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Norway Northern Lights Cruise 2010
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(2010 March 10 – 21)
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TWELVE-DAY ITINERARY
Majestic Scenery of Coastal Norway, Awe-Inspiring Fjords
Snow-Capped Mountains and an Astonishing Variety of Flora and Fauna


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A Magnificent Adventure

Visit 33 unique and picturesque coastal ports
Immerse yourself in cultures and landscapes of the Norwegian coast
Visit each town and village, both by day and night
(Possible only on this unique round trip excursion!)


  • Depart Bergen: A thriving harbor town with more than 900 years history of seafaring trade
  • Northward Passage Kirkenes: To an Arctic outpost near Norway's border with Russia
  • Southward to Bergen: Established as a fishing village by Viking King Olav I in 1070;
  • now a leading Hanseatic League port


Bergen's Funicular Railway
Bergen's Funicular Railway
Day 1: Bergen Bergen is the bustling capital of Norway's fjord region. if you arrive a few hours before departure, stroll around the old wooden buildings in the Bryggen wharf and fish market, a remnant of Bergen's days as a leading port of the medieval Hanseatic League. For an unsurpassed view of Bergen, we ride the Fløibanen (cable railway) to the top of Mt. Flø, which stands 320 m (1050 ft) overlooking the city including the Bryggen. In travel's early days, it was easier to get from Bergen to the continent by sea than it was to get to Oslo—a fact apparent in the city's European-style architecture and culture. You board the Norwegian Coastal Voyage this evening. (Depart Bergen 10:30 p.m.)

Day 2: Maloy-Torvik-Alesund-Molde-Kristiansund When you awake, the ship will be crossing the stretch of open sea known as Stadthavet, heading for Torvik. Farther on, you'll stop in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Alesund. After a call at Molde—its magnificent view of the Romsdal Alps made it a favorite vacation spot of famous Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen—the ship will carefully navigate the Hustadvika, a belt of islets and skerries, before docking at Kristiansund. Optional shore excursions available.

Trondheim Bridge
Trondheim Bridge
Day 3: Trondheim-Rorvik The ship arrives early this morning in ancient Trondheim, where you'll have time to explore this jewel of a city, Norway's first capital. (Did you know that the first sale of goods from the Vikings' "New Found Land," in North America, took place here around the year 1000? Timber from Leif Eriksson's Vinland estate was sold to a merchant from the German port of Bremen.) Walk the charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet and the great Gothic cathedral of Nidaros, where new kings of old Norway once received their official blessing. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet. Optional shore excursions available.

Navigating Raftsund Strait
Navigating Raftsund Strait
Day 4: Ornes-Bodo-Stamsund-Svolvaer Today you'll cross the Arctic Circle. Of course, you can't actually see the imaginary line, but on our portside a globe on the island of Vikingen serves as a marker. As we sail northward, opportunities to see the awesome northern lights increase. Spectacular sights lie ahead, such as islands and skerries of majestic rock formations, their origins the stuff of legend. After Bodo, the ship heads out to open sea for the Lofoten Islands, with their picturesque cabins on stilts and weathered wooden racks of drying cod. In the evening, you'll navigate the narrow Raftsund Strait, passing the looming crags of the Trollfjord. Optional shore excursions available.

Tromso
Tromso
Day 5: Harstad-Finnsnes-Tromso-Skjervoy This morning, you'll pass medieval Trondenes church before calling at Harstad for breakfast. Afterward, you'll sail across the Vagsfjord, past the great island of Senja with its diverse countryside of farmland, pine trees and plunging peaks. Later you'll stop at Tromso, the "Paris of the North." in the 19th century, Russian, British, Dutch, and German ships called here before heading off on Arctic expeditions for hunting whales, walruses, and seals. Optional shore excursions available.

North Cape
North Cape
Days 6-7: Hammerfest-Havoysund-Honningsvag-Kjollefjord-Mehamn-Berlevag-Kirkenes Finnmark's landscape, austere in its beauty, teems with wildlife. Watch for rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs, and pods of orca, or Killer whales, hunting for herring. After calling at Honningsvag, the capital of the north cape, the ship heads east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjollefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevag. On the seventh day, you'll arrive at Kirkenes, the journey's northern terminus and turning point. (Arrive Kirkenes 10:00 a.m.) Optional shore excursions available for both days.

