Gems of the Atlantic Coast

Bergen - Amsterdam - Guernsey - La Coruna - Leixoes - Lisbon

Go on a European cruise adventure from the spectacular coast of Norway to the lively and cinematic capital of Portugal, Lisbon. This unique sailing in September 2017 lets you explore great cities, beautiful islands and historical oceans - uncovering the real gems of the Atlantic Coast.

  • Experience the incredible contrasts of this continent as you visit isit six very different European cities in one journey
  • Stay active and enjoy excursions to cities and cultural and historic sites
  • Engage in fascinating lectures and learn about the places you visit from our onboard Expedition Team
  • Sail the European coastline with our original expedition ship, the MS Fram

Overview

Experience European coastal gems from north to south. The journey starts in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway in the city coined 'The Gateway to the Fjords'. The old Hanseatic vibe of the city, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen and the fish market Fisketorget, makes for quite a unique experience. It offers a taste of the urbanity to come in Amsterdam, our first port of call after crossing the North Sea.

Shop 'til You Drop

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, invites you to explore its history and contemporary urban flair by foot, by bike or by canal boat. The journey then continues through the English Channel to shopping and sightseeing in Guernsey. In the Gulf of Biscay, you might want to go out on deck to look out for dolphins, whales and seabirds.

As we continue south, you can really feel the change as we catch up with summer. The Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today, welcomes you to La Coruña in Spain with its Celtic and Roman heritage.

Portuguese Past and Present

The journey continues to the two biggest cities in Portugal, Porto and Lisbon. Porto is known for its many monuments by leading international architects from the past and the present. Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), Lisbon welcomes you to its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the acclaimed Fado nights, where you can experience live folk song performances at cafés and bars all over town.

Your holiday price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in EURO per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory
Itinerary

The itinerary

Learn more about the ports and cities you will explore on this southbound expedition along the European coastline. This old trade route is home to lively cities, historical landmarks and stunning scenery.

21 September 2017

Departs From Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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The gateway to the fjords


Location: Bergen

This 9-day expedition starts on the west coast of Norway as we depart Bergen in the afternoon. Known as 'The Gateway to the Fjords', we recommend you acquaint yourself with this international city with its small-town charm, surrounded by seven mountains. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Bergen and enjoy the well-known and famous sites like Håkon’s Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, Bergen Harbour and the famous fish market. Bergen was founded in 1070, and we recommend a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage famous houses of “Bryggen” (the wharf) - the perfect start to this adventure down the European coast.

Day 2
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Cruising the seas


Location: The North Sea

A day at sea is a perfect way to start this adventure. The lecture team have prepared interesting lectures for you, or you can have a cocktail or coffee in the bar or observation lounge, enjoy the tasty meals in the restaurant or simply relax on deck. 

An important site for shipping and fishery, you'll notice that the North Sea's relative shallow waters also allow for an abundance of oil rigs - many of which have contributed to the wealth of Norway.

Day 3
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The pulse of Europe


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam developed from a small fishing village in the 13th century to become one of the most charming and culturally important cities in the world. Few cities mix history with an urban flair like the capital of the Netherlands does. Take a walk into history, be amazed by the museums, explore by foot, by bike or canal boat. We will spend almost two days here, giving you time to join our excursions and to get to know the city.

Day 4
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Where the city meets the sea


Location: Amsterdam and the English Channel

We leave Amsterdam in the morning. For the rest of the day, we will sail through the English Channel which connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This is the world's busiest seaway with more than 500 ships passing every day. The observation lounge is a good place to watch vessels from all over the world on their way through the Channel.

Lewis Pugh, ocean advocate and Hurtigruten's first ambassador, has undertaken spectacular swims all around the world. One of them was through this very channel, an undertaking he described as "the Everest of swims."

Day 5
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Life on the island


Location: Guernsey

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, located near the coast of Normandy in France. The islands have a very complicated political status. They are British crown dependencies, but they do not belong to the UK. St Peter Port in Guernsey is considered to be one of Europe’s prettiest harbours, and it has been busy since Roman times. Enjoy a day of shopping, museums, hikes and bicycle trips or just unwind in a pub.

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Wildlife at sea


Location: The Bay of Biscay

Welcome to the Bay of Biscay, where Basque whalers perfected the craft of whaling almost a thousand years ago. In fact, the Basque whalers were so good that they played an important part in the whaling industry in the Arctic regions - and Svalbard in particular - joining local whaling crews as onboard experts.

A day at sea means spotting marine life such as dolphins, whales and seabirds from the deck. Enjoy the lectures on history and biology from the Expedition Team in the lecture hall and on deck.

Day 7
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Exploring the mystic Roman and Celtic heritage


Location: La Coruña, Spain


This morning we will make a short port call in Villa Garcia to disembark the guests attending our optional overland excursion to Santiago de Compostela, before we continue towards La Coruña where we are scheduled to arrive in the evening.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, a beautiful, green land with strong Celtic ties. Historically the city is famous as the place where St James was buried after his remains were transferred here by sea from the Holy Land. On the site where he was buried stands the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago which attracts thousands of pilgrims who walk the ancient Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) every year.

La Coruña is great for history and culture buffs, with a mystic and magic allure created by the Celtic and Roman heritage. The city had its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries when it functioned as the port for English pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On our way into the harbour, we pass the Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use today. Take a walk through the historic city and see the relics from the different people and cultures that gave the city its amazing appearance.

Day 8
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Portuguese charisma


Location: Leixões, Portugal

From Leixões, it is a short yet very interesting trip to Porto. Mix monuments by leading international architects from the past and the present with some fantastic baroque carvings. Add a world-famous sweet wine and a certain British flavour. Place it all by a grand river, and you have Porto. This is Portugal’s second largest metropolis, and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities. Its historic centre, Ribeira, at the northern bank of the Douro River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A boat tour in a replica of the old Rabelo boats offers a perfect view over the historic city from the riverside. We will spend a day exploring Porto and its wonderful surroundings.

Day 9
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Exploring the capital


Location: Lisbon

Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens), and home to the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The old city is situated close to the harbour, so it’s just a short trip to famous buildings like the 45m-high Santa Justa Lift built in the Neo-Gothic style. Get a taste of Portugal in one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars before you fly home. 

29 September 2017

Location Lisbon, Portugal
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Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Europe has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

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Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Bergen and Lisbon