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Chasing the Northern Lights: Norway Winter Adventure Cruise - 2022

Bergen • 11-night northbound & southbound sailing with the Arctic Circle • Bergen
  • Norway Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Bergen Northern Lights and Arctic Circle
    SET SAIL ON AN 11-NIGHT EXPEDITION CRUISE ALONG THE NORWEGIAN COASTLINE
  • UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf, Bergen, Norway
    TOUR BERGEN AND BRYGGEN WHARF — A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Old Bridge, Trondheim, Norway, Europe
    EXPERIENCE TRONDHEIM, A LIVELY UNIVERSITY TOWN OF COLORFUL BUILDINGS
  • Snow on Alesund, Norway in winter
    EXPLORE THE COBBLED STREETS AND COLORFUL ARCHITECTURE OF ÅLESUND
  • Helsinki Finland
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO HELSINKI, FINLAND
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Optional Tours

LEARN more. EXPLORE more. DREAM more.
Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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A Taste of Norway

  • Approximate Cost: $153 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.)

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Hike with a Visit to a Shieling

  • Approximate Cost: $142 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.)

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RIB Safari to Saltstraumen

  • Approximate Cost: $192 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.)

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Meet the Vikings (Summer)

  • Approximate Cost: $214 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.)

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Meet the Vikings

  • Approximate Cost: $214 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Stamsund - Svolvær
  • When: Day 6 (11/01 - 03/31)
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.)

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Scenery & Huskies

  • Approximate Cost: $169 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.)

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Dog Sledding

  • Approximate Cost: $339 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Location: Tromsø
  • When: Day 7 (11/27 - 04/30)
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.)

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Sami Autumn

  • Approximate Cost: $146 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Location: Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
  • When: Day 8 (09/01 - 10/31)
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.)

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King Crab Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $271 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.)

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Husky Sledge Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $294 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (11/25 - 04/24)
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.)

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King Crab Winter Adventure

  • Approximate Cost: $316 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kirkenes
  • When: Day 9 (12/01 - 04/20)
Travel across the frozen Barents Sea on a snowmobile-driven sleigh amid the fantastic scenery. An experienced fisherman will accompany us and tell us all about the giant crustaceans that have made these icy waters their home.

Red king crabs are considered ‘royalty’, simply because of their size. A single king crab can weigh up to 22 pounds and have an impressive leg span of around 6.5 feet.

Watch as the fisherman cuts a hole in the ice and hauls crab cages out of the depths. Be ready to lend a hand if he asks!

We continue via snowmobile to the quaint boathouse that is located beside the fjord. After the chef prepares and cooks the crab, we’ll settle down to a hearty meal with today’s catch. It doesn’t get any fresher than this! The portions will be generous and the crab delicious, so you’ll surely leave the table satisfied.

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.)

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Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral

  • Approximate Cost: $101 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.)

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Sea Eagle Safari

  • Approximate Cost: $226 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.)

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Visit the Salmon

  • Approximate Cost: $142 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.)

Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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