22737
Norway

Legends of Norway: The Seven Sisters, Vikings & Arctic Circle

Aboard a comfortable ocean liner, sail up the legendary Norwegian coastline to explore dramatic fjords, delight in unique musical performances and learn about the icons of Norway.
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Program No. 22737RJ
Length
15 days
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6,499
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15 days
14 nights
38 meals
13 B 12 L 13 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive in Bergen, Norway, Check In, Orientation
Bergen, Norway
D
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in and getting your room, take some time to freshen up before our Orientation session in the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Hurtigruten ships are working vessels with an important purpose. Some stops can be as short as 15 minutes, others half a day. Those aboard the ships have numerous opportunities to see stunning scenery while also engaging in shore activities that provide contact with local residents and significant sites. There is a comfortable and often lively interaction among Norwegian residents, members of the crew, and international passengers including Road Scholar participants. Presentations aboard the vessel and shore excursions — open to all passengers — are developed and led by Hurtigruten experts. In addition to excursions included in the Road Scholar program, participants can book extra excursions arranged by the cruise line while onboard. They will be led by shipboard or local experts. Dinners aboard ship are typically 3-course meals with a starter, main course, dessert, and cheese, often featuring seafood and other regional favorites; bottled water included; other beverages available for purchase. Breakfast and lunch are buffets. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Unless otherwise stated, free time is aboard the ship. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Bergen Field Trip, Embark MS Trollfjord
Bergen, Norway
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Embarkation begins as 4:00 p.m.; cabins will be available from 6:30 p.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Today we will enjoy an expert-led field trip in and around Bergen by motorcoach. We will first visit Fantoft Stave Church, a wooden church constructed in medieval Norway’s distinctive stave style in the 12th century. The church was originally located in the village of Fortun, more than 100 miles from its present location; it was saved from demolition in the late 19th century, when maintenance of the ancient building had become too expensive for the villagers, and relocated to Fantoft farm. We’ll then ride through town to Mount Fløyen to take a funicular to the top for beautiful views of the city and harbor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal from a set menu, plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will have free time in Bergen. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We’ll meet back at the hotel for our transfer by motorcoach to the ship for embarkation. A safety drill will take place once we have boarded the ship. We’ll then have some free time before dinner to settle in to our cabins and get to know the ship.

Dinner: In our reserved section of the dining room aboard ship, we will enjoy a buffet meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. The ship has lounges, a bar, and Internet café. There may be music, other entertainment, or a guest speaker on one or more evenings. There are observation decks inside for viewing the scenery and landscape of the Norwegian coast.

DAY
4
Geirangerfjord, Gudbrandsjuvet, Trollstigen
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trip is approximately 9 hours in total, including dinner and stops. Wear warm, windproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Breakfast: In the dining room aboard ship, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We’ll navigate through the skerries and islands, with a few brief stops at ports in the early morning. There will be an introductory lecture on Norwegian culture as we sail.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will arrive at Geiranger and disembark to experience the beauty of the mountains and fjords on a field trip by motorcoach. We’ll begin by travelling up the winding “Eagle Road” for a spectacular view of the Geirangerfjord, then proceed through the mountains to Eidsdal where a ferry will take our motorcoach across a fjord. From here we’ll travel along the Valldøla river valley to Gudbrandsjuvet (Gudbrands Gorge), a dramatic ravine named for the hero of a folk tale who is said to have jumped across it. Our journey will then take us down a section of road known as Trollstigen (The Troll’s Ladder), a series of eleven hairpin bends descending the mountainside near the Stigfossen waterfall. We’ll enjoy some snacks and hot drinks at the foot of the Ladder, before continuing by motorcoach to Molde on the northern shore of the Romsdalsfjord.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Molde.

Evening: We’ll return to the ship at Molde after dinner. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Royal City of Trondheim
Trondheim
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at field trip sites.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After disembarking the ship, we’ll explore Trondheim, Norway’s original capital founded around 997 by King Olav Tryggvason. It is today a modern city with charming remnants of its small town past. We’ll learn about the city and its many features with commentary by a local expert as the motorcoach takes us through streets and boroughs to the impressive Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial place of St. Olav and displaying stunning examples of 19th- and 20th-century stained glass windows. We’ll continue by motorcoach to Ringve Museum, Norway’s national music museum located in historic farm estate buildings on the outskirts of Trondheim. The museum’s collection was started by Victoria Bachke, a Russian artist who married into the family who lived on the estate in 1919, and now includes some 1500 instruments. We’ll then return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a lecture aboard the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Svartisen Glacier
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trip is approximately 5.5 hours. Transferring between ship and boat using gangplank with handrails.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will cross the Arctic Circle in the early hours of this morning. As the ship approaches Ørnes, the ship will stop to let us transfer to a smaller vessel in the open sea. As we travel to the Svartisen Glacier on this boat, we’ll learn about the area through commentary from a local expert. The coastline is spectacular but we’ll also be watching the skies as we go, as these fjords are home to sea eagles. We’ll step ashore near the glacier for some time to explore.

