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Hurtigruten Cultural Cruise - A Cruise of History, Music and Art

From $2064 Per Person

Semi Escorted/ 12, 7 & 6-day sailings available

Our special Cultural Cruises follow the same itineraries as our 12-, 7- and 6-day Hurtigruten coastal route cruises, with additional cultural experiences and exclusive events that focus on the music, culture, art, and history of Norway. On these special sailings along the breathtaking Norwegian coastline, you will obtain in-depth knowledge and have authentic experiences of Norwegian culture that you won't find anywhere else.

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Departures from Bergen

(12 days Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen; 11 days Bergen-Kirkenes-Trondheim; 7 days Bergen-Kirkenes)

2017: October 11, October 16, October 22, October 27, November 2, November 7

2018: April 5, April 10, April 16, April 21, April 27, May 2, May 8, May 13, May 19, May 24, May 30

 

Departures from Kirkenes

(6 days Kirkenes-Bergen)

2017: October 17, October 22, October 22, October 28, November 8, November 13

2018: April 11, April 16, April 22, April 27, May 3, May 8, May 14, May 19, May 25, May 30, June 5


Call us at 1 844 402 0219, or email us at: info@nordic-destinations.com for details.

Day 1: Arrival in Bergen                         The journey begins

After arrival in Bergen, transfer by bus to the city. Your 7-day expedition to the high north starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. After embarkation you are invited to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. You sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – you are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:

- Piano concert: Greig at Troldhaugen, in Bergen before departure 

Day 2: Floro - Molde                               A day for masterpieces

If you wake up early you’ll have the opportunity to see Hornelen before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Rising 2,820 ft. high to the west, this is the mountain which according to the ancient Norse saga was climbed by Viking King Olav Tryggvason. On this day you will experience a rare venture into open ocean as we sail past the West Cape, where the Norwegian Sea opens up to the North Atlantic Ocean. You then set course toward what is often considered to be Norway’s jewel in the crown, Geirangerfjord. This is the day for spectacular fjord experiences. In the summer months, you will sail into Geirangerfjord, which is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. In the fall, you will explore the idyllic Hjorundfjord, where only Hurtigruten ships sail.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:

- Organ concert: Church of Alesund

- Lecture: What Is Norwegian Culture?

 

Day 3: Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rorvik      In the footsteps of the Vikings

Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason back in 997 A.D. Trondheim’s architecture and surroundings create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere for any outing. Whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or bicycle ride among the beautifully restored wooden buildings in the Bakklandet district. 

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:

- Lecture: Norwegian Legends and Myths from the Area

Day 4: Bronnoysund - Svolvar              Welcome to the Arctic!

Today you cross the Arctic Circle. This invisible border at 66° 33’ North marks the southernmost point for the midnight sun, which shines 24 hours a day in the summer. North of this line, you will see the midnight sun in summer and the magical northern lights in winter. This is where the Arctic begins.  Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, is located near Ornes, the old trading village and port of call. The journey continues along the beautiful Helgeland coast, considered by many to be just as spectacular as Lofoten. In the afternoon, you sail from Bodo across Vestfjord. Then the 3,280-ft high mountain of Lofotveggen will appear on the horizon, marking our arrival to Lofoten. 

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- A guided art tour of your ship's artwork
- Grieg concert on board as we sail through the majestic Vestfjord featuring a piano and a soprano
- Soprano and piano concert at Stormen, a cultural center and architectural masterpiece in Bodo
- Points of interest discussed out on deck, bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 5: Stokmarknes - Skjervoy            Into the Wild

Today, the Hurtigruten ship approaches Tromso, the capital of the Arctic. Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with exciting activities, no matter what time of year you travel. Join in whale watching, dog sledding, hiking and learn about the country’s fascinating polar history. Or join a kayaking excursion, where you can admire this beautiful Arctic city from a different perspective? 

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:

- Lecture on board: 17th of May Traditions. The 17th of May is Norway’s 'birthday'. During this lecture you will learn about this very special Norwegian day and its traditions.

 

Day 6: Oksfjord - Berlevag                     Northern Lights/Midnight Sun and the North Cape

Enjoy the magnificent landscape as we continue our journey toward the North Cape. In Honningsvag, you can join a cultural walk through the town and be charmed by the colorful buildings. You will then sail through the heart of the Sami homeland to the port of Kjollefjord, an area famous for its rich birdlife. Enjoy the sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel north, and be sure to take this opportunity to experience the North Cape - the northernmost point on the continent.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:

-Lecture: Sámi Culture

Day 7: Batsfjord - Kirkenes -  Berlevag      To the Top – and Back Again

Early birds can see Vadso and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. As the ship starts its voyage south, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of Arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. On the southbound voyage, the ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen during the day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardo again, Norway’s easternmost port. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Batsfjord before reaching Berlevag in the evening.


INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Lecture: Witch Process in Vardo
- Morning concert with storytelling at Andergrotta, Kirkenes 
- Excursion to the Witch Monument in Vardo
- Points of interest discussed out on deck, bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 8: Mehamn - Tromso     The Extreme North

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn. On spring voyages, it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. In Honningsvag you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, on board you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to Melkoya, the industrial island that holds the northernmost natural gas terminal. On fall voyages we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guide and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the Earth. Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world and has an important place in Norwegian polar history. We continue south to Oksfjord. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervoy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord on spring voyages. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Or, a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Presentation on Norwegian traditions
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 9:  Tromso - Stamsund       Welcome to Lofoten

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion program: A Taste of Vesteraalen. The Risoyrenna channel is only 23 feet deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sandbanks are visible through the clear, green water. Risoyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only a little over a mile long and 328 feet wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits, the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. From Svolvaer we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Concert in an old fish-oil tank in Vesteraalen
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 10:  Bodo - Rorvik     A Date with the Seven Sisters

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66° 33’ N is an important ‘rite of passage’. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 2,953 and 3,609 feet high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjoen. In Bronnoysund you can take the optional excursion village walk.

Day 11:  Trondheim - Aalesund     The Old Cities and the Sea

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577m at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:
- Presentation on the importance of the fishing industry in Norway throughout history

 
Day 12:  Aalesund - Bergen   The Final Chapter

During the night, the ship will call at Alesund, Torvik, and Maloy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedals Glacier. We will make a call at Floro, a modern town that is the oldest in Sogn og Fjordane county and the westernmost in Norway. A few nautical miles south of Floro we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route. You disembark in Bergen.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Opera concert in a grotto at Bergtatt, an old industrial mining cave in the mountains
- Grieg concert on board between Trondheim and Bergen  

 

Or inquire to extend your vacation.

 

Your Trip Includes the following:

To have a specific sailing & cabin type priced for you, please inquire at 1-844-402-0219, or email us at: info@nordic-destinations.com for details.

Single cabin: On request

NOTE:  An optional additional Cultural Package can be purchased onboard, if interested in this enhanced experience, please inquire for pricing and details on the offerings below. 

 

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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