In Search of The Northern Lights – Viking Oceans Cruise

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In Search of The Northern Lights – Viking Oceans Cruise

Feel the spirit of the north

Experience a land where dawn and twilight merge on the edges of the long Arctic night. Sailing far north during Norway’s winter, witness snow-covered landscapes dotted with rugged mountains and steep fjords, and seek out the brilliant aurora borealis dancing in the night sky. Delve into Sami legends and World War II history, and pilot a dog sled or snowmobile to further immerse yourself in the Norwegian Arctic as you join us on this illuminating voyage.

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*Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: London (Tilbury), England

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Situated on the north bank of the Thames, Tilbury is steeped in history. The town is most famous as the site of a fortress built by Henry VIII to defend London from invasion by ships coming up the Thames. Upriver, the city is home to iconic power centers—Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey—from which the fate of the British Empire rose and wavered. Today, the city thrives amid a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to West End musicals, from Tower Bridge to the London Eye.

Ijmuiden is a small port city in the province of North Holland and connects to the Dutch capital via the North Sea Canal. Amsterdam is just 11 miles from Ijmuiden, and is famed for its patchwork of charming waterways, elegant gabled houses and splendid museums. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded manses and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum. Discovering Amsterdam is a pleasure best pursued on foot; visitors line the tranquil canals and linger over Dutch pancakes, or take a stroopwafel to go.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Easy*

A RELAXING OVERVIEW OF THE CITY OF CANALS
Discover Amsterdam in the most leisurely manner, via one of the city’s famous glass-topped canal boats. This famous Dutch city is home to 165 canals that wind their way through the cityscape, spanning a total of 62 miles; 1,281 different bridges cross over the canals. With a local guide, admire some of Amsterdam’s oldest and loveliest buildings, from narrow-fronted gabled houses to gilded manses adorned with riches during the height of Holland’s Golden Age. See some of the city’s interesting waterborne sights as you pass by a variety of vessels, including charming houseboats moored canalside. See the city from the Golden Bend and Anne Frank House to Overhoeks, and from the Music Building to the replica of the 18th-century ship Amsterdam moored outside the Maritime Museum. You will also pass the wooden double drawbridge known as “Skinny Bridge,” familiar from many paintings.

DELFT CITY & PORCELAIN
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Working World* Shopping* Moderate*

SEE A CITY AS PRETTY AS THE POTTERY IT PRODUCES
Visit the city known for its beautiful glazed pottery, and learn how it is made, on this fascinating excursion. Journey with your guide to Delft, known for its Delftware pottery, the blue-and-white glazed ceramic produced here for more than 500 years and prized worldwide. During a walking tour you will see the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, resting place for the Dutch royal family. The large pedestrian zone and other historic buildings, from the Oude Kerk (Old Church) to the flamboyant City Hall, make Delft a delight to explore. Afterward, visit the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory De Porceleyne Fles, established in 1653. Their Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted in accordance with tradition. During your visit, you will learn the history and production process of Blue Delft and Royal Delft, see a master painter at work, browse a museum with antique Delft pieces and more.

RIJKSMUSEUM & AMSTERDAM BY CANAL
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Culture* UNESCO* Moderate*

THE GREAT DUTCH MASTERS AND THE CITY THAT INSPIRED THEM
See the best of Amsterdam by canal and by motor coach, followed by an enriching visit to the Rijksmuseum. Meet your guide at our berth, then enjoy an informative, hour-long overview of the city by canal boat, wending your way past elegant gabled houses and under charming arched bridges. Afterward, take a panoramic drive through Amsterdam’s residential areas and the surrounding countryside. See the Sloten Windmill—a replica of the famous one etched by Rembrandt—the 1928 Olympic Stadium and the Johan Cruyff Arena. Your tour concludes with admission to the Rijksmuseum. Here, explore the galleries of the great Dutch and European masters independently. Or, for greater enlightenment, join a tour with commentary that leads you to numerous works of art, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore more before returning to your ship.

LEISURELY DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Snack* UNESCO* Easy*

ADMIRE STUNNING DUTCH LANDSCAPES
Admire the beautiful Dutch landscape on a leisurely drive, stopping in a fishing village to taste local delicacies. You will get a sense of why this area has been described as “a creative masterpiece, created by humans.” The Schermer and Beemster polders in northern Holland are former lakes which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This vast area of reclaimed land, completed more than 400 years ago, forms the backdrop for this impressive scenery. Arrive at our tour stop and visit the pretty fishing village of Volendam. Enjoy some local delicacies in this stunning seaside location, including pieces of crispy cod and the area’s famous Edam cheese. Return by motor coach to your awaiting ship.

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

Cross the North Sea, where Vikings sailed as they established colonies on Scottish islands, coastal France and beyond. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

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)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* Moderate*

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
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Natural World* Meal* Moderate*

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. This region saw some of the fiercest fighting for the strategically placed harbor of Narvik during World War II. 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.

NORTHERN LIGHTS AT POLAR PARK
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World* Meal* Moderate*

SEARCH FOR SHIMMERING CURTAINS OF LIGHT
Scan the night sky for the mysterious, ethereal aurora borealis at the world’s northernmost animal park. Drive east from Narvik along the Rombakfjord, where some of the most furious battles for the port of Narvik took place during World War II. Travel through a countryside of frozen lakes, granite rock walls and lonely log cabins to Polar Park, the northernmost wildlife facility in the world. Home to bears, lynx, wolverines, musk oxen, reindeer, wolves and other Arctic animals, it provides an opportunity to learn about the magnificent wildlife of the north—especially the wolves, who have been used to human contact throughout their lives. Keep warm with a hearty meal and hot drinks as you gaze up in search of the aurora borealis. With any luck, you will see her dancing lights grace the night sky.

SEARCHING FOR AURORA BOREALIS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Natural World* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHT SKIES FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Master finding the unpredictable, ethereal aurora borealis as you watch the night skies over Narvik. On a clear night, the northern lights may manifest themselves as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. You will venture out to viewpoints in and around Narvik, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographic area and change again within a short span of time. You will be accompanied by local experts with knowledge of how to look for and photograph this magnificent natural display.

NARVIK WAR MUSEUM & CITY CEMETERY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Special Interest* Moderate*

VISIT POIGNANT SITES AND DISCOVER NORWAY’S WORLD WAR HISTORY
Gain an in depth understanding of Narvik’s role in World War II during a visit to the War Museum and city cemetery. This northern port city was strategically important to 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 5-year Nazi occupation of the city. Take a short drive to the museum and browse collections of photos and artifacts with the museum’s curator. Afterward, 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 continuing to Øvre Jernvann. Here, you will learn the story of the Beisfjords massacre, which saw more than 280 Yugolslav political prisoners executed. Stop at Veteranplassen and view the memorial that commemorates fallen Norwegian and French soldiers, before returning to your ship.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING OVER NARVIK & STETIND
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Moderate*

WINTER LANDSCAPE OF MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, EXPANSIVE GLACIERS AND SWEEPING FJORDS
Take to the skies in a helicopter and soar over the scenic winter landscape of northern Norway. Located near the innermost part of the Ofotfjorden, Narvik is bordered by deep fjords and majestic mountains. At the helipad, 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 the larger plateau glaciers in Norway; 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 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 landing and returning to your ship.

JOURNEY TO POLAR PARK
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World* Snack* Demanding*

VISIT THE WORLD’S NORTHERNMOST WILDLIFE RESERVE
Travel across Norway’s scenic winter 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 and mountain foxes. Take a picturesque journey by motor coach from Narvik to the park. You will cross the Rombak Bridge and continue along the Herjansfjord before heading inland through the birch tree forests of the Gratangs Valley. At Polar Park, you will 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. Enjoy a snack at the park before making the return journey to your ship.

HUSKY RIDE THROUGH ARCTIC LANDSCAPES
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

THRILLING JOURNEY BY DOGSLED
Feel the wind in your face as you race across Arctic trails on a dogsled. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through a beautiful winter landscape while your guide will regale you with stories of the “navvies” who built the Arctic railway in harsh conditions and point out its route through the mountain. Upon arrival at the base in near Riksgränsen, you will be welcomed by a team of excitable four-legged friends and enjoy free time to get to know them better. Ensure that you are wrapped up warmly against the elements and, after a short safety briefing, climb on board your sled. Breathe in the fresh air as you journey along the snow trails on an invigorating ride. Upon your return to base, you will enjoy refreshments before returning to your ship.

