antarctic experiences

6 DAYS DAY-WISE ITINERARY

DAY1: Kirkenes 

Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway

to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, prepare yourself for many new experiences.

In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. On board in spring, there is a presentation about shorebirds residing along the Nordic coastline. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. The latter town is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen. 


DAY2:  Mehamn - Tromsø 

  

In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible

to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most  extreme  and  exciting  natural  areas  during  winter  time.

Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the

mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along

the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'.

We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps: Here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-

caught prawns.

We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion, under the Midnight Sun, to explore Tromsø by sea in a

RIB boat. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs 


DAY3:  Tromsø - Stamsund 

  

The Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands are on today’s agenda. Risøyrenna was constructed especially for Hurtigruten providing the vessels an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Vesterålen. Stokmarkens, where Hurtigruten was founded, is the location of Hurtigruten Museum.

Continuing through the Raftsundet, which is the narrow channel between Vesterålen and Lofoten we may take a detour (weather

permitting) into the spectacular Trollfjord where steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides. Then we continue to Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands and on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be seen. We leave the islands during the evening and set a course for the mainland. 


DAY4:  Bodø - Rørvik  

The Helgeland coast with hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls is worth getting up an early to experience. Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees 33 Minutes N we are now leaving the Arctic. Legends and myths are numerous along this part of  the coast;  there’s  the  legend  of the  Seven  Sisters,  row of mountain  peaks  and  the  myth  of  how  the  arrow  from “Hestmannens” bow formed the hole in the mountain Torghattan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands (excursion available  in  the  Summer  period)  is  close  to  the  port  of Sandnessjøen. The islands were inscribed on this prestigious list due to the unique interaction between man and biosphere over centuries the loal population have protected the either duck nests in return for the highly valuable down from the birds. 


DAY5:  Trondheim - Ålesund 

  

Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 m.

As we sail along the coast, you realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. It is 8.2 km long, built on a total of eight bridges and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea.

Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes entering a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’.  Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps. 


DAY6:  Bergen 

Make the most of your final day on the board as today we say goodbye. Soon you’ll have to leave the Hurtigruten ship you’ve grown to love. But before that, you still have a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead you; the archipelago en route to Bergen, the city with the seven mountains. Take home your memories of the world’s most beautiful voyage and the many seafaring companions and friends you’ve met along the way.