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Nordic Splendor: A Coastal Adventure in Norway - 2021

Bergen • 11-night northbound & southbound sailing with the Arctic Circle • Bergen
  • SAVOR RUGGED PEAKS AND VAST SKIES AS YOU CRUISE ABOARD YOUR HURTIGRUTEN EXPEDITION SHIP
  • TOUR BERGEN AND BRYGGEN WHARF — A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • SEE THE VESTERÅLEN ISLANDS AND ENJOY A VISIT TO A LOCAL TRADING POST
  • EXPERIENCE TRONDHEIM, A LIVELY UNIVERSITY TOWN OF COLORFUL BUILDINGS
  • EXPLORE THE COBBLED STREETS AND COLORFUL ARCHITECTURE OF ÅLESUND
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Perhaps it’s the picturesque fishing villages and serene landscapes that allure you, or maybe the centuries of Nordic heritage and Viking traditions incite intrigue. Either way, Norway’s cultural, historical, and physical landscapes are not to be forgotten. Join Vantage in 2021 aboard a Hurtigruten ship for 11 magical nights along the Scandinavian coast. Aboard this redesigned vessel, you’ll explore pristine scenery as you travel with locals and savor farm-to-table and fish-to-dish cuisine prepared by Norwegian chefs.

During our Nordic Splendor: A Coastal Adventure in Norway adventure, you’ll discover Norway’s seafaring customs and traditions that a land tour couldn’t possibly offer. Learn what life in Scandinavia is like from your Vantage Adventure Leader and the local Expedition Team; with fascinating presentations and nature walks, they’ll bring the region’s lore and natural traditions to life. With 7 included features and 11 Cultural Discoveries, this is the ultimate opportunity to travel Norway your way.

By traveling with Vantage, you take advantage of our exclusive relationship with Norway’s small ship line, which grants you the best value and experience. And with our diverse breadth of cabin configurations ⁠— including triple and quad accommodations ⁠— this is the best opportunity for a group trip. If you are traveling alone, we have something for you, too: Reduced Single Supplements on every departure on this unforgettable Norway adventure!

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DAY 1:

Depart for Bergen, Norway

Your Nordic adventure begins with an overnight flight to Bergen.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Bergen

After arrival, transfer to your hotel in the heart of Bergen. 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. A light buffet dinner will wrap up our first day in Scandinavia.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Bergen’s heritage before embarking on your Hurtigruten cruise ship

Our day begins at the hotel next to Bryggen Wharf, the city’s historic waterfront area. We’ll set out to discover the colorful city of Bergen on a tour by coach. 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.

We’ll then learn about Norway’s musical legacy with a visit to Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s summer home. As one of the most influential Romantic composers of the 19th century, his work helped launch the country into international musical prominence. During a tour of Grieg’s home — now a fascinating museum — we’ll delve further into his cultural contributions.

After the museum, we'll embark on your Hurtigruten cruise ship and set sail. Because your ship is both a working and passenger vessel, your Nordic adventure will include a mix of Norwegian and international travelers as shipmates. Take the opportunity to connect with Scandinavians and learn about local life.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic city tour, including Old Town Bryggen
Hiking Opportunities:
  • Hurtigruten offers a Hiking Pass for more active travelers. Revel in fjordland’s unspoiled natural landscapes with a series of guided hikes
Please note: Your ship calls at many ports and you'll often have time to go ashore for sightseeing. However, this is also a working vessel that delivers cargo on a strict schedule. As such, some port of calls may not permit any time on shore. Wherever possible, your Adventure Leader will keep your explorations active with port orientation walks.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Cruise through Norway’s breathtaking natural splendor

Rise early to make the most of Nordfjord’s majestic nature this morning before breakfast. As we cruise past the West Cape on our way to Ålesund, we’ll experience a rare venture into the open sea. Depending on the departure date, we’ll either sail past the spectacular cliffs and falls of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord or explore Hjørundfjord, settled amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps.

Depending on the season, we’ll enjoy an extended visit in the art nouveau town of Ålesund. Here, we’ll explore the cobblestoned streets and colorful architecture during a guided walking tour.

