Norway – Pearls of Southern Norway

Duration: 8 days

Departure:
April 23, 2019
  • Visit unique Norwegian coastal towns and islands
  • Learn more about the history, culture and nature of the places we visit
  • Explore surrounding islands on kayak, bike or foot
  • Exciting and extensive excursion program
The picturesque, white houses of Farsund. On this voyage, we explore some unique towns along the rugged coastline to get close to nature and immerse ourselves in local culture along the way.
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch
Norway
The magnificent Preikestolen, Lysefjorden. Norway boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with dramatic fjords and awe-inspiring countryside at every turn.
Photo: Casper Tybjerg
The magnificent Preikestolen, Lysefjorden. Norway boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with dramatic fjords and awe-inspiring countryside at every turn.
Rosendal Harbour. This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers wonderful scenery along with interesting history (pirates, German forts and art).  Explore these areas by foot, bike or boat to get the best this region has to offer.
Photo: Pascal Volk

Itinerary

Explore one of the world´s most beautiful coastlines with the ship that has Norway in its DNA - MS Midnatsol. This voyage brings you to remote ports and off the beaten track locations to explore hidden coastal Norway with the help of our knowledgeable Expedition Team.
Day 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Laid-Back Amsterdam
A bicycle parked in front of a building

Amsterdam grew from a small fishing village in the 13th century to one of the most charming and culturally important cities of the world. The city became a worldwide trading center with important connections to the Hanseatic League in the 17th century.  Evidence of the prosperity of Amsterdam's 'Golden Age' can still be seen in the aristocrats' houses in the city's famed Canal District, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amsterdam is also well-known for its outstanding museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House, and the Van Gogh Museum. 

A bicycle parked in front of a building
A house with a grass field
Day 2
Helgoland, Germany
Small Islands with Big History
A house with a grass field

Germany’s only high-sea archipelago consists of two small islands and is famous for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife. Germany’s smallest nature reserve, Lummenfelsen, consists of a single rock densely occupied by the thousands of seabirds that nest here. Helgoland also has an intriguing history. Originally, it was founded by Frisians, and then became a pirate base in the Middle Ages.

Afterwards, it was claimed by the Danes, only to be conquered by the British some years later. Then the British swapped the islands with the Germans for Zanzibar. During WWII, attempts were made to wipe the entire island of the map. So, it's safe to say that Helgoland is rich with exciting history. Come ashore to explore this fascinating and narrow island . 

Day 3
At sea
Unwind with a View
A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo

A day at sea means you can join the lectures presented by the expedition team, or spend time out on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers as we sail. You can also enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view, or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.

A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo
A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin
Day 4
Kragerø, Norway
Islands, Alleyways, and Art
A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin

11,000 people call the charming narrow streets and alleyways of Kragerø home. The town boasts a long history of art and culture – the fine light found here is unique to this area. Wander through the town to discover its assortment of galleries and charming cafés, or venture further afield for a longer walk or a more adventurous hike.  The area is also ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.

Day 5
Farsund, Norway
Pirate Days
A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch

Farsund has a fascinating history that includes plundering passing ships as far back as the 1800s! The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for birdwatching and shoreside walks. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the Kaperdagene festival (translated as 'Pirate days').

This heritage dates back to the Napoleonic War of 1804, when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships to survive. Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, and cross a 100-year-old swing bridge and a protected oak forest.

A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch
A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg
Day 6
Lysefjorden
Towering Preikestolen
A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg

The Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,385 feet deep at its deepest. Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 1,981 feet over the Lysefjord. We hope to have fine view of Preikestolen – and the Kjerag peak that towers 3,556 feet – as we sail along the Lysefjord.

Day 7
Rosendal, Norway
Mouth of the Fjord
A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk

Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, now one of the most significant museums in Western Norway. Located at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway. The castle is surrounded by a beautifully landscape park. Rosendal is also the place where the ship Gjøa, used by Roald Amundsen on his expedition through the Northwest Passage, was built.

A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk
A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background
The famous Bryggen in Bergen.
Day 8
Bergen, Norway
The Gateway to the Fjords
A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background
The famous Bryggen in Bergen.

After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to leave the comforts of MS Midnatsol and head home – or discover Bergen or even more of Norway! As the starting point for our Norwegian Coastal Cruises, Bergen is the perfect starting point for further exploration of Norway's fjords, villages, and incredible nature.

Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city has preserved a great deal of local character and history. One example is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs that date back to the 14th century.

The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every voyage with Hurtigruten is unique.

What's Included

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

Your Ship

MS Midnatsol

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 970 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 632
Car capacity 32
Gross tonnage 16151
Length 135.75 m / 445 ft
Beam 21.5 m / 70.5 ft
Speed 18 knots
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

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