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On the traditional postal ship route from Bergen via Kirkenes to Trondheim, experience the magic of Norway. The wonderful fjord landscapes and impressive harbour towns will delight you. Norway‘s exciting wildlife will also provide plenty of reason to stop and stare.

Day 1: Arrival – Embarkation in Bergen

Welcome to the beautiful city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway! Depending on our arrival time we have the opportunity to marvel at this famous “gateway to the fjords“. 7 mountains rise up around the picturesque centre of the venerable former capital city. The old harbour front of Bryggen with its colourful store houses from the 14th century is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening, we will board our legendary Hurtigruten ship, the anchors will be lifted and our adventure will begin!

Day 2: Ålesund – Geirangerfjord – Hjørundfjord

Passing the West Cape, the westernmost point in Norway, we will reach the enchanting art nouveau city of Ålesund – with its towers, peaks, gables and ornamentation, it is a spectacle for the eyes! In the period from 01 July to 31 August, we will set course for the breathtaking Geirangerfjord (UNESCO World Heritage site). In September, your ship will sail into the 35 km long fascinating Hjørundfjord. Along the banks, the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps rise up into the sky – it’s a magnificent natural backdrop!

Day 3: Trondheim – the royal city

Our day begins in beautiful Trondheim. During an optional city tour, we will experience the old royal city with its colourful wooden buildings, the Ringve mansion and the Nidaros Cathedral. This was built between 1017 and 1300 and is the largest Gothic building in Norway. Then we will travel through Stoksund, a narrow strait, to reach the tranquil coastal town of Rørvik.

Day 4: Arctic Circle – Lofoten

We cross the Arctic Circle. In the summer, the sun does not set here. In autumn, the northern lights shine here. If this is your first time through Arctic waters, the Arctic Circle baptism awaits you – a wet and happy affair! On the way to Bodø, we cross a beautiful labyrinth of archipelagos, these small ice age rock islands. Then the massive Lofotenwand – a 110 km long mountain range – rises steeply from the Vestfjord. The island world of Lofoten with its stockfish racks and the “Rorbuer“, the traditional fishing huts, will enchant you.

Day 5: Tromsø – the gateway to the Arctic

We sail through Risøyrenna, a narrow passage between large sandbanks, to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. As the former starting point for major polar expeditions, it is considered the “gateway to the Arctic Ocean“. The most famous landmark is the Arctic Cathedral with its unique architecture and the glass mosaics – one of the most northern cathedrals in the world! Those who choose to hike on one of the nearby mountains will be rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view.

Day 6: Honningsvåg – North Cape

Today we reach Honningsvåg, the gateway to the wonderful North Cape plateau. On an optional excursion, you can explore this 307 m tall slate rock rising out of the Arctic Ocean. Here, at the northern tip of Europe, you can enjoy an incredible view, feel the indescribable feeling of standing at the end of the world, only 2,000 km from the North Pole. Then we’ll continue to the charming fishing village of Kjøllefjord on the west coast of the Nordkinn peninsula.

Day 7: Kirkenes – the turning point

The town of Kirkenes is called the “gateway to the east“. It is the turning point of our journey near the Russian border. Here you will be further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. We recommend “The Russian Border“, for example, as an excursion. In the evening we will reach the remote village of Berlevåg. The mighty Arctic Ocean stretches north from here.

Day 8: Hammerfest – Tromsø

You will discover Hammerfest today, the northernmost city in the world. It was founded in 1789 for trade with Russia. It is still an important fishing village. We continue to the south until we moor again in Tromsø. Here you can visit a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral or enjoy a local beer in one of the quaint pubs.

Day 9: Vesterålen – Lofoten

Today our ship sets its course for the fantastic island world of Vesterålen and Lofoten. The trip once again leads through the 5 km long Risøy channel (Risøyrenna). It was created specifically for the Hurtigruten post ships in order to allow for the “inland navigation“ through the groups of islands. Travelling through the 30 km long Raftsundet – and depending on the weather and schedule through the extremely narrow Trollfjord – we reach Svolvær. From here we’ll continue to Stamsund where we will once again be able to marvel at the peaks of the Lofoten wall.

Day 10: Arctic Circle – Seven Sisters

We cross the Arctic Circle once again. We celebrate saying farewell to the Arctic on board in the style of Arctic traditions. And then we will experience another spectacular highlight: On the shore of the island of Alsten, we will pass the “Seven Sisters“ – a chain of 7 impressive mountain figures. According to the famous legend, they are virgins frozen in stone.

