May 15 – 30, 2022 | 16 days / 15 nights
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.
Overnight flight from Toronto to Oslo.
Upon arrival, transfer from Airport to hotel with coach (driver only). Dinner at hotel.
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.
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 its 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.
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.
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon transfer (driver only) from hotel to pier to board your cruise ship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
Transfer (coach only) to airport for your flight to return home.
Dates & Prices
|CABIN CATEGORY||DOUBLE OCCUPANCY||SINGLE OCCUPANCY|
*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|
Passenger names received by GLP/Hurtigruten are considered sold and subject to cancellation charge outlined below, regardless if payment has been received.
|CANCELLATION CHARGES ON CRUISE & LAND|
|From time of booking to 121 days prior to departure:||TBA|
|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.
Economy class air ticket from Toronto to Oslo and return from Helsinki to Toronto
Domestic flight within Finland
Air carrier imposed fees and surcharges
Two nights hotel in Oslo
Two nights hotel in Bergen
Two nights hotel in Ivalo
Two nights hotel in Helsinki
Transfers, tours and meals as indicated in the itinerary
Gratuities for included guides, drivers and meals
Full board and complimentary tea and coffee on board the MS Nordkapp