Coastal Norway: The World's Most Beautiful Voyage - 2018

Norway • Arctic Circle • Full Northbound and Southbound Sailing
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  • Tour of Trondheim
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DAYS 1-2:

Depart home / Overnight flight / Bergen, Norway

Your Nordic adventure begins with your overnight flight to Bergen. After your Day 2 arrival, transfer to your hotel 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

Set out to discover the colorful city of Bergen on a tour. Our first stop is Bryggen Wharf, the city’s historic waterfront area. Built after the Great Fire of 1702, these traditional wooden houses and unusual street patterns inspired UNESCO to declare the city a World Heritage Site. Then, enjoy a fascinating look at Norway’s musical legacy with a visit to the home of Edvard Grieg. As one of the most influential Romantic composers of the 19th century, Grieg’s works helped launch Norway into musical prominence on an international level. We’ll learn more about his contributions during a tour of his home, now a fascinating museum. Later, you'll embark your Hurtigruten cruise ship and set sail on the cruise portion of your Nordic adventure. Cultural Discovery: Because your ship is both a working and passenger vessel, your ship mates will be a mix of local and international travelers. This gives you the unique experience of connecting with not only Scandinavians, but people from across the globe as well. 

Important note: Your ship calls at many ports, and you'll often have time to go ashore for sightseeing. However, this is a working vessel that also delivers cargo on a strict schedule, and some port calls may not allow you any time on shore. Your Adventure Leader will keep your explorations active with port orientation walks wherever possible. 

Hiking Opportunities: For those looking to explore the incredible nature of this region further, Hurtigruten now offers a Hiking Pass for more active travelers. Soak in the astonishing seclusion and unspoiled natural landscapes that make Norwegian fjordland one-of-a-kind as you embark on a series of guided hikes with a member of the expedition team. 


Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Maloy / Alesund / Molde

Early risers will wake to the breathtaking splendor of the Nordfjord this morning before enjoying a delicious breakfast with fellow travelers. As we cruise past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea on our way to Ålesund. Depending on the departure date, we may sail past the spectacular cliffs and falls of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord or explore Hjørundfjord, settled amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. If weather allows, we’ll enjoy an extended visit in the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, exploring the cobbled streets and colorful architecture during a guided walking tour. Later, we'll call on Molde, a town that was a trading port dating to the Middle Ages. 

Hiking Opportunity: Enjoy sights of majestic peaks and soaring skies as you join an expedition team member on a guided hike through the secluded Sunnmøre Alps. 

Included Meals:

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

A Taste of Norway

  • Approximate Cost: $116 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjord
  • When: Day 2 (September 2 - November 1)
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.

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling,

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling

  • Approximate Cost: $104 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 45 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjorden
  • When: Day 4 (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: $221 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours 30 min
  • Location: Geiranger - Molde
  • When: Day 4 (June 2 - September 1)
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, we’ll spend the day exploring this medieval jewel. As Norway’s historic and religious capital, Trondheim was once an important pilgrimage site for followers of St. Olav, a Norwegian king and Catholic martyr. Follow the city’s old veitene (narrow alleys) past its various markets and historic warehouses on a city walk that includes a tour of the inside of the famous medieval Niddaros Cathedral. Back on the ship this afternoon, our cruise heads northwest, gliding past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse perched among numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik, a busy fishing community that lies at the center of 6,000 islands.

Hiking Opportunity: Lose yourself in Trondheim’s incredible surrounding nature on an easy guided mountain hike with a member of your expedition team.

Included Meals:

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

Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum

  • Approximate Cost: $93 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Trondheim
  • When: Day 5 (April 3 - September 2)
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.

DAY 6:

Ornes / Bodo / Stamsund / Svolvaer

Unforgettable Moment: Your Norway cruise ship passes the soaring Borvass Mountains across the Arctic Circle today. For summer departures, this travel milestone means that you will experience 24-hour daylight, known as the “Midnight Sun”. In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for Aurora Borealis begins: being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland and stop for a walking tour of at Bodø, a young city home to Norway's largest Air Force base. 

As we cross Vestfjord this afternoon, the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages of Stamsund and Svolvaer with their bohemian atmosphere. After sailing through the beautiful narrow Raftsund this evening, we pass the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord this evening, where you’ll hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Svartisen Glacier,

Svartisen Glacier

  • Approximate Cost: $321 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Ørnes - Bodø
  • When: Day 6 (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: $162 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Bodø
  • When: Day 6 (April 1 - November 3)
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.

Meet the Vikings,

Meet the Vikings

  • Approximate Cost: $162 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (November 4 - April 3)
At the Lofotr Viking Museum the largest Viking building ever found has been recreated. The original Chieftain’s house was established in about 500 AD and was inhabited until around 900 AD, and the rebuilt version exhibits finds from this era. The Chieftain and the Lady of the house invite you to join them for a real Viking feast in the banquet hall. Experience the magic and excitement as they make sacrifices to the Gods, praying that the sun will return to avoid Ragnarok. After the Viking feast, served with home-brewed mead, you will travel by bus to Svolvær and re-join your ship.

