Iceland & Norway’s Artic Explorer – Viking Ocean Cruise

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Iceland & Norway’s Artic Explorer – Viking Ocean Cruise

Call on distant northern shores

Discover life in the far north during a voyage across the Arctic Circle and along the distant shores of Norway and Iceland. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Geiranger, visit the former Hanseatic League city of Bergen and admire Honningsvåg’s remote North Cape. Enjoy an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, home to more polar bears than people, and call at Tromsø, Norway’s most northernly city.

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Day 1: Bergen, Norway

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

Bergen’s Bryggen has come to serve as an important window into both Norway’s maritime legacy and architectural traditions. Totaling more than 60 buildings, with the earliest dating to the 18th century, these distinct structures are all that remain after the numerous fires that have ravaged Bergen. They were largely reconstructed within their original property lines, with their restoration and continual preservation staying true to medieval Norwegian building techniques, materials and tools. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a delight to explore.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BERGEN (INCLUDED)
Enjoy a relaxing tour by deluxe motor coach as you tour the main sites in Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the picturesque wooden buildings at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. Take a photo stop at Nordnes and admire the views over Bergen Harbor. Once the capital city of Norway, Norwegian kings resided here, and many historic events took place in the port. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you tour through the streets of Norway’s second-largest city.

A SNAPSHOT OF BERGEN
SITES AND HEIGHTS
See Bergen both up close and from a bird’s-eye perspective on this expansive tour. With your guide, pass the medieval Bergen Fortress at the entrance to the harbor. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the picturesque wharf that helped put Bergen at the center of the Hanseatic League. For a wider view of this city, ascend Mt. Fløien via funicular railway. From the summit, enjoy spectacular views of Bergen’s seaside setting. Back in the city, visit the Schøtstuene Museum. Explore its multipurpose rooms in which wealthy Hanseatic merchants gathered during the winter months; the building was once used for meetings, teaching, social events and trials. For a more modern perspective, see the Bergen Theater and Grieg Hall, named for Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. A scenic drive around the Nordnes Peninsula offers sweeping views across the harbor.

GRIEG’S HOUSE & RECITAL & FANTOFT STAVE CHURCH
THE OLD WAYS
Travel south of Bergen to view a remarkable wooden church and visit the home of Norway’s famed composer. Join your local guide on a drive through suburban Bergen to Fana, where the Fantoft Stave Church stands tall, proud and elegant. Built entirely of wood in 1150 in the tradition of Norwegian stave churches, it was moved to its present site in 1883 to save it from demolition and preserve it as part of the nation’s heritage. From spiritual faith to musical brilliance, you will also visit Troldhaugen, where famed Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg and his wife lived for 22 years. Norway’s most celebrated son, he was inspired by Norwegian folk music and sought to raise its profile in his composing and performances. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor and Peer Gynt. Enjoy an exclusive recital of his music before returning to your ship.

ASCENT OF MT. ULRIKEN
TEA AT THE TOP
Combine a tour of the highlights of historic Bergen with a scenic visit to the summit of Mt. Ulriken. A panoramic tour takes you to the medieval Bergenhus fortress at the entrance to Bergen’s harbor. You will also see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the beautifully preserved wharf that was central to Bergen’s role in the Hanseatic League. Here, you will see the wooden warehouses through which much of the mercantile organization’s wealth passed. A cable car awaits you just outside the affluent suburb of Kalfaret. Wind conditions permitting, take a seat inside your gondola for a scenic ascent to Mt. Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains. At the summit, witness the magnificent views and enjoy a warm beverage accompanied by the famed Ulriken Bun, a cinnamon pastry for which this region is known. Enjoy free time at this 1,000-foot peak before returning to the city to explore on your own.

A TASTE OF NORWEGIAN FARM LIFE
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND CULTURE OF ØVRE EIDE FARM
Venture into the pristine countryside outside Bergen to witness life on a traditional Norwegian farm. Drive with your guide through vistas of soaring mountains and tranquil lakes to the idyllic working farm at Øvre Eide, nestled on the beautiful Jordal Lake. Here, surrounded by green fields and magnificent scenery, the owner will greet you and lead a relaxed and leisurely guided tour of his tranquil property. Along the way, you will pause with him as he shares the farm’s history and local heritage and provides some insight into the evolving ways of farming in Norway. You will also meet some of the animals typically found on Nordic farms, from Norwegian fjord horses to Norwegian spel sheep. Then you are invited to join him in the beautiful main house for freshly made almond pralines, pastries with berries and cream and natural fruit juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

DALE OF NORWAY: A LIVING MUSEUM
A HISTORIC MILL WEAVES NORWAY’S ICONIC SWEATERS
Visit one of Norway’s few remaining textile centers and see how the iconic Norwegian sweaters are made. Meet your guide at our berth and enjoy a scenic drive to the village of Dale, nestled in a sweeping valley among soaring peaks on the west coast. Here, spend time getting acquainted with the Dale factory, world-renowned for more than just its sweaters. This historic mill harnesses the power of local waterfalls. The community of Dale developed around this ingenuity and the textile industry that it supports. Today, the entire village embraces a culture that centers around knitting and creating traditional designs. Exclusive garments are made here for sports and fashion, too. Your guided tour will weave all the threads of this self-made town together for you, from its history to its sweater production. You will have free time to browse its shop before returning to your ship.

MT. FLØIEN HIKE
TREK THROUGH BERGEN’S WOODLAND HILLS
Ascend 1,000 feet above Bergen to the top of Mt. Fløien for magnificent views. Board the Fløibanen funicular for a scenic ride up the mountain, where you will begin your tour with a walk through the woodlands to the idyllic Skomakerdiket lake, then join the main path. As you climb, take in the stunning scenery of the Fløien Hills. The fjord and its multitude of islands are nestled below, and your eyes can follow the coastline all the way to the North Sea. Continue on the path toward Fjellveien while you enjoy sweeping views to the south of Bergen and Store Lundgegårdsvannet, a bay in the city center. Take a break and immerse yourself in nature as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. After time to relax, set off down the hill and through the charming Skuteviken neighborhood en route to your ship.

FLIGHTSEEING OVER DRAMATIC FJORDS
STUNNING SCENIC VIEWPOINT FROM THE SKY
Take flight on a scenic seaplane journey over the stunning fjords of Bergen and its mountain scenery. You will be picked up for a short transfer to the charming town of Sandviken. Meet your pilot and step on board your four-seater Cessna seaplane to experience the thrill of takeoff from the water. Soar over the picturesque mountains and view the beautiful fjords from above. You will also fly over the striking Hardangerfjord, blue glacier lakes and, weather permitting, Folgefonna—one of the biggest glaciers in Norway. On your return to base, fly over Mt. Ulriken and the city of Bergen, where you will see your cruise ship docked in the harbor. Have your camera ready for this breathtaking excursion over the wild, beautiful landscapes of western Norway.

NORWEGIAN GOLD & SILVERSMITHS
FACTORY TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION OF BEAUTIFULLY HANDCRAFTED PIECES
Visit one of Norway’s historic gold and silversmiths, and learn about their heritage during a visit to a factory. Take a short ride from the pier to Arven, a Bergen-based company that has been producing fine jewelry and interior design pieces for more than 150 years. You will be welcomed by your host, who will describe the history of the company and its place at the forefront of Norwegian design. As well as its own classic pieces, Arven works in partnership with some of Norway’s most talented designers. Take a tour of the factory and witness the artists at work, creating beautifully crafted jewelry, traditional silver cutlery, accessories and items for the home. After your tour of the production area, you will have the opportunity to browse the on-site gift shop and enjoy a glass of champagne before returning to your ship.

19TH-CENTURY KNITTING FACTORY
EXPLORE NORWAY’S KNITTING TRADITIONS
Gain insight into Norway’s knitting heritage during a visit to the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum in Salhus. Meet your guide at the pier and board your motor coach for a scenic drive through the countryside to this pretty coastal town. Arrive and enjoy a guided tour of the museum, housed in a restored 19th-century factory. Learn about traditional production processes, from carding and spinning to winding and sewing, and view examples of knitted pieces that were made here, including some rather unusual offerings. Hear stories of the factory workers who once worked here and see the historic machines in action. After your tour, enjoy free time to browse the on-site shop in which you may purchase knitting patterns, wool and handcrafted garments, before returning to your awaiting ship.

