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    12 days - Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage with an Astronomy expert

    Voyage the beautiful Norwegian Coast from Bergen to Kirkenes return, accompanied by lecturers from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). This spectacular voyage examines the inseparable links between Norway's rich heritage and the sea, the ultimate way to experience the full majesty and culture of Norway's coastline.

    Highlights include

    • Go hunting for the Northern Lights, the elusive winter phenomenon
    • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
    • Enjoy insightful lectures from astronomers and deepen your understanding of the universe
    Day 1
    Arrive Bergen
    Day 2
    Discover Ålesund, known for its art nouveau architecture
    Day 3
    Visit the historic city of Trondheim
    Day 4
    Cross the Arctic Circle
    Day 5
    Tromsø, gateway to the land of the Sami
    Day 6
    Visit to the North Cape
    Day 7
    Kirkenes, the easternmost point of your voyage
    Day 8
    Midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral
    Day 9
    Return to the stunning and picturesque Lofoten Islands
    Day 10
    See the Torghatten mountain
    Day 11
    Sail through the vast Trondheim fjord
    Day 12
    Arrive back in Bergen
    Start/End Place
    Bergen, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    12 Days
    Group Size
    100 - 400
    Suitability
    Easy independent voyage suitable for singles & couples
    Code
    50DN1285

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Norwegian Ferry boat

    Click here to see the Havila fleet - Norwegian Coastal Voyages

    Included
    • 12 day Bergen - Bergen Round Voyage in the cabin grade of your choice
    • Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • English speaking tour leader on board
    • Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned Astronomer
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees

    Not Included

    Flights, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Bergen

    The voyage starts in Bergen, the colourful capital of western Norway, where you can explore the UNESCO-listed Bryggen warehouses, ride the Fløibanen funicular for scenic views, indulge in fresh seafood at the fish market, or wander the lively harbour's charming streets and quays.

    Meals
    1 Dinner

    Day 2 - Discover Ålesund, known for its art nouveau architecture

    On the morning of the second day, you can greet the Havila Voyages headquarters near Torvik before arriving in Ålesund, known for its art nouveau architecture. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top!

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 3 - Visit the historic city of Trondheim

    It is morning when you dock in the historic city of Trondheim, which was founded over a thousand years ago. The Nidaros Cathedral is the city's major landmark. Furthermore, it is Norway's national shrine and one of the largest cathedrals in northern Europe. After your visit here, the voyage continues towards northern Norway.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 4 - Cross the Arctic Circle

    As you journey further north, you'll celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle with a ceremony before exploring the Arctic regions. Encounter the awe-inspiring power of nature with a visit to northern Scandinavia's largest glacier, see the world's strongest tidal current, and spot the majestic sea eagles. In the evenings, you can explore the Lofoten fishing villages, admire the steep mountains, and learn about Viking history and heritage.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 5 - Tromsø, gateway to the land of the Sami

    As you continue through the narrow fjords and wild mountains, you'll arrive in Tromsø, a city with a rich history associated with hunting, fishing, and polar expeditions. Tromsø is also a gateway to the land of the Sami, Norway's indigenous people. Meeting the Sami and learning about their culture, including their unique connection with reindeer, is a truly unforgettable experience.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 6 - Visit to the North Cape

    This is as far north as you can get — by land and sea. For many, the visit to the North Cape is a highlight and a goal for voyages along the Norwegian coast. Up here, in the polar landscape, nature is at its harshest and most desolate, but between bare plains and rugged cliffs, people cling on and reap nature's bounty – and you can have a taste of the catch. How about some king crab?

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 7 - Kirkenes, the easternmost point of your voyage

    Congratulations, you have now reached the easternmost point of your voyage! The border with Russia is only a few kilometres away, and you may notice that road signs in Kirkenes are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Consider joining one of our excursions to visit the border, or venture to the Snowhotel where everything is crafted from ice and snow for a unique and memorable experience.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 8 - Midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral

    As we sail west and south, the polar landscape transforms, giving way to towering peaks. In the evening, we'll arrive in Tromsø where you can attend a midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral or stroll under the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Explore the city's lively nightlife scene, known as "The Paris of the North".

