Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway
About Bergen, Norway
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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 program
- Hurtigruten expedition in the 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
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- International flights
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
- Optional excursions and gratuities
Laid-Back Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam grew from a small fishing village in the 13th century to one of the most charming and culturally important cities of the world. The city became a worldwide trading center 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 aristocrats' houses in the city's famed Canal District, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amsterdam is also well-known for its outstanding museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House, and the Van Gogh Museum.
Small Islands with Big History - Helgoland, Germany
Germany’s only high-sea archipelago consists of two small islands and is famous for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife. Germany’s smallest nature reserve, Lummenfelsen, consists of a single rock densely occupied by the thousands of seabirds that nest here. Helgoland also has an intriguing history. Originally, it was founded by Frisians, and 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 .
Unwind with a View - At sea
A day at sea means you can join the lectures presented by the expedition team, or spend time out on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers as we sail. You can also 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 hot tubs.
Islands, Alleyways, and Art - Kragerø, Norway
11,000 people call the charming narrow streets and alleyways of Kragerø home. The town boasts a long history of art and culture – the fine light found here is unique to this area. Wander through the town to discover its assortment of galleries and charming cafés, or venture further afield for a longer walk or a more adventurous hike. The area is also ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.
Pirate Days - Farsund, Norway
Farsund has a fascinating history that includes plundering passing ships as far back as the 1800s! The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for birdwatching and shoreside walks. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the Kaperdagene festival (translated as 'Pirate days').
This heritage 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, and cross a 100-year-old swing bridge and a protected oak forest.
Towering Preikestolen - Lysefjorden
The Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,385 feet deep at its deepest. Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 1,981 feet over the Lysefjord. We hope to have fine view of Preikestolen – and the Kjerag peak that towers 3,556 feet – as we sail along the Lysefjord.
Mouth of the Fjord - Rosendal, Norway
Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, now one of the most significant 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.
The Gateway to the Fjords - Bergen, Norway
After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to leave the comforts of MS Midnatsol and head home – or discover Bergen or even more of Norway! As the starting point for our Norwegian Coastal Cruises, Bergen is the perfect starting point for further exploration of Norway's fjords, villages, and incredible nature.
Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., 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 colorful wharfs that date back to the 14th century.