Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||12 nights aboard a deluxe 107-guest vessel|
|Meals:||all meals included aboard ship, including house wine and beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner|
|Activity:||Cultural Adventures, Small Ship Cruising, Wildlife & Natural History|
13-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours, Zodiac cruises
- Hardangerfjord, the third largest fjord in the world
- Journey on the Flam Railway
- Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord
- Remote Lofoten Islands, with their picturesque villages
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Norway is one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, blessed by awe-inspiring fjords, quaint coastal towns, and thriving fishing villages. Aboard the Serenissima, we voyage from Sweden’s picturesque west coast to the remote Lofoten Islands amid mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and truly dramatic fjords of cinematic grandeur, including Naerofjorden, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A highlight for many will be the journey on the Flam Railway, one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world, amid some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery.
Arrive in Copenhagen and transfer on your own to the MS Serenissima for embarkation. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore. We sail late tonight, so there is the opportunity to enjoy an after-dinner stroll.
Enjoy a morning cruising the beautiful archipelago of islands on Sweden’s west coast, arriving in Marstrand at lunchtime. This is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Now a renowned yachting center, the town originates from the 13th century, when it was a busy trading port. You may wish to visit the 18th century Carlsten Fort, perched above the town and offering fantastic views, or spend time walking through the pretty harbor.
This morning we arrive at one of Norway’s best-kept secrets, the charming summer resort of Lillesand. Using our small ship. we navigate the small islands and skerries that dot the coastline. making the approach to the town from the sea a truly memorable sight. Our plan for this morning is to have a few hours ashore in Lillesand exploring the old town. with its white clapboard houses. and enjoying the unique atmosphere of a Norwegian summer resort. Return to the ship for lunch and a relaxing afternoon at sea.
Lysefjord and Stavanger
This morning we cruise Lysefjord, measuring 23 miles end to end. We will pass by Preikestolen (Priest Rock) and Kjerag Mountain, both towering above the fjord. This afternoon we arrive in Stavanger and have the chance to stroll in the small harbor, with its multi-coloured traditional wood buildings. Old Stavanger is a cluster of 173 small white wooden houses built in the 19th century and housing craft shops, galleries, and museums.
Hardangerfjord and Rosendal
Arrive this morning at Hardangerfjord, the third largest fjord in the world, before docking at Rosendal. We will drive along the fjord towards the small part of the Hardangerfjord called Maurangerfjord, experiencing the idyllic scenery and farms on the way and viewing the magnificent Langfoss waterfall. When we arrive at the small village of Sundal, we will walk to Bondhus Lake, is surrounded by a fascinating landscape of fjords and mountains. After lunch on board, we have free time to explore the town, maybe visit the 12th century Kvinnherad Church or see the gardens at Barony Rosendal.
Sognefjorden and Naerofjorden
We spend the day enjoying spectacular fjord scenery from aboard the Serenissima. Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, extends more than 200 kilometers inland and is surrounded by three national parks. Here we will see thundering waterfalls, glacier arms stretching down into green valleys, and many small farms clinging to the mountainside. We will continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Naerofjorden, one of the many fjord arms of Sognefjord and considered one of the most dramatic.
This morning we will embark on one of the most dramatic train rides in Europe. The Flam Railway is only 20 kilometers long but a masterpiece of engineering. The train climbs up from sea level to 867 metres during these 20 kilometres, crossing back and forth across rivers and through 20 tunnels. To allow you to view the magnificent scenery, the train will proceed slowly and even stop at the Kjosfossen waterfall, where you may leave the train to take a closer look or take some pictures. At Vatnahalsen, you will leave the train and walk from the station to the Mountain Hotel. Here there will be time to relax and take a walk before reboarding the train back to Flam. After lunch on board, the afternoon is free to spend time relaxing in the village or join the excursion to Undredal. This small village lies in idyllic surroundings by the Aurlandsfjord which, until 1988, depended totally upon boat communication. It is a lovely little village with a population of 130 people and some 500 goats. We will taste some goat cheese, still made using traditional methods, and also visit Scandinavia's smallest church, still in use.
Sunnfjord and Bygstad
Sunnfjord lies at the heart of Western Norway, with its starkly contrasting fjord scenery, half way between Bergen and Alesund. Its little-known fjord arms and gentler landscape, in harmony with powerful and diverse watercourses, have left their impression on the landscape and settlement. Today’s tour will take us through this beautiful environment, with its magnificent waterfalls and mountains. We will visit Sunnfjord Museum, which provides an insight into how life was in Sunnfjord settlements in the mid-1800s before taking a scenic drive to the region known as "the waterfall country," making various stops at waterfalls and small settlements.
Nordfjord and Olden
At breakfast time, we enter Nordfjord, where we find the very essence of the fjord country, with many side fjords, waterfalls, and lakes. At lunchtime, we drop anchor at the village of Olden and travel up the beautiful Olden Valley. Where the road ends, we continue on foot to the great cascade of water rushing from beneath the Briksdal Glacier.
