LAPLAND – FINLAND & NORWAY
A 16-day first class land tour of Finland and Norway
including a 6-day classic Arctic Circle Norwegian coastal cruise.
May 25 – June 9, 2018
In the summer Finnish Lapland bathes in 24-hour sunlight for nearly 3 months. Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, capital Rovaniemi is the gateway to the region, homeland of the indigenous Sami people. The Norwegian coast is one of the most exciting and varied adventure destinations in the world, with its stirring and varied landscapes. A voyage with Hurtigruten lets you explore highlights of this epic coast, and take you close to the culture and the everyday life of people living here. Have breakfast at the North Cape, challenge yourself on a mountain hike in Hammerfest or Lofoten, explore the wilderness on a snowmobile or on a dog sledge, enjoy a hi-octane RIB adventure or discover cultural highlights. North to south – a beautiful adventure. The northern shores of Norway offer spectacular scenery, including Finnmark’s wide plains, the North Cape and the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. As you cross the Polar Circle, the climate and landscapes become milder, but none the less impressive. On this southbound trip, we stop in Harstad, Lofoten and Trollfjorden during daytime. From there, we sail south along the Helgeland coast, passing the Seven Sisters mountains. You will continue to be impressed, when we sail through the overwhelmingly beautiful, unspoilt west coast landscapes. Authentic Norway. Visiting 34 ports along the route is a great way to experience genuine Norway. See small settlements with less than 200 inhabitants and the big cities teeming with life. As you reach Bergen, the last port of call, you have completed a journey that has taken place along the Norwegian coast every day for the last 120 years. How’s that for authentic?
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Helsinki, FINLAND Hotel Overnight
Day 3 Helsinki, FINLAND Hotel Overnight
Day 4 Ivalo, FINLAND Hotel Overnight
Day 5 Ivalo, FINLAND Hotel Overnight
Day 6 Kirkenes, NORWAY Embark
Day 7 Hammerfest, NORWAY am am
Day 7 Tromso, NORWAY pm pm
Day 8 Loften Islands, NORWAY am pm
Day 9 Arctic Circle ~ ~
Day 10 Trondheim, NORWAY am am
Kristiansund, NORWAY pm pm
Day 11 Bergen, NORWAY Disembark
Day 7 Bergen, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 12 Bergen, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 13 Oslo, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 14 Oslo, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 15 Oslo, NORWAY Hotel Overnight
Day 16 Depart for CANADA
Double Occupancy Fares:
INSIDE – Category “I” $9,195
OUTSIDE – Cat. “L” $9,550
OUTSIDE – Cat. “N” $9,695
OUTSIDE – Cat. “P” $9,895
OUTSIDE – Cat. “U” $10,395
Single Occupancy Fares:
INSIDE – Category “I” $11,695
OUTSIDE – Cat. “L” $12,195
OUTSIDE – Cat. “N” $12,395
OUTSIDE – Cat. “P” $12,895
Deposit requirement is $1,200 CA per person – Final balance is due on JANAURY 18, 2018
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS PER PERSON AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO, for departures from OTTAWA, please add $200 per person (other cities available upon request).
2-Nights first class hotel stay in HELSINKI & IVALO, FINLAND with breakfast.
2-Nights first class hotel stay in BERGEN, NORWAY with breakfast.
3-Nights first class hotel stay in OSLO, NORWAY with breakfast.
6-Day costal cruise with all your meals and pre-paid shipboard gratuities.
Gratuities for the cruise and the local guides/drivers on our land tour.
All departures taxes, port, and government fees. Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours.
DAY 1 – FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 DEPART CANADA
Travel to Scandinavia today as you depart on your flight to Helsinki, Finland. (In-flight Meals)
DAY 2 – SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 ARRIVE HELSINKI, FINLAND
Upon arrival in Helsinki today, met and transfer to your hotel. Helsinki’s historic center dates from the early 19th century, when Russia ruled Finland and designated this city as the country’s new capital. As a result, the city has both a Russian look and a more modern layout than other European capitals. Graced with many buildings by noted Finnish architects such as Alvar Aalto, Helsinki today is a masterpiece of urban design. Welcome dinner will be at our hotel. Accommodation: SCANDIC GRAND MARINA HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (D)
DAY 3 – SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 HELSINKI, FINLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning city tour of the Finnish capital you will admire the major sights such as the Rock Church, the Senate Square surrounded by the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Lunch at local restaurant. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. (B/L)
DAY 4 – MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 HELSINKI – IVALO, FINLAND
Today fly to Rovaniemi. Then transfer by coach (approx. 4 hours) to your hotel in Ivalo in northern Finland. Ivalo is a gateway to Lapland, the home of the Sami, the indigenous people who have lived in northern Scandinavia since prehistoric times. Lapland, also called Samiland, spans northern parts of Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Although the Sami are a minority of today’s population in northern Finland, their cultural traditions endure. Dinner will be at the hotel. Accommodation: IVALO HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
DAY 5 – TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 IVALO, FINLAND
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning drive to Siida Sami Museum, located in the heart of the village of Inari. The museum focuses on Sami and northern Lapland culture and nature. Touring continue to a reindeer farm where you will experience reindeer feeding and have time to take some pictures with the reindeers. You will also be practicing your skills in lasso throwing and hear stories about sami culture from the local guide. Traditional Sami lunch at a local restaurant. Drive back to Ivalo to river Ivalojoki to have a nice summer evening at a Finnish summer cabin in the forest. Get familiar with the Finnish way of cottage life by helping the guide to prepare the cabin for the dinner and the dinner itself which will be a rustic cottage style dinner. (B/L/D)
DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 IVALO – KIRKENES, NORWAY / EMBARKATION