Day 11: Homeward journey

It’s time to say goodbye, because the most beautiful sea voyage in the world comes to an end today. In the morning, the transfer bus will take us to the airport in Trondheim from where we will take our return flight to the UK. We have spent unforgettable days together and of course exchanged addresses. Because many people agree: We’ll want to go on another trip together soon.


Special services included for you

  • Return flights with a reputable airline3
    • United Kingdom – Bergen
    • Trondheim – United Kingdom
    Incl. transfer to the jetty and back
  • Breathtaking Hurtigruten sea voyage along the picturesque coast of Norway to the legendary North Cape!
    You can look forward to the most beautiful sea voyage in the world, including:
    • Bergen
    • Ålesund
    • West Cape
    • Trondheim
    • Arctic Circle
    • Bodø
    • Lofoten
    • Risøyrenna
    • Tromsø
    • Honningsvåg
    • Kjøllefjord
    • Kirkenes
    • Berlevåg
    • Hammerfest
    • Vesterålen
    • Raftsund
    • Stamsund
    • Seven Sisters
  • 10 nights in a double inside cabin on board our comfortable Hurtigruten post ship (MS RICHARD WITH or MS KONG HARALD) including luggage transport during embarkation
  • Delicious full board on board consisting of:
    – 10× tasty breakfast
    – 9× tasty lunch buffets
    – 10× three-course speciality dinners or a tasty evening buffet
  • Guest support by an English-speaking tour guide on board

3 e.g. scheduled flight with Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Air France or KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with change in Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Paris CDG, Frankfurt or Amsterdam.


On-shore excursions:

The Hurtigruten offer you an abundance of wonderful on-shore excursions at favourable conditions.

Look forward to your Hurtigruten post ship: MS RICHARD WITH or MS KONG HARALD – modern and legendary at the same time!

Ship description:
Both ships were renovated in 2016 and offer reception, lift, 3 restaurants, the bakery and ice cream bar “Multe“, a fitness room, sauna, Jacuzzi and their own expedition team, which is available to answer all questions.
Cabin description:
The cabins are modern and comfortably equipped with 2 separate beds (some with upper and lower berths), shower/ toilet and hairdryer. The exterior cabins also offer portholes or windows. The standard cabin categories essentially differ when it comes to size, view and deck.
Board information:
Warm, casual, windproof and rainproof clothing is recommended.
Board currency: Norwegian kroner, credit cards: MasterCard and VISA.

kappadokien-kundenstimmen

“We are repeat attenders. And that we have animated 10 friends to ride, probably speaks for itself and for you. All were without exception satisfied“

Petra S. from C., Traveler, 31.03.2016²


“A really great trip with many new impressions at a very good price/performance ratio.“

Carl K. from D., Traveler, 22.04.2016²


² RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2017.

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Location and geography:

The western coast of Norway lies on the European North Sea, the north coast on the Arctic Sea and the south coast on the Skagerrak, part of the North Sea separating Norway from Denmark. To the east, the country has its border with Sweden, to the north Finland and at its furthest north-easterly point the Russian Federation. The 2,700-km-long fjord coastline is Norway‘s „trademark“. The fjords are often very deep, on average between 80 and 100 km long, and surrounded by tall mountains. Further inland, there are vast forests in the south with numerous rivers and lakes, while in the north, within the Arctic Circle, the landscape is a harsh, mountainous one.

Capital:

Oslo

Form of government:

Constitutional monarchy

Religion:

Norwegian Church (Lutheran-Lutheran): 73%; Roman Catholic Church: 2%; Islam: 2.6%; Buddhism: 0.3%; Hinduism: 0.1%; Other/without religion: 17.7%

Language:

The country‘s official language is Norwegian. In the north of Norway, Sami (also an officially recognised language) is also spoken. Many Norwegians speak English, and some also speak German and French.
Note: The languages used on board are Norwegian and English.

Climate:

The Gulf Stream and air flows from the North Atlantic ensure a moderate climate at the coast. Generally speaking, the southern flatlands have warmer summers and colder winters than the coastal regions. Rain falls all year round, and in winter there are heavy snowfalls. Close to the Arctic Circle, there is constant daylight around the midsummer period and constant twilight during the winter months.

Electricity:

The mains voltage is 220 V, 50 Hz. You will need an adapter and voltage converter.

Local time:

Between Norway (UTC+2 hour) and UK (UTC+1 hour) there is the whole year a time difference of 1 hour.

Making telephone calls:

For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For telephone calls to Norway, please dial the country code 0047 first. Omit the first zero in the area code.