SNOWMOBILE RIDE THROUGH WINTER LANDSCAPES
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Demanding*

TAKE AN EXCITING JOURNEY THROUGH THE WHITE WILDERNESS
Hold on tight as you join an exciting snowmobile tour through the Arctic tundra. Board your motor coach and embark on a scenic drive along the historic route that connects the ore-rich mines of Kiruna in Sweden to the port of Narvik. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views of frozen lakes and snowcapped mountains as your guide regales you with stories of the “navvies” who built the Arctic railway. Witness the sites of World War II battles and learn about the heroic efforts of local residents. Arrive in Riksgränsen, where you will don your snowsuit, gloves and helmet before receiving a short safety briefing with instructions on how to handle your vehicle. Then, climb on board and set off with your partner through the wintry landscape. Speed along the snow trails and admire the picturesque views surrounding you. Afterward, you will board your coach and return to your ship.

ARCTIC TRAIN
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Easy*

JOURNEY ALONG THE HISTORIC OFOTEN RAILWAY
Travel along a historically important railway and gain insight into those who built it. The Ofoten Railway has been integral for the hauling of iron ore from the mines of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland to the ice-free port of Narvik since it opened in 1903. At the railway station in Narvik, board your private train car for the picturesque round trip journey to Katterat Station and back. 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. During the return portion of your journey, stop to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun while en route back to your awaiting ship.

SNOWSHOE IN NARVIKFJELLET
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Demanding*

STRIKING VIEWS AND WINTERY TREK THROUGH WILDS OF NORWAY
Ascend high above Narvik and revel in stunning views on a snowshoe hike through the Arctic wilderness. Embark on a panoramic drive by motor coach to the cable car station, where you will board an aerial cable car that will transport you to Narvikfjellet, a ski resort located more than 1,800 feet above sea level. Admire the sweeping views of Narvik below you before strapping on your snowshoes and beginning your hike. Breathe in the fresh winter air and marvel at the unspoiled natural setting amid stunning views of the surrounding mountains and fjords from your lofty vantage point. After your hike, relax at the nearby mountain lodge with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to warm up. Then, begin your descent, walking down to the pick-up point, where your coach will be waiting to return you to your awaiting ship.

SAMI CEREMONY AT TRADITIONAL CAMP
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

DISCOVER LOCAL TRADITIONS AND A NORTHERN LIGHTS CELEBRATION
Learn about the customs of the Sami people during a visit to a traditional camp. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive through the wintry landscape. During your journey, your guide will regale you with historic tales of the Arctic railway and the region, and offer insight into Norwegians’ everyday lives. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your host and led to a warming bonfire, where you will have the opportunity to witness and take part in an ancient Sami shaman ceremony. The shaman will welcome you into the lavvu, or Sami tent, and describe the history of his people, their traditions and the Sami way of life. A northern lights–themed drumming ceremony will be performed, followed by time to engage with your hosts and take photographs. Enjoy a warming beverage before returning to your awaiting ship.

SNOWSHOE IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Demanding*

WINTERY TREK ON THE HUNT FOR AURORA BOREALIS
Scan the night sky during a snowshoe trek in search of the ethereal aurora borealis. Meet your guide and head to the cable car station, then ascend to the Narvikfjellet ski resort located 1,800 feet above sea level. Strap on your snowshoes and begin your hike as you cast your gaze to the twilight sky in search of the dancing northern lights. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. You will be accompanied by local experts with knowledge of how to look for this magnificent natural display. After your hike, relax at a mountain lodge with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to warm up. Then, walk back down to the pick-up point, where your coach will be waiting to return you to your ship.

NORTHERN LIGHTS FROM A MOUNTAIN LODGE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World* Snack* Easy*

GAZE UP AT MOUNTAIN SKIES FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE AURORA BOREALIS
Sit back and relax as you search for the northern lights from a mountain lodge retreat. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the Narvikfjellet ski resort, where your host will be waiting to greet you. As you stand outside and gaze up to the sky in search of the ethereal aurora borealis, enjoy a serving of tasty canapés accompanied by a glass of champagne. Ideal conditions include clear skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. You will be accompanied by local experts with knowledge of how to look for this magnificent natural display. Afterward, you will return to your coach for the return journey to your awaiting ship.

EVENING SNOWMOBILE THROUGH WINTER LANDSCAPES
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Natural World* Active* Demanding*

TAKE AN EXCITING JOURNEY ON A HUNT FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS
Hold on tight as you join an exciting snowmobile tour through the Arctic tundra in search of the northern lights. Board your motor coach and embark on a scenic drive along the historic route that connects the ore-rich mines of Kiruna in Sweden to the port of Narvik. Along the way, enjoy sweeping views of frozen lakes and snowcapped mountains as your guide regales you with stories of the “navvies” who built the Arctic railway. Arrive in Riksgränsen, where you will don your snowsuit, gloves and helmet before receiving a short safety briefing with instructions on how to handle your vehicle. Then, climb on board and set off with your partner through the wintry landscape. Speed along the snow trails and gaze up to the night skies to try and catch a glimpse of the ethereal aurora borealis. Afterward, you will board your coach and return to your ship.
Please note: guests must hold a valid driver’s license to operate the snowmobile.

*Shore excursions vary by 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)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

TROMSØ’S MOST BELOVED SITES
Witness the unique structures and natural beauty of Tromsø amid its stunning island setting and winter landscapes. 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.

PORTALS TO THE ARCTIC
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

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. 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.

ARCTIC CATHEDRAL PRIVATE CONCERT
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Special Interest* Privileged Access* Easy*

EXCEPTIONAL ACOUSTICS AND SOARING MELODIES
Enjoy a private evening concert in Tromsø’s most celebrated venue, the starkly beautiful Arctic Cathedral. On your way to the cathedral, you will see some of Tromsø’s other sights. Cross the impressive Tromsø Bridge to Tromsdalen, the part of the city built on the mainland. Anchoring the skyline here is the Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece from the 1960s. During long winter nights, lights emanate from the enormous cathedral windows, which appear to emulate the aurora borealis. The cathedral’s simple, elegant interior is dominated by an exquisite stained glass window depicting the return of Christ. Enjoy a selection from the Norwegian classical canon, folk songs and liturgical music during this exclusive recital. Later, return to your ship at your leisure.

SCENIC TROMSØ BY RIB BOAT
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Natural World* Demanding*

STUNNING WINTER WATERSCAPES AND NATURAL HABITATS
Enjoy a thrilling tour by RIB boat as you speed through local waterways and admire stunning winter 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.

LIFESTYLE OF THE SAMI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Local Life* Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

VISIT A LOCAL FAMILY AND EXPERIENCE LIFE “UP NORTH”
Ride a reindeer sleigh through the snow-covered countryside and share fireside stories with your Sami hosts. Begin with a coach ride to the wilderness camp, where your Sami hosts will welcome you. These herdsmen of the north lead lives shaped around the movements of their reindeer herds. A family typically owns anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 animals, and ensuring that they have plenty of grazing land is a full-time job. After a thorough briefing, you will be provided warm winter gear before you head off on a reindeer-drawn sleigh. After this exhilarating experience, a homemade meal will be served in the main camp, next to a log fire. Here, in the lavvu, the traditional tepee-like dwelling of the Sami, you will enjoy conversation with your hosts before returning to your ship.

CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS
Set out in search of the ethereal aurora borealis as you watch the night skies over Tromsø by motor coach. On a clear night, the northern lights may manifest themselves as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible. Prior to departure, your expert guides will study the forecast to best predict where and when the lights will appear. Board your coach and venture out to viewpoints in and around Tromsø, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographical area and change again within a short span of time. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

NORWEGIAN WILDERNESS BY SNOWMOBILE
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Active* Meal* Demanding*

INVIGORATING RIDE THROUGH A WINTRY LANDSCAPE
Explore the picturesque winter landscape of Norway during an invigorating snowmobile ride. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach through the rugged Norwegian wilderness to the camp. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be fitted with a snowsuit, gloves and helmet. After receiving your safety instructions and hearing an explanation on how to drive your snowmobile, pair up and head for the countryside. Breathe in the fresh winter air and admire the picturesque views as you ride. Your guide will provide insights on life during the cold winter months and the important role that snowmobiles play in the community. At the end of your ride, you will return to the main camp, where you will be served a delicious two-course lunch before returning to your awaiting ship.

NORWEGIAN TUNDRA BY HUSKY SLED
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

GET PULLED BY MAN’S BEST FRIEND THROUGH A WINTRY LANDSCAPE
Travel through the stark beauty of northern Norway’s icy tundra while being pulled by a team of huskies. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the starting point for your tour. Upon arrival, meet your local guides and some of the adorable huskies, then change into your thermal suit and boots before setting out into the wilderness. Sit back and relax as your musher guides you and the sled’s team of eight energetic dogs. Breathe in the fresh winter air as you enjoy a journey through the Arctic tundra, taking in the stunning views of the area’s towering fjords. After your tour, return to your starting point to warm yourself with light refreshments while sitting in a traditional lavvu tent and listening to stories about local life from your guide. At the end of your visit, board your coach and return to your awaiting ship.

