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Classic Round Northern Lights Voyage

Hurtigruten Coastal Express MS Nordnorge
Date 26th Feb 22
Nights 11 Nights
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Bergen, Norway
Fly from the UK and arrive in Bergen where you'll be transferred to the port to board MS Nordnorge for your 11-night cruise. Bergen is a city surrounded by seven mountains and often known as the gateway to the fjords. Perhaps you'll have time to explore the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century, take a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular, or visit the famous fish market. Join your fellow guests for a tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. Meanwhile, the ship sails north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once followed to the Shetland Islands and beyond. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in the panorama lounges.
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Floro - Molde, Norway
You'll get to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord as you savour a delicious breakfast. The ship will then sail past the West Cape and out on the open sea; navigating through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture including spires, towers, and highly-ornate buildings. The town was razed to the ground by a devastating fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. Perhaps join the visit to Atlanterhavsparken salt-water aquarium; including a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. Later you'll continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla for amazing panoramas of the area. In the summer months, the ship sets a course via the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn, you'll explore Hjørundfjord amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps; passing steep rock walls, green meadows, lonely mountain farms, and small villages. Later in the day you'll arrive in Molde; known as the ‘city of roses’. This attractive coastal city boasts a wonderful view to 222 mountain peaks, called ‘the Molde panorama’. Enjoy discovering the town on your own or with one of Hurtigruten's excursions.
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Kristiansund - Rørvik, Norway
Intimate Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city; founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason. Join the optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St Olav, Norway’s patron saint; marvel at the cathedral’s architectural details and works of art. During spring and summer, you'll continue to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house also boasts a botanical garden and city and fjord views. From September to May you can experience Trondheim in a vintage carriage on the world’s northernmost tram for a unique sightseeing tour. You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid all year; experience the city by bike and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September; and join the Expedition team for a hike to discover Trondheim's surroundings. 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.
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Bronnoysund - Svolvær, Norway
Today the ship crosses the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region. In summer, this means 24-hour daylight - the ‘midnight sun’ - and during winter, you'll have the best chance to experience the Northern Lights. If you’re sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony on deck. Near Ørnes, you’ll find Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Take a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre in summer to admire the beauty of this world of ice and visit a moose farm. Later your journey continues along Helgeland coast to Bodø, where you'll re-join the ship. In Bodø, a real adventure awaits when you can head to Saltstraumen in a RIB to witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. Later this afternoon, the Lofoten Wall appears on the horizon; tucked between granite cliffs and white beaches, Lofoten is an out of the ordinary experience. The Lofoten Islands showcase small, picturesque fishing villages with a bohemian ambience; take a stroll between stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional fisherman’s huts. At Stamsund, join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you're invited into the chieftain’s house. Join the chieftain and the lady of the house for a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age; complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing, and dancing. Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you can experience life on a Lofoten herb and cheese farm or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery in an old fish landing facility in Svolvær. In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Northern Light begins; an event celebrated with a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, featuring pictures, words, and music. As the ship sails through the narrow Raftsund, she'll stop at the entrance to Trollfjord; here you'll be served freshly-made fish cakes out on deck. You'll also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890. If you look closely, you might see trolls up in the steep mountains - or you might not!
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Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! Early morning sees the ship briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes and then continues to Tromsø, `Capital of the Arctic´, for a longer stay. Join the `Polar History Walk´ in winter to learn more about the explorers and Arctic hunters, and to taste beer made at the world´s northernmost brewery. In winter and spring, you can complete your Tromsø stay with a husky dog sledge ride; on this mini polar expedition, the huskies pull you over the frozen landscape while you bask in ocean, mountain, and open plateau views. During the polar night, the only light comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the Northern Lights. Why not test your coordination skills by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord? All year you can join the Expedition team for hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings. If you want to experience peace and tranquillity on the sea, why not join a kayaking excursion in summer? Paddle in the waters off the Tromsø coastline with the mountains as a stunning backdrop; a great way to silently glide through these pristine waters and get close to marine wildlife. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, the ship continues her northbound journey; sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March. Perhaps gather on deck to search the skies for this breathtaking phenomenon.
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Oksfjord - Berlevåg, Norway
Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as the ship crosses the 71st parallel on her journey towards North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After a brief and early stop in Hammerfest; you'll arrive in Havøysund where you can disembark for an overland RIB expedition to see the North Cape from the sea. Then you go ashore to visit the northernmost fishing village in the world, before a bus takes you to the North Cape to enjoy the spectacular views. The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you only 2,000km away from the geographic North Pole; stand atop the 307m-high North Cape plateau for a sense of being at the end of the world. At the nearby Gjesværstappan nature reserve; join a bird-watching safari to experience Finnmark's largest flock of puffins, as well as plentiful kittiwakes. This area is teeming with life during the nesting season with sea eagles hovering above in search of prey; while guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, arctic skuas, northern fulmars, brünnich's guillemots, and northern gannets emit shrieks and screeches. Learn more about local life in this remote region with a fishing village visit through the island of Magerøya´s fantastic scenery to the Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg fishing communities; en-route your guide tells you about local nature, culture, and history. The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. Pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as the fishing village Kjøllefjord approaches. Here you can learn more about the Sámi people, as well as to explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi joiking (song). In winter, you can join a snowmobile trip; en-route guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population utilises nature during summer and winter. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps the Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. The 'Sámi Autumn' trip lets you learn about the Arctic natural 'pantry and pharmacy', sampling dried-reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (nettle),and roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Sámi shaman, Noaidi!
