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Pearls of Southern Norway

Norway boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, with dramatic fjords and awe-inspiring countryside at every turn. On this voyage, we explore some unique towns along the rugged coastline to get close to nature and immerse ourselves in local culture along the way.

Amsterdam
Before embarking on your journey on MS Midnatsol, spend some time in Amsterdam, a city of canals, cafés and culture. Enjoy an abundance of museums and art galleries – after all, this city was once the home of Rembrandt and van Gogh.

Helgoland
Helgoland offers spectacular nature, great birdlife and fascinating history.

Kragero, Farsund, Lysefjorden and Rosendal
This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers wonderful scenery along with interesting history (pirates, German forts and art). Explore these areas by foot, bike or boat to get the best this region has to offer.

Bergen
Stroll in charming and compact Bergen, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés or restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular or visit the Fish Market.

Pearls of Southern Norway itinerary:

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Day 1 Laid-back Amsterdam
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.
Day 2 Small Islands with Big History
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 Unwind with a View
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.
Day 4 Islands, Lanes and Art
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 Pirate Days
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.
Day 6 Towering Preikestolen
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 Mouth of the Fjord
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.
Day 8 The Gateway to the Fjords
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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MS Midnatsol , the ship servicing Pearls of Southern Norway

MS Midnatsol

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 136m

Passenger Capacity: 500

Built: 2003

MS Midnatsol has a strong environmental profile and a modern design. The interior’s bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. She is also a TV star, being featured in the award winning documentary "Hurtigruten 365", made by Norwegian TV. On deck 9 you find the sun deck and a Jacuzzi. Key qualities of the MS Midnatsol include the large, two-story panorama lounge above the bow, and the large glass expanses that allow natural light to enter, while providing extraordinary views.

MS Midnatsol is an ice class 1X ship and equipped with advanced technology, making her very well suited for expedition voyages in Antarctica.

  • Two-story panorama lounge 
  • Bars 
  • Café 
  • Library 
  • Restaurant 
  • Separate a la carte restaurant 
  • Playroom 
  • Sauna 
  • Shop
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness room
  • Amfi theatre for educational lectures and conference facilities

• 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
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