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Above the Arctic Circle
Above the Arctic Circle
Day 7: Kirkenes-Vardo-Batsfjord-Berlevag After a few hours docked at Kirkenes, the ship will depart upon the southbound half of her voyage, calling during the day at ports that had been passed at night on the trip northward. Crossing Varangerfjord, Norway's only east-facing fjord and a fabled bird-watching site, you'll arrive in Vardo, the easternmost point of the country. Next, the ship will round the Varanger peninsula, where archaeologists have excavated the remains of a community believed to date from the year 9000 B.C. In the evening, your ship calls at Batsfjord, which also boasts the remnants of a Stone age settlement, and the port of Berlevag. Be on the lookout for Tanahorn Mountain, which long ago was a sacrificial site sacred to the indigenous Sami people of Lapland.

Hammerfest
Hammerfest
Day 8: Honningsvag-Havoysund-Hammerfest-Oksfjord-Skjervoy-Tromso The ship arrives at Honningsvag in the early morning. after calling at Havoysund, she will stop for 1-1/2 hours in Hammerfest, the world's northernmost town of more than 5,000 people. Despite its remote location, it was the first Norwegian town to get electric street lighting along with its own power station. Your ship then heads south to Oksfjord, where you'll see a glacier calving—or shedding enormous chunks of ice—directly into the sea. After crossing open water, the ship calls at the old trading post of Skjervoy. You'll dock in Tromso just in time to savor its cosmopolitan nightlife. (Arrive Tromso 11:45 p.m.) Optional shore excursions available.

Loften Islands
Loften Islands
Day 9: Harstad-Risoyhamn-Sortland-Stokmarknes-Svolvaer-Stamsund Depart Tromso 1:30 a.m. The archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesteralen boast some of the most stunning scenery on this journey. Before your arrival, you'll see your captain skillfully maneuver your ship through the shallow Risoyrenna Channel, where sand banks are visible on both sides of the waterway through its green waters. The ship will then negotiate the narrow Raftsund Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord before arriving in Svolvaer and Stamsund. Later, the ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodo. Optional shore excursions available.


Trollfjord
Trollfjord
Day 10: Ornes-Nesna-Sandnessjoen-Bronnoysund-Rorvik From Ornes, you'll travel through crystalline waters filled with spawning cod from January to April, and pass by lush agricultural fields just on shore. Nearly every towering peak you'll see is associated with a local legend. Crossing the Arctic Circle once again, you'll pass the idyllic island of Sandnessjoen. On the approach to Bronnoysund, which you reach this afternoon, you'll spy the mythical Seven Sisters mountains. Make sure you're on deck when the ship departs Bronnoysund—you're sure to be impressed by the captain's steady hand. Today's last port of call will be Rorvik.

Molde
Molde
Day 11: Trondheim-Kristiansund-Molde-Alesund Arrive in Trondheim early, with time to visit Norway's largest medieval church, Nidaros Cathedral, and the restored archbishop's residence. You'll then sail out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord, past Hitra, island of deer, and lonely grip. At day's end, you'll call at Molde, before arriving in Alesund late in the evening in time for a stroll on shore. (Arrive Alesund 12:00 a.m.) Optional shore excursions available.

Spectacular Norway
Spectacular Norway
Day 12: Torvik-Maloy-Floro-Bergen Depart Alesund 12:45 a.m. During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Maloy, and Floro. "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage" is drawing to a close. Yet still ahead lies mile after mile of spectacular west Norway scenery: holly trees on Svanoy, the mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach to Bergen. (Arrive Bergen 2:30 p.m.)



Itinerary Changes While every effort is made to adhere to the specifics mentioned herein, changes may be required at times. Therefore, all prices, itineraries, and other pertinent information are those in effect at the time this material was prepared, and are subject to change without notice.


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