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Duration: 12 days
Your special summer expedition cruise starts in Bergen – one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and perfect for exploring on foot.
Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D. and has retained much of its local character, charm, and history. Stroll the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, with colorful wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Wander cobblestone streets and slip into narrow alleyways fronted by old wooden houses. Sample pickled herring or buy fresh shrimp right off the boat at Bergen’s famous fish market. Drop into one of the city’s many outdoor restaurants or beer gardens and sip a local Hansa pilsner. You can also see artwork by such famous artists as Edvard Munch, or enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen funicular, where you can admire sweeping views of the surrounding fjords, islands, and seven mountains encircling the city.
After departing Bergen, sit down to a delicious dinner and watch the scenery glide by. We’re sailing to the High North on a route once plied by the Vikings. Perhaps spend the rest of the evening getting to know members of the expedition team and other passengers, or relax on deck in the late spring and summer sunshine.
This morning, we navigate the open sea around Norway’s most western point, Vestkapp, and arrive at Ålesund after breakfast.
Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.
This owes to a devastating fire that burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable art nouveau style of the time.
Take the opportunity to wander Ålesund’s charming cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings.
You can also choose optional activities in Ålesund, including city walks, longer hikes, biking and kayaking tours, and a visit to the nearby Norwegian Aquarium, which is built directly into the rocky coastline and features native fish species, octopus, seals, and penguins.
Departing Ålesund, we sail past small islands and fjords. We later pass the remote island of Grip, where storms occasionally sweep buildings into the sea. Miraculously, Grip’s tiny 15th century church has always been left standing. Later, we pass the city of Kristiansund and the islands of Smøla and Hitra.
Today we arrive at Brønnøysund, an attractive town of 5,000 inhabitants that’s at the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline.
Nearby is the famous mountain with a hole in the middle – Torghatten.
Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the way the community demonstrates its centuries-old sustainable way of life.
Islanders thrived in this location for more than a millennium by practicing the unique livelihood of eider duck ‘farming’ for their soft, warm eider down.
Next, we proceed along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating these seven beautiful peaks.
That evening, we sail by the small island of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes. We have now entered the Land of Midnight Sun, where the sun shines 24 hours a day in summer.
Vesterålen in summer is an archipelago of lush green islands, surrounded by blue sea frequented by whales, seals, and seabirds.
Our first port of call today is Stokmarknes – where Hurtigruten was founded in 1893. For more than 126 years, Hurtigruten has been an essential part of life of coastal Norway, tying cities and communities together, and carrying goods and people up and down coastal Norway’s main highway – the sea. As an included activity, you can explore the Hurtigruten Museum, which tells Hurtigruten’s remarkable story.
You can also join optional excursions such as hiking, kayaking, and going on scenic bus rides to small fishing communities and along Norway’s National Scenic Route on Andøya. The waters surrounding Vesterålen are known for its many whales, and you get the opportunity here to join our optional whale safari excursion. A close encounter with whales is the experience of a lifetime.
After Stokmarknes, we continue cruising through the beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and arrive at the port of Risøyhamn, where we pick up those who went on a scenic bus ride or whale safari.
Tromsø is an exceptionally lively city during summer.
If you’re looking for adventure, this is the place. Tromsø’s numerous summer activities include hiking and biking tours, kayaking on the fjord, and a ride on the Fjellheisen Cable Car to the top of a mountain for amazing vistas.
Tromsø also features fascinating history. It was the starting point for many Arctic expeditions and the first stop for hunters and explorers returning to civilization. The city is known for great shopping and creative cuisine featuring fresh produce, hence its nickname as the ‘Paris of the North.’ Tromsø is also recognized for its bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is one of the highlights, featuring an enormous stained-glass window.
Visit the Polaria Arctic experience center. Look, feel, experience, and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked.
Polaria is also one of only two places in Europe where you can see bearded seals at close range.
Welcome to the small fishing village of Honningsvåg – the gateway to spectacular North Cape.
We start the day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays with tiny hamlets and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape – just 1,305 miles away from the North Pole. Stand at the edge of the 1,007 foot high cliff with the iconic globe statue and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard archipelago separates you from the top of the world. Looking out at vistas reaching beyond the horizon, you’ll feel as though you’re at the end of the world. North Cape is an ideal place for taking amazing photos. Inside the North Cape Hall, you can enjoy a short film and exhibits about your surroundings.