Currency:

The currency is called Norwegian Krone (NOK). 1 crown = 100 Øre. Course (as of June 2019): 1 GBP = 10,96 NOK, 1 NOK = 0.09 GBP. Banknotes are available in the values of 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 NOK, coins in denominations 20, 10, 5 and 1 NOK and 50 Øre.

Banks/Credit cards:

Money can go to the banks, exchange offices, and Main post offices are exchanged during opening hours. Bank opening hours: Mon – Wed and Fri 08.15/09.00 – 15.30 (summer until 15.00), Th 08.15/09.00 – 17.00.
Withdrawals: With EC/Maestro Card and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn throughout Europe in the local currency.
Note: No money can be withdrawn on board ship. Payments can be made in cash (the on-board currency is Norwegian Krona). Cashless payment via CruiseCard is the better option, however. To do this, the credit card (must be valid for at least a further 3 months) must be left with reception and the CruiseCard balance is then automatically deducted from the credit card, or a cash sum can be left at reception and the CruiseCard is then loaded with this amount.
On the final evening of the cruise, the CruiseCard is totalled. The final bill will be sent to your cabin and the CruiseCard cannot be used the following day.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Norway. Your passport should have six months left on the date of your arrival in Norway. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Norwegian Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling to Norway. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.
Comments: Many Norwegian authorities and banks, for example, do not recognise personal ID cards. It is therefore recommended that passengers enter the country with their passport for longer periods of stay.
Note: The passport or personal ID card must also be presented when checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board the ship. Entry requirements for British citizens may change at short notice. Legal information and/or information outside the scope of these notes regarding entry requirements can only be obtained directly from the embassy or one of your destination country‘s general consulates.

Particular customs regulations:

Norwegian customs regulations are very strict. The import of alcohol, but also tobacco, is subject to strict conditions. Even small violations of the limits are severely punishable. High import duties are payable when importing cars. On departure, please be aware that the Norwegian customs only allow a maximum of 15 kg of fish to be exported per person.
Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of your destination country. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information.
You are able to view the customs regulations for the UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs or enquire by telephone.

Conduct on board:

Smoking: Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on deck on all Hurtigruten ships. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside cabins. Failure to observe this regulation will incur a fine.
Alcohol: A maximum of two bottles of alcohol (max. 1.5 l) may be brought on board per person. Anything above this amount will be confiscated and returned to you on the final day. Alcohol purchased on land must be reported to reception before departure. The consumption of alcohol that you have brought on board yourself is generally not permitted.
Clothing: Formal clothing or evening wear is not required, however a jacket or blazer is a good idea. The weather in Norway changes quickly, which is why the „onion“ approach is advisable. Breathable but wind- and water-proof clothing should also be brought along, together with a hat, gloves, scarf and functional clothing.

Special criminal provisions:

Drug-related offences and infringements of customs and fishing regulations are prosecuted harshly. The carrying of even the smallest quantities of narcotics will generally lead to arrest at the border, the imposing of an entry ban or imprisonment. Keen fishers should inquire about local conditions in every instance. Failure to observe the relevant regulations incurs very high financial penalties which must be paid immediately. Fishing near to fish breeding farms is strictly prohibited.

Medical information:

Vaccination: No special vaccinations are required to enter Norway. In certain parts of the country, tick-bites are transmitted at certain seasons (mainly April – October) for the transmission of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Therefore, in good time before entering these areas should be contacted with a travel / tropical medicine for a possible vaccination.
Medical care: Anyone requiring regular medical care should find out about the facilities available in the sparsely populated parts of Norway. There may be problems accessing certain services in different regions. Outside normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 3 / 4 p.m., local emergency centres (Legevakt) can be contacted. The central emergency numbers in Norway are 112 (Police) or 113 (ambulance). For the dental emergency service (Tannlegevakt), payment must generally be made locally in cash. For all other forms of treatment, any treatment costs incurred have been covered since 01.01.2005 by presentation of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is available from the local health insurance organisation. Please be aware: In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.
Note: Due to the short distances between individual ports, there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacist on board. Medical care is available in port and in an emergency a helicopter can be summoned. All ships have a sick bay and personnel specially trained in first aid.
The Foreign Office recommends taking out foreign medical insurance with repatriation cover. In this context, we would point out that the costs of any assistance that may be required will be charged if you do not have additional cover.
No guarantee can be provided regarding the correctness or completeness of the medical information, nor can any liability be assumed for any damages that may arise. You alone are responsible for your health.
Customers must ensure that they are physically and mentally well enough to undertake their chosen trip. They should find out for themselves the physical mobility levels and mental capacity required for the trip in question.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: June 2019

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