Day 1 - Hamburg
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Bergen
Day 4 - Molde and Kristiansund
Day 5 - Brønnøysund
Day 6 - Reine and Svolvær
Day 7 - Tromsø
Day 8 - Honningsvåg and North Cape
Day 9 - Finnsnes
Day 10 - Bodø
Day 11 - Trondheim
Day 12 - Urke and Ålesund
Day 13 - Stavanger
Day 14 - At sea
Day 15 - Hamburg
Day 1 Embark on the
Today you depart Germany’s second-largest city headed north
to explore Norway’s amazing coastline.
Prepare yourself for perpetual daylight, crystal-clear fjords,
mountains reaching from sea to sky and waterfalls spilling off
impossibly high precipices.
As we sail across the North Sea, you may want to get to know your
expediton ship. Check out the Science Center, the sauna and hot tubs,
scout out a comfortable chair in the Explorer lounge, find a window
table you like in the ship’s restaurant or locate a good spot
on deck for viewing Norway’s incredible coastline.
Or you may just want to relax and quietly enjoy this day at sea.
Day 2 Toward the
Enjoy another idyllic day at sea on our way to the Norwegian coastline.
Meet our Expedition Team, an expert crew of adventurers who will
prepare you for the coastal expedition ahead. Listen in as these
skilled explorers share their extensive knowledge to fill you in on
what to see, how to see it and how best to enjoy your expediton to the
This is also a good time to sip a drink on deck, soak in the hot tub or
find a cosy corner to relax with a good book.
Day 3 Beautiful Bergen
In the morning, we glimpse the Norwegian coastline in the distance.
Small islands and mountains draw closer. Finally, we exit the North Sea
and sail into calmer straits and fjords.
After lunch, we reach Bergen, arguably Norway’s most
beautiful city and an ideal place to explore on foot. Founded in 1070
AD, Bergen has retained much of its local character, charm and and
history. It was once an important port in the medieval Hanseatic
League. Experience this legacy in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen
district. Wander about its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the
Visit Mount Fløyen - the Fløibanen funicular
takes you to the summit in just six minutes. Enjoy amazing views over
Bergen - nestled between seven mountains and the sea. You can also
follow one of the many easy trails into the surrounding alpine
Back below, stroll along the many narrow alleyways (called
‘smau’) and cobblestone streets past charming
wooden houses dating back to the 18th century. Visit one of many
outdoor cafés and restaurants, sample fresh shrimp at the
fish market, or pop into a pub and order a local Hansa pilsner.
Back aboard the ship, we sail north along the Hjeltefjord, a route once
used by Vikings on their westward. Spend the rest of the evening
relaxing and preparing for your adventurous days ahead.
Bergen - The
Fløibanen Funicular (Included)
Experience the Fløibanen Funicular, one of the best known
attractions in Bergen. At the top of Mount Fløyen, take in
panoramic views of the city as you enjoy a coffee and cinnamon roll.
This excursion is self-guided and at your leisure during our time in
Day 4 From Roses to
Today we dock at Norway’s ‘City of Roses’
– Molde. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the
annual summer jazz festival, you may want to take in a concert one of
many world-class performing artists.
Molde is also home to one of Norway’s largest folk museums,
Romsdalsmuseet, established in 1912. Regional folk art and design are
exhibited along with preserved historic buildings and interiors. You
may want to visit the city´s scenic viewpoint, Varden, for
fantastic vistas over Molde, the surrounding fjord and islands, and
Romsdal Alps in the distance.
Kristiansund is located on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea. The
setting has historically provided the town with prosperous livelihoods
in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries.
A dry fact! Kristiansund is also known as Norway’s
‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export
of salted dry fish, called bacalao. It worth wandering along the
waterfront of this interesting little Atlantic city, past old boat
yards and marinas, to see what you might discover.
Molde - The Atlantic
Ocean Road (Included)
Known as one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the
Atlantic Ocean Road is an engineering marvel that zigzags across
bridges, from island to island, along the ocean’s edge. This
guided coach tour will give you the chance to leave the ship and
explore the coast by land.
Day 5 Home of the Famous
Brønnøysund is an attractive town of 5,000
inhabitants situated on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and
water. You are now at the halfway point along Norway’s long
Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island
– a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was granted UNESCO
status because of how the community demonstrates its centuries-old,
sustainable way of life. Islanders thrived in this remote location for
more than 1,000 years based on the unique and now obsolete tradition of
As we leave Brønnøysund, we sail along the coast
of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range.
Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at
sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating these seven beautiful peaks.
In the evening, we sail by the small islet of Vikingen, through which
the Arctic Circle passes. We have now entered the Land of Midnight Sun,
where the sun is visible for 24 hours a day in the height of the summer.
- Torghatten (Included)
Rising 258 meters vertically from the sea at
Brønnøysundet, Torghatten is a distinctive sight.
In the middle of this mountain is a hole. Enjoy a scenic bus ride to
this famous mountain and join the Expedition Team for a hike.