SCENIC HIKE BY SNOWSHOE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

WINTER TREK THROUGH NORTHERN NORWEGIAN WILDERNESS
Experience a favorite Nordic pastime during an invigorating snowshoe hike into the Arctic wilderness. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Tromsø. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to a location outside the city, where you will meet your expert local guide and receive a short safety briefing. Then, fasten the bindings on your snowshoes and set out into the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air while you traverse the slightly hilly terrain and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you step. Your knowledgeable guide will describe your Arctic surroundings and aspects of local life. Along the way, stop to relax with a hot cup of coffee and snack before beginning your trek back. Admire scenic birch and spruce forests and sweeping views of the distant landscape of Kvaløya as you hike back to your awaiting coach.

HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BY PRIVATE MINIBUS
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS
Watch the night skies over Tromsø as you set out in search of the northern lights by minibus. On a clear night, the northern lights may manifest themselves as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the tundra. Ideal conditions include clear skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible. Prior to departure, your guides will study the forecast to best predict where and when the lights will appear. Board your minibus and venture out to viewpoints in and around Tromsø, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographical area and change again within a short span of time. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

NIGHTTIME CRUISE & DINNER
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Meal* Moderate*

TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN CUISINE WITH A MODERN TWIST
Cruise silently through the darkness of the Tromsø fjords, enjoying an Arctic-inspired meal amid panoramic views. Board your hybrid electric catamaran and settle into the saloon, with its tall windows offering unobstructed vistas of the nighttime landscape. In warmth and comfort, quietly set sail through the icy waters surrounding Tromsø, passing notable local landmarks while learning more about the frozen landscape, as well as Norwegian culture and history from your friendly crew. For dinner, savor a modern twist on traditional northern Norwegian dishes, prepared with locally sourced ingredients by a local restaurant. As you sail, keep watch for the northern lights, a phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. With any luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

SAIL IN SEARCH OF THE AURORA BOREALIS
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Set sail from Tromsø and keep watch for the northern lights as you race across the water by catamaran. While there is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible, your skipper will guide your vessel after studying the forecast to predict where and when the lights will appear. As you sail, you may choose to sit back and relax, or roll up your sleeves and participate as a member of the crew. On a clear night, the ethereal aurora borealis may manifest as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

FJELLHEISEN BY SNOWSHOE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

TREK THROUGH THE WINTERY WILDERNESS OF NORTHERN NORWAY
Experience a favorite Nordic pastime during an invigorating snowshoe hike atop Fjellheisen mountain. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Tromsø. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the cable car station, where you will meet your expert local guide, board your car and ascend 1,377 feet up to the summit of Fjellheisen. Upon arrival, fasten the bindings on your snowshoes and set out for the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air while you traverse the slightly hilly terrain and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you walk. Your knowledgeable guide will describe your Arctic surroundings and aspects of local life. Along the way, stop to relax with a hot cup of coffee and a muffin. Then board the cable car and descend down the mountain to your awaiting coach, and transfer back to your ship.

TOMASJORD FARM VISIT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life* Snack* Moderate*

LIFE IN NORTHERN NORWAY
Gain insight into life in northern Norway during a visit to Tomasjord farm. Embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque Norwegian countryside to the farm, set against a backdrop of majestic mountain peaks in the fertile landscape of the Balsfjord. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your host, then set off on a guided tour of the premises. Learn the history of the buildings, such as the barn that was built using reclaimed wood from a nearby quay. Take a seat next to a campfire with a warm drink and hear stories of northern life while trying your hand at baking “stick bread”—dough wrapped around a stick and baked over the embers of a fire—or axe throwing. Later, head to the 200-year-old main lodge to enjoy a cup of coffee and cake as you browse the building’s collection of artifacts. Then bid farewell to your host and return to your ship.

ARCTIC FJORD SIGHTSEEING
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

SCENIC VISTAS, CHARMING VILLAGES AND ANCIENT ART
Discover the beauty of Norway during a wide-ranging tour across its stunning Arctic landscape. Embark on a scenic drive by minibus to view breathtaking fjords and charming fishing villages. Journey through a winter landscape dotted with traditional farms in valleys bordered by steep gray mountains rising out of the deep blue ocean. Your journey will take you to picturesque Ersfjord, a traditional fishing village set on an isthmus amid a stunning fjord that offers endless photo opportunities. You will also pass through Sommarøy, a small fishing village spread over an archipelago on Norway’s western coast and renowned for its sandy beaches and clear water. Cap your sojourn in Hella, a popular recreation area known for ancient rock carvings created by hunters and fisherman more than 4,000 years ago. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before returning to your ship.

TROMSØ ICE DOMES OVERNIGHT
DURATION: 21 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Meal* Natural World* Demanding*

ON THE HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Explore the wilds of Norway and a stylish ice hotel during an intriguing overnight excursion. Embark on a scenic journey to the Tromsø Ice Domes, nestled among snow-capped mountains in the stunning Tamok Valley. After check-in, tour the hotel’s ice-hewn facilities and learn about its annual construction and eco-conscious integration with its surroundings. This evening, lace up your snowshoes and set out into the night in search of the ethereal northern lights, then savor a delicious al fresco dining experience by a campfire. After, settle into your ice suite for a cozy night’s sleep in your expedition-style sleeping bag under reindeer skins. The next morning, wake to a traditional Norwegian breakfast, then embark on a thrilling ride by reindeer sled or snowmobile through the wintry tundra. Following a warming lunch, you will transfer to your ship.

Day 1 - Øverbygd, Norway
Take a scenic drive through the stunning Norwegian wilderness to the Tromsø Ice Domes. Check into your ice hotel, then learn more about the hotel’s construction and how it benefits the local ecosystem. This evening, lace up your snowshoes and head out into the valley in search of the ethereal northern lights, before savoring a delicious grilled dinner next to a roaring campfire. Later, return to your ice suite and slip into your expedition-style sleeping bag covered by warm reindeer skins. (D)

Day 2 - Tromsø, Norway
After a traditional Norwegian breakfast, start your day with a memorable snowmobile ride or hop on a reindeer sled and set off through the striking wintry landscape. Afterward, enjoy a warming lunch, then return to your awaiting ship. (B, L)

The following meals are included for all days as listed: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

ARCTIC GLAMPING OVERNIGHT
DURATION: 21 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Meal* Natural World* Demanding*

VIEW AURORA BOREALIS FROM SPECIALLY DESIGNED TENT
Experience the majestic northern lights from the comfort of your own bed. Your overnight excursion will take you to Camp Tamok, where you will settle into your glamping dome, a specially designed tent that showcases the wintry landscape and sky through transparent openings in its canvas. This evening, grab your snowshoes and head out in search of the aurora borealis, before enjoying a delicious three-course meal next to a roaring campfire. Later, head out on a snowmobile to continue your search for the northern lights. Return to your aurora dome and slip into your expedition-style sleeping bag covered by warm reindeer skins for a relaxing night underneath the stars. The following morning after breakfast, drive your own team of Alaskan huskies across the tundra wilderness, before returning to your ship.

Day 1 - Øverbygd, Norway
Transfer to Camp Tamok, then settle into your glamping dome, which is designed to showcase the landscape and sky through transparent openings in the canvas. This evening, grab your snowshoes and head out in search of the aurora borealis, before enjoying a delicious three-course meal next to a roaring campfire. Later, head out on a snowmobile in search of the northern lights. Return to your aurora dome and slip into your expedition-style sleeping bag covered by warm reindeer skins. (D)

Day 2 - Tromsø, Norway
After a traditional Norwegian breakfast, start your day by learning how to drive your own team of Alaskan huskies as you journey across the tundra wilderness. Afterward, enjoy lunch, then return to your awaiting ship. (B, L)

The following meals are included for all days as listed: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

HOME VISIT & SIGHTS OF SOMMARØY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Local Life* Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*

KNITTING BASICS, MUSEUM VISIT AND COFFEE WITH LOCALS
Learn more about life above the Arctic Circle while interacting with the residents of Sommarøy. Depart your ship and head out to the neighboring islands. Travel through a winter landscape dotted with traditional farms in valleys bordered by steep gray mountains rising out of the deep ocean. Arrive at the wintery idyll of Sommarøy, an island village of 300 residents that generations of fishermen and hunters have called home. Visit the huseflid, or “craftsmanship building,” and learn the basics of knitting with local grandmothers over waffles and coffee. Then tour the local museum and its exhibits showcasing northern life during the 19th century. Afterward, receive a warm welcome into the home of a resident, who will share stories with you over coffee and lefse. Then head to a scenic lookout to admire the view over the town before returning to your ship.

