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Magical Northern Lights

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Magical Northern Lights

This ultimate voyage with Hurtigruten is described by Lonely Planet as `The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage´. We take you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. See 34 ports and cover over 2,500 nautical miles, which allows you to explore every inch of the coastal magic Norway has to offer. Any time of year, it’s a voyage like no other. The drama of the scenery and the wildlife will stir the explorer in you. Twenty-two of the ports lie north of the Arctic Circle – and you are given the opportunity to join excursions tailor-made to match your exploration level. Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing during the night, you are able to see in daylight on the southbound sailing.

Package Includes:

Return Flights & Taxes from Johannesburg
2 Nights hotel stay in Bergen, Norway
11 Night full board cruise with Hurtigruten
Port Taxes & Baggage Charges

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Hurtigruten

On a Hurtigruten voyage, we are contstantly hunting the light. You’ll be sailing within the Auroral Oval which offers better and more chances of catching this mesmerising light show than land-based trips.

You’ll be best placed to see the Aurora Borealis in its full glory on board Hurtigruten’s smaller, low lit shipsalong the sheltered Norwegian coast and, without the disruption of the artifical ambient light.

Enjoy unparralelled views of the Northern Lights from the comfort of the ship’s observation deck or inside the ship’s panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows. Hurtigruten’s on-board Northern Lights announcements will advise you as soon as there’s a sighting so there’s no chance you will be missing anything.

Form many people, seeing the Northern Lights is the main reason for the trip so choosing the holiday that offers the best chances of witnessing the drama of the dancing lights is all important. In fact, Hurtigruten is so sure that the Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12 day sailing voyage that they have even prepared to pack that up with their unique Northern Lights Promise:

Free 6 or 7-day

Classic Voyage if the lights don’t occur on the 12-day journey between October and March.

Polar Inside Cabin

I grade cabins have private facilities mostly with twin beds, one of which can be turned into a sofa. Some cabins have upper and lower berths (to accommodate a third passenger) and D grades on MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen have a wash basin only.

Polar Outside Cabin

Cabin grades A, J, L, N, and O all have private facilities with twin beds, one of which can be turned into a sofa. (Some have upper and lower berths). Cabins J and L have limited or no view.

Arctic Superior Cabins

Cabin grades P, U and QJ all have private facilities with TV and tea / coffee making facilities. P and U cabins have twin beds, one of which can be turned into a sofa. Most QJ cabins have double beds*.

Expedition Suites

Choose from Hurtigruten’s wide range of comfortable Expedition Suites. They are graded Q, M, MG and MX and have one or two rooms, a seating area with TV and tea / coffee making facilities. They have a shower / WC and most have a double bed* (this may be two single mattresses set in a double frame which cannot be separated). Our sales consultants will be pleased to give advice if you would prefer a bath tub.

Choose a Dog Sledding Adventure

This excursion is your very own mini-polar expedition! Experience beautiful nature and views of the ocean and surrounding mountains at the energetic huskies pull you across the frozen landscape. Add this excursion for R4700 per person

Prices

  • Polar Inside: R 39 999 pps
  • Polar Outside: R 44 999 pps
  • Arctic Superior: Sold Out






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Day 1 & 2,2 Night Hotel Stay in Bergen

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Day 3,Bergen

Hurtigruten's Classic Round Voyage lasts 12 days and starts in the southernmost port, Bergen. You should still have some time before the departure to explore one of Norway's most beautiful and distinctive cities. Once the cruise gets underway the route north will take you along the Hjeltefjord which happens to be the same route the Vikings sailed to reach the Shetland Islands and beyond.
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Day 4,Floro - Molde

If you wake up early enough you should be able to see Mt. Hornelen (860m), the mountain which according to the saga was climbed by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason. After sailing past West Cape, the vessel will cross the open sea for the first time during the cruise. The ship will navigate its way through skerries and islands before reaching the Art Nouveau town of Alesund. In the summer months, the vessel will sail into was some consider to be the jewel in Norway’s crown, Geirangerfjord. The fjord is one of the most beautiful surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. In autumn, the vessel will instead explore the idyllic Hjørundfjord. This fjord is also a treat because only Hurtigruten ships sail into this gem of a fjord.
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Day 5,Kristiansund - Rorvik

Trondheim, formerly called Nidaros, was founded in 997 A.D. and was Norway’s capital for almost 200 hundred years from 1030 – 1217. The city is home to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, which has been a popular pilgrimage destination for nearly 1,000 years. Today it is a city of students, technology, culture, cycling and food. Trondheim’s architecture and surroundings create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or bicycle ride among the beautifully restored wooden buildings in the Bakklandet district.
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Day 6,Bronnoysund - Svolvaer

