Deep-blue fjords, the lush green of gentle mountain slopes and red wooden houses provide the backdrop for eventful days on Norway’s spectacular coast lines. Cross breathtaking inlets on the EUROPA, stroll through laid-back cities such as Alesund and Trondheim and get to know the natural lifestyle on Lofoten. Magnificent impressions that are rounded off at the North Cape with almost infinite views across the Arctic Ocean.
from Travemuende to Kiel
|Cruise dates:||from 19.06.2016 to 07.07.2016 (18 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1613|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen* in Bergen
- UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: Naeroeyfjord* and Geirangerfjord
- Pure Norway – from Oslo to the North Cape*
- Lofoten and Vesteralen – islands in the North Sea
- Virtuoso concerts with the winners of the ARD Music Competition and friends
- New ports: Andenes/Vesteralen/Norway and Stokmarknes/Vesteralen/Norway
Plan an earlier arrival and explore Hamburg at your own pace*.
A fresh fish roll in the harbour or a detour to the wonderful sandy beaches? Explore Denmark’s most northerly city at your leisure.
It’s true that Oslo is one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it is packed with sights: in Vigeland Park*, about 200 sculptures constitute the life’s work of the sculptor; every year in the town hall, the Nobel Prize is awarded; and in winter ski jumpers compete on Holmenkollen. You can also gain beautiful impressions on a bicycle tour* to Bygdoey museum island and along the Oslo Fjord.
Strolling through the tranquil town, you can discover a little piece of Switzerland in the nostalgically decorated villa facades and brick buildings.
High mountains and thundering waterfalls: a ride* on the famous Flam railway to Vatnahalsen offers great panoramic views of the Norwegian landscape. You can walk back down through the idyllic Flam Valley. A fjord exploration tour by boat and bus* takes you to the beautiful Aurlandsfjord and the spectacular Naeroeyfjord. Or leave the EUROPA for an impressive overland excursion* through the fjord landscape to Gudvangen*.
The town is famous for its art nouveau architecture and picturesque hiking routes that lead to the Sunnmoere Alps. An adventurous high-speed RIB boat trip* along the coast is also worth a try.
Lively Trondheim is an important place for Norway’s monarchy: all royal coronation ceremonies to date have been held at Nidaros Cathedral. For music, continue to Ringve Museum* – which houses musical instruments from all the eras and regions on this planet.
Rugged mountains, red wooden houses and drying racks for stockfish: succumb to the charm of Lofoten. One of the best-preserved villages is idyllic Nusfjord*. Or wander through* the valley of Tjoerndalen with wonderful views of the fjords.
Cruise off one of the planet’s dream destinations before taking the last few steps to the viewpoint: in good weather, the North Cape plateau* offers a fantastic view of the Arctic Ocean.
A wonderful view of the northernmost city in Europe awaits you at a lookout point on Salen. The Meridian Column dating from 1856 is also worth a visit, and you can become a lifetime member of the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society in the harbour.
Whether Amundsen, Nansen or Barents – anyone setting out for the Arctic Circle passed the gateway to the Arctic Ocean. The polar museum* keeps the memory of the expeditions alive. Back then, explorers were often accompanied by loyal huskies – get to know the canines on an excursion* and find out all about the Finnmark race.
During an independent shore visit, learn more about the secrets of the far north: the Northern Lights Centre examines the phenomenon of the aurora borealis, and researchers present their findings in the Whale Centre.
In the wake of the traditional Hurtigruten, the EUROPA will travel to the birthplace of the postal ship fleet. Explore the decommissioned MS Finnmarken or enjoy the view of the widely scattered island group from Storheia mountain.
Overgrown mountain slopes are reflected in the deep-blue bay and form a picturesque backdrop for the colourful little houses and sailing boats in the harbour. Discover this Nordic gem at your own pace.
This small town with around 2,600 residents is known for its fishing. More interested in the history of the region? Then pay an independent visit to the Coastal Museum.
From the former Viking port, you will continue through picturesque fjords and the sound of the waterfalls as far as Geiranger*.
Passing thundering waterfalls, the EUROPA carries you through Norway’s most famous fjord. Ashore, you can look forward to mountains and glaciers and the expansive view from the 1,500 m high Dalsnibba*. Kayaking* through the Geirangerfjord is another unforgettable delight.
The “old heart” of the Hanseatic city beats just a few steps from the harbour basin: today, the historic merchant houses of Bryggen* play host to little boutiques selling original souvenirs. You can cast one last longing glance over Norway’s landscape from the Floeyen*, one of the seven mountain landmarks.
The north has plenty more to offer: why not visit Hamburg*, for example?
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE