers reported a loud noise and were asked to dress and assemble on deck.

Hurtigruten is planning an immediate investigation into the grounding, with the remainder of the eight-night Stokmarknes to Kirkenes to Bergen cruise cancelled.

All passengers will receive a refund for the remaining portion of their voyage and Kong Harald will undergo a drydock in Fiskarstrand to mend its breached hull with a return to service expected on 12 March out of Bergen.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard.

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