North Cape & Norway – Magic of the Arctic Winter

  • CAD $5,700

  • 12 days / 11 nights

The spectacular northern lights are the most famous reason to explore Norway in the winter, but the coast has so much more to offer. Sail with us to discover an Arctic landscape filled with impressive mountains, deep fjords, and charming coastal towns. Discover Norway’s hidden pearls, and feel the adrenaline of exciting winter activities as we hunt for the magical aurora.

Itinerary

Bergen’s Bryggen UNESCO-listed area is one of the most popular attractions in Bergen. Some of the wooden buildings are more than 300 years old, and St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 11th century. The narrow alleyways and overhanging balconies create a special, medieval atmosphere. Other attractions include the Fish Market, Bergenhus Fortress, and cafés, restaurants, and shops. Bergen also has excellent shopping, from well-known brand stores to small niche shops. Another tip is to take a walk through.

lesund is a town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire city was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau. Take a walk around town and take in all the architectural details that make these houses so beautiful.

Today you are invited on an active tour to learn about Norwegian marine life. The Atlanterhavsparken is one of the most distinctive aquariums in all of Europe, as the aquarium itself is built into the coastal landscape, with its fish tanks display the sealife in its authentic habitat.

Brønnøysund is our next port of call. Join the local guides for a town walk to learn more about this attractive coastal community whose life revolves around the harbour for trade and fishing.

Join the optional excursion to the UNESCO-listed Vega Islands. Here you’ll learn more about Norwegian coastal culture. For 1,500 years, island fishermen and farmers maintained a sustainable way of life based on the unique tradition of eider duck farming. In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen. The Arctic Circle crosses here and is marked by a small globe statue. Within the Arctic Circle, your chances to see the northern lights increases.

We are now in the auroral zone. The northern lights often appear directly above our ship. We can’t control the weather, but we can sail past any cloud cover in a matter of minutes for a clearer view of the sky.

We dock at Reine in the morning hours – a perfect spot to continue your winter adventure. Join the included excursion to the small fishing village of Å. Here you can visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Walk among the old coastal buildings to get a sense of everyday life at the Lofoten fisheries over the last 250 years. We also offer optional excursions to explore more of the winter nature in Lofoten.

We continue to Svolvær and visit a fishing village steeped in age-old seagoing traditions. Take part in exciting activities to explore the surrounding islands.

If you’re looking for an adventurous winter wonderland, Tromsø is the perfect destination. The city’s attractions include wildlife and nature, as well as history, culture, and bold architecture.

Your included activity today is a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjord, and hopefully the northern lights. Another highlight is the Arctic Cathedral, featuring an enormous stained-glass window.

We are now sailing into the heart of Arctic wilderness. This is home to the magnificent North Cape, known as the one of the northernmost points on the European mainland. Start your day with a bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape.

Standing at the edge puts you at 71°10’21´N, just under 800 miles away from the North Pole. Look out from the cliff by the iconic globe monument and gaze across the sea. Only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the top of the Earth. The vistas extend to where ocean meets horizon, so North Cape feels like the end of the world.

Discover how Alta became the epicenter of ground-breaking research on the northern lights. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland was determined to find out the reason for this phenomenon. The northern lights had frightened and amazed people for thousands of years. Learn all about the aurora in an interactive exhibition located in the Northern Lights Cathedral.

Historic Narvik is situated in beautiful Arctic nature. The occupation of Norway during World War II started here in 1940. Join the included excursion to the Narvik War Museum to learn more about this specific time, as well as universal issues related to war, conflict, and human rights.

Join an excursion by cable car to a mountain top for breathtaking views or spend the day in the world’s northernmost wildlife park. See bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox, and other Arctic animals.

The Seven Sisters mountain range might be Sandessjøen’s primary claim to fame. You’ll have great views to the peaks from deck as we approach the town.

Sandnessjøen also has a rich Viking history, and today we invite you to learn more about the local clansmen. Northern Norway’s most powerful chieftain’s homesteadhas been recreated at Sandnes in Sandnessjøen. This venue is just a 10-minute walk from the harbor. Learn about the Viking Age’s rich history from some of its most powerful figures, such as Sigrid of Sandnes – one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Sagas, who was renowned for the respect she earned from her people.

Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Today, Kristiansund is known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its longtime export of salted dry fish.

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses,’due to the city’s many lush, blooming rose gardens. The city’s viewpoint affords fantastic views across Molde, the fjords, archipelagos, and the distant snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Our included activity today is a scenic bus ride along the renowned Atlantic Road – one of Norway’s most-visited tourist destinations. The 5-mile long highway – one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes – spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by amazing landscapes and the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

In the morning, we sail into the longest fjord in Norway, the scenic Sognefjord. We cruise deep into the fjord to the tiny hamlet of Fjærland. Enjoy going ashore to discover this idyllic village with only 300 inhabitants and many charming old buildings.

Jostedalsbreen (the Jostedal Glacier)is the largest glacier on the European continent. It has several smaller glacial arms stretching out in many directions. In Fjærland, you can get very close to two of these glacier extensions, Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen. Fjærland is the perfect place to learn more about how glaciers created the beautiful fjords of Norway. Join a very interesting visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. You will also get the opportunity to personally experience a glacier, with its white and blue limbs extending down steep mountainsides.

In the early morning, we arrive in Bergen, where you disembark the ship. Hopefully you will have seen the magical northern lights several times, and enjoyed delightful, unique and authentic experiences of Norway’s culture, history, wildlife, and stunning nature.

Dates & Prices

Start/EndNightsSailing ScheduleStarting From
Bergen / Bergen 11January, February, October - December 2021; January - February 2022CAD $5,700

*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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