Following in tracks of the Vikings.

9 days Reykjavík-Bergen-Kristiansand-Hamburg 2019

Discover the cities of the rugged north. Reykjavík means "smoke bay"; the name originates in the steam of the hot springs, which bubble up as close as the edge of town. You can see puffins with their strong beaks and colourful wooden houses on the islands of volcanic origin, the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) and in Eskifjörður. The city has a wide range of culture to offer; there are numerous museums and concert halls, but also pubs and bars. Bergen in Norway is famous for its fish market, the old Hanse quarter and the seven hills in the immediate vicinity. The port of Kristiansand lies on three islands connected by bridges. The colourful architecture is not a relic of earlier years, 900 houses were rebuilt in a totally individual style after the Second World War.

Why this cruise?

  • In the land of volcanoes, geysers and glaciers
  • In the footsteps of the Vikings on the Faroe Isles
  • UNESCO World Heritage site Bergen and the historic trading district Bryggen
  • Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Norwegian Lysefjord on a boat trip
  • Convenient home journey from our final destination, Hamburg
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The services provided during your trip

  • 9 day cruise in an outside cabin in the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board:
    Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    Varied lunch buffet, option for a light lunch, e. g. in the Lido Café
    In the evening, 5-course menu served at table
    Coffee/ tea facilities for self-service
    Coffee / cake or midnight snack according to daily schedule
    Gala dinner with reception by the captain
    Greeting and farewell reception
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • English language service on board
  • Comfortable Sennheiser Audio system for all excursions
  • Use of the gym, the swimming pool and SPA with sauna (massage for a fee)
  • Entertainment programme and lectures on the countries visited on board
  • Luggage service between docks and cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees

Added optional services

  • Excursion package with 3 excursions: € 204 € p. P.

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German language for individual travellers. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. The minimum number of travellers required for this cruise by 30 days before the cruise begins: 180 persons (see Point 7.1. of our travel terms & conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Reykjavík
Casting off 6:00 pm Embark from 3.00 p.m. onwards.

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Day

2

Vestmannaeyjer
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 4:00 pm Boat trip along the coast of the island of Heimaey, observing a puffin colony.

Heimaey is the largest island of Vestmannaeyjar and the only populated island of the archipelago. This tour offers the unforgettable opportunity to circumnavigate this beautiful island that is teeming with bird life and possesses an intriguing geological history.The tour starts at the harbour, which was almost destroyed in a massive volcanic eruption, in 1973. We’ll board the boat and begin our journey past the cliffs surrounding the harbour where we will pass lively bird colonies where millions of birds reside during the summer months.This tour is perfect for bird-lovers as Vestmannaeyjar have one of the largest varieties of seabird species in Iceland. These include Atlantic puffins, gannets and guillemots and numerous other species. After exploring the bird cliffs, we’ll sail into Klettshellir Cave where a musical instrument is played on board. The acoustics in the cave are sensational and provide a unique listening experience. From there we’ll return to the harbour.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

2

Vestmannaeyjer
Experience an active volcano live on a hike across the island.

In January 1973 life in Heimaey changed permanently as well as the island’s landscape due to a massive volcanic eruption which lasted for five months. The eruption and its consequences are the themes of this walking tour.Our walk will first lead us to Eldheimar “Pompeii of the North” museum of remembrance where we will explore the history and aftermath of this natural disaster. Signs of old houses that were buried during the eruption can be spotted on the way. The museum is built around a house that was buried in ash and lava for over 40 years and is now the highlight of the exhibition.After the informative exhibition, we are ready to head to Eldfell, “Fire Mountain” which was formed in the eruption. We’ll make our way up to the crater of Eldfell where we’ll learn more about the power of nature in these picturesque islands.On the way back to the pier we will walk over the new lava fields of Heimaey and make a short stop at Skansinn, an old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th century. Skansinn is the place where the lava flow stopped.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

03:00 h

Slope:

Viel

Day

2

Westmännerinseln
Walking Tour of Town and Lava Field.

Vestmannaeyjar might be small with a modestly sized population, but it is rich in history and natural beauty. This walking tour of the island with an informative guide offers the chance to get to know some of its highlights more intimately.The walking tour begins at the naturally formed harbour which was almost destroyed in the massive eruption on the island in 1973. After a short walk, we’ll reach “Skansinn”, an old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th-century to protect the islands from theft and foreign trade. Near the fort is a wooden church that was donated to Vestmannaeyjar by Norway to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland.We’ll then walk up the hill and over the newly formed lava fields of Eldfell (‘Fire Mountain’). It was the site of the dramatic volcanic eruption that started in the middle of the night on an otherwise typical day. The eruption forced almost all of the 5,000 inhabitants to be swiftly evacuated to the mainland while hundreds of houses were buried under lava and ash.We’ll walk along the edge of the lava field where we’ll have a great view over the small town. There we’ll see signs of old houses that were buried during the eruption. We’ll our walk up to the crater of Eldfell where we’ll learn more about the power of nature in these picturesque islands.We’ll then walk through town to return to the pier and your ship.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

3

Eskifjörður
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 3:00 pm Tour on foot of Eskifjörður.

