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Cruise the Norwegian Coast on a 6-day Hurtigruten Cruise onboard the MS Kong Harald.
Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Luggage assistance at hotels
The Arctic Circle is one of those locations that seem surrounded by an aura of mystery. CFT is offering you a unique holiday experience as we couple this destination with the dramatic and colourful spectacle that is the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
Experience the natural wonders of the Norway as you relax on the famous Hurtigruten Cruise and cruise the dramatic fjords. Be amazed by the incredible engineering feat of the Flamsbana Railway, enjoy local culture, visit magnificent cathedrals and learn about Norway’s Christian history. Enjoy a day of ultimate Arctic experiences as you go dog sledding with a husky team, try snow shoeing and snowmobiling and have dinner in the unique Snowhotel.
An evening flight from Australia (direct flights from all mainland capital cities) takes us to Dubai where we have arranged for the hotel rooms to be ready for our early morning arrival.
After a chance to freshen up, later in the morning you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this amazing new city, resplendent with stunning skyscrapers and towers: an architectural oasis in the desert. This afternoon is free for you to rest, before we enjoy dinner together in the hotel restaurant.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals. Oslo’s history dates back 1000 years, the city being established as a trading port shortly after Christianity came to Norway. Living surrounded by forests, hills & lakes Oslo’s small population enjoys the best quality of life of any of Europe’s large cities. At the airport, we will be met by our tour escort and taken to our hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure before we come together for our first group dinner in magnificent Norway.
After breakfast, we will enjoy a guided city tour and take in some of Oslo’s highlights: the Viking Ship and Fram museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park. A drive up to Holmenkollen gives us the opportunity to savour the panoramic views over the fjord along with lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Holmenkollen Ski Museum which showcases 4,000+ years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing. Above the museum is the world’s most modern ski jump and a visit the observation deck on top of the jump tower offers us an amazing view over Oslo. Transfer to the airport for our early evening flight to the small arctic town of Kirkenes; its name means “church on a headland” in Norwegian and the town sits between two ice-filled fjords, leading to the Barents Sea. Located at 30° longitude and 500km north of the Arctic circle Kirkenes is even further east than St. Petersburg, sharing a border with both Russia and Finland.
Immerse yourself in the Arctic way of life when we try our hand at husky sledding, snow shoeing and snowmobile / ski-sledding (note that we will be split into groups and over the next two days will get a turn at each activity). Today there will be one activity before and after lunch. Husky tours are one of the best ways to travel in the arctic tundra so let’s “go to the dogs”! Kitted out in warm clothing we will be taken to our husky teams for a short lesson on how to handle the dogs and sleds before we set off into the forest. Each sled has 2 people and a musher to drive it and of course we will have a guide to help us along the way. We are in for a treat as we try our hand at snowshoeing; a guide will give us a short lesson and then off we go! We will walk for approximately 2 km through different types of snow, having breaks for refreshments. Thrill to the exhilarating ride on a snowmobile as we take an epic tour out onto the frozen fjord and into the surrounding wilderness. In the afternoon our group will enjoy a town tour of Kirkenes before our excursion through the Arctic tundra to the Russian border.
After dinner, we are off Northern Lights hunting on the Aurora Express; our knowledgeable guide will check the latest magnetic forecast to decide which direction takes us by minibus to see the Aurora Borealis.
Our day starts with worship at Kirkenes Church with the local congregation. After lunch we will enjoy our final Arctic Experience activity (see previous day’s itinerary). Relax with some time at leisure in the afternoon before dining at the “coolest” place in town, the Kirkenes Snowhotel. At the snow bar, we will enjoy a welcome drink made from local berries before being treated to a traditional and locally sourced three course dinner. After dinner take the chance to explore the snow hotel or say hello to the resident reindeers. Then we will be off to once again hunt for the beautiful Northern Lights. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday, marveling at the glory of His Creation.
An exciting day as, after breakfast, we join our Hurtigruten Cruise onboard the MS Kong Harald. This voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen offers vistas of beautiful and diverse nature all along the Norwegian coastline, as well as many new experiences. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. In the afternoon, the ship docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.
Overnight: Hurtigruten Cruise
In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn and then later cruise onto Hammerfest, Norway’s polar capital. Optional excursions available. We continue south to Øksfjord and after crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. We then dock at Tromsø, famous for the daring architecture of its 1965 Arctic Cathedral, a building inspired by the arctic landscape. Here we will enjoy a magical candle-lit midnight concert of moving sacred and classical music selections plus beautiful Norwegian folk songs. This incredible musical experience is enhanced by the cathedral’s fantastic acoustics. An inspirational event that will fill your soul and is the perfect way to end the day.
Overnight: Hurtigruten Cruise
We arrive at Harstad in the morning, where we have organized to participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: “A taste of Vesterålen”. Explore the streets of Harstad before traveling by bus to the Trondenes peninsula. Here, we visit a white medieval church, one of North Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. At the Trondenes Historical Center, we visit an exciting exhibition complete with sounds, smells, and original objects from the region throughout history from the Viking and Middle Ages through today. On Hinnøya Island we view beautiful fjords, steep mountains, and large fertile agricultural fields before crossing the Gullesfjord by ferry to enjoy a hot drink and some freshly baked cakes. We then continue along the Sigerfjord to Sortland where we will rejoin the ship. Weather and time permitting, the captain will make a detour into the Trollfjord where the steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides. This is the realm of the sea eagle yet the dramatic landscape also conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land. We stop in Svolvær and continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks that rise steeply from the waters of Vestfjorden to create the huge Lofoten Wall. During the evening we leave Lofoten and set course for the mainland.
