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Pensioner gets Hurtigruten trip of a lifetime. An 82-year-old man from Førde in Sogn og Fjordane County has been given a free Hurtigruten cruise after watching the entire voyage non-stop. Knut Grimeland sat glued to NRK’s record-breaking TV coverage of MS Nordnorge’s Bergen to Kirkenes journey from start to finish. “It’s difficult to calculate how many hours I slept, but it wasn’t very much. I rested on the sofa from time to time, but haven’t used my bed in five days,” a tired pensioner told the broadcaster on Wednesday.

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Pensioner gets Hurtigruten trip of a lifetime

Published on Friday, 24th June, 2011 at 11:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th May 2015 at 01:24.

An 82-year-old man from Førde in Sogn og Fjordane County has been given a free Hurtigruten cruise after watching the entire voyage non-stop.

MS Nordnorge
MS Nordnorge
Photo: Stefan Wurschinger/Flickr


Knut Grimeland sat glued to NRK’s record-breaking TV coverage of MS Nordnorge’s Bergen to Kirkenes journey from start to finish.

“It’s difficult to calculate how many hours I slept, but it wasn’t very much. I rested on the sofa from time to time, but haven’t used my bed in five days,” a tired pensioner told the broadcaster on Wednesday.

As a boat enthusiast, Mr Gimeland says the nearest he ever came to experiencing the voyage “was when a friend and I took Hurtigruten between Florø and Trondheim in 1950”, admitting he had to take just a few breaks from the recent TV transmission to eat and move a little.

The programme also gave the 82-year-old something personal to remember as NRK had to use archive material in places with interrupted satellite coverage.

Discovering his brother was captain of the MS Nordlys and MS Nordstjerne in the 1970’s, Mr Grimeland exclaimed, “Suddenly, I saw my brother on television. It was completely new to me, and very strange to see him on film.”

Communications Advisor at Hurtigruten, Stein Lillebo, is astounded by the pensioner’s dedication, saying the company will be giving him a free trip between Kirkenes and Bergen.

“It went straight to our hearts, and we are very happy we can contribute towards Mr Grimeland completing the coastal voyage. I think this is the most touching of all the stories we have heard in the last few days in connection with the journey.”

Hurtigruten rang the 82-year-old today to give him then news. NRK reports a composed, but slightly tearful Mr Grimeland said, “It will mean another five days with little sleep, but I will experience every port of call this time around.”




Published on Friday, 24th June, 2011 at 11:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th May 2015 at 01:24.

This post has the following tags: hurtigrutenmsnordnorge, nrkhurtigrutenprogramme.





  
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