Lofoten Explorer

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Lofoten Explorer

The Lofoten Explorer is a holiday, where you’ll experience the Classic Round Voyage and enjoy a stay in the beautiful Lofoten Islands in a typical “Rorbu” fisherman’s cabin. The Lofoten Islands are without a doubt one of the most scenic places in all of Norway.

This network of small islands and skerries interlinked by bridges and surrounded by the clear waters of the Atlantic is interspersed with picturesque fishing villages. The special atmosphere and the light have inspired many artists and you’ll find numerous art galleries.

The cruise price includes
Return flights from London Gatwick to Bergen with Astraeus incl. applicable taxes and service charges
voyage in cabin grade of your choice incl. full board (NB: cabin grade & number will only be confirmed for the voyage Bergen to Svolvær)
three nights accommodation at Nyvågar Rorbuhotel incl. half board
transfers between airports, ship and hotel as appropriate
NB The price of your holiday is determined by the departure date of the ship from Bergen.

Not included: Travel insurance, luggage handling.

Lofoten Excursion Package
Complement your stay in Lofoten Islands with our excusion package. It includes:

Whale watching
Early in the morning a coach will take you through the magnificient scenery to the port of Andenes where you will have a guided visit to the whale centre and a boat trip in search of whales (approx 4-5 hours)

A light meal is included on board.
After the safari you return by coach to your accommodation. (Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed)

Duration: approx. 15hrs.

Fishing Trip
During a 4-hour fishing trip you can try your luck at fishing. Lunch onboard (fish soup) is included.

Duration: approx 5hrs incl. transfers.

Price: £245

NB: This package must be pre-booked and is available on departures between 15 May and 04 September 2004. All excursions are subject to minimum participants and weather conditions.


Departure dates from UK for 2016
Every Saturday 24 April to 11 September 2004 with our direct flights from London Gatwick, also selected Saturday departures on our direct flights from Exeter, Bournemouth, Norwich, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Scheduled departures from 23 April to 10 September 2004 from London Heathrow on Fridays.

DAY 1 Arrive in Bergen and transfer to the ship for embarkation. We set sail in the evening.
DAY 2 After a brief docking at the island harbour of Florø during the night, we sail through open seas as we cross Stadt and round the West Cape. There are early morning calls at Måløy and Torvik before we continue to Ålesund.

The highlight of the day is the sailing into the magnificent Geirangerfjord, surrounded by steep mountains and with numerous waterfalls with evocative names such as the “Seven Sisters” and the “Bridal Veil”. After a short stop at Molde, the “City of Roses”, we begin our crossing of Hustadvika. During the night we will stop at Kristiansund.

The ships visit the Geirangerfjord on all departures from Bergen between 16 April and 11 September 2004. Outside those dates the voyage includes a three hour stay in the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund.

DAY 3 We arrive in Trondheim and spend about 4 hours here. The former capital of Norway is home to the famous Nidaros Cathedral, the biggest medieval building in Scandinavia. Ahead of us lies the longest stretch of the voyage, as our route passes by some 6,000 small islands and skerries before arriving for a brief stop at Rørvik in the evening.
DAY 4 We cross the Arctic Circle early in the morning and our first port of call in the Land of the Midnight Sun is Ørnes. After a couple of hours at Bodø we head across to the Lofoten Wall, rising up like a huge troll from the sea. We will stop at Stamsund and Svolvær in the early evening.
DAY 5 Early in the morning we put into Harstad on the Island of Hinnøy and early in the afternoon we arrive in Tromsø, the capital of Arctic Norway where we dock for 3 hours. Tromsø is famous as the starting point of many Polar expeditions and lies at the entry of the Arctic Sea. A visit to the Arctic Cathedral should be on your agenda.
DAY 6 Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town is our port of call early in the morning, later that day, when we cross the border into Finnmark, the scenery changes dramatically. Narrow straits and mountains make way for a windswept landscape that has been shaped by wind, weather and the all-powerful sea. We’ll reach Honningsvåg before lunchtime. This is the starting point of an excursion to the North Cape. During the evening and night we make stops at old fishing stations heading for Kirkenes, the turning point of the voyage.
DAY 7 Kirkenes is a busy port just 10km from the border with Russia. Passengers have the possibility of taking part in an excursion to the border before the ship leaves in the early afternoon. During the voyage south it will be day where on the journey north it was night, so many new sights await us.
DAY 8 Today we will sail along beautiful Magerøya Island to Honningsvåg. Later in the day we reach Hammerfest once again, home to the unique Polar Bear Club. After two more stops during the afternoon we dock at Tromsø just before midnight, staying only long enough for the chance to sample the nightlife in the ‘Paris of the North’.
Day 9: The highlight of today are the beautiful Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. It will take about 12 hours to sail through this unique network of islands, calling at picturesque settlements and passing through Raftsundet, the narrow channel that links the two island groups.

Weather permitting the ship will also enter Trollfjord. On arrival in Svolvær in the evening you’ll disembark and be transferred to your hotel. Nyvågar Rorbuhotel consists of “rorbu”, cabins which are reminiscent of traditional fishermen’s cabins where you stay for three nights.

Days 9 to 12: Enjoy the magic landscape of the Lofoten Islands, relax or join one of the many excursions available. Between May and September you can pre-book our excursion package which includes whale watching and a fishing trip – click here for details.

You can also visit several museums, art galleries or the picturesque fishing village Henningsvær (bookable locally). In the evening of Day 12 transfer back to Svolvær and embark on a southbound vessel for Bergen.

Days 12 to 15: Spend a further three nights on board and experience the remainder of the Classic Round Voyage. You’ll cross the Arctic Circle and visit Trondheim, Kristiansund and Molde before you arrive back into Bergen during the afternoon of Day 15.
Day 15: On arrival in Bergen you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.