Coastal Norway: The World's Most Beautiful Voyage - 2017

Norway • Arctic Circle • Full Northbound and Southbound Sailing

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Nature, in the form of an ever-changing panorama of sea, sky, coast, and island, provides the entertainment on "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage." During your Norwegian coastal voyage, your senses will be awakened to the unfolding beauty as your Hurtigruten ship sails for 11 nights along 1,250 miles of pristine coastline. Depending on your departure date, you may revel in the explosion of life during springtime's arctic awakening, witness the midnight sun during the summer months, or watch the scenery come alive with rich color in the fall. In early or later months, Northern Lights often shimmer across the night sky. Along the way you’ll call at unspoiled fishing villages and historic towns, including Ålesund, Trondheim, and Tromso, visit the spectacular Lofoten Islands, and experience a travel milestone as you cross the Arctic Circle to the very top of Europe. Your journey also includes two nights in Bergen — one before your cruise and one after.

Simply put, there is no better, richer Norway cruise — at a better value — than Vantage's Coastal Norway: The World's Most Beautiful Voyage. Be sure to be aboard our Norwegian cruise vessel as it sets sail from Bergen for pristine Norwegian fjordland, unspoiled fishing villages, the Arctic Circle, and beyond.


Itinerary at a Glance

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Bergen, Norway

Your Norway cruise to “the world’s most unspoiled travel destination” begins with your overnight flight to Bergen. After your Day 2 arrival, you are transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. Enjoy the remainder of your day in this historic port city at leisure. Later, join your fellow travelers at the hotel for a Welcome Drink and an informative briefing about the days ahead, followed by a light buffet dinner.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Bergen / Embark ship

Your morning is at leisure to explore Bergen on your own before transferring to the pier. Included Tour: On the way, see the sights of Bergen on an included panoramic city tour. You also visit Troldhaugen, the summer home of composer Edvard Grieg. Embark your Hurtigruten cruise ship and set sail on the northbound portion of your cruise through the Norwegian fjordlands.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Norwegian Coastal Voyage — Northbound

Today during your Norway cruise, you will cross the Stadthavet Sea and (depending on departure date and weather conditions) sail the Geirangerfjord in summer months, enjoy an extended visit in the art nouveau town of Ålesund in the winter and spring, or sail the Hjoerundfjord before visiting Ålesund in autumn months. Later, you will make a stop in Molde, a town that was a trading port dating to the Middle Ages. Afterward, cross Hustadvika to Kristiansund. Walking Tour: Ålesund (depending on departure dates)

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: A Taste of Norway,

A Taste of Norway

  • Approximate Cost: $123 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjord
  • When: September 02 - November 01
We arrive in Hjørundfjord by sea. Today, we will get “a taste of Norway” and see places that have fascinated visitors for centuries. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany visited this area several times. We anchor outside the village Urke, where a tender boat takes us to shore. We continue by bus through what is often referred to as “Norway’s narrowest valley” - Norangsdalen. Because of its shape and location, this valley is often closed in winter. Along the way we will stop and look at some spectacular places. One of them is Lyngstøl Lake. Here you can see sites of ancient settlements in the water that was naturally dammed in 1908 after a large landslide, a fascinating sight. We will also visit the historic Hotel Union Øye, which has played an important role in Norwegian history. Here we will provide you with local specialties and a drink.Next, we go to the community Urke which can offer local history in various forms. We guarantee a different experience in magnificent scenery.

Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord,

Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord

  • Approximate Cost: $92 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 45 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjord
  • When: September 2 - November 1
Join a mountain hike in the Hjørundfjord. Enjoy a walk through the magnificent landscape with amazing views of the fjord. The tour starts on a farm road and continues on a tractor path. It's a steep climb towards the top, and the last 1,640 feet are scree. A stunning view awaits you at the top. We proceed through the valley, with views to the Sæbo settlement on the other side of the fjord.

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling,

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling

  • Approximate Cost: $98 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 45 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjorden
  • When: September 2 - November 1
Enjoy a pleasant hike in beautiful surroundings. Once we reach the Haukås shieling, the welcoming hosts will tell us about life on the farm. In the old days the farms in the village were very small, so it was important to utilize the outlying areas for summer grazing. Each year, the cows were moved to the summer farm where they grazed and were milked morning and evening. The grazing space was so far from the village that it was necessary to build shielings - houses for the milk maidens. The old farmhouses on Haukås were restored in the 1990s, and remind us of a bygone era. You will have time to explore the site on your own, and then taste the local delicacies. On our way back we will pass through the opposite side of the valley, and there is also time to visit the local general store before returning to the ship.

Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass

Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass

  • Approximate Cost: $292 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours 30 min
  • Location: Geiranger - Molde
  • When: June 02 - September 01
As with Geiranger Panorama, this excursion gets you closer to the UNESCOlisted Geirangerfjord. Your day begins with a drive up Ørneveien (Eagle Road), enjoying magnificent views of Geirangerfjord en route to the beautiful Eidsdalsvatnet Lake. From there you take a picturesque ferry ride from Eidsdal to Linge. Back on dry land, we head for the stark, wild, high-alpine areas, stopping en route for photos at the impressive Gudbrandsjuvet (Gudbrands Gorge). One of the many highlights of this trip is the series of 11 hairpin bends down the winding Trollstigen Pass. Once you’ve reached the bottom, it’s time for a hot drink and a bite to eat before you continue on to the gentler landscape of the Romsdalsfjord. You conclude with dinner in Molde before embarking the Hurtigruten ship again.

DAY 5:

Trondheim / Rorvik

After an early arrival in Trondheim, you have time to explore this medieval jewel and enjoy an included tour of Trondheim, Norway’s historic and religious capital. Next, your Norwegian cruise takes you past rocky islands to Rorvik, a busy fishing community that lies at the center of 6,000 islands. Vantage-Exclusive Shore Excursion: Trondheim: Norway’s Historical and Religious Capital 

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum

Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $92 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Trondheim
  • When: April 03 - September 02
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. An ancient city, it was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason as early as 997. Your tour starts from the pier and takes you to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral - Norway’s only Gothic style cathedral, built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art. After a guided tour of the cathedral, you have some free time to explore. From Nidaros Cathedral, the bus takes you to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where your enthusiastic tour guide will bring the history of Norway’s music to life. This beautiful manor house was the childhood home of Norwegian naval hero Petter Wessel Tordenskiold, and is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden. The Museum is conveniently located just outside Trondheim, and so represents an idyllic spot to enjoy the beautiful views of both the city and the fjord.

Please Note: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

DAY 6:

Ornes / Bodo / Stamsund / Svolvaer

Your Norway cruise ship crosses the Arctic Circle today, passing the soaring Borvass Mountains. You have a chance to stroll Bodo, a young city with a backdrop of distant rugged peaks and vast skies. It is also home to a Military Center and Norway's largest Air Force base. As you cruise the Norwegian coast, cross Vestfjord toward the spectacular Lofoten Islands and the villages of Stamsund and Svolvaer. Weather permitting, we'll cruise to the entrance to Trollfjord this evening, which is framed by jagged peaks. Walking Tour: Bodo

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Svartisen Glacier,

Svartisen Glacier

  • Approximate Cost: $292 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Ørnes - Bodø
  • When: June 4 - September 3
Situated near Ørnes, Svartisen is Norway’s second largest glacier. Your Hurtigruten ship will make a stop to allow you to transfer to another smaller boat for the excursion. This boat will then sail between islets and skerries whilst the guide tells you all about the area and the scenery – an impressive view best enjoyed out on the deck. It’s important not to forget your camera for this part because you will now be in the realm of the sea eagle, Europe’s largest predatory bird. Once we move on to the Svartisen Tourist Centre, you will be able to admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world whilst enjoying a warm drink and the centre’s varied buffet of delicious cakes. Afterwards, you continue your journey along the beautiful coast of Helgeland back to Bodø where you rejoin the ship.

RIB Safari to Saltstraumen,

RIB Safari to Saltstraumen

  • Approximate Cost: $192 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Bodø
  • When: April 1 - November 03
Today, we head to Saltstraumen, where you will witness the world’s most powerful tidal current! Four times a day, 13 billion cubic feet of water are forced in and out through a passage 150 metres wide and 31 metres deep. On our exciting journey through this wild landscape there is a good chance we will be able to observe sea eagles whilst also taking in the awesome scenery and observing parts of the Caledonian Fold Belt, a range of mountains dating back over 250 million years. While we sit safely and comfortably in sturdy rubber boats, operated by highly experienced and knowledgeable pilots, you can be sure to enjoy a day of rare adventure in harmony with nature, eagles and the deep blue sea.

