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An early morning view of Alesund, Norway

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Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and make your way north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating your way through off-the-beaten-path destinations. Adventure awaits as you sail to Trondheim, cross the Arctic Circle, and continue your way to the northernmost tip of the European continent.
Explore the charming coastal city of BergenA small home in the Norwegian fjordsA local sculpture on top of a lookoutCharming port cities of the Norwegian fjordsAn early morning view of Alesund, Norway
Highlights
  • Cruise through scenic Geirangerfjord
  • Cross the Arctic Circle en route to the Land of the Midnight Sun
  • Explore small fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands
  • Meet and interact with a local Sami family
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Bergen | Embark

Founded in 1070, the vibrant city of Bergen has retained a great deal of local character and history. Explore this cultural gateway to the fjords and spend some time in one of the outdoor cafes and restaurants before boarding the ship. Settle in to your cabin as the ship begins its voyage north.

Day 2: Alesund | Geirangerfjord

Sail north to Ålesund, a beautiful town renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. Set course into the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, where you can enjoy a scenic excursion which includes a breathtaking drive down the winding Trollstigen Pass.

Day 3: Trondheim

The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful setting for any outing, whether as part of a guided tour in Nidaros Cathedral or a casual stroll through the Bakkland district. In the evening, continue to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Day 4: Arctic Circle | Lofoten Islands

Cross the Arctic Circle and arrive in Ørnes. The Arctic Circle marks the southern extremity of the polar, 24-hour sunlit day - often referred to as the 'Midnight Sun.' In the evening, reach Svolvær, the picturesque capital of the Lofoten Islands. These islands are renowned for their small fishing villages with their Bohemian atmosphere, surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stock-fish racks and 'rorbuer,' the traditional red fishermen's residences.

Day 5: Tromso, Gateway to the Arctic

During the night, pass the magnificent Trollfjord and sail through the narrow Raftsund Strait. Admire the rugged mountainous landscape which juts up against the horizon under the endless sun. Continue to Tromsø, a city with many lively restaurants and cafés.

Day 6: Honningsvag | North Cape

Arrive in Honningsvåg, the starting point of an optional excursion to the spectacular North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. From the fishing village of Kjøllefjord, get a 'Taste of Lapland' by meeting a Sámi family.

Day 7: Kirkenes | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as the ship approaches Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border. Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking for your continued journey home.

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MS Lofoten

Enjoy the large windows as you sail on the MS Lofoten
The lounge of the MS Lofoten
Enjoy fine dining on the MS Lofoten

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Originally launched in Oslo, Norway, the MS Lofoten provides a voyage of real nostalgia with an intimate informal atmosphere. Named after the Lofoten Islands just north of the Arctic Circle, which are famous for their dramatic scenery and often described as 'a masterpiece,' the MS Lofoten delights her passengers with her careful navigation skills and attention to detail. The second ship in her fleet to carry the proud name of Lofoten, she was refurbished and refitted in 2003 with most of the original style and atmosphere preserved. With unique lounges and panoramic decks, the MS Lofoten is simply incomparable. Her cabins are comfortable and cozy, and her experiences are once-in-a-lifetime.

Expedition team on board
MS Polarlys has her own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture and presentation programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´, and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. 
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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