NORDIC WALKING IN BERGEN
HISTORIC DISTRICT AND SCENIC VISTAS
Lace up your walking shoes and head out for a Nordic walking experience as you take in some of Bergen’s sights. Meet your instructor and grab your poles before heading out into the city to explore. Nordic walking is an all-encompassing version of walking, suitable for all fitness levels and a great way to work out. Your guide will demonstrate the correct way to use the poles, then you will head off to explore. See some of Bergen’s historic districts as you head through Sandviken and scale the hills to view the city’s most picturesque vistas, including sweeping scenes of the fjord below. Discover some of the hidden gems and learn about the fascinating past of the city, which was once the center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. After your invigorating Nordic walk, you will return to your awaiting ship.

BERGEN AT WAR
FJELL FORTRESS AND NORTH SEA TRAFFIC MUSEUM
Explore Bergen’s role in World War II as one of Scandinavia’s main bases during the Nazi occupation. Fjell Fortess was constructed as Germany’s biggest stronghold in Norway during the war; it is an impressive underground military base with a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath Fjedla Mountain. The facility housed a complex of dormitories and living quarters, kitchens, medical stations, workshops, a communications center and command bunkers. In addition, the fortress was centered around heavy German artillery, including the triple cannon which was capable of firing three shells from each of its three barrels simultaneously. Afterward, visit the North Sea Traffic Museum, where you will hear powerful stories of the people of Bergen and learn about the members of the Norwegian Resistance who communicated with Allied forces in Scotland to coordinate crucial drops of supplies.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Geiranger is the gateway to some of coastal Norway’s most magnificent natural treasures. Nearby, the Seven Sisters Waterfall tumbles 1,000 feet into the fjord’s water, while directly across the fjord, the Suitor Waterfall also plunges down a steep face. The overlook known as Eagle’s Bend towers 2,000 feet above the village, accessed via a winding mountain road with 11 hairpin turns. The Norwegian Fjord Center puts all this natural splendor into perspective with fascinating exhibits.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

EAGLE’S BEND OVERLOOK & PANORAMIC DRIVE (INCLUDED)
SEE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST STUNNING VISTAS
Witness Geiranger's pristine majesty as you ascend to the heights of Geirangerfjord on a magnificent drive. You will meet your guide at the berth and drive up a winding road to Eagle's Bend viewpoint, passing through 11 breathtaking hairpin turns. At the road's pinnacle, you will witness the spectacular scenery that has earned Geirangerfjord status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, you will drive to Flydalsjuvet viewpoint for more impressive views. After a photo stop, continue into the green Flydal Valley to the high mountain plateau at Djupvatn Lake. Its gorgeous waters shimmer in the Norwegian sun. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

SCENIC MOUNTAIN DRIVE & DALSNIBBA CLIMB
VISTAS & GLITTERING ICE FIELDS
Take a spectacular drive through mountains, fjords and glaciers, enjoy lunch, then climb to the Dalsnibba summit. Meet your guide and drive into the green Flydal Valley to the high mountain plateau at Djupvatn Lake. Its gorgeous waters shimmer in the Norwegian sun. Our route continues over the Old Strynefjellet Mountain Road, a narrow throughway with dramatic twists and turns through the Strynefjell Pass. During lunch at a local restaurant, you will enjoy views of the Tystigen Glacier, an icy behemoth central to summer skiing and the northernmost terminus of continental Europe’s largest ice field. Afterward, drive through a tunnel back to Djupvatn Lake and climb to the top of Dalsnibba. On this impressive summit at 4,921 feet, you will have time to take in unforgettable vistas over Geiranger, the fjord and the mountains. Your tour concludes back at your ship.

HERDALSSETRA MOUNTAIN FARM
VISIT ONE OF NORWAY’S FEW OPERATIONAL SUMMER FARMS
Gain firsthand insight into the traditional farming life that has thrived along the Norwegian coast for centuries. You will meet your guide for a drive up to the famous Ørnesvingen, or Eagle’s Bend, a spectacular viewpoint. After time here to admire the breathtaking vistas, continue through the magnificent mountain landscape to the fjord on the mountain’s opposite slopes. Pass the agricultural village of Eidsdal and follow a narrow road to Herdalssetra farm, operating here for more than 300 years. With its 450 goats and 30 farmhouses, this is one of the largest farm cooperatives for goats in Norway. A local farmhand shows you around so you can compare old and modern summer farming. You can peer inside the old houses and see how the prized white and brown goat cheeses are made using age-old techniques. Feel free to sample some, and try the special goat Herdal’s caramel made here.

A NORDIC HIKE TO WESTERÅS & HOLE
AN EXHILARATING WALK AMID IMMENSE BEAUTY
Get a terrific workout in a spectacular fjord setting. Nordic walking began as summer training for cross-country skiers; now, it is a popular, time-efficient and low-stress exercise for fitness walkers. Meet your expert guide and experienced Nordic walker at our berth. After a brief instructional session, set off with your specially designed poles that help work the upper body as you walk. Begin at a casual pace, traversing the hills and admiring the mountainsides of Geiranger. Follow uphill trails of varying steepness over uneven terrain, after which the work you put into the trek will culminate in an unforgettable payoff: spectacular views of the fjord and countryside. During the walk, stop at the village of Westerås to enjoy a break before continuing to the lovely mountainside village of Hole. After a brief stop here, begin the Nordic walk back to the pier.

GEIRANGERFJORD BY RIB BOAT
A THRILLING RIDE INTO THE FJORDS
Experience the magnificent Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, up close. Proceed to your embarkation point with your guide. There, you will don your required life jacket and board a safe and comfortable rigid inflatable boat, or RIB. For the next half hour, you will skim along the waters at high speed, sea spray in your face and the soaring slopes of Geirangerfjord around you. You will stop for more intimate views of the natural landscapes. The waterfalls that plummet into the fjord’s waters—Seven Sisters, Suitor and Bridal Veil—are especially thrilling to witness up close. You will also see abandoned farms that once thrived in the Geirangerfjord, once-proud homesteads standing quietly in the shadow of giants. By tour’s end, you will have seen a rare and exciting perspective of the fjord. Please dress for the weather of the day and wear shoes that can get wet.

KAYAKING GEIRANGERFJORD
A GENTLE PADDLE IN A STUNNING SETTING
Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Geirangerfjord from the water as you skim along its pristine surface by kayak. On this gentle adventure, you will meet your guide at our berth and drive to the kayak base, where you will receive a safety briefing and paddling instruction. Don your required life jacket and climb on board your double sea kayak. Once everyone is on the water, you will get underway as a group. During your excursion, you will see the magnificent Seven Sisters Waterfall from a distance. Of its seven cascades, the tallest has a freefall of about 820 feet. You will pause at a good viewing point for photos. Throughout, your guides will provide interesting information about Geirangerfjord, the high mountains that form its walls and the incredible waterfalls. Then you will paddle back to Geiranger and walk back to your ship. No previous sea kayaking experience is required.

GEIRANGER SCENIC BIKING
PEDAL YOUR WAY THROUGH STUNNING LANDSCAPES AT EASE
Meet your guide and embark on a scenic bike ride, from Geiranger Pier to Opplendskedal, amid nature’s splendor. All bicycles are electric powered and will ease the pedaling while you take in the beautiful scenery, 1,300 feet above sea level. As you approach the dramatic mountain views, traveling past waterfalls, remotely located hotels and camping spots, you will see Knuten, or the Knot. This unique curved road construction, which resembles the shape of a knot, was built in 1889 to allow road users to conquer difficult terrain. Enjoy refreshments at a local farm and waffles. On your return ride to Geiranger, stop at the famous Flydalsjuvet viewpoint. As you travel back down the hill, you will pass Grindalselva, the main water resource for the town. Marvel at the stunning landscape as you complete your ride back to your ship.

FJORD FISHING
FISH-ABUNDANT NORWEGIAN WATERS AWAIT
Bait your hook and cast your line during this excursion to the fish-abundant waters of the Geirangerfjord. Board your fishing vessel that will take you cruising along this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Receive a safety briefing and meet your captain, who knows the best fishing spots in this scenic fjord. The Norwegian coast benefits from the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, making the waters surrounding its long coastline full of plankton—and the many species of fish that feed on them. All necessary equipment and expertise will be provided, so you can try your luck at landing one of the record-sized cod, haddock or mackerel that swim beneath the steely water’s surface. Listen to stories about local history while you fish, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fjord. After time spent fishing, you will return to the pier.

