EXPEDITION CRUISE

Voyage South (6 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Kirkenes, Norway to Bergen, Norway
Dates: 20 Sep 2018 - 25 Sep 2018

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DAY 1
20 Sep 2018
Kirkenes, Norway
Vardø, Norway
Båtsfjord, Norway
Berlevåg, Norway

You emark in Kirkenes. At 30° East, Kirkenes is further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul. It is also Hurtigruten's turning point for the return trip sounthbound. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east. The Russian frontier is a just few miles away from Kirkenes. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. As a southbound cruise guests, many of our Kirkenes excursions will be available to you before departure. Please talk to a Customer Sales Center for more information. Depending on the season, there are many ways to visit the Russian border: travel by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remote region's remarkably rich history and heritage. Spending time in Kirkenes before your cruise provides the opportunity to take part in several adventurous activities into the Arctic outback. In winter, Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snowhotel, a base for several exciting excursions. You can also greet the reindeer that reside on the grounds. During spring, you can still enjoy winter activities and excursions, for example, exploring the Arctic wilderness on a snowmobile and driving over a frozen fjord. During the adventure, guides tell you all about the history of the Sámi people, the extreme Arctic climate, and the area's unique wildlife. On our dog-sled adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic tundra. You can also catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea. In summer, you can hike across mountainous terrain with your own husky companion. As the ship starts its cruise southward, you will enjoy lunch, and then view the surrounding Arctic landscape from our on deck or in the panorama lounge. In the afternoon, the ship docks at Vardø, Norway's easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. Onboard in spring, we show a presentation about shorebirds along the Nordic coastline. Heading west, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. Berlevåg is home to one of Norway's most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.

DAY 2
21 Sep 2018
Mehamn, Norway
Honningsvåg, Norway
Hammerfest, Norway
Øksfjord, Norway
Skjervøy, Norway
Tromso, Norway

In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps the mesmerizing northern lights in the clear, starry sky. At Honningsvåg, you can join a coach excursion that features breakfast at the North Cape, and discover hidden parts of Finnmark along the way. Before arriving in Hammerfest, you may want to enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short onboard introduction to nearby Melkøya – the world's northernmost natural gas terminal. In autumn, we invite you on deck to taste dried reindeer meat. The town of Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise, geographic measurement of the Earth. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm. We then continue south to Øksfjord. In winter, our crew teaches you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy, where Hurtigruten founder Richard With was born. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and where a local fisherman may visit and share fresh locally caught prawns. Then we dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Or, walk around the town and enjoy a local brew at one of the city's many friendly pubs. In summer, you can join the expedition team for explorer boat activities to discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings.

DAY 3
22 Sep 2018
Tromso, Norway
Harstad, Norway
Risøyrenna, Norway
Risøyhamn, Norway
Sortland, Norway
Stokmarknes, Norway
Trollfjord, Norway
Svolvær, Norway
Stamsund, Norway

This morning we arrive at Harstad, where you can participate in one of Hurtigruten's most classic excursions: A Taste of Vesterålen. On this tour you'll experience history, beautiful scenery, and a selection of breathtaking sights, including Trondenes Church, one of Norway's premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. Those who choose to stay onboard can admire views of this old church as we sail toward the Risøyrenna, a shallow, 23-foot-deep channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. Sandbanks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you see during the entire coastal cruise. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature, and small picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries, and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region's fishing heritage, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southward, it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but we end up slipping through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 12-mile passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 3,300 ft directly out of the sea. Then we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only one mile long and 330 ft wide, and surrounded by majestic mountains. If weather and time permit, the captain will make a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship's sides and the dramatic landscape conjures the imaginary land of trolls. Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle. Just north of the fjord, a smaller vessel awaits you to take you to see this magnificent bird up close on an optional sea eagle safari. To join the safari, you transfer to a smaller tour boat on the Trollfjord. To do this, the Hurtigruten ship must turn around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight and accomplishment in its own right! The eagle safari begins in earnest after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the birds dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey will circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to snatch and devour. Don't forget your camera! Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several optional excursions. Join our Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the archipelago's fishing communities, beautiful scenery, and local art. You can also join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of our high-octane excursions by RIB. Lofoten is known for its excellent fishing, and in winter you can join a fishing trip to try your luck catching cod. Or, take a guided fishing village walk that provides insight into the local history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.

DAY 4
23 Sep 2018
Bodo, Norway
Nesna, Norway
Sandnessjøen, Norway
Bronnoysund, Norway
Rørvik, Norway

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33'N is an important 'rite of passage'. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition: a spoonful of cod liver oil! Sailing along the Helgeland coast, we pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 850 ft above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 525 ft long, 115 ft high, and 65 ft wide, and was created during the Ice Age. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven peaks are between 2,800 and 3,600 ft high, and it is easy to understand how thid mountain range led to ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens slipped out. Vågakallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southward down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue the sisters. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. These 'trolls' became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is nearby and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the eider ducks, and how this tradition continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets. On another optional excursion between Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund you can experience an exciting blend of culture, nature, and architecture. Visit the museum at Alstahaug, which is dedicated to the life of Petter Dass (1647-1707), the foremost Norwegian poet of his generation. The museum consists of several buildings, the oldest being the old vicarage from the mid-1700s, are features continuous exhibitions. The museum, church, and graveyard are preserved and protected by the Norwegian Cultural Heritage.

DAY 5
24 Sep 2018
Trondheim, Norway
Kristiansund, Norway
Ålesund, 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 discover the importance of fishing to the Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund's location has steadily provided the town with abundant opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Today, Kristiansund is regarded as Norway's 'dried cod capital' because of its longtime export of salted, dried codfish. 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.

