Today you depart Germany’s second-largest city headed north to explore Norway’s amazing coastline.
Prepare yourself for perpetual daylight, crystal-clear fjords, mountains reaching from sea to sky and waterfalls spilling off impossibly high precipices.
As we sail across the North Sea, you may want to get to know your expediton ship. Check out the Science Center, the sauna and hot tubs, scout out a comfortable chair in the Explorer lounge, find a window table you like in the ship’s restaurant or locate a good spot on deck for viewing Norway’s incredible coastline.
Or you may just want to relax and quietly enjoy this day at sea.
Enjoy another idyllic day at sea on our way to the Norwegian coastline.
Meet our Expedition Team, an expert crew of adventurers who will prepare you for the coastal expedition ahead. Listen in as these skilled explorers share their extensive knowledge to fill you in on what to see, how to see it and how best to enjoy your expediton to the fullest.
This is also a good time to sip a drink on deck, soak in the hot tub or find a cosy corner to relax with a good book.
In the morning, we glimpse the Norwegian coastline in the distance. Small islands and mountains draw closer. Finally, we exit the North Sea and sail into calmer straits and fjords.
After lunch, we reach Bergen, arguably Norway’s most beautiful city and an ideal place to explore on foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen has retained much of its local character, charm and and history. It was once an important port in the medieval Hanseatic League. Experience this legacy in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district. Wander about its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century.
Visit Mount Fløyen - the Fløibanen funicular takes you to the summit in just six minutes. Enjoy amazing views over Bergen - nestled between seven mountains and the sea. You can also follow one of the many easy trails into the surrounding alpine landscape.
Back below, stroll along the many narrow alleyways (called ‘smau’) and cobblestone streets past charming wooden houses dating back to the 18th century. Visit one of many outdoor cafés and restaurants, sample fresh shrimp at the fish market, or pop into a pub and order a local Hansa pilsner.
Back aboard the ship, we sail north along the Hjeltefjord, a route once used by Vikings on their westward. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing and preparing for your adventurous days ahead.
IncludedBergen - The Fløibanen Funicular (Included)Experience the Fløibanen Funicular, one of the best known attractions in Bergen. At the top of Mount Fløyen, take in panoramic views of the city as you enjoy a coffee and cinnamon roll. This excursion is self-guided and at your leisure during our time in Bergen.
Today we dock at Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the annual summer jazz festival, you may want to take in a concert one of many world-class performing artists.
Molde is also home to one of Norway’s largest folk museums, Romsdalsmuseet, established in 1912. Regional folk art and design are exhibited along with preserved historic buildings and interiors. You may want to visit the city´s scenic viewpoint, Varden, for fantastic vistas over Molde, the surrounding fjord and islands, and Romsdal Alps in the distance.
Kristiansund is located on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea. The setting has historically provided the town with prosperous livelihoods in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries.
A dry fact! Kristiansund is also known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish, called bacalao. It worth wandering along the waterfront of this interesting little Atlantic city, past old boat yards and marinas, to see what you might discover.
IncludedMolde: The Atlantic RoadKnown as one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the Atlantic Ocean Road is an engineering marvel that zigzags across bridges, from island to island, along the ocean’s edge. This guided coach tour will give you the chance to leave the ship and explore the coast by land.
Brønnøysund is an attractive town of 5,000 inhabitants situated on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and water. You are now at the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline.
Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was granted UNESCO status because of how the community demonstrates its centuries-old, sustainable way of life. Islanders thrived in this remote location for more than 1,000 years based on the unique and now obsolete tradition of eider farming.
As we leave Brønnøysund, we sail along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating these seven beautiful peaks.
In the evening, we sail by the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes. We have now entered the Land of Midnight Sun, where the sun is visible for 24 hours a day in the height of the summer.
IncludedHike Around TorghattenRising 258 meters vertically from the sea at Brønnøysundet, Torghatten is a distinctive sight. In the middle of this mountain is a hole. Enjoy a scenic bus ride to this famous mountain and join the Expedition Team for a hike.
The Lofoten Islands literally take your breath away. The incomparable beauty of dramatic peaks, sheltered coves and pristine beaches is world famous.
Lofoten is known for its excellent fishing, picturesque villages and even world-class surfing (at Unstad). You’ll never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea.
In the morning, we dock at the idyllic village of Reine - the perfect spot to start your exploration of the region. Quaint fishermen’s huts against a backdrop of granite peaks jutting out of the sea make Reine one of most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway.
After departing Reine, we will sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær on the Vestfjord. Svolvær’s proximity to Lofoten’s many magnificent sights provide easy access to exciting activities. You also find interesting shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants throughout the town.
In the afternoon, we sail into incredible Trollfjord, with peaks soaring some 1,200 metres above sea level in a narrow passage cutting deeply and dramatically into the heart of the island. We navigate carefully and so closely to the mountain walls that you’ll want to reach out and touch them.