GEIRANGER BY HELICOPTER
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF SCENIC FJORD FROM ABOVE
Take to the air by helicopter for a thrilling panoramic flight through the stunning Geirangerfjord. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fjord is among Norway’s most famous. Transfer to the heliport and meet your pilot. You will receive a safety briefing before taking to the air. Relax as the dramatic panorama of the fjord and its surrounding mountains spread out below you. You will fly the entire length—more than nine miles—of this fjord, rising from deep blue waters at sea level to rugged snowcapped peaks. Your flight path takes you by the magnificent 4,800-foot Mt. Dalsnibba, as well as rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. See the isolated farms that dot the fjord, and buzz past glaciers with crevasses and icefalls before returning to the verdant green slopes at the base of the fjord. After your flight, you will return to your ship.

TASTE OF NORWAY
LOCAL SPECIALTIES AND PICTURESQUE GEIRANGERFJORD
Sample appetizing local fare and beverages while taking a scenic cruise through the picturesque Geirangerfjord. Your cruise will take you for close-up views of Geirangerfjord’s famous waterfalls. See the stunning Seven Sisters, named for the seven separate streams that comprise the waterfall, and The Suitor directly opposite them. Legend says the “sisters” dance playfully down the mountainside while the nearby “suitor” courts them. You will also view Bridal Veil, its waterfall resembling a thin veil over the rocks when backlight by the sun. As you cruise, you will be served a selection of Norwegian taster dishes, including cured meats and cheeses, along with three different beers from a local Geiranger brewery. You will make a short photo stop near one of the isolated farms that dot the fjord. Your guide tell you interesting facts about local life, the farms and the people who live there.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The Norwegian Inside Passage is a protected shipping lane that runs from Norway’s capital of Oslo, down the Skagerrak coast and around the country’s southern tip. It continues north along the coastline of the Norwegian Sea, before eventually terminating in the Russian waters of Siberia. It has been used by mariners for centuries, its channels protected from the dangers of the open water by countless skerries and the rugged coastline presenting opportunities for shelter in its many natural bays and inlets.

Narvik is situated on the innermost shores of the Ofotfjorden, within the Arctic Circle. The small town enjoys a dramatic backdrop, encircled by mountains and a glacier that spills right to the water’s edge. The town served as a port city for the early Viking settlers. Much later, the discovery of iron ore in the nearby Swedish town of Kiruna forever shaped Narvik. Kiruna needed a year-round ice-free port from which to ship its new discovery, and so a rail link was built directly to the water. Still today, Narvik is a major exporter.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

NARVIK WAR MUSEUM (INCLUDED)
LEARN ABOUT NORWAY’S ROLE IN WORLD WAR II
Discover Narvik’s role in World War II during a visit to the Narvik War Museum. Board your motor coach and embark on a city drive to the Narvik War Museum, passing the local fish market. Admire the mountain backdrop as your guide regales you with stories about the Arctic region and its history. At the Narvik War Museum, step inside to explore exhibits that showcase life in Norway during World War II. View collections and artifacts, explore photographic displays, and read real-life accounts of the young men and women of Narvik and their bravery. Your guide will be on hand throughout the museum to answer any questions that you may have. After your visit, you may take time to browse the shop for mementos or further reading; books are available to purchase in English.

VISITING WITH WOLVES
MEET THE CANINE COUSINS OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Experience a close-up encounter with Arctic wolves and other wildlife. Leave Narvik behind as your motor coach winds along the shores of Rombakfjord on the way to an imposing suspension bridge, spanning 2,295 feet. Along Herjangsfjord and through the Gratangen valley you will reach Polar Park, the northernmost wildlife park in the world. Home to predators such as wolves, lynx and bears, and prey animals such as musk oxen and reindeer, the facility allows for unusually close encounters with these denizens of the north. Spend time in the wolf enclosure with a trained wildlife biologist to meet members of the pack. The wolves have been accustomed to humans from birth, allowing for truly memorable interaction. Please note: Guests must be in good general health, not carry open wounds and not be taking any hormonal medication.

WORLD WAR II IN NORTHERN NORWAY
NARVIK WAR MUSEUM AND CITY CEMETERY
Discover Narvik’s role in World War II during a visit to the Narvik War Museum. An important year-round, ice-free harbor with railway links to the rich iron ore mines of nearby Sweden, this northern port city was strategically important to both the Germans and the Allies during the early days of the conflict. This culminated in the Battle of Narvik in April 1940—and the eventual five-year Nazi occupation of the city. Take a short drive to the museum to see a collection of photos and artifacts and a short film presentation that focus on the local events of World War II as well as the universal issues related to war. After time spent browsing the exhibits, make a solemn visit to the city’s cemetery, the final resting spot for the 34 Commonwealth soldiers who died during the Narvik campaign of 1940, before returning to your awaiting ship.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING OVER NARVIK & STETIND
LANDSCAPE OF MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, EXPANSIVE GLACIERS AND SWEEPING FJORDS
Take to the skies in a helicopter and soar over the scenic landscape of northern Norway. Located near the innermost part of the Ofotfjorden, Narvik is bordered by deep fjords and majestic mountains. Meet your experienced pilot and receive a short safety briefing before climbing on board your helicopter for your one-hour flight. Fly over Nordic forests to Beisfjord and Skjomen. See the Frostisen glacier, one of Norway’s larger plateau glaciers—it covers nearly 10 miles and its mountain peaks can reach 5,600 feet in height. Keep watch for one of Norway’s northernmost golf courses as it winds its way through the woods along the Sørelva River. Pass by Stetind, Norway’s national mountain. Reaching 4,500 feet, its steep slopes and anvil-shaped peak make it instantly recognizable. Cap your tour with a flight over Narvik before touching down and returning to your ship.

JOURNEY TO POLAR PARK
VISIT THE WORLD’S NORTHERNMOST WILDLIFE RESERVE
Travel across Norway’s scenic landscape for a visit to the expansive Polar Park. Located at 69° northern latitude, this reserve is the northernmost wildlife park in the world. It is home to a variety of Arctic mammals including wolves, lynx, wolverines, musk oxen, elk, reindeer, mountain foxes and badgers. Embark on a picturesque journey from Narvik, crossing the 2,500-foot-long Rombak Bridge and continue along the Herjansfjord before heading inland through the birch tree forests of the Gratangs Valley. At Polar Park, take a guided walk along a 2½-mile-long asphalt path that will allow you to observe the animals in their enclosures. The living spaces are large—the park boasts the world’s biggest area-per-animal ratio—so be patient and keep watch for the inhabitants. Watch the animals get fed, then enjoy a snack yourself before returning to your ship.

OFOTEN RAILWAY & NAVVY TREK
HISTORIC RAILROAD AND SCENIC WALK
Journey along a historically important railway and take a scenic walk in the footsteps of those who built it. The Ofoten Railway has been integral for the hauling of iron ore from Swedish Lapland since it opened in 1903. At the railway station in Narvik, board your train for the picturesque journey to Katterat Station, where you will embark on a four-mile hike along the Navvy Trail. During the construction of the railroad, this heritage trail was the “road to work” for the navvy, the itinerant workers who labored under extreme conditions to build the railway. Learn more about their lives and work as you wind down the path through a picturesque landscape of green forests, small streams and mountain views. In the tiny community of Rombaksbotn, enjoy time for refreshments before boarding a RIB and transferring to Sildvik, then back to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The Lofoten Islands stretch 118 miles into the Norwegian Sea from Norway’s coast. Ships in the archipelago’s cozy fishing harbors are dwarfed by the hulking massifs rising from the waters. The setting was ideal for Norse settlements in the early Viking Age. Cod has long been harvested from these waters as they come here to spawn. More recently, the fish have been caught from traditional rorbus, charming cottages that hover above the waters on stilts. The Lofoten Islands are beautiful any time of year, but the summertime midnight sun illuminates their magnificent glory.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC LOFOTEN (INCLUDED)
MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS AND FISHING VILLAGES OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Travel among the majestic mountains and fishing villages of the beautiful Lofoten Islands on this excursion. Enjoy the vistas on the island of Vestvågøy, dominated by tall, steep mountains with wide, green valleys and fishing villages in between, as well as white sand beaches. From Leknes, your motor coach will transport you to Ballstad, one of the Lofoten Islands’ most modern fishing villages. You may wish to take photos of traditional fishermen’s houses, or rorbuer, many of which have been converted into holiday homes. Continue your scenic drive, passing pretty Haukland Beach, and marvel at the unique white sandy beach surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. Pause briefly to experience the sights of the charming village of Utakleiv, which offers the best views of the midnight sun and has been heralded for having one of the most romantic beaches in Europe. Relax on board your coach as you return to your ship.

