Knitting under the Northern Lights with ARNE & CARLOS along the Norwegian Coastline!
We have the pleasure of inviting you on a Knitting Cruise on the Coastal Steamer “Hurtigruten” – and 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. Here, 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 the US. ARNE & CARLOS will join us during the cruise, and inspire us with their humorous talks and workshops. They bring a Scandinavian flavour to both knitted and crocheted items that make them uniquely attractive.
From Bergen to Kirkenes
MS Finnmarken is beautifully appointed and decorated in the Art Deco style that was fashionable when the first ship with this name was built. Rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation characteristic of the Art Deco style are found throughout the vessel. MS Finnmarken is also the only Hurtigruten ship with both a swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck. A defining feature of the vessel is her bow, and from deck 5 you can venture to the very tip of the ship.
We sail from Bergen to Kirkenes on this seven-day cruise, where you will see incredible landscapes – each one more dramatic than the next and enjoy the atmosphere and culture in cities such as Bergen, Ålesund, and Tromsø which are filled with coastal history. This cruise will give you spectacular experiences you will never forget.
The ship sets sail from Bergen harbor in the evening, heading for the Arctic. As we sail along the coast, a wealth of experiences awaits us: the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, and further north the medieval town of Trondheim, where the Nidaros Cathedral is a highlight for many of our guests. Experience the excitement as we cross the Arctic Circle and visit Tromsø before we continue even further north and arrive at Kirkenes. This city is right on the Russian border. We are actually as far east as St. Petersburg!
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.
During the sailing towards the North, we will knit, learn about knitting traditions and listen to exciting talks by ARNE & CARLOS, maybe even learn a new thing or two. The cosy and warm lounges onboard welcome us, during the cold nights. We might enjoy a glass or two, while enjoying the ever changing and dramatic coastline outside the panoramic windows.
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. We will visit the Rauma Ullvarefabrikk, a yarn factory focusing on Norwegian wool production. During this guided visit, we will learn about the production process from wool to finished product. We will find a huge sortiment, from everlasting classic, durable qualities to the finest silk, alpaca and mohair. The factory shop is well worth a visit, with unique products. Here you will find inspiration, both yarns and finished garments are on offer. We will drive from Rauma to rejoin the ship again, via the famous Atlantic Road, a spectacular experience! This amazing full day excursion is included in the price.
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. We will also enjoy a four course Gourmet Dinner (included) in the elegant à la carte restaurant on board. A varied range of exciting excursions are on offer along the route (can be purchased onboard).
The cruise begins on the 12th March, and we sail from Bergen towards the North and the Arctic.
International air transport:
We offer reasonable rates for international feeders, from Asia, Europe, North- and South-America.
Flight-package and stopover-package from the USA:
We offer an optional flight-package with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for air travel from/to New York at a set-price, specially designed to fit the cruising times. There are two packages on offer, with pre and post cruise package options, including hotel accommodations and sightseeing.
Bergen – Ålesund – Åndalsnes – Kristiansund – Trondheim – Bodø – Tromsø – Honningsvåg – Nordkapp – Kirkenes
12th March – Bergen
Embarkation starts at 4 pm. The ship sails from Bergen at 10.30 pm.
At 6 pm we will meet in the Panorama Lounge and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner at 6.30 pm.
13th March – Ålesund – Åndalsnes – Kristiansund
Already on our first day of the cruise we will experience one of the highlights. Our ship arrives in the town of Ålesund at noon. We will have a guided tour through this unique town, known as the “Art Nouveau City” of Norway. This is a genuine architectural gem, and a result of a devastating fire that raged through the town in 1904 when 850 houses were burnt down. After a remarkable effort of the townspeople, the town was rebuilt in the beautiful Art Nouveau style. From here we continue to Åndalsnes and the Rauma Yarn Factory, where we will be shown the full yarn making process, and it will be possible to buy their products and other handicraft items at their factory shop. After this there will be a wonderful drive to Kristiansund, where we will join the ship again in late vening. The drive will be along the Atlantic Road also known as ”The Road in the Ocean”, with seven bridges that allows the road to follow the islands in the sea like a snake. A very unique journey close to the powerful Atlantic Ocean, it is considered one of the most beautiful road trips in the world, thanks to the combination of modern engineering and spectacular natural surroundings. The road was chosen as the Norwegian Construction of the Century in 2005, and takes you on a journey through moorland, fertile cultural landscape, weather beaten bays and islands. Both lunch and dinner will be ashore today, in local restaurants.
14th March – Trondheim
Arrival in Trondheim at 06.00 am. You will have the opportunity to explore the city at your own pace, or get all the highlights by joining one of the interesting excursions on offer. (Optional, tickets can be bought on board).
