Cultural Cruise – A Cruise of History, Music, and Art – Discovery (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Ship: Varies by Departure
Bergen, Norway to Kristiansund, Norway
Bergen, Norway
Hjeltefjord, Norway

Our expedition starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the High North. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Floro, Norway
Ålesund, Norway
Molde, Norway

Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. In autumn we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape give this fjord its special character.; Included cultural events: Organ concert: Church of Ålesund - Lecture: What Is Norwegian Culture?

Kristiansund, Norway
Trondheim, Norway
Rørvik, Norway

On this day you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral or a casual walk or bicycle ride through the Bakklandet district. On fall voyages you can join the trip to Munkholmen. This was an ancient place of execution before becoming a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. On fall voyages you will also learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the captain's talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

Bronnoysund, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway
Svolvær, Norway

After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fishcakes out on deck. You will also hear about the Battle of Trollfjord, which took place here in the winter of 1890.; Included cultural events: A guided art tour of your ship's artwork - Grieg concert onboard as we sail through the majestic Vestfjord featuring a piano and a soprano - Soprano and piano concert at Stormen, a cultural center and architectural masterpiece in Bodø - Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Stokmarknes, Norway
Tromso, Norway
Skjervøy, Norway

The ship continues to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog-sled ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquility of the area, join us on a kayaking excursion or participate on a mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.; Included cultural events: Lecture onboard: 17th of May Traditions. The 17th of May is Norway's 'birthday'. During this lecture you will learn about this very special Norwegian day and its traditions.

Øksfjord, Norway
Hammerfest, Norway
Havøysund, Norway
Honningsvåg, Norway
Finnkirka, Norway
Kjøllefjord, Norway
Berlevåg, Norway

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey toward the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world's most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the birdwatching safari during spring voyages to experience Finnmark's largest flock of puffins and a large number of kittiwakes. As the Hurtigruten ship continues north, we sail in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful scenery on our different excursions. On occassion, local fishermen visit us during our spring voyages to share their catch of the day (king crab and cod) with us out on deck.

Vadsø, Norway
Kirkenes, Norway
Vardø, Norway
Båtsfjord, Norway
Berlevåg, Norway

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. As the ship starts its voyage south, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of Arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. On the southbound voyage, the ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen during the day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø again, Norway's easternmost port. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.; Included cultural events: Lecture: Witch Process in Vardø - Morning concert with storytelling at Andersgrotta, Kirkenes - Excursion to the Witch Monument in Vardø - Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Mehamn, Norway
Honningsvåg, Norway
Hammerfest, Norway
Øksfjord, Norway
Skjervøy, Norway
Tromso, Norway

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn. On spring voyages, it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, onboard you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and a short introduction to Melkøya, the industrial island that holds the northernmost natural gas terminal. On fall voyages we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guide and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the Earth. Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world and has an important place in Norwegian polar history. We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord on spring voyages. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Or, a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs.; Included cultural events: Presentation on Norwegian traditions - Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Tromso, Norway
Harstad, Norway
Risøyrenna, Norway
Risøyhamn, Norway
Sortland, Norway
Stokmarknes, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway
Svolvær, Norway
Stamsund, Norway

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classics in Hurtigruten's excursion program: A Taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is only 23 feet deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sandbanks are visible through the clear green water. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only a little over a mile long and 328 feet wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits, the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.; Included cultural events: Concert in an old fish-oil tank in Vesterålen - Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

DAY 10
Bodo, Norway
Nesna, Norway
Sandnessjøen, Norway
Bronnoysund, Norway
Rørvik, Norway

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66° 33' N is an important 'rite of passage'. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 2,953 and 3,609 feet high, and it is easy to understand how these 'ladies' have inspired ancient myths. We make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. In Brønnøysund you can take the optional excursion village walk.

DAY 11
Trondheim, Norway
Kristiansund, Norway

Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Join the explorer team to discover even more of the city and its surroundings on explorer boat activities offered in summer. Back onboard, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 105 miles long and up to 16 miles wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 1,900 ft. As we sail along the coast, you realize the importance of fishing to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund's location has steadily provided the town with abundant opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway's "dried cod capital" because of its longtime export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway's most visited tourist destinations. It is five miles long, built on a total of eight bridges, and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea. You can also choose a sightseeing tour of Kristiansund, and visit Kvernes Stave Church on the nearby island of Averøy.

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