Five of the most beautiful ferry routes in the world for the same price as your commute

Swap Milton Keynes for London for Bergen for Kirkness

Milton Keynes to London: Monthly pass for zones 1-6, from £ 1,002
Bergen to Kirkness: from 1,009 €

The most cost-effective way to explore a selection of Norway’s fjords, mountains, islands and waterfalls from the comfort of Hurtigruten ships is to take the classic route north. Three meals a day are included in the price, as is the daily time in port. You can go on excursions such as a mountain hike on the 35 km long Hjørundfjord in Alesund or (on a winter or spring trip) a dog sled ride on the island of Kvaloya.

The route crosses the Arctic Circle, ideal for hunting the Northern Lights in winter. On board Hurtigruten ships, you can expect much of what you would expect from a more noticeable cruise line. Unlike a typical cruise, you can of course take your car with you.

Swap Watford Junction to London for Anacorte to Friday Harbor

Watford Junction to London Euston: € 11.10
Anacorte to Friday Harbor: $ 14.50 / £ 10.58

The San Juan Islands offer excellent whale watching opportunities and while you can book a special tour you can simply take the ferry from the mainland. Sail from the city of Anacortes to San Juan Island. Some daily schedules include stops at Anacortes, Lopez Island, Shaw Island, and Orcas Island. The US will be open again to vaccinated British in November. However, mid-June to early September is the best time to catch the whales. Orcas are the biggest draw, but you can spot minke and humpback whales too. Other wildlife to look out for include the Dallas Porpoise, Harbor Porpoise, and the Bald Eagle. The islands themselves are worth the trip. Take Lopez, which is about half the size of the other islands. It has an abundance of farms, pretty bays and a friendly, laid-back nature. You can even book a night or two in a bed and breakfast or cottage to enjoy the full flavor.


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