Norway

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Hurtigruten - Classic Cruise South

From $896 Per Person

Independent, 6 Days/5 Nights
Dates: Daily, year round

Travel southbound from Kirkenes to Bergen, a six-day voyage filled with majestic scenery and interesting sites.  Visit high arctic towns like Honningsvag (near the North Cape) and Hammerfest; sail through the beautiful Vesteraalen and Lofoten Islands during daylight hours; view Torghatten Mountain and the Seven Sisters Mountain Range; enjoy an early morning visit in Trondheim.  The southbound voyage follows the same coastline as the northbound, but arrives in port at different times, so it offers another unique option to travelers desiring to experience Norway’s spectacular nature, history and culture.​ 

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Day 1: Kirkenes to Berlevåg      Capital of the Barents Region

Your southbound voyage begins in Kirkenes, the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east. The ship departs at 12:30 pm and begins its cruise southward.  After lunch, head to the deck or the panorama lounge to view the Arctic landscape. In the afternoon, the ship docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, you may be invited to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. Continue west along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. A variety of pre-voyage experiences are available in Kirkenes.  Inquire for details.

Day 2: Mehamn – Tromso        Surrounded by Excitement

You will dock at Mehamn in the middle of the night, and make a stop in Honningsvaag in the early morning. Your third stop will be in the town of Hammerfest, which was founded in 1789 and over time became Norway’s polar capital. Continue south to Oksfjord. After crossing open water, make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In the spring, the ships sails through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps. Late this evening, the ship makes a stop in Tromso.

Optional excursions include:  Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night (winter, spring); Into the Ice – Stories of a Polar Hero (Nov 8-Mar22), Mountain Hike in Hammerfest  (summer, fall); The Northernmost Town in the World (all year); Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral  (all year); Arctic Midnight Adventure – by Explorer Boat (summer)

Day 3: Tromso – Stamsund Lofoten     Where Nature Amazes

This morning, arrive in Harstad, home of Trondenes Church, a cultural heritage site from the late Middle Ages.  Make a short stop in Risøyhamn, a small village with only 200 inhabitants.Continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded over 120 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southward, the ship slips through the narrow Raftsund.  If weather and time permit, the captain will make a detour into the spectacular Trollfjord, one mile long, 330 ft wide, and surrounded by majestic mountains.  Continue to Svolvær and on to Stamsund, where you will see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall. Leave Lofoten in the evening and set course for the mainland.

Optional excursions include:    A Taste of Vesteraalen (all year); Vesteraalen & Lofoten By Rib (summer); Sea Eagle Safari (spring, summer, fall); Fishing Village Walk (fall, winter); Lofoten by Horse (all year); Fishing in Lofoten (spring); RIB Adventure in Lofoten (summer); Mountain Hike in Lofoten (summer).

Day 4: Bodo – Rorvik      The Seven Sisters

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important 'rite of passage'. Celebrate the event out on deck today with a taste of Arctic tradition: a spoonful of cod liver oil! Sailing along the Helgeland coast, pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls rich in local lore, including the Torghatten mountain, famous for its distinctive hole through the middle. The hole is 525 ft long, 115 ft high, and 65 ft wide, and was created during the Ice Age. Another highlight is the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven peaks are between 2,800 and 3,600 ft high, and it is easy to understand how this mountain range led to ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens slipped out. Vaagekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southward down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue the sisters. When night turned into morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified, since the sun turns all trolls to stone.  These 'trolls' became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Next, make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjoen.

Optional excursions include:   UNESCO Vega Archipelago (summer); Gateway to Helgeland (spring); Meet the Salmon (summer); Bronnoysund Village Walk (all year); Explorer Boat Adventure in Helgeland (summer).

 

Day 5: Trondheim – Aalesund      In Cod We Trust

Today provides an opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim.  Back on board, head out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 105 miles long and up to 16 miles wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is very deep, plunging to 1,900 ft.

As we sail along the coast, you discover the importance of fishing to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with abundant opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Today, Kristiansund is regarded as Norway’s 'dried cod capital' because of its longtime export of salted, dried codfish.

Optional excursions include:  Breakfast by the Water's Edge (summer); Trondheim City Walk (summer, fall,, winter); Trondheim and the Nidaros Cathedral (all year); Bergtatt - a Magnificent Marble Mine  (Sept. 15 - April 30); The Atlantic Road (, spring, summer).

Day 6: Bergen         Final Chapter of the Fairy Tale

A few nautical miles south of Floro, navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and admire superb views of this magnificent, island-studded coastline. Disembark in Bergen this afternoon, taking with you memories of a unique journey filled with unforgettable experiences and authentic interactions with local people, diverse wildlife, and stunning nature.   

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Trip from price per person is based on 2 persons in shared cabin, based on January, 2018 rates. Other dates and cabin types will have different rates.
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1-844-402-0219, or email us at: info@nordic-destinations.com for details.

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