Please note program is subject to changes
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Day 1 Arrival Oslo
Arrival Oslo, Norway from your home destination by your own arrangement. Check-in at your hotel in downtown Oslo – Clarion The Hub.
Day 2 Oslo City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, welcome to a full-day city tour of Oslo where you will visit all the major attractions - Vigelands Park, the Opera House, the new Barcode area and Bygdøy with the stave church. Lunch is included in the waterfront area. Enjoy a pleasant evening on your own in Norway’s capital.
Day 3 Oslo - Bergen (B, L)
A relaxing day traveling by train from Oslo to Bergen, a scenic train ride over the mountain range between east and west Norway. The train is comfortable and a lunch box will be provided. There is also a café onboard the train. The luggage will be transported separately by car, so only hand luggage is required on the train. And your knitting of course! The trip takes about seven hours. In Bergen we will check into our lovely Havnekontoret Hotel located in Bryggen area. A light evening snack is included in the hotel, or feel free to visit one of the many lovely nearby restaurants on your own.
Day 4 Bergen (B, L, D)
After a lovely breakfast in Havnekontoret Hotel, it is time to check out and the full-day tour of Bergen and the surrounding area starts. A very interesting visit to Norway’s oldest yarn factory Hillesvåg is on the program, with an opportunity to buy their products at the factory outlet. Lunch will be at Oleana – with a stunning fjord view. Oleana produces beautiful knitwear. The tour ends at the Cruise Terminal and embarkation starts at 17.00. Welcome cocktail onboard MS Havila Capella with ARNE&CARLOS at 18.30. You will receive your Mystery Knitalong Kit. Dinner will be served at the Havrand Restaurant after our welcome drinks.
Day 5 Ålesund (B, L, D)
In Ålesund the inhabitants claim this is Norway’s most beautiful town – and they could very well be right! The city is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. We will have a long stay in Ålesund with plenty of opportunities to explore this quaint town on your own - maybe a hike up to the Aksla mountain where there is a fantastic view of the and the surrounding fjords! Today ARNE&CARLOS will also be giving their first interesting lecture.
Day 6 Trondheim (B, L, D)
Trondheim was founded by Vikings in 997 AD. The most famous building here is Nidaros Cathedral built in Gothic style. Explore the city on your own or take part in one of Havila’s optional excursions (additional cost). In Trondheim, our guest lecturer Anne Bårdsgård will join us. She is a best-selling author on Selbu Knitting and Selbu Mittens and will give an interesting lecture on the history behind the famous Selbu pattern
Day 7 Crossing the Arctic Circle - Bodø (B, L, D)
Today we cross the Arctic Circle! As we sail northwards into the Arctic waters the days get darker and with clear skies, there are good chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. During the call in Bodø you may want to join Havila’s excursion to Saltstraumen – the world’s most powerful maelstrom. We sail through the Lofoten archipelago towards the pretty fishing village Svolvær, for a late evening call. If the weather allows we may sail in the very narrow and mysterious Trollfjord this evening!
Day 8 Tromsø (B, L, D)
Enjoy Norway’s beautiful coastal scenery as MS Havila Capella sails north, stopping at altogether 34 ports, carrying not only passengers but mail and goods as well – this is a working ship with an interesting mix of locals and tourists. In the afternoon the ship will arrive in Tromsø, gateway to the Arctic and the largest city in Northern Norway – also called ‘Paris of the North’, because of its lively restaurant and bar scene. Havila offers a range of exciting excursions here, maybe you want to try dogsledding? You will fall in love with the Arctic dogs!
Day 9 At the top of Norway – North Cape (B, L, D)
Arrival Honningsvåg - the portal to the North Cape, where a globe monument marks the top of Europe. The very popular excursion up to the dramatic promontory is included in this travel adventure!
Day 10 Kirkenes - the bordertown (B, L, D)
Kirkenes is the turning point for the northbound journey, the coastal express Havila Capella changes direction and heads south. Kirkenes suffered severe damage during WWII bombings. The town is quite an outpost influenced by many different cultures and nationalities. Havila offers several interesting excursions in this unusual port - maybe you want to visit the Snow Hotel which is built of ice?
Day 11 At the top of Europe - Hammerfest (B, L, D)
Cruising southbound MS Havila Capella calls at Hammerfest which used to be the northernmost town in the world before Longyearbyen in Svalbard claimed the title. As the cruise continues south to Tromsø, you may glimpse views of the Lyngen Alps, which boast some of the highest peaks in all of Norway. In Tromsø you may attend a candlelit classical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral, an optional excursion arranged by Havila (additional cost).
Day 12 Lofoten Archipelago (B, L, D)
Today you will be exploring the Lofoten archipelago, a highlight of the scenic route. The birthplace of the coastal express, Stokmarknes is a port of call where the Coastal Express museum can be visited. The building resembles a ship in a bottle and chronicles the coastal express legacy. In Stokmarknes textile craftswoman and sheep farmer, Ragnhild Lie will join us. She will tell us about the wool production at her farm in Lofoten, where she keeps Old Norse Sheep. Her focus is on local production, traditional craft skills, and sustainable high-quality products. Ragnhild will of course bring some Lofoten Wool with her, both yarn and knitted products so look out for our pop-up yarn shop!
Day 13 Helgeland Coast – where the trolls live (B, L, D)
Admire the fascinating mountain range of the Seven Sisters and see the hole passing straight through Torghatten mountain and learn about the myths and legends of the area. This part of the coast is stunning!
Day 14 Viking Capital and Bacalao capital (B, L, D)
Two important ‘capitals’ will be visited today – Trondheim the Viking Capital and Kristiansund the Bacalao capital! If you missed attractions in Trondheim on the northbound journey, now is your chance to catch up. Havila offers an excursion to The Atlantic Road – ranked as the world’s best road trip by The Guardian. This is our last evening on board and we will meet for a farewell drink!
Day 15 Fjord country and the home stretch to Bergen (B, L, D)
As MS Havila Capella takes us south towards Bergen, enjoy the stunning coastal scenery and fjord landscape, on our last day on board. Today ARNE & CARLOS will give another lecture about their interesting life and work as designers.
MS Havila Capella arrives in Bergen at 14.45 in the afternoon, and it is time to say goodbye to the ship’s crew, new friends, and ARNE&CARLOS after a wonderful time with lots of lovely memories!