Trondheim is a large city by Norwegian standards, but has managed to preserve the intimacy and charm of a small town, with its colourful wharves and beautiful red painted wooden bridge. The main attraction is the towering Nidaros Cathedral, burial site of St Olav, the patron saint of Norway, and considered the most beautiful religious building in the country.
Departure from Trondheim is at 12 o’clock noon and the cruise continues through the Arctic Circle into the wild North, land of the Midnight Sun in the summer, whilst during the autumn and winter we might experience the iconic Aurora Borealis.
Dinner 6.30 pm.
15th March – Bodø
At 12.30 pm we arrive in the harbour of Bodø. From here we can recommend a visit to Norsk Flid – a traditional handicraft shop with Norwegian sweaters and other knitwear, with focus on traditional patterns and techniques. A large collection of knitting and weaving yarns and needlework accessories are on offer, as well as cardigans, sweaters, dresses, arts and crafts, silk scarfs, pewter and rose painted items.
If you feel adventurous, you can join a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) safari to the legendary Saltstraumen! This is the world’s most powerful tidal current (tickets on sale on board). There’s also the chance to see sea eagles and other wildlife.
After departure, at 3 pm we will enjoy an inspiring talk by the designer duo ARNE & CARLOS, an unforgettable experience.
Dinner at 6.30 pm.
16th March – Tromsø
“The world’s most beautiful sea voyage” continues northwards to Tromsø, where we arrive at 2.15 pm. Before arrival, ARNE & CARLOS will inspire us with their pre lunch workshop.
At the very top of continental Europe and 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, we find Tromsø, this remote, but surprisingly vibrant city, which is the reason for its nickname “Paris of the North”. Also called “Gateway to the Arctic”, with its wide horizons and clean air. Here is the best chance to experience Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. Here, we’ll have a few hours to explore the city at or own leisure. The harbour is very close to the city centre, and just a short walk from the ship, we find all the main attractions. It’s a lovely place for a stroll, or you may join the “Hurtigrutens Historic Polar Walk” (tickets can be bought on board). It is also possible to join a dog sledging-experience (optional). Read more about the excursions by clicking here.
At 6.30 pm we set sail and in the evening we will enjoy another highlight of the cruise – a four course Gourmet Dinner at 7 pm in the à la carte restaurant. Only the best produce is used, based on Norwegian, coastal traditions and local, fresh ingredients.
17th March – Honningsvåg – Nordkapp
Now we have arrived at the northernmost point of our cruise; the town Honningsvåg, and from this port it is possible to visit the famous North Cape.
Standing on the North Cape – a large mountain plateau that ends in a 307 metre high cliff that plunges into the sea – is a breathtaking experience. Here you can marvel at the views of the Barents Sea and maybe even see the northern lights. Located at 71° north at the Magerøya island, the North Cape Plateau is the main attraction in the area and a popular destination for travellers. The journey there goes through wild and beautiful nature that gives you an exciting taste of the Arctic winter. The excursion to North Cape can be bought on board.
This last evening on our cruise, we will enjoy a rich sea food buffet, with delicacies from the sea and coast.
Dinner 6.30 pm.
18th March – Kirkenes
This is the last day of our cruise is. Hopefully, we will return with a lot of new friends and new knowledge, and unforgettable memories of beautiful scenery. And maybe a finished knitting project or two?
The “MS Finnmarken” arrives at Kirkenes at 9 am, and we will be transferred to the airport for our southward flight. Optional flight (package) will depart at 11:30 to Oslo. Other international flights departure as scheduled.
From Bergen (7 days):
Rate pr. person in Outside Polar Cabin (shared): NOK 12.900,00 (approximately USD 1.750,00)
Single cabin surcharge (Polar Cabin only): NOK 4.000,00 (approximately USD 550,00)
Upgrade to Arctic Superior Cabin (shared):
NOK 3.000,00 (approximately USD 400,00) pr. person
Included in the rate:
- 7 days cruise (from Bergen to Kirkenes) with Hurtigruten, Coastal Steamer, all meals on board included
- Full day excursion in Ålesund, with visit to Rauma Yarn Factory
- Talks and workshops with ARNE & CARLOS
- Gourmet Dinner 4 courses in the à la carte restaurant on board
- Transfer from the ship to Kirkenes airport
- Tour manager from Reisecompaniet is Githa Kristensen
- Flights – can be arranged through Reisecompaniet if required. We offer a specially designed stopover-package and one flight-package with SAS Scandinavian Airlines from/to the USA (not included). Other international flights also available (not included).
- Drinks on board
- Optional excursions ( as mentioned in the program)
- Transfer to the ship in Bergen
INTERNATONAL AIR TRANSPORT FEEDERS:
We offer international flights from/to your choice of departure destination. On request only.