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Batsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg, Norway
MS Nordnorge arrives in nearby Vadsø early morning and, after breakfast, Kirkenes comes into view. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east - and Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return journey southwards. The Russian border is a just few miles away and local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are many ways to visit the Russian frontier. Travel either by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting this remote region's rich history and heritage. You'll have chance to take part in adventures into the Arctic environment; winter and spring lets you explore the Arctic wilderness on a snowmobile and driving over a frozen fjord as your guides tell you about the region's history, unique wildlife, and extreme Arctic climate. On dog-sledge adventures, huskies whisk you across the frozen Arctic landscape and in summer you can go to catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea. As the ship starts her voyage south; enjoy lunch followed by Arctic landscape views on deck or from the panorama lounge. Departing Kirkenes, you’re mid-way through your voyage along the Norwegian coastline; many new experiences and the ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day. In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, you may be invited to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean in winter; while in spring, there's a presentation about shorebirds residing along the Nordic coastline. Heading south, MS Nordnorge cruises along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening - home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.
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Mehamn - Tromsø, Norway
In the middle of the night, the ship docks at Mehamn, where you can join a snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and a short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm. The ship continues south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, she'll make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, she'll sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps; here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-caught prawns. MS Nordnorge then docks at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion, under the Midnight Sun, to explore Tromsø by sea in a RIB boat. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.
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Tromsø - Stamsund, Norway
Harstad beckons this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery, and a selection of breathtaking sites; including a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway's premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. If you choose to stay on board; you can admire views of this old church as the ship sail towards the Risøyrenna, a shallow seven-metre-deep channel made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer stunning scenery; the Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature, and small, picturesque fishing villages. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and the ship makes a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries, and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region´s fishing history, the chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. The ship then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southwards, it appears you are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the ship inevitably slips through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea. Trollfjord is only 2km long and 100m wide and surrounded by mountains. If the weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs and the dramatic landscape conjure fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle. Just north of the fjord, a smaller vessel awaits to take you out to see this magnificent bird up close on an optional sea eagle safari; you'll transfer to a smaller tour boat before the ship reaches the Trollfjord. Time permitting you might see Hurtigruten's ship turn around in the narrow fjord. The eagle safari begins after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the sea eagles live; these rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before you toss fish into the sea for them to grab and devour. Be sure to bring a camera! Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options. Join the Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the area's fishing communities, beautiful scenery, and art. You can join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of the RIB excursions. If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides in-depth insights into the history and culture. From Svolvær, the ship continues on to Stamsund, where you'll see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. She'll then leave Lofoten during the evening and set a course for the mainland.
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Bodø - Rørvik, Norway
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’; you can celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. Sailing along the Helgeland coast, the ship passes hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160m long, 35m high, and 20m wide, and was created during the ice age. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range; between 900 and 1,100m high it's easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, with the king in a deep sleep, the seven maidens sneaked out; but Vågekallen was lying in wait and pursued the sisters as they fled south down the coast. Several trolls joined the chase and when night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They became the rocks and mountains that make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on earth. Next MS Nordnorge makes a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO-listed Vega Islands are close to Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer; a unique cultural landscape consisting of dozens of islands. The UNESCO listing was due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old relationship with the ducks, and how this continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets. Brønnøysund is a vibrant and pretty little town. Spend some time strolling around and enjoy looking at the small boats and bustling life of the archipelago. Maybe join the excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon from April throughout October, or one of the other excursions on offer here.
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Trondheim - Ålesund, Norway
Today gives you a second chance to explore the city of Trondheim. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577m. As she sails along the coast, you'll appreciate the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location provides the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Perhaps join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations; 8.2km long, built on a total of eight bridges, and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea. Another excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, where you'll enter a mountain and sail across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. If you choose to stay on board at Kristiansund; you'll experience the ship crossing the open sea on her way to Molde and along the way you'll see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
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Bergen, Norway
During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. Before MS Nordnorge docks in Bergen, the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal Glacier beckons where the fjord widens to the east and forges 90km inland to Loen and Olden. In the morning, the ship calls at Florø, a modern coastal seaport that is also the Sogn og Fjordane region´s oldest town and Norway’s westernmost community. South of Florø, the ship navigates the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, showcasing views of this island-studded coastline en route. Finally, you'll disembark in Bergen and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Hays Extras
Hays Extras
  • Return economy flights from Manchester, London Gatwick, Bristol, Bournemouth,  Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle or Leeds to Bergen
  • Transfers between the airport and ship#
  • 12-day Round Trip Voyage
  • Full board basis
  • Northern Lights Promise
  • Free Wi-FI, Tea & Coffee
  • Sail with an on-board Expedition Team, and enjoy a wide selection of exciting and interesting winter excursions