Back in Honningsvåg, stroll past quaint houses, nice shops, and a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II. You can also join optional excursion such as an exciting hike with the expedition team, a king crab safari, and a town walk with local guides.
We start this morning by sailing into a fjord along the base of the magnificent Lyngen Alps – a spectacular sight.
To start this unique experience, we sail to the charming seaside trading post of Havnnes, which has just 33 inhabitants. Stockfish and salted fish are still produced here in the traditional way.
Havnnes will take you back 100 years to the days of steam and sail. Interact with the locals and enjoy the vintage general store. You can also explore the local museum, an old wooden building on the pier featuring a photo exhibition about the life of Annie Giæver – who took photographs of the area during the first half of the 20th century.
Looking for more excitement? Join optional excursions such as nature hikes, kayaking, or riverboating in Reisa National Park, a landscape of canyons, valleys, a salmon river, and mountain plateau.
We start the day by sailing into the magnificent Trollfjord.
This natural wonder is surrounded by mountains reaching more than 3,200 feet skyward from the sea in a narrow passage that cuts deeply and dramatically into heart of the island. We carefully navigate into the channel, at times so narrow it feels as though you can reach out and touch the mountain walls.
Lofoten´s distinctive scenery of dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, and untouched beaches is world-famous. We dock at Svolvær to enjoy a choice of optional Lofoten excursions, including a road trip past steep mountains, beautiful sandy beaches, and sheltered bays. Svolvær itself has lots of interesting shops, galleries, cafés, pubs, and restaurants.
Departing late morning, we sail along the massive Lofoten mountain wall to Reine. Red and white fishermen’s huts dotting the shoreline and surrounding granite peaks jutting out of the fjord make Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in Norway.
In the morning hours, we sail along the coast of Helgeland with nothing but sky and sea ahead. In the distance, you can see mountains rising up from the horizon. This is Træna, the site of one of the first human settlements in the far north, located right on the Arctic Circle.
Today, the community hosts music festivalsand interesting excursions, offering unfiltered adventure.
Træna is also Norway’s oldest fishing community. We dock at the island of Husøya – where most of the 454 inhabitants live.
Ready for fun? Join delightful summer activities such as island hopping, taking a sauna in an old boat house, observing sea eagles, tasting local fish products, swimming in the Norwegian Sea, or hiking through a 2,300 foot long tunnel that leads you to the top of a mountain.
And the end of our stay in Træna, we go to the island of Sanna and enjoy a memorable concert in spectacular Kirkhelleren, a gigantic cathedral-like cave with wonderful acoustics. In fact, Norway's oldest human settlement was discovered in Kirkhelleren!
As we leave Træna, we enjoy the evening with the dramatic Helgeland coastline as a backdrop.
In the morning, we pass the octagonal Kjeungskjær lighthouse on our way to docking at Trondheim.
Founded as a Viking trading post in 997, Trondheim was the capital of Norway for 200 years. Today, the city has reputedly the most restaurants and cafés per person in Norway. You may want to find a table at one of the outdoor cafés along the city’s main square and adapt to the laid-back summertime rhythm of the locals.
There is plenty to see and do in this historic city. Perhaps visit beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, built over the burial site of St. Olav (Olav Haraldsson), Norway’s patron saint. Marvel at the religious artwork, architectural details, and medieval statues on the facade.
There are a number of exciting summer activities to choose from too, including hiking and biking tours, kayaking through the city center on the River Nid, museum visits, and city walks.
After departing Trondheim, we pass the island of Munkholmen, where many executions took place during the Viking Age. Today, Munkolmen is a popular spot for summer outings.
Hjørundfjord stands out from other popular fjords in its solitary beauty, located far off the beaten tourist track.
Considered one of the most beautiful fjords in all of Norway, Hjørundfjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks soaring 5,500 feet 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 mountainsides and small villages such as Urke nestle along the shoreline.
We anchor offshore Urke and a small boat takes you ashore.
You can also partake in optional excursions to explore other villages along Hjørundfjord, or go on more demanding hikes and kayaking tours along the fjord.
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. As you disembark, take away with you rich memories of a unique expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences, meetings with happy Norwegians, wildlife sightings, and encounters with stunning nature.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.
Hike Around Torghatten excursion in Brønnøysund will be replaced by an alternative excursion for departures before May 15, due to seasonal weather conditions.
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Length||135.75 m/ 445 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m/ 70.5 ft|
This ship is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
Some expedition cruises may 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.