Visit: Bergen; Ålesund; Royal City of Trondheim; Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands; Tromso; Honningsvåg and the North Cape; Kirkenes|
Sightseeing: Optional shore excursions |
Sail on The Voyage North,” MS FINNMARKEN” This voyage sails the iconic Norwegian coastline’s sheltered waters from Bergen towards the border town of kirkenes. En route you will experience the wonders of the polar north. In winter the light along the Norwegian coast is at its most beautiful. The sun lies low on the horizon and for weeks, and north of the Arctic Circle, it disappears completely. This creates a fascinating luminescence, with the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – at their most magical.
Day 01: Embarkation in Bergen (22:30 Hrs)
Our journey starts in Bergen. As we make our way north, you have the chance to enjoy interesting presentations and activities. Many of these activities happen out on deck or on land, so you get the chance to feel the crisp and fresh air. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of life on board and the opportunity to meet fellow passengers as you take in the spectacular winter landscapes. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 02: Arrive Ålesund (12:00 Hrs)
We navigate through the skerries and islands further north before reaching the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund. We recommend the excursion to Mount Aksla for a perfect winter panoramic view. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 03: Arrive The Royal City of Trondheim (06:00 Hrs)
Trondheim was Norway’s first capital. The storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts are a colourful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter. Overnight on Board (B, L, D)
Day 04: Arrive Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands (21:00 Hrs)
As we cross the Arctic Circle the hunt for the Arctic light begins. This occasion is marked with an Arctic Circle baptism on deck. You have the chance to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and to experience an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast. Later we enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund. If the weather and ice conditions allow it, we also sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord, where you can enjoy freshly made fish cakes on deck. Overnight on Board. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Arrive Tromsø, the Gateway to The Arctic (14.30 Hrs)
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, we continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø. Perhaps take part in a polar dog sledging excursion or a trip to Polaria. As we sail along the coast there is a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. We gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon. Overnight on Board. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Arrive Honningsvåg and the North Cape (11.15 Hrs)
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape. An excursion to this breathtaking site puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Join the presentation of the Sámi culture and history in pictures, words and music. Later on we pass a rock formation that is sacred to the Sámi people, Finnkirka. Enjoy the spectacular lighting on this famous rock. At the next port, Kjøllefjord you can join a snowmobile trip to Mehamn (*Available from 1 March), where you might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Kirkenes, The Voyage Turning (09:00 Hrs)
The turning point of our Coastal Voyage is just 10 kilometres from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snow Hotel and the base for several exciting excursions, including dog sledging and King Crab fishing. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums, recounting the history and heritage of this remote frontier. The polar nights extend from 21 November to 21 January. It is not completely dark during this time; the light and colour in the sky are amazing when the weather is favourable. (B)
- Ship board accommodation for 6 nights on ‘Ms FINNMARKEN SHIP’.
- All taxes, port handling charges
- Ocean transportation.
- Meals on board the ship
- Onboard entertainment except those on chargeable basis.
- International air fare with taxes,
- Travel insurance
- Shore & land excursions
- Lunch whilst on day excursions
- Tips and Porterage,
- Euro 135 per person as onboard credit
- Speciality restaurant fees.
- Medical services
- All expenses of personal nature
- Any service not part of the inclusions list