Norwegian Coastal Voyage
With three nights in Oslo.
Please note: Group is with GLP
The Cruise North is a journey of cultural exploration as you travel to the major coastal cities and remote communities, continuing north into the Arctic Circle. Explore the rugged coastlines as you go face-to-face with natural wonders and experience thrilling excursions.
Group with GLP Worldwide - minimum 15 passengers and GLP will provide an escort.
MS Kong Harald
Our dedicated Expedition Teams have one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the cruise. MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. Onboard are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and a fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. Fancy a drink? Visit our comfortable bar at the front of the ship. The vessel also has a large compass area with reception, the Expedition Team, a tour guide, conference room and shop.
Passenger Capacity: 590
Board an evening flight to Oslo from Toronto
Upon arrival, transfer from Airport to your hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Today take a sightseeing tour of the city of Oslo, which will include the Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the parliament, the Opera House by the water front, and the medieval Akershus Fortress. Also visit the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum, both are famous for the feats of mankind at the time. Lunch at local restaurant.
This morning transfer to Oslo Central train station for your journeys through spectacular nature on the Bergen Railway and the famous Flåm Railway. After a buffet lunch in Flåm, take the express boat (approx. 5 hours) on the Sognefjord to Bergen. The boat stops in several quaint villages along it's route and gives you a great opportunity to see "the King of fjords" up close. Upon arrival in Bergen, transfer to your hotel.
Day at leisure. You will have a guided walking tour this afternoon. Admire the venerable King Haakon's Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and Bryggen - a row of Hanseatic timbered houses with characteristic pointed gables facing the harbour, and the bustling Fish and Flower Market, the City Park, and the Grieghall - the concert hall of Bergen. Roundtrip ticket for the Funicular Trains is included.
Transfer to the pier to board your ship. After embarkation, enjoy a tasty dinner buffet. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panoramic lounges.
If you wake up early, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we enter the open ocean before navigating through skerries and islands to reach Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, and ornate buildings, Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway's third largest city, Trondheim. Join an optional excursion to Norway's national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country's only Gothic-style cathedral, marvel at the cathedral's incredible architectural details and exquisite artwork. In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous islets and rocky reefs. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads toward charming Rørvik.
Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway's second-largest glacier. Later the same afternoon, we spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere.
During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes. The ship then proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing northern lights between September and March.
The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71 degrees 10'21"N, only 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place! The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful landscape in autumn.
We arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes, known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east. After disembarkation, transfer to a boat and a safari starts out on the fjord. An experienced fisherman will take you for an unforgettable King Crab Fishing tour on a RIB boat where you will cruise along the fjord and the Barents Sea to find the right place to anchor. You will be hands on deck to help pull up the King Crab cages from the depths. Your guide will take you back and serve your catch in a rustic restaurant by the fjord, local Norwegian style. In the afternoon, visit the Gabba Husky Farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the dogyard and get to know the lovely huskies, and take part in the training, feeding and care of the dogs and puppies. You will also meet 4 lovely reindeers, and even feed them with their favourite food.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport hotel.
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Dates: September 17 - 28, 2019
From CAD $7,030 per person in Category I Polar Inside Cabin
From CAD $8,550 per person for single occupancy
Polar Outside Cabin: CAD $1,910 per person
Arctic Superior Cabin: CAD $740 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (in addition to package price and cabin upgrade)
Polar Outside Cabin: CAD $1,910 per person
Arctic Superior Cabin: CAD $2,010 per person
All name changes are on a request basis and must be approved by Hurtigruten. If received within 3 weeks of the voayage, there will be a charge of CAD $120.00 per person for names changes.
Double occupancy: CAD $750 per person
Single occupancy: CAD $1,000 per person
Balance Due: June 19, 2019
Passenger names received by GLP/Hurtigruten are considered sold and subject to cancellation charges, regardless if payment has been received.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
|More than 90 days before departure||No Charge|
|90-61 days before departure||25% of total price|
|60-42 days before departure||35% of total price|
|41-28 days before departure||65% of total price|
|27-14 days before departure||95% of total price|
|Less than 14 days||100% of total price|
This tour will be escorted with a minimum of 15 passengers. Refunds will not be applied for passengers who fail to participate in the voyage or do not complete the voyage. Cancellation charges will apply notwithstanding that Hurtigruten is able to rebook the cabin in question. Partial cancellation will result in the application of the above penalties to the guests who have cancelled and the remaining guest being charged the applicable prices for the revised number of guests in the cabin. AIR CANCELLATION PENALTIES ARE SUBJECT TO AIRLINE REGULATIONS.
We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please contact Further Afield Travel and Tours for a quotations. Prices above are in Canadian Dollars and based on a minimum of 15 passengers. The cruise and all related travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms and conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking.
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