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(2010 March 10 – 21)
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SHORE EXCURSIONS
Enhance Your Cruising Adventure with Optional Shore Excursions

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Shore excursions immerse you into the culture of the lands you will visit and allow you to personalize your cruise experience. Some shore excursions offered by Hurtigruten are available in advance, others can be purchased on board only. Optional extra cost shore excursions are not available at all ports due to limited times in ports. (See Sailing Schedule.) Others depend on the season. Finally, shore excursions are always subject to change and can also be conditional on weather conditions. Contact us for more information.

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Below you will find detailed descriptions of all known 2010 Optional Shore Excursions available during our cruise dates (March 10–21) including a Summary Table and a list of Terms and Conditions. These materials should help you plan your cruise. (Shore excursions are subject to change and can also depend on the weather.)

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Explanation of Levels

Level 1: This shore excursion is not at all strenuous.
Level 2: This shore excursion requires that participants are in relatively good physical condition and able to walk over rugged terrain. Not advisable for person with knee or hip problems.
Level 3: This shore excursion is strenuous and requires that participants be in good physical condition.

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DAY 2

ART NOUVEAU TOUR, ALESUND
2 hours, $32 per person
Code: 2C
Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly detailed ornamentation, Alesund is a town renowned across the world for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. This is largely due to the devastating fire of 1904, following which the entire town was rebuilt in the then fashionable Art Nouveau style. Your shore excursion around Alesund will begin at the pier where you will be met by a guide who will take you on a pleasant walk through the streets of this enchanting town. Along the way you will pass the picturesque fishing port of Brosundet, the special Apotekertorget square, and the beautifully decorated main street. You will also visit Jugendstilsenteret, which is the national centre for Art Nouveau. The museum offers everything from modern multimedia presentations to original interiors, and provides a fascinating insight into the history of Art Nouveau. This trip around Alesund provides you with a great opportunity to savour both the rich history of the town and the lively street life.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Walking Tour
Dress: Comfortable footwear
Level: 2

DAY 3:

TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL
2 hours, $53 per person
Code: 3B
Norway's original capital, Trondheim was founded as early as 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who gave the town the name Nidaros. Trondheim is a large city by Norwegian standards, though it has still managed to preserve both the charm and intimacy of a small town. It is also a town full of contrasts, with monastery ruins, impressive wooden buildings, colorful wharfs, and a beautiful red-painted city bridge dating back to 1861. It is home to a world famous research and educational community, modern sports facilities, and a lively nightlife. You will hear all about the city's many features as the bus takes us on a voyage of discovery through Trondheim's streets and boroughs, including a short stop at "Utsikten" ("The View")to admire the city from up high. As no sightseeing trip to Trondheim is complete without visiting one of its premier cultural treasures, we will of course make time to take in the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, the construction of this enormous building, with its countless details and decorations, began as early as 1070. After a compelling guided tour around the Gothic-style cathedral, you'll understand why many describe it as the most beautiful church in Norway.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable shoes
Note: Photography is not allowed inside Nidaros Cathedral. The excursion is available on both north and southbound sailings
Level: 1

DAY 4:

LOFOTR VIKING FEAST (Stamsund to Svolvaer)
3 hours, $117 per person
Code: 4E
Visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, where the largest Viking building ever found has been recreated. The original Chieftain's house was established in about 500 AD and was inhabited until around 900 AD. The rebuilt version exhibits original finds from the Viking age. The Chieftain and the Lady of the house want nothing more than to give you an unforgettable night as they invite you to join in on a real Viking feast in the banquet hall. Experience the magic and excitement of such an occasion as they make sacrifices to the Gods, hoping that the sun will turn to avoid Armageddon. After the Viking feast served with home-brewed mead, you travel by bus to Svolvær, where you will re-join your cruise ship.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Food Included: Dinner, mead
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing
Note: This shore excursion is available on both north and southbound sailings
Level: 1

DAY 5:

