Hurtigruten Summer: Norwegian Fjords & Midnight Sun
Daily departures June 1 – August 31
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Summer is a great time for exploring Norway’s coast and Geirangerfjord. The intense extended daylight above the Arctic Circle lasts around the clock, giving you more than enough time to discover the beautiful coastline. Join us on a choice of action-filled adventures under the Midnight Sun, such as our whale watching safari, RIB adventures or the sea eagle safari. Bask at your leisure in the perpetual daylight.
Take a 12-day roundtrip Bergen voyage, a 7-day Bergen-Kirkenes voyage or a 6-day Kirkenes-Bergen voyage on Hurtigruten. Each voyage both northbound and southbound calls at 34 ports! The ports visited during the day on the northbound voyage is called at during the night on the southbound cruise, and vice versa. The 12-day roundtrip Bergen voyage covers the 1,250-mile fjord coast of Norway.
Day 1 Embarkation in Bergen
Bergen is the bustling capital of Norway’s fjord district. If you arrive a few hours before departure, stroll around the old wooden buildings in the Bryggen Wharf, remnants of its Hanseatic past. Your journey begins in Bergen, a harbor town established by the Viking King Olav more than nine hundred years ago. It quickly became the center of Norway’s vibrant commercial trade, especially in dried cod, with northern Europe and the British Isles. By the late Middle Ages, the Hanseatic League had set up a trading post on the Bryggen waterfront. Some of those buildings with seaward-facing gables you’ll see along the wharf date back to the fourteenth century! You can board the Hurtigruten ship as early as 4pm. You sail from Bergen at 8pm.
Day 2 Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
When you awake, the ship will be crossing the open Stadthavet and heading for Torvik. En route, you’ll stop in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Alesund. From here we set course into the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you can see the beautiful Brudesloret, Friaren, and the Seven Sisters waterfalls. You can also enjoy a scenic excursion including a breath-taking drive down the winding Trollstigen Pass. After a call at Molde—its magnificent view of the Romsdal Alps made it a favorite vacation spot of Henrik Ibsen—the ship will carefully navigate the Hustadvika, a belt of islets and skerries, before docking at Kristiansund.
Optional shore excursions:
Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
Day 3 The Royal City of Trondheim
The ship arrives early this morning in ancient Trondheim, where you’ll have time to explore this jewel of a city, Norway’s first capital. Did you know that the first Viking sale of goods from “the new found land” took place here about 1000 AD? Timber from Liev Eriksson’s Vinland estate was sold to a Bremen merchant. Walk the charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet and the great gothic cathedral of Nidaros, where the new kings of old Norway once received their official blessing. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.
Day 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Crossing the Arctic Circle is one of the highlights before we arrive in Ørnes. The Arctic Circle marks the southern extremity of the polar, 24-hour sunlit day – often referred to as the “Midnight Sun”. In the evening we reach Svolvær, the picturesque capital of the Lofoten Islands. These islands are renowned for their small fishing villages with their Bohemian atmosphere, surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stock-fish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences.
Day 5 Tromsø, Gateway to the Arctic
During the night we pass the magnificent Trollfjord and sail through the spectacular and narrow Raftsund strait. Here, you can admire the rugged mountainous landscape jutting up against the horizon under the endless sun. You’ll pass the medieval Trondenes church before calling at Harstad for breakfast. Afterward, you’ll sail across the Vagsfjord past the great island of Senja with its diverse countryside of farmland, pine trees, and plunging peaks.We continue to Tromsø, a city with many lively restaurants and cafés. Tromso, the “Paris of the North.” In the 19th century, Russian, British, Dutch, and German ships called here before heading off on Arctic expeditions for hunting whales, walruses and seals.
Day 6 Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Today we arrive in Honningsvåg, the starting point of our optional excursion to the spectacular North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. From the fishing village of Kjøllefjord you can get a “Taste of Lapland” by meeting a Sámi family. Mehamn and Berlevag are pretty fishing villages. Finnmark’s landscape is austere in its beauty, teeming with wildlife. Watch for rookeries ofpuffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of orca hunting for herring.
Day 7 Kirkenes, the voyage turning point
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and the Sámi communities of Northern Scandinavia. After a few hours docked at Kirkenes, the ship will depart upon the southbound half of her voyage, calling during the day at ports passed at night on the trip northward.