Please Note: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

Meet the Vikings (Summer),

Meet the Vikings (Summer)

  • Approximate Cost: $180 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: April 4 - November 3
Join us on a historical journey as the bus takes us from Stamsund to Borg, and on to the Lofotr Viking Museum. On the trip to Lofotr, the guide will tell you about the Viking Ages, the museum and how life was for the Vikings who lived here. Upon arrival we are invited in to experience the Chieftain’s house, which has been recreated in full size, and features exhibits of finds from the Viking age. The Chieftain and the lady of the house welcome us to join them for a real Viking feast in the banquet hall; a taste of the Viking age, with traditional food, costumes, singing and dancing in authentic surroundings. After the feast, served with home-brewed mead, we then travel by bus to Svolvær, learning more about the history of Lofoten along the way before re-joining the ship.

Highlights of Lofoten

Highlights of Lofoten

  • Approximate Cost: $132 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: April 4 - August 31
Join us for an excursion that takes you through Lofoten's many fishing villages and towns, starting in Stamsund and ending in Kabelvåg. Our first photo stop is Gimsøy Church, situated in the village Gimsøy. We continue to Kabelvåg, the oldest fishing village in Lofoten and previously also the largest. It was here the commercial part of the Lofoten fishery started more than 1000 years ago. In Kabelvåg we visit Gallery Espolin, which has the largest collection of the beloved artist Kaare Espolin Johnson’s works. He is known for his depiction of the sea, Lofoten and the fishermen’s hard life. Close to the gallery lies the Lofoten Museum where you can experience the local fishermen's history at one of the most preserved squires in Lofoten. Here, on the site of the medieval town Vågar, you’ll find the main building from the year 1815, authentic fishermen's cabins and boathouses featuring Nordland boats. Our last stop is Vågan Church in Kabelvåg, also known as the Lofoten Cathedral. The church was built in 1898 in the Gothic Revival style and is with its 1100-1200 seats one of Norway's largest.

DAY 7:

Harstad / Finnsnes / Tromso / Skjervoy

Enjoy the view as your Norwegian cruise ship sails north past a chain of islands to Harstad and through Vagsfjord and Malangen en route to Tromso, the gateway to Arctic Norway. The town boasts a lively street scene, cultural events, the hallowed Mack brewery (famous for its Arctic Ale), and more pubs per capita than any other town in Norway. Vantage-Exclusive Shore Excursion: Tromso, Gateway to the Arctic

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Dog Sledding,

Dog Sledding

  • Approximate Cost: $265 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: November 5 - May 4

Join us on a miniature polar expedition led by some of the Arctic’s friendliest creatures – dogs! Our sled tour takes place on the island of Kvaløya, where we’ll enjoy stunning views of the ocean and surrounding mountains as we glide over the glistening landscape. During the polar night, the only lights to guide us will be the stars moon, and (if we’re lucky) the northern lights, so headlamps will be attached to our sleighs.  In the spring, the climate is milder and the days are longer, so count on longer sunlight. After the ride, you’ll be invited into a Sami lavvo, or tent, where you can relax next to the open fire with a hot beverage.



Please Note: Special outerwear will be provided for this tour; however, we recommend dressing in warm, comfortable clothing.The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour. 

Scenery & Huskies

Scenery & Huskies

  • Approximate Cost: $92 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: June 5 - October 20
On this excursion you head to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre on Kvaløya Island, a scenic area with views of the ocean and mountains. Here you will meet more than 250 huskies and puppies, receive an introduction to dog sledge driving and learn about the world’s longest dog sledge race, the Iditarod, presented through pictures and film footage. It’s important to wear good footwear if you want to join the Wilderness Centre’s guide in exploring the plant and bird life around the centre, before meeting back in the traditional Sámi lavvo (tent) for a hot drink and a slice of cake.

Please Note: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

DAY 8:

Hammerfest / Havoysund / Honningsvag / Kjollefjord

As you cruise along Norway’s northernmost region, call at quiet fishing villages and bustling ports, including Havoysund and Honningsvag, the capital of North Cape and the world’s northernmost town. From Honningsvag, travel by coach to the North Cape Plateau to visit the North Cape Hall. Next, your cruise of the Norwegian fjords takes you toward the fishing ports of Kjollefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevag. Vantage-Exclusive Shore Excursion: The North Cape

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Birdwatching Safari,

Birdwatching Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $215 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Honningsvåg
  • When: April 6 - September 5
On this tour we travel to the small fishing village of Gjesvær. Along the way we will receive an introduction to the local flora and fauna, before visiting one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan, which lies approximately 15 km west of the North Cape. From the vessel we can study Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. During the nesting season this area teems with life as mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey, while guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, Arctic skuas, northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches. In the autumn you can also catch a glimpse of Europe’s smallest seabird, the British storm-petrel.

