About Norwegian Fjord Summer Adventure Cruise
Experience the heart of Norway as we visit 34 ports from the most Northern city in Norway to Bergen in the South, with spectacular scenery and exhilarating excursions on a unique journey with other adventurous singles.
Have some summer fun exploring with new friends made at STI in a new, different and adventurous way.
The Norwegian coast is one of the most exciting and varied adventure destinations in the world, with its stirring and varied landscapes. A voyage with Hurtigruten lets you explore highlights of this epic coast, and take you close to the culture and the everyday life of people living here. Have breakfast at the North Cape, challenge yourself on a mountain hike in Hammerfest or Lofoten, explore the wilderness on a hi-octane RIB adventure or discover cultural highlights.
Summer means Midnight Sun, which is literally sunshine at midnight. This is a natural phenomenon that may only be experienced north of the Arctic Circle. This means that we’ll have a chance to see all northern destinations in daylight. Daylight in the middle of the night is an intense experience, and you may almost have to force yourself to go to bed. Moreover, many of the 34 ports we call on along the route, are small ports that other cruise liners do not visit. On our unique voyage, we’ll see more of Norway and experience more of its culture and traditions.
Inclusive Features for the MS Nordkapp (North Cape):
- 7 Nights Single Occupancy Accommodations : 2 Nights Hotel Stay and 5 Nights Inside or Oceanview Accommodations Aboard Hurtigruten’s MS Nordkapp
- Optional Pre Cruise Stay in Oslo, Norway with other single members of our group.
- Learn More about our Expedition Team in Norway
- Complimentary WiFi Capabilities
- Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and 3-Course Dinner in one of 3 Restaurants
- Multe Bakery and Ice Cream Bar
- Explorer Bar Lounge
- Panorama Lounge
- Sauna, Jacuzzi & Fitness Room
Exclusive Singles Travel International Features :
- NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON YOUR VACATION – GET YOUR OWN ROOM FOR LESS
- PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES
- WELCOME ABOARD – ICE BREAKER PARTY – COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE TOAST
- BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
- COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP
- OPTIONAL TOURS IN EVERY PORT – Click Book Now to Add at Time of Booking
- NIGHTLY HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional)
- SINGLES ONLY SEATING IN THE DINING ROOM
- FAREWELL PARTY
- Special Attention from Professional & Experienced, Singles Travel International Concierge
- Custom Daily Agenda Exclusively Designed for STI Members Only
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
- Great Times with other Singles in your Age Group!
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
August 6-8, 2018
Our 2 Night Pre Cruise Package in Oslo, Norway Includes:
- 2 nights at 3-star Thon Hotel Terminus in Oslo City
- 1-day HOHO Double Decker Bus tour
- Roundtrip airport transfers**
- Hot Daily Breakfast (2)
- Daily Evening Meal (2)
- Hotel Tax
- Personal Services of our STI Concierge (minimum 10)
- Company of other Single Travelers
DAY 1- Monday- August 6
Flights arrive at Oslo Airport and board the Flybus to the newly renovated Thon Hotel Terminus. Check-in (after 3 pm) with our Singles Travel International Concierge upon arrival. Here, you can meet your fellow travelers and ask about the best attractions in Oslo City!
Settle in your room and enjoy included dinner, at the hotel, before we meet for optional after dinner drinks at Skybar. The bar is just a short walk and on the 34th floor of the Radisson Blu. Enjoy fabulous views of the Oslo City night lights while you mingle with great company and cocktails!
Day 2- Tuesday- August 7
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head over and jump on the HOHO double decker bus, for your tour of the city. Choose to stay on, for the 1.5 hour guided tour, or hop off at any of the 17 stops around the city!
The day is yours to jump on and off all day. Visit the Royal Palace, the Vikingship Museum or the Kon-Tiki Museum! Vigeland Sculpture Park is another great site and shouldn’t be missed. Tour the Akershus Fortress and stroll past the Nobel Peace Center, Parliament and City Hall.
After you have taken full advantage of the city’s attractions along the HOHO tour, take local train #1 to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower, the most visited site in Norway, and take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the city!
Dinner is at your leisure, included at the hotel, and the last night in beautiful Oslo is yours to enjoy!
Day 3- Wednesday- August 8
Relax during your final breakfast at the buffet before we checkout and head to the airport, on the Flybus.
**Please reserve Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY 310) from Oslo to Kirkenes on August 8 at 9:20 a.m., arriving 11:30 a.m. in order to travel to the airport with the group. Transportation in Oslo is via Flybus and requires a short taxi ride between the terminal and our hotel at your own expense.
Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist.
Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Oslo. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities.
The northern shores of Norway offer spectacular scenery, including Finnmark’s wide plains, the North Cape and the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. As we cross the Polar Circle, the climate and landscapes become milder, but none the less impressive. On this southbound trip, we stop in Harstad, Lofoten and Trollfjorden during daytime. From there, we sail south along the Helgeland coast, passing the Seven Sisters mountains. We will continue to be impressed, when we sail through the overwhelmingly beautiful, unspoilt west coast landscapes.