Runde and Alesund
Be on deck early this morning as we cruise by the bird cliffs at Runde, one of the largest nesting cliffs in Norway and home to half a million birds. More than 240 different species have been observed here, including puffins, gannets, razorbills, and northern fulmar. We continue to Alesund, recently voted the most beautiful town in Norway. It is a great place to spend a morning exploring the streets, with their Art Nouveau buildings, or for the more active, a walk up Mount Aksla, taking the 418 steps for magnificent views of the town, islands, and Sunnmore Alps. Return to the vessel for lunch as we continue our journey north.
Torghatten, Bronnoysund, and Svartissen
This morning, Mount Torghatten will come into view, one of the most famous landmarks on the Norwegian coast. A fairly strenuous optional walk will take you to the "hole" in the mountain, which has been eroded by the sea. During lunch, we sail through Bronnoysund and cruise this afternoon, arriving at Svartissen in the early evening. We enjoy an after-dinner walk to the view the impressive Svartissen Glacier in the midnight sun.
Lofoten Islands and Trollfjorden
This morning, we arrive in the Lofoten Archipelago, an enchanting area of picturesque villages with jagged granite mountain peaks forming a dramatic backdrop. We will have a full day tour to explore the village and life of these islands. We will disembark in the small fishing village of Aa, where we will visit the local museum before continuing to the nearby village of Reine. Our next stop will be the village of Sund, where we will visit the blacksmiths, famous for their forged cormorants. We continue to the Viking center at Borg, where we enjoy a local lunch before continuing to Kabelva for a visit to the Lofoten museum and Kare Espolin Johnson gallery. Jounson is a nationally recognised artist who took his inspiration from his life and the nature of the area. Our day ends in Svolvaer, where the ship has sailed to meet us. This evening, sail through the beautiful, narrow, and steep-sided Trollfjorden.
Disembark this morning and transfer on your own to the airport for flights to Oslo and beyond.
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What the Trip is Like
This trip is level 1, Easy. For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as cobblestones and uneven, rocky beaches. We have designed shore excursions to accommodate both those who wish moderate strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. Flexibility is a must, as itineraries are subject to change, and landings may be tidal or weather dependent.
Jul 7-19, 2015 Serenissima
Prices are for 2015
Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
|Standard Sole occupancy||$7,495|
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: 10%
of trip cost
100 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*
Minimum fee: 10% of trip cost
89-70 days prior to departure: 40% of trip cost
69-50 days prior to departure: 60% of trip cost
49-30 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
29-15 days prior to departure: 90% of trip cost
14 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks, and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Because of the very nature of the ship, the cabins do vary in shape and size, adding to the vessel’s overall charm. Choose from the cozy inside cabins of approximately 105 square feet, to the sumptuous newly built executive suites of 270 square feet boasting private balconies, minibar, and all the modern conveniences.
- The standard staterooms range in size from 109-176 square feet.
- The superior staterooms range in size from 125-211 square feet.
- The deluxe staterooms range in size from 162-274 square feet.
- The junior suites range in size from 225-233 square feet.
- Owner’s suites are 244 square feet.
- The dedicated inside single cabins range in size from 106-124 square feet, and the dedicated standard single cabins range in size from 76-137 square feet.
Trip Cost Includes:
- 12 night cruise aboard the Serenissima
- all meals included aboard ship, including house wine and beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Noble Caledonia onboard team
- Shore excursions
- Gratuities to crew and on excursions
- Transfers, port taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include:
- Travel insurance
Arrival & Departure Information
Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Serenissima, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: Day 1, July 7, 2015
Flight arrival time: No later than 12:00 pm
Embarkation: 3 :00 pm
Suggested arrival airport
Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH)
Date: Day 13, July 19, 2015
Disembarkation: morning after breakfast
Flight departure time: No earlier than 11:00 am
Suggested departure airport
Tromso, Norway (TOS)
Flight Departure time: after 12:00 pm
A valid passport is required for Denmark and Norway. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for three months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.
No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Denmark or Norway.
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.
No inoculations are currently required for Europe.
With her small size—just 107 passengers—the Serenissima can navigate into small, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships. Facilities onboard include two lounges, restaurant, small library with two computers for internet access, fitness room, and Jacuzzi, Outdoor areas include a spacious observation deck with 360-degree views of the passing scenery, and for added comfort, the vessel features stabilizers. The atmosphere onboard is warm and welcoming, and the emphasis is not on round-the-clock entertainment and dining, but instead on thoughtful itineraries, relaxation, time spent with like-minded passengers, and discovery. After a day of adventure and exploration, returning to the comfort of the sophisticated Serenissima and its friendly crew is a real pleasure. An open bridge policy means you have the chance to visit the Captain and Officers during your voyage. There is a doctor onboard, and staff are trained in first aid.