Later, we'll visit the town of Molde, a previous trading port dating to the Middle Ages. Learn about King Arthur, an icon from the Middle Ages, during a fascinating onboard lecture. We’ll be further informed about Dollsteinhola, which is rumored to be the site of the Holy Grail.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Ålesund*
Hiking Opportunity:
  • Join a guided hike through the secluded Sunnmøre Alps for vistas of majestic peaks and soaring skies
*Please Note: The walking tour of Ålesund is not available for summer departures between June 1st and November 1st.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: A Taste of Norway,

A Taste of Norway

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjord
  • When: Day 4 (09/01 - 10/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling,

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling

  • Approximate Cost: $127 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 45 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjorden
  • When: Day 4 (09/01 - 10/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass

Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass

  • Approximate Cost: $277 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours 30 min
  • Location: Geiranger - Molde
  • When: Day 4 (06/01 - 08/31)
As with Geiranger Panorama, this excursion gets you closer to the UNESCO listed 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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 5:

Explore Trondheim’s rich medieval heritage

After an early arrival in Trondheim, we’ll spend the day exploring this small city on a bus tour. As one of Norway’s historic and religious cities, Trondheim has been considered the Nordic’s most important pilgrimage site since the 11th century. Witness St. Olav Ways, which comprise over 3,000 kilometers, all ending at St. Olav ’s shrine (St. Olav was a Norwegian king and Catholic martyr).

On our city walk, we’ll follow the city’s old veitene, or narrow alleys, past its markets and historic warehouses. The stroll concludes with a tour inside the legendary Nidaros Cathedral.

In the afternoon, we’ll board our ship to cruise northwest. Perched among charming islets and rocky outcrops, we’ll glide past the Kjeungskjær lighthouse. An onboard lecture will cover Trondheimfjord’s geography and life during the Viking era. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship will stop at charming Rørvik. This busy fishing community lies at the center of 6,000 islands.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Trondheim, Norway's historic and religious capital
Cultural Discovery:
  • Visit the interior of Nidaros Cathedral
Hiking Opportunity:
  • Lose yourself in Trondheim’s surrounding nature on an easy, guided mountain hike with the Expedition Team

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Sail across the Arctic Circle

Today, we’ll cruise past the soaring Borvass Mountains and across the Arctic Circle, where the sun can remain above or below the horizon for 24 hours. If the season is right, this is where our hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins. We’ll sail along Helgeland’s beautiful coast until we reach Bodø. Here, we’ll stop for a walking tour of this developing city, which is also Norway's largest air force base.

Crossing Vestfjord this afternoon, we’ll spot the half-mile high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. The small, picturesque fishing villages of Stamsund and Svolvær reveal the bohemian allure of Lofoten Islands.

After sailing through the stunning Raftsund Strait this evening, we’ll pass Trollfjord’s entrance. Weather permitting, it is here that you’ll learn the enthralling story of the 1890’s Battle of Trollfjord.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Bodø

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: Svartisen Glacier,

Svartisen Glacier

  • Approximate Cost: $277 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Ørnes - Bodø
  • When: Day 6 (06/01 - 08/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

RIB Safari to Saltstraumen,

RIB Safari to Saltstraumen

  • Approximate Cost: $191 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Bodø
  • When: Day 6 (03/29 - 10/31)
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: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Meet the Vikings (Summer),

Meet the Vikings (Summer)

  • Approximate Cost: $197 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (04/01 - 10/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Highlights of Lofoten

Highlights of Lofoten

  • Approximate Cost: $159 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (04/01 - 08/28)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 7:

Explore the architecture of Tromsø, the "Gateway to the Arctic"

Striking views await 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.

We’ll continue to Tromsø, the "Gateway to the Arctic." Amidst other things, this lively city is known for its distinctive architecture and endless supply of cultural events. With more pubs per capita than any other town in Norway, Tromsø also hosts the hallowed Mack Brewery, especially famous for its Arctic Ale.