DAY 6
25 Sep 2018
Bergen, Norway

A few nautical miles south of Florø, we navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and admire superb views of this magnificent island-studded coastline. You disembark in Bergen, taking with you memories of a unique journey filled with unforgettable immersive experiences and authentic interactions with local people, diverse wildlife, and stunning nature. If you'd like to explore more of Norway, add on a few extra nights with our Land Adventures program, where you can see breathtaking fjords, explore steep mountain landscapes in Lofoten, take an extraordinary train ride, experience Norway's capital city Oslo, or discover the jewel in the crown of Arctic Norway: Svalbard. We highly recommend staying a couple of nights in one of our featured cities and regions (Kirkenes, Tromsø, Lofoten, Bergen, Oslo, or Longyearbyen) to experience even more Norwegian cuisine, culture, and scenery. All accommodations are especially selected to offer the best and most authentic Norwegian experience.

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About the Ship

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the island in the Svalbard archipelago, known as the Arctic crown of Norway. Joining the fleet in 2016, her maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, bringing Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature.

What's Included

Included

  • Expedition jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Use of Muck® Boot rubber boots

  • Meals and Select Beverages

Not Included

  • Flights to/from the US

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions of this contract apply to the sea passage as well as to all other products or services of any kind whatsoever provided for or arranged by Hurtigruten AS, their agents or independent contractors. These terms and conditions represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between Hurtigruten AS and the customer. These pro-visions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing signed by the president of Hurtigruten AS.The transports of passengers, baggage and vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Act no. 39 of 24 June 1994 Norwegian Maritime Code, as amended (‘Norwegian Maritime Code’), and package tours are subject to the provisions of the Act no. 57 of 25 August 1995 Relating to Package Tours (‘Package Tours Act’). Copies of the Norwegian Maritime Code and the Package Tours Acts, in Norwegian and in English, are on file with Hurtigruten AS and available upon request. The terms and conditions of this contract are drawn up in accord ance with the Norwegian Maritime Code, Package Tours Act, and the regulations laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. However, in case of conflict between this contract and the Norwegian Maritime Code or Package Tours Act, this contract shall take precedence.

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Bergen, Norway - 25 Sep 2018

Offered by: Exeter International
Location: Bergen, Norway
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Shore Excursion - Bergen, Norway

This morning your guide will meet you on the pier after your ship has cleared customs. Founded more than 900 years ago, the city is nestled between seven hills and bordered to the north and west by numerous islands and hairline fjords, providing a truly spectacular setting!

Today, your guide will introduce you to the charming town of Bergen. Your walk will bring you to Old Bryggen, the original settlement of Bergen. Here just ten of the original gabled houses on the harbor still stand. The Hanseatic Museum showcases a merchants’ home, providing a great example of how they lived in worked in the 1700’s.

Also in this area is the Bryggens Museum. The Museum showcases excavations of archaeological discoveries that were unearthed in 1955 after a fire. Displays date back to the 14th century. The Museum is built over the site of the original settlement of Bryggen. Some of the artifacts have been left in their original found location with glass walkways created over top for viewing.

The fish market is a few steps away and can be quite lively with locals. This is the place to sample different types of fish and meats. Try to taste the difference between wild or farmed salmon or maybe sample some reindeer sausage.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: Bergen, Norway
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Bergen Highlights
Get to know Bergen with a driving tour of the city’s highlights. You will see the wharf area, Bryggen, the fortress, city park, St. Mary’s Church and more!

You will then drive south of the city center, past the Royal Residence and the Old Hill, before arriving at Troldhaugen, the residence of the composer Edvard Grieg.

Following a guided tour of the villa, your tour continues on to the stave church at Fantoft. The old church was originally built in the area of the Sognefjord, moved to Fantoft in 1883, and destroyed by arson in 1992. Reconstruction of an exact copy of the church was promptly initiated, and completed in 1997. There is a short walk on a foot path to the church.

Back in the city center, your driving tour will end at the lower station of the Funicular, which you will board for an exciting 6-7 minute ride up to the top of Mount Fløien. There your guide will point out the main places of interest from this magnificent vantage point over the city and surrounding area.

Departures:
10:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- The cost of lunch is not included. Lunch at a restaurant begins at NOK 350 (approximately USD $65.00).
- Everyone must pre-purchase entrance fees for the museums.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes as part of this tour is conducted on foot.
- You will have a vehicle for 3 hours and the rest will be walking.

Offered by: Delta of Scandinavia - Denmark
Location: Bergen, Norway
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Bergen tour 5 hours

The city of Bergen is a wonderful place full of history, culture, incredible nature and modern Nordic cuisine. There is lots to see and experience, amongst others is the area of Bryggen a really nice place to see medieval buildings and sights all around. Visiting Fløibanan will give you a great look all over the city and surroundings. The nature here is truely fantastic.

From here you will go on a trip to Troldhaugen, to visit the cabin of the composer Edvard Greig.

On the way back to Bergen we will take a stop at Fantoft to visit Fantoft Stave Church. The churhes in Norway are incredible, build in wood and not like any other churches in the world. This is really worth a look.

Offered by: Delta of Scandinavia - Sweden
Location: Bergen, Norway
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing • Wildlife & Nature
Bergen Highlights - 5 hours

The city of Bergen is a wonderful place full of history, culture, incredible nature and modern Nordic gourmet food. There is lots to see and experience, amongst others is the area of Bryggen a really nice place to see medieval buildings and sights all around. Visiting Fløi will give you a great look all over the city and surroundings. The nature here is truely fantastic.

From here you will go on a trip to Troldhaugen, to visit the cabin of the composer Edvard Greig.

On the way back to Bergen we will take a stop at Fantoft to visit Fantoft Stave Church. The churhes in Norway are incredible, build in wood and not like any other churches in the world. This is really worth a look.

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