IncludedReine - The Fishing Village of ÅLocated at the western tip of the archipelago, Å is a unique historical attraction. Here, you’ll find one of the best preserved old fishing villages in Norway, offering a variety of opportunities to experience life in the Lofoten fisheries through the last 250 years.
Looking for Arctic adventure? Tromsø is the place to find it. Set far above the Arctic Circle, it never gets dark during the peak of the summer and the town brims with almost round-the-clock activities. The Midnight Sun shines here from May 20 to July 22.
Tromsø is also rich in history and culture. It was the starting point for many Arctic expeditions and the first call when explorers returned to civilization. Today the city is called the Paris of the North because of its cultural diversity. It is home to both the world’s northernmost university and 2nd - most northerly brewery and is known for great restaurants specializing in fresh regional produce.
Tromsø’s attractions include amazing views, history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a landmark and city highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass window.
You can also ride the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of a 424 m high mountain. The summit provides breathtaking views of the city, mountains and fjords. Don’t forget to take sunscreen.
Visit the Polaria Arctic experience centre - look, feel, experience and understand why life in the sea and on land are entirely dependent on each other.
IncludedPolaria Arctic Experience CentreIn a distinctive building depicting ice blocks pushed on land by the rugged ocean in the Arctic, you will find Polaria, a unique museum and aquarium where you can learn about the Arctic, wildlife, and polar research. Your admission is included in your voyage, and you can visit at your leisure during your time in Tromsø.
Today, we arrive in the small fishing town of Honningsvåg. This is the turning point of our northern journey and gateway to spectacular North Cape.
You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, past small bays and tiny villages, and across a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape.
At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand on the cliff by the iconic globe monument and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only Svalbard separates you from the North Pole. The view here makes you feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world. You are at the northernmost point of the European continent. It goes without saying that North Cape is a great place to take stunning photos. There will be enough time to visit the North Cape Hall to enjoy a short film about the North Cape plateau, and there are several exhibits open to visitors.
Back in Honningsvåg, you can stroll about past charming houses, nice shops and a church that was the only building left standing in the town at the end of World War II.
IncludedHonningsvåg - The North CapeThe North Cape lies far above the Arctic Circle at the northern tip of Europe. No matter the season, arriving at this dramatic plateau 300-meters above the Arctic Ocean is the experience of a lifetime.
Today we dock at Finnsnes.
Just across the bridge is the island of Senja, often called ‘the fairytale island’ because of the magic spell its scenic beauty casts on visitors.
Senja is known for its diverse landscape and referred to as Norway in miniature. The island’s outer side is characterized by steep mountains plunging straight into the sea, sheltered coves and wonderful sandy beaches. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern side of Senja has a gentler landscape with rolling hills and birch forests.
Senja is Norway’s second-largest island and has a population of just under 8,000. Naturally enough, the dominant industries are fisheries and aquaculture. A lot of white fish like cod and pollock are traditionally caught here, while salmon is farmed.
After leaving Senja, the ship sails past the beautiful island of Dyrøy and Andørja, before entering Tjeldsund strait on our now southbound journey.
IncludedFinnsnes - National Scenic Route in SenjaThe landscape of Senja is simply majestic. One of the best ways to explore the breadth of this island’s beautiful sights is this guided coach tour along part of the National Scenic Route, one of 18 official driving routes highlighting Norway’s beautiful landscape.
Surrounded by sea and fjord, the light in Bodø constantly shifts with the wind and weather. The skies never completely darken here during summer.
Bodø is the capital of Nordland county and lies just north of the Arctic Circle on the edge of both sea and countryside. The small city is known for its hospitality and hosts one of Norway’s most lively student communities.
The strongest tidal current in the world, Saltstraumen, with water velocities reaching 22 knots, is situated just southeast of Bodø. Some say Jules Verne was inspired by Saltstraumen when writing “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”. Want to see this marvel of mother nature? Join an optional excursion to visit Saltstraumen.
IncludedNature Walk and Norwegian Jekt Trade MuseumExperience the natural surroundings of Bodø on a guided walk, and learn about traditional Norwegian jekts, a type of cargo sailboat that played a large role in Northern Norway’s economic history.
Today we arrive in Trondheim, Norway´s capital for 200 years, founded in 997 by Viking king Olav Tryggvason.
Trondheim is a fascinating city to explore.Visit the beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason), Norway’s patron saint. Nidaros is the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral and was Northern Europe's most important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. It is rich in architectural details and intriguing medieval statues.
Trondheim is known for its rich multicultural life - and is said to have the most restaurants and cafés per capita in Norway. There is plenty to see as you wander through this historic city. The old wooden buildings, the medieval stone walls and elegant botanical gardens create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere.
After departing Trondheim, we pass the island of Munkholmen, where executions took place during the Viking Age. The island has also been a fort, prison and monastery. A popular Norwegian non-alcoholic beer is named after Munkholmen. It is a popular getaway during summer.