FLIGHT PACKAGE, FROM/TO NEW YORK:
We offer an optional, set-priced flight package with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, including one night accommodation near Oslo Airport, specially designed to fit the dates and times for this cruise:
SK 908 11MAR New York, EWR – Oslo 19:55 – 08:15+1
SK 255 12MAR Oslo – Bergen 09:15 – 10:10
SK 4473 18MAR Kirkenes – Oslo 11:30 – 13:40
SK 907 19MAR Oslo – New York, EWR 11:00 – 14:25
One night in Oslo is required on the return journey.
Package rate pr. person: NOK 7.950,00 (approximately USD 1.060,00).
Limited space only. Not included in the rate.
STOPOVER PACKAGE, FROM/TO NEW YORK:
We offer an optional, set-priced stopover-package.
The package is specially designed for this journey, including:
- International air tickets from Newark New York to Bergen with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and inbound travel from Kirkenes via Oslo to Newark, New York
- One night accommodation in Bergen
- Transfer and half day sightseeing in Bergen incl. lunch
- 2 nights accommodation in Oslo
- Transfer and full day sightseeing in Oslo incl. lunch
SK 908 10MAR New York, EWR – Oslo 19:55 – 08:15+1
SK 255 11MAR Oslo – Bergen 09:15 – 10:10
SK 4473 18MAR Kirkenes – Oslo 11:30 – 13:40
SK 907 20MAR Oslo – New York, EWR 11:00 – 14:25
Package rate pr. person: NOK 12.600,00 (approximately USD 1.680,00).
Limited space only. Not included in the rate.
ARNE & CARLOS
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrisson are highly regarded textile artists, designers and authors. They are best known for their arts and craft books and their unique and colourful designs, highly influenced by Norwegian culture and traditions. Their creative base and home is a disused railway station in the mountainous region of Valdres, 170 km north of Oslo, Norway. In this idyllic setting, with dense forests and placid lakes, they find plenty of inspiration. Their artistic name and brand “ ARNE & CARLOS” was established in 2002. Their first book, “Christmas balls”, published in 2010,with designs and patterns for 55 knitted Christmas balls, was an immediate success! It went on to become a bestseller in both Norway, Europe, Asia and the US. To this date they have published 9 books, which have been translated into 14 different languages, enjoyed by people all over the world.
ARNE & CARLOS’ works are on permanent displays in several museums in Norway, Denmark and South Korea. They have collaborated with many prestigious international brands, including the high-end Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons, and they also work closely with yarn producers Rowan, Schachenmayr og Regia. They absorb the rich traditions of Scandinavian arts and crafts while adding their own personal inspirations.
COASTAL STEAMER; HURTIGRUTEN M/S FINNMARKEN
On board the grand ship ”MS Finnmarken” we combine comfort with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The lounges and cabins are beautifully appointed and decorated, inspired by the Art Nouveau style as this was the latest fashion when the first ship by the same name was launched in the early 20th century. The style is elegant, with rich colours, bold patterns and lavish ornamentation. The “MS Finnmarken” is also the only ship in the Company with both Jacuzzi (Hot Tub) and swimming pool outside on deck.
The pace of the tour is charming and leisurely, as most of it goes in slow motion, which is 18 knots cruising along the coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. This means you have plenty of time to enjoy the countryside that glides past and constantly gets more dramatic the further north the ship sails.
Githa is working in Reisecompaniet as an allrounder in our travel agency, covering most areas and destinations. In addition, she joins several of our groups as a tour leader. With Githa as your tour leader, you can be sure she will share her knowledge of the destination as well making sure everything is running smoothly, and you will be looked after well. She has extensive experience in tailoring individual trips, and has particularly good knowledge of the cruise industry. She has worked in tourism her entire life – including 10 years at Wikstrom Reiser, which specialized in exotic journeys, especially in the Far East. Githa has also been working on cruise ships for 5 years and she has sailed around the world with Seabourn Cruise Line and Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Her passion is travelling, sailing, skiing and good food and wine – and destinations are often chosen based on where you can get eat and drink well….. Favorite destinations are South Africa, USA, Iceland, Thailand, The Emirates and Greece.
Polar Outside Cabin (Single or double occupancy)
Comfortable outside cabins for two people.
Located on the upper, lower or middle decks.
With separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa.
The cabins have portholes, some with limited view.
This cabin is included in the rate.
Arctic Superior Outside Cabin (Double occupancy only)
Lean back in these comfortable, relaxing cabins with double beds.
Most cabins have sofa groups.
You will also find TV and minibar at your disposal.
These cabins are situated on upper decks, some with limited view.
Additional fee applies.