Please Note: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

Fishing Village Walk,

Fishing Village Walk

  • Approximate Cost: $125 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Location: Honningsvåg
  • When: January 1 - December 31
Svinøya is the oldest part of Svolvær and has been a thriving, vibrant fishing village since 1828. During your visit here, you’ll see a fish processing plant, iconic stockfish racks, fishing huts (also known as rorbuer), art galleries and a fish restaurant, all surrounded by the majestic Lofoten mountains and sea.

Sami Culture,

Sami Culture

  • Approximate Cost: $138 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: May 6 - September 5
What are the challenges that reindeer herders face today? How can traditional knowledge remain relevant in the modern world? Sámi reindeer herders are a major flag-bearer for their culture and are dependent on vast areas of wilderness. They still live a nomadic form of life, following the reindeer’s instinctive migrations from the plains to the coast in April and back again in September. On this excursion you will meet one of the families whose reindeer are at summer pasture on the Nordkyn peninsula. They invite you to a close and evocative encounter around the fire in their sami tent (lavvu), while reindeer graze outside. The family are reindeer herders, artisans and heralds of Sámi traditions. They will give you an insight into the challenges that reindeer herders and Sami culture are facing today. Through stories, chanting (joik), handicrafts and the serving of reindeer broth you will get a taste of Sámi culture.

Snowmobile Trip in Lapland,

Snowmobile Trip in Lapland

  • Approximate Cost: $432 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: December 6 - May 15
Join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. During this excursion you will travel from the old trading post and fishing village of Kjøllefjord over the mountains to Mehamn. Along the way, the guides will tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, what life is like on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population utilise nature in both the summer and winter months. Some of Norway’s best instructors will ensure that proper training is given before you hop onto your own snowmobile for this once in a lifetime trip through fascinating scenery. Experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. Back in Mehamn, the world’s northernmost mainland town, located on the often wild and stormy Finnmark coast, we rejoin the Hurtigruten ship to continue our voyage.

Sami Autumn

Sami Autumn

  • Approximate Cost: $108 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: September 6 - November 5
Join this excursion and learn about the arctic nature's 'pantry and pharmacy'. Here you can sample dried reindeer meat, juice of crowberry, herbal tea (nettle) and roseroot mixture. And maybe you will feel the presence of the Noaidi...The Sámi shaman. For the Sámi people, the Autumn has always been a labour- intensive time; food stocks had to be filled up before the winter came. Arctic nature is surprisingly abundant in herbs and berries. These are not just rich in vitamins and good for adding flavors to the diet, but was once also used as medicine. The Sámi shaman had valuable knowledge about the possibilities nature provided in relation to the prevention and cure of diseases.

DAY 9:

Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Southbound*

Early on Day 9, arrive at Kirkenes, land of Sami and reindeer and your turnaround point on your Norwegian cruise. Located just 8 miles from Russia, this remote town was a tense area during the Cold War. We'll travel to Storskog, the only official border between Norway and Russia (you do not cross) and enjoy a short panoramic tour of Kirkenes. Or, embark on one of several optional tours, including a visit to the Snow Hotel or a dogsledding adventure. Heading south, discover a completely different Norway cruise unfolding as you make daylight calls at ports passed in the night on the northbound trip. Vantage-Exclusive Shore Excursion: Kirkenes and Russian Border Walking Tour: Vardo

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: King Crab Expedition

King Crab Expedition

  • Approximate Cost: $265 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: April 7 - November 6
Have a fantastic day on the water, where you will catch, prepare – and most importantly – eat the king crab, the giants of the Barents Sea. Red king crabs can be very large, weighing up to 22 pounds and with a leg span of up to almost 6 feet! An experienced fisherman will take you on an unforgettable king crab fishing tour on a brand new RIB boat, where we will cruise along the Bugøyfjord and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor. You will be all-hands-on-deck to help pull up the king crab cages from the depths. Your guide will take you back and serve your catch in a traditional, renovated boathouse by the fjord. Indulge in a fresh-from-the-ocean meal, and enjoy the luscious, sweet, and tender crab meat. You can eat as much crab as you wish!

