Scandinavian and Baltic Cruises
the time of Vikings the history, culture and landscape of Northern Europe
has been shaped by the sea. Which is why Scandinavia and the Baltic
region are such a natural for cruising.
We have highlighted two types of cruises.
For those who would like to have an enriching cultural experience. The
Baltic Cruises, which visit such gems as Copenhagen, Stockholm,
Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Warnamunde (Berlin), Krakow and Oslo.
For those who care to enjoy some of the most
break taking scenery in the world, we suggest a Norwegian
Coastal Voyage. Traveling from the charming town of Bergen to high
above the Artic Circle.
Complete Roundtrip Lasts 12 Fantastic Days, But You Can Enjoy a Shorter
The complete 12-day roundtrip journey takes
you northbound from Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the north, close
to the Russian border, stopping at 34 picturesque ports along the way.
In Kirkenes the ship turns around and sails back down south along the
coast to Bergen, making calls at the same 34 ports. The ports visited
during the day on the northbound journey are visited during the night
on the southbound voyage, and vice versa. For passengers who would like
an in-depth Norwegian experience, the complete 12-day roundtrip is an
Passengers with less time may choose to experience
a one-way voyage; the 7-day northbound journey embarking in Bergen and
disembarking in Kirkenes, or the 6-day southbound voyage embarking in
Kirkenes and disembarking in Bergen.
of the length of the voyage you choose, you are guaranteed days filled
with majestic scenery from deep spectacular fjords to high snow-capped
mountains, and a varied flora and fauna-make sure to pack your camera,
extra film, and your binoculars for this "The World's Most Beautiful
Welcome on board.
A Ship departs from Bergen or Kirkenes almost
ever day of the year
Day 1 - Bergen
Bergen is the charming and busy capital of Norway's fjord district.
If you arrive a few hours before departure, we recommend a stroll
around the Bryggen Wharf area and the fish market. In days gone
by, it was easier to travel from Bergen to the Continent by sea
than it was to get to Oslo, and you can see this clearly in the
city's architecture and culture. Your trip aboard the Norwegian
Coastal Voyage will begin in the evening from Bergen.
Day 2* - Maloy-Torvik-Alesund-Molde-Kristiansund
When you awake, the ship will be crossing Stadthavet and heading
for Torvik. You'll have time to stroll around the beautiful Art
Nouveau town of Alesund. After a short stop at the Jazz Festival
town of Molde, you'll cross Hustadvika before docking at Kristiansund.
Optional Shore Excursions available: "Geiranger-Alesund" and
Day 3 - Trondheim-Rorvik
You'll arrive in Trondheim early this morning, where you'll
have ample free time to explore this historic and colorful town.
Take a stroll through the streets, past the charming harbor, or
cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings
in Bakklandet. From Trondheim the ship will sail past many islands
and skerries before arriving in Rorvik, where the southbound and
northbound Coastal ships meet. Optional Shore Excursions available:
"Ringve Museum of Musical History" and "Trondheim City Sightseeing".
Day 4 - Ornes-Bodo-Stamsund-Svolvaer
You'll have passed the Arctic Circle before you are fully awake.
Now in the land of the Midnight Sun, the ship will follow the
mighty Borvass Mountains on its way into Bodo. Then you'll sail
out to sea, crossing Vestfjord in the direction of the dramatic
Lofoten Islands before reaching Stamsund and Svolvaer in the evening.
Later in the evening, the ship will continue north through the
beautiful, narrow Raftsund Strait, passing the majestic Trollfjord
on the port side. Optional Shore Excursions available: "Svartisen
Glacier," and "Sea Safari to Saltstraumen".
Day 5 - Harstad-Finnsnes-Tromso-Skjervoy
The ship will call at Harstad at breakfast time. It will then
continue through Vagsfjord and Malangen before starting its approach
to Tromso. You'll have three hours for shopping and sightseeing
in the capital of Arctic Norway before you leave to cross Lopphavet.
