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On the seventh day, you'll arrive at Kirkenes, the journey's northern terminus and turning point.

Shore excursion (Day 6): Taste of Lapland 2 1/2 hours.

This educational excursion takes you through some diverse, truly fascinating natural wonders. First visit the Coastal Heritage Centre in Foldalbruket, which is a quaint fish processing plant abandoned back in the 1940s. Here you'll enjoy a heritage experience that will give you insight into Finnmark's history, right from the birth of Christ up to the present day. At Foldalbruket you'll learn how dried cod developed into a commercial product, before sampling some for yourself.

Continue through Kjøllefjord and into the mountains, where you'll head to a Sámi camp and meet the Utsi family, who will welcome you into their lavvo dressed in traditional costumes. In this atmospheric tent you'll be warmed by the fire, while enjoying some bouillon and coffee. You will hear about the traditions and the Sámi people's way of life. You will also get to see typical Sámi equipment and artifacts.

You will then go out to see the reindeer, and try your hand at lassoing. The trip continues up to the Finnmark plateau, 980 feet above sea level, where you might see a herd of reindeer in their natural habitat. On the way to the next port, Mehamn you'll learn about the intriguing reality of every day life in this area.


After a few hours docked at Kirkenes, the ship will depart upon the southbound half of her voyage, calling during the day at ports passed at night on the trip northward.

Crossing Varangerfjord, Norway's only east-facing fjord and a fabled bird-watching site, you'll arrive in Vardo, the easternmost point of the country.

Next the ship will round the Varanger peninsula, where archaeologists excavated a community believed to date from 9000 BC. In the evening, the ship calls at Batsfjord, which also boasts the remains of a Stone Age settlement, and Berlevag. Look out for the Tanahorn mountain, which long ago was a Sami sacrifice site.

Shore excursion: Snowmobile Safari in Kirkenes , 2 1/2 hours

After the journey you can enjoy a hot drink and sample some dried reindeer meat in a well-heated lavvo. Warm clothing will be provided, and you will receive thorough instructions on snowmobiling safety before your experience begins


The ship arrives at Honningsvag in the early morning. After calling at Havoysund, she will stop for 1 1/2 hours in Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town. Despite its remote location, it was the first Norwegian town to have electric street lighting and its own power station.

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