Norwegian Discovery Cruise

Hurtigruten CruiseNorway


From $1,531 USD
January 1 - December 31, 2018
11 Days / 10 Nights

Norwegian Discovery cruise from Bergen, with highlights of the 12-day round-trip voyage, calling on same ports, but ending one day earlier in Trondheim.

Overview

Classic Norwegian Discovery from Bergen, with highlights of the 12-day voyage, visiting the same ports. A spectacular journey, but this voyage ends one day earlier in Trondheim, allowing you time to see Nidaros Cathedral. Enhance your journey with an extra day exploring Bergen, or fly into Oslo and take the Flåm Mountain rail to Bergen prior to your trip. After your trip, enjoy more time in Trondheim, or consider Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo.

Operation

January 1 - December 31, 2018

Departure

January 1 - December 31, 2018

Price

  • from $1,531 per person, inside cabin I, M/S Lofoten
  • April sailings
  • Other sailing rates please request

Included

  • 10 nights Hurtigruten cruise Bergen to Kirkenes
  • Voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Entrance fee to the Hurtigruten Museum

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Land arrangements
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers to/from ship
  • Gratuities
  • $25 handling fee

Please note

  • Cabins J, QJ and L have limited view
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability

Tour Options

  • 3-day extension Trondheim - Oslo (see day by day itinerary)
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Additional nights in Bergen
  • Norway in a Nutshell Tour, Oslo - Bergen / Bergen - Oslo

Day 1 EMBARKATION IN BERGEN (D)

Bergen is the bustling capital of Norway's fjord district. If you arrive a few hours before your Norwegian cruise's departure, stroll around the old wooden buildings in the Bryggen Wharf, remnants of its Hanseatic past. You begin your Norway travel expedition this evening as you embark on your Norwegian cruise. board the ship and enjoy the relaxed ambience of life on board and fabulous scenery surrounding you.

Day 2 MALØY - ÅLESUND - MOLDE - KRISTIANSUND (B, L, D)

Wake up to the breathtaking beauty of Norway as your ship crosses the open Stadthavet and heads for Torvik. Along the way your Norway travel will be enhanced with a stop in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. (Between April 15 and September 14, all ships call at Geiranger in the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the beautiful Brudesloret, Friaren, and the Seven Sisters waterfalls.) After a call at Molde with its magnificent view of the Romsdal Alps, your ship will carefully navigate the Hustadvika, a belt of islets and skerries, before docking at Kristiansund. Many shore excursions are available.

Day 3 TRONDHEIM - RØRVIK (B, L, D)

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. You'll have plenty of time to discover Trondheim's secrets as you walk its charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet. Don't miss the great Gothic cathedral of Nidaros, where the new kings of old Norway once received their official blessing. Once you sail again it's on to Rørvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet. A number of enriching optional shore excursions are available.

Day 4 ØRNES - BODØ - STAMSUND - SVOLVÆR (B, L, D)

Today you'll cross the Arctic Circle. Of course you can't actually see the line, but on your portside, the globe on the island of Vikingen serves as a marker. Prepare yourself for spectacular sites ahead including islands and skerries filled with majestic rock formations, whose origins are the stuff of legend. After Bodo, the ship heads out to open sea for the Lofoten Islands with their picturesque cabins on stilts and weathered wooden racks with drying cod. In the evening, your Norwegian cruise takes you through the narrow Raftsund Strait, passing the looming crags of the Trollfjord. Optional shore excursions are available.

Day 5 HARSTAD - FINNSNES - TROMSØ - SKJERVØY (B, L, D)

This morning 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. Later you'll stop at Tromsø, the "Paris of the North". In the 19th century, Russian, British, Dutch, and German ships stopped here before heading off on Arctic expeditions for hunting whales, walruses and seals. Optional shore excursions are available.

Day 6 - 7 HAMMERFEST - HONNINGSVÅG - BERLEVÅG - KIRKENES

Finnmark's landscape is austere in its beauty, teeming with wildlife. Watch for rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of orcas hunting for herring.

After calling at Honningsvåg, the capital of the North Cape, the ship heads east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevåg. On the seventh day, you'll arrive at Kirkenes, the journey's northern terminus and turning point. Optional shore excursions are available for both days.

Day 7 KIRKENES - VADØ - BÅTSFJORD - BERLEVÅG

This is where the 6-day Southbound voyage begins.
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. Crossing Varangerfjord, Norway's only east-facing fjord and a fabled bird-watching site, you'll arrive in Vardø, 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 Bøtsfjord, which also boasts the remains of a Stone Age settlement, and Berlevåg. Look out for the Tanahorn mountain, which long ago was a Sami sacrifice site.

Day 8 HONNINGSVÅG - HAMMERFEST - TROMSØ (B, L, D)

The ship arrives at Honningsvåg in the early morning. After calling at Havøysund, 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.

Your Norwegian cruise continues south to Øksfjord, whose glacier calves directly into the sea. After crossing open water, you will stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. You'll dock in Tromsø just in time to savor its nightlife. Optional shore excursions are available.

Day 9 HARSTAD - RISØYHAMN - SVOLVÆR - STAMSUND (B, L, D)

The island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen have some of the most stunning scenery you will see during this Norway travel adventure. Before your arrival, you'll see the captain skillfully maneuver the ship through the shallow waters of the Risøyrenna 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 Svolvær and Stamsund. Later, the ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodø. Optional shore excursions are available.

Day 10 ØRNES - NESNA - BRONNØYSUND - RØRVIK (B, L, D)

From Ornes, you'll travel through crystalline waters, filled with spawning cod from January to April, 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 Sandnessjøen.

On the approach to Bronnøysund, which you reach this afternoon, you'll spy the mythical Seven Sisters Mountains. Make sure you're on deck when the ship departs Bronnøysund - you'll be impressed by the captain's steady hand! Today's last port of call will be Rørvik.

Day 11 TRONDHEIM (B)

Arrive in Trondheim early, with time to visit Norway's largest medieval church, Nidaros Cathedral, and the restored Archbishop's Residence. We recommend you extend your stay in Trondheim.

RECOMMENDED EXTENSION, 3 days Trondheim - Oslo

Day 11 EXTENSION TRONDHEIM

Transfer from the ship to a centrally located hotel in Trondheim where you will stay one night. In the afternoon explore this medieval city, where most attractions are within walking distance of your hotel.

Day 12 - 13 TRONDHEIM - OSLO (B)

Leave Trondheim in the morning by train for Oslo. Arrive in Oslo mid–afternoon for a two night stay with time to discover this lively capital city.

Day 14 OSLO DEPARTURE (B)

Free time to explore Oslo, depending on your return flight.

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