6 November 2018 • 38 Day Ultimate Expedition – Norway & Antarctica • Fly, Stay & Cruise Package

  • Pricing

    per person twin share

    $24,074 – with economy class flights / outside stateroom on cruises

    single supplement –  $12,830


     $30,285 – upgrade to business class flights / outside stateroom on cruises

    single supplement – $10,809 

    Inclusions

    • Business/Economy Class Round the World Airfare with Finnair and partner airlines as per itinerary
    • 1 nights’ accommodation in Bergen pre cruise
    • 11 nights’ onboard Hurtigruten Classic Return Voyage in an outside cabin
    • 1 nights’ accommodaiton in Bergen post cruise
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in New York City
    • 1 nights’ accommodation in Santiago
    • 17 nights’ onboard Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in an outside cabin
    • Private Bergen airport to hotel and hotel to port transfer
    • Private Bergen port to hotel and hotel to airport transfer
    • Private New York return airport to hotel tranfers
    • Private Santiago return airport to hotel transfers
    • Punta Arenas airport to port transfer with orientation tour
    • Punta Arenas port to airport transfer
    • 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 accompanying landings and activities
    • Breakfast daily at hotels
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily onboard Hurtigruten Vessels

     

     

    Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person, twin share and subject to availability and are accurate as of 23 August 2017. Please note a pre-payment of 30% per person is required 30 days after confirmation in order to request the booking. Full payment is required at least 60 days prior to departure. Pre-payment is non-refundable once tour is confirmed. Some amounts payable directly to third parties during travel may not be included. An additional 1.1% fee may apply to credit card payments. All discounts, savings, added-value inclusions and bonus nights where applicable are included in the advertised price. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Offers strictly subject to availability. Package cancellation fees apply. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. 
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 Depart Australia
    Depart from your Australian gateway on your overnight flight towards Bergen via Helsinki.

    Day 2 Arrive Bergen
    On arrival in Bergen, collect your luggage and proceed through immigration to the arrivals hall, where you will be met by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Transfer by private car to your centrally located hotel for the night. After you have checked in, the remaining afternoon/evening is at your leisure.

    Day 3 Bergen – Coastal Voyage
    Enjoy a relaxed start to the day, before meeting your driver in the hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time for your transfer to the Hurtigruten terminal at Nøstebryggen Quay. Your Classic Coastal Voyage commences from Bergen this evening.

    Hurtigruten staff will be at the terminal from 1pm to assist embarking passengers. Embarkation commences from 4pm. Your cabin and dinner will be available from 6pm. A cabin with private facilities has been reserved, and all meals during this voyage are included. Your preference for time of dinner and table seating can be requested on check-in.
    Important note: Optional Shore Excursions (additional charge applies) are subject to weather conditions and numbers of passengers on board. Excursions therefore mentioned in this itinerary are for your information only and cannot be guaranteed to operate.

    You depart BERGEN at 10/10:30pm

    When the ship is ready to leave the bell tolls three times. You sail away into the night, travelling north and west through the Hjeltefjord where the Vikings once sailed westwards to a place they called Hjaltland, the Shetland Island.

    Day 4 Måløy – Torvik – Ålesund – Molde
    Early arrival in Måløy, before the ship rounds the Cape of Stadt, Norway’s westernmost point. You will pass the bird rock of Runde where 32 species of birds are present during the nesting season before arriving into Ålesund at 11:30am/12pm where the ship will dock for 3 hours.
    Ålesund is one of the last towns in the world to have been preserved in Jugend style. A birds-eye view of the town can be achieved from Mount Aksla. You can get there by taxi or by walking up the 418 steps from the city park. The town, with its 35,000 inhabitants, has one of Norway’s largest fishing harbours.

    Sailing from Ålesund at 3pm, the voyage continues towards Molde. Before dinner, there is a 45 minute stop in the town of Molde, which is not only renowned for jazz festivals, but also for the panoramic view of the Romsdals Alps. Before entering the open sea of Hustadvika you’ll see the village of Bud, where Norway’s last Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson had his final congregation in 1533 to fight for independence from the Danes.

    Day 5 Trondheim – Rørvik
    Arrive in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, founded by Olav Tryggvasson in 977 AD. It has a strong academic flavour and can boast the country’s oldest school, first official theatre and one of the first national newspapers.

    Leaving Trondheim at midday, the ship heads out into Trondheimsfjord. Leaving the longest stretch of the voyage behind, through the narrow Stokksundet and across the open sea of Folda, the ship passes around 6,000 islands and skerries before arriving in Rørvik.

    Day 6 Brønnøysund – Bodø – Stamsund – Svolvær
    You will have passed the Arctic Circle before the whole ship is fully awake. Of all the Norwegian fish caught, 70% are from north of the Arctic Circle – where the fish develop slower in this type of climate and have time to get larger. At Ørnes, you can still see the grand houses of the ancient trading families.