    Optional excursions such as the Midnight concert can be booked on board.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 9 - Return to the stunning and picturesque Lofoten Islands

    Next, you'll return to the stunning and picturesque Lofoten Islands, where you'll find a mix of wild and idyllic scenery. Along the coastline, you'll discover chalky, white, and sandy beaches alongside charming fishing villages, which still thrive on a vibrant fishing industry. The locals rely on coastal ships for everyday transportation. Weather permitting, we'll venture into the narrow Trollfjord, which offers an excellent chance to spot majestic sea eagles.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 10 - See the Torghatten mountain

    At this juncture of your journey, you have ventured so far south that we have left the polar land behind and crossed the Arctic Circle. However, during winter, you may still witness the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky. As you sail, you'll pass by numerous small islands, islets, and skerries, including the unique Torghatten mountain, which features a hole in its centre.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 11 - Sail through the vast Trondheim fjord

    You'll sail through the vast Trondheim fjord, flanked by rolling farmland on either side, before reaching the coast and the open sea once more. If you wish to disembark, Kristiansund offers the opportunity for a scenic bus tour along the Atlantic Ocean Road, considered one of the world's most beautiful drives. The road winds along islets and skerries, and after the tour, you can rejoin us in Molde.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner

    Day 12 - Arrive back in Bergen

    On the final day of your journey, you'll voyage through a varied coastal landscape that features rugged rocky mountains and an intricate network of straits and waterways between countless islands. The magnificent fjords and glaciers are located further inland. The voyage concludes in Bergen, and we can help with any additional nights in Bergen or activities.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price from per person, twin share for an inside cabin. The Coastal Cruise price fluctuates daily depending on demand and so this price can only be indicative as we will need to price based on your day of travel. PLEASE NOTE: This is a FROM price. Any discounts will be applied to your personal request.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    30 Oct 2024
    10 Nov 2024
    30 Oct 2024
    10 Nov 2024
    USD 2,977
    On request
    Inside (No Window)

    Important Information

    You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions.

    NOTE: Havila offer a Northern Lights promise - that the lights will make an appearance during your 12 day Havila voyage in Norway, that if they don't, Havila give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage inside cabin with half board FREE OF CHARGE *Please consider that the lights can be quite often hard to see or fleeting and not as the photos appear.

    Your lecturers on board:

    Ian Ridpath is a respected writer and lecturer in the fields of astronomy and space, known internationally.

    He serves as the editor of the esteemed Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and has penned a popular series of night sky guides tailored for beginners. As a valued member of the Royal Astronomical Society’s outreach team, Ian has been guiding enthusiasts to witness the Northern Lights in Norway since 2010.

    John Zarnecki is a distinguished English space scientist.

    Zarnecki's expertise has not gone unnoticed; he has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society's Gold Medal and has served as both its Vice-President and President since 2016. He has held notable positions, including Director of the International Space Science Institute in Switzerland and Professor of Space Science at the Open University. With his extensive involvement in significant space probe missions, he is a leading authority on space debris, cosmic dust, and impacts.

    Interactive Tour Map

    Inspiration

    Get ready for winter touring in Scandinavia

    Get ready for travelling in the Nordic winter weather - ideas for travelling smoothly in the snow.

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    Best time for Northern Lights in Norway

    Norway is well known as a 'Northern Lights' hotspot and there is good reason. Above the Arctic Circle, many cities in Norway offer terrific chances to see the lights between mid-September to early April.

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    Havila Voyage Handy Hints

    Our 'helpful hints' guide to your Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Havila. Many of our Scandinavian staff have travelled on a coastal voyage and offer detailed explanations to how it works on-board.

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