Norway - Off the Beaten Track
Explore the hidden secrets of Norway's rich maritime culture and see parts of the Norwegian coast rarely seen or visited
Our adventure starts in Bremerhaven, one of the largest port cities in Europe, playing a crucial role in Germany’s economy. In addition to its interesting heritage, it is also an important hub of scientific innovation in the high technology and space industries. This 1,200-year-old Hanseatic city has a unique quality that ensures a metropolitan experience like no other.
As we cross the North Sea our expedition team will give lectures on various topics.
Haugesund calls itself the ‘Homeland of the Viking Kings’, and not without reason. This is where the Vikings ruled the land that gave name to Norway: ‘the way north’. Despite being a small village back in the medieval era, King Harald Fairhair lived at Avaldsnes, very close to the modern town of Haugesund. During the recent decades, the town has moved from fishery to petroleum and tourism as new sources of income. Even so, the town continues to have a special maritime flavor to it. Participate in one of our optional excursions, or discover the city on your own.
Today we find ourselves in the westernmost archipelago of Norway. At the mouth of the Sognefjord, under the majestic mountain Alden, the islands appear like a string of pearls. We will explore some of the most interesting sites on these idyllic islands, and make several landings.
In the morning we pass the bird cliffs at Runde. In Ulsteinvik you can explore the town or join an excursion to learn more about the area. In the evening we will sail inside the narrow fjord system to reach Dalsfjord, a place known for its mines and excellent stonemasons.
In the 16th and 17th century Bud was the biggest trading post between Bergen and Trondheim. Today, Bud is an active and charming fishing village. Bjørnsund is a deserted island with an idyllic atmosphere. We will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach the villages, which are interesting both in history and for hikes and other activities. In Bud we will take you to a visit to the Ergan coastal fort, which is a museum dedicated to the ‘Atlantic wall’ built during World War II. A visit to the marine archeology museum is also included. In Bjørnsund we will take a stroll in the village and hike to the lighthouse to see it up close. Sailing north this afternoon we will see a handful of interesting lighthouses from a distance, and hear stories about them.
More than 5,400 islets and reefs surround the island of Frøya. Experience the wild, beautiful, and unspoiled nature on one of our excursions or spend the day exploring on your own.
The exciting Vega archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the population’s unique practice of eider-down harvest and its relationship with the ducks. We will make a landing that includes a visit to the Eider Museum. In addition, we offer optional excursions for smaller groups.
Træna is a small municipality in Nordland County, located on the Arctic Circle. Later this day we will visit the island of Vikingen, where you the Arctic Circle Monument marked by a globe.
Lofoten is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway. The island of Værøy has a lively fishing village, high bird cliffs, and good hiking options. Later we will make a daylight sailing through the Lofoten Islands. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and a landing at one of the best-preserved fishing villages from the 1800s, which includes a tour and tastings from the sea.
At the tip of Andøya we find Andenes, the largest fishing village in the area. It is home to interesting museums and a NASA rocket range. We continue to Gryllefjord in Senja. This charming fishing village is situated in a fjord surrounded by high mountains.
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