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Summer Tour to Norway - Itinerary
DATES & COST 

September 1 - 11, 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights
This tour starts in Bergen and ends in Oslo 

$5,880 double occupancy
$2,800 optional single supplement
$380 additional night, including a private airport transfer, single or double room
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour starts at 6:00PM on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Bergen, Norway.
Your flight should arrive in Bergen no later than 4:00PM. Otherwise, arriving a day early is recommended.

Day 1: Bergen: Arrivals 

On arrival at the Bergen International Airport, you will be met by our chauffeur for your private transfer to our upscale hotel in the center of Bergen. Today, you will be able to rest after your flight or, depending on your arrival time, you can explore this charming Hanseatic port city, stroll through the narrow streets of the medieval Bryggen quarter, which is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, the fish market or visit the Hanseatic Museum. In the evening, we'll meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner to celebrate our upcoming Nordic adventure.
Meals: D
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Admiral Hotel, Bergen

Day 2: Norway in a Nutshell 

Today, we'll take a full day excursion showcasing "Norway in a Nutshell". This unique tour will take us through some of the most magnificent scenery in Norway. In the morning, we'll board a train to Voss, and ride the Bergen Railway, a high altitude rail route through the wild and wonderful mountain scenery. In Voss, we'll change to a bus going to Gudvangen and traversing a landscape of breathtaking fjords, including the famous Aurlandsfjord. In Gudvangen, we'll take a two hour cruise through the narrow Nærøyfjord to Flåm, a charming village, surrounded by steep mountainsides, cascading waterfalls and narrow valleys. Our journey will continue, as we take the heart-stopping Flåm Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world and a masterpiece of modern engineering. The 12 mile ride through the towering mountains offers panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent Norwegian mountain scenery, including the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Clarion Collection Admiral Hotel, Bergen

Day 3: Bergen 

After breakfast today, we'll enjoy a private, guided tour of BergenFounded more than 900 years ago, the city, surrounded by seven mountains, has its roots to the Viking Age. As one of the ports of the Hanseatic League, for several hundred years Bergen was the center of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. Bryggen, its Hanseatic Wharf, with its colorful wooden houses is the most obvious remnant from that time, and today this is where many of the city’s restaurants, pubs, craft shops and historical museums are located. During the city tour, we'll visit Bergen's salty Fish Market, stroll the Bryggen Wharf, see the Bergenhus Fortress, then for a great view of this sailors' town we'll take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen. In the evening, we'll board M/S Nordkapp, and our northbound Hurtigruten voyage will start as we sail to the port of Hjeltefjord, from where the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp 

Day 4: Ĺlesund 

This morning, we’ll sail past the West Cape, heading out to the open sea, then we’ll navigate through skerries and islands, before reaching Ålesund, distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, highly-ornate buildings, and for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. Afterwards, we’ll we continue onwards and upwards through one of the longest fjords in Norway, the Hjørundfjorden. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character: far from the tourist bustle, past steep rock walls, green meadows, lonely mountain farms and small villages.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp 

Day 5: Trondheim 
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim, founded by the Viking king, Olav Tryggvason in 997. After reaching the Trondheim harbor this morning, we’ll join our guide for a private walking tour of this 1,000-year old city. During the city tour, we will see the royal residence of Stiffsgarden, the Market Square and the Old City Bridge. The highlight of our tour will be the visit to the impressive Nidaros Cathedral, where three queens and seven kings have been crowned. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, this enormous building, with its intricate details and decorations, dates back to 1070. For an exclusive experience, we’ll see the interior of the cathedral with one of its vergers. In the afternoon, the ship will set a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse, charming islets and rocky outcrops, and after passing through the narrow Stokksund, we'll stop briefly in the town of Rørvik in the Vikna archipelago.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp 

Day 6: The Arctic Circle 
Today we’ll cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region, and in summer, this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the Midnight Sun. After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a ceremony on deck for those who are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time. As our journey continues along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, we’ll pass Ørnes and Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Later in the afternoon, the sight of the 1,000 m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. Tucked between majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches, Lofoten is an experience that is out of the ordinary, revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian ambiance. In Stamsund, we’ll join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where we’ll be invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and the lady of the house will share with us a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age, complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing and dancing.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp 

Day 7: Tromso 

In the morning hours, we’ll briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes, then the ship will continue to Tromsø, the `Capital of the Arctic´. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Here, we will take a short bus ride to the Wilderness Centre on Kvaloya Island to see the more than 250 huskies and puppies and get introduced to the art of dog-sled driving. Later, our hosts on the island will take us on a wilderness walk to explore the native plant and bird life before inviting us to their traditional Sami tent to share cake and coffee with us, before we continue our northbound journey.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp

Day 8: North Cape 

As we continue our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point of the European continent, we’ll cross the 71st parallel and enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscape, with herds of grazing reindeer and small settlements of the indigenous Sámi people. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund, we’ll arrive in Honningsvåg. Our excursion to the North Cape plateau will put us at 71°10’21´N, only 6,500 miles away from the geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 1,000 feet high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. In the afternoon, we’ll sail north, into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people, passing their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: M/S Nordkapp 

Day 9: Kirkenes - Oslo 

As we approach Kirkenes, the vistas become more dramatic. We stop in Vadsø early in the morning, and just after breakfast, we’ll arrive in Kirkenes, at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east. After disembarking, we’ll transfer to the Kirkenes airport for our flight to Oslo. After checking into our centrally located, modern hotel, we’ll meet in the afternoon to explore Olso's landmarks: Karl Johan High Street with stunning views of the Oslofjord and the famous Oslo Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Akershus Fortress, the Ibsen Museum, the Nobel Peace Center, the Norwegian Resistance Museum, and the Barcode skyscraper with its restaurants and bars.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Hotel Bastion Clarion Collection, Oslo

Day 10: Oslo 

Today, we'll spend the day enjoying the smorgasbord of Oslo's historic sights. We'll start with a guided walk along the pedestrian Karl Johan High Street, past the Oslo Cathedral, the Norwegian Parliament, the Nobel's Peace Prize building, the Norway National Theatre, to the National Gallery of Norway to see Munch's The Scream and Madonna. After some free time for lunch, we'll board our bus to continue the guided tour of Oslo, stopping at some of the city's most famous sights, including Gustav Vigeland's Sculpture Park to the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdoy Peninsula, where we'll admire the workmanship of the world's best-preserved Viking ships and artifacts from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. In the evening, we'll celebrate our Nordic adventure and the new friends we made on this journey with a farewell dinner at an upscale Oslo restaurant.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Hotel Bastion Clarion Collection, Oslo

Day 11: Departures 

Depending on your flight departure time, you may have some time this morning to enjoy another stroll through Oslo, before your private airport transfer in accordance with your flight departure time.
Meals: B

This tour ends after breakfast on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.
You can schedule your return flight at any time today, and we will arrange your airport transfer according to your departure time.

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