TJØNNDALEN SCENIC HIKE
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE BEAUTIFUL LOFOTEN LANDSCAPE
Take a motor coach ride to Vendalsjord for a 3-mile scenic hike through Tjønndalen followed by a stunning scenic drive. Capture fantastic views of differently shaped mountain summits including Troll Peak and Blue Peak and Himmeltindan, the tallest mountains on the island at 3,200 feet above sea level. Discover the old peatbog atop Laudal Hill where locals once fetched peat in order to heat their homes. The road’s highest point sits 1,100 feet above sea level, from which you can take in the spectacular panoramic views. Your transport will meet you at the head of Rolvsfjord before driving along the beautiful scenic route through the inside of the Vestfjord, located between the Lofoten Islands and the mainland. While passing the little islands and skerries of Bakjordøyan before reaching Hagskaret, there will be plenty of opportunity to take stunning photos on the way back to your ship.

LOFOTEN VIKING EXPERIENCE
AGRICULTURAL HISTORY OF THE VIKINGS AT AN ANCIENT HOMESTEAD
Immerse yourself in the history of the Vikings on this one-of-a-kind excursion to a longhouse. Explore the site of an ancient Viking homestead at Borg, discovered accidentally by a farmer plowing his land in the early 1980s; researchers believe it was the home for a local chieftain during the Middle Ages. Admire the archaeology and faithful reconstruction—particularly in the main building, which houses various exhibitions in the 272-foot-long space. You can also see the nearby Tufta excavation site, where markings on the ground denote where the location of the turf walls and square pillars of the original structure were found. Learn about living conditions during the Viking era and see the livestock available to the people of the time, including wild boar, fjord horses and sheep. After time to explore this engrossing piece of Viking history, board your motor coach and return to your ship.

A HARBOR, SUNDT MUSEUM & MAJESTIC FLAKSTAD CHURCH
EXPLORE LOFOTEN ISLANDS AT LEISURE
Spend a leisurely day learning about the maritime history of the Lofoten Islands. As you explore, you will witness the architecture of the fishermen’s dwellings, which today serve as popular holiday homes for visitors who want to take part in the region’s many outdoor activities. Head to Flakstad Bay to explore the charming 18th-century red church and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. Later, drive to Sund and visit the interesting fishery museum, taking a closer look at the work produced and collected by the local blacksmith. Examine various objects including boats, utensils from fishermen’s homes and working boat engines from the beginning of this century. See the blacksmith at work—perhaps creating a cormorant, an important fishermen’s symbol—before returning to your awaiting ship.

LOFOTEN SEA FISHING
HEAD OUT TO SEA TO EXPERIENCE REAL LOFOT FISHING
Immerse yourself in the central feature of Lofoten’s history, heading out to sea to experience real Lofot fishing. Join professionals on a fiskeskøyte, a traditional Norwegian wooden boat. Walk the short distance from the ship to the vessel where you will be welcomed on board by the skipper and crew, who will know where the best fishing spots are located and have planned a route according to the weather conditions. After a safety briefing, advice and coaching from the skipper, use traditional Norwegian fishing equipment to catch various fish including cod, pollock and mackerel, just as local fishermen have done for hundreds of years. There will also be time for sightseeing, photography and gazing at the shores of Lofoten Islands from the sea. You may also spot sea eagles and other birds during your trip. Afterward, the boat will return you to the pier. Suitably warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear should be worn.

LOFOTEN ON HORSEBACK
NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND OF GIMSØYA
Saddle up for a leisurely horseback ride through the beautiful landscape of northern Norway. Situated in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago, the island of Gimsøya is a stunning mix of mountains, jagged peaks, towering cliffs and white-sand beaches. Transfer from your pier to a rural horse farm surrounded by the white-sand beaches that dominate the island’s west coast. Upon arrival, you will receive an introduction, then meet your steed and head out. During your ride, you will discover stories from ancient times, including a pagan temple, Viking-era graves and the residence of a Viking chieftain from more than 1,000 years ago. This residence is believed to have been the home of Tore Hjort, a Norwegian chieftain from Vågen in Hålogaland who was killed by the famous King Olav Tyrggvason in the late 10th century. After returning your horse to its stable, you will depart for your ship.

SEA EAGLE SAFARI BY RIB
IMPRESSIVE BIRDS OF PREY AND QUAINT VILLAGES
Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Lofoten Islands in search of sea eagles in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). You will walk to the nearby RIB pier, where your guide will fit you with a protective waterproof suit. As you set off with your experienced helmsman, you will whisk across the sparkling waters, perhaps leaping over the wake of a passing ferry and sidling up to vertical cliffs rising from the water. Pass the red fishing huts that line the water of small villages such as Ballstad, Mortsund, Steine and Ure. You will pause along the way see sea eagles. Possessing a wing span of more than six feet, these birds of prey are an impressive sight. Fish will be used to attract them, so there is a good chance you will see one. Afterward, you will return to your ship by RIB.

MARITIME HISTORY OF NORWAY
MUSEUMS EXPLAIN LOFOTEN’S CLOSE TIES TO THE SEA
Discover Lofoten’s charming fishing villages and learn about Norway’s longstanding relationship with the sea. The vast Norwegian coast benefits from the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, making the surrounding waters full of fish that feed the local fishing industries; during the 13th century, dried fish accounted for approximately 80 percent of Norway’s exports. Begin in Kabelvåg, the first known settlement in northern Norway. The fishermen in this tiny village benefit greatly from the seasonal fish harvest, or Lofotfiske. Here, visit the Lofoten Coastal Museum, which features authentic fishermen’s cabins and boathouses exhibiting northern-style boats. Continue on to the bustling port town of Svolvaer, which dates its founding back to the Middle Ages. After time for photos and refreshments, visit the Lofoten War Museum. Learn about Norway’s role in World War II while browsing exhibits of rare uniforms, photographs and artifacts from the war before returning to your ship.

AALAN FARM
FARMING TRADITIONS OF VESTVÅGØY
Experience the rural life of Norway’s Northlands and meet an authentic farming family. Embark by motor coach for a scenic drive to Aalan Gård, a farm located near Lauvdalen. Meet your hosts, the Aalan family, who produce cheese and herbs in this eco-friendly location. Learn about daily farm life and farming techniques. You will also have an opportunity to meet the many animals that call the farm home, including goats, a dog and cat and a miniature black pig. Listen as your hosts tell stories about the hard work and fun that comes with farm life while you sample several of the cheeses they produce. On the way back to your ship, stop at Torvdalshalsen viewpoint. Admire the beautiful mountains and cultural landscape of Vestvågøy and listen to your guide recount the history of the Vikings in the area.

TROLLFJORD CRUISE
SAIL ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FJORDS
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Lofoten Islands, then board a fishing boat bound for the spectacular Trollfjord. You will pass through three different Lofoten islands: Vestvågøy island, Grimsøya island and Austvågøya island. Observe quaint fishing villages such as Bøstad and Kabelvåg, with their charming Norwegian buildings known as rorbuer. These traditional types of seasonal houses are built partly on land and partly in water, allowing easy access for fishermen and their boats. Upon your arrival in Svolvaer you will meet your skipper and climb on board your vessel before heading to the dramatic Trollfjord, one of the most famous fjords in the world. Marvel at the beautiful views while passing through this stunning landscape. You may even be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare white-tailed eagle. Enjoy refreshments on board while you cruise before returning to your motor coach for the drive back to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Tromsø is Norway’s most northerly city and has long been considered the gateway to the Arctic. During the summer months, pretty wooden houses exude an air of sophistication as they bask beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun. Winter brings pristine landscapes surrounded by snowcapped peaks and the aurora borealis, whose magical lights dance across the nighttime skies. World-renowned explorers have set sail from Tromsø’s shores; Roald Amundsen, Norway’s first son and the first explorer to reach both poles, is commemorated with a bronze statue in the city.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC TROMSØ (INCLUDED)
TROMSØ’S MOST BELOVED SITES
Witness the unique structures and natural beauty of Tromsø amid its stunning island setting of green pastures. Meet your local guide and drive through the city known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”—a starting point for many Arctic expeditions. Tromsø boasts the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway, built here until 1904 at which point wood construction was banned for fear of fire. Throughout the city, you will see classic architecture mingling with modern buildings, including the stunning Arctic Cathedral. With its soaring white roofline, it has been compared to the Sydney Opera House. Return to your ship via the Tromsø Bridge.

