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. Your northbound voyage will expose you to Viking lore, awe-inspiring fjords, fishing villages, bustling markets & sparkling glaciers. Featuring pre cruise tours, hotels, transfers & more.
Relax on a private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Embark on a guided group tour by coach today, including all major and “must-see” attractions in Oslo. You'll be taken through the city center of Oslo, to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and to the Ski Jump at Holmenkollen. You will see the Viking Ships in the Viking Ship Museum and the unique polar ship Fram in the Fram Museum. Afterwards you will learn more about the spectacular expeditions of Thor Heyerdahl in the Kon-Tiki Museum.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy a comfortable train ride to Bergen today. Train ride is approximately 7 hours.
Meet your taxi driver for a port transfer.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. Your voyage will begin shortly.Be sure to bring your spirit of adventure, as your planned route may change based on season, and sailing conditions. Let your Captain navigate you on a magnificent journey.
During your voyage, your ship will make several quick stops at various port towns at all hours of the day - some even while you're sleeping.Starting in the early hours of the day, you're likely to make brief stops at Floro, Maloy, Torvik, Alesund and Molde. From mid-April to mid-September, a stop is also planned for Geiranger.
Depending on season, a handful of rotating group excursion options exist today and can be added to your itinerary (at additional cost). Optional Shared Shore Excursions (not included):-2 hour "A Taste of Norway" from Hjorundfjord, visiting an area that has towns and valleys that have fascinated visitors for centuries.-7.5 hour "Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass" with a close-up experience of Geirangerfjord, and the 11 hairpin bends down the winding Trollstigen Pass.-2 hour "Art Nouveau Walk" in the beautiful town of Alesund, renowed across the world for its beautiful art nouveau architecture.-2 hour "Aquarium and Mount Aksla" from Alesund, visiting one of Northern Europe's largest salt-water aquariums (Atlanterhavsparken), as well as a journey up to Mount Aksla to admire the view of Alesund below.
You're likely to make brief stops at Kristiansund, Trondheim and Rorvik today, as you continue to sail through the magnificent fjord system.
Depending on season, a handful of rotating group excursion options exist today and can be added to your itinerary (at additional cost). Optional Shared Shore Excursions (not included):-3 hour "Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum" in Trondheim. Visit Norway's national shrine and only Gothic style cathedral; Nidaros. Then, have Norway's musical history brought to life at the Ringve Museum.-2 hour "Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral". Discover Trondheim, Norway's original capital, founded as early as 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason. While in town, visit Norway's national shrine and only Gothic style cathedral; Nidaros.-2 hour "Munkholmen", visiting a part of Trondheim, originally an ancient place of execution, site of an early Benedictine monastery, and later a fortress and prison.
With brief port stops, expect to see Bronnoysund, Sandnessjoen, Nesna, Ornes, Bodo, Stamsund and Svolvaer today.
Depending on season, a handful of rotating group excursion options exist today and can be added to your itinerary (at additional cost). Optional Shared Shore Excursions (not included):-6 hour "Svartisen Glacier" from Ornes, visiting the second largest glacier in Norway, by small boat in the realm of the sea eagle, Europe's largest predatory bird.-2 hour "RIB Safari to Saltstraumen" from Bodo, riding in a rigid inflatable boat to the world's largest tidal current, experiencing a rare adventure in harmony with nature, eagles and the deep blue sea.-3 hour "Lofotr Viking Feast" from Lofoten, enjoying a real Viking feast in the banquet hall of the Lofotr Viking Museum, a Chieftan's house dating back to around 500AD. It is the largest building of its type ever found, and has since been reimagined to recreate its original ambience.-7 hour "Whale Watching" from Lofoten, setting out to spot some of the world's largest mammals.
Today, your Captain will navigate your ship for short port stops at Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risoyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromso, Skjervoy.
Depending on season, a handful of rotating group excursion options exist today and can be added to your itinerary (at additional cost). Optional Shared Shore Excursions (not included):-6.5 hour "Wilderness Adventure Camp" from Finnsnes, offering dog sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer driving as your choice of activities.-2.5 hour "The Arctic Capital" at Tromso, visiting the Polario center, with an Arctic aquarium, and seal pool, followed by a stop at the Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece.-3.5 hour "Dog Sledding" from Tromso, letting a team of huskies pull you over the frozen landscape.-3.5 hour "Scenery & Huskies", meeting more than 250 huskies and puppies at the Tromso Wilderness Center on Kvaloya Island.-2.5 hour "Polar History Walk", visiting Tromso's historic main street, Storgaten, and the Polar Museum, with exhibits on Norway's proud polar history.-3.5 hour "Kayaking Tromso Coast", setting out with an experienced kayaking guide to paddle the waters off the coast of Tromso, with the mountains forming a stunning backdrop.
Short calls to port are planned today for Oksfjord, Hammerfest, Havoysund, Honningsvag, Kjollefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevag.
Depending on season, a handful of rotating group excursion options exist today and can be added to your itinerary (at additional cost). Optional Shared Shore Excursions (not included):-3 hour "The North Cape" from Honningsvag, escaping to a plateau 307 meters up above the ice cold Arctic Ocean waters below. This is as far north as you can get in mainland Europe.-3 hour "Birdwatching Safari" from Honningsvag. Travel to an impressive nature reserve to study the area's largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes and other birds.-2.5 hour "A Taste of Lapland" from Kjollefjord, heading into the mountains to meet reindeer herders dressed in traditional costume, and hear of their traditions, before going out to see the reindeer.-2 hour "Snowmobile Trip in Lapland", departing from Kjollefjord, some of Norway's best instructors will ensure that proper training is given before you hop onto your own snowmobile for this once in a lifetime trip through fascinating scenery.-2 hour "Sami Autumn" from Kjollefjord, getting a glimpse of the traditional Sami people, learning about their labour-intensive fall season preparing for the winter. Sample dried reindeer meet and difference natural beverages.
Arriving to Kirkenes this morning, you'll disembark from your ship, bidding the crew a fond farewell.
Meet your taxi driver for a port transfer.
First Millennium Hotel (3*) is located in downtown Oslo within easy reach of the city’s sights. This elegant city hotel features comfortable, wood appointed accommodation with several suites and top-floor balcony rooms offering spectacular views of the city. First Hotel Millennium only serves breakfast, offering guests a wide range of international cuisine. The central location of the First Hotel Millennium provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday in this exciting city, where guests will be able to visit famous monuments such as the Munch Museum or the The City Hall, which holds the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
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 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.
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