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Make your Xmas one to remember! This ultimate voyage is described as `The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage´. The drama of the scenery and the wildlife will stir the explorer in you. 22 ports lie north of the Arctic Circle – Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing during the night, you can see in daylight. This departure is one of our dedicated group departures which includes an overnight stay with dinner and a Tour Leader!

Møte med nordgående hurtigrute

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Meet your Tour Leader and the rest of the group for dinner and overnight accommodation - a lovely way to start your holiday.

The next day you will all transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bergen.

  • Accommodation Crowne Plaza Heathrow
  • MEALS Dinner included

Your voyage starts in the lovely city of Bergen. Before departure, you may want to explore this colourful gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains a great deal of its character, charm and history.  If there is time before the ship departs, you may wish to visit the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century or enjoy a stroll in the cobblestone alleyways, a bite at an outdoor café or restaurant, a trip on the Fløibanen funicular or a visit to the famous fish market.


After you depart, enjoy a tasty dinner buffet made from fresh coastal produce. You sail north from Bergen along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or in the panorama lounge.

 

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city as early as 997. Join our optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country´s only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art. We continue to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, and provides fantastic views of both the city and the fjord. In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards charming Rørvik.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

If you wake up early the next day, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we are out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. If you like marine life, join us on a visit to Atlanterhavsparken - one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will get an amazing panorama of the area.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region. During winter, being above this latitude provides the best chances for experiencing the Northern Lights. Even if you aren’t awake to see the Arctic Circle, the captain makes sure that the occasion is a memorable event. If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony on deck.
In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Northern Light begins. We celebrate the event by presenting a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, featuring pictures, words and music. As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890. If you look closely, you might see trolls up in the steep mountains. Or you might not.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues to Tromsø, `Capital of the Arctic´, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join our `Polar History Walk´ in winter to learn more about the explorers and Arctic hunters, and to taste beer made at the world´s northernmost brewery. Or take part in an excursion to meet the Arctic´s indigenous reindeer herders, the Sámi.

In winter we can complete our stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. On this mini polar expedition, the huskies pull you over the frozen landscape while you enjoy stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights. Why not test your coordination skills and have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure.

After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The captain will invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between October and March. We gather on deck to search the skies for this breathtaking phenomenon.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund, we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71°10’21´N, only 2,000 km away from the geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 307 m high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, make sure you get some photographic evidence of this amazing place. The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as to explore the wonderful landscape. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi joiking (song). Join an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilises nature during both the summer and winter seasons. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive in nearby Vadsø early in the morning and just after breakfast, arrive in Kirkenes, at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. This is Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return journey southwards. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.

Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in numerous adventurous activities into the Arctic environment. In winter, Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snow Hotel, a base for several exciting excursions. You can also greet the reindeer living on the grounds. On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape. You can also catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, you’ve only seen half of what our voyage along the Norwegian coastline has to offer. Prepare yourself for many new experiences. The ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day. In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.

At Honningsvåg, you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and short on-board introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal’. In autumn, we invite you to taste dried-reindeer meat on deck. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the high Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise, geographic measurement of the globe. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.

We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter, our crew teaches you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy, where Hurtigruten founder, Richard With, was born. We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail towards the Risøyrenna, a shallow 7m-deep channel made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests.

Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region´s fishing history, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitably slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20 km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 m directly out of the sea.
Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 m wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If the weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship´s sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls.

Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in winter we can join a fishing trip to try our luck at catching cod. If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides in-depth insights into the history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Join the Explorer Team to discover even more of the surroundings on explorer boat activities offered during summer. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 m.

Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes entering a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. In winter, you can enjoy beautiful scenery under the stars as you mingle with sledge dogs and experience the thrill of ice fishing. Together with a sledge team of Alaskan huskies, you take a memorable ride into the winter forest, stopping along the way to ice fish on a lake. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS All meals included

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age.

Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how it continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included


During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as the voyage draws to a close. But before docking in Bergen, there is some fascinating scenery ahead.

Glaciers and lush farmland - we sail through picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. This rugged coastal region features farms with fruit orchards and glacial fingers that stretch towards glistening lakes. In the morning, the ship calls at Florø. The ship then navigates the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and enjoy superb views of the island-studded coastline before you disembark in Bergen.

Transfer from the ship to the airport for the flight home.

  • Accommodation MS Finnmarken
  • MEALS Breakfast included

MS Finnmarken

MS Finnmarken is beautifully appointed and decorated in the Art Deco style that was fashionable when the first ship with this name was built. In early 2020, MS Finnmarken will go through the biggest single upgrade in Hurtigruten’s history. All the public areas, cabins and suites will be upgraded, and suites will be added on the top deck (current gym and sauna area). She will host three different restaurants – Aune, Fredheim and Lindstrøm - each with its own unique dining concept.

Rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation characteristic of the Art Deco style are found throughout the vessel. MS Finnmarken is also the only Hurtigruten ship with both a swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck. A defining feature of the vessel is her bow, and from deck 5 you can venture to the very tip of the ship. 

MS Finnmarken - Facilities Include

Guests can relax in the outdoor pool, two hot tubs, or a panoramic sauna, or enjoy views from the breathtaking forward observation deck. The refurbished MS Finnmarken will feature a brand new gym and wellness area, and a new Activity Center on deck 4 where guests can enjoy activities and lectures with the Expedition Team. The entire ship will be furnished in a modern and elegant style.

Facilities include, on board expedition team, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, panorama lounge, fitness room, sauna with a view, bar, library, conference room, Wi-Fi is also available on board.

Your accommodation

Our cosy Polar inside cabins are on decks 2, 3, 5 and 6. All cabins include bathrooms with shower/WC. Most have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All of the cabins have individual specifications. Upgrades are available for outside and superior outside cabins.

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What's included:

  • Overnight Hotel Accommodation including dinner and breakfast
  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • Accompanying Tour Leader
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship

What's extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Bergen 4.7°C
    Kirkenes -10°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate. 
  • Note: Cabins are allocated at time of boarding the ship

 

 

 

 

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Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
19 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020 12 All Ages £ 2899 BOOK

What's included:

  • Overnight Hotel Accommodation including dinner and breakfast
  • Return flights & transfers
  • Inside cabin for sole use
  • Accompanying Tour Leader
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that give lectures as well as accompany activities
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board the ship

What's extra:

  • Cabin upgrades
  • Gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    Bergen 4.7°C
    Kirkenes -10°C

 

  • Note: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate. 
  • Note: Cabins are allocated at time of boarding the ship

 

 

 

 

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