Traverse eight lakes and 66 locks along the remarkable Göta Canal from Stockholm to Gothenburg. All meals and excursions are included during the cruise. Continue via the Norwegian fjords to Bergen. Embark on a cruise with Hurtigruten along the coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes (full board included during the cruise). Set departure dates.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by old bridges and overpasses and is one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved mediaeval city centers. It homes the country’s most important buildings and finest architecture. Visit the Royal Palace, official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden, with over 600 rooms. The Palace is open to the public and offers no less than five museums. Take an afternoon boat trip along Stockholm’s numerous waterways or try one of the evening dinner cruises sailing around the beautiful archipelago (see add-ons). Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. The Göta Canal cruise departs in the morning from Skeppsbron quay in the Old Town. You are welcomed aboard the historical ship M/S Juno by your guide and shown to your cabin. Turn off your mobile phone, leave the stress of everyday life behind, and give yourself a few days of total relaxation with good food and interesting encounters. All meals are included and served at set times in the dining room. During the cruise between Stockholm and Gothenburg the first lock on your journey is Hammarby lock. From here on the ship sails through the archipelago on Lake Mälaren. Pass Drottningholm Castle, the home of the Royal family since 1981, and on UNESCO’S list of World Heritage sites. When reaching Södertälje you will find the largest lock in Scandinavia; 135 meters long. Then continue through the archipelago of St Anna and Södermanland before arriving to Trosa; a small town that dates all the way back to the 14th century. In Trosa you will be taken on a guided walk along the canals and alleys. Overnight cruise on the Baltic Sea.
In the early morning hours the ship passes the ruins of the Stegeborg Castle, beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort dates from the early middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Söderköping. Continuing to Mem, the ship goes through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the Göta Canal. In 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. The ship then passes the idyllic town of Söderköping, Lake Asplången and Lake Roxen. At midday you arrive to the famous locks of Berg where the Carl-Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks that lifts or lowers boats 18.8 meters. A fascinating spectacle that often attracts a large audience. Join the guided tour to the convent of Vreta, the first nunnery in Sweden that dates from about 1100. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden’s most interesting and offers many medieval treasures. In the evening, the ship berths in Motala. It was Baltzar von Platen, the founder of Göta Canal, who drew up the plans for Motala and today it is called "the Capital of the Göta Canal".
The ship leaves Motala and shortly after enters Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Today you will visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built in 1819-1909. The fortress was built as part of the central defense policy, born when Sweden lost Finland and Åland to Russia in the war of 1808-09. The war left Sweden’s borders open. Here the guides take you on an interesting tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church. On arrival to Forsvik, you will see the oldest lock in the canal which was built in 1813. Next the ship heads out onto Lake Viken which serves as a water reservoir for the western section of Göta Canal. When reaching the Berg Canal you can see an obelisk that marks the highest point of the canal; 91, 5 meters above sea level. Further at Hajstorp you pass a lock system consisting of four locks. Here, in 1822, the western section of Göta Canal was inaugurated by King Karl XIV Johan. In the evening the ship makes a stop at Sjötorp where you visit an old warehouse, you will find a shop selling clothes and home décor and Sjötorp Canal Museum. In the museum you can see old pictures of Sjötorp, the interiors of several old ships and a large collection of ships’ engines. Overnight cruise on Lake Vänern, Sweden's largest lake.
Morning visit to Trollhättan Canal Museum where you learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhätte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. The ship then sails through the impressive lock staircase, which consists of four locks and has a total drop of 32 meters. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use. The lock at Lilla Edet, built in 1916, is the last lock on the journey. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden. The cruise ends at Packhuskajen, near the Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg. We recommend a visit to Gothenburg’s oldest suburb Haga, now a trendy neighborhood in the centre of the town or an evening dinner cruise where you can enjoy fresh seafood whilst sailing around the spectacular archipelago (please see add-ons). Accommodation in Gothenburg.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a 4-hour train ride to Oslo around noon. Please note that it is possible to add extra nights in Gothenburg or Oslo (see add-ons). The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. The city’s surroundings provide recreational opportunities that are frequently taken advantage of by the city’s inhabitants, as well as increasingly by visitors. Oslo offers many well known sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure from Oslo by train. The 5-hour train journey from Oslo to Myrdal is part of the Bergen Railway, classed as one of the finest train journeys in the world. The train journey will bring you across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with Finse as the highest train station at 1222 metres above sea level. In Myrdal you will change to the Flåm Railway, connecting the Bergen Line to the Sognefjord. You will pass through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides before reaching the fjord village of Flåm. Flåm is Norway's only fjord village with train connection. Afternoon at leisure to explore Flåm. The area also offers great hiking opportunities. Accommodation in Flåm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Flåm before you will depart on a 2-hour fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord channel in Europe, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Gudvangen the journey continues by bus through Nærøyfjord Valley and up the Stalheimskleiva, with its 13 steep hairpin bends (Stalheimskleiva is only open during the summer). The last part of the excursion will be by train from Voss to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Accommodation in Bergen.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Bergen before departing with Hurtigruten in the evening. Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). Your journey with Hurtigruten begins in the evening from Bergen, heading north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes in 6 nights/7 days. During the cruise you will experience everyday life along the coast, and the mix of tourists, local travelers and transported goods make this a unique experience. All meals onboard are included. During the cruise with Hurtigruten you can choose between a wide selection of optional shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship. Please see add-ons for further information and prices.
Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Today you have the choice between exploring the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund or to follow Hurtigruten on a cruise along the well known Geirangerfjord (the detour is possible on cruises starting from Bergen between June 1 and August 31). Ålesund was completely destroyed by a devastating town fire in 1904, and rebuilt again in the Art Nouveau style, making it a truly unique town in Europe. The town centre reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés, and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. Sights of interest are the Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the Sunnmøre Museum, an open air museum with an impressive boat collection and more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings (entrances not included). The beauty of the town can be appreciated from Mount Aksla, with a breathtaking view of the town. If you take the detour to the Geirangerfjord, you will cruise along the Geirangerfjord, with its waterfalls and mountain farms situated high up on the mountainsides, in places you will be amazed that people and livestock could survive. The Geirangerfjord has been included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Evening departure from Ålesund. Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.
Morning arrival in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century BC) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed.
Early in the morning you will cross the Arctic Circle and enter the Land of the Midnight Sun; where the sun never sets during the summer. You will spend 3,5 hours in Bodø before continuing across the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands. Lofoten stretches like a wall of mountains to the southwest in the sea. The archipelago consists of mountains and peaks, wide open ocean, sheltered inlets, stretches of seashore and large virgin areas. For centuries, catching cod and drying them has been a way of life and Lofoten’s largest industry. Two of the most recognizable sights are therefore the fishermen’s shacks and the Stockfish which is cod that has been hung to dry on a wooden frame.
Morning at sea, before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs where you will have 4 hours at leisure. Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Sights of interest are the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium and Tromsø Museum.
Morning at sea, you will arrive in Honningsvåg around noon. Excursion possibility to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean, and perhaps have the opportunity to see the Midnight Sun. During the excursion entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included.
While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will arrive in Vadsø, the administrative centre of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship, Norge. Kirkenes is the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. The town lies between two time lines, Helsinki and Moscow. Possibility to join one of the shore excursions in Kirkenes before flying back to Oslo (flight not included in the price). Accommodation in Oslo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.