Is this the world's most beautiful sea voyage?Bergen, Norway
The itinerary is set, but you can make it your own. A voyage along Norway’s pristine coastline with Hurtigruten takes you into quaint coastal communities, through stunning fjords and UNESCO World Heritage sites, and along more than 1600 kilometres of diverse nature. Not convinced? Let us break down why this 11-day adventure is a must for your bucket list.
Beginning in Bergen, you'll marvel at the colourful houses that populate this charming city. Though a popular destination for modern day travellers, Bergen still retains much of its local character and history. Next navigate through skerries and islands before reaching the Art Nouveau port town of Ålesund, the gateway to the jewel in Norway’s crown, Geirangerfjord. With its cascading waterfalls, sugar-white peaks and sheer cliffs, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord could have been lifted straight from the land of fairy itself, and you'll have the opportunity to experience during the summer months. Days three and four will see you exploring Trondheim which was founded in 997 A.D, followed by the crossing of the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees 33 minutes north.
Now you're approaching Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic and one of the best places to experience the magic and wonder of the northern lights dancing across the skies. Take advantage of the many optional excursions for the next few days as you continue to sail north – from whale watching, husky dog sledding and kayaking to delving into Sami culture and visiting the northern-most point on the continent at the North Cape.
Day seven marks the turning point of the 11-day voyage but not before a stop in Kirkenes, located just a few miles from the Russian border. Here, the scenery changes quite dramatically. Southbound, you'll sail past Fruholmen, home to Europe’s northernmost lighthouse, towards the contrasting landscapes of the Vesterålen archipelago, renowned as a year-round whale-spotting destination, and the equally stunning Lofoten, both a stunning stand-out for many. With much reluctance, you'll have to tear yourself away from Lofoten – yes, we know, it's tough! – but you'll be rewarded for your sacrifice as you sail onwards towards the Helgeland coast and pass by the Seven Sisters mountain range, a vast bastion of remarkable jagged peaks scores with hiking trails and imbued with local legends. The last day of your unforgettable journey gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim as you disembark and wave farewell to your travel companions.
- Daily departures mean you can travel in your preferred season
- Cruising through some of Norway’s most incredible fjords is an out-of-this-world experience that’ll make you feel like you’ve passed into a new realm
- Plentiful optional excursions to enhance your cruise and land experience
- Staying in Roros, one of Europe’s oldest preserved wooden towns
- While daily departures make this one of the easier tours to book, you’ll still have to bare in mind that excursion availability is dependent on what season you travel in, and nailing down your annual leave for the perfect time can be a drainer (certainly one of the better ‘problems’ to have!)
This experience is available as a stand-alone tour or as part of a whole package in Complete Norway tour, which starts from US$3330 per person twin share.
This package currently has 15% off until 30 June 2018, for travel dates between May and August 2018.