Day 6 Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands literally take your breath away. The incomparable
beauty of dramatic peaks, sheltered coves and pristine beaches is world
Lofoten is known for its excellent fishing, picturesque villages and
even world-class surfing (at Unstad). You’ll never forget
your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains
rising out of the sea.
In the morning, we dock at the idyllic village of Reine - the perfect
spot to start your exploration of the region. Quaint
fishermen’s huts against a backdrop of granite peaks jutting
out of the sea make Reine one of most frequently photographed
landscapes in Norway.
After departing Reine, we will sail along the Lofoten wall to
Svolvær on the Vestfjord. Svolvær’s
proximity to Lofoten’s many magnificent sights provide easy
access to exciting activities. You also find interesting shops,
galleries, cafes and restaurants throughout the town.
In the afternoon, we sail into incredible Trollfjord, with peaks
soaring some 1,200 metres above sea level in a narrow passage cutting
deeply and dramatically into the heart of the island. We navigate
carefully and so closely to the mountain walls that you’ll
want to reach out and touch them.
Reine - The Fishing
Village of Å (Included)
Located at the western tip of the archipelago, Å is a unique
historical attraction. Here, you’ll find one of the best
preserved old fishing villages in Norway, offering a variety of
opportunities to experience life in the Lofoten fisheries through the
last 250 years.
Looking for Arctic adventure? Tromsø is the place to find
it. Set far above the Arctic Circle, it never gets dark during the peak
of the summer and the town brims with almost round-the-clock
activities. The Midnight Sun shines here from May 20 to July 22.
Tromsø is also rich in history and culture. It was the
starting point for many Arctic expeditions and the first call when
explorers returned to civilization. Today the city is called the Paris
of the North because of its cultural diversity. It is home to both the
world’s northernmost university and 2nd - most northerly
brewery and is known for great restaurants specializing in fresh
Tromsø’s attractions include amazing views,
history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a
landmark and city highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass window.
You can also ride the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of a 424 m high
mountain. The summit provides breathtaking views of the city, mountains
and fjords. Don’t forget to take sunscreen.
Visit the Polaria Arctic experience centre - look, feel, experience and
understand why life in the sea and on land are entirely dependent on
In a distinctive building depicting ice blocks pushed on land by the
rugged ocean in the Arctic, you will find Polaria, a unique museum and
aquarium where you can learn about the Arctic, wildlife, and polar
research. Your admission is included in your voyage, and you can visit
at your leisure during your time in Tromsø.
Day 8 Northernmost Point
Today, we arrive in the small fishing town of Honningsvåg.
This is the turning point of our northern journey and gateway to
spectacular North Cape.
You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg,
past small bays and tiny villages, and across a mountain plateau before
arriving at North Cape.
At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km
away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand on the cliff by the iconic
globe monument and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only Svalbard separates
you from the North Pole. The view here makes you feel like
you’re standing at the edge of the world. You are at the
northernmost point of the European continent. It goes without saying
that North Cape is a great place to take stunning photos. There will be
enough time to visit the North Cape Hall to enjoy a short film about
the North Cape plateau, and there are several exhibits open to visitors.
Back in Honningsvåg, you can stroll about past charming
houses, nice shops and a church that was the only building left
standing in the town at the end of World War II.
The North Cape (Included)
The North Cape lies far above the Arctic Circle at the northern tip of
Europe. No matter the season, arriving at this dramatic plateau
300-meters above the Arctic Ocean is the experience of a lifetime.
Day 9 Hidden Gem of
Today we dock at Finnsnes.
Just across the bridge is the island of Senja, often called
‘the fairytale island’ because of the magic spell
its scenic beauty casts on visitors.
Senja is known for its diverse landscape and referred to as Norway in
miniature. The island’s outer side is characterized by steep
mountains plunging straight into the sea, sheltered coves and wonderful
sandy beaches. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine
forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern
side of Senja has a gentler landscape with rolling hills and birch
Senja is Norway’s second-largest island and has a population
of just under 8,000. Naturally enough, the dominant industries are
fisheries and aquaculture. A lot of white fish like cod and pollock are
traditionally caught here, while salmon is farmed.
After leaving Senja, the ship sails past the beautiful island of
Dyrøy and Andørja, before entering Tjeldsund
strait on our now southbound journey.
Finnsnes - National
Scenic Route in Senja (Included)
The landscape of Senja is simply majestic. One of the best ways to
explore the breadth of this island’s beautiful sights is this
guided coach tour along part of the National Scenic Route, one of 18
official driving routes highlighting Norway’s beautiful
Day 10 Between the Arctic
Circle and Lofoten
Surrounded by sea and fjord, the light in Bodø constantly
shifts with the wind and weather. The skies never completely darken
here during summer.
Bodø is the capital of Nordland county and lies just north
of the Arctic Circle on the edge of both sea and countryside. The small
city is known for its hospitality and hosts one of Norway’s
most lively student communities.
The strongest tidal current in the world, Saltstraumen, with water
velocities reaching 22 knots, is situated just southeast of
Bodø. Some say Jules Verne was inspired by Saltstraumen when
writing “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.