Please Note: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

DAY 10:

Honningsvag / Havoysund / Hammerfest / Oksfjord / Skjervoy / Tromso

After early calls at Honningsvag and Havoysund, your Norwegian cruise ship stops in Hammerfest, which was the first European town to have electric streetlights. Heading south, arrive at the small village of Skjervoy in the evening. Walking Tour: Hammerfest

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral

Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral

  • Approximate Cost: $92 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: January 01 - December 31
With its exquisite glass mosaic window, there is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience the Arctic Cathedral than by attending a midnight concert. As the candle lights flicker, this elegant church is filled with the sounds of the most beautiful Norwegian folk songs, as well as some wonderfully powerful classical and sacred selections. This incredible musical experience is enhanced by the Arctic Cathedral’s fantastic acoustics. All in all, it’s a moving and perfect way to end the day.

DAY 11:

Tromso / Harstad / Risoyhamn / Sortland / Stokmarknes / Svolvaer / Stamsund

Arrive in Harstad in the early morning and embark on your "Discovering Vesteralen" tour, including a visit to the medieval stone church of Trondenes. Later, meet the owners of a family farm that has been in business for 10 generations. You'll then cruise through Vesteralen via Stokmarknes, cross through the Raftsund Strait which connects Vesteralen with Lofoten, and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery of your cruise. Weather permitting, the ship will make a side trip into Trolfjord before continuing to Svolvaer, a fishing town with stunning mountains surrounding it. 

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Sea Eagle Safari,

Sea Eagle Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $182 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Trollfjord - Svolvær
  • When: March 24 - October 15
Just north of the Trollfjord is the realm of the sea eagle and it is here that a smaller vessel lies ready to take you out to see the king of the birds close up. First you accompany the Hurtigruten ship into the Trollfjord where you will see it turning around in the narrowest of spaces, a magnificent sight alone! The eagle safari begins in earnest when you leave the Trollfjord, starting with the gulls, which dive for fish right from your hand. You then pass through a narrow seaway flanked by a range of steep mountains. This is where the sea eagles dwell and can be viewed as they come flying in to get a share of the banquet. We let these beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times, before we throw fish into the sea for them to dive in and collect. It’s all so close, so wild and so rare that some people forget to take pictures, but if you’re lucky, you may observe several majestic birds. From here the safari sets its course for Svolvær and you are left with the experience of seeing the King of Birds up close – memories that will stay with you forever.

Lofoten Islands,

Lofoten Islands

  • Approximate Cost: $137 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Svolvær - Stamsund
  • When: April 9 - August 31
Throughout history Lofoten has been the home and workplace of generations of fishermen; indeed, the Lofoten fishing season, in spring is still vital to the people and the local economy. Many people associate Lofoten with its precipitous, dramatic and often fabled mountains, together with its picturesque fishing villages, but Lofoten is so much more. You’ll find quiet bays, white sandy beaches, sheltered fjords and, perhaps surprisingly, large green agricultural areas. It is said that the light in Lofoten is unlike anywhere else in the world, which is why artists from Norway and abroad have always come here for inspiration. In Henningsvær, we will visit a gallery where several Norwegian artists portray the beauty of the archipelago and we will also see a slide show that captures the unique atmosphere here. We will have a short photo stop, both before and after the visit, for you to fully take in the stunning scenery. Just find a good seat and enjoy the view!

Lofoten by Horse

Lofoten by Horse

  • Approximate Cost: $175 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Svolvær - Stamsund
  • When: January 1 - December 31
Enjoy a horseback ride through the magnificent scenery of the Lofoten Islands! You’ll be picked up at the port in Svolvær and taken to meet your Icelandic steeds at the Hov Horse Farm in Gimsøy on the Lofoten archipelago’s Atlantic coast. Once here, it’s time to saddle up, and experience the wonder of a sunset trot through the powdery white sand, over hillside and past exciting relics from the Viking Age. As an island, Gimsøy has the greatest concentration of ’saga’ relics and in Hov, these monuments are etched into the landscape. This is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Lofoten Islands; the gentle ambling gait for which the Icelandic horses’ are renowned makes this a horseback ride suitable for riders with all levels of experience. Icelandic horses are well-known for their good temperament and you’re sure to have a friend for life by the time your hack comes to an end. After dismounting and stretching your legs, you’re taken to Stamsund where your Hurtigruten ship is waiting for you.

