Coastal Norway September 21 to October 4 2017

Norway is a country of natural wonders, a country of great wealth due to huge oil and gas deposits, and a country with deep cultural roots leading to a population deeply committed to the environment, social justice and human rights. There is no better way to do this than to visit Oslo and Bergen with Hurtigruten and Avanti Destinations!

Do not miss the chance to see the famous fjords of the area and see polar bears!  

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Prices starting at $4,000 per person (based on double occupancy in Arctic Superior Double Bed Cabins)

September 21                                   Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and check in at the Radisson Blu Hotel

September 22                                   Oslo-Longyearbyen, Norway

Board Flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen at 9:45 AM Arrive at 12:40 PM.  Transfer by group bus and check into Spitsbergen Hotel. City Tour available.

September 23                                 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Breakfast included at your hotel and spend the day at your leisure or opt to take one of the various tours available.

September 24                                 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Breakfast included at your hotel and spend the day at your leisure or opt to take one of the various tours available.

September 25                                 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Breakfast included at your hotel and spend the day at your leisure or opt to take one of the various tours available.

September 26                                 Longyearbyen-Tromsø, Norway

Breakfast included at hotel. Transfer by group bus to Airport board flight to Tromsø at 2:45 PM.  Arrive at 4:20 PM & transfer by group bus to Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø.  Various tours available.

September 27                                         Tromsø, Norway

Golf (weather permitting) or various tours available.  Check out of hotel. Board Hurtigruten MS Polarlys at 1:30 AM ( on 28th) 

September 28                                     MS Polarlys: Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic entries in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7 metres deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water.  Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale-watching experience during wintertime. Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close.  Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

September 29                                    MS Polarlys: Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 metres high, and it is easy to understand why these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. 

September 30                                   MS Polarlys: Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, reaching 577m at the deepest. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has formed the basis for a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. The town reigns as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

October 1                                        MS Polarlys: Bergen

 During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage starts to draw to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town representing the Sogn og Fjordane region’s oldest and Norway’s most western town. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route before you finally disembark in Bergen.

October 2                                        Bergen - Flåm, Norway

Today we start the Norway in a nutshell portion of the trip.  Make your way to the Railroad station in Bergen and board train to Voss at 8:43 AM. Arrive Voss at 9:56 AM . Depart Voss at 10:10 AM by bus and arrive at Gudvangen at 11:00 AM ( very beautiful drive).  From here you board a boat at 11:45 AM for a ride on one of Europe’s most beautiful fjords to the small village of Flåm. Check in Fretheim Hotel for overnight.  

October 3                                        Flåm - Oslo, Norway

 Board the steepest train ride in the world from Flam to Myrdal ( departure time to be determined). Board train in Myrdal to Oslo. Spend night at Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo

Breakfast and tours available.

October 4                                        Oslo, Norway

 After breakfast, prepare for your departure from Oslo or plan to extend your trip!

Inclusions

Hotels as indicated for every night of this itinerary and 4 days aboard Hurtigruten MS Polarlys. Meals as indicated. All flights within Norway ( does not include to and from Norway).

Exclusions

Price does not include: items of a personal nature, international airfare, travel insurance, airport transfers, tips to drivers/guides/host, optional excursions, phone calls, etc.

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All rates are in US dollars per person and do not include airfare, port charges or gratuities.

 

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