Your expedition starts in the mountain-framed city of Bergen, cultural gateway to the fjords. After embarkation you will enjoy a tasty buffet dinner, filled to the brim with fresh seafood. Cast away and sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes of the Norwegian coast.
Glide past the West Cape and into the open sea, through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. In the summer months you’ll enjoy the UNESCO site of Geirangerfjord and pass sheer, 800 metre cliffs and beautiful waterfalls as you go.
In autumn you’ll explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the breath-taking Sunnmøre Alps where you can take a mountain hike or an optional “Taste of Norway” excursion. In winter you can enjoy a colourful and enlightening presentation about the Aurora Borealis from one of the on-board experts.
Wake up in beautiful Trondheim and choose to take a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayak on the river Nid or take a casual walk or cycle ride through the Bakkland district. In autumn you can join the trip out to Munkholmen.
In the afternoon you’ll sail northwest past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. In autumn you can learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain’s talk.
Continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø and into the Arctic Circle, where in summer you can look forward to 24-hour daylight and in winter the Northern Lights may make an appearance. In the afternoon the sight of the 1,000 metres high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon, one of the highlights of the trip.
The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, you’ll stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord to eat freshly made fish cakes out on deck and hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.
In summer, early birds can go ashore in Risøyhamn for a whale-watching excursion. Later, if you want to experience the tranquillity of the sea, why not paddle out on a kayaking excursion (summer only), or participate on a mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city of Tromsø, your base for the day.
In winter and spring, you can opt to take a thrilling husky dog sledge ride in Tromsø. The ship then sails into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March.
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people lining the coast.
After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund you’ll arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes.
The ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. Pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, and learn more about their heritage. Occasionally during winter and spring, local fishermen will visit to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod) out on deck.
After breakfast you arrive in Kirkenes, which at 30° East, is further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may be surprised to see that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.
During spring and winter, you can explore the Arctic on a snowmobile over a frozen fjord or take a dog sledge adventure with huskies eagerly transporting you across the land. You can also visit the Snow Hotel and see the reindeer, a rare treat indeed! The Arctic bush craft excursion in autumn provides you with an insight into this season; how people have harvested, stored, hunted and fished for centuries.
Your adventure finishes today in Kirkenes. You will fly home, or if you choose to spend a few more days exploring Kirkenes your Travel Specialist can organise this for you.
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