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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. 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 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
(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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.