Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Norway Fjords Cruise)
The stunning fjords of Norway await on this exciting limited-time discounted cruise, land & air package. Transition the narrow seaways carved over millennia by glaciers, both sides of your view overloaded with astonishing sheer mountainsides covered with rich green flora - a unique vista often limited to that of motion pictures or fantasy. You'll voyage north, crossing the Arctic Circle as you push into frontier territory. You'll make calls-to-port at small towns along the way, each with their own Norwegian flare. Pre & post-cruise accommodations and transfers are provided in Bergen and Oslo, along with airfare from several North American gateway cities.
Cruise Departures Dates (2014):
Jan 3, Jan 11, Jan 18, Mar 14, Apr 1, Apr 15
Relax on your overnight flight to Bergen.
Board a shared transfer to your Bergen hotel for the evening.
The Clarion Hotel Admiral (4*) is housed in a magnificent old packhouse building that dates back to 1906. The hotel opened its doors to guests for the first time in 1987. Clarion Hotel Admiral is the only waterside hotel in Bergen with the best view to Bryggen, Vågen and Fløien. They have 211 unique rooms. Fifty of them have a balcony with a view to three sides. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. You can also sit out on their fantastic jetty and admire the finest view in Bergen while you enjoy your meals. Lobby Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a great cup of coffee or a quiet drink. If you would prefer to eat in your room, then take a look at their 24-hour room service menu. Whatever you choose, you can be sure of culinary delights and personal service.
A group transfer will bring you to port, where you'll discover seaward-facing buildings with gables dating back to the fourteenth century.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom. Your vessel will set sail shortly.
Enjoy a trip on MS Kong Harald from the comfort of your own home. Built in 1993 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 cabin 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. Named after the King of Norway, this majestic ship also pays tribute to other famous Norwegians and includes the Nansen club bar and Amundsen café. True to tradition, many local artists have put their own individual stamp on this elegant vessel, with distinctive works displayed throughout.
Wake up to the breathtaking beauty of Norway as you cross the open west cape and head for Torvik. Heading further inland, you will visit the stunning Hjørundfjord. This fjord’s seclusion and unspoiled natural features; steep rock walls and green meadows are interspersed with mountain farms and small villages. After a call at the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, you continue to Molde with its magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps - probably covered by snow.
Trondheim, Norway’s first capital, is a jewel of a city that you’ll have time to explore. Discover its secrets by strolling through its charming streets, sitting by the peaceful harbour, or crossing the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings of Bakklandet.
This morning you'll cross the Arctic Circle. Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism. In the evening you reach Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands. Step back into history at an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast (optional excursion) which takes place in an impressive reconstruction of the largest Viking house ever found.
Today you can enjoy the view of a diverse countryside of farmland, pine trees and magnificent peaks. In the early afternoon you arrive for a longer stay in Tromsø, known as the Gateway to the Arctic.
Breathe in the crisp, clean air while watching a landscape that is austere in its beauty. After an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape which rises 300 m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” N puts you a mere 2,000 km from the Geographical North Pole. In the evening you will pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkirka.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship in Kirkenes, which at 30° E, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. Due to its location close to the border with Russia and Finland this little town is quite lively.
A group transfer will bring you from port to your hotel in Oslo for the evening.
The Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania is conveniently located in downtown Oslo, only 100 meters from the main street of Karl Johans Gate, featuring cobblestone sidewalks, street vendors and musicians. The hotel is also walking distance from the Parliament Building, the Oslo Opera House, the Oslo Harbor, the University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo) and the Royal Castle, where the King of Norway lives.
A group transfer will bring you to the Oslo airport.
Your journey comes to a close with a return flight home.
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