Well, if you ever plan to go up north Take the sea way, that is THE way to go forth Cause without fail The Hurtigrute'll sail. From Bergen all the way to Kirkeness It's a 1400 sea mile trip, no less But, without fail The Hurtigrute'll sail. Ålesund's a short stay In Trondheim the next day Once Nesna is gone There will be Midnight Sun Svolvær in the Lovoten In Stokmarknes the ships are at home In Hammerfest be an Ice Bear In Honningsvåg the Cape's near Then Kjøllefjord, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø, you'll see To take a trip along the coast It's the sea route that is THE route that's the most Cause, without fail The Hurtigrute'll sail.
These lyrics I posted on 20 february 2008 to the Flags of the World mailing list. Most winters, I would be inspired at some point to try to write lyrics about the 11 cities skating tour using the melody of Route 66. Nothing worthwhile ever came out of it, but as at that time in 2008 it was nearing the end of winter, that melody must have been on my mind. Thus, when I mentioned Hurtigruten and someone asked what it was, it was but a small step to lyrics somewhat describing the route. The wonderful title, using two articles and two meaning of the word route/rute, is the section title on the Flags of the World page on Hurtigruten, thus it must have been added by an FotW editor.
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