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

Tromsø features an array of French Empire, Swiss and neoclassical architecture, earning its nickname “Paris of the North.” Visitors from Southern Europe were surprised that an Arctic city encircled by snowcapped mountains could exude such a cosmopolitan air. By the 19th century, the city was recognized for its polar exploration know-how; expedition crew members were often recruited from here. The 1970s brought a renewed interest in protecting the language and traditions of the Sami culture, ensuring that its cuisine and pastimes are now celebrated cultural treasures.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC TROMSØ (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

TROMSØ’S MOST BELOVED SITES
Witness the unique structures and natural beauty of Tromsø amid its stunning island setting and winter landscapes. 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.

PORTALS TO THE ARCTIC
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* Moderate*

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. 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
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Natural World* Demanding*

STUNNING WINTER WATERSCAPES AND NATURAL HABITATS
Enjoy a thrilling tour by RIB boat as you speed through local waterways and admire stunning winter 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.

LIFESTYLE OF THE SAMI
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Local Life* Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

VISIT A LOCAL FAMILY AND EXPERIENCE LIFE “UP NORTH”
Ride a reindeer sleigh through the snow-covered countryside and share fireside stories with your Sami hosts. Begin with a coach ride to the wilderness camp, where your Sami hosts will welcome you. These herdsmen of the north lead lives shaped around the movements of their reindeer herds. A family typically owns anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 animals, and ensuring that they have plenty of grazing land is a full-time job. After a thorough briefing, you will be provided warm winter gear before you head off on a reindeer-drawn sleigh. After this exhilarating experience, a homemade meal will be served in the main camp, next to a log fire. Here, in the lavvu, the traditional tepee-like dwelling of the Sami, you will enjoy conversation with your hosts before returning to your ship.

CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS
Set out in search of the ethereal aurora borealis as you watch the night skies over Tromsø by motor coach. On a clear night, the northern lights may manifest themselves as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible. Prior to departure, your expert guides will study the forecast to best predict where and when the lights will appear. Board your coach and venture out to viewpoints in and around Tromsø, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographical area and change again within a short span of time. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

NORWEGIAN WILDERNESS BY SNOWMOBILE
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Active* Meal* Demanding*

INVIGORATING RIDE THROUGH A WINTRY LANDSCAPE
Explore the picturesque winter landscape of Norway during an invigorating snowmobile ride. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach through the rugged Norwegian wilderness to the camp. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be fitted with a snowsuit, gloves and helmet. After receiving your safety instructions and hearing an explanation on how to drive your snowmobile, pair up and head for the countryside. Breathe in the fresh winter air and admire the picturesque views as you ride. Your guide will provide insights on life during the cold winter months and the important role that snowmobiles play in the community. At the end of your ride, you will return to the main camp, where you will be served a delicious two-course lunch before returning to your awaiting ship.

NORWEGIAN TUNDRA BY HUSKY SLED
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

GET PULLED BY MAN’S BEST FRIEND THROUGH A WINTRY LANDSCAPE
Travel through the stark beauty of northern Norway’s icy tundra while being pulled by a team of huskies. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the starting point for your tour. Upon arrival, meet your local guides and some of the adorable huskies, then change into your thermal suit and boots before setting out into the wilderness. Sit back and relax as your musher guides you and the sled’s team of eight energetic dogs. Breathe in the fresh winter air as you enjoy a journey through the Arctic tundra, taking in the stunning views of the area’s towering fjords. After your tour, return to your starting point to warm yourself with light refreshments while sitting in a traditional lavvu tent and listening to stories about local life from your guide. At the end of your visit, board your coach and return to your awaiting ship.

SCENIC HIKE BY SNOWSHOE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

WINTER TREK THROUGH NORTHERN NORWEGIAN WILDERNESS
Experience a favorite Nordic pastime during an invigorating snowshoe hike into the Arctic wilderness. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Tromsø. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to a location outside the city, where you will meet your expert local guide and receive a short safety briefing. Then, fasten the bindings on your snowshoes and set out into the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air while you traverse the slightly hilly terrain and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you step. Your knowledgeable guide will describe your Arctic surroundings and aspects of local life. Along the way, stop to relax with a hot cup of coffee and snack before beginning your trek back. Admire scenic birch and spruce forests and sweeping views of the distant landscape of Kvaløya as you hike back to your awaiting coach.

HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BY PRIVATE MINIBUS
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Special Interest* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE AURORA BOREALIS
Watch the night skies over Tromsø as you set out in search of the northern lights by minibus. On a clear night, the northern lights may manifest themselves as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the tundra. Ideal conditions include clear skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible. Prior to departure, your guides will study the forecast to best predict where and when the lights will appear. Board your minibus and venture out to viewpoints in and around Tromsø, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographical area and change again within a short span of time. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

SAIL IN SEARCH OF THE AURORA BOREALIS
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
After Dark* Snack* Moderate*

SCAN THE NIGHTTIME SKIES FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Set sail from Tromsø and keep watch for the northern lights as you race across the water by catamaran. While there is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible, your skipper will guide your vessel after studying the forecast to predict where and when the lights will appear. As you sail, you may choose to sit back and relax, or roll up your sleeves and participate as a member of the crew. On a clear night, the ethereal aurora borealis may manifest as faint wisps of color or great dancing, shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

FJELLHEISEN BY SNOWSHOE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

TREK THROUGH THE WINTERY WILDERNESS OF NORTHERN NORWAY
Experience a favorite Nordic pastime during an invigorating snowshoe hike atop Fjellheisen mountain. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Tromsø. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the cable car station, where you will meet your expert local guide, board your car and ascend 1,377 feet up to the summit of Fjellheisen. Upon arrival, fasten the bindings on your snowshoes and set out for the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air while you traverse the slightly hilly terrain and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you walk. Your knowledgeable guide will describe your Arctic surroundings and aspects of local life. Along the way, stop to relax with a hot cup of coffee and a muffin. Then board the cable car and descend down the mountain to your awaiting coach, and transfer back to your ship.

TOMASJORD FARM VISIT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life* Snack* Moderate*

LIFE IN NORTHERN NORWAY
Gain insight into life in northern Norway during a visit to Tomasjord farm. Embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque Norwegian countryside to the farm, set against a backdrop of majestic mountain peaks in the fertile landscape of the Balsfjord. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your host, then set off on a guided tour of the premises. Learn the history of the buildings, such as the barn that was built using reclaimed wood from a nearby quay. Take a seat next to a campfire with a warm drink and hear stories of northern life while trying your hand at baking “stick bread”—dough wrapped around a stick and baked over the embers of a fire—or axe throwing. Later, head to the 200-year-old main lodge to enjoy a cup of coffee and cake as you browse the building’s collection of artifacts. Then bid farewell to your host and return to your ship.

ARCTIC FJORD SIGHTSEEING
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Sightseeing* Meal* Moderate*

SCENIC VISTAS, CHARMING VILLAGES AND ANCIENT ART
Discover the beauty of Norway during a wide-ranging tour across its stunning Arctic landscape. Embark on a scenic drive by minibus to view breathtaking fjords and charming fishing villages. Journey through a winter landscape dotted with traditional farms in valleys bordered by steep gray mountains rising out of the deep blue ocean. Your journey will take you to picturesque Ersfjord, a traditional fishing village set on an isthmus amid a stunning fjord that offers endless photo opportunities. You will also pass through Sommarøy, a small fishing village spread over an archipelago on Norway’s western coast and renowned for its sandy beaches and clear water. Cap your sojourn in Hella, a popular recreation area known for ancient rock carvings created by hunters and fisherman more than 4,000 years ago. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before returning to your ship.

HOME VISIT & SIGHTS OF SOMMARØY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Local Life* Special Interest* Meal* Moderate*

KNITTING BASICS, MUSEUM VISIT AND COFFEE WITH LOCALS
Learn more about life above the Arctic Circle while interacting with the residents of Sommarøy. Depart your ship and head out to the neighboring islands. Travel through a winter landscape dotted with traditional farms in valleys bordered by steep gray mountains rising out of the deep ocean. Arrive at the wintery idyll of Sommarøy, an island village of 300 residents that generations of fishermen and hunters have called home. Visit the huseflid, or “craftsmanship building,” and learn the basics of knitting with local grandmothers over waffles and coffee. Then tour the local museum and its exhibits showcasing northern life during the 19th century. Afterward, receive a warm welcome into the home of a resident, who will share stories with you over coffee and lefse. Then head to a scenic lookout to admire the view over the town before returning to your ship.