Setting off on a walking tour, we’ll pass key city sites and visit the Polar Museum. Learn the fascinating science behind the Aurora Borealis phenomenon and the history of Norwegian trapping in two separate lectures. If you’d like to explore further, you can choose from a variety of optional activities and tours, including husky-pulled dogsled rides and Sámi reindeer encounters (please note that these activities are not included in the base tour price). After returning to the ship this evening, we’ll enjoy dinner and a movie night. Depending on the season, we may gather on the deck afterward to watch for the Northern Lights.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Tromsø, the “Gateway to the Arctic”
Cultural Discovery:
  • Learn how the Aurora Borealis has influenced regional culture
Hiking Opportunity:
  • Hike through Tromsø’s surrounding mountains with the Expedition Team
Please note: Weather and schedule permitting, a variety of optional tours are available at these ports. However, the timing of the tours may conflict with one or more of Vantage's included features or excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: Scenery & Huskies

Scenery & Huskies

  • Approximate Cost: $127 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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 8:

Savor regional treats on North Cape

Witness magnificent subarctic landscapes as we cruise Norway’s northernmost region this morning. In summer months, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and houses belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. We’ll make brief stops in the tranquil fishing towns of Hammerfest and Havøysund. Our destination today is Honningsvåg, gateway to the spectacular North Cape.

Once docked in Honningsvåg, we’ll travel by coach to the North Cape Plateau. Here, we’ll explore North Cape Hall, a traveler center perched on the edge of a cliff. After perusing the exhibits, we’ll end our visit with a sumptuous treat: cheesecake served with coffee or tea.

Later, our ship will continue east, sailing through the heartland of the Sámi people and their ancient sacred site. We’ll pass the rock formation of Finnkirka and briefly visit the fishing village of Kjøllefjord.

Included Feature:

  • Excursion to North Cape, featuring the famous North Cape Hall
Cultural Discovery:
  • Taste the region’s North Cake specialty, paired with coffee or tea
Hiking Opportunity:
  • Explore Honningsvåg’s rolling hills and tranquil vistas with a guided hike
Please note: Weather and schedule permitting, a variety of optional tours are available at the ports. However, the timing of the tours may conflict with one or more of Vantage's included features or excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: Birdwatching Safari,

Birdwatching Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $234 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Honningsvåg
  • When: Day 8 (04/01 - 08/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Sami Culture,

Sami Culture

  • Approximate Cost: $138 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (05/01 - 08/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic

Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic

  • Approximate Cost: $400 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (12/10 -04/25)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 9:

Step into the past during a visit to historic Vardø

Rise early to savor the views of Vardø’s colorful town this morning. We’ll head to Kirkenes, land of the Sámi people and reindeer. Located just eight miles from Russia, this remote town was unsurprisingly tense during the Cold War. After traveling along Storskog, the only official border between Norway and Russia, we’ll enjoy a short panoramic tour of Kirkenes.

Later, we’ll step into the past with a visit to Andersgrotta, a civilian bomb shelter from World War II. Here, a local will illuminate us with compelling historical anecdotes. Depending on the season, we may visit the Snowhotel instead.

After Kirkenes, we’ll stop in Vardø for a short walking tour. As our ship heads northwest, a completely different side of Norway will unfold. We’ll now have the chance to make daylight calls at ports we previously passed in the night.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Vardø, including: Russian border and Snowhotel (from December 20th to April 20th) OR Andersgrotta (from April 21st to December 19th)
Cultural Discovery:
  • Hear a local’s retelling of history at Andersgrotta (from April 21st to December 19th)
Please note: Weather and schedule permitting, a variety of optional tours are available at the ports. However, the timing of the tours may conflict with one or more of Vantage's included features or excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: King Crab Adventure

King Crab Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $219 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (01/01 - 12/31)
Come and join us for a fantastic day at Norway’s very first King Crab restaurant and find out first-hand what goes into catching these fascinating creatures.

You will walk out to the custom-built fishing pier on the Barents Sea, accompanied by an expert fisherman. It’s directly in front of the famous restaurant you’ll visit later with your catch.  The professionals will show you how to catch a King Crab and also discuss the history and diversity of this monster of the deep. Red King Crabs can be very large, weighing up to 22 pounds and with a leg span of up to almost 6 feet!

Afterwards, you will be invited to help pull the King Crab cages from the depths and land your catch. The ace fishermen will take you back and show you a secret recipe of how to prepare the crab in the local way. Have your fresh catch served in an idyllic restaurant located close to the fjord to admire a beautiful view and delicious meal.

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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 10:

Discover the towns of Hammerfest and Skjervøy

After early calls at Honningsvåg and Havøysund, our Norwegian cruise ship will stop in Hammerfest. We’ll take a short walking tour of this town, Europe’s first to have electric streetlights.

Heading south this evening, we’ll arrive at the small village of Skjervøy.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Hammerfest
Please note: Travelers cruising through January and February and through October and December will join an excursion to meet a Sámi family, including a presentation and a tasting of Sámi cuisine alongside coffee and tea. Afterward, embark on a panoramic tour of Hammerfest.

