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Chasing the Northern Lights: Norway Winter Adventure Cruise - 2020

Bergen • 11-night northbound & southbound sailing with the Arctic Circle • Bergen
  • SET SAIL ON AN 11-NIGHT CRUISE ALONG THE PRISTINE NORWEGIAN COASTLINE
  • VISIT HONNINGSVÅG, THE NORTHERNMOST CITY IN NORWAY
  • TOUR BERGEN AND BRYGGEN WHARF, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • LEARN THE FASCINATING SCIENCE BEHIND THE AURORA BOREALIS
  • EXPERIENCE TRONDHEIM, A LIVELY UNIVERSITY TOWN OF COLORFUL BUILDINGS
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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!

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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. 

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

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. 

Included Feature:
  • Panoramic tour of Bergen
Active Feature:
  • Opportunities to embark on guided hikes with a member of the Expedition Team during your cruise

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. 

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. 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. 
  
Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Ålesund
Please Note: The walking tour of Ålesund is not available on October departures and the Molde orientation walk on October departures will be organized on southbound journey.

Included Meals:

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

A Taste of Norway

  • Approximate Cost: $120 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Hjørundfjord
  • When: Day 4 (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.

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: $107 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.

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:

Uncover the medieval gems of Trondheim

After a mid-morning 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 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.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Trondheim

Cultural Discovery:

  • Tour the interior of Nidaros Cathedral

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Sail across the Arctic Circle

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. 

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 (weather permitting).

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Bodø

Scenic Sailing:

  • Watch the Lofoten Wall appear on the horizon as you cross Vestfjord, and cruise past Trollfjord


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: RIB Safari to Saltstraumen,

RIB Safari to Saltstraumen

  • Approximate Cost: $163 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.

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,

Meet the Vikings

  • Approximate Cost: $167 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (November 4 - April 4)
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.

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: $167 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.

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: $130 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.

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"

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 city 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. Tonight, you’ll also gather on deck in hopes of witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic tour of Tromsø

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit Tromsø’s University Museum and learn about how the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) influences local culture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Enjoy the views as you cruise through scenic Vagsfjord

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

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

  • Approximate Cost: $283 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 (usually late November through late January, depending on region), the only lights to guide us will be the stars moon, 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. 

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.

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

DAY 8:

Savor regional treats in Honningsvåg

Witness magnificent subarctic landscapes as we cruise Norway’s northernmost region. 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. Later, our ship continues east, 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. 


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. Please keep this in mind when booking an optional tour.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Honningsvåg

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Birdwatching Safari,

Birdwatching Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $201 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.

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: $341 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.

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 Autumn

Sami Autumn

  • Approximate Cost: $117 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.

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

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. 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. 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. 

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: 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: Husky Sledge Adventure,

Husky Sledge Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $232 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (November 11 - 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.

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.)

King Crab Expedition

King Crab Expedition

  • Approximate Cost: $229 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (April 4 - November 15)
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, 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.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Hammerfest

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

Included Meals:

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

Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral

  • Approximate Cost: $83 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 45 minute concert plus transfer
  • 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.

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:

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. Your Adventure Leader will guide a leisurely walk of Stockmarknes today, where Hurtigruten’s headquarters are located. 

Included Feature:

  • Scenic cruise through the Vesteralen Islands

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Stockmarknes

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: Lofoten Islands,

Lofoten Islands

  • Approximate Cost: $130 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.

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: $167 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.

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, 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. Upon arrival, you can join your Adventure Leader on a walking tour of this beautiful town, often referred to as "The Centre of Norway." 

Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Brønnøysund


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Tour: Visit the Salmon

Visit the Salmon

  • Approximate Cost: $114 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Location: Brønnøysund
  • When: Day 12 (April 1 - October 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.)

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


Cultural Discovery:

  • Walking tour of Trondheim


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:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

St. Petersburg, Russia

FROM: $1499 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $375 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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