On your Norway cruise with Hurtigruten, the second day will see a stop in Maloy, a small village that received its town charter in 1997. The town plan, drafted in 1920, meant for the area to house 10,000 people. Maloy was a major center of the fishing industry in the Sogn and Fjordane regions. Cod, herring and halibut catches from the surrounding areas were all consolidated at Maloy, where they were then processed in huts that still stand today.
World War II history in Maloy
During World War II, Maloy was the site of an operation called Maloyraidet, or Operation Archery, that was meant to convince the Germans that the Allied powers would invade Norway at any moment. It was a successful play, though its result was that Germany held a strong military presence in Norway throughout the occupation, though actual military activity was scarce. There was an air attack in 1945 in which Allied fighters attacked German ships in the Maloy area. If you have an interest in World War II history, Maloy bears quiet signs of that period of history - during the occupation and the military operations in the area surrounding it, several Norwegians died and many buildings were destroyed. You can see a memorial to the Norwegian soldier Captain Martin Linge close to the Maloy Bridge if you wish.
How Maloy thrives
As a coastal village, Maloy's fortunes are still closely tied to the fishing industry. Today, Maloy relies on fish brought in from farther afield than it used to, as well as from fish farms. Factories to process fish catches in the village can do a number of things, from filleting the catch to producing cod liver oil and animal foods. Maloy is the most important fishing port in Norway, and exports many fish products to destinations across the globe. As your ship is docked in Maloy's harbor, pay attention to people loading cargo into other, larger ships - there's a good chance most of that cargo is fish and fish byproducts.
Welcome to Torvik
After a beautiful journey up the coast, during which you can see lighthouses, natural wonders and even old gravestones, you will dock in the quayside in Torvik. You can see the Kattulhammaren mountain from your vantage in the harbor, and the village of Bo just north of Torvik. We're still in fishing territory at this point, with Torvik a center of fishing gear manufacturers and Bo a village with the same connections to the industry.
A moment in Alesund
If you are traveling in the summer season, you'll have a brief moment in Alesund before the ship turns into the Geirangerfjorden and eventually returns to the port. In the winter, the stop will simply by Alesund itself. Alesund is a beautiful town with a prominent fishing industry and a great deal of Art Nouveau architecture decorating its town center. Historical and cultural attractions abound for those who are interested in them, while the natural beauty of the area is more than enough stimulation for some travelers.
Later in your second day on board, your ship will sail into the Geirangerfjord, a beautiful area home to small villages, the majesty of nature and majestic mountains. The fjord is a UNESCO-protected area in recognition of its unique natural beauty. You will see the mountains Grindalsnibba, Vinsashornet and Dalsnibba. As the ship sails out of the fjord, you can admire the waterfall Gierangerelva, as well as see a hanging valley on a mountainside, look at farms and have a glimpse at many villages.
This is a very full day - just as all days on the legendary Hurtigruten route are - so you may wish to determine what you will want to be on deck to see in advance and what you could live with missing to have a leisurely nap or read a few chapters in your favorite book.