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Norway: The Classic Voyage

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Trip Length: 12 Days/ 11 Nights

Prices from: $1,654 pp/do*

Ships: Coastal Voyages
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The 12-day Classic Voyage is the ultimate in exploring the 1500 mile coastline of Norway!

Norwegian 12 Day Cruise
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With 12 ships, there’s one leaving Kirkenes almost every day of the year. Two factors will help you choose: Season and Voyage Style. To help you choose which season would fit you best:

Spring and the Arctic Awakening

Spring has the most options for shore excursions. In the north, it may still be very winter-like in climate as the season changes more slowly. In the south, you’ll play in the spring and almost summer climate! Its also the perfect season for fresh Lyngenfjord shrimp!

Summer and the Midnight Sun

When you’re above the Arctic Circle, enjoy 24-hours of daylight! (Don’t worry – your cabins have blackout shades.) Since the thawing has happened, you’ll be able to more easily cruise into the fjords and even participate in more adventurous activities like kayaking or going on safaris in search of whales or sea eagles!

Fall and the Autumn Gold

Taste the harvest of Norway! Indulge in unique flavors like cloudberries or reindeer meat. Listen to Norwegian folk music and spend time exploring the culture of the old ways.

Winter and Hunting the Light

This is your best season for experiencing the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights! Watch the king crab fishers bring in their catch in the Barents Sea. Maybe book yourself a snowmobiling or husky sled trip over the arctic snow!

 

Which Voyage Style is right for you?

Classic Style Voyages

This is Hurtigruten’s traditional Norway experience. Your English-speaking team will introduce you to the people and culture of Norway, with opportunities to customize your sightseeing experience and activities for all levels.

Expedition Style Voyages

This includes everything from the Classic Style Voyages, but taken to the next step. Three of Hurtigruten’s ships (the MS Nordkapp, MS Nordnorge, and MS Nordlys) will be devoted to these new voyages for 2016 for 6-, 7-, 11-, and 12-day itineraries. Expedition means you’ll have additional opportunities to more actively explore the coast and to interact with the people of Norway. The onboard Expedition Team will lead daily adventures in the Arctic wilderness.

Vintage Era Voyages

Board the MS Lofoten for 60’s era charm and nostalgia. The oldest ship in the Hurtigruten fleet, the MS Lofoten was launched in 1964. She has been restored to bring to life her prime, and reflect the atmosphere of the era. The cabins are simple, but comfortable. Often a customer favorite, you’ll enjoy the authentic experience of these voyages. Your Vintage Voyage will be enhanced by traditional Norwegian activities, like fishing from the deck, ice swimming, trivia and a hat parade! The 60’s era menu may be the best part for many passengers: sherry or aperitifs before dinner, served from silver platters, and all local cuisine from the very ports you’re visiting.

 

 

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Daily ItineraryNorway Map

Day 1 – Embark in Bergen

Board your ship in Bergen, the southern-most port on the ferry route.

Day 2 – Ålesund and the fjords

Spend the morning in the picturesque city of Ålesund!

Day 3 – The Royal City of Trondheim

The long history of the amazing city of Trondheim is yours to explore. It’s the third most-populous city in Norway, but retains much of its historical charm. Founded in 997, Trondheim was the capital of Norway until 1217.

Day 4 – Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Officially cross the boundary line of the Arctic Circle! Cruise through the Lofoten Islands, and visit the modern town of Bodø.

Day 5 – Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic

Spend four hours of the afternoon in the capital of Arctic Norway. The Sami people were the first to live in the area, until the Vikings began migrating to the area in the 9th century. Most of the city is on a small island, connected to the mainland by bridge and tunnel.

Day 6 – Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Enjoy a few hours exploring the region that’s been inhabited for more than 10,000 years!

Day 7 – Turning Back in Kirkenes

Kirkenes is 240 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The majority of inhabitants are of Norwegian background, with some immigrants from Finland, Russia and the indigenous Sami people.

Day 8 – Hammerfest and TromsøNorway 2013 "Hunting the Light"

Hammerfest is the world’s northernmost town and the first major port-of-call for the coastal voyage south. The ship will stay in Hammerfest approximately two hours. Then short stops in Øksfjord and Skjervøy before an almost two hour stop in Tromsø.

Day 9 – Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

Cruise through the Lofoten Islands. Get your cameras ready as you maneuver through inlets and isles.

Day 10 – Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters

Cross out of the Arctic Circle. Watch for the Seven Sisters mountain range (above), and Torghatten, the mountain with a hole (a natural tunnel through the center).

Day 11 – Trondheim and Kristiansund

The ship will spend most of the morning in the medieval city of Trondheim – which you’ll need to explore this large city! Book one of the ship’s shore excursions to the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral, a national monument that began construction in 1070. You can also visit the royal residence of “Stiftsgården.”

Day 12 – Disembark in Bergen

Transfer to the airport, or talk to your agent about booking the train to Oslo and spending an extra couple days in the capital!

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