Norwegian Coast – Classic Voyage

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Norwegian Coast – Classic Voyage

Join us on a round trip voyage of discovery sailing the length and breadth of Norway’s scenic coastline, a return journey of some 2500 miles.

The ship carefully navigates its way through narrow fjords and glides past awe inspiring rock faces. The entire journey is filled with moments to treasure as villages and countryside slip quietly by.

You will visit the cultural cities of Bergen and Trondheim, not forgetting the bustling nightlife of Tromsø and the peace and quiet of Oksfjord on some of your ports of call.

View the sunsets and the uninhabited islands along the coast then turn to see the warm light coming from the lively fishing villages. A major attraction is the chance to see the midnight sun between mid-May and the end of July where the sun is visible for 24 hours a day at some points north of the Arctic Circle.

We have selected only the new generation working ships, the most comfortable latest additions to the Norwegian coastal fleet which in our opinion, are the finest vessels cruising this route.

The cruise price includes
Return economy scheduled air travel between the UK and Bergen
11 nights accommodation aboard the ship
1 night bed and breakfast accommodation at a comfortable Bergen hotel
Cruise catering
Full board. Scandinavian buffet style breakfast, lunch/buffet including a selection of sumptuous hot and cold dishes and excellent three course dinner.
Departure dates from UK for 2016
The Classic Round Voyage departs from Bergen daily, all year round. Let us know your dates and we’ll find something to suit you.
Itinerary
DAY 1
Fly into Bergen where our transfer service awaits you to take you to the ship for embarkation. We set sail in the evening towards Stadt.
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.

NB: The ships visit the Geirangerfjord on all departures from Bergen between 16 April and 11 September. 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 highlights 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. After a final stop at Stamsund in the evening we head back towards the mainland.
DAY 10
Impressive mountains form the background today along the coast of Helgeland and you will see the Seven Sisters mountain range as well as Torghatten, the mountain with a hole through the centre. Almost every peak in this area is linked to local myth and legend. We cross the Arctic Circle again and pass through the narrowest strait of the whole voyage.
DAY 11
Another visit to Trondheim takes place in the morning, and you have time to take a stroll through the old town with its picturesque wooden buildings before leaving for the cod producing town of Kristiansund which is spread over 3 islands. Visits to Molde and Ålesund are on the itinerary of your final evening on board.
DAY 12
The morning is spent passing the mouth of the famous Sognefjord and finally sailing through the archipelago towards Bergen where you arrive at 14.30 hrs.