Pearls of Southern Norway

Amsterdam, Helgoland, Kragero, Farsund, Lysefjorden, Rosendal and Bergen

Explore one of the world´s most beautiful coastlines with the ship that has Norway in its DNA - MS Midnatsol. This voyage brings you to remote ports and off the beaten track locations to explore hidden coastal Norway with the help of our knowledgeable Expedition team.

  • Visit unique Norwegian coastal towns and islands
  • Learn more about the history, culture and nature of the places we visit
  • Explore surrounding islands on kayak, bike or foot
  • Exciting and extensive excursion programme

Overview

Norway boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with dramatic fjords and awe-inspiring countryside at every turn. On this voyage, we explore some unique towns along the rugged coastline to get close to nature and immerse ourselves in local culture along the way.

Amsterdam

Before embarking on your journey on MS Midnatsol, spend some time in Amsterdam, a city of canals, cafés and culture.  Enjoy an abundance of museums and art galleries – after all, this city was once the home of Rembrandt and van Gogh.

Helgoland

Helgoland offers spectacular nature, great birdlife and fascinating history.

Kragero, Farsund, Lysefjorden and Rosendal

This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers wonderful scenery along with interesting history (pirates, German forts and art).  Explore these areas by foot, bike or boat to get the best this region has to offer.

Bergen

Stroll in charming and compact Bergen, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés or restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular or visit the Fish Market.

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure 23 April 2019

Departs from Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 1
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Laid-back Amsterdam


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam grew from a small fishing village in the 13th century to become one of the most charming and culturally important cities of the world. The city became a worldwide trading centre with important connections to the Hanseatic League in the 17th century.  Evidence of the prosperity of Amsterdam´s "Golden Age“ can still be seen in the Patrician houses in the city´s famed Canal District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amsterdam is well-known for its outstanding museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House or the van Gogh Museum. 

Day 2
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Small Islands with Big History


Location: Helgoland, Germany

Germany’s only high sea archipelago consists of two small islands called Helgoland and the Dune. Helgoland is famous for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife. Germany’s smallest nature reserve, Lummenfelsen, consists of a single rock – essentially a huge bird condo, densely occupied by the thousands of sea birds that nest here. Helgoland also has an intriguing history. Originally, it was founded by Frisians, then became a pirate base in the Middle Ages.

Afterwards, it was claimed by the Danes, only to be conquered by the British some years later. Then the British swapped the islands with the Germans for Zanzibar. During WWII, attempts were made to wipe the entire island of the map. So, it's safe to say that Helgoland is rich with exciting history. Come ashore to explore this fascinating and narrow island . 

Day 3
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Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo Photo

Unwind with a View


Location: At sea

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travellers as we sail.

Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.

Day 4
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Photo: Elin Photo

Islands, Lanes and Art


Location: Kragerø, Norway

11,000 people call the charming narrow streets and alleyways of Kragero home. The town boasts a long history of art and culture and tends to inspire famous artists, who appreciate the fine light which is unique to this area.  Amble through the town to discover the assortment of galleries and charming cafes, or venture further afield for a longer walk or more adventurous hike.  The area is ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.

Day 5
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Photo: Thomas Depenbusch Photo

Pirate Days


Location: Farsund, Norway

Farsund has a fascinating history, which includes hosting pirates as far back as the 1800’s. The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for bird watching and shoreside walks. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the “Kaperdagene” festival – translated as “Pirate days”.

This dates back to the Napoleonic War of 1804 when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships to survive. Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, crossing a 100-year old swing bridge and passing a protected oak forest.

Day 6
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Photo: Casper Tybjerg Photo

Towering Preikestolen


Location: Lysefjorden

Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep at its deepest. Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. This is a flat mountain plateau of approx 600 square metres. We hope to have fine view of Preikestolen and the Kjerag peak towering 1,084 meters above the next highest mountain along the Lysefjord.

Day 7
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Photo: Pascal Volk Photo

Mouth of the Fjord


Location: Rosendal, Norway

Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, now one of the most signifcant museums in Western Norway. Located “at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord”, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway. The castle is surrounded by a beautifully landscape park. Rosendal is also the place where the ship “Gjøa”, used by Roald Amundsen on his expedition through the Northwest Passage, was built.

Day 8
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The Gateway to the Fjords


Location: Bergen, Norway

After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to leave the comfort of MS Midnatsol and head home, or on to further adventures. As the starting point for our classic Norwegian Coastal Voyages, Bergen is the perfect starting point for further exploration of Norway's fjords, villages and incredible nature.

Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city has preserved a great deal of local character and history. One example is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century.

Arrival 30 April 2019

Location Bergen, Norway
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Excursions

Select from a wide range of optional excursions as we explore the southern coast of Norway. They can be added to your voyage in the booking process or bought on board (if there is still capacity).

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