Meet the Vikings (Summer),

Meet the Vikings (Summer)

  • Approximate Cost: $162 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (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: $127 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (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

Lovely views await us as we cruise through the scenic Vagsfjord this morning. Our cruise ship will pause in the peaceful town of Finnsnes for a quick orientation walk before continuing to Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic. This lively city is known for many things, from its distinctive architecture and endless supply of cultural events to its hallowed Mack brewery — famous for its Arctic Ale— and other pubs (in fact, Tromsø has more pubs per capita than any other town in Norway.) We’ll embark on a walking tour that takes us past various city gems, including a visit to the Polar Museum, as well as enjoy a lecture on the fascinating science behind the phenomenon of Aurora Borealis. Want to explore further? Choose from a variety of optional activities and tours, from thrilling husky dogsled rides in the winter to kayaking excursions and peaceful hikes in the summer. Back on the ship this evening, enjoy a movie night following dinner. In winter departures, join the Captain for a special stockfish tasting on deck. Tonight, we’ll gather on deck in hopes of witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights.

Hiking Opportunity: While in Tromsø, join your expedition team for a nature hike through the surrounding mountains; the air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Dog Sledding,

Dog Sledding

  • Approximate Cost: $282 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 7 (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: The timing of this optional tour conflicts with one of Vantage's included features/excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour. Special outerwear will be provided for this tour; however, we recommend dressing in warm, comfortable clothing.

Scenery & Huskies,

Scenery & Huskies

  • Approximate Cost: $104 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 7 (May 5 - November 4)
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.

Sami Adventure in Tromsø

Sami Adventure in Tromsø

  • Approximate Cost: $209 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 7 (December 15 - May 1)
This excursion provides an authentic encounter with the Sámi, the indigenous people of Europe’s northernmost regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. These traditional reindeer herders are renowned for their affinity with nature. Our Sámi hosts invite us into the Dankarvågvatn nature reserve near Tromsø, and we are whisked across a frozen lake and snow-covered terrain by reindeer sled or snowmobile, depending on the snow conditions. You can also try your hand at ice fishing. Lying on a reindeer skin for to protect you from the cold, you gently lower your line into a hole in the ice and wait patiently for a fish to bite. Meanwhile, admire the meditative beauty of the surrounding silent landscape. You also learn more about the Sámi people and their way of life through other cultural activities. We finish the tour with a hot beverage beside a bonfire.

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

Witness magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as we cruise Norway’s northernmost region towards the North Cape. In summer months, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief early stops in the peaceful fishing towns of Hammerfest and Havøysund, we’ll arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Once docked, we’ll travel by coach to the North Cape Plateau to explore the exhibitions of North Cape Hall, a traveler center perched on the edge of a cliff. Cultural Discovery: Our visit concludes with a tasty treat: a fluffy Artic waffle served with tea of coffee. 

Later, our ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the Sámi people. We’ll pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as well as stop for a short visit in the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. 

Hiking Opportunity: Further explore the rolling hills and peaceful vistas of Norway’s northernmost city during a guided hike with your expedition team.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Birdwatching Safari,

Birdwatching Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $197 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Honningsvåg
  • When: Day 8 (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.

Sami Culture,

Sami Culture

  • Approximate Cost: $116 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (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.

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.

Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic,

Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic

  • Approximate Cost: $333 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (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.

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.

Sami Autumn

Sami Autumn

  • Approximate Cost: $116 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (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.

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 9:

Kirkenes / Vardo / Batsfjord / Berlevag

Early birds can see the colorful town of Varsø this morning on our way to 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. Cultural Discovery: Then, step into the past with a visit to Andersgrotta, a civilian bomb shelter from World War II, where we'll hear an illuminating retelling of historical events from a local. Later, we’ll stop in Vardo for a short walking tour, exploring its role in the inquisition during a lecture entitled “Witches and Pomors.” As our ship heads south, you’ll discover a completely different Norway cruise unfolding as you make daylight calls at ports passed in the night on the northbound trip. 

