Pearls of Southern Norway
MS Midnatsol
8 days

Norway – Pearls of Southern Norway

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
The picturesque, white houses of Farsund
  • Visit unique Norwegian coastal towns and islands
  • Learn more about the history, culture and nature of the places we visit
  • Explore surrounding islands on kayak, bike or foot
  • Exciting and extensive excursion programme

Itinerary

Explore one of the world´s most beautiful coastlines with the ship that has Norway in its DNA - MS Midnatsol. This voyage brings you to remote ports and off the beaten track locations to explore hidden coastal Norway with the help of our knowledgeable Expedition team.
Day 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Laid-back Amsterdam
A bicycle parked in front of a building

Amsterdam grew from a small fishing village in the 13th century to become one of the most charming and culturally important cities of the world. The city became a worldwide trading centre with important connections to the Hanseatic League in the 17th century.  Evidence of the prosperity of Amsterdam´s "Golden Age“ can still be seen in the Patrician houses in the city´s famed Canal District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amsterdam is well-known for its outstanding museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House or the van Gogh Museum. 

A bicycle parked in front of a building
A house with a grass field
Day 2
Helgoland, Germany
Small Islands with Big History
A house with a grass field

Germany’s only high sea archipelago consists of two small islands called Helgoland and the Dune. Helgoland is famous for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife. Germany’s smallest nature reserve, Lummenfelsen, consists of a single rock – essentially a huge bird condo, densely occupied by the thousands of sea birds that nest here. Helgoland also has an intriguing history. Originally, it was founded by Frisians, then became a pirate base in the Middle Ages.

Afterwards, it was claimed by the Danes, only to be conquered by the British some years later. Then the British swapped the islands with the Germans for Zanzibar. During WWII, attempts were made to wipe the entire island of the map. So, it's safe to say that Helgoland is rich with exciting history. Come ashore to explore this fascinating and narrow island . 

Day 3
At sea
Unwind with a View
A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition team, spend time on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travellers as we sail.

Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.

A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo
A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin
Day 4
Kragerø, Norway
Islands, Lanes and Art
A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin

11,000 people call the charming narrow streets and alleyways of Kragero home. The town boasts a long history of art and culture and tends to inspire famous artists, who appreciate the fine light which is unique to this area.  Amble through the town to discover the assortment of galleries and charming cafes, or venture further afield for a longer walk or more adventurous hike.  The area is ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.

Day 5
Farsund, Norway
Pirate Days
A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch

Farsund has a fascinating history, which includes hosting pirates as far back as the 1800’s. The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for bird watching and shoreside walks. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the “Kaperdagene” festival – translated as “Pirate days”.

This dates back to the Napoleonic War of 1804 when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships to survive. Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, crossing a 100-year old swing bridge and passing a protected oak forest.

A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch
A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg
Day 6
Lysefjorden
Towering Preikestolen
A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg

Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep at its deepest. Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. This is a flat mountain plateau of approx 600 square metres. We hope to have fine view of Preikestolen and the Kjerag peak towering 1,084 meters above the next highest mountain along the Lysefjord.

Day 7
Rosendal, Norway
Mouth of the Fjord
A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk

Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, now one of the most signifcant museums in Western Norway. Located “at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord”, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway. The castle is surrounded by a beautifully landscape park. Rosendal is also the place where the ship “Gjøa”, used by Roald Amundsen on his expedition through the Northwest Passage, was built.

A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk
A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background
Day 8
Bergen, Norway
The Gateway to the Fjords
A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background

After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to leave the comfort of MS Midnatsol and head home, or on to further adventures. As the starting point for our classic Norwegian Coastal Voyages, Bergen is the perfect starting point for further exploration of Norway's fjords, villages and incredible nature.

Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city has preserved a great deal of local character and history. One example is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century.

The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every voyage with Hurtigruten is unique.

What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

Your ship

MS Midnatsol

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 970 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 632
Car capacity 32
Gross tonnage 16,151
Length 135.75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 18 knots
A large ship in the water
Photo: Genna Roland / Hurtigruten

The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer. The ship sails along the Norwegian coast from May to December, and is part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.

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