Norway and Lapland

  • May 8 – 23, 2020 | 16 days / 15 nights
  • $9,830.00

University Alumni Travel

Join your fellow alumni on an amazing adventure to Lapland - the home of the Sami; the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. On our journey, we will experience Norway’s beautiful fjords, charming ports, rare wildlife and travel to places no other cruise ships can access before venturing into northern Finland. Enjoy thrilling adventures filled with amazing scenery and active ‘friluftsliv’ (outdoor life) experiences.

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Norway and Lapland

$9,830.00

University Alumni Travel

Join your fellow alumni on an amazing adventure to Lapland – the home of the Sami; the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. On our journey, we will experience Norway’s beautiful fjords, charming ports, rare wildlife and travel to places no other cruise ships can access before venturing into northern Finland. Enjoy thrilling adventures filled with amazing scenery and active ‘friluftsliv’ (outdoor life) experiences.

Watch our Webinar


Participating Universities

This tour is available to the following University Alumni travel programs

McGill University Download Brochure Download Booking Form View More
McMaster University Download Brochure Download Booking Form View More
Queen’s University Download Brochure Download Booking Form
University of Alberta Download Brochure Download Booking Form View More
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Daily Overview

Date Destination Activities
May 8 Toronto – Oslo Overnight flight to Oslo
May 9 Oslo Arrive Oslo
May 10 Oslo Sightseeing tour of the city
May 11 Oslo – Bergen Journey through spectacular nature on the famous Flåm Railway; Take the express boat on the Sognefjord to Bergen
May 12 Bergen Walking tour of Bergen in the morning; rest of day at leisure
May 13 Bergen Embarkation
May 14 Florø – Molde Sail past the West Cape to reach the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund
May 15 Kristiansund
Rørvik
Explore Norway`s third largest city, Trondheim; Discover Medieval Spirit in the Old Capital
May 16 Brønnøysund
Svolvær
Crossing the Arctic Circle!
Sail through the glorious Lofoten Islands
May 17 Stokmarknes
Skjervøy
Reach the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø
Sightseeing tour of the city
May 18 Øksfjord
Berlevåg
Arrive the North Cape; excursion in Honningsvåg to a cultural walk through the town
May 19 Kirkenes – Ivalo Disembarkation; Transfer to Ivalo
May 20 Ivalo Visit Sami museum and reindeer farm
May 21 Ivalo – Helsinki Transfer to airport for flight to Helsinki
May 22 Helsinki Morning tour of the city; Leisure time in the afternoon
May 23 Helsinki – Toronto Transfer to airport for your return flight home

Additional Information

Days

May 8 – 23, 2020, 16 days / 15 nights

Pace

Casual

Cities

Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Tromsø, North Cape, Kirkenes, Ivalo, Helsinki

DAY 1 | MAY 8

Toronto – Oslo

Overnight flight from Toronto to Oslo.

DAY 2 | MAY 9

Arrive Oslo

Upon arrival, transfer from Airport to hotel with coach (driver only). Dinner at hotel.

Accommodation: Thon Opera or similar (2 nights)
Meal: Dinner

DAY 3 | MAY 10

Oslo

This morning take a sightseeing tour of the city of Oslo, which will include the Royal Palace, the parliament Buildings, Oslo Cathedral, the Akershus Fortress and City Hall. Highlights will include the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum, both are famous for the feats of mankind at the time. After lunch at local restaurant return to your hotel and take some time to explore on your own or visit the many shops right nearby.

*Entrance fee to Vikingeskipshuset Oslo (Viking Ship Museum) and Kon-Tiki Museum are included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 | MAY 11

Oslo – Bergen

This morning transfer (driver only) to train station for your journeys through spectacular nature on the Bergen Railway to Myrdal and the famous Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm. After lunch in Flåm, take an 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 (driver only) to your hotel.

*Boxed dinner onboard express boat.
Accommodation: Thon Rosenkrantz Bergen or similar (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 | MAY 12

Bergen

Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, is charmingly placed between mountains and fjords. The city was founded in 1070 and is the main capital of the fjord country. This morning you will 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. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at hotel.

*Half-day walking tour. No entrance fees included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | MAY 13

Bergen – Embarkation

Morning is at leisure. Afternoon transfer (driver only) from hotel to pier to board your cruise ship.

This evening, we sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once piled to the Shetland Islands and beyond. We are 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 Nordkapp (6 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 | MAY 14

A Day for Architectural and Natural Masterpieces (Location: Florø – Molde)

If you wake up early, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of 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. A devastating fire in 1904 burned a large proportion of the city to the ground, and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time: Art Nouveau. If you like marine life, join us on a visit to Atlanterhavsparken – one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums, which includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla, where you get an amazing panorama of the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 | MAY 15

Discover Medieval Spirit in the Old Capital (Location: Kristiansund – Rørvik)

Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking king Olav Tryggvason founded this ancient city in 997. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included shore excursion: Trondheim
Visit the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where your enthusiastic tour guide will bring the history of Norway’s music to life. This beautiful manor house was the childhood home of Norwegian naval hero Petter Wessel Tordenskiold, and is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden. The Museum is conveniently located just outside Trondheim, and so represents an idyllic spot to enjoy the beautiful views of both the city and the fjord. Next, you will visit the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s national shrine. The cathedral is built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can admire its incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art. After a guided tour of the cathedral, you have some free time to explore.

