Majestic mountains & picturesque fishing villages are at the centre of a new twelve day tour with Hurtigruten, combining a voyage on the MS Midnatsol along the coast of Norway, with a three-day stay in the beautiful Lofoten islands.
Departing on 3 March 2014, the MS Midnatsol will ply its usual route from Bergen heading northwards up the coast. After crossing the Arctic Circle, guests will disembark in Bodø and take a trip to Saltstraumen where they will witness the thrilling sight of the world’s strongest tidal current: millions of gallons of water travel through through a river just 150 metres wide causing powerful and spectacular whirlpools.
After an overnight stay on land, they will join the MS Nordlys and continue the journey northwards via the Vestfjord towards Lofoten. It is well worth taking the time to enjoy the view from the deck as the ship heads for the imposing Lofoten wall of mountains, which offer an impressive vista of the islands.
Passengers will then disembark in Svolvær and over the next three days will discover the area by land. During the full-day “Highlights of the Lofoten” excursion they will travel through the unique island archipelago with its impressively rugged mountains, snow-covered bays and sleepy hamlets, encountering picturesque towns and villages and paying a visit to the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg along the way.
The following day there is ample time to discover the islands at a leisurely pace or choose from several organised excursions such as “Fishing on the Lofoten Islands” an evening tour “In Search of the Northern Lights”, a chance to learn more about the “Flora and Fauna of the Lofoten Islands” or an adrenaline fuelled “Trollfjord RIB speedboat safari”.
The final day on land includes a trip to Harstad, stopping off to see fantastic views of mountain peaks, narrow fjords and tiny islands before they rejoin the MS Midnatsol for the return journey southwards towards Bergen.
The trip costs from £1,295 per person (based on two sharing an inside cabin) including voyage, land arrangements, full board and full day ‘Lofoten Highlights’ excursion. Flights are available for an additional £450 from London.
For more information call Hurtigruten on tel:020 3582 6642 or visit www.hurtigruten.co.uk.