This morning, you’ll travel to Norway through rural Lapland and cross the border to Kirkenes, a Norwegian port near the Russian border. Strategically significant for its iron ore resources and its location near the Russian port of Murmansk, Kirkenes was occupied by 100,000 Nazi troops during World War II. Board your Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage ship. Ship departs Kirkenes at 12:30 pm. The Arctic adventure begins. As the ship begins its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. In the afternoon, the ship docks in Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. On board, there will be a presentation of “Life in the sea”. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. Accommodation: MS TROLLFJORD (5 nights onboard). (B/L/D)
DAY 7 – THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 HAMMERFEST & TROMSO, NORWAY
In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya – The northernmost natural gas terminal’ on board. In autumn, we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. Included shore excursion: The Northernmost town in the World in Hammerfest, visit the Meridian Column, which commemorates the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the Earth, and is an UNESO list of World Heritage Sites. This place also offers spectacular views of Melkoya and the Snohvit field, where gas from the Snohvit field in the Barents Sea is processed. We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø – “the gateway to the Arctic” – just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively, a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of Tromsø’s many friendly pubs. (B/L/D)
DAY 8 – FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 LOFTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY
We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic entries in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7 metres deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an “inside route” between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port, you can also join in on a spectacular whale-watching experience during wintertime. Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 meters wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Included shore excursion: Lofoten Islands Reach Svolvær. Discover the incredible scenery and visit a gallery in Henningsvaer. We will also visit a former caviar factory that has been transformed into an international venue for contemporary art. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland. (B/L/D)
DAY 9 – SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018 CRUISING THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 meters high, and it is easy to understand why these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. (B/L/D)
DAY 10 – SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018 TRONDHEIM / KRISTIANSUND, NORWAY
Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Included shore excursion: Trondheim City Walk
A walk-through Trondheim is a journey through the city’s thousand-year-old history. We show you the famous landmarks and tell the stories behind them on this guided tour through one of Norway’s most charming cities. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, reaching 577m at the deepest. As we sail along the coast you’ll realize the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has formed the basis for a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. The town reigns as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps. (B/L/D)
DAY 11 – SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2018 BERGEN – DISEMBARKATION
During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage starts to draw to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town representing the Sognog Fjordane region’s oldest and Norway’s most western town. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route before you finally disembark in Bergen. Ship arrives in Bergen at 2:30 pm. Disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel. Accommodation: SCANDIC ORNEN HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
DAY 12 – SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 BERGEN, NORWAY
Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, is charmingly placed between mountains and fjords. The city was founded in 1070 and is the main capital of the fjord country. This morning you will admire the venerable King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and Bryggen – a row of Hanseatic timbered houses with characteristic pointed gables facing the harbor, and the bustling Fish and Flower Market, the City Park, and the Grieghall – the concert hall of Bergen. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
DAY 13 – MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2018 BERGEN – OSLO, NORWAY
Transfer to the pier for a boat trip (approx. 5-1/2 hours) from Strandkaiterminal out to the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and onto Flam. After lunch at local restaurant depart by train which will take you on a spectacular 50-minute journey to the town of Myrdal, at which point you will embark upon a rail journey that you will never forget. Your train will descend from the mountains of Norway heading towards Oslo. Upon arrival in Oslo, transfer to your hotel where your luggage awaits you. Accommodation: SCANDIC ST. OLAVS HOTEL or similar (3 nights). * Box dinner onboard train from Myrdal to Oslo. (B/L/D*)
DAY 14 – TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 OSLO, NORWAY
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning take a sightseeing tour of the city of Oslo, which will include the Royal Palace, the parliament Buildings, Oslo Cathedral, the Akershus Fortress, and City Hall. Highlights will include the Viking Ship Museum and the Kontiki Museum, both famous for the feats of mankind at the time. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Return in the afternoon to your hotel and take some time to explore on your own or visit the many shops nearby. (B/L)
DAY 15 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 OSLO, NORWAY
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will have a full relaxing day at your leisure. Perhaps you may wish to visit the outdoor park museum Vigelandsparken, which is one of Norway’s most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. Tonight, we will have our farewell dinner at the hotel. (B/D)
DAY 16 – THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 OSLO, NORWAY – CANADA
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B/In-flight Meals)
MS TROLLFJORD – The ship is named after the famous Trollfjord, and has a comfortable interior, with an extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
SPECIAL FEATURES: • Two-story panorama lounge • 3 bars • Café • Library • Restaurant • Separate À la Carte dining room • Playroom • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Fitness room •