North Cape & Norway – On the Cusp of Spring

  • CAD $6,830

  • 12 days / 11 nights

Experience an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to lovely Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape. Enjoy exciting winter activities under snow-clad peaks and a sky that shifts from brilliant blue to all the colors of the rainbow. As we sail south to Bergen, enjoy the waterfalls fed by melting snow, and the season’s first wildflowers on this unforgettable journey.

Itinerary

Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen – a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. The ideal way to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords is by foot. Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and retains much of its character, charm, and history. Stroll in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

Take the cable car to the top of Mount Fløyen to soak in the sweeping views of the city, fjords, islands, and the distant North Sea. Back in town, spend some time in Bergen’s many cafés and restaurants, or visit the famous Fish Market. After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. Sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.

Today we dock in Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned most of the town down and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau.

Today’s included activity is visiting the Atlanterhavsparken. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund’s architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals, and penguins.

Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline and is known for dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its center. You can join local guides on an included walk around Brønnøysund, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century.

As we leave Brønnøysund, we will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful peaks. In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.

In the morning we dock at idyllic Reine, where red and white fishermen’s huts dot the shoreline and surrounding snow-capped peaks shoot out of the sea. It’s no wonder Reine is one of Norway’s most frequently photographed landscapes.

If you want to learn more about the region’s history and culture, join us on an included excursion to the time-honored fishing village of Å to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum. You can also join other optional excursions in Lofoten.

After a lovely morning in Reine, we sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. After departing Lofoten, we sail to the incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we will marvel at this unique natural wonder from its entrance.

Tromsø’s many winter activities include dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can also explore the city’s fascinating history, culture, and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a definite highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass window and late-night Northern Lights Concerts until the end of March.

Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, taking in breathtaking views across the city, mountains, and fjords, and quite possibly, the northern lights.

Today we dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg – the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads south.

You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at the North Cape. Stand at the edge of the 1,000 foot high cliff and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape hall.

Alta started out as a small Sámi settlement some 500 years ago and is now the largest city in this part of Norway. This is a perfect outdoor adventure destination, combining a wide range of winter activities with a personal, non-touristy vibe. You may join several optional excursions, such as visiting a Sámi family and an ice hotel, or going dog sledding.

Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car ride to a mountain summit for breathtaking views and good alpine and cross-country skiing! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox, and other Arctic animals.

As we approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvelous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen’s main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.

Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Today’s included activity is a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 5-mile long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ after its many rose gardens, which may still be covered in snow. Molde’s scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit, with its glorious views across the city, local fjords and archipelagos, and the snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance.

This morning, we sail into Norway’s longest fjord, the scenic Sognefjord. We cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants – a delightful place for a stroll. Explore wandering this charming ‘Norwegian Book Town,’ with many picturesque, second-hand book shops around the village housed in unlikely places.

Nearby Jostedalsbreen (the Jostedal Glacier) is the largest glacier on the European continent. Get close to two of the glacial limbs – Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen, and learn about how they shaped the mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway at the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. When you disembark, take with you the memories of a unique Norway winter expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences and encounters with wildlife, stunning nature, and local people.

Dates & Prices

Start/EndNightsSailing ScheduleStarting From
Bergen / Bergen 11March - April 2021; March 2022CAD $6,830

*Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.

Ship Information

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MS Otto Sverdrup

MS Otto Sverdrup is an advanced, more sustainable vessel. The ship also has the ability to access shore power when docked, cutting shoreside emissions. And the vessel’s engines are upgraded to low-emission motors.

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MS Eirik Raude

MS Eirik Raude has a modern design with bright, colourful décor. The spacious panorama lounge above the bow has wall-to-wall windows that provide extraordinary views. Its namesake is a homage to Viking explorer Erik the Red who named and settled Greenland in the 10th century.

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