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

Resting on the stunning shores of Altafjord, Alta is the gateway to some of Europe’s most magnificent natural beauty. With its frequent clear skies, it is an ideal place from which to see the northern lights. Alta is perhaps most known as the site of ancient rock carvings dating back as far as 4200 BC. These fascinating depictions of hunters, gatherers, rituals, animals and geometric symbols are Norway’s only primitive UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Alta Museum was built around the largest concentration of the carvings.

SHORE EXCURISONS

THE “CITY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS” (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

DISCOVER ANCIENT ART IN A MUSEUM AND IN NATURE
Witness ancient rock carvings, estimated to be up to 7,000 years old, during a visit to the Alta Museum. Embark your motor coach for a scenic tour of the “City of Northern Lights.” At the Alta Museum, located in a field of rock carvings, step inside to see relics recovered from this prehistoric settlement that lay undiscovered until 1973. Your local guide will lead you on a museum tour to showcase its permanent and temporary exhibitions, covering a variety of topics related to local history and nature including the northern lights, salmon fishing, and local Sami and Christian religions. Enjoy free time to explore the museum independently and perhaps stop at the museum café for light refreshments. Continue your tour to Alta’s cathedral to visit the Borealis Alta, an interactive exhibition on the science and history behind the northern lights. Afterward, return to your ship.

A NIGHT WITH THE HUSKIES
DURATION: 17 HOURS
Active* Sightseeing* Meal* Natural World* Demanding*

THROUGH THE WINTER LANDSCAPE ON A DOGSLED
Take a closer look at the life of a dog musher, enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal and spend the night in a tepee. A short drive from the dock brings you to a local lodge that is home to more than 100 trained sled dogs. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to these enthusiastic runners and given a briefing. Then, head off through the soft Arctic twilight on trails along the Alta River. After a joyful and exhilarating ride through the snow, enjoy a wonderful dinner showcasing local culinary traditions and innovations. In the warm glow of a wood stove, you can fix your gaze on the northern skies looking for the aurora borealis through the floor-to-ceiling windows of your tepee cabin. Wake up to the sights of this winter wonderland and bid your new canine friends a fond farewell after a delicious breakfast.

Day 1 - Alta, Norway
This afternoon, take a short drive from the dock to a local lodge that is home to more than 100 trained sled dogs. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to these enthusiastic runners and given a briefing. Then, head off through the soft Arctic twilight on trails along the Alta River. Return to the lodge after a joyful and invigorating ride through the snow and enjoy a wonderful dinner showcasing traditional local fare. In the warm glow of a wood stove, you can fix your gaze on the northern skies looking for the aurora borealis through the floor-to-ceiling windows of your tipi-cabin before heading off to bed. (D)

Day 2 - Alta, Norway
Wake up this morning to the sights of a winter wonderland. After a delicious breakfast, bid farewell to your new canine friends and return to your awaiting ship. (B)

The following meals are included for all days as listed: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

IGLOO HOTEL OVERNIGHT
DURATION: 17 HOURS
Meal* Special Interest* Moderate*

ENJOY A COZY STAY IN AN ICE-MADE RESORT
Dine, relax and sleep in a hotel made entirely out of ice and snow. Amid majestic surroundings on the snow-covered banks of the Alta River sits one of the most unusual hotels in the world—the Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva. Completely made out of ice and snow, it is built and decorated by local craftsmen, who will give you insights into their unique methods during your stay. Enjoy a drink in the ice bar before dinner—the glass, like most everything around you, is made entirely of ice. Savor a delicious dinner in a local restaurant before retiring for the night. In spite of the icy walls, you will enjoy a warm night atop reindeer hides and in soft, downy sleeping bags. After a truly special night and a leisurely breakfast, a short motor coach ride returns you to your ship.

Day 1 - Alta, Norway
This afternoon, board your motor coach for a scenic drive to the outskirts of Alta. Here, amid majestic surroundings on the snow-covered banks of the Alta River, sits one of the most unusual hotels in the world—the Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva. Completely made out of ice and snow, it is maintained and decorated by local craftsmen, who will give you insights into their unique methods during your stay. Enjoy a drink in the ice bar before dinner—the glass, like most everything around you, is made entirely of ice. Enjoy dinner at Laksestua, Sorrisniva’s on-site restaurant, before retiring for the night. In spite of the icy walls, you will enjoy a warm night atop reindeer hides and in soft, downy sleeping bags. (D)

Day 2 - Alta, Norway
After a truly special night, wake up this morning surrounded by a winter wonderland. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then board your motor coach for the short ride back to your awaiting ship. (B)

The following meals are included for all days as listed: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

IGLOO HOTEL BY SNOWMOBILE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

A THRILLING RIDE THROUGH A WINTER LANDSCAPE TO VISIT AN ICONIC HOTEL
Embark on an exciting snowmobile tour and discover the Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva. Travel by motor coach along the banks of the river with the same name, where you will arrive at the hotel and the starting point of your snowmobile ride. After a thorough safety briefing from your guide, head out on the track through the forest and along the water’s edge atop your own snowmobile while enjoying the fresh Norwegian air. Celebrate your return with a frosty toast at the bar in the Igloo Hotel, an amazing structure completely molded and sculpted out of 250 tons of ice and 25,000 cubic feet of snow. Enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the ice sculptures and expertly carved decorations, including the glasses used to serve your drink. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship. Note: Guests must possess a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Two passengers per snowmobile.
Note: Guests must possess a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Two passengers per snowmobile. This tour is suitable for guests with any level of snowmobile experience.

ARCTIC LANDSCAPES BY HUSKY
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

TOUR THE COUNTRYSIDE IN A SLED PULLED BY A WELL-TRAINED DOG TEAM
Sled over the scenic Arctic landscape outside Alta while being pulled by a team of lively huskies. A short drive from your ship brings you to the local farm where the huskies reside. Upon arrival, meet your guides and get your winter-weather gear, then receive a short safety briefing before heading out. Relax as your experienced musher guides you and the sled’s team of well-trained dogs through the rugged terrain. Breathe in the fresh air as you journey through the forests and clearings along the Alta River during your 20- to 30-minute outing. At the end of your ride, you will return to the husky farm to warm yourself with a hot beverage while sitting in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent) and listening to your guide’s tales of racing sled dogs. You will have an opportunity to spend time with and photograph the charming huskies before returning to your ship.

SAMI CAMP & REINDEER SLEDDING
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Local Life* Meal* Demanding*

INDIGENOUS NORWEGIAN CULTURE AND SCENIC SLEIGH RIDE
Learn about the vibrant culture of indigenous Norwegians during a visit to a local Sami village. The Sami’s roots in Arctic Europe trace back at least 5,000 years. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach to the small village of Máze, located on the outskirts of Alta. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your hosts, members of a reindeer-herding family. You will have an opportunity to climb on board a reindeer-pulled sled for a picturesque ride along a frozen river. Relax as you glide along to the sound of reindeer bells and snow crunching under hooves. After your ride, return to the village, where you will be invited into a large traditional tent called a lavvu. Take a seat next to a roaring fire and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch while your hosts entertain you with stories of Sami traditions and modern life. Later, you will return to your ship.

NORTHERN NORWAY DURING WORLD WAR II
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest* Moderate*

MUSEUM TELLS THE STORY OF GERMAN OCCUPATION AND THE TIRPITZ BATTLESHIP
Discover how World War II affected Alta during a visit to the Tirpitz Museum. During the war, the Altafjord was the Nazis’ largest naval base outside of Germany. Occupied by thousands of soldiers, Alta was destroyed near the end of the war as the Germans instituted a scorched-earth policy in the wake of their retreat. Take a drive to Kåfjord, located a short distance outside of Alta. Here, you will visit a red wooden church and the museum named after the German battleship that was anchored here. Browse an array of photographs and artifacts that tell the story of Norway’s struggle against the Germans and take time to watch a film about the Tirpitz. Afterward, you will drive to several relevant sites from the war, including a viewpoint that shows where the Tirpitz hid and was attacked by British bombers and submarines, before returning to your ship.

NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL & PRIVATE RECITAL
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Special Interest* Privileged Access* Moderate*

STUNNING MODERN CHURCH AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Enjoy a private recital in one of Alta’s most striking modern landmarks and a guided tour. Meet your guide and head to the city center, where the elegant Northern Lights Cathedral is located. Built to reflect the northern lights—both literally and figuratively—this contemporary circular cathedral has been delighting guests with its challenging symbolism and unique design since its opening in 2013. As you explore, learn many interesting facts about the church’s construction and artwork. Inside, admire the vertical lighting display that creates a unique visual effect and the 14-foot-high bronze statue of Christ. Then, take a seat and listen to the sounds of a local artist as they perform for you. Enjoy a musical concert featuring pieces ranging from classical to modern that showcases the diversity of the organ. Later, board your motor coach and return to your ship.

CLASSIC NORDIC SKIING
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

LEARN TECHNIQUES AND TAKE TO THE SLOPES
Experience winter in true Nordic fashion—on cross-country skis. The use of skis has a long, celebrated history in Norway. First used as a necessary means of transportation through the snowy environment, it has evolved into a much-loved sporting pastime for all ages and abilities. Embark on a scenic drive to your staging area. Upon arrival, meet your experienced guide and get outfitted with all the equipment and winter thermal gear that you will need for an enjoyable day of skiing. You will receive a brief training session during which your guide will teach you the correct techniques. Once you are comfortable on your skis, head out through the picturesque landscape surrounding Alta on a short tour. Propel yourself across the snowy tundra, admiring beautiful winter vistas along the way. Afterward, enjoy a panoramic drive back to your ship.

SNOWSHOEING & ICE FISHING
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Special Interest* Snack* Demanding*

HEAD OUTDOORS FOR POPULAR NORWEGIAN WINTER ACTIVITIES
Try your hand at snowshoeing and ice fishing, two popular winter pastimes in Norway. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Alta. Take a short panoramic drive to your staging area, where you will meet your expert local guide and receive a short safety briefing. Then, fasten the bindings of your snowshoes and set out into the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you walk along the tree-lined trail. Take a break by a frozen lake or river, where you may cast a fishing line under the ice before being welcomed into a tent to relax by a warming fire. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee or cocoa along with a homemade pastry. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Snack* After Dark* Moderate*

VENTURE INTO THE ARCTIC NIGHT IN SEARCH OF A NATURAL PHENOMENON
Head out in search of the unpredictable, ethereal northern lights as you watch the night skies over Alta. On a clear night, the aurora borealis may manifest itself as faint wisps of color or great shimmering curtains of light over the boreal forests and tundra. Ideal conditions include clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity, as the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged solar particles in the atmosphere interact with Earth’s magnetic field. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable lights will be visible. Prior to departure, your expert guides will study the forecast to best predict where and when the lights will appear. You will venture out to a viewpoint around or in Alta, where weather conditions can vary greatly in a small geographical area and change again within a short time span. With luck, you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder.

WORLD-FAMOUS SLATE AT PAESKATUN
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Working World* Special Interest* Moderate*

VISIT A SLATE QUARRY AND MEET A THIRD-GENERATION MINER
Immerse yourself in Alta’s rich history in the slate industry and meet a third-generation slate miner. Quartzite slate—a flat gray mineral that is prized for its hardness, durability and polished shine—has been quarried in the area since the mid-19th century. Travel to Paeskatun, a quarry located near the top of one of several slate mountains rising out of the landscape to the south of Alta. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your host, whose family has worked the quarry for generations. Listen as he shares stories about his craft and Alta’s slate-cutting industry, from its inception to the present day. Take the opportunity to explore the museum of small cabins that illustrates the often brutal work and living conditions once endured by slate miners. Browse the many beautiful, handmade slate items for sale, and take in sweeping views of the Alta River valley and city.

NORTHERN LIGHTS AT PÆSKATUN
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest* After Dark* Moderate*

MOUNTAIN CAMP VISIT UNDER THE STARS
Delve into the mystery of the aurora borealis as you watch the night skies from atop Mt. Pæska. At the mountain camp you will meet your host, who will introduce you to the various activities you can enjoy. Learn about the science behind this natural phenomenon through a series of visual presentations and films. Get cozy around a campfire in a Sami tent, called a lavvu, or take a seat in one of the slate cottages and warm up over a hot beverage and a slice of cake. There is no guarantee that the unpredictable northern lights will be visible, but with a little luck, clear nighttime skies and sufficient solar activity will prevail and you will be rewarded with a glimpse of this majestic wonder. Camp guides will be on hand to offer tips on capturing the special moment on camera, and a gift shop is available where you may purchase locally made handicrafts.

IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BY SNOWMOBILE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* After Dark* Demanding*

ENJOY A THRILLING RIDE THROUGH NATURE UNDER A MAJESTIC SKY
Feel the wind in your hair as you ride across the Arctic terrain in search of the northern lights on a snowmobile. Meet your guide and head to the world’s northernmost ice hotel for a tour through its frozen corridors followed by a nonalcoholic refreshment at the ice bar. Afterward, receive a safety briefing, then don warm, weatherproof clothing before following your guide to your vehicle. Traveling on a track prepared for snowmobiles, you will put your lesson into practice as you guide your snowmobile along. Under a star-filled sky, take in the wondrous nature that surrounds you; if conditions permit, you may be lucky enough to witness the northern lights dancing across the sky. Take a break and sit to warm yourself by a bonfire, where you can exchange tales of your experience with your fellow guests before returning to the ice hotel by snowmobile and transferring to your ship.

EXQUISITE FINE DINING & DOGSLED RIDE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Active* After Dark* Meal* Moderate*

ENJOY LOCAL CUISINE AND AN INVIGORATING ARCTIC PASTIME
Enjoy an evening of fine dining at a local farm capped with a dogsled ride beneath the stars. Board your motor coach and head out to meet your hosts in a forested valley by the Alta River. Homeowner and award-winning chef Johnny Trasti, nationally renowned for his flair and innovative approach to food, will proudly present a delightful evening meal prepared using locally sourced ingredients. With dinner complete, you will head out into the night to meet your four-legged furry friends, patiently waiting in their kennels where your dogsled awaits. Climb on board, wrap up and hold on tight for the exciting ride. Led by your dog musher, your sled and team of dogs will pull you across the icy terrain as you marvel at the clear skies above, keeping your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the northern lights above you. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

LIFE OF THE SAMI
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Local Life* Meal* Demanding*

INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND CRAFTS
Gain insight into the culture and heritage of the Sami during visits to Máze and a traditional jewelry maker. Set out on a scenic journey to the small village of Máze, located on the outskirts of Alta. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your host, a member of a reindeer-herding family, and invited into a large traditional tent called a lavvu. Take a seat next to the fire and enjoy coffee and snacks while your host regales you with stories of Sami culture. Later, continue to Kautokeino, where you will visit Juhls Silver Gallery, crafters of traditional Sami and modern silver jewelry designs. Tour the workshop and learn how these unique pieces are created. Afterward, savor a delicious dinner of local fare in town before returning to your ship. En route, stop for a coffee at a mountain lodge and—with a little luck and weather permitting—catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

FISHING IN THE ARCTIC
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

ANGLING EXPERIENCE IN NORTHERN NORWAY
Cast your line and test your luck during this small-group excursion to the fish-abundant waters of the Altafjord. Meet your guide at the dock for a short walk to your fishing boat, where you will be outfitted with fishing equipment and suits to keep you warm and dry while on deck. Set sail from Alta along its picturesque fjord as the captain guides your vessel to the best fishing spots. Practice your technique, then cast a line into the water. Depending on the season, common catches include cod, haddock, Atlantic halibut, pollack, salmon and redfish. While you wait, enjoy the unspoiled landscape around you, accompanied by light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. With a little luck and a lot of patience, you will reel in a prize-worthy catch. Later, you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.

SNOWMOBILE FOR EXPERIENCED DRIVERS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Demanding*

JOURNEY ACROSS THE FINNMARK PLATEAU
Explore the Arctic landscape of the Finnmark Plateau during an invigorating ride for experienced snowmobilers. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach through the rugged Norwegian wilderness to the Igloo Hotel in Sorrisniva. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be fitted with a snowsuit, gloves and helmet. After receiving your safety instructions, hop on board your snowmobile and head for the countryside. Breathe in the fresh air, admiring the picturesque views of the Alta Valley and how the winter light plays across the landscape. Follow a trail through the forest and up to the expansive snow-covered plateau. Also, keep watch for possible wildlife sightings, such as mouse, fox and lynx. After your ride, enjoy a tour of the Igloo Hotel—the world’s northernmost ice hotel—before returning to your ship.
Please note: Drivers must be experienced and present a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Good physical condition is recommended for participation.

