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DAY 4: ORNES-BODO-STAMSUND-SVOLVAER

Torghatten ved Brønnøysund

Today you'll cross the Arctic Circle. Of course you can't actually see the line, but on your portside, the globe on the island of Vikingen serves as a marker.

There are spectacular sites ahead: islands and skerries with majestic rock formations, whose origins are the stuff of legend.

After Bodø, the ship heads out to open sea for the Lofoten Islands with their picturesque cabins on stilts and weathered wooden racks with drying cod. In the evening, we'll navigate the narrow Raftsund Strait, passing the looming crags of the Trollfjord.

DAY 5: HARSTAD-FINNSNES-TROMSO-SKJERVOY

This morning you'll pass the medieval Trondenes church before calling at Harstad for breakfast. Afterward, you'll sail across the Vagsfjord past the great island of Senja with its diverse countryside of farmland, pine trees, and plunging peaks.

Later you'll stop at Tromsø, the "Paris of the North". In the 19th century, Russian, British, Dutch, and German ships called here before heading off on Arctic expeditions for hunting whales, walruses and seals.

Shore Excursion: Dog sledding, 3½ hours

Complete your winter holiday experience with a thrilling husky dog sled ride! Your shore excursion begins with a drive to the island of Kvaloya where you will change clothes and footwear before hopping aboard the sleds. The huskies pull you over the frozen landscape past stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light you'll see will come from your headlamps, the uniquely Nordic starry sky, and perhaps, the magical Northern Lights. You are invited into a lavvo with an open fire for a hot drink. During this adventure you will also experience a working day at the Wilderness Centre, where you can learn more about dog sledding and the dogs themselves. Join us on a miniature polar expedition you will not soon forget!

DAYS 6-7: HAMMERFEST-HAVOYSUND- HONNINGSVAG-KJOLLEFJORD-MEHAMN- BERLEVAG-KIRKENES

Finnmark's landscape is austere in its beauty, teeming with wildlife. Watch for rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of orca hunting for herring.

After calling at Honningsvåg, the capital of the North Cape, the ship heads east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevåg.

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