DAY 9 | MAY 16

Welcome to the Arctic Region! (Location : 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 | MAY 17

Feeling Like a Polar Hero (Location : Stokmarknes – Skjervøy)

Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! 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. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included shore excursion: The Arctic Captial Tromso
Upon arrival in Tromso, meet your local English speaking city guide and coach for a 3-hour city tour of this University City called “The Paris of the North”. During the tour, there will be a visit of the Arctic Cathedral with its magnificent stained glass window, and a journey to the summit of a nearby mountain by cable car to see the spectacular view from the top. From here, you can marvel at spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords.

DAY 11 | MAY 18

At the Top of the World - North Cape (Location : Øksfjord – Berlevåg)

Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey toward the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. After brief, early stops at Hammerfest and Havøysund, we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included shore excursion: North Cape
Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in Norway, is located in a beautiful bay in the Barents Sea. You will explore this remote city and discover what life is like here for the few local residents. At the steep cliff face of the North Cape, a 40-minute drive away, you will have the opportunity to gaze outwards from the most northern point of Europe. From this large rock plateau, on which only sparse vegetation can survive, we can admire spectacular views out to sea. Visit the North Cape Hall. The North Cape is one of the few places on earth where it’s possible to view the midnight sun

DAY 12 | MAY 19

Kirkens – Disembarkation | Ivalo

The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes. It is a small town in far northeastern Norway, close to the Finnish and Russian border. After disembarkation, transfer (driver only) to Ivalo (approx. 3 hours).

Ivalo is a gateway to Lapland, the home of the Sami, the indigenous people who have lived in northern Scandinavia since prehistoric times. Lapland, also called Samiland, spans northern parts of Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Although the Sami are a minority of today's population in northern Finland, their cultural traditions endure.

Accommodation: Ivalo Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 | MAY 20

Ivalo

This morning travel to Siida Sami Museum, located in the heart of the village of Inari. The museum focuses on Sami and northern Lapland culture and nature. You will be introduced to some Sami words and phrases as well as Sami Costumes. Buffet lunch will be served at the museum’s restaurant. Touring continues to a reindeer farm where you will experience reindeer feeding and have time to take some pictures with the reindeers. You will also be practicing your skills in lasso throwing and hear stories about Sami culture from the local guide.

*Entrance fee to Siida Sami Museum is included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14 | MAY 21

Ivalo – Helsinki

Transfer (driver only) to airport for your flight to Helsinki. Upon arrival, transfer (driver only) to your hotel. Helsinki's historic center dates from the early 19th century, when Russia ruled Finland and designated this city as the country's new capital. As a result, the city has both a Russian look and a more modern layout than other European capitals. Graced with many buildings by noted Finnish architects such as Alvar Aalto, Helsinki today is a masterpiece of urban design

Accommodation: Scandic Park Helsinki or similar (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 | MAY 22

Helsinki

During the morning tour of the Finnish capital you will admire the major sights such as the Rock Church, the Senate Square surrounded by the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Lunch at local restaurant. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own.

*Entrance fee to Rock Church is included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 | MAY 23

Helsinki – Toronto

Transfer (coach only) to airport for your flight to return home.

Meal: Breakfast

CABIN CATEGORY DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
Category I (waitlist only) CAD 9,830 per person CAD 12,350 per person
Category L (waitlist only) CAD 10,150 per person CAD 12,910 per person
Category N CAD 10,400 per person CAD 13,340 per person
Category O CAD 10,560 per person CAD 13,620 per person
Category P* CAD 10,620 per person CAD 13,720 per person
Category U* (waitlist only) CAD 11,050 per person CAD 14,480 per person
Category Q* CAD 13,400 per person Please contact us for a quote.

* These cabins have double beds instead of two separate beds. This bed cannot be separated.

All single cabins are by request only and cannot be confirmed without passenger names.

All name changes are on a request basis. If allowed, there will be a charge of CAD 110 per person for name changes (excluding name changes due to marital status). Hurtigruten reserves the right to treat a name change request as a cancellation and a new booking. In this case, the cancellation charges will apply.

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
DEPOSIT: CAD 720 per guest for double occupancy at the time of booking
CAD 1,280 per guest for single occupancy at the time of booking
FINAL PAYMENT: Due on January 9, 2020

Passenger names received by GLP/Hurtigruten are considered sold and subject to cancellation charge outlined below, regardless if payment has been received.

Note:

  1. Passenger names must match passport.
  2. Please ensure that passports are valid up till after six (6) months at last destination
CANCELLATION CHARGES ON CRUISE & LAND
From time of booking to 121 days prior to departure: CAD 500 per person
120-90 days prior to departure: 25% of total price
89-60 days prior to departure: 35% of total price
59-28 days prior to departure: 65% of total price
27-15 days prior to departure: 95% of total price
Within 14 days of departure: 100% of total price

Refunds will not be applied for passengers who fail to participate in the journey or do not complete the journey. Cancellation charges will apply regardless of Hurtigruten’s ability to rebook the cancelled cabin. Partial cancellation will result in the application of the above penalties to the persons who have cancelled and the remaining passengers being charged the applicable prices for the revised number of passengers in the cabin. AIR CANCELLATION PENALTIES ARE SUBJECT TO AIRLINE REGULATIONS.

MS Nordkapp

MS Nordkapp

Year Built Refurbished: Passengers Capacity Cabins Length Gross tonnage
1996 2016 590 215 404 ft. (123m) 11,386 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.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/norway

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