Norwegian Explorer

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Norwegian Explorer

After 11 fascinating days on board the Coastal Voyage, you have the opportunity to experience Oslo, Trondheim & Bergen, three very different cities linked by two scenic Railway Journeys.

The Norwegian Explorer is the ideal holiday to give you an insight into the different landscapes and cities Norway has to offer. You’ll experience not only the best part of the Classic Round Voyage, but you’ll also visit the capital Oslo, medieval Trondheim and of course Bergen, the gateway to the Fjords.

After enjoying most of Norway’s beautiful coastline you’ll be able to see the mountains, lakes and valleys further inland, travelling on modern and comfortable Norwegian trains.

The cruise price includes
Return flights from London Gatwick to Bergen with Astraeus incl. applicable taxes and service charges;
7 nights accommodation aboard the ship
1 night bed and breakfast accommodation at a comfortable Bergen hotel
voyage in cabin grade of your choice incl. full board;
1 night each in Tronfheim & Bergen and 2 nights in olso incl. breakfast,
train journeys Trondheim to Oslo and Oslo to Bergen in 2nd class incl. seat reservations,
transfers between airports, ship, hotels and train stations 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.
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 2004
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 Arrive in Bergen and transfer for embarkation on the Coastal Voyage. 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.

NB:
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. 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 On arrival in Trondheim in the morning you’ll disembark and our transfer service will be waiting to take you to your centrally located 4-star hotel for an overnight stay. You will have the remainder of the day to visit sights such as the famous Nidaros Cathedral and Siftsgården Palace, or just take a stroll to the river where you will find typical colourful wooden houses.
Day 12 Leave Trondheim in the morning and travel by train to Oslo. This scenic journey takes you through the wild and narrow valleys south of Trondheim across the Dovre mountain plateau into the fertile Gudbrands valley and along Norway’s largest lake, Lake Mjøsa, before you arrive in Oslo mid afternoon. Transfer to your centrally located 4-star hotel for a two night stay.
Days 12 to 14 Oslo has many sights such as the famous Viking Ship and Kon Tiki Museums, Vigeland Park with its impressive collection of sculptures and Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Karl Johans Gate is the place to go for some shopping and Aker Brygge with its many outdoor cafés and bars is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of Norway’s capital.
Day 14 Another train journey is the highlight of today, taking you west from Oslo through forests with sparkling lakes and thundering waterfalls and dark, narrow valleys, impassable but for many tunnels. As you get close to Bergen the landscape becomes typical of the fjord region, with lush orchards and snowy peaks. On arrival in Bergen you are transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 15 Depending on the departure time of your return flight you have the morning to take a stroll around the old Hanseatic warehouses at Bryggen, visit the Fish Market or take the Funicular Railway up to Mount Fløyen, from where you have panoramic views of the city. Transfer to Bergen airport and return flight to the UK.
* Optional excursions can be reserved on board ship during your voyage.