Activity adventure | Exploration cruise
Embark on an 8-day winter adventure from the magnificent fjords of the west coast to the Arctic wilderness of northern Norway. This Arctic adventure of a lifetime includes the unique experience of a night in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, offering magnificent suites containing art made from snow and ice.
- Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
- Cross the Arctic Circle to mainland Europe's most northerly point and go hunting for the Northern Lights
- Explore great Norwegian cities like Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim and Tromso
- Spend a night in the amazing Snow Hotel in Kirkenes
- Sail on Ms Polarys, MS Trollfjord, Ms Nordkapp, MS Nordlys, MS Kong Harald, or MS Richard With
- Departs January – April 18
Day by day itinerary
Your 8-day Arctic Wonders voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords by hiking up the famous Mount Fløien or exploring the city by segway.
After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.
If you wake up early the next day you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching the Art Noveau town of Ålesund, giving you an opportuniy to go ashore and explore this pretty town.
Meals: B D
Today you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or by bicycle through the Bakkland district. 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 Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.
Meals: B D
The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. Continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, Crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890
Meals: B D
A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, where a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour. In winter you also can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, continue your northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, as you gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.
Meals: B D
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you cross the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund you arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape.
Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes.
The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. Pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as you approach your next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Ever so often local fishermen visit during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod).
Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as exploring the wonderful scenery all year round on different excursions. In winter you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.
Meals: B D
Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast you arrive in Kirkenes, putting you at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the Snowhotel in Kirkenes for an amazing overnight experience under the Arctic sky.
After spending the night wrapping up warm in a snow suite at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, the eighth day can be spent participating in exclusive winter excursions. These excursions include: Snowmobiling through the Arctic Landscape, Husky dog sledging or a King crab safari.
Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
8-day cruise on board MS Nordnorge (Hurtigruten) from £857
- Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- English speaking tour leader on board
- One night at the Snow Hotel including breakfast and dinner
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