Lunch: At Svartisen, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch featuring traditional Norwegian lefse griddle cakes.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll board the boat again and travel north along the rugged Helgeland coast, to rejoin the ship at Bodø.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Tromsø: The Gateway to the Arctic
Tromso
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trip is approximately 4 hours. Getting on/off a cable car. Wear warm, windproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at field trip sites.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will arrive in Tromsø. Many epic Arctic expeditions used this port as a starting point and the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the polar capital of Norway. Our field trip in Tromsø will begin with a ride on the city’s cable car to the Storsteinen mountain ledge, which offers a spectacular view of the city and its surrounding landscape. We’ll continue by motorcoach to the Polaria centre, where we’ll learn more about arctic wildlife with visits to the aquarium and seal pool, and on to Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral, the most famous landmark of the city with its progressive design and extraordinary stained glass window. We’ll then return by motorcoach to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: We will have a lecture on some of Norway’s most important traditions, learning about Norway’s birthday and the festivities associated with the 17th of May.

DAY
8
Honningsvåg and the North Cape, Sámi Culture
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trips are approximately 5 hours in total. Wear warm, windproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll have an early call at Hammerfest, one of the northernmost towns in the world. The ship will then proceed to Honningsvåg, gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent. We’ll set out on an expert-led field trip by motorcoach, passing through vast frozen plains, shores, and mountains. The North Cape plateau rises more than 1,000 feet in a steep cliff from the Arctic Ocean. A sculpture of the globe has become a symbol of the North Cape and a popular site for pictures. We will also visit the North Cape Hall, a modern visitor center, and watch a panoramic film about the area and its seasonal changes. We will then return to the ship at Honningsvåg.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll make landfall again at Kjøllefjord, where we’ll board a motorcoach and travel into the reindeer pastures of the Nordkyn peninsula. Here we’ll meet a Sámi family of reindeer herders at their traditional lavvo, a tipi-like tent. They will lead us in exploring the history of Sámi culture in this area, and how this distinctive nomadic culture is surviving in the modern age. We’ll then return by motorcoach to the ship at its next port of call, Mehamn.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Kirkenes: The Voyage Turning Point
Kirkenes
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Walking up to 3 miles in Kirkenes, walking and standing for up to 3 hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning we’ll reach the turning point of our voyage, Kirkenes. This town sits close to Norway’s borders with Russia and Finland, making it an important strategic site during the Second World War when Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany. While the ship is in port, we’ll explore Kirkenes on foot with our Group Leader.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a lecture aboard the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Free Time, Lecture
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Full day aboard ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a lecture aboard the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trip is approximately 5 hours in total.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning, we will pass through the Lofoten Islands and its intricate web of inlets and isles. We’ll encounter history and breathtaking landscapes of fjords and mountains sights as we begin a field trip by motorcoach through the countryside of the area where Troms and Nordland counties meet. Our journey begins with a ride through the streets of Harstad. We’ll move on to the Trondenes peninsula, where we’ll visit the world’s northernmost medieval church on the shores of Laugen Lake, with an organ from 1790. We’ll then ride across to Hinnøya Island—Norway’s largest—and cross the Gullesfjord by ferry, then on to Sortland along the Sigerfjord in another ferry. We will then return to the ship at Sortland.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Vega Archipelago UNESCO World Heritage Site
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Today's field trip is approximately 4 hours in total. Embarking and disembarking boat using floating pontoons and/or fixed jetties with handrails. Wear warm, windproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time. We’ll cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters, entering a world of legends and folklore.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: The ship will dock at Sandnessjøen, where we’ll board a boat to explore the Vega archipelago, which in 2004 was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “A cluster of dozens of islands centred on Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, forms a cultural landscape of 107,294 ha, of which 6,881 ha is land. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks, in an inhospitable environment. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons. There is evidence of human settlement from the Stone Age onwards.” Once we reach Nes, an old fishing village with traditional houses, we’ll visit the E-House Museum to gain some in-depth knowledge of the history and techniques of eiderdown production, and the effect of UNESCO World Heritage status on the local community.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Free Time, Lecture
At Sea
B,L,D
Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord

Activity note: Full day aboard ship.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a lecture aboard the ship.

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
14
Bergen, Disembark
Bergen, Norway
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free time, to prepare for disembarkation this afternoon.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After disembarking the ship and transferring to the hotel, the afternoon is free. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Your Group Leader or hotel staff will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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