Hurtigruten – On The Cusp Of Spring

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From $4,762 USD
March 7 - April 25, 2021
12 Days / 11 Nights

Norway & North Cape-On the Cusp of Spring, 12-days from Bergen on an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape.

Overview

Norway & North Cape - On the Cusp of Spring, sail 12 days from Bergen on an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape. Enjoy exciting winter activities under snow-clad peaks and a sky that shifts from brilliant blue to all the colors of the rainbow. Perhaps you are lucky to see the magical Northern Lights. As we sail south to Bergen, enjoy waterfalls fed by melting snow, and the season’s first wildflowers.

Operation

March 7 - April 25, 2021

Departure

March 7 | Mar 12 | Mar 18 | Mar 23 | Mar 29 | Apr 3 | Apr 9 | Apr 14 | Apr 20 | Apr 25, 2021

Price

  • from $4,762 per person, Polar Inside
  • from $5,000 per person, Polar Outside
  • from $5,714 per person, Outside Cabin, decks 4 and 6
  • from $5,476 per person, Outside Cabin, deck 4
  • from $5,000 per person, Outside Cabin, decks 6 and 7, limited/no view
  • from $5,809 per person, Arctic Superior, deck 6
  • from $9,666 per person, Expedition Suites, deck 8
    Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability

Included

  • 11 nights Hurtigruten cruise Bergen-Honningsvag-Bergen
  • Voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • A rich program of included activities
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of spikes, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
    In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, and/or culture
  • Explorer Science Program
  • Introductory photo lecture, camera adjustment, and tips & tricks
  • Expedition Logbook after your voyage
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Free Wi-Fi on board for all guests
    however, be aware that we may sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.)
  • A farewell event
  • No gratuities expected

Not Included

  • International flights / taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers to/from ship
  • Alcoholic beverages

Please note

  • All rates are in USD per person based on double occupancy.  Not all categories are available for all departures.
  • Rates include cruise transportation, stateroom accommodations, three meals daily, cruise taxes, and port charges.
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.
  • Single cabin pricing available on request.
  • Hurtigruten reserves the right to decline the sale of a cabin for less than its stated occupancy.
  • All prices are subject to availability and change without notice.

Tour Options

Oslo - Bergen / Bergen - Oslo

Practical information
On board information

Included Excursions in Your Expedition:
Day 2: Ålesund - Visit the Norwegian Aquarium
Day 3: Brønnøysund - Historic town walk
Day 4: Reine and Svolvær - Community visit to Å
Day 5: Tromsø - Fjellheisen cable car ride
Day 6: Honningsvåg - The North Cape
Day 7: Alta - Visit the interactive Northern Lights Exhibition in the Northern Light Cathedral
Day 8: Narvik - Visit the War museum
Day 9: Sandnessjøen - Viking Experience Center
Day 10: Molde and Kristiandsund - The Atlantic Road
Day 11: Fjærland - Glacier visit and museum

Day 1 Bergen
Day 2 Ålesund
Day 3 Brønnøysund
Day 4 Reine and Svolvær
Day 5 Tromsø
Day 6 Honningsvåg
Day 7 Alta
Day 8 Narvik
Day 9 Sandnessjøen
Day 10 Kristiansund and Molde
Day 11 Fjærland
Day 12 Bergen

Day 1 BERGEN

The Journey Begins at the Gateway to the Fjords
Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen - a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. The ideal way to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords is by foot. Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and retains much of its character, charm, and history. Stroll in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

Take the cable car to the top of Mount Fløyen to soak in the sweeping views of the city, fjords, islands, and the distant North Sea. Back in town, spend some time in Bergen's many cafés and restaurants, or visit the famous Fish Market.

After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. We sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.

Spend the rest of the evening getting to know the expedition team and fellow passengers, relaxing in the lounge, or soaking in the hot tub on deck.

Time in Port:
Bergen 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm, all year

Day 2 ART NOUVEAU CITY ÅLESUND (B, L, D)

Half day
Today we dock in Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned most of the town down and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau.

Feel like an invigorating hike? Climb the 412 steps to the top of Mount Aksla. Along the way, see two statues, one of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the other of the Viking Gange-Rolv, or Rollo, who is reputedly the forefather of William the Conqueror. At the summit, take in great views of Ålesund's charming city center and the surrounding islands stretching into the Norwegian Sea.

Today’s included activity is visiting the Atlanterhavsparken. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund's architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals, and penguins.

You can also join other interesting optional excursions.

Day 3 BRONNØYSUND (B, L, D)

Half day - Home of the Famed Torghatten
Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway's long coastline and is known for dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its center.

You can join local guides on an included walk around Brønnøysund, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century.

Brønnøysund is also known as the gateway to Vega Islands – a treasured UNESCO-listed archipelago. Join an optional excursion here to explore how generations of fishermen and farmers have maintained a sustainable way of life for centuries based on tradition of eider duck farming.

As we leave Brønnøysund, we will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful peaks.

In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.