SEA KAYAKING THE PRISTINE WATERS OF KVALØYA
SKIM THE COASTAL WATERS AROUND A BREATHTAKING ISLAND
Connect to the breathtaking alpine beauty of Norway’s coastal waters by sea kayak. On this gentle adventure, meet your experienced guide at our berth and take a 30-minute drive to Kvaløya, a stunning island of snowcapped peaks. After a safety briefing and paddling instruction, you will be issued a required life jacket and assisted into double sea kayaks. Together, with ample support from your guide if you need it, you will paddle along a stunning stretch of northern Norway’s beautiful coastline, pausing to sidle up closer to shore and examine the unique maritime flora and wildlife that thrive in these pristine waters. After your paddle, enjoy a warm drink and cake on shore before returning to Tromsø. En route back to the ship, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city. No previous sea kayaking experience is required to enjoy this excursion. Please dress for weather conditions of the day.

PORTALS TO THE ARCTIC
INSPIRING ADVENTURERS AND STIRRING VISTAS
Explore the Polar Museum, discover an architectural treasure, and take in breathtaking vistas via cable car. For adventurers and explorers, Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic. So you will begin at the fascinating Polar Museum, located in a wharf house dating to 1837. Here, gain a glimpse of Arctic life and learn about the expeditions of explorer and native son Roald Amundsen, who reached the North Pole in 1926. Continue to the Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, this soaring white parish church is often called the “Opera House of Norway” for its resemblance to the Sydney Opera House. Its triangular interior is a stunning vision in white and icy blue. Then, board a cable car at Tromsø Fjellheis and ascend to the 1,378-foot summit of Mount Storsteinen. From the top, marvel at the Tromsø cityscape nestled amid islands and sea. En route back to your ship, enjoy a brief city tour.

SCENIC TROMSØ BY RIB BOAT
STUNNING WATERSCAPES AND NATURAL HABITATS
Enjoy a thrilling tour by RIB boat as you speed through local waterways and admire stunning landscapes. You will travel the sheltered waters by Tromsø on an excursion to spot local wildlife. Hear stories from your guide about the history of the city, its people and creatures native to these parts. With a little bit of luck, you may spot eagles flying overhead and/or harbor porpoises in the sea. Binoculars are useful for this tour, but not essential.

HUSKY TREK THROUGH ARCTIC HILLS
GET ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR VERY OWN HUSKY
Experience northern Norway’s magnificent Arctic landscape with an invigorating outdoor trek. Leave the pier by motor coach and cross over the Sandnessund Bridge to Kvaløya Island. Arrive at the Tromsø Wilderness Center, where Norwegian resident Tove Sørensen lives with her children, assistants and more than 300 Alaskan huskies. Tove regularly competes with her huskies in dogsledding events, which can reach distances of more than 1,000 miles. Upon arrival, the dogs and puppies will excitedly greet you, and you will meet your experienced outdoor guide for this very special trek through rolling hills. Harnessed around the waist to your very own husky, you and your partner will take turns trotting along with your furry friend. Back at the Wilderness Center, enjoy refreshments before bidding farewell to your host.

PICTURESQUE SOMMARØY ISLAND
SEE HIDDEN CHARMS OF NORWEGIAN FISHING VILLAGE
Explore the vibrant heritage of Sommarøy during a guided walking excursion of this scenic coastal gem. Embark by motor coach for a drive to this fishing village that is spread over an archipelago on Norway’s western coast. Fishing and hunting have always been important to Sommarøy’s residents. Walk through the idyllic harbor, where you will see fishing vessels moored along the docks. Admire the beautiful views of Senja Island to the south, the coastal landscapes to the north and the vast waters of the Norwegian Sea to the west. Learn about life on the island, and enjoy waffles with a cup of coffee or tea at a local restaurant. After, you will board your coach for a return drive to Tromsø along the narrow Kattfjord. You will pass the majestic Store Blåmann; its jagged peak reaches 3,400 feet above sea level and is the highest point on Kvaløya Island.

SCENIC NORDIC HIKE
BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SETTING AND VIEWS OF LYNGEN ALPS
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and majestic landscape outside of Tromsø during a leisurely hike. Embark by motor coach for Breivikeidet, a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts and the starting point of your hike. Admire the stunning views of the Lyngen Alps in the distance. This mountain range dominates the neighboring Lyngen Peninsula, following the western slope of the fjord and reaching heights of more than 6,000 feet. During your trek, observe the rich variety of birds and wildlife around you. Remember to dress appropriately, including wind-resistant waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes or boots. Refuel along the way with a stop for a warming beverage and snack before continuing your hike. After your circuit, you will take a rest in a lavvu, or traditional Sami outdoor shelter, and enjoy an appetizing bowl of fish soup before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Honningsvåg overlooks a pristine bay of the Barents Sea on Magerøya Island. This unassuming enclave grew mainly on the fishing industry, like so many in this remote region. Honningsvåg has ample charms, including a rich Sami culture and a deep love of the birdlife that lives here. But it is the surrounding beauty that draws visitors: starkly beautiful tundra dotted with mountain birch trees, distant rocky islands and rolling slopes that ascend into mountains. One of Europe’s most stunning natural sights, Nordkapp, or North Cape, rises on the island’s rugged northern coast.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

DRIVE TO NORTH CAPE (INCLUDED)
A BREATHTAKING DRIVE TO SCENIC NORDKAPP
Take in glorious vistas along Europe’s far northern shores and enjoy an independent visit at Nordkapp (North Cape). You will meet your coach at our berth and transfer approximately one hour to one of Europe’s most stunning natural sights. Located on the reaches of Magerøya Island where the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet, the cliffs of Nordkapp rise more than 1,000 feet from the sea waters and are topped by a large, flat plateau. Upon arrival, you will have time to take in its spectacular vista of barren tundra. You will have a chance to visit the North Cape Hall, which chronicles the history of the region. Spend time on your own, perhaps visiting the small ecumenical St. John’s Chapel. An excellent film at the visitors’ center depicts the region through the seasons. If you prefer, simply find yourself the perfect overlook and ponder your journey.

SEABIRDS OF STAPPEN ISLAND
AN ARCTIC SEABIRD SAFARI
Set out on a seafaring expedition to the Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, a winged paradise for bird lovers. You will begin with a 40-minute drive to the village of Gjesvaer. Here, you will embark a small sightseeing boat and sail for 1¾ hours to Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, a trio of steep-sided, grass-covered main islands—Storstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstappen—and some 100 smaller ones. You might spot puffins, kittiwakes, arctic skua, big gannets and, if you are lucky, the stormy petrel, the smallest marine bird in Europe. Recent surveys on these precipitous cliffs might work in your favor: 600 pairs of razorbills and 50,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins have been counted here. Your boatman and guide will be on the lookout for birds and marine life. Note that landing on the islands is not permitted. If temperatures are cold, all-in-one body suits will be provided to keep you warm.

KING CRAB SAFARI
HARVEST THIS ARCTIC GIANT FROM THE SEA
Venture out on the waters to catch your own king crab on this thrilling excursion. Walk to our fishing pier with your guide, where you will don your required floating suits and set off in a deep-sea raft into the pristine waters of Sarnesfjorden. The vistas are breathtaking, with green slopes soaring on all sides. Our destination is a fascinating marine farm, where you will see how prized king crabs are harvested as a fisherman pulls the traps from the watery depths. Though a crab from these waters can measure six feet between its claws and weigh 22 pounds, we are likely to catch “small” crabs at 6 to 15 pounds. Back ashore, we visit a Sami tent to prepare and feast on your catch, with preparation tips from your cook. Note that there can be waves and swells during the boat ride. Seasickness pills are recommended for inexperienced sailors.