DAY 12:

Ornes / Nesna / Sandnessjoen / Bronnoysund / Rorvik

After leaving Ornes, sail through narrow straits bordered by farm fields. Crossing southward over the Arctic Circle on your Norwegian cruise, call at Sandnessjoen, an island port that is connected to the mainland by an impressive new cable bridge. You are able to view the Seven Sisters, a dramatic chain of seven peaks, on the approach to Bronnoysund. Upon arrival, you can join your Cruise Director on a walking tour of this beautiful town, often referred to as "The Heart of Norway". Walking Tours: Bronnoysund

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: UNESCO Vega Archipelago,

UNESCO Vega Archipelago

  • Approximate Cost: $275 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Sandnessjøen - Brønnøysund
  • When: June 10 - September 9
The Vega Archipelago was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004, a status gained due to the unique coexistence between the eider ducks and the islanders. Your tour around these islands will give you an insight into local village life as we travel by boat from Sandnessjøen, through the island kingdom of Vesterøyan. We pass small dwellings on the way to the fishing village of Nes, situated on the main island Vega. Here, you visit the “E-house”, a museum and documentation centre dedicated to eider ducks where we learn about the tradition of keeping eider ducks as domestic pets. Here you will experience the landscape of the eider ducks, with their exciting and colourful nest-architecture, and also gain more knowledge about the historical background of the tradition, and how the eider down is cleaned and made into quilts. At Nes, there is also a café and a World Heritage exhibit, all situated within a well-kept architectural environment. From here you travel back through the Vega Archipelago to Brønnøysund, where you rejoin your ship.

Meet the Salmon

Meet the Salmon

  • Approximate Cost: $107 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Location: Brønnøysund
  • When: June 10 - September 9
Norway is one of the world’s major exporters of fish and seafood. Every day, Norwegian seafood is enjoyed by approximately 37 million people around the world. Norway’s fertile coast, with its cool and clear water, offer the optimum conditions for sustainable and responsible aquaculture. This excursion starts with a short bus tour of Brønnøysund before we cross the magnificent Brønnøysund Bridge and continue to Toft and the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. Here you will learn about farming and the surrounding environment. Here you can meet the salmon, see what they eat and how they live. You can even take part in the feeding, and learn about modern farming. The interactive centre offers you the chance to try out an underwater camera, taste the salmon, and ask questions of the resident guides who will be with you every step of the way.

DAY 13:

Trondheim / Kristiansund / Molde

Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, is a lively university town of colorful buildings and broad streets. Enjoy free time in Trondheim or join your Cruise Director on an active walking tour (weather depending). You can also take part in a short walking tour later during your stop in Molde. Walking Tours: Trondheim and Molde

Please Note: While a variety of optional tours are available at these ports (depending on weather and schedule), the timing of the tours may conflict with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: The Atlantic Road

The Atlantic Road

  • Approximate Cost: $192 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kristiansund - Molde
  • When: April 11 - September 10
8.2 km long, built on a total of eight bridges and surrounded by picturesque landscape, The Atlantic Road is one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations and was the winner of the “Engineering Feat of the Century” prize in 2005. The tour begins with a short sightseeing tour of the clip fish town of Kristiansund before continuing to Averøy. From here we visit Kvernes Stave Church, which is believed to have been built in the first part of the 13th century. The church, which is a one-nave stave church of the ”Møretype”, is beautifully located on Averøy and is brimming with stunning ornamental artefacts. Afterwards, we go to the ”Bjartmars Favorittkro” tavern, where we are served the speciality of the house ‘Bacalao’, made from local ingredients and served with fresh bread. We finish with a scrumptious caramel pudding and a cup of coffee/tea, before we continue along the Atlantic Road. We finish the trip in Molde with a short sightseeing tour of the city that famous Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen called “The town of flowers”, but is today known locally as “the city of roses”.

DAY 14:

Bergen / Disembark ship

The Norway cruise portion of your journey comes to an end today as you arrive back in Bergen by sailing through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Norway. After enjoying lunch onboard, you'll disembark and transfer to your hotel for the last night of your journey. Your last evening is at leisure in this colorful town; enjoy a light buffet dinner at the hotel or explore on your own. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Light Buffet Dinner

DAY 15:

Bergen / Return home / Start post-trip extension

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home or begin your three-day Copenhagen, Denmark post-trip extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Tour Director or regional expert.

Please Note: Port-of-call orientation walking tours are subject to change based on port time and weather conditions

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