CHOCOLATE FACTORY WITH CAMILLA THE CHOCOLATIER
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Working World* Moderate*

NORDIC FLAVORS MIX WITH GOURMET CHOCOLATE
Indulge your sweet tooth while sampling chocolates with an Arctic twist. Transfer to the chocolate shop, a cozy establishment located in the heart of Alta that specializes in handmade delicacies for sophisticated palates and chocolate lovers. Upon arrival, meet your experienced chocolatier, Camilla Nielsen, who will introduce you to the joys of Nordic chocolate making. Don your hygienic cap and vest, then tour the factory and learn to make your own chocolate bar by mixing your choice of ingredients, including caramel, coffee, local berry extracts, arctic salt and more. While your concoction chills, savor a tasting of a variety of chocolates and pralines. Enjoy free time to browse the shop, then receive your handmade chocolate bar packaged for you to take back to your ship.

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

The small town of Alta lies in Norway’s largely unspoiled county of Finnmark and is considered one of the world’s northernmost cities. Here, pristine woodlands spill into the stunning Altafjord, which stretches some 24 miles. Perhaps, however, one of Alta’s most striking sights is not natural at all; the boldly designed Northern Lights Cathedral in the center of town is a vision in titanium, with its circular exterior spiraling upward into a narrower cylinder and a breathtaking belfry.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

THE “CITY OF NORTHERN LIGHTS” (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing* Easy*

DISCOVER ANCIENT ART IN A MUSEUM AND IN NATURE
Witness ancient rock carvings, estimated to be up to 7,000 years old, during a visit to the Alta Museum. Embark your motor coach for a scenic tour of the “City of Northern Lights.” At the Alta Museum, located in a field of rock carvings, step inside to see relics recovered from this prehistoric settlement that lay undiscovered until 1973. Your local guide will lead you on a museum tour to showcase its permanent and temporary exhibitions, covering a variety of topics related to local history and nature including the northern lights, salmon fishing, and local Sami and Christian religions. Enjoy free time to explore the museum independently and perhaps stop at the museum café for light refreshments. Continue your tour to Alta’s cathedral to visit the Borealis Alta, an interactive exhibition on the science and history behind the northern lights. Afterward, return to your ship.

IGLOO HOTEL BY SNOWMOBILE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

A THRILLING RIDE THROUGH A WINTER LANDSCAPE TO VISIT AN ICONIC HOTEL
Embark on an exciting snowmobile tour and discover the Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva. Travel by motor coach along the banks of the river with the same name, where you will arrive at the hotel and the starting point of your snowmobile ride. After a thorough safety briefing from your guide, head out on the track through the forest and along the water’s edge atop your own snowmobile while enjoying the fresh Norwegian air. Celebrate your return with a frosty toast at the bar in the Igloo Hotel, an amazing structure completely molded and sculpted out of 250 tons of ice and 25,000 cubic feet of snow. Enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the ice sculptures and expertly carved decorations, including the glasses used to serve your drink. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship. Note: Guests must possess a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Two passengers per snowmobile.
Note: Guests must possess a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Two passengers per snowmobile. This tour is suitable for guests with any level of snowmobile experience.

ARCTIC LANDSCAPES BY HUSKY
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

TOUR THE COUNTRYSIDE IN A SLED PULLED BY A WELL-TRAINED DOG TEAM
Sled over the scenic Arctic landscape outside Alta while being pulled by a team of lively huskies. A short drive from your ship brings you to the local farm where the huskies reside. Upon arrival, meet your guides and get your winter-weather gear, then receive a short safety briefing before heading out. Relax as your experienced musher guides you and the sled’s team of well-trained dogs through the rugged terrain. Breathe in the fresh air as you journey through the forests and clearings along the Alta River during your 20- to 30-minute outing. At the end of your ride, you will return to the husky farm to warm yourself with a hot beverage while sitting in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent) and listening to your guide’s tales of racing sled dogs. You will have an opportunity to spend time with and photograph the charming huskies before returning to your ship.

SAMI CAMP & REINDEER SLEDDING
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Local Life* Meal* Demanding*

INDIGENOUS NORWEGIAN CULTURE AND SCENIC SLEIGH RIDE
Learn about the vibrant culture of indigenous Norwegians during a visit to a local Sami village. The Sami’s roots in Arctic Europe trace back at least 5,000 years. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach to the small village of Máze, located on the outskirts of Alta. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your hosts, members of a reindeer-herding family. You will have an opportunity to climb on board a reindeer-pulled sled for a picturesque ride along a frozen river. Relax as you glide along to the sound of reindeer bells and snow crunching under hooves. After your ride, return to the village, where you will be invited into a large traditional tent called a lavvu. Take a seat next to a roaring fire and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch while your hosts entertain you with stories of Sami traditions and modern life. Later, you will return to your ship.

NORTHERN NORWAY DURING WORLD WAR II
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest* Moderate*

MUSEUM TELLS THE STORY OF GERMAN OCCUPATION AND THE TIRPITZ BATTLESHIP
Discover how World War II affected Alta during a visit to the Tirpitz Museum. During the war, the Altafjord was the Nazis’ largest naval base outside of Germany. Occupied by thousands of soldiers, Alta was destroyed near the end of the war as the Germans instituted a scorched-earth policy in the wake of their retreat. Take a drive to Kåfjord, located a short distance outside of Alta. Here, you will visit a red wooden church and the museum named after the German battleship that was anchored here. Browse an array of photographs and artifacts that tell the story of Norway’s struggle against the Germans and take time to watch a film about the Tirpitz. Afterward, you will drive to several relevant sites from the war, including a viewpoint that shows where the Tirpitz hid and was attacked by British bombers and submarines, before returning to your ship.

CLASSIC NORDIC SKIING
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active* Snack* Demanding*

LEARN TECHNIQUES AND TAKE TO THE SLOPES
Experience winter in true Nordic fashion—on cross-country skis. The use of skis has a long, celebrated history in Norway. First used as a necessary means of transportation through the snowy environment, it has evolved into a much-loved sporting pastime for all ages and abilities. Embark on a scenic drive to your staging area. Upon arrival, meet your experienced guide and get outfitted with all the equipment and winter thermal gear that you will need for an enjoyable day of skiing. You will receive a brief training session during which your guide will teach you the correct techniques. Once you are comfortable on your skis, head out through the picturesque landscape surrounding Alta on a short tour. Propel yourself across the snowy tundra, admiring beautiful winter vistas along the way. Afterward, enjoy a panoramic drive back to your ship.

SNOWSHOEING & ICE FISHING
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Special Interest* Snack* Demanding*

HEAD OUTDOORS FOR POPULAR NORWEGIAN WINTER ACTIVITIES
Try your hand at snowshoeing and ice fishing, two popular winter pastimes in Norway. Winter walking is an excellent way to admire the Arctic landscape surrounding Alta. Take a short panoramic drive to your staging area, where you will meet your expert local guide and receive a short safety briefing. Then, fasten the bindings of your snowshoes and set out into the wintry tundra. Breathe in the refreshing air and listen to the rhythmic crunching of the snow as you walk along the tree-lined trail. Take a break by a frozen lake or river, where you may cast a fishing line under the ice before being welcomed into a tent to relax by a warming fire. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee or cocoa along with a homemade pastry. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

WORLD-FAMOUS SLATE AT PAESKATUN
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Working World* Special Interest* Moderate*

VISIT A SLATE QUARRY AND MEET A THIRD-GENERATION MINER
Immerse yourself in Alta’s rich history in the slate industry and meet a third-generation slate miner. Quartzite slate—a flat gray mineral that is prized for its hardness, durability and polished shine—has been quarried in the area since the mid-19th century. Travel to Paeskatun, a quarry located near the top of one of several slate mountains rising out of the landscape to the south of Alta. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your host, whose family has worked the quarry for generations. Listen as he shares stories about his craft and Alta’s slate-cutting industry, from its inception to the present day. Take the opportunity to explore the museum of small cabins that illustrates the often brutal work and living conditions once endured by slate miners. Browse the many beautiful, handmade slate items for sale, and take in sweeping views of the Alta River valley and city.

