Chasing the Northern Lights: Norway Winter Adventure Cruise - 2020

Bergen • 11-night northbound & southbound sailing with the Arctic Circle • Bergen
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Have you ever been so enthralled and in the midst of something so truly unique and spectacular that you whisper aloud to yourself, This is what I’ll remember most? On Vantage Adventures’ Norway Winter Adventure Cruise, those moments are innumerable. Nature’s bounty provides an astral pageant, and the opportunity to witness the shimmering patina known as the Northern Lights is yours to seize on these remarkable seasonal departures. Discover fishing villages, serene snowcapped landscapes, the sparkle of icicles clinging to breathtaking fjords, and the comforts and charm of cruising aboard a Hurtigruten vessel, where farm-to-table and fish-to-dish cuisine await at each meal, along with unique cultural insights that come from touring on a working ship.

Complementing the expertise of Hurtigruten’s onboard local Expedition Team, who will bring local lore and tradition to life with fascinating lectures and insights, is your Vantage Adventure Leader, who will lead an astounding five included Vantage-exclusive excursions. Should you wish to enhance your adventure, there are lots of enriching and exciting options. Depending on your departure date, perhaps you’ll see what it’s like to step in a Viking’s shoes, or even grab the reins and go for a pulse-pounding dogsled ride. With several opportunities to customize your tour, this truly is Norway your way.

You’ll enjoy even more options with flexible accommodations aboard moderate-deluxe vessels including triple and quad accommodations, a St. Petersburg extension at better pacing than ever before, and free Single Supplements on every departure, for the most value-priced adventure cruise to the gem of Scandinavia today!

Round-trip Bergen

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Bergen, Norway

Your Nordic adventure begins with your overnight flight to Bergen.

DAY 2:

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. 

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DAY 3:

Uncover Bergen’s heritage before embarking your Hurtigruten cruise 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. 

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. 

Hiking Opportunities: For those looking to explore the incredible nature of this region further, Hurtigruten 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. You can also rent bikes onboard, weather-depending, to cover more ground and enjoy the lovely scenery in ports of call.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

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 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. Learn about a Middle Ages icon — King Arthur — during a fascinating onboard lecture about Dollsteinhola, rumored to the the site of the Holy Grail.

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

DAY 5:

Uncover the medieval gems of Trondheim

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 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. An onboard lecture will inform you more about the geography of Trondheimfjord and about life during the Viking times. 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

DAY 6:

Sail across the Arctic Circle

Unforgettable Moment: Your Norway cruise ship passes the soaring Borvass Mountains across the Arctic Circle today. 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 that is home to Norway's largest Air Force base.

As we cross Vestfjord this afternoon, the sight of the half-mile-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 Svolvær, with their bohemian atmosphere. After sailing through the beautiful narrow Raftsund this evening, we pass the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord, 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

DAY 7:

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

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, and another lecture of Norwegian trapper history. Want to explore further? Choose from a variety of optional activities and tours, including thrilling husky dogsled rides and Sámi reindeer encounters. Back on the ship this evening, enjoy a movie night following dinner. Tonight, you’ll also 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

DAY 8:

Savor regional treats on North Cape

Witness magnificent subarctic landscapes as we cruise Norway’s northernmost region towards the North Cape. 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. Cultural Discovery: Your Adventure Leader will lead a walking tour of Norway’s northernmost city, which is rich with discoveries — and fish! Surrounded by mountains, it’s got lots of lovely views. Enjoy them while your Vantage expert tells you a bit about life in the country’s tiniest official city; perhaps they’ll also tell you about Bamse, the famous dog who hailed from here and became a heroic symbol for the Free Norwegian Forces during WWII.

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

DAY 9:

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) 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. Or, depending on your departure date, you may alternately explore the remarkable Snow Hotel after visiting the Norway/Russia border. Later, we’ll stop in Vardø 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

DAY 10:

Discover the towns of Hammerfest and Skjervøy

After early calls at Honningsvåg and Havøysund, 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 Skjervøy 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

DAY 11:

Embark on a 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. Cultural Connection: Your Adventure Leader will guide a leisurely walk of Stockmarknes today, where Hurtigruten’s headquarters are located. The lovely village is most famed for its Coastal Express Museum, which features retired ships where you can experience what Norwegian sailing was like decades ago by touring this vessel from the mid-‘50s.

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

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, 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. Our lecture today celebrates the vivid style of Nordic poet Petter Dass. Upon arrival, you can join your Adventure Leader 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

DAY 13:

Touring Trondheim

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. While this is one of the city’s most-photographed locations, there are plenty others and you can stroll quaint shops and wander by coffee shops threaded throughout serpentine streets to absorb a bit of local culture. Grab a blanket at an outdoor table and watch passersby, or head to Trondheim Torg, a shopping mall with myriad snacking options in the center of the city. In the winter, the space boasts a skating ring so if you’re in the mood for some revelry, lace up a pair!

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; your Adventure Leader will lead a walk here as well.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 14:

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. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 15:

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.

Included Meals:


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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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