Knitting under the Northern Lights with ARNE & CARLOS along the Norwegian Coastline!
Due to the popularity of our knitting cruises, we now have the pleasure of presenting an additional Northern Light Knitting Cruise in March 2020! The ship we will sail on is the lovely MS Trollfjord – and the cruise is the southbound route which starts all they way up north in Kirkenes and ends in Bergen in the southwest part of Norway.
Once again the famous knitwear designers ARNE & CARLOS are joining us! If you are drawn to knitting and design, you might already know this duo, and their international success as knitting fashionistas. Lately they have become knitting superstars, and many people, both in the Europe, US and Asia, are familiar with their work, both through their inspiring books and social media presence.
Their home and creative base is a disused railway station about 170 km north of Oslo, in the mountainous region of Valdres. The old railway station has been converted into their own designer studio. From this idyllic location, surrounded by mountains, placid lakes and dense forests, they create their arts and crafts inspired by old Norwegian and Scandinavian traditions, but adding their own unique touch. They share their creativity through their blog, Youtube channel and knitting books. Their first book, “Knitted Christmas balls” became a bestseller both in Norway and worldwide. ARNE & CARLOS will join us during the cruise, and inspire us with their humorous talks and there will be an exciting Mystery Knitalong!
- Experience unique Arctic life in Kirkenes – northern Norway
- Cruising the Norwegian coastline – the world’s most beautiful sea voyage
- ‘Taste the coast’ – the best Norwegian cuisine with local products
- Mystery Knitalong and lectures with ARNE&CARLOS
- Chasing the Northern Lights and crossing the Arctic Circle
- Enjoy city life in beautiful Bergen – a UNESCO world heritage site
From Kirkenes to Bergen
MS Trollfjord is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
We sail from Kirkenes to Bergen on this six-day cruise, where you will see incredible landscapes – each one more dramatic than the next! Before the cruise starts you will experience Arctic life in Kirkenes, a town far north very close to the Russian border, and in fact it is as far east as St. Petersburg! You will learn about the Sami culture and traditions, as well as about the wildlife in this area. The Kirkenes Snow Hotel you will visit is rather spectacular! This is a truly unique experience included in your cruise package!
On our southbound voyage experience enjoy the spectacular Norwegian coastline under the northern lights, with enchanting landscapes of fjords, mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers, combined with visits to historic cities and cozy coastal towns along the way.
The cruise ends with a two night post cruise package in Bergen – the Hanseatic city well known for its beauty (and rainy weather!), and the famous ‘Bryggen’ which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Winter and Northern Lights
Winter is a special time to explore the wild and untamed Norwegian scenery. The landscape is a magical winter wonderland covered in white snow, and perfect for action-filled winter excursions such as dog sledding, whale watching, or snowmobiling. On deck the air is fresh and crisp. Clusters of cozy houses glow on the shores like embers. The snow-clad mountains are stunning in the polar twilight. And hopefully you will experience the mesmerizing northern lights.
The Northern Lights simply cannot be described in words – it has to be experienced. And there is no better place for it than northern Norway, above the Arctic circle and right under the auroral oval.
Enjoy a wide range of exciting excursions
The program for the cruise is tailormade for the nifty knitters, with exciting excursions ashore and interesting lectures and activities onboard. In Kirkenes there will be a full tour program, and in Bergen we will visit the Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, a yarn factory focusing on Norwegian wool production. Hurtigruten has an extensive program of excursions for sale onboard: Please read about them here.
During the cruise we can enjoy the local cuisine Hurtigruten is well known for. The philosophy behind the food served is ”Taste the Coast”, using ingredients of local origin, fresh fish like cod, Arctic char and meat like reindeer.
International air transport:
We offer reasonable rates for international feeders, from Asia, Europe, North- and South-America. On request.
Kirkenes – Mehamn – Hammerfest – Tromsø – Svolvær – Brønnøysund – Trondheim – Kristiansund – Bergen
The tour starts in Oslo on the 8th of March with a flight to Kirkenes, and the cruise begins on the 9th of March, and we sail from Kirkenes to Bergen southbound through the Arctic.