Day 4 LOFOTEN ISLANDS - REINE - SVOLVÆR (B, L, D)

Full day - Magical Lofoten Archipelago
Lofoten's dramatic snowy peaks, hidden coves, and pristine beaches are world famous. It is also is known for excellent fishing and picturesque villages.

You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea.

In the morning we dock at idyllic Reine, where red and white fishermen's huts dot the shoreline and surrounding snow-capped peaks shoot out of the sea. It's no wonder Reine is one of Norway’s most frequently photographed landscapes.

If you want to learn more about the region's history and culture, join us on an included excursion to the time-honored fishing village of Å to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum. You can also join other optional excursions in Lofoten.

After a lovely morning in Reine, we sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. The surrounding islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches, and sheltered bays offer many exciting winter activity opportunities such as snowshoeing, skiing, and even surfing (at Unstad). Solvær's shops, galleries, cafés, and restaurants provide a number of in-town activities.

After departing Lofoten, we sail to the incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it's not possible to sail into the fjord, so we will marvel at this unique natural wonder from its entrance.

Day 5 TROMSØ - GATEWAY TO THE ARCTIC (B, L, D)

Full Day - Arctic Winter Adventures
If you're looking for a winter wonderland with plenty of adventure, Tromsø is the perfect destination.

Tromsø's many winter activities include dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can also explore the city's fascinating history, culture, and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a definite highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass window and late-night Northern Lights Concerts until the end of March.

Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, taking in breathtaking views across the city, mountains, and fjords, and quite possibly, the northern lights.

You also can join other optional excursions such as nature hikes with our expedition team, fjord boat trips, or scenic bus rides.  

Day 6 HONNINGSVÅG - NORTH CAPE (B, L, D)

Full Day - Edge of the World
Today we dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg - the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads south.

You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at the North Cape. At 71°10'21'N, North Cape is just 1,305 miles away from the Geographic North Pole.

Stand at the edge of the 1,000 foot high cliff and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape hall.

Back at Honningsvåg, you may take a stroll past charming houses, stop into nice shops, and see a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II.

Day 7 ALTA (B, L, D)

Half Day - Adventure in Aurora City
This is a perfect outdoor adventure destination, combining a wide range of winter activities with a personal, non-touristy vibe. You may join several optional excursions, such as visiting a Sami family and an ice hotel, or going dog sledding.

Alta started out as a small Sami settlement some 500 years ago and is now the largest city in this part of Norway.

Did you know that Alta is the epicenter for groundbreaking research on the northern lights? This amazing phenomenon has amazed and frightened people for thousands of years. Alta lies directly under the Northern Lights Oval, and stable weather creates good viewing conditions. The aurora is frequently seen here during winter. Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland even built an observatory near Alta, which led to his discovery of what causes the northern lights.

Hurtigruten invites you to learn about this mystical light show during today's included activity - an interactive exhibition revealing the truth about the Aurora Borealis at the Northern Lights Cathedral.

Alta is also a big dog sledding town. Many of the dog sled teams competing in the annual Finnmark Race are located here, and some of those kennels can be visited.

Day 8 NARVIK (B, L, D)

Half Day - Snow-Covered Wilderness and History
Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car ride to a mountain summit for breathtaking views and good alpine and cross-country skiing! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox, and other Arctic animals.

Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik is as rich in nature as it is in history.

A fierce naval battle was fought here in 1940. Today we invite you to learn about it at the Narvik War Museum – a modern facility with architectonic and interactive experiences. You can also take a trip on the Ofoten Railway.

Day 9 SEVEN SISTERS - SANDNESSJØEN (B, L, D)

Half Day - The Seven Sisters in White
As we approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvelous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen's main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.

Today we invite you to learn more about the Vikings with a visit to Sandnes, the recreated ancient homestead of one of northern Norway’s most powerful chieftains. Hear fascinating stories about the Viking Age from leaders like Sigrid of Sandnes, one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Viking Sagas.

You can also join an optional excursion to learn more about Norwegian poet and priest Petter Dass, with visits to a modern museum and charming medieval church at Alstahaug.

Day 10 KRISTIANSUND - MOLDE (B, L, D)

From Bacalao to Roses
Kristiansund's location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Today's included activity is a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway's National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 5-mile long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

Molde is known as the 'City of Roses' after its many rose gardens, which may still be covered in snow. Molde's scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit, with its glorious views across the city, local fjords and archipelagos, and the snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance.

Day 11 FJÆRLAND (B, L, D)

Half Day - Glaciers and Stunning Scenery
This morning, we sail into Norway's longest fjord, the scenic Sognefjord. We cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants - a delightful place for a stroll. Explore wandering this charming 'Norwegian Book Town', with many picturesque, second-hand book shops around the village housed in unlikely places.

Nearby Jostedalsbreen (the Jostedal Glacier) is the largest glacier on the European continent. Get close to two of the glacial limbs - Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen, and learn about how they shaped the mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway at the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

Day 12 BERGEN DISEMBARKATION (B)

Final Chapter of the Fairy Tale
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. When you disembark, take with you the memories of a unique Norway winter expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences and encounters with wildlife, stunning nature, and local people.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.

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