THE ARCTIC CAPITAL TROMSO
2 ½ hours, $61 per person
Code: 5A
Tromso is located beside the mighty Arctic Ocean, surrounded by towering mountains. Not only is it the largest town north of the Arctic Circle, it also has a unique history that includes hunting in the Arctic Ocean for walrus and polar bears, the transporting of logs from Russian rivers, the Pomor trade, coal mining and sealing. The battle to survive in the hard but naturally resource-rich far north provided hard-earned experiences that, more recently, have turned Tromso into a research and education center. During your shore excursion here you will visit the interpretive centre Polaria, with its Arctic aquarium, seal pool, educational displays and a panorama cinema. Watch the movie 'Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness', which will take you on a fantastic journey through Svalbard's spectacular scenery. After the movie, go on an Arctic 'expedition', experiencing a close-up look at natural phenomenons such as the Northern Lights, tundra, and blizzards. The tour also includes a stop at the famous Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece and town landmark. Built in 1965, the design of the church was inspired by the beliefs and natural surroundings evident throughout northern Norway, and features a fantastic glass mosaic that's rich in both colors and symbols.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable footwear
Level: 1

DOG SLEDDING (Tromso)
3 ½ hours, $162 per person
Code: 5B
Complete your winter holiday experience with a thrilling husky dog sled ride! Your shore excursion begins with a drive to the island of Kvaloya where you will change clothes and footwear before hopping aboard the sleds. The huskies pull you over the frozen landscape past stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light you'll see will come from your headlamps, the uniquely Nordic starry sky, and perhaps, the magical Northern Lights. You are invited into a lavvo with an open fire for a hot drink. During this adventure you will also experience a working day at the Wilderness Centre, where you can learn more about dog sledding and the dogs themselves. Join us on a miniature polar expedition you will not soon forget!
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, dog sled
Food Included: Coffee/tea and cake
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing
Note: Special clothing is provided. There is no guide on the bus. Subject to weather/snow conditions.
Level: 3

POLAR HISTORY CITY WALK
3 hours, $52 per person
Code: 5D
Tromso is not just the largest town in northern Norway; it's also a town brimming with history. Your shore excursion begins at the quay where your guide will take you to the Polar Museum. On the way there you'll visit the statue of Roald Amundsen, the hunting monument, and the marketplace, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the sound and the Arctic Cathedral. The Polar Museum is located in an old customs house from the 1830s and features exhibits from Norway's proud polar history; including the Arctic Ocean hunt and numerous polar expeditions. You will also see a film of the polar region made by the Arctic hunters. The tour continues to Tromso's main street, Storgaten, and on to the Beer Hall (Olhallen), Tromso's oldest pub, which was a popular meeting place for fishermen, hunters and polar explorers. Here, you can taste beer from the world's northernmost brewery, Mack, while one of the local heroes tells stories about the old days.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Walking Tour
Food Included: 1 beer, mineral water
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing
Level: 2

DAY 6:

THE NORTH CAPE (Honningsvag)
All year, 3 hours, $118 per person
Code: 6A
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as this shore excursion takes you across the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point in continental Europe. In summer, you might come across herds of grazing reindeer and a small camp belonging to the Sámi people, indigenous to this part of the world. The North Cape plateau itself rises over 1,000 ft almost vertically from the ice cold Arctic Ocean. Stand and wonder at the view, but don't forget to get some photographic evidence of this amazing place. After all, you may never get any further north! The tour includes a visit to the North Cape Hall, a modern interpretive centre where you can see Ivo Caprino's impressive panoramic film about Finnmark and the North Cape, buy souvenirs, send postcards and relax while enjoying a bite to eat.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm, wind proof clothing
Level: 1

SCOOTER TRIP IN LAPLAND (Kjollefjord to Mehamn)
2 ¼ hours, $323 per person
Code: 6D
This is an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas. During this shore excursion you will travel from the old trading post and fishing village of Kjøllefjord over the mountains to Mehamn. Along the way, the guides will introduce you to the Sámi people, their geographic and climatic conditions, what life is like on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population utilize nature in both the summer and winter months. Some of Norway's best instructors will ensure that proper training is given before you hop onto your own snowmobile for this once in a lifetime trip through fascinating scenery. Experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. Back in Mehamn, the world's northernmost mainland town, located on the often wild and stormy Finnmark coast, you rejoin the Hurtigruten ship to continue our cruise.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, snowmobile
Dress: Warm clothing, sturdy shoes. Special clothing is provided.
Note: Everyone wanting to drive a snowmobile must have their driving licence with them. Subject to weather/snow conditions.
Level: 3

Day 7:

THE RUSSIAN BORDER (Kirkenes)
Approx. 2 hours, $52 per person
Code: 7A
The only town in Norway where East meets West, Kirkenes represents the turning point of your Hurtigruten cruise. You start with a short tour of the town, before the bus takes you deep into the surprisingly fertile landscape. Here you will awe at the expanse of green hills, dotted with scrubs, birch and pine trees that manage to survive despite the harsh Arctic climate. The region has experienced an exciting and at times hugely dramatic history, so this also promises to be an educational morning. Next you will stop at Storskog - the border station between Norway and Russia. Though you will not cross the border itself, you are permitted to take pictures and are normally able to purchase Russian souvenirs. From here you travel the small mining community of Bjornevatn, before heading towards Pasvikdalen, which boasts an imposing landscape filled with rolling green hills and robust trees, an area known to have Norway's largest population of brown bears. Back in Kirkenes you will stop at the impressive Prestfjellet Mountain, which overlooks both the town and your awaiting Hurtigruten ship.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing.
Level: 1

SNOWMOBILE SAFARI (Kirkenes)
2 ½ hours, $178 per person
Code: 7C
On a frozen fjord you will drive snowmobiles, two people per vehicle, across the beautiful landscape in the height of the Arctic winter. During the trip your guides will tell talk about the history of the Sámi people, the extreme Arctic climate, and the unique wildlife that inhabit the area. After the journey you can enjoy a hot drink and sample some dried reindeer meat in a well-heated lavvo. Warm clothing will be provided, and you will receive thorough instructions on snowmobiling safety before your experience begins.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, snowmobile
Food Included: Coffee and dried reindeer snack
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing. Thermal suits and helmets are provided
Note: Bring your driver's license. Children under the age of 15 can only be passengers. Subject to weather and snow conditions.
Level: 3

KIRKENES SNOW HOTEL (Kirkenes)
2 ½ hours, $68 per person
Code: 7D
Kirkenes Snow Hotel is set in idyllic surroundings near Gabba Reindeer Park. Begin your shore adventure with a stroll up to the hotel and into Norway's largest ice bar, where you are welcomed with an ice cold crowberry shot, locally known as "Rudolf's Revenge!" The guide will then show you around the Snow Hotel, including some of the magnificent suites containing art made from snow and ice. After the tour you'll meet the reindeer. This is an excellent photo opportunity so don't forget to bring your camera! You can also visit Gabba Kennel and take a look at some of the many Siberian Huskies who live there. Afterwards, you will enjoy a meal at the Gabba restaurant where you'll be greeted by a roaring fire. Snack on sausages with potato pancakes and mustard before returning to Kirkenes where you first stop at Prestfjellet Mountain, with its magnificent views of both the town and your Hurtigruten cruise ship.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, car
Food Included: Crowberry shots, sausages with potato pancakes
Dress: Warm clothing and warm shoes or boots
Note: Subject to weather and snow conditions.
Level: 1

HUSKY ADVENTURE (Kirkenes)
2 ½ hours, $161 per person
Code: 7F
Shore excursion participants are met at the quay in Kirkenes for a drive on to the intriguing Snow Hotel, situated next to Gabba Reindeer Park. You will put on warm outdoor clothing - with snow overalls, shoes, gloves and hats all provided for you. The huskies are harnessed to your sled, eagerly waiting to transport you across the frozen landscape. There will be two passengers per sled, with each sled travelling with its own "musher" (guide). All guides have plenty of experience in dog sledding, many having taken part in competitive dog races. You can also have a go at driving the sled yourself, or if you'd prefer, you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. The track is just over three miles long, and is set against the most picturesque of landscapes, so you can experience the real feeling of wilderness during your adrenalin-fueled ride. At the end of the trip you gather around the fire for a hot drink. You also have the option to visit the Snow Hotel or the reindeer enclosure.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, sled
Meals on the trip: Warm drink
Clothes/Footwear: Warm clothing, warm shoes. Special clothing is provided
Note: Subject to weather/snow conditions. This excursion is only sold on board
Level: 3



