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Hurtigruten to host expert astronomer on Northern Lights cruises

Hurtigruten to host expert astronomer on Northern Lights cruises

Hurtigruten has revealed that expert astronomer Tom Kerss will join a range of sailings in October.

Kerss is a veteran of the Royal Observatory and has written several books. He also set up Stargazing London to deliver training and increase interest in astronomy.

Astronomer Tom Kerss to join Hurtigruten sailings
Astronomer Tom Kerss

While on board with Hurtigruten Expedition and Coastal Express, he will share his expertise on the Northern Lights, the Arctic sky and the solar system.

He will also lead lectures and excursions, such as an exclusive visit to the planetarium at the Science Centre in Tromso.

Kerss will embark on his first voyage to Norway on board MS Maud on 20 October.

Hurtigruten boosting on-board expertise

Hurtigruten UK & EMEA general manager Anthony Daniels said: “We are delighted that Tom will be joining our upcoming season of astronomy voyages and helping our guests truly immerse themselves in the incredible night skies of Norway.

“We are always seeking new talent to expand and increase our on-board expertise, and Tom is a fantastic addition to our expedition team.”

Kerss added: “It’s a dream come true to join Hurtigruten’s world-renowned expedition team.

“Witnessing the Northern Lights is a captivating and often life changing experience, and yet it is just one of many to be enjoyed on a voyage along the extraordinary Norwegian coastline.

“I’m very excited to be able to share my enthusiasm for the uniquely beautiful arctic sky with Hurtigruten’s guests.”

In June, Hurtigruten Expeditions also revealed the 10 young people who will join a voyage to Antarctica this November.

The project – run in partnership with the #WeTwo Foundation – will see the group join Hurtigruten’s expedition team in a series of citizen science projects.

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