Weather and schedule permitting, a variety of optional tours are available at the ports. However, the timing of the tours may conflict with one or more of Vantage's included features or 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: $106 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 45 minute concert plus transfer
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 10 (01/01 - 12/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 11:

Hop on a "Discovering Vesterålen" bus tour and visit Rokenes Trading Post

As we travel through the Vesterålen Islands via Stokmarknes, today’s cruise arguably promises the trip’s most stunning Nordic scenery. We’ll cross the Raftsund Strait, which connects Vesterålen with Lofoten.

Our destination is Harstad, a friendly town situated on the island of Hinnøya. Upon arrival, embark on a "Discovering Vesterålen" bus tour, including a visit to Trondnes Church. Get a feel for local Nordic life as we cross Refsnes and Flesnes to spend time with the owner of Rokenes Trading Post. We’ll enjoy a refreshment as we learn about this family-run establishment, which has been in business for 250 years.

After returning to the ship, we’ll enjoy lunch while cruising toward Stokmarknes. Weather permitting, the ship will make an evening stop in Svolvær, a fishing town surrounding by striking mountains.

Included Feature:

  • "Discovering Vesterålen" bus tour, including Trondes Church
Cultural Discovery:
  • Meet with the owner of Rokenes Trading Post for a refreshment and Nordic slice of life
Please note: Weather and schedule permitting, a variety of optional tours are available at the ports. However, the timing of the tours may conflict with one or more of Vantage's included features or excursions. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: Lofoten Islands,

Lofoten Islands

  • Approximate Cost: $155 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Svolvær - Stamsund
  • When: Day 11 (04/01 - 08/23)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

Sea Eagle Safari

Sea Eagle Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $197 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Trollfjord - Svolvær
  • When: Day 11 (03/16 - 10/07)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 12:

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. This island port connects to mainland Norway with an impressive new cable bridge.

As we cruise, we’ll witness exceptional views (weather permitting) of the Seven Sisters, a chain of seven breathtaking peaks. Often referred to as "The Centre of Norway," our next stop is Brønnøysund. Join our Adventure Leader on a walking tour to learn more about this beautiful town.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Brønnøysund

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Optional Tour: Visit the Salmon,

Visit the Salmon

  • Approximate Cost: $133 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Location: Brønnøysund
  • When: Day 12 (01/01 - 12/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

UNESCO Vega Archipelago

UNESCO Vega Archipelago

  • Approximate Cost: $319 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Sandnessjøen - Brønnøysund
  • When: Day 12 (06/01 - 08/31)
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.

Please note: Optional tours can only be prepurchased up to 30 days prior to departure. After that, tours may be purchased on-site (subject to availability.)

DAY 13:

Explore Trondheim and Kristiansund before taking “the world’s most beautiful drive”

Today, we’ll disembark in Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city. This lively university town is known for its wide streets and colorful buildings. On a three-mile walking tour, we’ll pass architectural masterpieces like the Archbishop's Palace and the Old Town Bridge.

Returning to the ship, enjoy the views of the picturesque islands of Grip and Hitra. Our next stop is Kristiansund, a calm city that stretches across four islands. Your Adventure Leader will lead a walk here as well. We’ll then take a thrilling 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. The vistas of the surrounding ocean are simply incredible. We’ll stop along the way 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 Feature:

  • Drive the scenic Atlantic Road, from Kristiansund to Molde
Cultural Discoveries:
  • Walking tour of Trondheim with special local dinner en route 
  • Walking tour of Kristiansund

Please note: Due to the limited daylight hours during winter period, travelers cruising from January-February and from October-December will enjoy an afternoon at leisure and dinner on the ship with an added program on Day 10.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Disembark ship for a final evening in Bergen

Sail through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Norway today, enjoying lunch on board. As we return to Bergen, the cruise portion of your Norway adventure comes to an end.

We’ll disembark and transfer to the hotel for our journey’s final night. Enjoy a leisurely evening, taking advantage of the hotel’s light buffet dinner, or exploring more of this lively city.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home or head to St. Petersburg, Russia

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. If you are joining the post-trip extension to St. Petersburg, Russia, your adventure begins today.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

St. Petersburg, Russia

FROM: $1749 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $437 PER DAY

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.

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