As you sail from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, your on board lecture program will include themes such as 'Who were the Vikings?,' a socio-economic look at the Vikings as a people; 'Viking Treasures,' a talk about the Viking's drive for wealth and furtunes; and 'Vikings and the North Way,': The coastal voyages of Ottar,' a history of Ottar, the northern chieftain who left accounts of his voyages north and east to Russia.
We'll follow the regular Hurtigruten route, calling at the old Viking capital, Trondheim. Here, you will join our Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion (included in your voyage) taking you under the skin of this charming city and its magnificant Gothic house of worship. Founded around 997AD by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim has grown to be Norway's second largest city but has retained the charm and warmth of a provincial town with its handsome civic architecture, colourful wooden wharfs and the wooden royal palace of Stiftsgården. Nidaros Cathedral is the final resting place of King Olav who was later canonised and is now Norway's patron saint.
We'll also sail through the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, an area rich with sagas of the Norsemen. It is here that you can enjoy our Viking Feast excursion (this is not included in the price of this voyage, be sure to add this excursion during the online booking process for the complete Viking experience). Join the chieftain and his wife in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever discovered. Here you will be regaled with stories and given traditional Viking food & drink.
From here, we sail the coastline north to Kirkenes on the Russian border. En route we'll be stopping at the friendly university town of Tromsø, the world's northernmost town, Hammerfest and the gateway to the North Cape, Honningsvåg.
As we make our way south, a midnight call in Tromsø allows you the chance to go ashore and enjoy the spectacle of the midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.
Further down the coast we enjoy a daylight sailing through the spectacular narrow channel, the Raftsund, a possible diversion into the even narrower Trollfjord and impressive vistas of the Helgeland coast with the Seven Sisters mountain range.
Extend Your Stay in Oslo
At the end of your voyage, it is possible to extend your stay with a visit to Norway's modern capital, Oslo and enjoy a visit to their Viking Museum, home to genuine relics of the Viking age including a full-size longboat.