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Norway Classic Fjord Cruise South: Kirkenes to Bergen

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 979

Sail the coast of Norway in the land of the Midnight Sun on this Norwegian cruise aboard MS Spitsbergen. Starting in northeasterly Kirkenes cruise southwest along Norway’s coast, surveying ancient Viking sites, spotting whales, and exploring the fjords before closing out your trip in the medieval centre of Bergen.


This 6-day cruise takes you along the Norwegian coast from northeastern Kirkenes to western Bergen.

Your Norwegian cruise begins in Kirkenes, a small town on Norway’s most northeasterly tip that’s known for the Northern Lights and for being more easterly than Istanbul or St. Petersburg. Get acquainted with life in the land of the Midnight Sun in Kirkenes before boarding MS Spitsbergen and starting your cruise down the coast.

MS Spitsbergen is newly renovated and boasts modern Scandinavian design that reflects the colours of the ocean. Spend time in the explorer bar or panoramic lounge with a cocktail in between excursions and history lessons. Relax in the sauna and Jacuzzi, staying comfortable as you traverse the northern seas. As an environmentally-conscious company, Hurtigruten is dedicated to constantly lowering the emissions of its vessels and regulating fuel consumption, making sure that your effect on this northern climate is as negligible as possible.

Aboard MS Spitsbergen, you’ll cruise southeast along the coast and explore Norway’s coastal landscape. Get your heart racing with an ice bath in the Arctic Ocean near Vardo or a snowmobile trip in the middle of the night near Mehamn. In the summer, take a mountain hike or city tour through Hammerfest and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, which was built in 1854 to honour the first accurate measurement of the globe. Pass to the edge of the Arctic Circle at Tromso and take in a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.

Head west to go whale watching near Risoyhamn, a village of only 200 inhabitants. Cruise through a gap in the mountains at Raftsund before exploring the Trollfjord, a 2 kilometre-long, 100-metre wide fjord, and learning about its storied battle in 1890. Pass beside the 1,000-metre-high Lofoten Wall and the Seven Sisters mountain range, with its seven peaks ranging between 900 and 1,200 metres. Stop by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands before visiting Trondheim, the centre of all things Viking in the country.

Head further southwest, exploring the Nordfjord and the Sognefjord before ending your cruise in Bergen, a majestic seaside town surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords. Bergen served as an important seaport in the Middle Ages and the site of the Hanseatic League office. Take some time before catching your return flight home to explore the city, visiting the famous colourful gabled houses of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the home of Romantic composer, Edvard Grieg. If you have time, ride the funicular up Floyen Mountain or visit the famous Fish and Flower Market before closing out your Norwegian vacation.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 979

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Day 1

Kirkenes

Your adventure starts at the turning point of Hurtigruten. As the ship begins its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardo, Norway's easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation of "Life in the sea" in spring. In winter, local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Batsfjord before reaching Berlevag in the evening.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration5 Nights
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MS Spitsbergen

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Day 2

Mehamn - Tromso

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvag you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and a short introduction to 'Melkoya - The northernmost natural gas terminal' on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe.

We continue south to Oksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervoy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. 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. Alternatively a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of Tromso's many friendly pubs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Tromso - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic entries in Hurtigruten's excursion programme: A taste of Vesteralen. The Risoyrenna channel is just 7 metres deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water. Risoyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale-watching experience during wintertime. Then 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 the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it - the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Reaching Svolvaer, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Bodo - Rorvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66 degree and 33 minutes North is an important 'rite of passage' today. 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 900 and 1,100 metres high, and it is easy to understand why these 'ladies' have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjoen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjoen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Bronnoysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Trondheim - Alesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, reaching 577m at the deepest. As we sail along the coast you'll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund's location has formed the basis for a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. The town reigns 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration0 Days
Day 6

Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Alesund, Torvik and Maloy as the world's most beautiful voyage starts to draw 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 Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Floro, a modern town representing the Sogn og Fjordane region's oldest and Norway's most western town. 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 before you finally disembark in Bergen.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers to and from vessel
  • Shore excursions
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

OTHER INFORMATION:

On select sailings, Kids aged 7-13 can partake in the complimentary Young Explorers Programme. It is designed for children travelling with adults to magnificent destinations where the focus is on education, fun, and participation. Participating in the Young Explorers Programme is free of charge for all kids on board (if they have booked at least one night in a cabin), and will be available on selected Norwegian coastal sailings with MS Finnmarken, MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord.

What's in it for the kids?
On these journeys the kids will stay active and curious, get a deeper understanding of nature, climate and culture, and be introduced to topics related to wildlife, local food, environmental protection and famous explorers.

A dedicated host will plan and organise all the activities which focus on fun and eco-friendly learning, tailor-made to trigger their sense of adventure. The hosts will arrange daily activities for the young explorers on board, and will speak Norwegian, English and German.

The Young Explorers Programme offers the following:

  • Daily on board activities related to different topics such as the climate, Sami Culture and local food. Environmental actions and excursions like beach clean-ups in cooperation with Hurtigruten Foundation and Keep Norway Beautiful. There is a minimum of one environmental action per round trip voyage.
  • A Young Explorer Package consisting of a t-shirt and logbook at the beginning of the voyage. In the logbook the kids can note observations and learnings they make during the day (wildlife, attractions and so on). To receive the Young Explorer Package for free, there is a one night minimum stay in a cabin. It is however, possible to purchase the Package for one-day travellers.
  • A daily Explorer Meeting where we talk more about the day's topic. The kids also get a stamp in the logbook based on activities they have been involved in:

The below departure dates are from Bergen and the Programme is held on the whole 12-day round trip:

MS Trollfjord (13 roundtrips):
2017: Apr 1, 12; Jun 17, 28; Jul 9, 20, 31; Aug 11, 22; Sep 24; Oct 5, 16; Dec 21.

MS Finnmarken (11 roundtrips):
2017: Jun 12, 23; Jul 4, 15, 26; Aug 6, 17; Sep 30; Oct 11; Dec 26, 27

MS Midnatsol (7 roundtrips)
2017: Jun 9, 20; Jul 1, 12, 23; Aug 3, 14

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin, Not all categories are available for all departures, Single cabin pricing available on request, rates are based on a flexible pricing system (see other information section) and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability and change.

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