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- Early Spring 2021
12 days - Expedition voyage along Norwegian coast from Bergen to Bergen
Experience an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to lovely Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape. Enjoy exciting winter activities under snow-clad peaks and skies that shift from brilliant blue to all colours of the rainbow. As we sail south to Bergen, enjoy the melting snow, powerful waterfalls, and the season’s first wildflowers on this unforgettable journey.
Itineraries for Winter and Summer vary slightly from the Spring program detailed here.
- Explore Norway’s famed coast during its most beautiful winter season
- Enjoy exciting winter activities in the far north
- Visit fascinating coastal cities and snow-dusted remote villages
- Benefit from cruising with the true Norway experts
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Ålesund - Half day
- Day 3
- Brønnøysund - Half day
- Day 4
- Reine and Svolvær - Full day
- Day 5
- Tromsø - Full day
- Day 6
- Honningsvåg - Full day
- Day 7
- Alta - Half day
- Day 8
- Narvik - Half day
- Day 9
- Sandnessjøen - Half day
- Day 10
- Kristiansund and Molde
- Day 11
- Fjærland - Half day
- Day 12
- Start/End Place
- Bergen, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 12 Days
Sail with newly refurbished ships MS Eirik Raude or MS Otto Sverdrup.
- 11‐night expedition voyage in cabin of your choice.
- All meals including beverages(beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants).
- A rich programme of included activities.
- Professional English‐ and German‐speaking Expedition Team.
- Complimentary wind‐and‐water resistant jacket.
- In‐depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture.
- Free Wi‐Fi on board for all guests.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
Day 1 - Bergen
Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen - a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. You sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.
Spend the rest of the evening getting to know the Expedition Team and fellow passengers, relaxing in the lounge, or soaking in the hot tub on deck.
Day 2 - Ålesund - Half day
Today the ship docks in Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. Today’s included activity is visiting the Norwegian Aquarium. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund’s architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals and penguins.
You can also join other interesting optional excursions.
Day 3 - Brønnøysund - Half day
Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline and is known for the dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its centre.
You can join local guides here on an included walk around town, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century. Brønnøysund is also known as the gateway to Vega Islands – a treasured UNESCO-listed archipelago.
As you leave Brønnøysund, you will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. In the evening, you sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.
Day 4 - Reine and Svolvær - Full day
Lofoten´s dramatic snowy peaks, hidden coves and pristine beaches are world famous. It is also known for excellent fishing and picturesque villages.
You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea. You dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Join on an included excursion to the time-honoured fishing village of Å to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum.
After a lovely morning in Reine, you sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. After departing Lofoten, you sail to incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so you will marvel at this unique natural wonder from its entrance.
Day 5 - Tromsø - Full day
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland with plenty of adventure, Tromsø is the perfect destination. Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen Cable Car, taking in breathtaking views across the city, mountains and fjords, and possibly, the Northern Lights.
You also can join in other optional excursions like nature hikes with our Expedition Team, fjord boat trips and scenic bus rides.
Day 6 - Honningsvåg - Full day
Today you dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg - the gateway to spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads back south.
You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand at the edge of the 300 m high cliff gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape Hall.
Day 7 - Alta - Half day
This is a perfect outdoor adventure destination, combining a wide range of winter activities with a personal, non-touristy vibe. You may join several optional excursions, like visiting a Sami family and an ice hotel or going dog-sledging.
Day 8 - Narvik - Half day
Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car to a mountain summit for breathtaking views and good alpine and cross-country skiing! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox and other Arctic animals.
Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik is as rich in nature as it is in history.
Day 9 - Sandnessjøen - Half day
As you approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvellous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen's main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.
Today you are invited to learn more about the Vikings with a visit to Sandnes, the ancient homestead of one of Northern Norway’s most powerful chieftains. Hear fascinating stories about the Viking Age and leaders like Sigrid of Sandnes, one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Viking Sagas.
Day 10 - Kristiansund and Molde
Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Today’s included activity is a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 8.2 km long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.
Day 11 - Fjærland - Half day
This morning, you sail into Norway’s longest fjord, scenic Sognefjorden. You cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants - a delightful place for a stroll.
Day 12 - Bergen
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen.
- FROM Price per person, twin share in an outside cabin. Please be aware that the cabins are subject to availability and the prices subject to change.
- Departure dates
2021: 07, 12, 18, 23, 29 Mar; 03, 09, 14, 20, 25 Apr
2022: 05, 10, 16, 21, 27 Mar
27 Mar 2022