Want to see this marvel of mother nature? Join an optional excursion to
Bodø - Nature Walk and Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum (Included)
Experience the natural surroundings of Bodø on a guided
walk, and learn about traditional Norwegian jekts, a type of cargo
sailboat that played a large role in Northern Norway’s
Day 11 The Viking City
Today we arrive in Trondheim, Norway´s capital for 200 years,
founded in 997 by Viking king Olav Tryggvason.
Trondheim is a fascinating city to explore.Visit the beautiful Nidaros
Cathedral, the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason),
Norway’s patron saint. Nidaros is the country’s
only Gothic-style cathedral and was Northern Europe's most important
pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. It is rich in architectural
details and intriguing medieval statues.
Trondheim is known for its rich multicultural life - and is said to
have the most restaurants and cafés per capita in
Norway. There is plenty to see as you wander through this
historic city. The old wooden buildings, the medieval stone walls and
elegant botanical gardens create a beautiful, almost mystical
After departing Trondheim, we pass the island of Munkholmen, where
executions took place during the Viking Age. The island has also been a
fort, prison and monastery. A popular Norwegian non-alcoholic beer is
named after Munkholmen. It is a popular getaway during summer.
Trondheim - Nidaros
Located in the heart of Trondheim, Nidaros Cathedral is the national
sanctuary of Norway. Learn about this beautiful Gothic cathedral and
its history, dating back to 1070. Then, take a seat and enjoy a short
musical performance on the cathedral’s impressive organ.
Day 12 Untouched Fjord
Flanked by Alpine Peaks
Get ready to experience the wow factor. Today we sail into
This natural wonder stands out from other popular fjords in its
solitary grandeur - far off the beaten tourist tracks.
Hjørundfjord is considered one of the purest and most
beautiful fjords in Norway.
The fjord is surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, with peaks
soaring as high as 1,700 metres straight up from the sea.
The steep mountains have made it impossible to cultivate the land here.
Still, a few tiny farms cling to the mountain sides and some small
villages reside along the shoreline. Sæbø is one
We anchor close to the settlement of Sæbø and a
local tender boat takes you ashore.
You can join optional excursions to explore other villages along
Hjørundfjord, or go on hikes and kayaking tours. You can
also join a scenic excursion to the UNESCO Heritage Site of
Geirangerfjord, and famous Trollstigen road (the troll’s
ladder). This excursion ends in Ålesund, where you rejoin the
MS Otto Sverdrup arrives at Ålesund in the afternoon. This
city is a delight to visit. Ålesund is renowned for its
beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, owing to a devastating fire that
burned much of the city down in 1904. The entire town was subsequently
rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau. Enjoy the
afternoon strolling the cobblestone streets of this charming North
- Fjord Village Visit and Concert (Included)
Spend some time in Sæbø, one of the small villages
along the Hjørundfjord. Our local hosts will welcome you
with a beautiful church concert and the opportunity to learn about the
history and nature of the Hjørundfjord.
Day 13 The City of
Built on the riches of Norway’s oil industry, Stavanger
Stavanger is on the radar of most every visitor to Norway.
It’s the jumping off spot to explore such rock stars as the
famous Pulpit Rock, called “the world’s most
breathtaking viewpoint” by Lonely Planet, and Kjerag, the
1,100 m high mountain plateau with a giant boulder wedged into it.
Optional activities here include hiking to the top of Pulpit Rock or
sailing with the ship into majestic Lysefjord below the outlook.
Lysefjord means ‘light fjord’ and gets its name
from surrounding granite peaks reaching as high as 1,000 m.
Then there’s the city itself. Stavanger is known for its
international ambience, creative cuisine and lively cultural scene.
Stroll down colourful Øvre Holmgate and stop by one of the
many outdoor cafés, pubs and unique boutiques.
Stavanger’s waterfront hosts several summertime beer gardens
where you can watch people and boats float by.
The city’s proud history is also never far from sight. Old
Stavanger features Europe’s best-preserved wooden house
settlement dating back to the 1700s. Its magnificent cathedral is
Norway’s oldest, dating back to the early 12th century.
Stavanger is also Europe’s oil and energy capital, and home
to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Learn more about Norway’s
important oil history through exciting interactive exhibits, and if you
dare, try sliding down an escape chute from an offshore oil and gas
Stavanger - The Norwegian
Petroleum Museum (Included)
Today, Norway is one of the world’s largest producers of oil
– a legacy that began in the mid-1960s, when the discovery of
oil changed the path of a nation. At the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in
Stavanger, you will learn about how oil and gas, and how this industry
has affected Norwegian society today.
Day 14 Relax and Unwind
Today we cross the North Sea on our way back to Hamburg.
Perhaps you´d like to spend the day editing your photos,
taking one last soak in the hot tub or simply relaxing in the
ship’s comfortable Explorer lounge.
You can also join the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of
your amazing summer expedition cruise along the Norwegian coastline.
Day 15 null
We dock in Hamburg during the early morning hours. After breakfast,
it’s time to leave your home of the past 15 days.
As you head ashore, you’ll take with you the memories of a
lifetime - experiencing coastal Norway in summer, its wonderful fjords,
fascinating towns and happy people.
Welcome aboard again soon!