Visit fascinating, remote destinations within the Arctic Circle on this
enlightening cruise. A collection of history-packed destinations includes
Murmansk, where you can learn tales of WWII Arctic Russia and visit the Lenin
icebreaker – the first nuclear powered surface vessel in the world. There’s
also a host of scenic cruising highlights, historic Harstad, the isolated town of
Kirkenes and the chance to enjoy the magical Midnight Sun.
Murmansk Alyosha Monument Harstad
After two days at sea you’ll reach first port of call,
Ålesund. This popular spot boasts an appealing
collection of Art-Nouveau architecture. The
pedestrianised streets are well worth exploring, while
a hike up 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla affords
spectacular views of the city. Following here you’ll
reach Trondheim, where you can admire the vividlypainted
wooden houses of Bakklandet and the
Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral.
On the next day Braemar will sail past Torghatten –
the mountain with an unusual hole through the
centre – and the soaring peaks of the Seven Sisters
mountain range, before crossing the Arctic Circle en
route to Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’.
Look out for the unique, iceberg-shaped Arctic
Cathedral, the Polaria Centre and the views from
Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car.
Spend the following day in Honningsvåg, gateway to
the North Cape and the magical sensation of the
Midnight Sun, before heading to Kirkenes – a maiden
call for Fred. Olsen. Close to the Russian border, this
small Norwegian town is home to a variety of
experiences, from fishing for giant King Crabs to
visiting the border itself.
You’ll then arrive in Murmansk. It’s a fascinating
destination thanks to its remarkably remote location
on the Kola Peninsula. A sightseeing tour presents the
opportunity to unravel eerie tales of history,
particularly at the Alyosha Monument overlooking
the city, which symbolises the defence of the Arctic
by the Soviet Union during World War II. A visit to the
Lenin icebreaker is also recommended: it was the
world’s first nuclear-powered surface vessel and is
now a museum.
Next stop will be Harstad. Hidden away on the island
of Hinnøya, many historical and military secrets wait
to be uncovered. Don’t miss the 12th century
Trondenes Church and fascinating Trondenes
Historical Centre. Then, after a scenic cruise along
the coast of Norway, you’ll reach your final port of
call, Kristiansund. Uncover the history of Klipfish at
the one-of-a-kind museum or, for the ultimate
experience, travel the incredible Atlantic Road – it’s
one of the world’s most photographed highways.
Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
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