Today you will cross the Arctic Circle. This invisible border at 66 degrees 33 minutes north marks the southernmost point for the midnight sun, which shines 24 hours a day in the summer. The chances of catching the Northern Lights in winter are also higher above this line. This is where the Arctic begins. Norway's second largest glacier, Svartisen, is located near the old trading village and port of call Ørnes. The journey continues along the beautiful Helgeland coast, considered by many to be just as spectacular as Lofoten. In the afternoon, the vessel makes its way from Bodø across Vestfjord, and the 1000 metres high mountain Lofotveggen will appear on the horizon which one can take as the sign that one is finally in Lofoten.
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Day 7,Stokmarknes - Skervoy

The Hurtigruten ship will now be approaching Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with exciting activities, no matter what time of year you travel. You could join in whale watching, dog sledging, hiking, or learn about the country’s fascinating polar history. Or why not take part on a kayaking excursion which will allow you to admire this beautiful Arctic city from a waterborne point of view.
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Day 8,Oksfjord - Berlevag

The turning point of our Coastal Voyage is just 10 kilometres from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snow Hotel and the base for several exciting excursions, including dog sledging and King Crab fishing. Enjoy the magnificent landscape as the journey continues towards the North Cape. In Honningsvåg, you can take a cultural walk through the town and let yourself be charmed by the colourful buildings. Then the cruise continues through the heart of the Sámi homeland to the port of Kjøllefjord. This area is also famous for its rich bird life. Enjoy the sub-Arctic landscape as the vessel crosses the 71st parallel north, and be sure to take the opportunity to experience the North Cape - the northernmost point on the continent.
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Day 9,Batsfjord - Kirkenes

Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents Region and is the gateway to the east. The town is also Hurtigruten's easternmost port and the turning point for the 12-day voyage. You will notice that the landscape and sea along the coast of Finnmark become increasingly more dramatic the closer the vessel comes to Kirkenes, which is located just a few miles from the Russian border.
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Day 10,Mehamn - Tromso

Today the vessel bids farewell to the Finnmark region, as it makes its way southbound past Fruholmen and Europe's northernmost lighthouse. On Hjelmsøy, you have a great view of Europe's largest colony of guillemots and razorbills. A great way to start the day would be with an optional excursion in Honningsvag to have breakfast at the North Cape. Later in in Hammerfest you could join a mountain trek or a guided tour of the town. In spring the ship will make a detour into the Lyngenfjord giving you some really fantastic views of the Lyngen Alps.
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Day 12,Tromso - Stamsund

Make sure you do not oversleep today. The journey past the beautiful Vesterålen islands towards the equally spectacular Lofoten is for many the highlight of the trip. Between Sortland and Stokmarknes, you can see the famous mountain Møysalen, inspiring numerous artists over the years. As the vessel sails south through Vesterålen, it is seemingly heading straight for the mountain wall, but there is an opening there, the Raftsundet strait. From the strait one can get to the Trollfjord which unfortunately is only accessibly during certain parts of the year. The day ends with a host of activities available in Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten.
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Day 13,Bodo - Rorvik

The Lofoten area is so pretty that you will be sad to already be leaving but don’t despair as the Helgeland coast is hope to some equally magnificent sights. In the morning, the vessel crosses the Arctic Circle and heads for the Helgeland coast with its abundance of islands, islets, reefs, and steep mountain walls. This is the home of the unique rock formation Hestmannen, Torghatten with its distinctive hole, and the spectacular Seven Sisters mountain range. A short stop will be made in Nesna before the vessel continues to the ports of Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund and Rørvik.
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Day 14,Trondheim - Alesund

After visiting Trondheim in the morning, the ship heads slowly out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord past the islands of Munkholmen, Hitra and thousands of smaller islets and skerries. The vessel’s next stop will be at Kristiansund. The city’s location has provided it with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, ship building and oil industries. It is not regarded as Norway’s "cured cod capital" because of its long-time export of salted dried fish. From Kristiansund the vessel will cross the open sea and you can take in the view of the steep grey pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps from the deck as the ship makes its way towards Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’.
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Day 15,Alesund - Bergen

The world’s most beautiful voyage is drawing to a close, and during the night the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy. But before it docks in Bergen, there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous glacier Jostedalsbreen. Nordfjord stretches 90 kilometres inland, all the way to the tiny villages of Loen and Olden. The rugged landscape at the mouth of the fjord is in stark contrast to the fertile landscape at the other end. The lush orchards and glacier arms reach out towards the sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy this beautiful sight and be sure to make the most of the last hours on board.
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Additional Info

  • Departing : 17 October, 2019
  • Duration : 13 Nights
  • From: R 39 999 pps

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