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Your holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in Bergen, the gateway to the fjords and a spectacular place to visit. Highlights of this a pretty medieval city include the beautifully preserved, multi-coloured wooden houses of Bryggen; the picturesque fish market located between the fjords and mountains, and the Fløibanen funicular for amazing views of Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Bergen - Embark your Ship
Embark your ship which has its own Expedition Team on board so you can learn more about the nature, culture and phenomena you’ll encounter on your adventure. You’ll sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, following the same route as the Vikings. After enjoying a delicious buffet dinner, spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from the deck or the panorama lounges.
Florø - Molde
As you head north, you’ll call at Ålesund, renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. After a devastating fire in 1904, most of the town was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, with numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings. Here you can take an excursion to the salt-water aquarium to meet the resident penguins and up Mount Aksla for amazing views.
Kristiansund - Rørvik
Today you’ll call at colourful and vibrant Trondheim, where you can visit the impressive Nidaros Cathedral, take a walking tour of the city, or explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak on the river Nid. As you set sail again in the afternoon you’ll pass the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous islets and rocky outcrops before calling at the charming town of Rørvik.
Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Today you’ll cross into the Arctic Circle where you’ll have the best chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. Explore icy glaciers, spot majestic sea eagles and feel the force of the world’s most powerful tidal current. Later, the beautiful Lofoten Islands come into view, with their sheer granite cliffs, white sand beaches and picturesque fishing villages. Here you can get a fascinating taste of Viking life.
Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
Among your stops today is the Capital of the Arctic, Tromsø. You’ll have some time to discover the largest city in Northern Norway, packed with culture, history and a vitality that surprises many visitors. This is the perfect place to enjoy an Arctic adventure with activities including skiing, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris. You’ll also have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights here.
Øksfjord - Berlevåg
Honningsvåg is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape and you can take an excursion to the North Cape plateau where only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole. With clean, crisp air and views that extend to where the sea meets the horizon, the North Cape feels like the end of the world. You could also take a snowmobile trip through mesmerising scenery.
Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg
The wintry landscape in Kirkenes is perfect for snowmobile and dog sledding adventures, and you can even visit the nearby fantastic snow hotel. Here you are just a few miles from the Russian border so unsurprisingly there’s a strong Russian influence and you’ll notice signs in both Russian and Norwegian. This is the turning point in your cruise and you’ll now start your return journey back to Bergen.
Mehamn - Tromsø
As you continue south, you’ll stop at a number of ports. In Mehamn, the fresh winter air and clear, starry skies are perfect for seeing the Northern Lights. Enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ in Hammerfest, the most northern town in Europe and starting point for hunters heading up into the high Arctic. And see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column that commemorates the first precise geographic measurement of the globe.
Tromsø - Stamsund
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery that you’ll encounter during your adventure. Sail through channels of clear green waters, passing breathtaking sights of mountains soaring out of the sea and nature at its wildest, interspersed with small picturesque fishing villages. This is also the realm of the sea eagle, and you could take a sea eagle safari to see these rare birds of prey as they circle and dive for fish.
Bodø - Rørvik
Today you’ll sail past mountain ranges with unique formations that have inspired many ancient myths and legends. The Seven Sisters are reputed to be the daughters of a Troll king who escaped his strict control but were pursued until daylight turned them into stone. The mountain of Torghatten is said to be the King’s hat that was pierced by an arrow when he threw it to protect the maidens.
Trondheim - Ålesund
Today you’ll get another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim before sailing through the majestic Trondheimsfjord, Norway’s third longest fjord. In Kristiansund, you’ll get a sense of the importance of the fishing industry to Norway’s coastal communities. The colourful city is made up of four main islands, and is known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish.
Bergen - Disembark your Ship
Today you’ll get your final glimpses of the Norwegian Fjords and rugged coastline before arriving back in Bergen, where you’ll disembark and fly home.
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