Rushing waterfalls, dark-green fjord landscapes, idyllic skerry islands – Norway’s coastline extends for about 2,500 kilometres and delights at every point with breathtaking natural experiences. The rugged archipelago of Lofoten is a remote world of its own where fishermen pursue their traditional everyday lives and are happy to let you try some dried stockfish. Accompany the EUROPA right up to the dream destination of the North Cape, and make your fairy-tale Nordic holiday come true.
from Hamburg to Kiel
|Cruise dates:||from 17.06.2015 to 05.07.2015 (18 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1512|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: Bryggen, the old town of Bergen*
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Geirangerfjord
- Lofoten, remote islands in the Norwegian Sea
- Visit to North Cape*
- Between Norway and Russia: the borderland around Kirkenes
- Travelling on the famous Flam railway*
- Homage to Edvard Grieg – chamber music on board
- New port: Kirkenes/Norway
Start your cruise by exploring the pretty city of Hamburg at your own pace*.
What a wonderful view: experience the natural beauty of Norway as you kayak* on Eidfjord Lake. Or set off to the Hardangervidda Nature Centre* and, while out and about, enjoy the view of the mighty Voeringsfossen waterfall.
Behind a charming skerry landscape, the one-time capital of Norway welcomes you to take a walk through the old part of Bergen*. A magnificent view of the landscape is revealed on a hike* up the local mountain Floeyen, which you can comfortably scale using the cog railway.
A scenic journey to Andalsnes* takes you right into the heart of the magical far north. Fjord and fjell accompany you to Trollstigheimen and along the famous serpentines of Trollstig road down towards Isterdal. Or do you fancy a hike*? The old Varde path was even trodden by Kaiser Wilhelm I.
A relaxed afternoon: meander through the little spot at the mouth of the Rauma in the Romsdalsfjord.
Lively Trondheim* is an important place for Norway’s monarchy: all royal coronation ceremonies until 1906 were 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, drying locations for stockfish and red, wooden houses: succumb to the charm of Lofoten. One of the best-preserved villages is idyllic Nusfjord*. Gain insights into the long fishing tradition in Sund*. Or do you want to do something really exciting? Take a fast-paced rigid inflatable boat trip* along the coast.
From the small Lofoten metropolis, you continue to Henningsvaer*. This unspoilt fishing village will amaze you with wonderful pieces of art at Lofotens Hus, a gallery with works by northern Norwegian painters.
Experience one of the dream destinations on this planet: at the North Cape Plateau* on a clear evening, you will have a fantastic view of the Arctic Ocean.
On a riverboat safari to the Norwegian–Russian border*, you visit the Boris Gleb Church. Untiring sledge dogs accompany you on the Husky tour*, and you can walk with the animals through the region’s wonderful natural landscapes.
A wonderful view of the northernmost city in Europe awaits you at a viewing point on Salen. The Meridian Column from 1854 is also worth a visit, and at the Royal Polar Bear Club, you can become a lifelong member.
Many Arctic expeditions began at the “Gateway to the Arctic Ocean”. Today the polar museum is a reminder of these days, and at the experience centre Polaria*, you can walk through a simulated snowstorm. Travelling by rigid inflatable boat* and with a bit of luck, you will see musk oxen, seals and seabirds.
Passing rushing waterfalls, the EUROPA carries you through Norway’s famous fjord. Ashore, fantastic fjords, mountains and glaciers await you en route to Hellesylt* or the expansive view from the 1,500-metre-high Dalsnibba*. Kayaking* through the Geirangerfjord – an unforgettable natural delight.
Leave the EUROPA for an impressive overland excursion* through fjord landscape to Flam*. You will visit the 12th century Hopperstad stave church, see the pretty Raundal Valley from the Bergen-Oslo railway and take a seat on the Flam Railway, Europe’s steepest normal-gauge railway.
All aboard! The Flam Railway* will take you on its steep track past waterfalls and heavenly scenery to Vatnahalsen. Continue on foot, on a walk through the picturesque Flam Valley.
Oslo’s* key sights include the Royal Palace, the ski-jumping hill Holmenkollen and the inspirational Vigeland Park. On the museum island of Bygdoey*, you will follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and their ships, marvel at the transportation of Thor Heyerdahl and the polar vessel Fram. In the evening, the dress code is a poncho and gloves when you visit Icebar*.
Extend your cruise and explore the Hanseatic City of Hamburg at your own pace*.
* The shore excursions 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
HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT