Norway – Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian Coastal Adventure
Duration: 15 days
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen
May 30, 2019
June 13, 2019
June 27, 2019
- Experience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen Pass
- Discover the beautiful Lofoten Islands under the midnight sun
- Sail with the experts of the Norwegian coastal
- See the North Cape aboard our new cutting-edge expedition ship
The second-largest city in Germany is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River and is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens, and nature reserves. Before embarking on your ship, you may want to enjoy a tour on a harbor barge and explore some of the city's canals.
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head toward the beautiful Norwegian coast. Take in the panoramic views from one of the many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book, or join one of the lectures on board and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
Norway has many beautiful cities and Bergen most certainly rates highly among them. Explore the harbor area fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300s, stroll through the alleyways, or take a trip up to Mount Fløyen. The Fløibanen funicular takes you to the top in just six minutes to enjoy amazing views over the city that is spectacularly situated between seven mountains and the sea.
Geirangerfjord features stunning and idyllic villages along its 62-mile stretch. You can disembark in Geiranger to join our optional overland excursion that meets up with the ship in Ålesund. The fjord here is world famous for its beauty, and is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. Enjoy magnificent views along the road route, which features 11 hairpin turns as you descend Trollstigen Pass.
For those who stay on the ship, our next port of call is Ålesund, where you will have time to explore the city on your own or with our optional excursions. This Art Nouveau town seems to have been taken right out of a fairy tale. After a disastrous fire, the majority of Ålesund was rebuilt in 1904 in spectacular Art Nouveau style. Today, you can visit the Art Nouveau Center, which traces the city´'s fascinating history or take a walk up the 418 steps to the top of the Aksla Mountain (well worth it for the unforgettable panoramic views!).
Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 and was the capital of Norway for 200 years. It has a rich cultural life with an international flavor – and is said to have the most restaurants and cafés per person in Norway! There is plenty to admire as you wander through this historic city, taking in the architecture and surroundings that create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere. Take in the Nidaros Cathedral, kayak on the river Nid, or explore the beautifully restored wooden buildings of the Bakklandet district – either by foot or on a bicycle ride.
After crossing the Arctic Circle in the morning, (an event that will be celebrated in the traditional Hurtigurten way!) we arrive in Bodø.
Surrounded by sea and fjord, Bodø is a city bathed in magical light. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, this is where we enter the land of the midnight sun. Join our optional excursion to discover the world's strongest tidal current (Saltstraumen) or explore the Bodø on your own.
In the heart of Lofoten, the picturesque town of Svolvær is a fishing village where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced. Hike in the mountains here, or join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the Chieftain's house, a full-size reconstruction featuring relics dating back to the Viking Age.
From here, we sail through Raftsundet Strait while keeping a sharp eye open for white-tailed sea eagles. We then enter the magnificent Trollfjord, surrounded by mountains that stretch up to 3,937 feet above sea level in a narrow passage that slices deeply and dramatically into heart of the island. We navigate carefully far into the fjord to marvel at mountain walls that rise directly out of the sea. This pristine channel is at times so narrow it feels as though you can reach out and touch the side of the fjord.
Tromsø brims with culture and history in a magnificent landscape. The city is often described as the 'Paris of the North', and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping, and great restaurants. The Arctic Cathedral is a highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass mosaic. There’s also the Arctic Aquarium, the world’s northernmost Botanical Garden, and the Fjellheisen cable car, which offers breathtaking views across the city and its surrounding mountains and fjords.
Enjoy an exciting excursion to meet the huskies, do some city sightseeing, go kayaking or take a scenic hike with the Expedition Team.
This is the turning point for the return journey southward. Kirkenes lies some 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Just miles from the Russian border, there are strong bonds and cultural influences from Russia that become obvious as you explore the town. There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier. Travel by bus, enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes to the limit of Norway. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums that recount the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.
Honningsvåg is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71° 10' 21" N, only about 1,243 miles from the Geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 1,007-foot-high North Cape plateau imparts a profound sense of being at the end of the world, and it is a great place to take some stunning photos.
Other excursions you may enjoy here include a fishing village visit, hiking, and birdwatching. You can also explore the town on your own.
As the northernmost town in the world, Hammerfest's latitude is similar to the northernmost parts of Siberia and Alaska. This historic town has many gravesites dating back to the Stone Age and was an important fishing and Arctic hunting settlement long before it was given market town rights in 1789. It was here that the popular myth began of polar bears roaming the streets of Norway. There is usually an enormous example of this great mammal outside one of the shops (a perfect photo opportunity!). Hammerfest is also home to one chain of the UNESCO-listed Struve Geodetic Arc – a chain of survey triangulations stretching to the Black Sea and through 10 countries and over 1,752 miles.
A true gem of Lofoten, Reine is an added highlight to this twist on our traditional Norway coastal voyage. The iconic image of a Norwegian fishing village, Reine's beauty inspired artists such as Gunnar Berg since the 1880s. Red and white traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as Rorbuer - perch on stilts over the water’s edge with a background of granite spires jutting skyward. Take your time here to truly soak in the deep serenity of this place.
This pretty little fishing town is rich in history and maritime atmosphere. Ambling through the vibrant marina, take in the fleet of small fishing boats and bustling life of the archipelago. Or visit the Brønnøy Church, a Neo-Gothic–style stone structure that dates back to 1870 but preserves elements from medieval times. There will also be an option to get close to the iconic Mount Torghatten, the famous mountain with a distinctive hole right through it.
As we sail along the coast, you will see the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its longtime export of the salted, dried fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most-visited tourist attractions. It is about five miles long, spans a total of eight bridges ,and is surrounded by picturesque landscapes and the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.
Those choosing to stay on board in Kristiansund will experience the ship's crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway's ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you will see the steep, gray, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Molde is also home to one of Norway’s largest folk museums, the Romsdal Museum, a cultural and scientific institution established in 1912 that displays buildings and interiors from the region. The city's scenic viewpoint, Varden, affords glorious views across Molde to the local fjords and archipelagos – and an astonishing variety of snowy peaks.
This charming town is surrounded by a series of pristine archipelagos. Join an excursion for to lighthouse safari, or go kayaking or on a coastal hike. 11,000 people make Florø home, and the majority are involoved with the large fish-farming industry here.
On our final day at sea, relax in one of the comfortable lounges or out on deck, and be sure to join the expedition team as they review the highlights of the cruise.
After breakfast you will disembark the ship. Discover Hamburg before you head home.
- Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis
- Wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- International flights
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions and gratuities
MS Roald Amundsen
In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.