Hurtigruten Platinum Optional Excursions
Hurtigruten offer four tailormade excursions with an exclusive content and a limited number of spaces for Platinum Guests which will have the advantage of booking these excursions in advance.
**The North Cape Exclusive (Honningsvåg) **
The North Cape has attracted adventurous souls for centuries, from all around the world. This excursion will give you an unique and unforgettable peek at the perculiarities and unbelievable ways of life so far above the Arctic circle, explained in detail by your own tour guide, who will show you the ‘’Top of Europe’’ and explain the significance of these historical landmarks. Visit the North Cape hall where you will have a treat of watching the short panoramic movie about Magerøya through all four, vastly different seasons, followed by a taste of some of the local delicacies. At the end of the tour you will get your own North Cape Certificate, a special memory of an incredible place.
Highlights: Small Group tour, own tour guide at your service, arctic snack, North Cape certificate & photo stop.
Code: V - HVG6F - Northbound all year, 3 hours
**Dogsledding Exclusive (Kirkenes) **
At Gabba Kennel just outside Kirkenes, 160 dogs are waiting to take you on an unforgettable dogsled ride. After a short introduction on how to handle your own dogsled, you are ready to start your Arctic expedition. We drive on a track through the forest, following the guide. Now you really start to feel the adrenalin and how it is like to be alone with your own dogs in the wilderness. The guide will make stops along the way to ensure that you are safe. Enjoy views of frozen fjords and mountains that plunge straight down
into the water. En route we make a stop to enjoy a warm drink, share our experiences and get to know the dogs which all have different personalities.
Highlights: Handle and drive your own husky sled & longer dog sledding tour.
Code: V-KNN7J - Northbound, 07.01 - 20.04, 2 hrs 30 mins
Vesterålen and Lofoten by RIB (Stokmarknes - Svolvær)
Join us for an exciting ride through the beautiful areas of Vesterålen and Lofoten. From Stokmarknes we go by RIB (Rigid inflatable boats) through the dramatic scenery of Raftsundet to the narrow Trollfjord. Here we go ashore and get a guided tour of the power station and the art gallery located here. We also get to hear the story of the battle of Trollfjord that took place in the year 1890. A snack is served before we continue between small islets and skerries to the island of Skrova, known for exporting salmon all over the world. Along the way, we stop to look for Sea Eagles before returning to Svolvær.
Highlights: See sea eagles, adrenalin at sea by RIB, visit a power station & pass fishing villages close up in Lofoten.
Code: V-SKN9I - Southbound, 15.05 - 31.08, 2 hrs 30 mins
The Hidden Rooms of Nidaros Cathedral (Trondheim)
In the heart of Trondheim towers Nidaros Cathedral, the national Shrine of Norway. The beautiful church was built over the grave of St. Olav, the national saint of Norway, and for almost a millennium, it has played a central role in the history of the town and the nation. Enjoy the impressive Romanesque and Gothic architecture with its lofty vaults, slender pillars and delicate ornaments. Join an exciting wander through some of the hidden chambers of the cathedral. In the basement, we walk through the dark passages of the tombstone crypt, and explore the largest collection of medieval tombstones in Norway. Steep, winding stairs lead us closer to the divine as we climb up to small, enchanting chapels from the 12th century.
Highlights: Private bus & guide, explore the Hidden Chambers of the Cathedral, Explore the largest collection of Medieval tombstones in Norway.
Code: V-TRD11B, Southbound, all year, 2 hours
Image credits: Laura Jane Hall, Paul Finnegan, T I Bergmo & Ørjan Bertelsen