The little town of Eskifjörður lies between majestic mountains and the sea. We will enjoy a lovely walk around town and discover what makes Eskifjörður such a charming place. Randulff's Mariner Lodge is a perfect example of how the fishermen, stationed here around the turn of the 20th century, used to live. Here, you will get an insight into the daily lives of these men, as well as their diet by tasting traditional Icelandic dried fish and schnapps. Geologically the landscape is also fascinating, and there is no better way to learn about what makes it unique, than listening to your guide as you walk through the village and landscape.Come and join us for a true local experience!

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

02:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

3

Eskifjörður
Panoramic tour to viewpoints with a visit to the Northern Lights photographic exhibition.

The East Fjords are a mysterious place brimming with history. On this tour, we’ll explore two very different museums and get to admire the quiet beauty of the fjords.The journey commences with a short drive along the coastline of the fjord Eskifjörður until we reach the viewpoint at Hólmanes peninsula. The majestic mountain looms above, and on clear days the view over the tip of the peninsula and the seemingly endless ocean are sure to impress. On days when the notorious East Fjord fog obscures the view, the place becomes a mystical land between the mountain and the sea.The tour continues to the quiet seaside town of Fáskrúðsfjörður where we will visit the exhibition of Northern Lights photos. All the photos are shot in Fáskrúðsfjörður where a majestic circle of mountains surrounds the fjord and makes the Northern Lights experience unique.We’ll then continue on our way to Stöðvarfjörður where we’ll visit a museum that has to be seen to be believed. For decades Petra collected rocks and minerals from the nearby mountains and brought home. Her residence has become one of Iceland’s most unusual museums and bears witness to her strong passion.After our visit to Petra’s lovely home and peaceful garden, we’ll return to Eskifjörður and the ship.Sites might be visited in a different order to that described.

Trip duration:

04:30 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Day

4

Tórshavn (Faroe isles)
Mooring 10:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Panoramic tour of the Faroe Isles, also known as "sheep islands". Excursion Package

We board a coach at the harbour across from historical Tinganes, the rocky peninsula in Tórshavn harbour where the ancient Vikings met. We will travel up to the scenic, ridge-top road that runs along the southern part of Streymoy Island, pausing above Tórshavn for a photo stop at a viewpoint overlooking this colourful capital city. In the green, sheep fields above Tórshavn, be on the lookout for stone cairns, which marked the footpaths between villages in olden times. We pause for another photo stop above Norðradalur (North Valley) where on clear days a dramatic view of the island of Koltur stands gloriously before us. Further north, views of Kaldbak and Kollafjørður fjords open below us. Winding down into a valley, we pass picturesque villages. Our journey back to Tórshavn takes us through a three-kilometre long tunnel and then along a fjord at sea level. Here, we can see salmon jumping in sea farms near the shore.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

5

Bergen
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 11:00 pm Tour through the Hanseatic quarter of Bergen and views over the city from Mount Fløyen. Excursion Package

From the pier, your guide will take you on a walk through this beautiful Hanseatic Quarters. “Bryggen” is one of the most well-known Middle Age Quarters in Norway. The original buildings were destroyed in a fire at the beginning of the 18th century, and then the houses were rebuilt in the same style as the former buildings from 1350. You will hear about this exciting history of Bryggen while walking through its narrow passages.Next is the funicular station up to Mt. Fløyen. The Fløien funicular will take you approximately three hundred meters above sea level. At the top, you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the town centre and the surrounding area. Some free time will be given at the top for strolling around and enjoy the scenery at one of the most popular city mountains in Bergen. You will then take the funicular down again to the city and continue the tour, sightseeing on foot.You will now visit the Schøtstuene, part of the Hanseatic Museum, which showcases how the German Hanseatic Merchants of Bergen lived in the heydays of the stock fish trade. After your guided visit of the museum you will walk with your guide back to your ship.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

Slope:

Viel

Day

6

Stavanger
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Spectacular helicopter flight over Stavanger, the Preikestolen and the Lysefjord.

You will be driven to Stavanger Airport, where you will join your pilot for a fantastic helicopter experience. You will fly over the city of Stavanger before continuing to the scenic archipelago dotted with vacation homes and private piers. Soon the famous Lysefjord will be in sight, and your pilot will skillfully fly you through the fjord before rising above the sheer cliffs. The highlight of the tour is the famous Pulpit Rock, where your pilot will first fly beneath the hulking mass before hovering above the plateau where you can marvel at its flat surface and perhaps wave at some of the hikers who have made their way up by foot.

Trip duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

6

Stavanger
Boat trip in the Lysefjord.

Cruise into one of Norway's most stunning fjords and marvel at the breathtaking natural wonders of this famous site: The Pulpit Rock. Embark a local sightseeing boat right next to your ship and set off into the Stavanger archipelago. You can admire the many Stavanger vacation homes on these small islets as you pass. Leaving the archipelago, you will enter Lysefjorden. The so-called “Light fjord” gets its name from the lightly coloured granite rock rising from the waters. As you cruise, you can gaze up at the famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock that towers out over 600 meters above the fjord. Your cruise takes you directly underneath and past some towering waterfalls. Before returning to Stavanger, you'll pause and disembark at an idyllic beach at Helleren to go ashore for waffles, best served with sour cream and sweet jams. In case of cold weather, it is advisable to take warm clothes.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

6

Stavanger
Vikings of Rogaland.

