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    11 days - Hurtigruten Voyage, stopping longer in Lofoten and Tromsø

    Our new range, Norwegian Coast, comes from the heart. With pride, we offer independent itineraries exploring secret coastal gems. These tours utilise the coastal ferries, regional trains and express boats to get around.

    This tour includes the voyage from Bergen on the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage including visits to Ålesund, Geirangerfjord, Trondheim and Saltstraumen. You then leave your Hurtigruten ship to spend longer in the unmissable Lofoten Archipelago. A local express ferry will get you to Tromsø.

    The Lofoten Islands is a secret gem in the Northern part of Norway. Laid out against summer greens and yellows, Lofoten's razor-sharp peaks poke dark against a clear, cobalt sky. In the pure, exhilarating air, there’s a constant tang of salt and, in the villages, more than a whiff of cod, that giant of the seas whose annual migration brings wealth. Its a dream for hikers, fishermen and all nature lovers.

    The archipelago offers a number of activities, such as walking, cycling, diving, excursions by hire car, sea safaris and much more. Lofoten is one of our favourite destinations along the long Norwegian coast.

    The world's most stunning voyage and archipelago is waiting for you!

    Day 1
    Arrive Bergen
    Day 2
    Explore Bergen - hiking, galleries, museums and fjords
    Day 3
    The Coastal Voyage begins
    Day 4
    Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
    Day 5
    The Royal City of Trondheim and then thousands of islands towards Rørvik.
    Day 6
    Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
    Days 7 - 8
    The Magical Lofoten - self-drive and explore these islands to the fullest!
    Day 9
    Drop off car and then transfer to Harstad
    Day 10
    Explore Tromsø, the capital of Arctic
    Day 11
    Departure day
    Start Place
    Bergen, Norway
    End Place
    Tromsø, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    11 Days
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    NCLT01

    Details

    Transportation

    Norwegian Coastal Voyage, local express ferries along the Norwegian coast & car hire 3 days

    Included
    • 3 nights twin outside cabin with private facilities aboardHurtigruten ship
    • 3 nights in self contained rorbu with kitchen, ensuite and facilities (breakfast, linen and end cleaning included)
    • 4 nights superior centrally located hotel accommodation in Bergen & Tromsø, shared double/twin room with private facilities
    • Bergen Card 24 hours
    • Transfers from Svolvær to your Lofoten accommodation
    • Sea Eagle RIB safari in Trollfjord
    • Car hire 3 days, category C, manual
    • Express boat to Tromsø
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us.

    Single supplement available.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Bergen

    Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

    Included is a Bergen card valid for 24 hours, which gives you free entrance to the cities museums, free public transportation, free parking and so much more.

    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral

    Day 2 - Explore Bergen - hiking, galleries, museums and fjords

    After a leisurely breakfast on the harbour, it is time to explore the historical centre of Bergen where you'll be transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia. The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years.

    An option today can be to add a day fjord tour.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel Admiral
    Restaurants
    Cornelius Fish Restaurant
    Optional Add Ons
    Fjord Tour with White Lady

    Day 3 - The Coastal Voyage begins

    You have the morning and early afternoon free before boarding your Hurtigruten ship. Find out more about travelling on the Hurtigruten ship here.

    Representative Service in Norway

    Hurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 6905
    24-Hour Emergency number +61 280 695 866

    Getting to your ship:

    Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. This is not far from our hotel. Telephone +47 5554 3631. Please ask us about the Hurtigruten transfer shuttle.

    Embarkation:

    The terminal is staffed from 13:00 (1pm) and is open from 15:00 (3pm) for baggage check-in. If you are in the harbour, you can watch as your ship arrives from the north and passengers disembark around 2pm.

    Embarkation takes place from 16:00 (4pm) and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00 (6pm). Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00 (6pm). There are no restaurant facilities (there is a simple cafe) in the terminal should you arrive early to the terminal. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.

    Your ship departs at 20:00 (8pm).

    An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and includes details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The Tour Leader on board will assist with general information and the shore excursion programme.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten Norway

    Day 4 - Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

    Ports visited today: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde.

    Your ship navigates the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top! In the summer months, the next destination will be the spectacular UNE SCO-listed Geirangerfjord. En route to the end of this beautiful fjord you pass sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls.

    In autumn, you will explore the Hjørundfjord, amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character.

    Note: Geirangerfjord is not able to be entered during winter. This fjord is substituted for Hjørundfjord.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hurtigruten Norway
    Optional Add Ons
    2B Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    2C & 2E Ålesund Art Nouveau Walk
    2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
    2F A Taste of Norway in Hjørundfjord
    2G Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
    2H Hike with a visit to a Shieling
    2J Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund

    Day 5 - The Royal City of Trondheim and then thousands of islands towards Rørvik.

    Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.

    When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Gamle Bybrua (“Old Town Bridge”). Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between1070 and 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop’s Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In Trondheim itself, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as the Rococo-style Stiftsgården, the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim. New optional activities will have you kayaking on the river Nid and into the city's smaller channels or during winter time, you have the opportunity to try typical Norwegian winter activities such as skiing, tobogganing and sledding.

    You then set a course for the northwest, past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. In autumn, you will learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain's talk. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship will arrive at charming Rørvik.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Optional Add Ons
    3A Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    3B Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    3H Cycling in Trondheim
    3G Kayaking on the River Nid
    3D Trondheim City Walk
    3I The Northernmost tramride in the world

    Day 6 - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

    Ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær.

