MCNF NORWAY & FINLANDSEARCH TOUR
featuring Coastal Cruising & Lapland
7-day Norwegian coastal cruise, including 6 shore excursions Lapland exploration exploring Europe's northernmost point Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Trondheim, Kirkenes - City Tours
Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily; all meals while cruising. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour occurs in late summer / early autumn when temperatures are still comfortably mild, though it can be chilly the further north we go and there is a greater likelihood of short-lived showers.
Hurtigruten, the company that operates our cruise, comments on the season:
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 can 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 you are lucky the Northern Lights will appear and provide an act of magic.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest.
The vessel offers large comfortable lounges with panoramic views. A small library is available. One will find a shop selling souvenirs, gifts, postcards and stamps.
Our first departure is the vessel M/S Kong Harald; our second date will be its sister-ship, M/S Nordkapp.
Vessel capacity - 622 passengers. Year of construction - 1993. Flag - Norway. Norwegian & English are the official languages on board. On board dress is informal. Although some passengers may chose to change for dinner, the dress code is casual rather than formal. Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable. The ships carry goods, vehicles, and passengers between ports, by night and day, as an intregral part of Norweigan daily life, and call at ports around the clock.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range 3 & 4 star hotels throughout. The occasional smaller property may not have elevators. All hotels have en-suite bath facilities, though some may only have a shower. Porter service is not always available and you therefore MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
On board the Hurtigruten vessel: Comfortable outside cabins with separate beds and private facilities. Located on middle and upper decks. One bed can be converted into a sofa.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, ship's crew, local step-on guides in various locales.
16-21 plus Tour Leader
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