HONNINGSVÅG & SURROUNDINGS BY ATV
AN EXCITING ROAD TRIP INTO THE COASTAL HILLS
Go off road by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to explore Honningsvåg's natural beauty. Meet your guide at our berth and walk five minutes to the ATV station. After a brief safety instruction, take the wheel and head into the town of Honningsvåg. Then turn onto a trail that leads up to NATO Mountain. During your drive, you will pass through a 2½-mile long tunnel, pause occasionally to hear about Magerøya Island’s unique flora and fauna and take in magnificent vistas. At the tiny village of Sarnes, a well-earned coffee break greets you in a lavvo, a traditional structure of the indigenous Sami people who still call these northern reaches home. Here, sitting atop reindeer skins like the Samies do, you will enjoy coffee made over an open fire. Note that each vehicle accommodates two, including the driver. An international driver’s license is required.

KAMØYVAER FISHING VILLAGE & KING CRABS
GIANT DELICACIES AND LOCAL ART GREET YOU
Glimpse the region’s rich fishing heritage and learn how it has prospered from its relationship with the sea. You will drive through Honningsvåg to the most scenic fishing village on Magerøya Island, beautifully nestled at the head of a narrow fjord. This pretty hamlet is home to the “Gallery East of the Sun,” which exhibits art, handicrafts and books, all inspired by the island and its ever-changing seasons. The artist will welcome you and explain her unusual works. After, stroll with your guide around the typical fishing wharf and explore on your own. Our next stop is at the tiny village of Sarnes, where guests will enjoy coffee in a lavvo, a traditional structure of the indigenous Sami people. Hear about the king crabs that thrive in these waters, reach up to six feet in length and weigh as much as 22 pounds. After your informative tour, you will return to your ship.

HONNINGSVÅG BY FOOT & PLAY AT LOCAL CULTURE HOUSE
STROLL FOLLOWED BY OUR NORTHERNMOST LIFE PERFORMANCE
Get a unique glimpse of the Norwegian experience through songs, skits and spoken word. Meet your escort at the pier and enjoy a walking tour of Honningsvåg, before arriving at the Perleporten Kulturhus, a cultural venue and café located in the heart of the city. Here, you will enjoy Our Northernmost Life, a 30-minute play with dialogues and monologues, songs, pictures and theatrical skits. The history of everyday life in North Cape is told by a group of young, local artists, who show you what life is like on a desolate, windy island at 71 degrees north—with the North Pole as the nearest landmark. The entertaining and informative play has been a hit with audiences since it premiered in the summer of 2013. Afterward, you will walk back to the pier and your ship.

NORTH CAPE BY AIR
WITNESS A SPECTACULAR ARCTIC LANDSCAPE ON A CHAMPAGNE FLIGHT
See where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean on this unforgettable helicopter flight over the North Cape. After, toast your milestone journey with some champagne and caviar. The North Cape lies within the Arctic Circle at the tip of stunning Magerøy Island, and is considered the northernmost point of Europe. The island’s name comes from the Sami word makkaravjo, meaning “steep, barren coast”; you will see why as you soar above the 1,000-foot-high North Cape plateau with its famous globe monument that faces out to the sea. Flying above the island, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of rugged headlands housing more than 200 species of flora, colorful fishing villages, bird rookeries and the main city of Honningsvåg. Hear about the region’s history, including the Viking age and the island’s important role during World War II. Back on terra firma, celebrate with champagne and caviar and receive your North Cape certificate before flying back to your ship.

MAGERØYA ISLAND PANORAMA
SCENIC DRIVE AROUND NORWAY’S NORTHERN TIP
Enjoy the rugged beauty of Magerøya Island on a panoramic drive. Embark your motor coach and with your guide, begin your tour of Norway’s remote northern corner. At its northernmost tip sits North Cape, whose name derives from the Sami word Makkaravjo, meaning “steep, barren coast.” Fishing is a dominant source of income for the islanders, and dotted around the island you will find several villages that rely heavily on this industry. Drive along the Skipsfjord and admire its tiny weekend cottages, and arrive at Kamøyvaer. This tiny sheltered hamlet is perfect for a photo—its pastel-shaded cabins encircle the small harbor and it features a fine hotel and art gallery. Continue to the top of the plateau, where herds of reindeer roam during the summer months. Complete your panoramic tour with a stop in Skarsvåg, the northernmost fishing village in the world.

THE NORTH CAPE & KING CRAB
VISIT THE END OF THE WORLD AND SAMPLE A NORWEGIAN DELICACY
Visit Norway’s northernmost point, learn about its midnight sun and sample some of the region’s famous king crab. Journey to the North Cape and walk along the plateau. Its cliff stands at over 1,000 feet high and offers stunning vistas, including the midnight sun which is visible from May to July. Take a walk around exhibits in the North Cape Hall. Next, enjoy a scenic drive of Magerøya Island as you head to Sarnes Lavvo Camp. Meet your host and hear a short presentation about the Norwegian king crab. Popular in these waters, the king crab can live to 30 years old, reach over 6 feet in length and weigh more than 20 pounds. Sip on coffee around an open fire as your guide regales you with stories of the local Sami people. Taste a sample of this freshly caught Norwegian delicacy before returning to your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Named for 16th-century Dutch navigator and polar explorer Willem Barentsz, the Barents Sea is the gateway to the Arctic from the northernmost shores of Europe and home to an astonishing diversity of marine life. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant for authentic fare with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan-inspired classics.

Capital of the Svalbard archipelago, tiny Longyearbyen is surrounded by the permanent snowfields that blanket the island of Spitsbergen. The world’s northernmost city was founded in 1906 by American businessman John Longyear when he started a mining operation here. The city was almost completely destroyed during World War II by the German navy, but was subsequently rebuilt after the war. Today, the town is beloved for its art galleries and museums, as well as the local gourmet restaurant boasting one of Europe’s largest wine cellars with more than 20,000 bottles.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN (INCLUDED)
PANORAMIC DRIVE AND SVALBARD MUSEUM VISIT
Discover what life in the Arctic is like during a drive through Longyearbyen and a visit to the Svalbard Museum. Founded by American businessman John Longyear as a mining town, the capital city of the Svalbard archipelago is now home to approximately 1,800 residents—many of whom are still employed by the mining industry. Get an impression of everyday life in this unforgiving environment as you travel past residential homes, schools and the hospital en route to the museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return to your ship.

HISTORICAL TOWN WALK (INCLUDED)
STROLL THE STREETS OF LONGYEARBYEN AND VISIT SVALBARD MUSEUM
Explore Longyearbyen by foot, then discover the history of the archipelago at the Svalbard Museum. At the pier, meet your knowledgeable local guide, then set out on a leisurely stroll through the town. Your guide will point out the town’s main attractions and regale you with stories of its history. You will also receive an introduction to the special plant and animal life that resides here en route to the Svalbard Museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return again by foot to your ship.

FOSSIL HUNTING
GEOLOGY OF THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
Set out into the rugged landscape outside the town of Longyearbyen in search of fossil remains. The archipelago of Svalbard is marked by deep fjords and dotted with jagged mountain peaks. Today, the interior is covered in massive, thick glaciers, but 60 million years ago there were large river deltas and rich vegetation in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. This is why large amounts of fossil vegetation dating as far back as the Precambrian Era can be found hidden among the rocks and ice. Embark on a scenic drive to the Nybyen area, located in the Longyearbyen Valley. From here, you will follow your knowledgeable guide into the stark wilderness, hiking up the moraine from the Longyearbyen Glacier. Gain insight into how fossils are created and learn some general geologic information about the archipelago. Please note: Fossil sightings cannot be guaranteed.

DOGSLED ON WHEELS
CROSS ARCTIC TUNDRA WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Venture into the rugged tundra on a thrilling wheeled sled ride pulled by a team of huskies. Dogsledding traces its roots back to around 1000 AD and the north Canadian Inuit people. After European colonization of North America, the practice was quickly adopted in northern Europe. Transfer to a husky farm on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, where you will meet your guide and your eager huskies. Well-adapted to the harsh Arctic conditions and boasting a unique cardiovascular system that increases their endurance, these huskies love to run. Take a seat in your wheel-equipped sled, then set off into the wilderness on a drive into the Advent Valley. Admire the picturesque landscape around you as your expert driver and team traverse the terrain, picking the best route based on the conditions. At the end, say farewell to your new friends, before returning to your ship.

