Fjord Highlights and the Viking Trail
Fjord Highlights and the Viking Trail– Norway, Arctic Ocean –12 days / 10 nights, Bergen - Hardangerfjord - Ulvik - Sognefjord - Balestrand - Gudvangen - Nordfjord - Shetland Islands - Orkney Islands - Faroe Islands - ReykjavikJoin the m/s Fram on a voyage in the wake of the Vikings from Norway to Iceland! Discover Norway's breathtaking fjords, including Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Nordfjord with their spectacular nature and picturesque villages before crossing the North Sea and heading into the wild beauty of the remote islands of the Shetlands and Orkneys. Our voyage then takes us to the Faroe Islands before coming to an end in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
Regular Rates, in USD per person, double occupancy, subject to change without notice.
|Operation||May 12 - May 23, 2015|
|Departure||May 12 - May 23, 2015|
|Price||from $5,333 per person, Inside cabin I
from $9,333 single, Inside cabin I
|Included||11 nights Hurtigruten Voyage
Cabin category of your choice
Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Wind and water proof jacket
Lectures by Expedition team
Polarcirkel boat landings
Activities on board and ashore
Free Tea and Coffee
|Not Included||International flights
Optional Shore Excursions
$25 service fee
|Please Note||All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions
All itineraries are subject to change
|Tour Options||Optional shore excursions|
m/s Fram Deck Plan
Pre/Post trip packages
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Day 1 EMBARKATION BERGEN Bergen is an international city with small-town charm, and is surrounded by seven mountains. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Bergen and enjoy the well-known and famous sites like Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary's Church, Bergen Harbour and the famous Fish and Flower market. Bergen was founded in 1070, and here the UNESCO World Heritage famous houses of "Bryggen", the colorful the wharf, are found.
Day 2 - 3 HARDANGER FJORD (B, L, D) Hardanger fjord with its 179 km is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest fjord in Norway. Hardanger has high mountains, deep fjords and colourful farms clinging to the hills. The area is especially known for its production of apples and in late spring the blooming of the trees colours the landscape. We will take you deep into the different fjord arms, and visit several places of interest to give you a close and personal encounter with the authentic life of the people living there.
Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship's Captain during the voyage. Below we list some of our possible landing sites, the final itinerary will be introduced during daily briefings.
Eidfjord is especially known for the waterfall Vøringfossen with a free fall of 182 meters. In Eidfjord you also find the visitors centre of the Hardangervidda National Park. When we call at Eidfjord, we offer an optional excursion that takes you up to the glacier where you can go dog-sledging, or you can stay in the village and explore its history and sights on our optional village walk.
Ullensvang is situated in Sørfjorden, and in this romantic and peaceful community you can find one of Norway's finest outdoor museums; Agatunet. This farmstead (Hamlet) holds 30 listed buildings dated from the middle ages up to modern times. We will make a landing in the village and arrange for an optional visit to Agatunet. If you prefer you may stroll round on your own and take in the peace and beauty of the inner Hardangerfjord area.
Ulvik is situated in the side arm "Ulvikfjord" of the inner Hardangerfjord. The Ulvik urban settlement has 661 inhabitants. The centre of the village, Brakanes, has a cinema as well as a few shops. Ulvik is especially known for its apple Cider and we hope to get some samples during our visit.
Day 4 - 5 SOGNEFJORD (B, L, D) Sognefjord is surrounded by some of the most dramatic and spectacular landscapes in Norway. Its outstanding beauty is derived from the narrow and steep-sided rock walls that rise up to 1400 meters directly from the sea level. Along the walls of the fjords are numerous waterfalls as well as small farms that add a cultural aspect to the dramatic natural landscape.
Undredal is a beautiful village famous for its small stave church and its white and brown goat cheese. Due to the all year round open shop and post office you will find a living village with meeting places and a social life. The Undredal stave church was built in 1147 and has its original interior with paintings on the walls and ceiling. The exterior is painted white and tells the story of a parish church in continuous use for almost 900 years. From Undredal you may enjoy and optional tour to the spectacular 20-kilometer Flåmsbana railway between Flåm and Myrdal, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world.
This small and picturesque village has drawn tourists since the latter half of the 19thcentury. With a unique cultural history and special architecture, Balestrand has heritage to protect and show to its visitors, like Kvikne's Hotel built in 1877 with an imposing façade built in the Swiss style, and in its many lounges you can see beautiful paintings by well-known artists.
Luster is located in the glacial mountains, and holds the natural beauty of waterfalls, peaks, lakes and woods. Here we find Urnes Stave Church dating back to the 1100's, which makes it the oldest in Norway. Urnes Stave Church is on the UNESCO list, and has its own unique style with its excellent carvings of very high quality.
Gudvangen is situated in the inner part of the famous Nærøyfjord. Nærøyfjord is 17km long and only 250 meters broad at its narrowest point. Hanging valleys, waterfalls and narrow canyons are dramatic features on the mountainsides. When we are in the village of Gudvangen, you may explore on your own, or you can join our Expedition Team on an optional hike along the old Postal Route of Nærøyfjord.
Day 6 NORDFJORD (B, L, D) Nordfjord is 110km long and stretches from the glaciers and all the way out to the sea. The area is well known for Norwegian outdoor enthusiasts and offers a broad variety of activities. We are planning to call in the village of Olden on our National day, and participate on the celebration together with the around 500 inhabitants. Afterwards our Expedition Team will arrange for some activity for those interested in working off some of the cake and hotdogs from the celebration.
Day 7 ATLØY - VÆRLANDET (B, L, D) This archipelago is the westernmost of Norway, situated North West of Bergen. We will attempt to make landings both in the morning and in the afternoon, taking you to some of the most interesting sites of the area. Our Expedition Leader Karin is planning to open her private boat house for us, so that you can get a deeper understanding of how her Grandfather made a life for himself and his family as a fisherman. In addition this area is has an interesting story from the Second World War; from here Shetlands Larsen operated the Shetland-bus escape route of refugees and agents. You will learn more about this story later during the voyage.
Day 8 SHETLAND ISLANDS (B, L, D) Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. It was founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, and fishery is still the main industry, in addition to ferry and oil. Today, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with services and amenities only found in much larger places on the British mainland. The old waterfront is thronged with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. In the surroundings we will find some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including EuropeÆs best-preserved broch and two remarkable Iron Age villages.
Day 9 ORKNEY ISLANDS (B, L, D) Kirkwall is the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands, situated off the coast of mainland Scotland and dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The first mention of a settlement is in a saga from 1046, and the name Kirkwall derives from Norse Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay). Today Kirkwall has a population of 8.500, and is one of the most attractive and well-preserved small towns in Scotland.
Day 10 FAROE ISLANDS (B, L, D) The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islands that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with 15.000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly, and is today the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.
Day 11 AT SEA (B, L, D) Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures while we set course towards Iceland.
Day 12 REYKJAVIK / ICELAND Reykjavik was once the first Viking settlement and is today the modern capital of Iceland. The surroundings offer fantastic spots of natural beauty; geysers, mountains, glaciers and the famous Blue Lagoon. We will be arriving Reykjavik in the morning, and we recommend you spend a time here to explore the town before you return home.