Lofoten Coastal Cruise

Experience worlds most beautiful archipelago during winter

Join us on a fantastic four day winter cruise and experience worlds most beautiful archipelago Steigen and Lofoten in Arctic Northern Norway, visiting the Hamarøy, Svolvær and Gravdal. We are sailing on the classical and nostalgic Hurtigruten vessel MS Nordstjernen, getting close to the Arctic winter nature while tagging along the Atlantic coastline, experiencing the fantastic winter light and if lucky the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

Sailing under the stars and the Northern Lights

Sailing during winter time in Arctic Northern Norway is something special. Days are getting lighter, after months with the dark season when the sun stays below the horizon. We will be exploring local culture and history, and in the evening we are sailing between these fantastic islands, while enjoying local food made by some of Norways most talented chefs. At night we are docked in order for a good nights sleep.

Arctic Northern Norway in a nutshell

On this mini-cruise you will be exploring some of Northern Norways most beautiful and interesting destinations. We are sailing out of Bodø in to Vestfjorden (the West fjord), heading for Hamarøy, Svolvær and Gravdal. Here we will be exploring the famous Norwegian author Knut Hamsuns home and museum, Norwegian stockfish history and local culture in Svolvær and on the fisherman island Henningsvær, the fantastic viking settlement and museum on Borg in Gravdal, before heading back to Bodø. Our friendly and competent hosts will provide you with mini-lecturs while sailing between the destinations, in order to give you neccessary knowledge to enjoy the local culture, sites and nature. We promise an adventure of a life time

The mythical Lofoten fishing

Every year since hundreds of years back in time, between January and April, the famous Lofoten fishing takes place. Stockfisk from Lofoten is still Norways longest lasting export product, and together with export of frozen fish an important part of the Norwegian economy today. During this periode local fishermen from all over the country come to Lofoten to take part in this traditional cod fishing.

All the small villages are buzzing of life when small fishing boats sets out at 06:00 every morning, and heading back before midnight fully loaded of cod. Some of the catch is hanged outside on wooden fish racks to dry and become stockfish. The rest is shacked, packed and frozen down to be transported to fish markeds all over the world. On our adventure we will be visiting the famous fisherman island Henningsvær, in order to experience all this, and meet local fishermen that will take us throguh the value chain, techniques and local culture.

Classic boutique cruise on MS Nordstjernen

Nordstjernen (1956) is a small an venerable ship, built for more than 50 years ago as part of the reconstruction of the coastal fleet after World War II. The coastal route (hurtigruten) between South and North of Norway was established to unite the coastal community with industry and bring the country forward with optimism and hope.

The ship was built for the Coastal Voyage fleet in 1956 and extensively modernised in 2000 for exclusive Arctic sailing. Despite modernisation, she still retains the aura of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendour with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original art. Out on deck you come extra close to the untouched nature of Arctic Northern Norway. MS Nordstjernen is equipped with a dining room and bar, a café, a panorama lounge and a library. Inside you’ll find cosy interior and exterior cabins, the majority of which have upper and lower berths. All rooms and deck surfaces exhibit that old, beautiful wood.

Cabins

Cabins are classic and basic, but with the facilities you need for a comfortable stay aboard this beautiful and venerable vessel; good bunk beds and toilet & shower in all cabins. All cabins have 220 voltage and there is off course free wifi aboard. You find more information about various cabin alternatives on our booking site.

Day to day program

  • Date: 17-20. Mars 2019
  • Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
  • Vessel: MS Nordstjernen, 90 passengers
  • Area: Steigen and Lofoten archipelago
  • Destinations: Bodø, Hamarøy, Svolvær, Gravdal
  • Exploring: Spectacular Arctic nature, local culture, history and local culinary
  • Excursions: Hamsuns litterature universe, the Lofoten fishing & stockfisk history, culture, local art, viking settlement,
  • Price: From NOK 10.900 / EUR 1.155 pp i double cabin with full board
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