Welcome to the Arctic!
Location: Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Today we cross 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 - often referred to as the ‘midnight sun’. 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. Join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre in summer, where you can admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world. Afterwards, the journey continues along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, where you re-join the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles and the deep blue sea. We head to Saltstraumen in a RIB, where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. On this exciting journey through wild landscape, there is also a good chance to observe sea eagles.
Later this 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. 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 are invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and the lady of the house invite you to join them 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 have the chance to experience life on a herb and cheese farm in Lofoten, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, situated in an old fish landing facility.
In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Northern Light begins. We celebrate the event by presenting a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, featuring pictures, words and music. As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord. Here we serve 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. If you look closely, you might see trolls up in the steep mountains. Or you might not.
Optional excursions on this day in the period 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018:
- 08:45 - 14:45, Svartisen Glacier (Ørnes-Bodø) - Available 4. Jun - 3. Sept
- 12:30 - 14:45, Arctic coastal walk (Bodø) - 4. Nov - 31. Mar
- 12:30 - 14:30, RIB-Safari to Saltstraumen (Bodø) - 4. Jun - 3. Sept
- 12:40 - 14:50, Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen - 1. Jan - 31. Dec
- 19:00 - 21:50, Meet the vikings (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4. Nov - 3. Apr
- 19:00 - 21:50, Meet the vikings, summer (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4. Apr - 3. Nov
- 19:10 - 21:50, Highlights of Lofoten (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4. Apr - 31. Aug
- 21:05 - 21:45, Lofotpils brewery (Svolvær) - 1. Jan - 31. Dec
- 19:05 - 21:45, Farm visit in Lofoten (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4. Apr - 30. Sept
Optional excursions on this day in the period 01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
All times are estimates and subject to change.