IncludedTrondheim: Nidaros CathedralLocated in the heart of Trondheim, Nidaros Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway. Learn about this beautiful Gothic cathedral and its history, dating back to 1070. Then, take a seat and enjoy a short musical performance on the cathedral’s impressive organ.
Get ready to experience the wow factor. Today we sail into Hjørundfjord.
This natural wonder stands out from other popular fjords in its solitary grandeur - far off the beaten tourist tracks. Hjørundfjord is considered one of the purest and most beautiful fjords in Norway.
The fjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks soaring as high as 1,700 metres straight up from the sea.
The steep mountains have made it impossible to cultivate the land here. Still, a few tiny farms cling to the mountain sides and some small villages reside along the shoreline. Sæbø is one of them.
We anchor close to the settlement of Sæbø and a local tender boat takes you ashore.
You can join optional excursions to explore other villages along Hjørundfjord, or go on hikes and kayaking tours. You can also join a scenic excursion to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, and famous Trollstigen road (the troll’s ladder). This excursion ends in Ålesund, where you rejoin the ship.
MS Otto Sverdrup arrives at Ålesund in the afternoon. This city is a delight to visit. Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, owing to a devastating fire that burned much of the city down in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau. Enjoy the afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of this charming North Atlantic city.
IncludedHjørundfjord/Sæbø - Fjord Village Visit and ConcertSpend some time in Sæbø, one of the small villages along the Hjørundfjord. Our local hosts will welcome you with a beautiful church concert and the opportunity to learn about the history and nature of the Hjørundfjord.
Built on the riches of Norway’s oil industry, Stavanger doesn’t disappoint.
Stavanger is on the radar of most every visitor to Norway. It’s the jumping off spot to explore such rock stars as the famous Pulpit Rock, called “the world’s most breathtaking viewpoint” by Lonely Planet, and Kjerag, the 1,100 m high mountain plateau with a giant boulder wedged into it.
Optional activities here include hiking to the top of Pulpit Rock or sailing with the ship into majestic Lysefjord below the outlook. Lysefjord means ‘light fjord’ and gets its name from surrounding granite peaks reaching as high as 1,000 m.
Then there’s the city itself. Stavanger is known for its international ambience, creative cuisine and lively cultural scene. Stroll down colourful Øvre Holmgate and stop by one of the many outdoor cafés, pubs and unique boutiques. Stavanger’s waterfront hosts several summertime beer gardens where you can watch people and boats float by.
The city’s proud history is also never far from sight. Old Stavanger features Europe’s best-preserved wooden house settlement dating back to the 1700s. Its magnificent cathedral is Norway’s oldest, dating back to the early 12th century.
Stavanger is also Europe’s oil and energy capital, and home to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Learn more about Norway’s important oil history through exciting interactive exhibits, and if you dare, try sliding down an escape chute from an offshore oil and gas platform.
IncludedThe Norwegian Petroleum MuseumToday, Norway is one of the world’s largest producers of oil – a legacy that began in the mid-1960s, when the discovery of oil changed the path of a nation. At the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, you will learn about how oil and gas, and how this industry has affected Norwegian society today.
Today we cross the North Sea on our way back to Hamburg.
Perhaps you´d like to spend the day editing your photos, taking one last soak in the hot tub or simply relaxing in the ship’s comfortable Explorer lounge.
You can also join the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your amazing summer expedition cruise along the Norwegian coastline.
We dock in Hamburg during the early morning hours. After breakfast, it’s time to leave your home of the past 15 days.
As you head ashore, you’ll take with you the memories of a lifetime - experiencing coastal Norway in summer, its wonderful fjords, fascinating towns and happy people.
Welcome aboard again soon!
Included in Your Expedition
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune and Fredheim
- A la carte restaurant Lindstrom included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
- English and German-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
- Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library, biological and geological microscopes and samples
- Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
- Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym, outdoor running track and gym
- Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
- Escorted landings using our fleet of small expedition boats or local tender boats
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Spa treatments
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
- No gratuities expected
- Please note: The voyage departing 24 August 2021 will visit some ports in a different order.
- The included excursion Hike around Torghatten will be replaced by an alternative excursion for departures before May 15, due to seasonal weather conditions.
MS Otto Sverdrup
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Shipyard||Kleven Verft (N)|
|Gross tonnage||15,690 t|
MS Otto Sverdrup is designed for exciting, sustainable expedition cruises along the Norwegian coastline
Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular (Included)
Molde - The Atlantic Ocean Road (Included)
Brønnøysund - Torghatten (Included)
Reine - The Fishing Village of Å (Included)
Tromsø - Polaria (Included)
Honningsvåg - The North Cape (Included)
Finnsnes - National Scenic Route in Senja (Included)
Bodø - Nature Walk and Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum (Included)
Trondheim - Nidaros Cathedral (Included)
Hjørundfjord/Sæbø - Fjord Village Visit and Concert (Included)
Stavanger - The Norwegian Petroleum Museum (Included)
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