LIFE OF THE SAMI
DURATION: 10 HOURS
Local Life* Meal* Demanding*

INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND CRAFTS
Gain insight into the culture and heritage of the Sami during visits to Máze and a traditional jewelry maker. Set out on a scenic journey to the small village of Máze, located on the outskirts of Alta. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your host, a member of a reindeer-herding family, and invited into a large traditional tent called a lavvu. Take a seat next to the fire and enjoy coffee and snacks while your host regales you with stories of Sami culture. Later, continue to Kautokeino, where you will visit Juhls Silver Gallery, crafters of traditional Sami and modern silver jewelry designs. Tour the workshop and learn how these unique pieces are created. Afterward, savor a delicious dinner of local fare in town before returning to your ship. En route, stop for a coffee at a mountain lodge and—with a little luck and weather permitting—catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

FISHING IN THE ARCTIC
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Snack* Demanding*

ANGLING EXPERIENCE IN NORTHERN NORWAY
Cast your line and test your luck during this small-group excursion to the fish-abundant waters of the Altafjord. Meet your guide at the dock for a short walk to your fishing boat, where you will be outfitted with fishing equipment and suits to keep you warm and dry while on deck. Set sail from Alta along its picturesque fjord as the captain guides your vessel to the best fishing spots. Practice your technique, then cast a line into the water. Depending on the season, common catches include cod, haddock, Atlantic halibut, pollack, salmon and redfish. While you wait, enjoy the unspoiled landscape around you, accompanied by light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. With a little luck and a lot of patience, you will reel in a prize-worthy catch. Later, you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.

SNOWMOBILE FOR EXPERIENCED DRIVERS
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Demanding*

JOURNEY ACROSS THE FINNMARK PLATEAU
Explore the Arctic landscape of the Finnmark Plateau during an invigorating ride for experienced snowmobilers. Embark on a scenic journey by motor coach through the rugged Norwegian wilderness to the Igloo Hotel in Sorrisniva. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and be fitted with a snowsuit, gloves and helmet. After receiving your safety instructions, hop on board your snowmobile and head for the countryside. Breathe in the fresh air, admiring the picturesque views of the Alta Valley and how the winter light plays across the landscape. Follow a trail through the forest and up to the expansive snow-covered plateau. Also, keep watch for possible wildlife sightings, such as mouse, fox and lynx. After your ride, enjoy a tour of the Igloo Hotel—the world’s northernmost ice hotel—before returning to your ship.
Please note: Drivers must be experienced and present a valid driver’s license to participate in this tour. Good physical condition is recommended for participation.

CHOCOLATE FACTORY WITH CAMILLA THE CHOCOLATIER
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Working World* Moderate*

NORDIC FLAVORS MIX WITH GOURMET CHOCOLATE
Indulge your sweet tooth while sampling chocolates with an Arctic twist. Transfer to the chocolate shop, a cozy establishment located in the heart of Alta that specializes in handmade delicacies for sophisticated palates and chocolate lovers. Upon arrival, meet your experienced chocolatier, Camilla Nielsen, who will introduce you to the joys of Nordic chocolate making. Don your hygienic cap and vest, then tour the factory and learn to make your own chocolate bar by mixing your choice of ingredients, including caramel, coffee, local berry extracts, arctic salt and more. While your concoction chills, savor a tasting of a variety of chocolates and pralines. Enjoy free time to browse the shop, then receive your handmade chocolate bar packaged for you to take back to your ship.

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

Norway’s jagged coast was formed as melting glaciers receded, eroding bedrock and creating innumerable valleys and fjords, as well as the characteristic skerries that run along the country’s more than 16,000 miles of shoreline. These thousands of large islands, small islets and reefs shelter the famous Norwegian Inside Passage from the sea’s punishing winds and waves, making the journey along the coast smoother and more comfortable than when traveling on the open waters of the Norwegian Sea.

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.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC BERGEN (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS
UNESCO* Sightseeing* Easy*

A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BERGEN
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.

SNAPSHOT OF BERGEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing* UNESCO* Moderate*

SITES AND HEIGHTS
See Bergen both up close and from a bird’s-eye perspective on this expansive tour. With your local guide, pass the harbor’s medieval Bergen Fortress. 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 beautiful city, ascend Mt. Fløien via funicular railway. From the summit, enjoy spectacular views of Bergen’s winter landscape. 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.

A TASTE OF NORWEGIAN FARM LIFE
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack* Local Life* Moderate*

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.

GRIEG’S HOUSE & RECITAL & FANTOFT STAVE CHURCH
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest* Demanding*

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
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Snack* UNESCO* Shopping* Moderate*

SCENIC BERGEN, NATIONAL ROMANTIC MOVEMENT AND 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 past such attractions as the medieval Bergenhus fortress and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the preserved wharf that was central to Bergen’s role in the Hanseatic League. As you travel, learn about national Romanticism, a 19th-century movement that emphasized nature and the uniqueness of Norway’s national identity. A cable car awaits you just outside the affluent suburb of Kalfaret. Conditions permitting, take a seat inside your gondola for a scenic ascent to Mt. Ulriken. 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.

DALE OF NORWAY: A LIVING MUSEUM
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Working World* Shopping* Easy*

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
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active* Natural World* Demanding*

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.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING OVER BERGEN
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Easy*

TAKE FLIGHT OVER MOUNTAIN SCENERY AND CITY SIGHTS
Soar over the stunning fjords of Bergen and its mountain scenery by helicopter. Transfer to your helipad, meet your pilot and climb on board your helicopter. Don your seat belt, put on your headset and experience the thrill of takeoff. Have your camera ready for this breathtaking journey over the wild, beautiful landscapes of western Norway. Soar over the white snowcapped mountains and view the beautiful fjords from above. You will also fly over the stunning Hardangerfjord, known as the “Queen of Fjords,” as well as blue glacier lakes and Folgefonna—one of the biggest glaciers in Norway. On your return to base, fly over Mt. Ulriken—the highest of the Seven Mountains at more than 2,100 feet—and the city of Bergen, where you will see your cruise ship docked in the harbor. Return to the helipad, then transfer back to your awaiting ship.

NORWEGIAN GOLD & SILVERSMITHS
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Working World* Snack* Moderate*

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
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Working World* Snack* Moderate*

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.

BERGEN AT WAR
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Special Interest* Demanding*

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.

A TASTE OF BERGEN BY FOOT
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing* Culinary* Moderate*

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF A CITY TOLD IN ITS CUISINE
Discover Bergen’s history through a tasting platter of local favorites during a visit to the bustling fish market. Bergen’s food culture is based on the fish trade, which was integral in building the city’s wealth since the days of the Hanseatic League. Meet your guide, then set out for the harbor, taking in the sea air as you walk along the rows of picturesque wooden buildings at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the fish market, take a seat and prepare to use all your senses to understand the heritage of this important Norwegian city. On a porcelain plate, you will sample 10 different dishes, including dried cod fish, hot smoked mackerel and herring, fish cakes, gravlaks, cured sausage with moose meat and more, all accompanied by an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage. Finish your tasting with a skillingsbolle, a traditional Bergen cinnamon bun, before walking back to your ship.

BAKING AT ØVRE-EIDE FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life* Culinary* Moderate*

LEARN TO MAKE TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN FLATBREAD
Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of how to make a traditional Norwegian baked good. Embark on a short transfer outside of Bergen to the idyllic shores of Lake Jordal and Øvre-Eide Farm, a family-run estate that traces its roots back to the 16th century. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your hosts and take a stroll around the scenic grounds and observe the animals that live here. Then, head to the kitchen for an up-close and personal lesson on making lefser, a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. Learn the techniques and tools used to prepare the dough, as well as the different ingredients that can be added to the recipe. After your course, you will receive an informal certificate of completion, as well as the lefser you made to take back with you. Say goodbye to your hosts, and with delicious flatbread in hand, return to your ship.

HOME-HOSTED VISIT WITH LOCAL ARTISTS
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Local Life* Snack* Easy*

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BERGEN
Learn the history, art and music of Bergen while attending a home-hosted mini-concert. Embark on a short transfer to the home of accomplished musicians and performers Ann-Catherine and Erlend Tvinnereim, who will warmly welcome you into their home and share their great knowledge of local history and music. Enjoy a fresh skillingsbolle—a sourdough cinnamon bun—and a warm beverage, then take a seat in the living room. Here, your hosts will enact an informative and captivating performance consisting of stories and anecdotes from historical Bergen, as well as from the hosts’ own lives and experiences. After the concert, your hosts will happily answer any questions you might have. Then enjoy free time to admire the art that adorns the walls of their home. Bid farewell to your hosts before making the return journey to your awaiting ship.

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

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is nestled between gargantuan snowcapped mountains, magnificent fjords and one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jan-10

London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$9,595
Jan-22 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$9,095
Feb-03 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$9,595
Feb-15 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$9,495
Feb-27 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$10,095
Mar-11 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$9,595
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jan-17

London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$7,995
Jan-27 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$7,995
Jan-29 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$7,995
Feb-08 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$8,495
Feb-10 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$8,495
Feb-20 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$8,495
Feb-22 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$8,495
Mar-04 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$8,495
Mar-06 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$8,495
Mar-16 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$8,495
Mar-18 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$8,495

 

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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
  • Access to The Nordic Spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service

ALL STATEROOMS INCLUDE:

  • 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 and cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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