MCNF Norway & Finland Featuring Coastal Cruising & Lapland

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7-day Norwegian coastal cruise, including 6 shore excursions Lapland exploration exploring Europe's northernmost point Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Trondheim, Kirkenes - City Tours

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 09 Sep 2015Sun 27 Sep 2015 $7940

Optional Single Supplement: $1800 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1800, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


During this tour we will experience the Hurtigruten Classic Voyage North and witness the gradual transition from the populated, lush southern regions of the coastline to the more sparse and remote landscapes north of the Arctic Circle. After exploring Oslo we travel to Bergen where we join our ship and embark on a classic journey, spending seven days and six nights travelling north. Calling in at 34 ports, most never visited by commercial cruise liners, the ships deliver freight, post and passengers to remote communities, some of which are home to just a few hundred people. Sailing along this beautiful coastline, through magical fjords to enchanted islands, we enjoy a genuine, friendly and unpretentious voyage, which is truly Norwegian. The Hurtigruten ships have been cruising the amazing Norwegian coast for more than 100 years. In the home waters of the Norwegian coast, Hurtigruten has been part of the country’s very lifeline for over a century.

From Bergen in the south to Kirkenes in the north, every day offers a new highlight as we travel into the heart of coastal Norway and experience the wonders of the polar north. Our exciting shore excursions will bring you closer to the cultural life, old traditions and local inhabitants: the Art Nouveau town of Alesund, medieval Trondheim, Svartisen Glacier, crossing the Arctic Circle, exploring Kirkenes. Next to the Russian border, and a visit to the North Cape (mainland Europe’s northernmost point). We disembark in Kirkenes and extend our tour in northern Norway to Finland (Lapland), before continuing south to Helsinki.

As this journey sails the iconic Norwegian coastline’s sheltered waters we will enjoy the autumn light, bright colours and clean air. As summer fades and changes to autumn, we can watch the coastline shift colours from one season to another. Along the Norwegian shores the clear air strengthens the reds and yellows, which fill the mountainsides, hilltops and woods. Autumn is a tranquil time on board Hurtigruten, and you get the time to enjoy the bright colours, the fresh air and the beautiful scenery we pass. The birds migrate after a productive summer, and the Arctic light shortens. From the deck, framed by an icy blue sky, you may see a sprinkling of early snow on the highest peaks and there's a sense of expectation in the air. Each port and the different parts of the coast give you the opportunity to experience something different. The darkness comes gradually and the sun sets earlier and earlier. And, if we are lucky, the Northern Lights will appear and provide an act of magic.

Covered in forests and wildernesses, Finland is a place where autumn leaf colour acts as a messenger of sorts; it bids a melancholy farewell to long summer days and serves as a reminder of the dark and cold winter that looms around the corner. Autumn leaf colour, or “ruska” to locals, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that paints northern landscapes in deep and soft tones.

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Norway and Finland


Testimonials


Barbara B. (Don Mills, ON, CA)

Excursions were excellent. No complaints. Martin is the perfect Tour Leader. This trip was everything and more than I expected. Even the weather co-operated. The guides were excellent.

Benetta M. (Berkeley, CA, US)

I enjoyed all of the excursions. Local guides were all good. Martin is an extraordinary tour leader. His interpersonal skills are excellent - he is even tempered, kind and always upbeat. I have enjoyed each tour I have taken with him and look forward to participating in more of his tours in the future.

Jessie R. (Vancouver, BC, CA)

All excursions were very good. All guides were very knowledgeable in their local history. Bus transportation was well organised. Excellent drivers with ample space for the group and handling of luggage. The evening meals always provided the opportunity to sample local dishes - I appreciated that. A very informative and thoroughly enjoyable trip. The Itinerary provided an excellent overview of life and the landscape of Norway and Finland.

Zofia B. (North Vancouver, BC, CA)

My favourite excursions were the city tour of Oslo, A Taste of Norway,walking tour of Bergen, Svartisen Glacier, North Cape, Russian border, Sightseeing Tour of Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral, Arctic Cathedral and Polaria in Tromso, Sapmi park,SIIDA Sami Museum and Nature Center, Arktikum in Rovaniemi, Reindeer farm in Rovaniemi, City tour of Helsinki, Suomenlinna sea fortress. All excursions were very interesting. Transportation was very comfortable. Evening meal plan was very good. Martin is an excellent tour leader. It was an excellent tour.