Visiting 34 ports along the route is a great way to experience genuine and spectacular Norway and there are incredibly exciting excursions to match (optional). We’ll see small settlements with less than 200 inhabitants and the big cities teeming with life. As we reach Bergen, the last port of call, we’ll have completed a journey that has taken place along the Norwegian coast every day for the last 120 years. How’s that for authentic?
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Kirkenes, Norway (KKN) before 5 p.m. on August 8 and depart any from Bergen (BGO) on August 15. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Hurtigriten without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
NOTE: All excursions listed are optional. Read about them here, then purchase them on our Book Now or Price My Trip links.
Have breakfast at the North Cape, challenge yourself on a mountain hike in Hammerfest or Lofoten, explore the wilderness on a snowmobile or on a dog sledge, enjoy a hi-octane RIB adventure or discover cultural highlights.
Day 1: Wednesday, August 8
Kirkenes- Capital of the Barents Region
Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are many ways to visit the Russian frontier. Travel either by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.
Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in numerous adventurous activities into the Arctic environment. During any of our torus, our guides tell us about the history of the Sámi people, the extreme Arctic climate and the area’s unique wildlife. On our dog-sledge adventures (optional), huskies eagerly transport us across the frozen Arctic landscape. Catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea. In summer, we’ll have the opportunity to hike across mountainous terrain with our own husky companion.
Arrive in Kirkenes and transfer to our hotel, included in our package. Meet your fellow travelers and our STI Concierge at our hotel late in the afternoon. We’ll get to know one another and share an optional drink and dinner.
Overnight at the Thon Hotel Kirkenes.
Day 2: Thursday, August 9
Mehamn – Tromsø
Breakfast at our hotel followed by a transfer to the Nordkapp.
We’ll check in for our cruise and get settled into our cabins as the excitement mounts. As the ship starts its voyage south, we’ll enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, you’ve only seen half of what our voyage along the Norwegian coastline has to offer. Prepare yourself for many new experiences. In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. The latter town is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.
In the middle of the night ( because it;’s still light out) we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip (optional) through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.
At Honningsvåg, join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way. Before stopping in Hammerfest, enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and short on-board introduction to Melkøya – the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal’. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the high Arctic. Here you’ll see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise, geographic measurement of the globe. You may also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.
We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy, where Hurtigruten founder, Richard With, was born. We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert (optional) at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.
During our summer voyages we are invited to join the Expedition Team for explorer boat activities to discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings.
Day 3: Friday, August 10
Tromsø – Stamsund
We arrive at Harstad this morning, where we have the opportunity to participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail towards the Risøyrenna, a shallow 7m-deep channel made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests.
Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region´s fishing history, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitably slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20 km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 m directly out of the sea.
Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 m wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If the weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship´s sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle. Just north of the fjord, a smaller vessel awaits to take you out to see this magnificent bird up close on an optional sea eagle safari (optional). To join the safari, transfer to the smaller tour boat on Trollfjord. To do this, the Hurtigruten ship must turn around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight in its own right! The eagle safari begins in earnest after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the sea eagles dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to grab and devour. Be sure to take along a camera!
Reaching Svolvær, choose from several excursion options. Join our Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the fishing communities, beautiful scenery and art from this area. Join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of our high-octane excursions by RIB. Lofoten is known for its excellent fishing, and in winter you can join a fishing trip to try your luck at catching cod. If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides in-depth insights into the history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.
Day 4: Saturday, August 11
Bodø – Rørvik
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age.
Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens sneaked out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southwards down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue them. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They all became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how it continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets.
On another optional excursion between Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund, you can experience an exciting blend of culture, nature and architecture. Visit the museum at Alstahaug, which is dedicated to the life of Petter Dass (1647-1707), the foremost Norwegian poet of his generation. The museum consists of several buildings, the oldest being the old vicarage from the mid-1700s. There are continuous exhibitions, and the building interiors date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The museum, church and graveyard are preserved and protected by the Norwegian Cultural Heritage.
Day 5: Sunday, August 12
Trondheim – Ålesund
Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Join the Explorer Team to discover even more of the surroundings on explorer boat activities offered during summer. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 m.
As we sail along the coast, you realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. It is 8.2 km long, built on a total of eight bridges and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea. You can also choose a sightseeing tour of Kristiansund, and visit Kvernes Stave Church on the nearby island of Averøy.
Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes entering a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship’s crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way we’ll see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
A few nautical miles south of Florø, we navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, and enjoy superb views of this magnificent island-studded coastline en route. Finally, you disembark in Bergen, taking with you memories of a unique journey filled with unforgettable experiences and meetings with local people, wildlife and stunning nature. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.
Day 7: Tuesday, August 14
Day 8: Wednesday, August 15
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
Please submit a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after April 13).
