Hurtigruten invites guests to be immersed in Norwegian culture of old and present during the “Year of Nansen-Amundsen” with the seven-day Ice Breakers Voyage, carving the same path forged by the celebrated maritime pioneers. As the 691-passenger MS Nordkapp wends her way along Norway’s fjord-filled west coast, travelers are privy to the expertise of Scandinavian historian Arne Kertelhein, whose lectures illuminate the history of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, their incredible journeys and the diverse regions visited. An array of optional excursions provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the rich history of each port, from an authentic Viking feast in the largest Viking building ever found to sightseeing among the wooden houses and colorful wharfs of charming Tromso, home to the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral. Prices for the Oct. 14 voyage range from $1,550 to $2,949 per person, double. Members of the 1893 Ambassador Club, a loyalty club for those who have sailed on Hurtigruten in the past three years, receive 10% savings as well as a range of complimentary onboard benefits.
While the MS Nordkapp takes in an ever-changing landscape of small fishing villages, bustling towns and islands, guests learn firsthand why the route was named “world’s most beautiful voyage” by Lonely Planet’s “Bluelist.” Departing Bergen and docking early in the charming Art Nouveau town of Alesund, guests have a chance to explore before continuing north to Trondheim, where Gothic-style architecture reigns supreme. Entering the Arctic Circle, travelers will see the busy town of Bodo and the rugged Lofoten Islands before arriving in Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic, where the stunning Arctic Cathedral and famous Polaria Center sit amid the collection of modern shops and cafes. After stopping in Hammerfest and Honningsvag, the ship calls at its final port of Kirkenes, near the Russian border.
The optional excursions are designed to impart an even deeper understanding of Norway in its guests, including its cities, traditions and people. Among the offerings available are a Viking feast in a genuine Viking banquet hall, complete with live entertainment and home-brewed mead; the Polar History City Walk in Tromso, which explores the history of the largest town in northern Norway with a visit to the Polar Museum and Tromso’s oldest pub, Olhallen; and a visit to Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium, including a diving show, followed by a chance to admire Alesund from the vantage point of Mount Aksla.
Rates include accommodation in cabin grade of choice; all meals on board, including a selection of drinks for those in suites; a wind and water proof jacket; and all aspects of the onboard program, including lectures. Optional excursions, flights and cruise fuel surcharge are additional.