Two prominent Norwegian-American organizations, Bygdelagenes Fellesraad and Norwegians Worldwide, offer you a chance to travel with fellow Norwegian-Americans and explore the stunning Norwegian Coastline!
Visit with fellow tour members, attend special lectures and choose from a variety of exciting shore excursions on this spectacular 12-day voyage roundtrip from Bergen.
Learn more about your Norwegian ancestry as you explore the beauty of the Norwegian coastline when you join this unique voyage!
NOTE: Cabin requests will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Cabin allotments are limited. If no cabins remain in the requested cabin category, you will be offered the closest cabin category available. All rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single cabin supplement: up to 75% of cabin fare. Price does not include international airfare, travel insurance or optional excursions and gratuities.
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Arrive at Flesland Airport Bergen. Transfer to hotel in city center. Balance of day free to relax and adjust to time change. Welcome dinner and overnight at the First Hotel Marin.[D]
Breakfast at hotel. Day free in Bergen or join an optional Norway in a Nutshell excursion. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.
Optional Independent Norway in a Nutshell Excursion (from $235 per person): Independent transfer to the train station. Depart by train to Voss. Arrive in Voss and proceed to Gudvangen by bus, ascending the 13-hairpin bends of the Stalheim Road. Cruise the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandfjord to Flåm. Depart Flåm on board the Flåm Railway to Myrdal. Change to the Oslo/Bergen Railway and return to Bergen.[B]
Morning free in Bergen for independent exploration. In the afternoon, transfer to the Hurtigruten pier for embarkation on the 12-day Classic Roundtrip Voyage. Depart at 8:00pm and enjoy dinner on board. Overnight in selected cabin category.[B][D]
If you wake up early you’ll have the opportunity to see Hornelen before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Rising 2,820 ft. high to the west, this is the mountain that according to the ancient Norse saga, was climbed by Viking King Olav Tryggvason. Experience a rare venture into open ocean as we sail past the West Cape, where the Norwegian Sea opens to the North Atlantic Ocean. We then set course toward the idyllic Hjørundfjord, where only Hurtigruten ships sail.[B][L][D]
Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason back in 997 A.D. Trondheim’s architecture and surroundings create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere for any outing. Join an optional tour of the Nidaros Cathedral or simply explore the beautifully restored wooden buildings in the Bakklandet district on your own.[B][L][D]
On this day we cross the Arctic Circle. This invisible border at 66° 33’ North marks the southernmost point for the midnight sun, which shines 24 hours a day in the summer. North of this line, you will see the midnight sun in summer and the magical northern lights in winter. This is where the Arctic begins. Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, is located near Ørnes, the old trading village and port of call. The journey continues along the beautiful Helgeland coast, considered by many to be just as spectacular as Lofoten. In the afternoon, we sail from Bodø across Vestfjord. Then the 3,280-ft high mountain of Lofotveggen will appear on the horizon, marking our arrival to Lofoten.[B][L][D]
Stop in Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with exciting activities, no matter what time of year you travel. Choose from whale watching, hiking, kayaking or learn about the country’s fascinating polar history.[B][L][D]
Enjoy the magnificent landscape as we continue our journey toward the North Cape. In Honningsvåg, you can join an optional cultural walk through the town and be charmed by the colorful buildings. Then sail through the heart of the Sámi homeland to the port of Kjøllefjord, an area famous for its rich birdlife. Enjoy the sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel north, and be sure to take this opportunity to experience the North Cape - the northernmost point on the continent.[B][L][D]
Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents Region and is the gateway to the east. The town is also Hurtigruten’s easternmost port and turning point. The landscape and sea along the coast of Finnmark becomes ever more dramatic the closer we get to Kirkenes, which is located just a few miles from the Russian border.[B][L][D]
Bid Finnmark farewell and continue the journey past some of the world’s northernmost fishing villages and Europe’s northernmost lighthouse. On Hjelmsøy, you will have a great view of Europe’s largest colony of guillemots and razorbills. In Hammerfest, you can join in a mountain trek or a guided tour of the town. In short: You are far north, in an inhabited but also quite unspoiled part of Europe.[B][L][D]
The journey past the beautiful Vesterålen Islands toward the spectacular Lofoten Islands is for many the highlight of the trip. Between Sortland and Stokmarknes, you can see the famous Møysalen mountain, which has inspired numerous artists over the years. As we sail south through Vesterålen, we seemingly head straight toward a mountain wall, but there is an opening there: Raftsundet, which leads to the bewitchingly narrow Trollfjord. We end the day with activities in Lofoten’s principal city of Svolvær: Choose from a sea eagle safari, a fishing excursion, a RIB boat ride, horseback riding and more.[B][L][D]
In the morning, we cross the Arctic Circle. Now we head for the Helgeland coast with its abundance of islands, islets, reefs and steep mountain walls. This is the home of the unique rock formations of Hestmannen; Torghatten, with its distinctive hole; and the spectacular Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are more than 2,950 ft. high, and according to legend, the seven sisters were turned to stone because they forgot to hide from the sun.[B][L][D]
After visiting Trondheim in the morning, the ship heads slowly out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord past Munkholmen, Hitra and thousands of islands and islets before docking in Kristiansund. Often referred to as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’, Kristiansund boasts a longtime history of exporting the salted, dried fish. From Kristiansund, we cross the open sea on our way toward Molde.[B][L][D]
During the night the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, and on this day, the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. But before we dock in Bergen, there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous glacier of Jostedalsbreen. Nordfjord stretches 56 miles inland, all the way to the tiny villages of Loen and Olden. The rugged landscape at the mouth of the fjord is in stark contrast to the fertile landscape found inland. The lush orchards and glacier arms reach out toward sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls. Be sure to make the most of the last hours on board and enjoy these beautiful sights. Arrive in Bergen at 2:30pm. After disembarkation, transfer to the Bergen Flesland Airport for a 5:30pm flight to Oslo. Upon arrival in Oslo at 6:20pm, transfer to the Scandic Victoria Hotel. Balance of day free. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.[B][L]
Breakfast at hotel. Day free for independent explorations or you can choose to join a sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.[B][D]
Tour ends following breakfast. Transfer to Gardermoen Airport for return flight. Longer stays may be requested upon registration for a minimum charge of $100.[B]