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Set sail from Bergen on a leisurely northbound Arctic tour to the secluded Kirkenes harbor. Along the way, discover the captivating beauty and Arctic wonders of coastal Norway, including Europe's most northerly point, the North Cape, and - with luck - catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. In Kirkenes, cozy up for a night at the storied SnowHotel.
2018 Departures: Daily
January 1-April 15 - from $3,749 per person
Single supplements from $1,198
Day 1 Departure from the US
Fly in comfort with preferred carrier Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).
Hinging on minimalist, yet sophisticated design, and service with a human touch, SAS carries travelers in supreme Scandinavian comfort and tranquility. They are dedicated to enhancing the customer experience from 0 to 35,000 feet!
Day 2 Arrival in Bergen, Norway
Arrive in Bergen, the charming seaport gateway to Fjord Norway. Independent transfer to your hotel, then time at leisure to relax and explore Bergen on your own. Overnight in Bergen
Day 3 Bergen Cruise Departure B D
Independent transfer to your Hurtigruten ship for embarkation. Cruise along the enchanting Norwegian coast for the next six days. As you make your way north, you have the chance to enjoy interesting presentations and activities. Many of these activities happen out on deck or on land, so you get the chance to feel the crisp and fresh air. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of life on board and the opportunity to meet fellow passengers as you take in the spectacular winter landscapes.
Day 4 Floro - Maloy - Torvik - Alesund - Molde B L D
If you wake up early today you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As you sail past the West cape, enter open seas for one of the few times during this voyage. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Alesund. This city is internationally renowned for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. Take the optional excursion to the top of Mount Aksla for a perfect winter panoramic view. Optional shore excursions are available.
Day 5 Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rorvik B L D
Today visit historical Trondheim, the first capital of Norway. Time at leisure to stroll down the charming streets, enjoy the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge. The storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts are a colorful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter. Optional shore excursions are available.
Day 6 Bronnoysund - Sandnessjoen - Nesna - Ornes - Bodo - Stamsund - Svolvaer B L D
Today you'll cross the Arctic Circle, and the hunt for the Arctic light begins. This occasion is marked with an Arctic Circle baptism on deck. You have the chance to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and begin the hunt for the Arctic light. Later you enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund. If the weather and ice conditions allow it, sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord, where you can enjoy freshly made fish cakes on deck. Optional shore excursions are available.
Day 7 Stokmarknes - Sortland - Risoyhamn - Harstad - Finnsnes - Tromso - Skjervoy B L D
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, continue to the Arctic capital Tromso. Perhaps take part in an optional polar dog sledging excursion or the Polar History Walk where you can taste beer from the country's northernmost brewery. As you sail along the coast, the Captain invites you on deck to taste stockfish. The ship is now sailing in waters where you have the best chances to see the Northern Lights. Optional shore excursions are available.
Day 8 Oksfjord - Hammerfest - Havoysund - Honningsvag - Kjollefjord - Mehamn - Berlevag B L D
Honningsvag is the nearest port to the North Cape. An optional excursion to this breathtaking site puts you at 71°10'21"N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Join the presentation of the Sami culture and history in pictures, words and music. Later on you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the Sami people, Finnkirka. Enjoy the spectacular lighting on this famous rock. Try the optional guided snowmobile trip to one of Europe's most extreme natural areas. Other optional shore excursions are available.
Day 9 Arrive Kirkenes B
The end point of your Coastal Voyage is just 10 kilometres from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snow Hotel and the base for several exciting optional excursions, including dog sledging and King Crab fishing. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums, recounting the history and heritage of this remote frontier. The polar nights extend from November 21st to January 21st. It is not completely dark during this time; the light and colour in the sky are amazing when the weather is favourable. Overnight in Kirkenes
Day 10 Kirkenes Snow Hotel B D
Transfer to the iconic Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Curl up in a cozy Snow Suite that is chilled to between 21 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit and decorated in beautiful artwork made from snow. Enjoy a unique overnight stay - we promise you'll be warm! Dinner & overnight at Kirkenes SnowHotel
Day 11 Oslo B
Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Oslo. Transfer to Oslo city center and check in at your hotel. Overnight in Oslo
Day 12 Oslo B
Explore Norway's enchanting cosmopolitan capital city. Use your 24-hour Oslo card to experience Oslo's exciting culture by visiting sights such as City Hall, Akershus Fortress, or the Nobel Peace Center. An optional opera performance at the modern, harbor-side national opera house could be the perfect way to wrap up your stay. Overnight in Oslo
Day 13 Departure from Oslo B
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer by airport train to airport for your SAS return flight to the US - or extend your stay in Scandinavia!
OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSIONS (at extra cost), subject to availability:
Art Nouveau Walk, Alesund • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium & Mount Askla • Trondheim Tour with Nidaros Cathedral • Winter Hike in Bodo • Experience Bodo and Saltstraumen • Meet the Vikings • The Arctic Capital of Tromso • Dogsledding in Tromso • Scenery & Huskies • Polar History City Walk, Tromso • North Cape • Fishing Village Visit, Honningsvag • Snowmobile Excursion in the Arctic • Russian Border Excursion • Snowmobile Safari in Kirkenes • Husky Sledge Adventure Kirkenes
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