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Exploring Norway's Fjords and the North Cape 2020

15 days with Hurtigruten   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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Day 1: Hamburg, Germany
The second-largest city in Germany is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves.  Before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen, spend some time and enjoy a harbor barge tour to explore some of the city´s canals. 
 
Day 2: At sea
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards the beautiful Norwegian coast.  Take in the panoramic views from lookout points around the ship, relax with a book or sit in on one of the onboard lectures. There will be a short technical stop in Denmark
 
Day 3: Bergen
Explore the historic harbor area, fronted by wooden houses of Bryggen dating back as far as the 1300s. Stroll through Bergen’s charming narrow alleyways or take a trip up to Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen funicular, which reaches the top in just six minutes to enjoy amazing views over the city. 
 
Day 4: Geiranger & Ålesund
Our afternoon is spent in Ålesund, an Art Nouveau town which seems to be right out of a fairy tale. Visit the Art Nouveau Center or walk up the 418 steps to Aksla Mountain for sweeping views!
 
Day 5: Trondheim
Trondheim was founded by the Viking ruler, Olav Tryggvason, in 997, and today features a rich cultural life.  There are plenty historic sites to take in as you wander through this historic city, enjoying the architecture and surroundings that create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere. 
 
Day 6: Bodø & Svolvær
After crossing the Arctic Circle, we arrive in Bodø, a city surrounded by sea and fjord. Sailing over to Lofoten, we call on the picturesque town of Svolvær, where age-old maritime traditions prevail. We then cruise through Raftsundet Strait while keeping a sharp eye out for white-tailed sea eagles.
 
Day 7: Tromsø
Tromsø is often described as the “Paris of the North,” and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. The Arctic Cathedral is a highlight, as well as the Arctic Aquarium, the world’s northernmost botanical garden and the Fjellheisen cable car.
 
Day 8: Honningsvåg
Honningsvåg is the gateway to spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71°10’21´N, only 1,200 miles away from the geographic North Pole.
 
Day 9: Hammerfest
Hammerfest has 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.  The town is also home to the UNESCO-listed Struve Geodetic Arc – a chain of survey triangulations stretching to the Black Sea.
 
Day 10: Reine
A true gem of Lofoten, Reine´s beauty has inspired artists like Gunnar Berg since the 1880s.  Traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as Rorbuer - perch on stilts at the water’s edge with a backdrop of steep granite peaks.  Take your time here to soak in the deep serenity. 
 
Day 11: Brønnøysund
The pretty little fishing town, Brønnøysund, is rich in history and maritime atmosphere.  Ambling through the marina, take in the fleet of small fishing boats and bustling sailing life. There will be an option to come close to iconic Torghatten, the famous mountain with a distinctive hole through the middle.
 
Day 12: Kristiansund & Molde
As we sail along the coast, you will see the importance of fishing to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. We continue to Molde, known as the “City of Roses.”
 
Day 13: Værlandet
Værlandet is a small island group situated north of Sognefjorden. This unique place features excellent hiking possibilities for all levels of fitness. Maybe a jaunt up 1,200 ft high Mount Alden will tempt you. The view is stunning.
 
Day 14: At sea
On our final day at sea, relax in our comfortable lounges or out on deck and be sure to join the expedition team for one of the many lectures during the day.
 
Day 15: Hamburg
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark and leave your base for the past 15 days.  Head ashore in Hamburg for a final bit of exploration before you make your way home.
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All This Included
Join us on a beautiful coastal cruise aboard our new hybrid-powered expedition ship. See the best of Norway’s magnificent fjords as we sail through remote beauty and stop in charming towns along the way. MS Fridtjof Nansen offers premium onboard comfort and the expert guidance of our expedition team to ensure an unforgettable journey.
  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event  
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  •  Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   
Highlights
  • Discover the less-visited gems of the magnificent fjords with the experts
  • Sail on our advanced hybrid-powered expedition ship
  • See the highlights of our traditional coastal voyage
  • Get the chance to visit North Cape 
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms Fridtjof Nansen
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Not Included: International flights, travel protection plan, luggage handling, optional excursions and gratuities.
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions.
  • All itineraries are subject to change.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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