Day 7 Kirkenes, the voyage back south
Summer in Kirkenes is superb with an average temperature of 14°C in July. The town is known as the Capital of the Barents Region and the Gateway to the East, with people here speaking Norwegian, Sámi, Finnish and Russian. As we turn south, the northbound ports previously visited by night are now seen by day. Crossing Varangerfjord, Norway’s only east-facing fjord and a fabled bird-watching site, you’ll arrive in Vardo, the easternmost point of the country. Next the ship will round the Varanger peninsula, where archaeologists excavated a community believed to date from 9000 BC. In the evening, the ship calls at Batsfjord, which also boasts the remains of a Stone Age settlement, and Berlevag. Look out for the Tanahorn mountain, which long ago was a Sami sacrifice site.
Day 8 Hammerfest and Tromsø
The ship arrives at Honningsvag in the early morning. Start the day with a summer breakfast at the North Cape Hall (optional excursion), firmly perched on the massive cliff marking the northernmost tip of mainland Europe. After calling at Havoysund, she will stop for 1 1/2 hours in Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town. Despite its remote location, it was the first Norwegian town to have electric street lighting and its own power station. She then heads south to Oksfjord, whose glacier calves directly into the sea. After crossing open water, the ship calls at the old trading post of Skjervoy. You’ll dock in Tromso just in time to savor its nightlife. In Tromsø, you can also take part in a very special musical experience, the Arctic Cathedral Midnight Concert.
Day 9 Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Passing through the Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates a stunning network of inlets and isles, before moving on to what is the highlight of the voyage for many, a possible detour into the spectacular and dramatic Trollfjord. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen have some of the most stunning scenery on this journey. Before your arrival, you’ll see the captain skillfully maneuver the ship through the shallow waters of the Risoyrenna Channel, where sand banks are visible through the green water on both sides of the channel. The ship will negotiate the narrow Raftsund Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord, before arriving in Svolvaer and Stamsund. Later, the ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodo. Perhaps join an optional excursion – – a fantastic RIB safari through the Lofoten Archipelago under the Midnight Sun!
Day 10 Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters
As we sail along the Helgeland coast you can enjoy views of myriad islets, fertile farmland and lush meadows. From Ornes, you’ll travel through crystalline waters and go by lush agricultural fields. Nearly every towering peak you’ll see is associated with a local legend. Crossing the Arctic Circle once again, you’ll pass the idyllic island of Sandnessjoen. On the approach to Bronnoysund, which you reach this afternoon, you’ll spy the mythical Seven Sisters Mountains. Make sure you’re on deck when the ship departs Bronnoysund—you’ll be impressed by the captain’s steady hand! Today’s last port of call will be Rorvik. The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be explored during our optional excursion.
Day 11 Trondheim and Kristiansund
We arrive in Trondheim in the early morning. Nidaros Cathedral, in which three Queens and seven Kings have been crowned, is Scandinavia’s largest medieval church and worth a visit. Also visit the restored Archbishop’s Residence. You’ll then sail out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord, past Hitra, island of deer, and lonely Grip. The town of Kristiansund, located on the scenic Atlantic Road, holds the rather obscure title of Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ owing to the nature of its main export. At day’s end, you’ll call at Molde, before arriving in Alesund late in the evening in time for a stroll on shore.
Day 12 Bergen, disembarkation
During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Maloy, and Floro. The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage is drawing to a close. Yet still ahead lies mile after mile of spectacular west Norway scenery: holly trees on Svanoy, the mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach to Bergen. Our arrival in Bergen sees the end of this magnificent summer journey.
Optional Shore Excursions:
Bergen City Sightseeing
Summer: June 1 – August 31
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Select June 2015 Sailings: 7-day Bergen-Kirkenes voyage
Inside Cabins from $1,989 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $2,439 per person based on double occupancy
Select June 2015 Sailings: 12-day Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen voyage
Inside Cabins from $2,965 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $3,818 per person based on double occupancy
Select July 2015 Sailings: 7-day Bergen-Kirkenes voyage
Inside Cabins from $1,840 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $2,252 per person based on double occupancy
Select July 2015 Sailings: 12-day Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen voyage
Inside Cabins from $2,618 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $3,374 per person based on double occupancy
Select August 2015 Sailings: 7-day Bergen-Kirkenes voyage
Inside Cabins from $1,680 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $2,009 per person based on double occupancy
Select August 2015 Sailings: 12-day Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen voyage
Inside Cabins from $2,215 per person based on double occupancy
Ocean view cabins (Cat. N) from $2,784 per person based on double occupancy
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Child discount: 25 percent
3/4 berth discount: 15 percent
Hurtigruten’s Ambassador repeater discount: 5 percent. Cruise Norway will give you an additional discount above and beyond Hurtigruten’s repeater discount!
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