RIB SAFARI TO FUGLEFJELLA
BIRD CLIFFS OF THE ISFJORDEN
Voyage into the waters of the Isfjorden and witness nesting seabirds by the thousands at Fuglefjella. Though not as populous as some of its southern neighbors, Svalbard is a summertime destination for enormous flocks of auk, puffin, polar guillemot, glaucous and kittiwake . After a short transfer to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) station, you will meet your knowledgeable guide, don your weatherproof gear and receive a short safety briefing. Then board your open vessel and cruise out into the fjord. Marvel at the looming peak of Alkhornet mountain, its looming cliffs dating back more than one billion years, and the untouched natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. At Fuglefjella, your guide will point out the many different species that breed on the near vertical cliffs, giving it the nickname “Bird Mountain.” Afterward, you will return to shore and your ship.

ATV SAFARI
DISCOVER A WEALTH OF FLORA AND FAUNA
Enjoy a thrilling ride to the Advent Valley and the Mine 7 Mountain by ATV. Meet your guide at the pier and don your helmet, overalls and goggles before setting off to experience Svalbard’s diverse landscape. During the summer months in the Arctic, the midnight sun casts stunning hues over the mountains and from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, you can admire picturesque views over the valley. Throughout your journey you will pause for photos and hear about the region’s 100-year-old mining history, marked by several monuments. You will also learn about the island’s rich flora and fauna as you keep your eyes peeled for a passing reindeer, grazing on the land. Take a closer look at this barren landscape and you will find a thriving eco-community, peppered with beautiful small plants. After your fascinating tour, return to your ship.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER
JOURNEY THROUGH SVALBARD’S RICH MINING HISTORY
Learn about the region’s rich coal mining heritage and experience life as a miner. In 1906, Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—was established as a settlement to support the thriving coal mining industry in the region. Today, you will witness firsthand the traditional methods that were used to extract black gold from the mountain for more than 100 years. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Gruve 3, or Mine 3. Upon arrival, you will don your headlamp before heading down into the mine. In the depths of the mountain, feel the cold, humid air and experience the pitch-black conditions that the miners spent their working lives in as you listen to the echoes of the mountain. With the press of a switch on your headlamp, the bean of light will lead you through the tunnel and back to base. After your insightful tour, return to your ship.

ADVENT VALLEY & HUSKY DOG FARM
JOURNEY THROUGH ARCTIC LANDSCAPES AND MEET HUSKIES
Journey through picturesque landscapes on a panoramic drive and visit a husky farm in the Advent Valley. Meet your guide at the pier and board your motor coach before setting off through the town of Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly village. Here, the summer months are chilly only reaching temperatures of around 45°F, and the nights are filled with the glow of the midnight sun. Continue into the heart of the Advent Valley and admire the Arctic vistas as your guide explains the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Arrive at a local husky farm and head into the camp to meet its four-legged furry residents; their excited yelps can be heard from a distance as they patiently wait to greet their visitors. Enjoy a warming beverage and a slice of cake as you hear about the Arctic’s dogsledding traditions and the lives of the huskies and their caretakers.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Svalbard’s setting is marked by stunning fjords, mountain peaks and thick glaciers that have formed over millennia, while Alkhornet mountain and its looming cliffs date back more than one billion years. Wildlife flock to this stark landscape during the summer—puffins, polar guillemot and kittiwake descend en masse each year. The Svalbard Museum showcases the vast array of special plant and animal life that reside here, as well as everyday life for its human residents, from the arrival of the whalers during the 17th century to present-day miners.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN (INCLUDED)
PANORAMIC DRIVE AND SVALBARD MUSEUM VISIT
Discover what life in the Arctic is like during a drive through Longyearbyen and a visit to the Svalbard Museum. Founded by American businessman John Longyear as a mining town, the capital city of the Svalbard archipelago is now home to approximately 1,800 residents—many of whom are still employed by the mining industry. Get an impression of everyday life in this unforgiving environment as you travel past residential homes, schools and the hospital en route to the museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return to your ship.

HISTORICAL TOWN WALK (INCLUDED)
STROLL THE STREETS OF LONGYEARBYEN AND VISIT SVALBARD MUSEUM
Explore Longyearbyen by foot, then discover the history of the archipelago at the Svalbard Museum. At the pier, meet your knowledgeable local guide, then set out on a leisurely stroll through the town. Your guide will point out the town’s main attractions and regale you with stories of its history. You will also receive an introduction to the special plant and animal life that resides here en route to the Svalbard Museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return again by foot to your ship.

FOSSIL HUNTING
GEOLOGY OF THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
Set out into the rugged landscape outside the town of Longyearbyen in search of fossil remains. The archipelago of Svalbard is marked by deep fjords and dotted with jagged mountain peaks. Today, the interior is covered in massive, thick glaciers, but 60 million years ago there were large river deltas and rich vegetation in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. This is why large amounts of fossil vegetation dating as far back as the Precambrian Era can be found hidden among the rocks and ice. Embark on a scenic drive to the Nybyen area, located in the Longyearbyen Valley. From here, you will follow your knowledgeable guide into the stark wilderness, hiking up the moraine from the Longyearbyen Glacier. Gain insight into how fossils are created and learn some general geologic information about the archipelago. Please note: Fossil sightings cannot be guaranteed.

DOGSLED ON WHEELS
CROSS ARCTIC TUNDRA WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Venture into the rugged tundra on a thrilling wheeled sled ride pulled by a team of huskies. Dogsledding traces its roots back to around 1000 AD and the north Canadian Inuit people. After European colonization of North America, the practice was quickly adopted in northern Europe. Transfer to a husky farm on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, where you will meet your guide and your eager huskies. Well-adapted to the harsh Arctic conditions and boasting a unique cardiovascular system that increases their endurance, these huskies love to run. Take a seat in your wheel-equipped sled, then set off into the wilderness on a drive into the Advent Valley. Admire the picturesque landscape around you as your expert driver and team traverse the terrain, picking the best route based on the conditions. At the end, say farewell to your new friends, before returning to your ship.

RIB SAFARI TO FUGLEFJELLA
BIRD CLIFFS OF THE ISFJORDEN
Voyage into the waters of the Isfjorden and witness nesting seabirds by the thousands at Fuglefjella. Though not as populous as some of its southern neighbors, Svalbard is a summertime destination for enormous flocks of auk, puffin, polar guillemot, glaucous and kittiwake . After a short transfer to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) station, you will meet your knowledgeable guide, don your weatherproof gear and receive a short safety briefing. Then board your open vessel and cruise out into the fjord. Marvel at the looming peak of Alkhornet mountain, its looming cliffs dating back more than one billion years, and the untouched natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. At Fuglefjella, your guide will point out the many different species that breed on the near vertical cliffs, giving it the nickname “Bird Mountain.” Afterward, you will return to shore and your ship.

ATV SAFARI
DISCOVER A WEALTH OF FLORA AND FAUNA
Enjoy a thrilling ride to the Advent Valley and the Mine 7 Mountain by ATV. Meet your guide at the pier and don your helmet, overalls and goggles before setting off to experience Svalbard’s diverse landscape. During the summer months in the Arctic, the midnight sun casts stunning hues over the mountains and from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, you can admire picturesque views over the valley. Throughout your journey you will pause for photos and hear about the region’s 100-year-old mining history, marked by several monuments. You will also learn about the island’s rich flora and fauna as you keep your eyes peeled for a passing reindeer, grazing on the land. Take a closer look at this barren landscape and you will find a thriving eco-community, peppered with beautiful small plants. After your fascinating tour, return to your ship.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER
JOURNEY THROUGH SVALBARD’S RICH MINING HISTORY
Learn about the region’s rich coal mining heritage and experience life as a miner. In 1906, Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—was established as a settlement to support the thriving coal mining industry in the region. Today, you will witness firsthand the traditional methods that were used to extract black gold from the mountain for more than 100 years. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Gruve 3, or Mine 3. Upon arrival, you will don your headlamp before heading down into the mine. In the depths of the mountain, feel the cold, humid air and experience the pitch-black conditions that the miners spent their working lives in as you listen to the echoes of the mountain. With the press of a switch on your headlamp, the bean of light will lead you through the tunnel and back to base. After your insightful tour, return to your ship.

