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Classic Round Winter Voyage
Onboard Hurtigruten - MS Nordlys
Sail into the Arctic Circle offering a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights
Expedition Team on board providing special lectures, presentations and activities
to enhance your voyage and share experiences
Enjoy authentic adventures that take you right into the heart of the landscapes,
wildlife and local communities whilst visiting 34 ports of call
Immerse yourself in the culture, nature and atmosphere of the breathtaking,
ever-changing Norwegian coast
Indulge in a wide range of optional shore excursions like whale-watching, husky-
dog sledding or meet the Vikings during a historically themed dinner feast
MS Nordlys draws inspiration from the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in both its name and its
interior design. Step aboard this expedition-style ship and embark on a fascinating cruise
adventure alongside a maximum of 559 like-minded fellow passengers. MS Nordlys is
reminiscent of a university at sea as the on-board Expedition Team has two main focuses: to
enhance your voyage by interpreting the wildlife, nature, phenomena, and culture you
encounter; and to engage you in thrilling and informative experiences both aboard ship and
ashore. They'll also introduce you to the unique Norwegian 'friluftsliv' (open-air living) way of
life with activities and hikes during your cruise. Life on board is laid-back and social, equally-
matched by a casual dress code and tasty, locally-inspired cuisine. You'll find two restaurants, a
coffee shop, two lounges, library, lecture halls, fitness room, sauna, outdoor explorer deck, and
comfortable suites and cabins spread across the six passenger decks.
MS Nordlys' on board cuisine features traditional Scandinavian recipes created from locally-
sourced ingredients. Take your seat in the Stjernsalen Main Dining Room at breakfast, lunch,
and dinner to enjoy attentive service and a tasty menu of starters, main courses, and desserts.
You can also indulge in a choice of fine dining dishes served to your table at the A La Carte
Aurora Cafe serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and is the perfect place to unwind after
your adventures ashore. Sirius Observation Lounge offers vistas as far as the eye can see –
ideal for admiring local wildlife and the colourful landscapes. Orion Panorama Lounge serves is
the ship's social hub both day and night. Relax here with your morning coffee as you take in the
ever-changing views; returning after dinner to socialise with your fellow passengers and swap
stories of your day over a few drinks.
Spend your days afloat relaxing on the open-air explorer deck or enjoying the panoramic vistas
from the lounges. Shape up in style in the fitness room before winding down in the sauna. The
Expedition Team host a programme of informative lectures and evening get-togethers; while out
on deck and ashore they guide you through live points of interest, local wildlife, and natural
phenomena. Keeping in touch with home is easy in the Internet zone or you can lose yourself in
a book in Knut Hamsun Library. If you're travelling with children, there is also a play area to
keep them entertained. After dinner, light background music sets the scene as you chat with
new-found friends in the Orion Panorama Lounge or simply take a stroll on deck under star-
Day 1: Fly from the UK to Bergen
Your 12-day Classic Round Winter Voyage starts when you land in the charming port city of
Bergen. Framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore; Bergen is famous for its bustling
waterfront, narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses, and a proud musical and maritime
heritage. Make yourself at home in your cabin before joining your fellow guests for a tasty buffet-
style dinner made from locally-sourced ingredients. The ship sets sail north along the Hjeltefjord.
Day 2: Floro – Molde
Before breakfast, why not head up on deck and admire the serene beauty of the Nordfjord? The
cruise continues on past the West Cape and out into the open sea towards the charming town of
Alesund. This fishing town is spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's
most beautiful city. Alesund was re-built in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning
Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Why not join an optional excursion to the
Atlanterhavsparken to get up close to the resident penguins, followed by a trip up Mound Aksla
to take in the panoramic views?
Day 3: Kristiansund - Rørvik
Today the cruise continues north to Trondheim, Norway's third largest city. Step ashore and join
an optional trip to the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral, followed by a stop at Ringve Museum of
Musical History to explore the country's musical heritage. In the afternoon, the cruise continues
northwest past the Kjeungskjaer lighthouse, charming islets and rocky outcrops, and through the
Stokksund towards the port town of Rorvik on the Vikna Archipelago.
Day 4: Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Today you finally cross the Arctic Circle - the best place to see the Northern Lights - which will be
celebrated with a daytime Arctic Circle Ceremony on deck. Travel on past Ornes and the
Svartisen glacier to Bodo, where you can take a challenging guided winter hike through the
beautiful woodland of Bodosjoen or enjoy a leisurely tour of the city. Step back on board ship as
she sails past the 1000m-high Lofoten Wall and picturesque fishing villages to Stamsund. Here
you can join an optional trip to Lofotr Viking Museum and enjoy an authentic meal with the
Chieftain and his lady in the banquet hall. As you travel between Stamsund and Svolvaer, why
not visit a working herb and cheese farm or Lofoten's only craft brewery? Back on board; film
shows and talks bring the Northern Lights and the Battle of Trollfjord to life at you enter this
mighty stretch of water.
Day 5: Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
This morning the ship docks briefly at Risoyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes and then continues to
the 'Capital of the Arctic', Tromso, where it drops anchor for a day of adventure. If you're feeling
active, join the Polar History Walk, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or meet the
indigenous Sami reindeer herders and take a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. Ride the cable car to
the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of
Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of
Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium. When
the day draws to a close, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights illuminating the
night sky from the best vantage point - the ship's top deck.