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MS Nordnorge
Overview

MS Nordnorge was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two Jacuzzis. We have a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink. The vessel also has a large compass area were you find the reception, a tour guide, conference room and shop. 

MS Nordnorge has her own on-board Expedition Team∘ and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate∘ in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´, and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

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Food & Drink

On board our ships you can choose between different menus - all based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. While you’re relaxing on board or enjoying excursions, local fishermen are out securing the day’s catch, such as Arctic char from the deep, cold waters of Sigerfjord in Vesterålen.

Chef Eirik is confident that the fresh local ingredients they serve enhances the experience of sailing Norway´s coastline:

‘Procuring, preparing and serving fresh, locally produced food is vital to the coastal experience. Our local interaction also generates positive ripple effects and good stories from the communities we visit. Our passengers experience an authenticity few others can offer. They can even buy some of the local products on board the ship. That way they get to savour their Norwegian coastal experience a little longer,’ chef Larsen says smiling.

Food blogger Anders Husa on the menu on board:

It is the artful combination of tastes and contrasting textures that make these dishes so delicious and exciting. Also, when you know that the animals had good lives, the food tastes even better!

Entertainment

The emphasis onboard is on relaxation and discovery, and not the commercial entertainment that is so often a part of conventional cruises. Hertigruten’s aim is to get you closer to unique environments and to allow you to share the experience with your fellow travellers. Occasionally there may be some musical entertainment onboard in the evenings.

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Health & Fitness

Keep yourself feeling fresh and active in the Fitness Room or sweating away the day in the sauna.

Kids & Teens

There is a playroom available for children.

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