Tomorrow, you'll wake up in Hammerfest. Optional Shore Excursions
available: "Tromso City Sightseeing Including Polaria" and "Tromso
Day 6-7 - Hammerfest-Havoysund-Honningsvag-Kjollefjord-Mehamn-Berlevag-Kirkenes
In the Finnmark region, nature has created an austere, more dramatic
landscape. You'll see both fishing villages from days gone by
and lively fishing ports bustling with activity. The ship will
head for Havoysund and Honningsvag, before turning east across
Austhavet toward the well-known fishing villages of Kjollefjord,
Mehamn, and Berlevag. On the morning of the seventh day you'll
arrive at Kirkenes, the journey's northern terminus. Optional
Shore Excursions available: "The North Cape" and "Bird-watching
Day 7 - Kirkenes-Vardo-Batsfjord-Berlevag
After a few hours docked at Kirkenes, the ship will depart once
again to start the second half of its voyage. On the southbound
journey, it will be daylight when it was night on the trip northward.
Crossing Varangerfjord, you'll arrive in Vardo, the easternmost
point in Norway. Leaving Vardo, the ship will circumnavigate the
Varanger Peninsula before arriving in Batsfjord and Berlevag in
the evening. The journey will then continue along the coast of
the Finnmark region. Optional Shore Excursions available: "Russian
Border Trip," "Riverboat Safari to the Russian Border," and "Kirkenes
Day 8 - Honningsvag-Havoysund-Hammerfest-Oksfjord-Skjervoy-Tromso
You'll arrive at Honningsvag in the early hours of the morning.
After calling at Havoysund, the ship will stop for two hours in
Hammerfest. It will then head south across Soroysund to Oksfjord.
Once again, you'll cross Lopphavet, arriving at Skjervoy in the
evening. You'll dock in Tromso shortly before midnight, just in
time to enjoy the nightlife of this city, which is known as "the
Paris of the North." Optional Shore Excursions available: "Honningsvag-The
North Cape-Hammerfest" and "Midnight Sun Concert".
Day 9 - Harstad-Risoyhamn-Sortland-Stokmarknes-Svolvaer-Stamsund
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen are believed by many
to be the most beautiful scenery on the journey. Before you reach
the islands, you'll see the captain carefully manoeuver the ship
through the shallow waters of the Risoyrenna Channel, where shallow
sand banks are visible through the clear green water on both sides
of the channel. You'll pass through the dramatic narrow Raftsund
Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord before arriving
in Svolvaer and Stamsund. In the evening, the ship heads east
across Vestfjord toward Bodo. Optional Shore Excursions available:
"Harstad-Sortland" and "Svolvaer-Henningsvaer-Stamsund".
Day 10 - Ornes-Nesna-Sandnessjoen-Bronnoysund-Rorvik
After leaving Ornes, you'll travel through exciting and colorful
waters, sailing through narrow straits bordered by lush agricultural
land. Nearly every peak of the towering mountains in the background
is associated with a local legend. Crossing the Arctic Circle
once again, you'll pass both Nesna and Sandnessjoen. On the approach
to Bronnoysund, which you'll reach in the afternoon, you'll pass
the spectacular, mythical Seven Sisters Mountains. Make sure you're
on deck when the ship leaves Bronnoysund and you'll see why the
captain needs a steady hand! The last port of call for today will
Day 11 - Trondheim-Kristiansund-Molde
You arrive in Trondheim early, and you can use the morning to
visit Norway's largest medieval church, Nidaros Cathedral, and
the newly restored Archbishop's Residence. The ship will then
continue its journey, sailing out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord,
past the islands of Grip and Hitra, with its large flocks of deer.
It will then pass Smola before arriving in Kristiansund, a town
famous for the local salted cod. At the end of the day, you call
at Molde, before arriving in Alesund late in the evening with
just enough time for a quick stroll on shore. Optional Shore
Excursion available: "Trondheim City Sightseeing".
Day 12 - Floro-Bergen
During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Maloy, and Floro.
The World's Most Beautiful Voyage is drawing to a close. But don't
say good-bye just yet . . . ahead of you lies mile after mile
of spectacular west Norway scenery: holly trees on Svanoy, the
mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach
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