Day 6: Øksfjord – Berlevåg
Today, your journey continues towards the North Cape. Early stops at Hammerfest and Havoysun
are followed by a longer stay at Honnigsvag where you have the opportunity to venture up to the
Globe Monument on the North Cape plateau, Europe’s northern-most outpost. Or why not join a
fishing village tour to experience local fishing life at Kamoyvaer and Skarsvag? The ship then
continues north and passes the Finnkirka rock formation, a sacred site to the local Sami people.
Next stop is the fishing village of Kjollefjord - where you can discover more about the local Sami
and their traditions. In the winter months, you can go snowmobiling in the Arctic wilderness,
explore the local Arctic cuisine and beverages, and maybe catch sight of the Northern Lights.
Day: 7 Båtsfjord – Kirkenes - Berlevåg
Early today, the ship makes a brief stop at Vadso before arriving at Kirkenes - the turning point
for the journey south and close to the Russian border, the only town in Norway where east meets
west. From Kirkenes you can pay a visit to the Snow Hotel and marvel at the variety of differently
themed ice sculptures, explore the frozen wilderness by snowmobile or take an exhilarating dog
sledge ride. Step back on board as your journey continues to Vardo for a short stop and maybe
the opportunity to go ice bathing in the surrounding Arctic Ocean! Heading south, the ship
cruises along the Varanger peninsula to Batsfjord before arriving in Berlevåg in the evening.
Day 8: Mehamn - Tromsø
The ship drops anchor during the night at the fishing village of Mehamn on the small Vedvik
peninsula. Here you can join a snowmobile trip to enjoy the snow-clad landscapes and maybe
catch sight of the Northern Lights. The cruise continues to Honnigsvag and then onto
Hammerfest. Step ashore and admire the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column or join a mini-
mountain expedition in the great outdoors and to learn more about local polar hero and cook,
Adolf Henrik Linstrom. Travelling on through Oksfjord; there is a brief stop at the old trading post
of Skjervoy, before the ship docks at Tromso - just in time to catch the midnight concert at the
Arctic Cathedral or enjoy a drink in a local pub.
Day 9: Tromsø - Stamsund
This morning sees the ship’s arrival at Harstad, where you can take an optional excursion to
experience the local scenery and history and visit Trondenes Church. Journey on towards
Risoyrenna - a shallow seven-metre deep channel than runs between Harstad and Sortland.
Admire the soaring mountains, wildlife and picturesque villages as you travel through the Lofoten
Islands for a brief stop at Risoyhamn, then on via Sortland to Stokmarknes. Step ashore to
explore the Hurtigruten Museum - the cruise company was founded here over 120 years ago.
Next stop is Svolvaer - the perfect place to enjoy optional excursions such as a tour through the
Lofoten Islands, a horseback ride along the sands or a village walk. The cruise continues on to
Stramsund past the dramatic peaks of Lofoten wall, before leaving the islands behind and
heading towards the mainland.
Day 10: Bodø - Rørvik
Crossing the Arctic Circle is celebrated with a traditional spoonful of cod liver oil out on deck! Sail
alongside the stunning scenery of the Helgeland coast and past the Torgatten Mountain (with its
odd-shaped hole) and the Seven Sisters mountains. During a stop at Bronnoysund you can take
a guide tour to see the sights of this pretty village and harbour and indulge in some freshly
Day 11: Trondheim - Ålesund
Today you have a second opportunity to explore the central Norwegian city of Trondheim on the
shores of Trondheim Fjord. Visit the impressive 11th-century, Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral,
explore the Archbishop's Palace Museum and discover all things musical at Ringve Museum.
Continue on through Trondheimsfjord to Kristiansund - the 'dried cod capital'. Winter time brings
ice fishing and husky dog sledge rides. The ship then crosses open sea past the Romsdal Alps to
Day 12: Ålesund – Bergen
The ship calls at Alesund, Torvik and Maloy during the night. Cruise through the picturesque
Nordfjord and past the Jostedals glacier before a final stop at Floro, the westernmost town in
Norway. Then it’s into the Sognefjord and our final destination - Bergen. Your cruise adventure
comes to an end here, when you disembark and catch your flight back to the UK.
Hurtigruten booking conditions apply. This webpage contains an outline description of
these holidays which are operated by Hurtigruten. It should be read in conjunction with
the latest edition of Hurtigruten’s brochure, which contains not only a full description of
these cruises, including deck plans, cabin accommodation, itinerary and port descriptions
and optional excursions, but also important information on passport, visa and health
requirements, insurance and booking conditions which must be read prior to booking.
Prices and benefits can be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice. *Northern
Lights Promise – terms and conditions apply. All excursions on the Classic Round Winter
Voyage holidays are subject to availability and must be pre-booked 30 days prior to
departure - please check fitness level requirement prior to booking. Per person from £1399
fare based on two people sharing an unspecified inside cabin departing Bournemouth on
27 February 2019. ^Hays Travel Representative escorting the holiday is subject to
minimum numbers. Not included: travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions
or gratuities. Flights booked with Hurtigruten are ATOL protected (ATOL 3584). All
itineraries are subject to change due to local conditions.