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Seven Sisters") provides an excellent photo opportunity. The tour continues along the idyllic Eidsdalsvatnet Lake before journeying by ferry from Eidsdal to Linge. From here you continue on to Alesund, a distinctive town known for its unique Art Nouveau architecture. An afternoon here is best enjoyed from the town's highest point - Aksla ("Town Mountain"), where you can savour the beautiful view of Alesund below with the stunning Sunnmore Alps as a backdrop. From there you'll board the bus and enjoy a short sightseeing trip around Alesund itself, before heading to the Hurtigruten pier and continuing your cruise.

DAY 3: TRONDHEIM-RORVIK

The ship arrives early this morning in ancient Trondheim, where you'll have time to explore this jewel of a city, Norway's first capital. Also the site of Norway’s School for the Deaf.

Did you know that the first Viking sale of goods from "the new found land" took place here about 1000 AD? Timber from Leiv Eriksson's Vinland estate was sold to a Bremen merchant. Walk the charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet and the great gothic cathedral of Nidaros, where the new kings of old Norway once received their official blessing.

From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.

Shore excursion: Trondheim & Nidaros Cathedral, 2 hours

Trondheim is a large city by Norwegian standards, though it has still managed to preserve both the charm and intimacy of a small town. It is also a town full of contrasts, with monastery ruins, impressive wooden buildings, colorful wharfs, and a beautiful red-painted city bridge dating back to 1861.

It is home to a world famous research and educational community, modern sports facilities, and a lively nightlife. You will hear all about the city's many features as the bus takes us on a voyage of discovery through Trondheim's streets and boroughs, including a short stop at "Utsikten" ("The View") to admire the city from up high. As no sightseeing trip to Trondheim is complete without visiting one of its premier cultural treasures, we will of course make time to take in the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, the construction of this enormous building, with its countless details and decorations, began as early as 1070. After a compelling guided tour around the Gothic-style cathedral, you'll understand why many describe it as the most beautiful church in Norway.

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