With a coastline stretching from 58 to 71° N, no wonder there are fascinating places overlooked by other seafarers and major cruise lines. Departing from Bremerhaven, Germany, we will explore parts of coastal Norway not seen by many, with fascinating maritime traditions, navigation marks and numerous lighthouses.
The home of the Vikings
First stop is Haugesund on the south-western coast. Vikings used to rule this land, making it a great starting point before setting sail for the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Here we will make several landings to small islands situated at the mouth of the fjord and under the majestic mountain Alden. Then we sail inside the narrow fjord-system to reach Dalsfjord, a place known for its mines, excellent stonemasons and a lighthouse museum.
Kayaking in a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Going north you will get closely acquainted with birds ands fjords, as we head towards Bud and Bjørnsund, once the biggest trading post between Bergen and Trondheim. From the island Frøya with more than 5,400 surrounding islets and reefs we are now sailing into what is reckoned as part of the Northern coastline. The Vega archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the population’s unique practice of eider-down harvest. Watch out for island hoppers in kayaks, or jump into one yourself.
NASA rocket range
Continuing north we cross the Arctic Circle before entering Lofoten, calling at the tiny island of Værøy. Hikes and tastings from the sea awaits you as we sail through the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, observe a NASA rocket range and visit the island Senja, where you can choose from dragging fish up from the sea or dragging yourself to the top of one of the majestic mountains overlooking the fjords. Disembarkation is in Tromsø, but you don't have to rest if you don't want to: Tromsø is not only the Gateway to the Arctic but also often referred to as Paris of the North due to its many cafés and buzzing nightlife.
With the Expedition Team from the past to the present
On this voyage we will present you with a taste of maritime life along the Norwegian coast through history and the present. Navigational marks and lighthouses are and have always been an important part of the waterway and will be the red thread of this voyage. Our Expedition Team will give lectures about Costal Culture, Coastal Navigation and Lighthouses. We plan to visit a variety of towns, villages and some lighthouses as they all play an important part of Norway’s maritime life and coastal culture.