Day 1 London – Bergen
You will fly to Bergen where youll be met by your Tour Leader who will transfer you to the ship.
Bergen is an historic harbour town established by the Viking King Olav Haraldsson lll more than nine hundred years ago. Today, it is a modern city that retains local character and history, especially the well-preserved Bryggen wharves that hold UNESCO World Heritage status. If you have time, walk along the Bryggen quayside, and discover its distinctive wooden buildings, dating back to the citys Hanseatic heritage from the 14th to mid-16th centuries.
To kick off your Viking adventure, we will host a Welcome Drinks event onboard to introduce you to your fellow Viking enthusiasts, your Viking expert and your Tour Leader. After that, youll enjoy a buffet dinner, based on the freshest ingredients from Norways Coastal Kitchen.
As you sail from Bergen to Kirkenes and continue on to Oslo, you can look forward to lectures, covering Viking themes that might include:
Who were the Vikings?
The Vikings and their gods
Viking ships and navigation
The Viking Warrior
The Vikings at home
The Viking North Atlantic Saga
Your Viking expert on this tour is:Dr John Haywood
Day 2 lesund
Wake up to the breathtaking sight of rural Norwegian landscapes as we cross the open west cape and head for Torvik. We make a port call in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of lesund, before continuing to Molde with its magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps.
Day 3 Trondheim
Following the iconic Hurtigruten route, we call at the old Viking capital and royal city of Trondheim. Founded in 997AD by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim has grown to be one of Norway’s largest cities but has retained the charm and warmth of a provincial town with its handsome civic architecture, colourful wooden wharfs and royal palace of Stiftsgrden.
Here, you will have the chance to join ourTrondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion(optional excursion) and see some of the magnificent architecture of this ancient and charming city. Or you can even explore the city by bicycle or kayak.
Day 4 Lofoten Islands
This morning we cross the Arctic Circle and into the land of the Midnight Sun. If this is your first time sailing in Arctic waters, you can look forward to a special Arctic Circle baptism. In the evening, we reach Svolvr, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands.
Lofoten is an area rich in Norse sagas and captivating scenery – a must-see on your trip to Norway. It is here that you will join our Meet the Vikings excursion (included in your package), where youll be entertained by a Viking chieftain and his wife in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever discovered, learn more about the Viking way of life, and enjoy a traditional Viking feast. Youll also have some time to look around the small museum with some interesting everyday Viking artefacts.
Day 5 Troms
Stroll through this historic Arctic town at your leisure, stopping to enjoy a pint of Nordic craft beer in the lhallen pub, or join one of our optional excursions a guided walking tour of Troms, kayaking, or visit the huskies at the scenic Troms Wilderness Centre.
Day 6 Honningsvg
After an early stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Honningsvg. This is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape which rises 300 metres from the ocean, and at 71 10 21 N puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Join an optional excursion to the North Cape for some phenomenal views. In the evening, we sail past Finnkirka, a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Smi people.
Day 7 Kirkenes – Oslo
The last port on the northbound voyage is Kirkenes, and at 30 E you are actually further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg. From here, youll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Oslo. On arrival in Oslo, you will be taken to the Oslo Hotel in the city centre.
After youve settled in, you will have the rest of the day to explore the city at your leisure. Take a stroll around this small and charming capital and enjoy a meal in one of the many cosy eateries. Ask your Tour Leader for recommendations.
Day 8 Oslo
After breakfast at your hotel, you will join a 4-hour guided sightseeing tour of Oslo, included in your trip. Today, you will visit the Viking Ship Museum, also accompanied by John Haywood and will see some of the most impressive Viking artefacts in existence including three Viking longboats Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. After, youll visit the Fram Museum, where youll learn the story of Norwegian polar exploration, very close to Hurtigrutens heart.
After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you like. You can relax in your hotel, dine in one of their restaurants or you can discover more of Oslo and enjoy the nightlife.
Day 9 Oslo – London
Today marks the end of your unforgettable Viking experience in Norway, at sea and on land. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and if theres time before your flight, you can fit in some last-minute shopping or sightseeing before being transferred to the airport where you will take your return flight to London and home.