Hammerfest, Kingdom of the Polar Bears

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Southbound Journey: Day 8: Mehamn - Kjøllefjord - Honningsvåg - Havøysund - Hammerfest - Øksfjord - Skjervøy - Tromsø. A brief call is made in Havøysund before arriving in Hammerfest at 11.15 a.m. You are now in the northernmost town in the world - Hammerfest … [Read more...]

Kirkenes – the End of the Journey for Some

Kirkenes, a Town Near the Russian Border: Day 7: Båtsfjord - Vardø - Vadsø - Kirkenes - Vardø - Båtsfjord - Berlevåg. The ship sails into Kirkenes where you will have the opportunity to go ashore. You may wish to participate in a shore excursion from Kirkenes to Storskog the Norwegian/Russian … [Read more...]

Crossing the 71st Parallel to the North Cape

Making it to Nordkapp or the North Cape: Day 6:  Øksfjord - Hammerfest - Havøysund - Honningsvåg - Kjøllefjord - Mehamn - Berlevåg. In Finnmark, icebergs, wind and weather have created a harsher, more dramatic landscape. You will see both abandoned fishing stations and lively fishing ports … [Read more...]

Tromsø – Capital of Arctic Norway

This Gateway to the Arctic is also known as the "Paris of the North": DAY 5: Stokmarknes - Sortland - Risøyhamn - Harstad - Finnsnes - Tromsø - Skjervøy. You awake to find the ship sailing between Norway's two largest islands, Hinnoya and Senja. Or perhaps, earlier still, in Harstad. Finnsnes … [Read more...]

Making it to the Arctic Circle!

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Arctic Circle, Norway: DAY 4: Brønøysund - Sandnessjøen - Nesna - Ørnes - Bodø - Stamsund - Svolvaer. You will have passed the Arctic Circle before the whole ship is fully awake.  The ship will follow the mighty Borvasstindene Mountains before arriving into … [Read more...]

Trondheim, a Viking town and Norway’s Coronation City

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Trondheim Visit, Norway: DAY 3: Trondheim - Rørvik. Arrive Trondheim at 6.00 a.m. Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, founded by Olav Tryggvasson in 977 AD, has a strong academic flavour and can boast the country's oldest school, first official theatre and … [Read more...]

Visiting Alesund and Molde on our Norwegian Cruise

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Alesund and Molde Visits, Norway: DAY 2:  Floro - Maloy - Torvik - Alesund - Molde - Kristiansund. Early arrival at Maloy at 06:45 The ship rounds the Cape of Stadt, Norway's westernmost point. You will pass the bird rock of Runde where 32 species of birds are … [Read more...]

Arriving at Bergen Flesland Airport, Bergen

Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Bergen, Norway DAY 1: Bergen. Arrival in Bergen.  Catch Hurtigruten transfer from Bergen Flesland Airport to Hurtigruten terminal at Nostebryggen Quay.  Boarding starts at 16:00. (Light Snack) We arrive at Bergen Flesland Airport at 16:50, too late to … [Read more...]

Vienna, the City of Music

Vienna has what many travellers want: Vienna is one of the cultural capitals of Europe with a cultural calendar that's packed with concerts, festivals and balls throughout the year. For music alone, there are hundreds of concerts annually catering to locals as well as music lovers from all over … [Read more...]

Innsbruck, Capital of the Alps

Innsbruck, a City that Many would Love to Call Home: Innsbruck markets itself as the Capital of the Alps and it's no wonder that the city was twice chosen to host the Winter Olympics (1964 und 1976). Wedged between two mountain chains, Innsbruck is positioned right in the middle of the … [Read more...]