Discover the serene canals of Amsterdam, visit the spectacular bird cliffs of Heligoland and explore the spectacular southern coast of Norway, where awe-inspiring fjords, remote picturesque villages and breath-taking countryside await.  This voyage on the MS Midnatsol takes you off-the-grid to reveal the hidden secrets of coastal Norway and is sure to delight.

Highlights

- Gaze in awe at the staggeringly beautiful Lysejord, with beautiful mountains rising dramatically from the shimmering sea
- Visit the spectacular red-stone cliffs of Heligoland, home to thousands of migratory birds
- Explore remote Norwegian villages and discover fascinating culture, art and history
- Stroll through picturesque Bergen, discovering the World UNESCO listed Bryggen district

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1 Amsterdam
Day 2 Heligoland
Day 3 Day at Sea
Day 4 Kragerø, Norway
Day 5 Farsund
Day 6 Lysefjorden
Day 7 Rosendal
Day 8 Bergen

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Day 1- Amsterdam
Discover the historic and charming city of Amsterdam, with a rich history dating back to the 13th century, when it was once just a small fishing village.  Today the city is mecca for culture and creativity, home to many world-class museums and art galleries, vintage boutiques, quirky cafes, beautiful parks and an infamous network of canals, lined by picturesque gabled townhouses.  It is a unique city and sure to delight.

Day 2 Heligoland, Germany
Located in the south-eastern corner of the North Sea, about 65km from Cuxhaven are the small Germanic islands of Heligoland and Düne.  With over 400 species of bird recorded, Heligoland is known for its high concentration of bird life and is home to one of the world’s first ornithological observatories.  Ashore you will enjoy the unique scenery of the island and will be fascinated by its history which can be traced by the Middle Ages in which the islands were used as a base for pirates.   

Day 3 – Relaxation day at sea
Today you will enjoy interesting presentations from the Expedition team in preparation for landings in Norway.  There will be plenty of time to relax at leisure – perhaps sit back and enjoy the views from the panoramic lounge with your fellow adventurers, go for a workout in the well-equipped gym or unwind with a refreshing dip in one of the outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4 - Kragerø, Norway 
Welcome to Norway!  Kragerø is stunning harbour town, full of charm and character.  This secret gem has captivated artists for many generations, including Edvard Munch with his famous works “The Sun” and “History”.  There is something for everyone here, from gentle strolls through the narrow streets to discover the range of art galleries and delightful cafes to adventurous longer hikes around the surrounding islands and forests.   The region is a kayaker’s dream, with nearly 500 islands to explore in this beautiful archipelago.

Day 5 – Farsund, Norway
Today you will discover Farsund and it’s interesting history, known to host pirates in the 19th century.  With pristine coastline and some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches, it is the ideal destination for spotting birds and leisurely walks.  The surrounding scenery is breath-taking – stroll along the old railway line, crossing a 100-year old swing bridge and protected oak forest for sensational panoramas of the fjord.

Day 6 – Lysefjorden
Spectacular scenery awaits as you explore the magical Lysefjord.  Some 40 kilometeres long, and 422 metres deep in parts, Lysefjord is picture-postcard Norway.  The famous Preikestolen towers more than 600 metres over the Lysefjord, an incredible sight to behold.

Day 7 – Rosendal, Norway
Rosendal is located on the southern shore of the Hardangerfjorden, the second largest fjord in Norway.   The village is particularly known for the Baroniet Rosendal, a historic estate and manor house dating back to the 1660’s.  King Christian V of Denmark gave the estate the status of barony, making it completely unique in Norway.  Today the estate is owned by the University of Oslo and is a fascinating museum surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Rosendal is also known for ship building, and was the location of where the great explorer Roald Amundsen’s vessel, the Gjøa was built.  This was the first vessel to have successfully transited the Northwest Passage – taking Roald Amundsen an astonishing three years to do so.

Day 8 – Bergen, Norway
After a sumptuous breakfast, it is time to bid goodbye to the MS Midnatsol ready for your onwards adventure.   Bergen is a beautiful city, full of charm and history – the colourful wharfs of the Bryggen district are UNESCO listed and well worth a visit, so we would highly recommend extending your stay to really experience the delights of the city.   Bergen is also the embarkation point for Hurtigruten’s classic Coastal Voyages, so there is potential to extend your trip for exploration of northern Norway, discovering remote fishing villages and towering fjords.

Midnatsol

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One of the larger ships in the polar region, MS Midnastol (Midnight Sun) is one of the best-equipped vessels available with many amenities rarely found on other expedition cruise ships including a dedicated science centre.

Midnatsol from 23rd April 2019 to 30th April 2019

Polar Inside: £1,339.00
Polar Outside: £1,379.00
Arctic Superior: £1,569.00
Expedition Suite: £1,969.00


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