A voyage along Norway’s beautiful coastline offers the traveller scenery on an epic scale . The immense size of the magnificent fjords, the cascading waterfalls, the picturesque fishing villages and dramatic snow-capped mountains with farms clinging to their slopes are a sight to behold. The region is certainly one of our most popular destinations and simply perfect for exploration by small ship.

With almost 25 years of experience in operating cruises in Norway, we believe we have the perfectly balanced itinerary featuring as it does a combination of majestic fjords, small towns, cultural history and wildlife. We begin in the Arctic Circle at Tromso from where we sail south to the enchanting Lofoten Islands for a full day to explore the villages and experience life on the islands. For those interested in the history of the region we visit both Trondheim, Norway’s first capital and Haugesund where King Har ald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom and from where the Viking Kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years. We will also see the best preserved Viking ships in existence during our guided tour of Oslo.

Our days will be spent on guided excursions with local guides, on walks with our naturalists and on deck of the MS Serenissima as we cruise amongst the fjords. There will also be ample time to relax and enjoy the summer days independently when in some of the delightful towns such as Lillesand, Kragero and Denmark’s Skagen, ports which the larger cruise vessels in the region are unable to access.

Ship to Shore: This cruise is not classified as an expedition cruise, however Zodiac landing crafts are integral to the operation of the voyage due to the small ports we will be visiting where we will be at anchor and will utilise the Zodiacs to transport guests ashore
Make your way to Tromso and the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner as we sail tonight.
Our first morning of exploration sees us in the Lofoten Archipelago, an enchanting area of picturesque villages with jagged granite mountain peaks forming a dramatic backdrop. We will have a full day tour to explore the villages and see the life of these islands. We will disembark in Svolvaer and drive to the picturesque seaside village of Vikten and the Viking Museum at Borg before driving through the dramatic Lofoten scenery to Nusfjord. Here we will enjoy a guided walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site seeing the restored fishing cabins and local stores, followed by lunch. Our day ends in the small fishing village of Reine revered as one of the most beautiful in Norway, where the MS Serenissima will have sailed to meet us.
Over breakfast we will cross the Arctic Circle as we pass by the island of Vikingen, where we will see the Arctic Circle Monument marking the location. We will continue to cruise through Bronnoysund and in the early afternoon Mount Torghatten will come into view, one of the most famous landmarks on the Norwegian coast. A fairly strenuous walk will take you to the ‘hole’ in the mountain which has been eroded by the sea. For those wishing to have a more relaxing afternoon our naturalists will lead some gentler walks along the water’s edge.
Arrive this morning into Trondheim. Founded in AD997 by Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim was Norway’s first capital city and we will discover its historical treasures today. We will drive past the old wooden buildings and visit the 11th century Nidaros Cathedral built over the grave of St Olav and richly ornamented in stone with stunning stained glass windows. We continue to Ringve Manor, a typical manor house of the Trondelag district and home to Norway’s only musical instrument museum, before enjoying a panoramic view of the city from the Sverresli Viewpoint. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon cruising.
Be on deck early this morning as we cruise by the bird cliffs at Runde, one of the largest nesting cliffs in Norway and home to half a million birds. More than 240 different species have been observed here including puffins, gannets, razorbills and Northern Fulmar. We continue to Alesund, one of the most beautiful towns in Norway, arriving at lunchtime. It is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring the streets with their Art Nouveau buildings. The more active can enjoy a walk up Mount Aksla taking the 418 steps for magnificent views of the town, islands and Sunnmore Alps.
At dawn we will enter the spectacular scenery of Nordfjord as we cruise towards the small village of Olden. From here we travel up the beautiful Olden Valley and where the road ends we continue on foot to the great cascade of water which rushes from beneath the Briksdal Glacier. After lunch onboard you can choose to enjoy some free time in Olden or join us on a visit to Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to one of the last great ice sheets in Europe with some sections over 1200 feet deep. Our scenic drive will also take us through the mountains, past rivers and lakes before ending at Videster with wonderful views towards Lodalskapa Peak and the Buldrefossen Waterfall.
Dalsfjord lies at the heart of Western Norway with its starkly contrasting fjord scenery, half way between Bergen and Alesund. Its little known fjord arms and gentler landscape in harmony with powerful and diverse watercourses have left their impression on the landscape and settlement. Today’s tour will take us through this beautiful environment with its magnificent waterfalls and mountains. We will visit Sunnfjord Museum, which provides an insight into how life was in Sunnfjord settlements in the mid-1800s, before taking a scenic drive to the region known as ‘the waterfall country’ making various stops at waterfalls and small settlements.
We arrive this morning in the lovely fjord capital of Bergen. A guided excursion will include King Hakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the Bergen Theatre and St. Mary`s Church which was built around 1170 and is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway. Continue to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg where we explore the house and gardens before enjoying a private concert of his music. We return to the ship via the Hanseatic Quarters of ‘Bryggen’. After lunch onboard you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. This evening we sail at midnight for anyone who wishes to enjoy the light evening and have dinner ashore or an evening stroll.
It was in Haugesund where, a thousand years ago, King Harald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom, and it was from this area that the Viking Kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years. The region has laid claim to the title of Norway’s Birthplace and Homeland of the Viking Kings. On a morning tour we will visit the 13th century St Olav’s church before learning about the Viking Age at the Nordvegen Heritage centre. We will return to the MS Serenissima via the national monument, Haraldshaugen which commemorates Norway’s unification. After lunch onboard the afternoon is free to explore this small town independently, maybe make your way to the top of Steinsfjellet Mountain with panoramic views over the town, fjord and surrounding islands. Alternatively join us as we visit the charming old town of Skudeneshavn which consists of 130 white wooden houses originating from the 1800’s, when herring fishing was at its peak. We will stroll through the streets and our guide will share stories about the locals that lived here before we visit the Maelandsgarden Museum which highlights the development of the town.
Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising before we arrive over lunch at one of Norway’s best kept secrets, the charming summer resort of Lillesand. Using our small ship we navigate the small islands and skerries which dot the coastline making the approach to the town from the sea a truly memorable sight. We will enjoy a few hours ashore in Lillesand exploring the old town with its old white clapboard houses, beautiful gardens and the local shipping museum whilst enjoying the unique atmosphere of a Norwegian summer resort.
Surrounded by nearly 500 islands and skerries, Kragero is a charming town in the region of Telemark and a popular summer retreat. Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the downtown area, walking through the narrow streets and alleyways amongst the old wooden houses. Alternatively join a cruise through the hundreds of large and small islands that line the coast which are home to wildflowers, seabirds and lighthouses. After lunch onboard we head inland to the Telemark Canal. When completed in 1892, after five years of construction, it was described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. We will join one of the local nostalgic boats as they transit the 18 locks, lifting the ship 72 metres above sea level and enjoy the changing scenery as we travel from the sea to the mountains.
Be on deck this morning as we navigate the Oslo Fjord, a marvellous sight as the fjord dramatically narrows on the approach to the city. Founded in the 11th century, Oslo has much to offer the visitor and on a morning tour we will see the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace and Parliament Building before spending some time at the Viking Ship Museum. Here we find discoveries from the great ship burials at Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune as well as finds from the chieftain grave at Borre. The three ships, which are the best preserved Viking ships in existence, were found in large burial mounds in the Oslo fjord region. As they were burial ships, they contained rich furnishings of wood and textiles and these materials, dating from the Viking Period, are rarely found in such a good state of preservation. Our tour will end at Holmenkollen Hill where we find the world renowned ski jumping area and ski museum as well as wonderful views to the city and Oslofjord below. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at leisure. This evening we sail late for anyone wishing to dine ashore or enjoy an evening stroll.
After a leisurely morning at sea we arrive in Denmark at its northernmost port of Skagen, a 600 year old market town. The breathtaking scenery and light has inspired artists such as Ancher and Kroyer whilst the surrounding area has been designated by the World Wide Fund for Nature as a rare, authentic natural beauty spot. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the winding alleys in the atmospheric old quarters or the vibrant atmosphere at the marina. Alternatively take a chance to see the artwork inspired by the region in the local museum or maybe enjoy a drink from the town’s micro-brewery.
Today we arrive in Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg which has been a thriving maritime centre since the 18th century when it was used by the East India Company and is today Scandinavia’s largest port. On our morning excursion we will leave the city and drive to see the spectacular views from Fjaras Bracka, a 25-mile long ridge near beautiful Lake Lygnern. We will continue to Tjoloholm, a beautiful Elizabethan-styled manor house developed in the late 19th century. We will explore the house with its wonderful examples of Art Nouveau styles and craftsmanship before visiting the gardens which continue to the sea and are linked to the surrounding wild countryside by a series of terraces. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and enjoy an afternoon to explore Gothenburg at your own pace. Maybe look for handicrafts at the Old City Hall, enjoy one of the many museums or take a canal boat tour to see the city from the water.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport with the group or continue with your onward plans.

