(Bergen, Kirkenes, Oslo)
Europe & Baltic
(Norway Fjords Cruise)
Embark on an adventurous voyage by sea through the mystical natural wilds of the fabled Norwegian archipelago, into the Arctic Circle & onto the land of the Midnight Sun. Experience a vast collection of wonders on board an outstanding Art Deco ship as you tour Bergen, Geiranger Fjord, Alesund, Trondheim, the North Cape, the Arctic capital of Tromso, Kirkenes, cosmopolitan Oslo & more. Guided tours expose you to Viking lore, awe-inspiring fjords, fishing villages, bustling markets & sparkling glaciers. Featuring private pre/post cruise tours, hotels, all transfers & more.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver.
The Scandic Bergen City Hotel (3*) is located in the heart of the beautiful city of Bergen, the Scandic Bergen City Hotel is a neighbour with the Bergen Cinema and close to various popular Bergen attractions. The hotel has 252 guest rooms that offer many fine amenities. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms with a shower or bathtub, hair dryers, satellite television, pay movies, wireless Internet access, air conditioning and mini bars. Restaurant Amalie offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere and serves a fusion of both Norwegian and international cuisine from an á la carte menu. Opened in 2007, the City Bar serves a selection of hot and cold dishes by the fireplace or in the lounge. Recreational facilities for Scandic Bergen City Hotel include a 25-metre pool, a gym at the Nautilus Gym and Swim/Sentralbadet, which offers free weights and cardiovascular machines. The Nordnes Sjøbad public outdoor bath is also close by.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. The places along your route include the Hanseatic Museum which is housed in the oldest and best preserved wooden buildings in Bergen. The interiors date from the 18th and 19th centuries. In times past, the Hanseatic merchants traded mainly with stockfish from Northern Norway and grain from the Baltic countries. Only German merchants were allowed to live at Bryggen during the period of the Hanseatic Office. The Hanseatics were unmarried and had to live in celibacy as long as they lived in the area. The tenements in the Bryggen area each consists of several smaller trade houses, each run by a merchant with a journeyman and apprentices. The Museum depicts what one of these trade houses would have been like in the last years of the German Office at Bryggen. Your tour will also include a visit to the local Fish market and you can take a funicular ride up to the top of Fløyen mountain (320 metres above sea level). The ride itself is spectacular and the views of Bergen only improve the closer you get to the top.
Enjoy a trip on MS Polarlys from the comfort of your own home. Built in 1996 the ship combine small ship atmosphere with space, style and comfort. Choose from their wide range of comfortable cabins. They vary in size and location, sometimes within the same grade. As a general rule, outside accommodation on the higher decks has a picture window while lower decks have portholes. Meals are served at set times in the dining room. Open seating, buffet-style for breakfast and lunch. Early or late seating for dinner – three course sit-down menu. The ship has a centrally placed bar on the top deck. Large windows ensure best possible view.
Today, you may enjoy a trip by coach and boat from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geiranger, to the pretty town of Alesund. A visit to Geiranger Fjord Centre is included.
Today, you may enjoy an enchanting tour that will take you to the medieval Nidaros Cathedral and the Ringve Museum of Musical History. Here, you will absorb a collection of some 2,000 musical instruments many housed in a beautiful manor home.
Board a boat south of Ørnes and sail through the narrow straits, passing small islands and skerries en route to the Svartisen Tourist Centre and a fantastic view of the glacier or travel by RIB-boats to witness the world's strongest tidal current, where millions of gallons of water are forced through the 492 ft wide strait. Overhead we hope to see sea eagles, Europe's largest predatory bird.
Today, you may explore the gateway to the Arctic on this tour which takes in the modern Arctic Cathedral, whose eastern wall is a fabulous strained glass window and visits Polaria, an iterpretive center about the Arctic.
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point of the continent. Visit the North Cape Hall where you can see an impressive 180 degree panoramic film about Finnmark and the North Cape.Travel across the dramatic landscape of Mageroya Island to the tiny fishing village of Gjesvaer. Here you board a boat to Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, an archipelago of islands that is home to three million nesting birds.Other optional excursions can be offered on request.
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and the Sami communities of Northern Finland. Here you bid farewell to our northbound passengers and welcome those joining the southbound voyage.
Arrival in Kirkenes 09.45
Rica Hotel Kirkenes hotel lies by the city entrance, within a half-mile of the center. It offers rooms with underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi. Each room at Rica Kirkenes has a TV and bathroom with shower. Many rooms offer views of Kirkenes and the Bøkfjord. A number of rooms have parquet floors. Less than a 10-minute walk from Rica Hotel Kirkenes lies Sør-Varanger Museum/Border Country Museum (Grenselandsmuseet).
Take a flight from Kirkenes to Olso (not included in the cost).
The central Scandic Edderkoppen hotel (3*) in Oslo has its own theatre and is just a 4-minute walk from the main street. The hotel features 241 air-conditioned guestrooms with modern Scandinavian-style decor and wooden floors, equipped with high standard amenities. Dine in the theatre-themed restaurant or chic bar. Enjoy a sauna or workout in the relaxation area at the Scandic Edderkoppen hotel .
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo from Holmenkollen Hill, with the famous ski kimps where the Winter Games were held in 1952. Among other high lights you will visit the Viking Ship Museum, with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome you with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to this Park. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan as well. (Entrance fee to Viking Ship Museum is included in tour cost)
Relax on a private Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver in Oslo.
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