Adventure to the Arctic

  • September 17 - 28, 2019 | 12 days / 11 nights
  • 7,030

Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Bergen to Kirkenes

The Cruise North is a journey of cultural exploration as you travel to the major coastal cities and remote communities, continuing north into the Arctic Circle. Explore the rugged coastline as you go face-to-face with natural wonders and experience thrilling excursions.

Adventure to the Arctic

$7,030.00

Norwegian Coastal Voyage – Bergen to Kirkenes

The Cruise North is a journey of cultural exploration as you travel to the major coastal cities and remote communities, continuing north into the Arctic Circle. Explore the rugged coastline as you go face-to-face with natural wonders and experience thrilling excursions.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 | Sept 17 Toronto
Oslo (via Reykjavik)
Board on evening flight to Oslo from Toronto
2 | Sept 18 Oslo Transfer to hotel upon arrival
3 | Sept 19 Oslo Sightseeing tour of the city
4 | Sept 20 Oslo
Bergen
Journey through spectacular nature on the the famous Flåm Railway
Take the express boat on the Sognefjord to Bergen
5 | Sept 21 Bergen EMBARKATION
6 | Sept 22 Florø
Molde
Sail past the West Cape to reach the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund
7 | Sept 23 Kristiansund
Rørvik
Explore Norway`s third largest city, Trondheim
Discover Medieval Spirit in the Old Capital
8 | Sept 24 Brønnøysund
Svolvær
Crossing the Arctic Circle!
Sail through the glorious Lofoten Islands
9 | Sept 25 Stokmarknes
Skjervøy
Reach the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø
Seasonal excursions available
10 | Sept 26 Øksfjord
Berlevåg
Arrive North Cape
Visit fishing village of Kjøllefjord to learn about Sámi people
11 | Sept 27 Kirkenes
Oslo
DISEMBARKATION
Visit King Crab Safari and Gabba Husky Farm
Transfer to airport for your flight to Oslo
12 | Sept 28 Oslo
Toronto
Transfer to airport for your flight to return Toronto

Additional Information

Days

September 17 – 28, 2019, 12 days / 11 nights

Pace

Casual

DAY 1 | SEP 17 | TUE

TORONTO | OSLO (VIA REYKJAVIK)

Board on evening flight to Oslo from Toronto.

DAY 2 | SEP 18 | WED

ARRIVE OSLO

Upon arrival, transfer from Airport to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.

Accommodation: Clarion Hotel The Hub or similar (2 nights)

DAY 3 | SEP 19 | THU

OSLO

Today take a sightseeing tour of the city of Oslo, which will include the Royal Palace, the National Theater, the parliament, the Opera House by the water front, and the medieval Akershus Fortress. Also visit the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum, both are famous for the feats of mankind at the time. Lunch at local restaurant.

DAY 4 | SEP 20 | FRI

OSLO | BERGEN

This morning transfer to Oslo Central train station for your journeys through spectacular nature on the Bergen Railway and the famous Flåm Railway. After a buffet lunch in Flåm, take the express boat (approx. 5 hours) on the Sognefjord to Bergen. The boat stops in several quaint villages along it's route and gives you a great opportunity to see "the King of fjords" up close. Upon arrival in Bergen, transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal or similar (1 night)

DAY 5 | SEP 21 | SAT

BERGEN | EMBARKATION

Day at leisure. You will have a guided walking tour this afternoon. Admire the venerable King Haakon's Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and Bryggen – a row of Hanseatic timbered houses with characteristic pointed gables facing the harbor, and the bustling Fish and Flower Market, the City Park, and the Grieghall – the concert hall of Bergen. Roundtrip ticket for Funicular Train is included.

Transfer to the pier to board your ship. After embarkation, enjoy a tasty dinner buffet. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Accommodation: Onboard MS Kong Harald

DAY 6 | SEP 22 | SUN

FLORØ | MOLDE

If you wake up early, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we enter the open ocean before navigating through skerries and islands to reach Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, and ornate buildings, Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

DAY 7 | SEP 23 | MON

KRISTIANSUND | RØRVIK

Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Join an optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite artwork.

In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous islets and rocky reefs. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads toward charming Rørvik.

DAY 8 | SEP 24 | TUE

BRØNNØYSUND | SVOLVÆR

Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier. Later the same afternoon, we spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere.

DAY 9 | SEP 25 | WED

STOKMARKNES | SKJERVØY

During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes. The ship then proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights between September and March.

DAY 10 | SEP 26 | THU

ØKSFJORD | BERLEVÅG

The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place!

The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful landscape in autumn.

DAY 11 | SEP 27 | FRI

KIRKENES | DISEMBARKATION | OSLO

We arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes, known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east. After disembarkation, transfer to a boat and a safari starts out on the fjord. An experienced fisherman will take you for an unforgettable King Crab Fishing tour on a RIB boat where you will cruise along the fjord and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor. You will be hands on deck to help pull up the King Crab cages from the depths. Your guide will take you back and serve your catch in a rustic restaurant by the fjord, local Norwegian style.

In the afternoon, visit the Gabba Husky Farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the dogyard and get to know the lovely huskies, and take part in the training, feeding and care of the dogs and puppies. You will also meet 4 lovely reindeers, and even feed them with their favorite food.

Transfer to airport for your flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport hotel.

Accommodation: Scandic Oslo Airport or similar (1 night)

DAY 12 | SEP 28 | SAT

OSLO | TORONTO

Transfer to airport for your flight to return home.