    The ship will follow the mighty Børvasstindene Mountains before arriving into Bodø at 12:30pm, North Norway’s second largest city, where the ship will dock until 3pm. Here you have time to go ashore. The town, large parts of which were devastated by bombing in 1940, is a centre for trade, administration and defence. More local passengers join the ship here than at any other port of call.

    Ahead is the Lofoten Wall – steep mountains plunging into the sea in a broad, long belt blocking the whole of the horizon as far as the eye can see. We arrive into Standford in the evening. Stamsund was blasted out of the steep mountainside four generations ago to create a site for production of dried fish and is now a centre for the Lofoten fisheries and the manufacturer of cod liver oil.

    Leaving Stamsund the ship heads to Svolvær arriving at 9pm, where it will dock for one hour. Svolvær is considered to be the ‘Capital’ of the Lofoten Islands, and the excellent port was in use as early as the Middle Ages, even though today’s buildings don’t bare evidence of this.

    Day 7 Harstad – Finnsnes – Tromsø – Skjervøy
    You awake to find the ship sailing between Norway’s two largest islands, Hinnøya and Senja. Finnsnes is reached late morning, a community vital to the fishing industry. After crossing Malangen, you’ll experience the route’s most dynamic maelstrom, Rystraumen.

    At 2:30pm you arrive in Tromsø made world famous as ‘Arctic City’. Here you will have 4 hours for shopping and sightseeing.

    At 6:30pm the ship leaves Tromsø and continues her voyage past the Lyngen Alps, and if you are a mountain climbing enthusiast perhaps you will appreciate that the peaks and glaciers, which are considered to be some of the most challenging in Europe. Late this evening the ship calls into the fishing port of Skjervøy.

    Day 8 Øksfjord – Hammerfest – Honningsvåg – Berlevåg
    In Finnmark, icebergs, wind and weather have created a harsher, more dramatic landscape. You will see both abandoned fishing stations and lively fishing ports bustling with activity.

     Havøysund is the next port of call before arriving in Honningsvåg at 11:15am. Leaving Honningsvåg at 2:45pm the ship heads eastwards and calls at the fishing villages of Kjøllefjord, Mehamn and Berlevåg.

    Day 9 Kirkenes – Vardø – Båtsfjord – Berlevåg
    A brief call is made in Vardø and Vadsø before the ship sails into Kirkenes at 9am, which a mere 10 minutes away by car from the Russian border. Here you will have the opportunity to go ashore, or participate in a shore excursion. At 12:30pm the ship departs Kirkenes and starts the second half of its voyage. On the southbound journey, it will be day when it was night on the trip northwards. Crossing Varangerfjord, you will arrive in Vardø, the easternmost point in Norway. Leaving Vardø, the ship will sail along the Varanger peninsula before arriving in Båtsfjord and Berlevåg in the evening. The journey will then continue along the coast of Finnmark.

    Day 10 Honningsvåg – Havøysund – Hammerfest – Øksfjord – Skjervøy – Tromsø
    A brief call is made in Honningsvåg and Havøysund before arriving in Hammerfest at 10:45am, the town nestling beneath Mount Salen. You are now in the northernmost town in the world, the first town in Norway to get electric street lights! Take a trip up Mount Salen for a spectacular view.

    At 12:45pm the ship leaves Hammerfest and the course continues south-westwards to the trading port of Øksfjord, near Øksfjordjokulen (Øksfjord Glacier), the only glacier in Norway, which ‘calves’ at the sea. The Sea of Lopphavet is crossed, to reach Skjervøy in the evening.

    As late evening approaches the ship calls at Tromsø at 11:45pm. This proud Arctic City is located on an island in the middle of Tromsø Sundet (the Tromsø Sound), and has influences dating back to 1252. The special atmosphere is worth staying awake for even if you just take a walk along the city streets, which are full of character.

    Day 11 Harstad – Risøyhamn – Sortland- Stokmarknes – Svolvær – Stamsund
    Arrive Harstad at 8am where you have the opportunity to participate in an optional excursion by coach to Sortland, through beautiful and varied scenery, including a visit to the world’s most northerly medieval church.

    The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen are believed by many to be the most beautiful scenery on the journey. Before you reach the islands, however, the captain will carefully manoeuvre the ship through the shallow waters of the Risøyrenna Channel, where sand banks are visible through the clear sea-green water on both sides of the channel. The ship passes through the dramatic narrow Raftsundet strait before arriving at Svolvær and Stamsund. In the evening, the ship will head east across Vestfjord towards Bodø.

