Day 1 London – Oslo
From London, you will fly to Oslo, Norways capital. On arrival, you will be greeted by your Tour Leader and taken to the Clarion The Hub Hotel to freshen up.
The rest of the day will be spent exploring the city at your leisure. Ask your Tour Leader for their favourite spots in the city. Oslo is an intimate and charming city and perfect to stroll around. Enjoy a casual or gourmet dinner at one of the citys many cafs and restaurants.
Day 2 Oslo
After breakfast at your hotel, you will join the included 3-hour guided walking Oslo Beer Tour. Your guide will not only share fun facts and history about Oslo but they will take you on a tour of Oslos most fashionable district visiting unique bars and breweries, offering 8-9 beer tastings and a few snacks. For foodies who are passionate about Scandinavian cuisine, you can upgrade to the Taste of Oslo food tour for just £18pp. This 4-hour walking tour showcases the best of Norwegian delicacies like salmon, reindeer, waffles, local cheeses, cured meat and fish as well as
aquavit and beer. As you explore the city, you will stop at various culinary points of interest where a host will give a short talk about the local products youre tasting.
This evening, you and your group will enjoy a traditional Norwegian dining experience at Oslos oldest restaurant, Engebret Caf, that has played host to dignitaries and celebrities for well over a century.
Day 3 Oslo Kirkenes – Berlevg
After breakfast, you will head to the aiport with your Tour Leader for your flight to Kirkenes and the second part of your gastroNordic adventure. On arrival in Kirkenes, which lies further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg, you will be transferred to your ship, where you can freshen up.
As the ship departs, enjoy a buffet lunch inspired by our Norways Coastal Kitchen concept, surrounded by Arctic seascapes and prepare yourself for fjords, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers, combined with visits to historic cities and cosy coastal towns along the way.
Our first stop is Vard. From here, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Btsfjord before reaching Berlevg in the evening. Be sure to get some rest as you will be up early in the morning.
Day 4 Mehamn – Troms
As we reach Honningsvg first thing, you can look forward to a dramatic and scenicbreakfast at the North Cape, overlooking the top of the world. Next stop is Hammerfest: here, you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, commemorating the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. For a brisk mountain hike, join a guided walking tour up to the top of Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
We continue to ksfjord with a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervy. We dock atTroms late in the evening, where you can take in a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral or take a walk through the town, and stop by the cosy pubs and sample the local brews.
Day 5 Troms – Stamsund
On arrival atHarstad, youll have the chance to join our popular A Taste of Vesterlen excursion. Experience history, beautiful scenery and breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, Norway’s oldest church from the late Middle Ages. The tour rejoins the ship in Sortland.For those who opt to stay on board, the daytime sailing route through Lofoten and Vesterlen is a real highlight as the region is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. If youre in luck, our chef may give an on-deck demonstration of how to fillet a salmon. From Risyhamn, we continue south via Sortland toStokmarknes, whereHurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Here, you can go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten museum. As we set sail again, birdlovers can join an excursion to search for majestic eagles on our popular Sea Eagle Safari.
As we approach the narrow Raftsund channel, it appears as if we will sail straight into the mountain wall, but once we enter the 20-km passageway, we are greeted with the magnificent view of 1,000 metre high mountains emerging straight up from the sea.
At Svolvr, you will have a chance to enjoy one of several exciting excursions, including visiting a traditional fishing village.
Day 6 Bod – Rrvik
As you cross the Arctic Circle, we celebrate the event on deck with a memorable rite of passage tradition a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along theHelgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore.
One highlight along our route is theSeven Sisters mountain range, seven mountains that define the Helgeland coast. These sister mountains are part of local folklore, and their story involves troll kings, princesses and their suitors. After a short stop at Nesna, we sail toSandnessjen. From here, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands on an optional excursion to witness the unique interaction between eider ducks and the islands farmers. Learn how it contributes to eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets. In the afternoon, we dock at Brnnysund, a vibrant and pretty little fishing town with a bustling marina. Its also a strategic point for Norways fishing trade, one of the nations biggest exports. If youre interested in learning more about sustainable and responsible modern aquaculture, join our fascinating Visit the Salmon tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre with a chance to taste some fresh local salmon (April to October).
As we set sail again, be sure to head on deck, where youll see MountTorghatten,easily distinguishable by the giant hole in the middle of the mountain.
Day 7 Trondheim
Today, you have a chance to explore the royal city of Trondheim. A visit to the gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral is highly recommended.Along this stretch of coastline, you will notice the importance of fishing to Norways coastal communities. As we approach Kristiansund, Norways dried cod capital, so-named for its long-time export of salted dry fish, you can see large pyramid drying racks of cod. From here, you can join an excursion along the famedAtlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8 km stretch of winding highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea.Or you could visit theBergtatt marble mine, which takes you into an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mines Grand Hall.Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ships open sea crossing towardsMolde– Norways City of Roses from where you can see the distant peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Day 8 Bergen
On arrival in Bergen, your classic Hurtigruten sea voyage comes to an ends. Your Tour Leader will take you to your hotel, Clarion Hotel Admiral, to check in and freshen up. Youll have the afternoon to explore this historic harbour town and its famous UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharves, with their distinctive wooden buildings at your leisure. Your Tour Leader can advise you on where to go.In the evening, your group will be taken on a marvellous culinary journey by boat to Holmen island to dine at one of Scandinavias best seafood restaurants, Cornelius. Here, you will be treated to a seasonal fish and seafood feast, inspired by the fjords and you will hear a talk from the chef about the local fish.
Day 9 Bergen – London
Today marks the end of this Nordic gastronomy adventure. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel. If theres time before your flight, you can discover more of charming Bergen. Once you check out of your hotel, your tour leader will transfer you to the airport and back to London.