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DAY 9:

A TASTE OF VESTERALEN (Harstad to Sortland)
4 ¼ hours, $80 per person
Code: 9A
Harstad to Sortland is one of the real classics in Hurtigruten's excursion program and by taking part in this tour you will quickly understand why our guests are so enthused by this eventful outing. Not only will you experience history, but also stunningly beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sights. Your shore excursion begins with a short sightseeing tour through the streets of Harstad, before moving on to the Trondeneshalvoya Peninsula, just about a mile or so outside the town. Here you will visit the white medieval church Trondenes Kirke, which as well as containing several art treasures, is also one of the premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages (short ecumenical worship services are often held for our guests here).Visitors are truly on historic ground and in Trondenes Historical Centre, next door to the church, you'll find an exciting exhibition complete with sounds, smells and original objects from the region throughout history; from the Viking and Middle Ages, to the present day. The bus then goes across Hinnoya Island, where you'll enjoy a view of beautiful fjords, steep mountains and large fertile agricultural areas. Moving on, you will cross the Gullesfjord by ferry, while enjoying a hot drink and some freshly baked cakes. You will continue touring along the Sigerfjord and into Sortland, the centre of the idyllic group of islands called Vesteralen. It's here that you again board your cruise ship. This excursion is a beautiful experience in all seasons; idyllic in the summer, but just as picture perfect in winter.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus, ferry
Food Included: Coffee/tea and cakes
Level: 1

LOFOTR VIKING FEAST (Svolvaer to Stamsund)
3 hours, $117 per person
Code: 9D
At the Lofotr Viking Museum, the largest Viking building ever found has been recreated. The original Chieftain's house was established in about 500 AD and was inhabited until around 900 AD. The rebuilt version exhibits original finds from the Viking age. The Chieftain and the Lady of the house want nothing more than to give you an unforgettable night as they invite you to join in on a real Viking feast in the banquet hall. Experience the magic and excitement of such an occasion as they make sacrifices to the Gods, hoping that the sun will turn to avoid Armageddon. After the Viking feast, served with home-brewed mead, you travel by bus to Stamsund, where you continue your Hurtigruten cruise adventure.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Food Included: Dinner, mead
Dress: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing
Note: This shore excursion is available on both north and southbound sailings.
Level: 1

DAY 11:

TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL
Year-round 2 hours, $53 per person
Code: 11A
Norway's original capital, Trondheim was founded as early as 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who gave the town the name Nidaros. Trondheim is a large city by Norwegian standards, though it has still managed to preserve many of the charm and intimacy of a small town. It is also a town full of contrasts, with monastery ruins, impressive wooden buildings, colorful wharfs and a beautiful red-painted city bridge dating back to 1861. Trondheim is home to a world famous research and educational community, modern sports facilities, a lively night life and countless more besides. You will hear all about the city's many features as the bus takes you on a voyage of discovery through the Trondheim's streets and boroughs, including a short stop at "Utsikten" ("The View") to admire the city from up high. As no sightseeing trip to Trondheim is complete without visiting one of its premier cultural treasures, your shore excursion will include a tour of the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, the construction of this enormous building, with its countless details and decorations, began as early as 1070. Thanks to a compelling guided tour around the Gothic-style cathedral, you will soon understand why many describe it as the most beautiful church in Norway.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable shoes
Note: Photography is not allowed inside Nidaros Cathedral. The excursion is available on both north and southbound sailings
Level: 1

Day 12:
BERGEN CITY SIGHTSEEING
2 hours, $45 per person
Code: 12A
Bergen is an international city with small town charm, surrounded by seven imposing mountains. Enjoy a guided tour past picturesque alleys and well known locations such as Nordnes Peninsula, Hakon's Hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower, Maria Church, Bergen harbour and the famous fish market. In addition to seeing all this, your well informed guides will take you on a short walk through the old buildings at Bryggen, which is on UNESCO's world heritage list. During this trip you will receive a good insight into the city's history and development, from its founding in 1070, right up to the present day.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Transportation: Bus
Dress: Comfortable shoes
Note: The tour ends at city hotels or at the train station. Only sold on board
Level: 2



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