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!