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Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Our vacation begins on August 8 in the Northern city of Kirkenes, Norway. We will all settle in for 1 night before we board our cruise on August 9. Our cruise ends on August 14 in Bergen followed by a 1 night stay before we fly home. Our vacation concludes after breakfast on August 15. Therefore, our cruise/tour vacation is 7 nights/8 days.
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price My Trip tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by April 9, 2018. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after April 9, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
Note that Hurtigruten is not a US based company and therefore your final payment to the cruise line (charged outside the country) may be assessed a fee. We recommend that, before final payment, you provide us with a credit card that does not assess fees for charges that are done in a foreign country.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $100 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
*Between April 9-30, 2018 – 30% penalty applies.
*Between May 1 and June 7, 2018 – 50% penalty applies.
*After June 7, 2018 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Kirkenes, Norway (KKN) before 5 p.m. on August 8 and depart any from Bergen (BGO) on August 15.
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Kirkenes, Norway (KKN) before 5 p.m. on August 8 and depart any time from Bergen (BGO) on August 15.
**Please reserve Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY 310) from Oslo to Kirkenes on August 8 at 9:20 a.m., arriving 11:30 a.m. in order to travel to the airport with the group.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), shore excursions, shopping and gratuities to ship and Singles Travel International Travel Directors ($10-$15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.
Of course. Please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans.
Join our pre cruise package in Oslo for the full Norway experience. Our package includes 2 nights hotel accommodations, breakfast, light dinner, 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off tour ticket and Round-trip airport to central Oslo transportation via Flybus. A short taxi ride between the terminal and our hotel at your own expense.
Click BOOK NOW to add our Oslo Package.
Transportation in Kirkenes is included in our package form the Thin Hotel. Please be sure to provide your flight information 30 days prior to departure. All other transportation is optional unless you purchase our pre cruise package in Oslo which includes round-trip airport-hotel-airport transfers.
Our first event is a Meet & Greet at our hotel in Kirekenes at 6:00 p.m. on August 8.
Yes. Please add them at the time of booking your cruise to avoid disappointment of sell out. Click BOOK NOW to add them at any time.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.
As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages. Our vacations are specifically designed for Baby Boomers and active travelers with an average age range of 50-70. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
A passport is required for cruise travel to Norway. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.
Non US citizens are responsible for contacting all countries on our itinerary to secure appropriate documentation in advance.
Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110 (1 outlet) and 230 volts, with 110 as the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.
STI Tip: Beware of the key card in the slot system for getting electricity. We discovered the hard way that the 110-volt plug in the bathroom also turned off when you leave the room, right along with the charger our camera battery. The 230-volt plug at the desk, however, stays active all the time and you will require a converter.
In Kirkenes and Bergen you will need a converter and adaptor for Scandinavia to operate any electrical or electronic appliances.
“Famous Norwegian chef Anders Husa gives Hurtigruten’s menu a go! If you are a foodie, read this BLOG.
Drink prices are ranges from 140 NOK ($24) for a bottle of Spanish white or red wine to 440 NOK ($76) for a Chateau Batailly Pauillac. By the glass, the price is 38 NOK ($6.55). Cocktails at the bar are approximately $9.
A cappuccino or espresso is $2.
STI Tip: Tell the head waiter ahead of time if you want the day’s optional dish.
These are the days of the midnight sun with up to 17 hours of daylight! And August is the best month of the year to visit for long sunny but crisp days, ideal for touring.
The average daytime temperature for most ports will be low to mid 70s during the day with cooler evenings in the mid 50s to 60s, so be prepared with warm weather attire, scarves and warmer jackets with a hood to a hat.
There is no baggage limit onboard ship.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Smaller aircraft on flights within Europe may be more restrictive. It is your responsibility to verify with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
No formalities on this cruise. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping with temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures will be cooler (low 60s) at night, so be prepared with a warm jacket, scarves and appropriate walking shoes.
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– Open minded attitude and a smile
– Passport valid for at least 6 months after return of trip
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes and socks (5+ pair)
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Warm jacket for both day and night with decorative scarves and hats or hooded jackets
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
The currency used throughout our cruise is the Norwegian krone and you may obtain in advance, upon arrival in Norway or exchange aboard ship.
For up to date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.
Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the Nordkapp as well as in major shops and restaurants ashore. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account in Norwegian krone. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, that may be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. Be sure to bring a card that does not charge international exchange fees for charging in a non US currency.
Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info Document (posted here on FAQ 14 days prior to departure) will include phone contact numbers for the ship and hotel. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
You may be able to use your own phone plan if you add an international calling package before you depart, generally .99-1.99 per minute (check before departure). Data packages are also a great idea to add to your plan if you wish to stay connected on social media.
There are direct dial phones in each cabin aboard the Nordkaap, but charges are generally $10 per minute. Internet cafes are available in some ports, not all.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please have your family contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.