PACKAGE PRICE (AIR , CRUISE & LAND) BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
From CDN $7,030 per person in Category I Polar Inside Cabin
From CDN $8,550 per person for single supplement
Cabin Upgrade
Polar Outside Cabin CDN $270 per person
Arctic Superior Cabin CDN $740 per person
Single Supplement (in addition to package price and cabin upgrade)
Polar Outside Cabin CDN $1,910 per person
Arctic Superior Cabin CDN $2,010 per person

Note:

  • Unspecified cabin
  • All cabins will be assigned at the pier per the discretion of the ship.
  • Single cabins are by request only with passenger names and subject to Hurtigruten’s confirmation.
  • Triple occupancy cabins (Cat K3, O3) can be used for Double occupancy. They CANNOT be used for single occupancy.
  • Cat P2D and Cat U2D cabins have double bed.
  • This tour will be escorted with a minimum of 15 passengers.

MS Kong Harald

MS Kong Harald

Year Built Length Number of decks Number of beds Passengers Capacity Cabin Size
1993 122m 7 498 590 5 - 30m² More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a valid passport for entry to Norway. It should be valid for at least 3 months after your return.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter Norway.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

Bergen

Winter: January – March / November – December

  • Days in the low 0s, nights around freezing or somewhat below.

Spring/Fall: April – May / September – October

  • Days in the mid to high 0s, nights in the low 0s. September a bit warmer.

Summer: June – August

  • Days in the high 10s to low 20s, nights in the low 10s.

Being a coastal climate, rain can be expected on 2 out of 3 days. The heaviest Rainfall / sometimes snow is in the winter months.

If you are booking a cruise-only program, you must make your own way to the port of departure:

1. Northbound and Roundtrip: Bergen

In Bergen, the Hurtigruten ships sail from: Hurtigruten Terminal, Nøstegaten 30, N-5010 Bergen. You can pre-book through our office the Hurtigruten shuttle bus between the airport and the port.

If you are taking a taxi, you can simply ask the taxi driver to get you to “the Hurtigruten Terminal”.

Luggage lockers are available in the terminal and cost NOK 30 (3 x 10 kr.) The terminal is staffed and open for luggage check-in from 1:00PM until 2:30PM. Passenger check-in begins at 3:00PM and boarding takes place from 4:00PM to 7:30PM. Cabins are available from 6:00PM. Please note that the latest check-in time in the terminal is at 7:30PM during the entire year for all voyages.

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in most towns and cities in Norway. Regrettably, currency exchange facilities do not exist aboard the ship.

It is not usual practice to leave a tip onboard Hurtigruten ships in Norway. However, if you feel that a crew has provided exemplary service, there are tip boxes in the restaurant onboard.

Laundry rooms with washing machines, dryers and irons are available on all ships. You can buy laundry payment tokens at the ship’s reception desk.

There are numerous shore excursions available at all major ports along the way. To obtain the most up-to-date list of shore excursions and costs, please contact our office for details.

Light to Moderate – Ultimately the activity level depends on you. Some guests are content to spend the majority of time on board enjoying some of the world’s most beautiful coastline as it passes by.

Depending on the time of year, there are excursions ranging from zodiac boats to dogsledding and more. Please consult us to determine the right mix of activities for you.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare (unless you have booked a port-to-port ticket). Beverages are available for purchase onboard but coffee and tea is complimentary.

Breakfast is usually served from 7:30AM (open seating), lunch from 12:00PM-1:00PM (open seating) and dinner from 6:30PM (assigned seating). During the high season, there may be two lunch and evening meal sittings – the times will be displayed on board. The voyage begins with a buffet dinner on departure from Bergen, and (for roundtrip voyages only) ends with brunch on the arrival day back in Bergen. Breakfast consists of a wide selection of cold meats, cheeses, eggs, cereals and fruit, with fresh-baked bread, pastries and often “sveler” (small pancakes) and waffles freshly cooked in the restaurant. The all-inclusive package includes a mixture of buffets and set menus for lunches and dinners, while for those guests who wish to enjoy an enhanced dining experience, the à la carte menu available for a small additional charge.

Norway educates their citizens in English from a very young age. You will not likely run into any language difficulties.

There are no doctors aboard the ships as typically there are many ports of call each day and medical assistance is seldom far away. Some crew members will be trained in first aid and in the most urgent cases, medivac evacuation is readily available.

By this point you will know that travelling on Hurtigruten is not like a conventional cruise, but rather a hybrid between a cargo ship, car and passenger ferry and cruise line. To this end, docking and departing, loading and unloading activities occur day-in and day-out, every single day. Some cabins, particularly on lower decks adjacent to the cargo doors, will experience noise. While most passengers take this in stride given the nature of the journey, if you are someone who is particularly bothered by this, then please make your concerns known at the time of booking so that we can endeavour to secure a cabin away from such areas. Please note that there is no part of any ship which is completely silent and noise free.

Most of the ships have a telephone in each cabin. Charges will vary depending on the destination called as it is obviously a ship-to-shore system.

Mobile phones will work in proximity to many of the ports along the way. Check with your mobile provider about roaming packages for Norway or alternatively, if your phone is unlocked, you can obtain a prepaid SIM card for Norway which will undoubtedly be considerably less expensive than any roaming plan if you plan to do a lot of phone calls or use a lot of internet data.

All ships have Wi-Fi although not all ships have Wi-Fi available in the cabins. Please contact us at the time of booking and we can advise if the ship you are considering has the facility you require.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Norway. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

You must have travel insurance to participate on this voyage.

Our ships are equipped with the latest in emergency communication, life boats and other equipment to deal with any kind of problematic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for more details.

There are currently no security threats in Norway, one of the safest countries in the world.

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