Depart from Bergen at 8.00pm. Explore your ship and get to meet your fellow passengers as you take in the spectacular landscapes.
An early arrival at the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund affords an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town. Optional excursions include a guided walking tour of the town. Departures between 14 April and 14 September will sail into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord.
Continuing north, we head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture. Optional excursions include the mediaeval Nidaros Cathedral or the enthralling Ringve Music Museum.
Crossing the Arctic Circle, continue to the modern town of Bodø. Optional excursions include the Saltstraumen – Sea Eagle Safari where you witness the world’s strongest tidal current, while overhead there’s a good chance of seeing Europe’s largest predatory bird, the sea eagle. Day’s end sees you amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their stylish capital, Svolvaer. Between late May and late July experience the magical light of the Midnight Sun.
A relaxing morning at sea precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic and starting point for many polar expeditions. Optional excursions include a Polar History Walk to include the fascinating Polar Museum, an Arctic Capital bus tour taking in the modern Arctic Cathedral, whose eastern wall is a fabulous stained glass window. In winter try an exhilarating excursion by husky dog sleigh through the stunning scenery.
Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to Europe’s most northerly point, the North Cape. Optional excursions include a bird watching safari, a North Cape tour and a unique opportunity to meet a family of Sami reindeer herders who will offer you an insight into the rich history of the Finnmark area. In winter, options also include a snowmobile safari(driving licence required).
The vistas and seal life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border. This is the town where the northbound only passengers disembark for their flight home and where the 5 night Classic Voyage South passengers join the ship. Optional excursions include a River Boat or Quad Bike Safari to the Russian border and during the winter months a visit to the Snow Hotel.