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Winter Tour to Norway - Itinerary
DATES & COST 

February 24 - March 5, 2020
11 Days / 10 Nights

This tour starts in Oslo and ends in Bergen

$5,480 double occupancy
$1,610 optional single supplement
$340 additional night, including a private airport transfer, single or double room
Includes all fees and taxes

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THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

This tour starts at 6:00PM on Monday, February 24, 2020 in Oslo.
Your flight should arrive in Oslo no later than 
4:00PM. Otherwise, arriving a day early is recommended.

Day 1: Oslo: Arrivals 

On your arrival at the Oslo International Airport, you will be met by your chauffeur for a private transfer to our upscale hotel in the center of Oslo. Today, you can rest after your flight or, depending on when you arrive, you may want to explore Olso's landmarks, close to the hotel: 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. In the evening, we'll meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner to celebrate our upcoming Nordic adventure.
Accommodations: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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, to the Norway National Theatre. 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.
Accommodations: Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Kirkenes: Snowhotel 

This morning, we'll leave Oslo behind and take an early flight to Kirkenes in the extreme northeastern Norway, in the center of the Northern Lights zone, by the Barrents Sea. The Russian border and the Kola Peninsula are close by, and it's intriguing to see the road signs written in both Norwegian and Russian. At longitude 30º east, we'll be further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. We'll check into the fabulous Snowhotel, built fresh each winter with ice and snow. Staying here is one of the highlights of this trip. The temperature at the hotel and its otherworldly Ice Bar is a constant 25 degrees Farenheit, but the atmospheric restaurant is heated and serving fabulous seafood dishes. The afternoon will be free to enjoy our surroundings, explore the hotel and visit the resident reindeers, or you may decide to take the optional husky safari or a king crab safari. In the evening, we'll meet by the fire in the hotel's restaurant to enjoy our Arctic seafood dinner.
Accommodations: Snowhotel, Kirkenes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Arctic Adventure Begins: Kirkenes to Berlevag 

After a free morning, we'll board Hurtigruten's M/S Trollfjord, our home for the next 6 days on the southbound voyage along Norway's West Coast. After lunch, accompanied by views of arctic wilderness from the deck or the panorama lounge, we'll enjoy a lecture on Pomor trade history. In the afternoon, we'll dock in Vardo, Norway’s easternmost port, and if the weather permits, we'll get invited to experience winter ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean, and local arctic divers will give a lecture about seafaring and life in the ocean, as we continue along the Varanger peninsula, towards Berlevag. Meanwhile, we'll keep our eyes on the sky, for the unearthly beauty of the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights, which frequently flicker silently across the Arctic sky, mesmerizing all who see them. Here, above the Arctic Circle, we'll have the best chance of experiencing this magic color show, as the night sky explodes into a light show of green, white, pink, blue and violet.
Accommodations: M/S Trollfjord
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Extreme North: Mehamn to Tromsų 

In the middle of the night, we'll dock at Mehamn, where you can join an optional snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. The next stop in the morning will be Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town, with signs of settlements since the Stone Age. Founded in 1789 to develop trade with Russia, the city reconfirmed its position as Norway’s polar capital preparing hunting expeditions to the Svalbard archipelago in the high Arctic. The 1854 Meridian Column commemorates the first precise measurement of the globe. Here, we'll enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short lecture on Melkøya, the northernmost natural gas terminal. In Hammerfest, you can join an optional mountain hike or a guided city tour. As we continue south to Øksfjord, the crew will teach us how to tie maritime knots, and after crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy, before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps. In the evening, we'll dock in Tromsø,  “the gateway to the Arctic”, just in time to enjoy a very special musical experience: a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. The Arctic Cathedral stands proudly at the end of the Tromsø bridge, set against the background of the 4,062-foot Tromsdalstind peak. Attending a midnight concert is the most beautiful way to experience the Arctic Cathedral. As the candlelights flicker, this elegant church is filled with the sounds of the beautiful Norwegian folk songs and distinctive classical and sacred selections. It is a moving and perfect way to end the day!
Accommodations:  M/S Trollfjord
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lofoten Islands: Tromsų to Stamsund 

This morning, we'll start at Harstad, where you can participate in the optional Taste of Vesterålen tour. The Risøyrenna channel, made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, will take us to Risøyhamn, a small village with only 200 inhabitants, where we'll stop to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From here, you can join an optional whale-watching safari. We'll continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, sailing straight into the mountain wall, until the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef will show us how to fillet the catch of the day. After reaching the spectacular Trollfjord, surrounded by majestic mountains and steep cliffs hugging the ship’s sides, there will be an optional Lofoten by Horse excursion. Afterwards, we'll continue to Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands, then Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be seen. We'll leave the islands during the evening and set a course for the mainland. 
Accommodations: M/S Trollfjord
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Crossing the Arctic Circle: Bodų to Rųrvik 

It's worth getting up early today, to experience the Helgeland coast with hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls. Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today, and we'll celebrate the occasion with Arctic festivities out on the deck. Another highlight of the day will be sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. Each one of the seven mountains is over 3,000 feet high, and it is easy to understand why these ‘ladies’ have inspired so many ancient myths, among them the myth of how the arrow from “Hestmannens” bow formed the hole in the Torghatten mountain. We'll have a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen, past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vega Islands, then on to Brønnøysund, where you can take an optional excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center.
Accommodations:  M/S Trollfjord
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The Vikings: Trondheim to Ålesund 

Today, we'll have the opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Norway’s first capital, Trondheim was founded in 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who gave the town the name ‘Nidaros’. Trondheim has interesting monastery ruins, impressive wooden buildings, colorful wharves, and a beautiful red-painted city bridge dating back to 1861. The Trondheim city tour today is a journey through its 1,000-year history, and it will culminate at the impressive Nidaros Cathedral (exterior only) in which 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. Back on board, we'll pass the islands of Munkholmen and Hitra, as our voyage continues along the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 100 miles long and reaching 2,000 feet deep. Our next stop will be Kristiansund, an important fishing community, Norway’s reigning ‘cured cod capital’. Next, we'll cross the open sea to Molde, known as the lush and green "City of Roses" due to its location on the Gulf Stream,as the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdals Alps provide a stunning background.
Accommodations:  M/S Trollfjord
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bergen 

During the night, our ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. In the morning, we'll sail through miles of spellbinding scenery, with the picturesque Nordfjord, the enormous Jostedal Glacier and the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. We'll make a call at Florø, Norway’s most western town in the Sogn og Fjordane region, and we'll get great views of the archipelago of Bergen. After disembarking in Bergen, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the city. Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen 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, (the 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. After checking into our hotel, the rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Accommodations: Clarion Admiral Hotel, Bergen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: 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 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. After arriving back in Bergen, we'll celebrate our Nordic adventure and the new friends we made on this journey with a farewell dinner at an elegant Bergen restaurant.
Accommodations: Clarion Admiral Hotel, Bergen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Bergen: Departures 

Depending on your flight departure time, you may have some time this morning to enjoy a stroll through the scenic town of Bergen, before your private airport transfer in accordance with your flight departure time.
Meals: Breakfast
 

This tour ends after breakfast on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Bergen.
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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