This tour will tell you the real story about the Vikings and their history. Fierce warriors, but also talented craftsmen who produced ornaments in metal and wood and wore these outstanding artefacts proudly. Your guide will tell you all about the history of Rogaland and Stavanger. We will first stop at the Archeological Museum. Here, we will meet the lady of the house, clothed in her traditional Viking dress, embellished with her most beautiful jewellery. She will demonstrate the essential tools and present to us interesting archaeological finds. The county of Rogaland has a rich historical heritage with numerous visible traces from the Viking Age. We will learn about everyday life at the Viking farm and enjoy an authentic Viking snack. Our journey will continue to a historically significant location where many brutal battles took place. Here, we will learn about the importance of this site and admire the monument Swords in Rock, raised in modern times, to honour a great Viking chieftain who was of vital importance to Norway. This scenic drive will also take us close to the prehistoric sites and display the much more diverse culture of the Scandinavian ancestors. Before returning to your ship, we will stop at the highest point in Stavanger where you will have a beautiful view of the city.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

7

Kristiansand
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 4:00 pm Impressive train journey on the historic railway through the Sedesdal valley. Excursion Package

Board your motor coach and drive north from Kristiansand through the stunning Setesdal Valley with its quaint water mills, churches and sod-roofed farmhouses. Here local crafters paint colourful designs on wood, silversmiths create the famous Setesdal filigree, and farmers turn out pungent goat cheese. Arriving at the Grovane train station, you'll board the narrow gauge Sedestal Vintage Railway for the much-beloved trip that recreates the atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century railroad journey. Excitement builds as the restored 1894 steam locomotive whistle blows, heralding the start of your scenic tour. Founded in 1896, the Setesdal Valley Railway once linked Kristiansand with the farms and mines of the Setesdal Valley. It was closed in 1962 and reopened two years later as a living museum of the golden age of rail. Travelling a wild and scenic stretch of countryside, the track parallels the Otra River and showcases a landscape dotted with lakes, rolling hills and the occasional farm. Trip highlights include the town of Vennesla and its sparkling freshwater lake, the Venneslafjord, a collection of snow sheds, mountain tunnels, and timber slides as well as the remnants of a hydroelectric dam. Your final destination is Røyknes, where you will re-board your coach for the return journey to the quaint seaside town of Kristiansand, a centre of culture and commerce since its founding in 1641 by King Christian IV.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

7

Kristiansand
Segway tour of Kristiansand.

Explore Kristiansand on an easy to operate Segway. This guided tour will start at the pier, and you will receive instruction and test the Segway before your local Segway guide will take you around the city. The tour will go to the Fish Market, Hartmann's pier, Sjøhuset, Otterdal Park, the guest harbour, Kristiansand fortress, the City Beach / Aquarama, Tangen, riverside Otra, the Old Town, Wergeland Park, the Cathedral and back to Kilden. Shortstops will be made along the way so that the guide can tell you about the different sites and answer any questions you may have.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

8

Hamburg
Mooring 4:00 pm Panoramic tour of Hamburg and the Speicherstadt.

The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is also called the "Gateway to the World" - discover why, and get to know its beauty and charms during a panoramic drive. Start with a guided tour through the historic ‘Speicherstadt’, the world’s largest warehouse district which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Your tour continues with a drive through the city centre, passing by the Alster Lake as well as the 'Jungfernstieg' boulevard - the most exclusive shopping street of the city. Discover Hamburg´s finest residential areas, the beautiful Alster Park and the diplomatic quarter. Stop for photos at Hamburg’s Town Hall, built in the Neo-Renaissance style and one of Hamburg’s most impressive historical buildings. Enjoy some free time to stroll around and to find some souvenirs. Afterwards, have a photo stop at Hamburg's traditional landmark, St. Michael's Church, also called ‘Michel’ by the locals and the famous almshouses - an old form of widow housing. Pass by the world famous "Reeperbahn" of St. Pauli, Hamburg’s red light district, the Landungsbrücken piers and the Old Elbe Tunnel on the way back to the pier.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Hamburg
Evening tour of Hamburg’s mile of sin – the Reeperbahn.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

00:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

9

Hamburg
Disembark by 9.00 a.m.

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The mooring and casting off times are approximate. We reserve the right to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programmes.

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Our WORLD EXPLORER can, in a unique way, combine all the requirements of sophisticated guests, lovingly finished down to the smallest detail: a manageable number of passengers and light, tasteful interior design that leaves nothing to be desired. You will not find a comparable ship of this size on the market at such an excellent price-performance relationship. The intimate atmosphere on board is the key to well-being; the excursions guarantee unforgettable experiences.

 

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31.08. - 08.09.2019

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