Overnight: Hurtigruten Cruise
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ and we will celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil (or not!). As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. Next, we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen.
Overnight: Hurtigruten Cruise
We arrive in beautiful Trondheim, a former Viking capital that is considered Norway’s most photogenic town. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Nidaros Cathedral, the foremost Gothic monument in Norway and Northern Europe’s most important pilgrimage site for Christians during the Middle Ages. Built over the burial site of Norway’s patron saint, Saint Olav, this medieval cathedral is the traditional coronation site of all Norwegian kings. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord. As we sail along the coast, you realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities such as Kristiansund. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries, and today it is regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital.’. From Kristiansund we cross the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway’s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Overnight: Hurtigruten Cruise
During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. Before we dock in Bergen, there are some nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us. In the morning, we call at Florø, a modern coastal seaport that is also the Sogn og Fjordane region’s oldest town and Norway’s westernmost community.
A few nautical miles south of Florø, we navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest fjord, and enjoy superb views of this magnificent island-studded coastline. Our delightful cruise finishes mid-afternoon when we arrive in magnificent Bergen. Surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords Bergen was one of the most important cities of the medieval Hanseatic League maritime trading
empire and Norway’s largest city until the 1830’s. After disembarking we will be met by our guide and coach driver and check in at our hotel located by the historic pier Bryggen. Then we will join the funicular railway up Mount Fløien to enjoy dinner with
panoramic views across beautiful Bergen (this was rated 4th best city view in the world by The Guardian, May 2019)
An especially memorable Sunday as we join the Anglican worship service held in Bergen’s beautiful twelfth-century stone church, Mariakirken (St. Mary’s Church). Not only the oldest church in Bergen, Mariakirken is also the towns oldest surviving building (built around 1170-80), and is located at the end of the historic Bryggen. The UNESCO listed Bryggen is made up of colourful historic houses built around the town’s old harbour and is one of Norway’s main attractions. We will explore this area of old Hansa buildings on our 2-hour guided tour of Bergen as well as the Fish Market, one of Norway’s most popular outdoors markets. We will also visit Troldhaugen, the 1885 home of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Troldhaugen became a museum in 1928 and includes Grieg`s Villa, the composer`s hut and the Grieg couple`s gravesite. Enjoy a guided tour that finishes with a wonderful 30-minute concert of Grieg’s music in the Troldsalen, the museum’s chamber music hall. After lunch we travel to Gudvangen and step back in time when we visit the living cultural historical site of “Njardarheimr”; built to look like a Viking village from 1000 years ago. The families you will meet here are not actors, but residents who have chosen the Viking era as a lifestyle. Enjoy activities such as axe throwing or archery, chat with the Vikings and try out some handicrafts. Learn more about the Vikings travels, their boats and how the Viking age has left its mark on history.
Our home for the next two nights will be the spectacularly located Fretheim Hotel that is adjacent to the Nærøyfjord UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with views of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. A perfect way to end our delightful Sunday.
A day of scenic journeys starting with the famous railway “Flåmsbanen”, one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge tracks. Nearly 80% of the route is on a 55% gradient: a rise of one meter per 18. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are testament to the most skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railway. Back in Flåm, we are in for a treat when we dine in Norse Viking style at the Ægir BrewPub, one of town’s most popular attractions. Ægir has an exterior that is reminiscent of a traditional Stave Church. Its menus are based on Viking history and made with local ingredients. It also brews award-winning craft beer. After lunch there will be presentation of Ægir Brewery and sampling of 5 types of beer. After lunch we’ll cruise the famous Nærøyfjord from Flåm to Gudvangen. Be amazed by the steep valley sides that surround us and the snow-covered peaks that rise 1,800 metres above sea level as well as the contrast of dramatic thundering waterfalls and the quiet picturesque villages scattered along the fjord. Featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, a trip through this narrow and spectacular fjord will be a memory of a lifetime!
Today we are travelling by coach to Oslo via Hardanger, Hardangervidda and Hallingdal. We visit the Norwegian Nature Centre, an exciting activity-and-adventure centre with a focus on Norwegian nature, climate and environment. Enjoy an unforgettable cinematic journey into nature via their modern cinema with 168 seats and five screens; the 20 minute 225-degree panoramic film explores the Hardangervidda National Park, the Hardangerfjord and the beautiful waterfalls in the region. We travel onto Oslo passing Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau and biggest national park in the Nordic region. We arrive back in lovely Oslo and check in at our hotel in the city centre. Tonight, we will celebrate our last night in Norway with a delicious farewell dinner.
Enjoy some time at leisure this morning for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping. We transfer to the airport for our flight to Dubai and say “farvel og Gud velsigne” (goodbye and God Bless) as we depart Norway. We arrive in Dubai late evening and transfer to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Today is a full day of leisure in Dubai and your tour leader is happy to assist you with planning your day. You might like to visit the famous Dubai Mall, explore the Gold and Spice Souks or choose one of the many optional tours (available to book on arrival). Tonight, we will celebrate our last night together and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant overlooking the dancing fountain show.
Transfer to Dubai airport for final leg home to capital cities served by Emirates, arriving on Australia the next day.
This morning we arrive back in Australia, blessed to have experienced the beauty of God’s creation and to have shared our many wonderful experiences with like-minded people.
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|SYDNEY||Sydney International Airport||$14,990||$18,590|
|MELBOURNE||Melbourne International Airport||$14,990||$18,590|
|BRISBANE||Brisbane International Airport||$14,990||$18,590|
|ADELAIDE||Adelaide International Airport||$14,990||$18,590|
|PERTH||Perth International Airport||$14,990||$18,590|
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