Inside single

$ 8,085.46 NZD
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Inside single
Inside single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 11.52 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Single

$ 8,813.06 NZD
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Standard Single
The standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Plus

$ 9,358.76 NZD
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Standard Stateroom Plus
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom

$ 9,358.76 NZD
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Standard Stateroom
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Superior Stateroom

$ 9,722.56 NZD
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Superior Stateroom
The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Deluxe Stateroom

$ 10,450.16 NZD
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Deluxe Stateroom
The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Junior Suite

$ 11,450.60 NZD
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Junior Suite
The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Executive Suite

$ 11,541.56 NZD
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Executive Suite
The executive suites are 25 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Owners Suite

$ 11,541.56 NZD
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Owners Suite
The owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 107

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013

Prior to her life as the MS Andrea she spent many years cruising the Norwegian coast as the Harald Jarl. The decision by the Norwegian owners, Hurtigruten to invest in much larger new vessels, presented an opportunity to the American company, Elegant Cruises to purchase the vessel in 2002. After a substantial refit of over $20 million in Sweden she began her new life of worldwide cruising.

Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

Accommodating just under 100 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience and are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes.

The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit. A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and Jacuzzi.

Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and an elevator. The vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible.

The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

Cabin layout for Serenissima
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Expedition Expedition

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$8,085.46 NZD
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Highlights

• Discover the Lofoten Archipelago, an enchanting area of picturesque villages with jagged granite mountain peaks forming a dramatic backdrop.

• Cross the Arctic Circle.

• Cruise by the bird cliffs at Runde, one of the largest nesting cliffs in Norway and home to half a million birds.

• Arrive in the lovely fjord capital of Bergen. A guided excursion will include King Hakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the Bergen Theatre and St. Mary`s Church.

• Visit one of Norway’s best kept secrets, the charming summer resort of Lillesand.

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