The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis

Alesund, Trondheim,The Artic Circle, Tromso, North Cape & Kirkenes

22 Feb - 01 Mar 19
Starting From
€ 1899
on board
MS Nordnorge

Itinerary

Early Morning flights from Malta to Bergen (via Amsterdam), transfer to the port & embarkation. Ship will depart Bergen at 2200hrs. Your 7-day voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city is a central point for Norwegian travel, and has retained a great deal of local character and history. One example of this is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy
a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular or visit the famous fish market. You will sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied to the Shetland Islands and beyond. We are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As you sail past the West Cape, you are out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. If you like marine life, join one of the organised shore excursions to Atlanterhavsparken - one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, you continue onward and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will 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 as early as 997. Join the ship’s optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country´s only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art. You can experience Trondheim in a vintage carriage on the world’s northernmost tram for a unique sightseeing tour or else from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid or else you can join the Expedition team for a hike to discover more of the surroundings of Trondheim. In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards charming Rørvik.

Welcome to the Arctic! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region. During winter, being above this latitude provides the best chances for experiencing the Northern Lights. Even if you aren’t awake to see the Arctic Circle, the captain makes sure that the occasion is a memorable event. If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony on deck. Near Ørnes, you find Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Later in the afternoon, the sight of the 1,000 m high Lofoten Wall appears on the horizon. Tucked between majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches, Lofoten is an experience that is out of the ordinary. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian ambience. Crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Northern Light begins. You will celebrate the event by a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, featuring pictures, words and music. As you sail through the narrow Raftsund, you stop at the entrance to Trollfjord. Here you will be served with freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Feeling like a polar hero. Get ready for a day full of exciting activities! During the morning hours, you briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues to Tromsø, `Capital of the Arctic´, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join the ship’s `Polar History Walk´ to learn more about the explorers and Arctic hunters, and to taste beer made at the world´s northernmost brewery. You can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride (not included). On this mini polar expedition, the huskies pull you over the frozen landscape while you enjoy stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights. Why not test your coordination skills and have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you will continue the northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. You will gather on deck to search the skies for this breath-taking phenomenon

Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71°10’21´N, only 2,000 km away from the geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 307-metre high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. Nearby is one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join a bird-watching safari to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, as well as large numbers of kittiwakes. During the nesting season, this area is teeming with life, and mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. Meanwhile guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, arctic skuas, northern fulmars, brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches. If you want to learn more about local life in this remote region, join the fishing village visit that takes you through the island of Magerøya´s fantastic scenery to the fishing communities of Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg. Along the way, your guide tells you about the area´s nature, local culture and history. The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. You can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilises nature during both the summer and winter seasons. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

The vistas become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes. You arrive in nearby Vadsø early in the morning and just after breakfast you arrive in Kirkenes, at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. You get off the ship in the morning and head to the airport for your flight to Stockholm (via Oslo) and overnight

You depart from your hotel to the airport, early in the morning for your return flight to Malta.

Rates

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Inside Guaranteed €1899€1999
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Price Includes

  • All flights from Malta to Bergen, return from Kirkenes
  • Return transfers airport/port/airport/hotel/airport
  • 6 nights/ 7 Days Accommodation on “Expedition” Ship of Hurtigruten MS Nordnorge including meals
  • 1 night accommodation in Oslo on room only basis
  • Airport & Port taxes

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Shore Excursions