    This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes, you pass a globe on a small islet, which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle marks the border of the the Arctic reiong. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the 'Midnight Sun'. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chance of experiencing the Northern Lights.

    Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down your front or back, but is entirely optional. This ceremony is tremendous fun to watch on the deck.

    In the afternoon, your ship gradually closes in on the 3,280 feet high Lofoten Wall towering above the tiny and colourful fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. This is an extraordinary place to disembark and take a stroll.

    These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences. The Lofoten Islands are a truly extraordinary experience.

    Depart ship and transfer to your traditional self-catering fishing cabin over the water. Between Sept - Dec, cast your eyes skywards in the evening for a chance to see the Northern Lights.

    NOTE: The Hurtigruten ferry arrives into Svolvær, at 21:00. You will however, need to check-out from your cabin at 12:00. You may be able to keep the cabin for an extra cost, but this can not be pre-booked, and will depend on the availability. Luggage storage at reception.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Optional Add Ons
    4A Svartisen Glacier in Ørnes
    4B Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)
    4D Rib-Safari to Saltstraumen
    4C Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen

    Days 7 - 8 - The Magical Lofoten - self-drive and explore these islands to the fullest!

    Enjoy three full days centrally located within the stunningly beautiful Lofoten Archipelago. The Lofoten Islands offer some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country with towering, pointed mountain peaks rising majestically from the sea to a height of almost 1000 metres. Many of the island interiors are swathed in emerald greens, and the shorelines are fringed with white sandy beaches.

    The only included activity (only summer) is a 'not to be missed' spectacular Trollfjord RIB Safari. You will get a good understanding of the marine life in the near surroundings of Svolvær.

    We have also included 3 days of car hire which allows you to explore the islands at your own pace. GPS is not included (but roads are pretty straightforward, mostly following the coastline).

    Our recommended excursions are;

    • Rent a bike and pedal your way through the Archipelago (summer)
    • Visit to the impressive Lofotr Viking Museum (all year)
    • Kayaks provide a fantastic opportunity to explore all of Lofotens small and large islands, islets and reefs (all year)
    • Join an Ocean rafting trip in a rib boat (all year)
    • Diving or Snorkelling in the region (all year)
    • Join a traditional fishing boat and try your luck (all year, but best February to April)
    • Just laze around your Rorbu and enjoy the exotic smell of dried cod (all year)
    • Northern Lights viewing between September - March. TheAurora Jäger touris a good option.

    Trekking along some of the well marked paths (all year, except when too much snow)

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Accommodation
    Svinøya Rorbuer

    Day 9 - Drop off car and then transfer to Harstad

    This morning, you will drive to Harstad and drop off your car. Taxi down to the port and catch the morning ferry to Tromsø. The ferry is 3 hours and weaves through islands and around the picturesque coastline.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge

    Day 10 - Explore Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

    Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Tromsø is often called "Paris of the North" and "City of Lights", and it is rare to have such a lively town located so far past the Arctic Circle. Mountains, fjords and islands surround it, making it a great base for exploring the landscape.

    Ask us for information about guided walking tours including a visit to the Polar Museum, dog sledding through the beautiful winter landscape, guided northern light tours and other possible activities.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Hotel The Edge

    Day 11 - Departure day

    Our services end after breakfast.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price per person. Please note Hurtigruten prices may fluctuate daily.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Sep 2018
    31 Dec 2018
    1 Sep 2018
    31 Dec 2018
    EUR 2,357
    Available
    Standard
    1 Jan 2019
    31 Mar 2019
    1 Jan 2019
    31 Mar 2019
    EUR 2,202
    On request
    Standard
    1 Apr 2019
    14 May 2019
    1 Apr 2019
    14 May 2019
    EUR 2,329
    On request
    Standard
    15 May 2019
    31 Aug 2019
    15 May 2019
    31 Aug 2019
    EUR 2,662
    On request
    Standard
    1 Sep 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    1 Sep 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    EUR 2,385
    On request
    Standard
    1 Oct 2019
    20 Dec 2019
    1 Oct 2019
    20 Dec 2019
    EUR 2,196
    On request
    Standard

    Important Information

    This tour is primarily designed for summer, but the Lofoten Archipelago is just as beautiful in winter. Staying a week over winter is a great way to see the Northern Lights. Please note that November can be a stormy and wild month to visit this region.

    This tour suits families with a self-catering kitchen, easy access to nature and fun activities for kids. Pre-booked adventures such as the Trollfjord RIB safaris sit together with simple family excursions along the beach make for a relaxing and beautiful family holiday.

    Driving in Norway during the peak season (July - early August):

    Europeans love driving in Norway and during the summer months, the more popular tourist roads becomes crowded with European vans. This can slow the roads down, as it can be difficult to pass these vans. Norwegian country roads are often quite narrow. Having said this, these roads are incredibly scenic and have lots of picnic & photo spots.

    If you are going to be using ferries during your drive, depending on the size of the ferry, this might involve a wait to get on. The ferries are reliable and regular but you may need to arrive early to secure a spot in the line. On some of the ferries, we suggest considering catching a ferry outside of the peak times. Your accommodation hosts can help with suggestions for your following days travel with the most up to date local information.

    We have not included the GPS hire in Lofoten as it is easy to get around and is an expensive option. It can be included if you wish.

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