Norway - Roald Amundsen's Norwegian Coastal Highlights
11 days with Hurtigruten Rating:
DAY 1 Canals and Gardens
Location : Hamburg, Germany
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 harbour barge and explore some of the city's canals.
DAY 2 Towards the Norwegian Coast
Location : At sea
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards 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 onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
DAY 3 Beautiful Bergen
Location : Bergen
Norway has many beautiful cities and Bergen most certainly rates highly amongst them. Explore the harbour area, fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300’s. 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 – which is spectacularly situated between seven mountains and the sea.
Join the optional City Sightseeing excursion or explore the town on your own.
DAY 4 The Magnificence of the Fjords
Location : Geiranger and Ålesund
The Geirangerfjord features plenty of charming towns and villages along it’s 62 miles stretch! You may disembark in Geiranger and join the optional overland excursion that will have you meeting the ship in Ålesund. The fjord is UNESCO listed and this trip allows you to enjoy magnificent views along the route which also features 11 hairpin turns as you descend the 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 is so picturesque, it could have been taken right out of a fairy tale. The majority of Ålesund was rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire. Visit the Art Nouveau Center, which documents the town´s fascinating history or take a walk up the 418 steps to the top of the Aksla Mountain – it’s worth it for the unforgettable views!
DAY 5 The Viking City
Location : Trondheim
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 flavour and is said to have the most restaurants and cafes per person in Norway. There is plenty to take in as you wander through this historic city, taking in the architecture and surroundings which 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.
DAY 6 Lofoten Archipelago Discovery
Location : Bodø and Reine
After crossing the Arctic Circle in the morning, (an event that will be celebrated in traditional Hurtigurten manner) 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 take in the world’s strongest tidal current or explore the Bodø on your own.
In the evening we arrive in Reine, a true gem of Lofoten that has been added as an extra highlight to this twist on our classic voyage. Pick up any coffee table book or travel magazine featuring Norway and you can be sure it will contain a picture of Reine. In fact, local artist Gunnar Berg started painting the local fishing boats moored in front of the spectacular Lofoten mountains here back in the 1880's. Picture red and white traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as Rorbuer - perched on stilts over the water’s edge with a background of granite spires jutting skywards and you have Reine. Take your time ashore here, taking in the serenity of the place.
DAY 7 Idyllic Beauty
Location : Svolvær
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 exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age.
From here, we sail through the 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 1,200 metres above sea level in a narrow passage that slices deeply and dramatically into heart of the island. Depending on conditions, 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.
DAY 8 The Northernmost Town
Location : Hammerfest
As the northernmost city 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 for a long time 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 stuffed example of this great mammal outside one of the shops creating a great 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, through 10 countries and over1,752 miles.
DAY 9 Norway meets Russia
Location : Kirkenes
This is Hurtigruten’s classic turning point for the return journey southwards. Kirkenes lies some 400 km´s 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 recounting the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.
DAY 10 The Capital of the North Cape
Location : Honningsvåg
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 1,242 miles away from the geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 1,007 foot high North Cape Plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world and is a great place for taking unforgettable photos.
Other excursions you may enjoy here are a fishing village visit, hiking, and birdwatching. You may also explore the town on your own.
DAY 11 Gateway to the Arctic
Location : Tromsø
Our final morning brings us to the Gateway to the Arctic – Tromsø - a small city brimming with culture and history as well as being set amongst a magnificent landscape. It boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and restaurants along with the city’s noticeable landmark – the Arctic Cathedral, featuring its enormous stained-glass mosaic.
There’s also the Arctic Aquarium, the world’s northernmost Botanical Garden and the Fjellheisen Cable Car affording breathtaking views across the city, mountains and fjords. Spend some time exploring the city after disembarking.
All This Included
Join us on an adventurous voyage to the highlights of the classic Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage, ending in the Arctic capital of Tromsø. This special route allows us to take more time in some of our favourite coastal gems, and our expert Expedition team will offer classic coastal excursions in addition to sharing their knowledge on board. This is a truly beautiful journey that showcases the magnificent shores, deep fjords and scenic towns along the rugged Norwegian coast.
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Roald Amundsen
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