Please Note: Winter and Spring departures will explore the remarkable Snow Hotel after visiting the border instead of touring the bomb shelter. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Kirkenes Snow Hotel,

Kirkenes Snow Hotel

  • Approximate Cost: $93 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (December 20 - May 1)
Kirkenes Snow Hotel is set in idyllic surroundings near Gabba Reindeer Park. Our adventure here begins with a stroll up to the hotel and into Norway’s largest ice bar, where upon arrival we are served an ice cold crowberry shot, locally known as ”Rudolf’s Revenge”! The guide will then show us around the Snow Hotel, including some of the magnificent suites containing art made from snow and ice. After the tour it is time to meet the reindeer. This is an excellent photo opportunity so don’t forget to bring your camera! You can also visit Gabba Kennel and see some of the many Huskies who live there. Afterwards, we go to the Gabba restaurant where you’ll be greeted by a cosy fire. Here we are served sausages with potato pancakes and mustard, before returning to Kirkenes where we make a stop at Prestfjellet Mountain to enjoy its magnificent views of both the town and your waiting Hurtigruten ship.

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.

Husky Sledge Adventure,

Husky Sledge Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $216 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (November 1 - May 1)
This excursion begins with a short drive to the Kirkenes Snowhotel, next to the Gabba Reindeer Safari Park, where you are fitted with warm outdoor clothing: snow overalls, shoes, a hat, and gloves. Then you meet the dogs, who eagerly await whisking you across the snowy terrain. There are two passengers per sled, and each sled has its own 'musher' (guide). Several of the guides are active mushers with years of experience, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. The track we follow crosses frozen lakes and wide-open snowy plateaus, providing you with a genuine Arctic wilderness experience. If you're lucky, the northern lights will make a magical appearance. During spring, the sun returns, resulting in a different, yet equally exhilarating experience due to many more hours of daylight and a milder climate. Afterward, you gather around the fire and drink hot lemonade. Those who wish may visit the Snowhotel and the reindeer enclosure at the park.

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.

King Crab Expedition

King Crab Expedition

  • Approximate Cost: $221 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (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 for a short walking tour of Hammerfest, the first European town to have electric streetlights. Heading south, we’ll arrive at the small village of Skjervoy in the evening. Today’s lecture explores the importance of Norway’s working history, from the fishing industry to the oil industry.

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: $81 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 10 (January 1 - 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

Enjoy some of the most stunning scenery of your cruise this morning as we travel through the Vesteralen Islands via Stokmarknes, crossing the Raftsund Strait which connects Vesteralen with Lofoten. Our destination today is Harstad, a friendly town situated on nature-filled island of Hinnøya. Upon arrival, embark on a "Discovering Vesteralen" tour, including a visit to the medieval stone church of Trondenes. Later, get a feel for local Nordic life as we spend some time with the owner of a family-run trading post that has been in business for years. 

Back on the ship, we’ll enjoy lunch and a lecture on fisheries and coastal culture as we cruise towards Sortland and Stokmarknes. Weather permitting, the ship will make a stop in Svolvaer this evening, 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: $162 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Trollfjord - Svolvær
  • When: Day 11 (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.

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.

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

  • Approximate Cost: $127 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Svolvær - Stamsund
  • When: Day 11 (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!

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 12:

Ornes / Nesna / Sandnessjoen / Bronnoysund / Rorvik

After leaving Ornes early this morning, our ship will sail through narrow straits bordered by farm fields. Crossing southward over the Arctic Circle, we’ll call at Sandnessjoen, an island port that is connected to the mainland by an impressive new cable bridge. As we cruise, you’ll enjoy excellent views of the Seven Sisters (weather permitting), a dramatic chain of seven peaks, as we make our way to Bronnoysund. Our lecture today celebrates the vivid style of Nordic poet Petter Dass. Upon arrival, you can join your Cruise Director on a walking tour of this beautiful town, often referred to as "The Heart of Norway". Back on the ship this evening, enjoy a Norwegian Folk dancing performance—and even learn a few moves yourself!

Included Meals:

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

UNESCO Vega Archipelago

  • Approximate Cost: $349 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Sandnessjøen - Brønnøysund
  • When: Day 12 (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.

Visit the Salmon

Visit the Salmon

  • Approximate Cost: $111 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Location: Brønnøysund
  • When: Day 12 (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. We'll explore further on a walking tour that takes us past gems such as the Archbishop's Palace and the Old Town Bridge. Returning to the ship for lunch, enjoy scenic cruising past the islands of Grip and Hitra. Our next stop is Kristiansund, a peaceful city that stretches across four islands. Unforgettable Moment: Then, we’ll embark on a drive down the Atlantic Road from Kristiansund to Molde. Known as “the world’s most beautiful drive,” this awesome feat of engineering stretches across the lush coastal landscapes of several islets and islands, providing simply incredible views or the surrounding ocean. Along the way, we’ll stop for an authentic Nordic dinner experience. Once in Molde, you have the option to embark on a short orientation walk before returning to the ship this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14:

Torvik / Maloy / Floro / Bergen / Disembark ship

The cruise portion of your Norway adventure 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 & Dinner

DAY 15:

Bergen / Return home

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home or begin your five-day St. Petersburg, Russia 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 Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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

Hiking passes from Hurtigruten are available for purchase onboard for the cruise portion of your adventure.

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