ADVENT VALLEY & HUSKY DOG FARM
JOURNEY THROUGH ARCTIC LANDSCAPES AND MEET HUSKIES
Journey through picturesque landscapes on a panoramic drive and visit a husky farm in the Advent Valley. Meet your guide at the pier and board your motor coach before setting off through the town of Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly village. Here, the summer months are chilly only reaching temperatures of around 45°F, and the nights are filled with the glow of the midnight sun. Continue into the heart of the Advent Valley and admire the Arctic vistas as your guide explains the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Arrive at a local husky farm and head into the camp to meet its four-legged furry residents; their excited yelps can be heard from a distance as they patiently wait to greet their visitors. Enjoy a warming beverage and a slice of cake as you hear about the Arctic’s dogsledding traditions and the lives of the huskies and their caretakers.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Journey to what was once believed to be the “end of the world,” where sea monsters lurked and ships were lost on treacherous waters. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Safjördur was founded in the 9th century by the Viking Helgi Magri Hrólfsson. Foreign merchants arrived in the 16th century and set up trading posts here. Today, ?safjördur is home to one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and, despite its remote locale, boasts a cultural scene rich in music and drama. The oldest house in Iceland is here, built in 1734, as is the country’s largest concentration of old timber-frame homes. Many visitors explore farther afield, delving into the surrounding wilderness of Hornstrandir or discover the fishing heritage of charming coastal towns.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & BOLUNGARVÍK VILLAGE (INCLUDED)
HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA
Discover the wild beauty of Iceland’s northwest corner, and the culture and history of the region’s small towns. Embark on a scenic drive around Ísafjördur, the principal town of the Westfjords peninsula. Surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness during all seasons of the year, the town is also known throughout the country for its rich cultural life. The fishing industry, however, has traditionally been the mainstay of the town and surrounding municipality, known as Ísafjardarbaer. Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost that offers a glimpse of how life treated the Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Bolungarvík and enjoy a guided tour of the village before returning to Ísafjördur.

VIGUR ISLAND
DIVERSE BIRDLIFE AND ISLAND HOSPITALITY
Set sail amid beautiful seascapes to an enchanting island with diverse birdlife and warm hospitality. You will depart Ísafjördur's harbor and sail the Djupfjord to the island of Vigur. The spear-shaped island has earned a strong reputation for bird-watching in Iceland, and is home to magnificent birdlife during early summer. Arctic terns often soar overhead, sharing their island home with puffins, eider ducks, and black guillemots. Despite being the second largest island in Ísafjördur Bay, the island has only 10 inhabitants, whose friendly welcome awaits you. You will meet the locals and learn how they live off the land by harvesting the down of the eider, a northern sea duck. The softest, lightest down in the world, eiderdown is extremely rare, in great demand and highly prized. You will also enjoy refreshments served by the farmer's family in a mid-19th-century home before your return sail to Ísafjördur.

SCENIC ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY KAYAK
PADDLE THROUGH CALM WATERS AND EXPERIENCE NATURE
Discover the area’s natural beauty by kayak against a stunning backdrop of sweeping mountains. Meet your guide for the short drive to the kayak base, where you will don your life jacket and helmet and receive a safety briefing. Then, grab your paddle and head out into the calm waters of the Ísafjördur. This region has earned its reputation as the kayaking center of Iceland, and during this tour you will certainly discover why. Experience nature and the beauty of your surroundings as you gently glide your paddle through the water. A delight for nature fans and bird-watchers, you will have the opportunity to witness some of Iceland’s wildlife up close. Keep your eyes peeled for seals as their heads bob playfully in the water. Upon your return to base, you will board your motor coach and return to your ship.

ICELAND’S SEAFOOD TRAIL
LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCING
Learn about the eco-friendly way of life and sustainable food production adopted in the remote village of Sudureyri Iceland’s Westfjords lie amid a rugged landscape, yet the inhabitants of their surrounding communities have embraced a sustainable way of life in order to maintain and secure their locally sourced food supply. Discover how the residents’ ingenuity has enabled them to adapt to their environment. During your tour, you will visit some of the village’s local retailers and innovators, and sample a selection of their delicious, freshly prepared produce. Meet some of the local fishermen and hear about their lives at sea. The speed and efficiency with which they work ensure that their local catch can be enjoyed within the community and reach the shelves of retailers across Europe just 36 hours later. After your tour, you will return to your awaiting ship.

DYNJANDI WATERFALL & SUSTAINABLE FISHING COMMUNITY
STUNNING SCENERY OF ICELAND’S WESTFJORDS
Discover the remote beauty of the harsh Icelandic landscape in the Westfjords. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach as your guide regales you with tales of Iceland’s Viking past. Arrive at the quaint fishing village of Thingeyri, located on the Dýrafjördur. As you explore the area, learn about its history and witness the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland. Should you choose, you may take the short walk to the edge of the waterfall and be rewarded by the sight of its bridal veil cascading down below. Return to Thingeyri for refreshments, then continue your tour to Sudureyri. In this tiny fishing village in the remote Westfjords, you will see how the locals embrace a sustainable approach to food. Meet with residents and embark on a seafood trail of discovery as you enjoy a taste of Iceland’s finest export.

ICELANDIC LIFE AT LITLIBAER TURF FARM
EXPLORE THE HEART OF ICELAND’S REMOTE COUNTRYSIDE
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Iceland’s landscape and visit a local turf farm to learn about how locals once lived. Drive along the Ísafjardardjúp, Iceland’s largest fjord, and admire the stunning scenery from the comfort of your motor coach. After a photo stop, arrive at the remote Litlibaer turf farm; its location in the remote Icelandic countryside offers spectacular vistas and the chance to witness local wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for friendly seals lounging on the rocks. Meet your host and learn about life here in the early 1900s, and gain insight into how residents survived in such harsh conditions. Watch a demonstration and try your hand at churning fresh cream into butter. After a tour of the farm, return to your awaiting ship.

ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY ATV
SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE CITY AND SURROUNDING FJORD
Ascend into hard-to-reach places and admire panoramic views around Ísafjördur on an exhilarating ATV excursion. Meet your guide and get outfitted with the necessary gear. After a short introduction to your two-person all-terrain vehicle and safety briefing, start your engines and drive out into the rugged terrain of the Westfjords peninsula. As you travel along old gravel paths, you will ascend into the mountains at a leisurely pace. Immerse yourself in your remote location and bask in the serene beauty that surrounds you. Stop to enjoy magnificent views over the port city of Ísafjördur and the stunning Skutulsfjördur. Relish your bird’s-eye view, perhaps taking photographs, before boarding your ATV and making the return journey down into Ísafjördur and back to your ship. Please note: A valid driver’s license is necessary to drive an ATV.

WHALE WATCHING BY RIB
SEEK OUT ONE OF THE LARGEST OCEAN MAMMALS ON EARTH
Head out into the open waters of one of Iceland’s largest fjords in search of the gentle giants of the sea. Meet your guide and climb on board your RIB—a speedy open vessel that brings you closer to nature. Though sightings can never be guaranteed, the chances of spotting whales here are excellent. Cruise into open waters, where your captain will cut off the engine and his expert eyes will guide your gaze toward any whale activity; you may see a spout of water rise, or a swish of a tail as it breaks the ocean surface. Also, keep your eyes peeled for puffins or a playful seal as their heads bob above the water. Nature’s breathtaking views will be on full display. Please note: It can be quite cold on the open waters so dress warmly.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Reykjavík is the world's northernmost capital city yet captures the distinctive feel of a fishing village. The Kentucky-sized island is Europe’s westernmost nation and one of the wildest places on earth. It is also lauded as one of the cleanest and most civilized countries, committed to finding the perfect balance between day-to-day living and harnessing its natural resources with eco-friendly practices. Vikings landed on this pristine land during the 9th century; their arrival is well chronicled in the medieval Sagas preserved at the Culture House. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

May-20

Bergen to Reykjavik FROM
AU$11,895
Jun-01 Reykjavik to Bergen FROM
AU$12,095
Jun-29 Bergen to Reykjavik FROM
AU$12,295
Jul-01 Reykjavik to Bergen FROM
AU$12,295
Aug-10 Reykjavik to Bergen FROM
AU$11,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jun-06

Bergen to Reykjavik FROM
AU$11,495
Jul-06 Bergen to Reykjavik FROM
AU$11,495
Jul-18 Reykjavik to Bergen FROM
AU$11,495
Aug-17 Reykjavik to Bergen FROM
AU$11,495

 

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

 

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