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When you travel with Vantage, you’ll enjoy the longest-running exclusive U.S. relationship with Norway’s small ship line that will provide you the best experience and value, every time. Discover Scandinavia with all your meals included on board, along with the most diverse breadth of cabin configurations available today. Don’t miss out on triple and quad accommodations should you want to bring loved ones and friends on an unforgettable Norway adventure, and enjoy reduced Single Supplements on every departure. In 2020, don’t miss out on a St. Petersburg extension at better pacing than ever before!
Depart home for Bergen, Norway
Your Nordic adventure begins with your overnight flight to Bergen.
Arrive in Bergen
After 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.
Uncover Bergen’s heritage before embarking your Hurtigruten cruise ship
Set out to discover the colorful city of Bergen on a tour by coach, starting at our hotel next to 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.
Please 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.
Cruise along Norway’s breathtaking natural splendor
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 (between June 2 and August 31) or explore Hjørundfjord, (between September 1 and October 1) 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.
Uncover the medieval gems of Trondheim
After arrival in Trondheim, we’ll spend the day exploring this medieval jewel on a bus tour. 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 bus tour that includes a tour of the inside of the famous medieval Nidaros 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.
Sail across the Arctic Circle
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.
Cruising on along the coast of Helgeland, we’ll stop for a walking tour of Bodø, a young city that’s home to Norway's largest Air Force base. As we cross Vestfjord this afternoon, the sight of the Lofoten Wall (which is in fact a chain of the islands’ mountain peaks) will appear on the horizon. You’ll discover the charms of the Lofoten Islands in the small, picturesque fishing villages of Stamsund and Svolvær, with their bohemian atmosphere. After sailing through the beautiful strait of Raftsund this evening, you’ll find yourself at the entrance to Trollfjord. If the weather permits it, you may even sail through its incredibly narrow mouth — just 328 feet wide — to find dramatic, steep mountains looming over you at every turn. You’ll also hear the fascinating tale of “The Battle of Trollfjord,” which took place here in the winter of 1890.
Explore the architecture of 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 city tour that takes us past various city gems, including a visit to the Polar Museum, as well as enjoy a session about Northern Lights in the University Museum. 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. Tonight, we’ll gather on deck in hopes of witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights.
Savor regional treats on North Cape
Witness magnificent subarctic landscapes as we cruise Norway’s northernmost region towards the North Cape. In summer months, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and houses 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.
Step into the past during a visit to historic Vardø
Early birds can see the colorful town of Vardø this morning on our way to Kirkenes, land of Sámi 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). 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. As our ship heads north west, you’ll discover a completely different Norway cruise unfolding as you make daylight calls at ports passed in the night on the northbound trip.
Discover the towns of Hammerfest and Skjervøy
After early calls at Honningsvåg and Havøysund, you'll head south, arriving at the small village of Skjervøy in the evening.
Embark on a "Discovering Vesteralen" tour on nature-filled Hinnøya
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.
Back on the ship, we’ll enjoy lunch as we cruise towards Stokmarknes. Weather permitting, the ship will make a stop in Svolvær this evening, a fishing town with stunning mountains surrounding it.
Cruise past the Seven Sisters before exploring Brønnøysund
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 Sandnessjøen, 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 Brønnøysund.
Tour Trondheim and Kristiansund before embarking on “the world’s most beautiful ride”
Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, is a lively university town of colorful buildings and broad streets. We'll explore further on a 3-mile walking tour that takes us past gems such as the Archbishop's Palace and the Old Town Bridge. Returning to the ship, enjoy scenic cruising past the islands of Grip and Hitra. Our next stop is Kristiansund, a peaceful city that stretches across four islands.
Please note: Due to the limited daylight hours during the winter, travelers cruising on the 10/07 itinerary will enjoy an afternoon at leisure and dinner on the ship, with additional features on Day 10.
Disembark ship for a final evening in Bergen
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 on board, 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.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, or join your optional extension in St. Petersburg, Russia
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home or begin your St. Petersburg, Russia post-trip extension.
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 on board for the cruise portion of your adventure.