12 days / 11 nights
Discover the very best of Norway’s coastline, both the hidden pearls and the famous highlights. Experience Lofoten, Vesterålen, and North Cape; join in exciting activities; visit colorful towns; and encounter remote villages under the extraordinary light-filled days of the Arctic summer.
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 hiking with the expedition team up the 418 steps to the summit of Mt. Aksla (620 feet above sea level). Atop Mount Aksla, you get outstanding views of the surrounding archipelago, beautiful town center, and the amazing Sunnmøre Alps. Departing Ålesund, we sail past small islands and fjords. We later pass the remote island of Grip, where storms occasionally sweep buildings into the sea.
Today we arrive at Brønnøysund, an attractive town of 5,000 inhabitants that’s at the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline. Nearby is the famous mountain with a hole in the middle – Torghatten. Join local guides and our expedition team on an epic hike up the mountain and into the hole.
Next, we proceed along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating these seven beautiful peaks. That evening, we sail by the small island of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes. We have now entered the Land of Midnight Sun, where the sun shines 24 hours a day in summer.
Our first port of call today is Stokmarknes – where Hurtigruten was founded in 1893. For more than 126 years, Hurtigruten has been an essential part of life of coastal Norway, tying cities and communities together, and carrying goods and people up and down coastal Norway’s main highway – the sea.
After Stokmarknes, we continue cruising through the beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and arrive at the port of Risøyhamn, where we pick up those who went on a scenic bus ride or whale safari.
If you’re looking for adventure, this is the place. Tromsø’s numerous summer activities include hiking and biking tours, kayaking on the fjord, and a ride on the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of a mountain for amazing vistas.
Today´s included activity is a visit to the Polaria Arctic experience centre. Look, feel, experience, and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked.
We start the day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays with tiny hamlets and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape – just 1,305 miles away from the North Pole. Stand at the edge of the 1,007 foot high cliff with the iconic globe statue and gaze across the Barents Sea.
Back in Honningsvåg, stroll past quaint houses, nice shops, and a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II. You can also join optional excursion such as an exciting hike with the expedition team, a king crab safari, and a town walk with local guides.
Start this morning by sailing into a fjord along the base of the magnificent Lyngen Alps –a spectacular sight. Havnnes will take you back 100 years to the days of steam and sail. Interact with the locals and enjoy the vintage general store. You can also explore the local museum, an old wooden building on the pier featuring a photo exhibition about the life of Annie Giæver – who took photographs of the area during the first half of the 20th century.
Start the day by sailing into the magnificent Trollfjord. This natural wonder is surrounded by mountains reaching more than 3,200 feet skyward from the sea in a narrow passage that cuts deeply and dramatically into heart of the island. We carefully navigate into the channel, at times so narrow it feels as though you can reach out and touch the mountain walls.
Lofoten´s distinctive scenery of dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, and untouched beaches is world-famous. We dock at Svolvær to enjoy a choice of optional Lofoten excursions, including a road trip past steep mountains, beautiful sandy beaches, and sheltered bays. Svolvær itself has lots of interesting shops, galleries, cafés, pubs, and restaurants. Departing late morning, sail along the massive Lofoten mountain wall to Reine.
In the morning hours, sail along the coast of Helgeland with nothing but sky and sea ahead. In the distance, you can see mountains rising up from the horizon. This is Træna, the site of one of the first human settlements in the far north, located right on the Arctic Circle.
Join delightful summer activities such as island hopping, taking a sauna in an old boat house, observing sea eagles, tasting local fish products, swimming in the Norwegian Sea, or hiking through a 2,300 foot long tunnel that leads you to the top of a mountain.
In the morning, we pass the octagonal Kjeungskjær lighthouse on our way to docking at Trondheim. Today’s included activity is a visit to beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, built over the burial site of St. Olav (Olav Haraldsson), Norway’s patron saint. Marvel at the religious artwork, architectural details, and medieval statues on the facade.
Hjørundfjord stands out from other popular fjords in its solitary beauty, located far off the beaten tourist track. Considered one of the most beautiful fjords in all of Norway, Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks soaring 5,500 feet straight up from the sea.
We anchor offshore Urke and a small boat takes you ashore. Here you can join a 4-mile hike up to a mountain hut through incredibly beautiful scenery.
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. As you disembark, take away with you rich memories of a unique expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences, meetings with happy Norwegians, wildlife sightings, and encounters with stunning nature.
Dates & Prices
|Start/End||Nights||Sailing Schedule||Starting From|
|Bergen / Bergen||11||May - September 2021||CAD $7,020|
*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.
Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full-board basis
English-speaking tour guide on board
Variety of onboard activities and lectures
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.
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.