    Day 12 Ørnes – Nesna – Sandnessjøen – Brønnøysund – Rørvik
    After leaving Ørnes, the voyage continues through exciting and colourful waters, sailing through narrow straits bordered by lush farmland along the shores of Helgeland. Crossing the Arctic Circle, you will pass Sandnessjøen, the ancient seat of a Viking Chieftain. This is the day of mountains, passing peaks like Rødøyløven, Hestmannen (the Horseman), Lekamoy, De Syv Søstre (the Seven Sisters). Also see the extraordinary Torghatten, a gigantic rock gouged with a huge hole which, according to legend, was made by the Horseman’s arrow. The last port of call for today will be Rørvik.

    Day 13 Trondheim – Kristiansund – Molde – Ålesund
    At 6:30am the ship arrives into Trondheim where you have the opportunity to participate in an optional excursion to visit the 12th Century Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s largest medieval church. After a few hours in Trondheim, the ship will then continue its journey, sailing out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord, past the islands of Grip and Hitra with its large herds of deer. It will then pass Smøla before arriving in Kristiansund, a town famous for the local salted cod. The second last stop of today will be Molde, also known as the Town of the Roses before arriving in Ålesund at midnight.

    Day 14 Florø – BergenImage result for bentours bergen
    The final day on board. Past Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy and Florø the ship patiently weaves its way through the skerries of the West Coast and by lunch, glides towards Bergen, the city of Medieval Hanseatic merchants and Edvard Grieg.

    Your voyage ends on arrival at the Hurtigruten terminal in Bergen at 2:30pm. Upon disembarkation, meet your driver and transfer to your Bergen accommodation for the night.

    Day 15 Bergen – New York
    This morning, meet your driver in the hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time for your transfer to Bergen Airport, and board your flight bound for the ‘Big Apple’ New York City.

    On arrival in New York at JFK International
    Airport, collect your luggage and proceed through immigration to the arrivals hall, where you will be met by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Transfer by private car to your hotel for the next 3 nights. After you have checked in, the remainder of day is at your leisure. Your Hotel: TO BE ADVISED.

    Day 16 New York
    This morning, head to the meeting point for your New York City Tour, including visit to the Statue of Liberty.

    Day 17 New York
    Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore more of the ‘Big Apple’. Why not head to Central Park Zoo and see the local wildlife, or head to one of the many corner delis and try the local cuisine.

    Day 18 Depart New York
    Today, meet your driver in the hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time for your transfer to JFK International Airport. On arrival at the airport, check in for your overnight flight to Santiago.

    Day 19 Arrive Santiago de Chile
    On arrival at Santiago Airport, collect your luggage and proceed through immigration to the arrivals hall, where you will be met by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Transfer by private car to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your South American adventure starts here.

    Day 20 Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas
    This morning, meet your driver in the hotel lobby at the pre-arranged time and transfer to Santiago Airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, where the brand new hybrid vessel, MS Roald Amundsen, is ready for your expedition to Antarctica.

    Day 21 Chilean fjords
    Enjoy your expedition through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.

    Day 22-23 Drake Passage
    When ranking the most iconic places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. At almost 56º south, it is the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions and if we make it this will be a great achievement. Then MS Roald Amundsen will use 1½ to 2 days to cross the Drake Passage, depending on the weather conditions.

    As you cross the Drake, you sail over the mid ocean West Scotia Ridge and over the nearly 6,000 metre deep South Shetland Trench.

    Day 24-30 Antarctica
    We are visiting a place that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures! What is so overwhelming about Antarctica is that its location makes every voyage to the continent an expedition. Even the most sophisticated technology cannot override some of the climatic challenges that are a part of this environment. Therefore, we need to be pragmatic; we change landings, re-route and shift plans as we go along. This also means that we will take advantage of the often ideal conditions – spend hours ashore, on
    the water with kayaks, hiking or simply cruising amongst huge pods of whales. We will attempt to land several places, including Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. All of these places are serene and offer untouched nature, oportunities to observe penguin colonies, seals, glaciers, icebergs in every shape and colour and old whaling stations. As a well-known quote from veteran Antarctic travellers puts it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

    Day 31 At sea
    After exploring this superlative-exhausting continent, we set course back for The Falkland Islands. The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. Captain John Strong of HMS Welfare made the first recorded landing here in 1690. We will continue our lecture series that focuses on the dramatic history and diverse wildlife of the islands as we keep a watch for wandering albatross.

    Day 32-34 The Falkland Islands
    Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on
    foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings. The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. Bird lovers will rejoice if we go ashore on Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees.

    Day 35 The Magellan Strait
    As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, we will have a recap of everything we have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

    Day 36 Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile – Australia
    We arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After disembarking the ship, you will be transferred back to the Punta Arenas Airport for flight home, via Santiago.

    Day 37 International Date Line
    Cross the international date line on your flight to Australia

    Day 38 Australia
    Arrive in Australia. Your package ends on arrival back in Australia.

     

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