Knitting along the Norwegian coast – the world’s most beautiful sea voyage – with ARNE & CARLOS!
We have the pleasure of inviting you on a Knitting Cruise on the Coastal Steamer “Hurtigruten” – and this time the famous knitwear designers ARNE & CARLOS are joining us! If you’re 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.
Please note: This tour is now fully booked.
We will soon open for reservation for the upcoming 2019 knitting cruise. Please have patience, or send us an e-mail if you are interested in the next cruise.
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 Scandiavian 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 humourous talks and workshops. They bring a Scandinavian flavour to both knitted and crocheted items that make them uniquely attractive.
From Bergen to Kirkenes
The world’s most beautiful sea voyage will take us from Bergen to Kirkenes. The backdrop, a beautiful coastline, with thousands of islands and inlets, fiords and mountains. We board the grand ship M/S Finnmarken, which we think this is the perfect venue for a knitting cruise! Cosy atmosphere, and plenty of little corners and hubs where the guests can gather to knit and talk. The “MS Finnmarken” is the only ship in the Coastal Steamer Company with both an outdoor swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, so make sure you pack your swimwear! 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, when the nights are getting cooler. 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.
A drive up the spectacular stretch of road named Trollstigen, The Troll’s Ladder, takes us through the mighty nature of fiord Norway and offer breathtaking views over the Romsdal Valley, majestic mountains and high waterfalls. We will also visit the town of Aalesund, famous for its abundance of Art Nouveau buildings within a small geographical area.
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 Gourmet Dinner in the elegant à la carte resturant on board. A varied range of exciting excursions are on offer along the route.
The cruise begins on the 28th September, and we sail towards the North.
International air transport: We offer reasonable rates for international feeders, from Asia, Europe, North- and South-America.
Flight-package from the U.S: We offer an optional flight-package with Norwegian Air for air travel from/to New York at a set-price, specially designed to fit the cruising times.
Bergen – Ålesund – Åndalsnes – Trollstigen – Trondheim – Bodø – Tromsø – Honningsvåg – Nordkapp – Kirkenes
28th September – Bergen
Optional flight from New York (package) will arrive at 09:55. Other flights’ arrival at scheduled times.
Boarding the ship from approx 4 pm. Departure at 8 pm.
At 6 pm we will meet in the Panorama Lounge and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner at 6.30 pm.
29th September – Ålesund – Åndalsnes – Trollstigen
Already on our first day of the cruise we will experience one of the highlights. Our ship arrives in the town of Ålesund. From here we offer a full day excursion to Åndalsnes and the Rauma Yarn Factory. The Trollstigen Road and the surrounding plateau is one of Norway’s most spectacular and visited attractions. Along with breathtaking views from the Trollstigen Gjestegård Restaurant, where we’ll enjoy a traditional Norwegian delicacy – sour cream porridge served with cured and dried meats. After lunch we will drive along the magnificent stretch of road, back to Ålesund. 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. We will take a walk through the town and learn about the history of Ålesund, before we board our ship to continue our voyage. We will meet for dinner at 6.30 pm. ARNE & CARLOS will join us onboard the cruise.
30th September – Trondheim
Arrival in Trondheim at 8.30 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.
1st October – 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.
2nd October – 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’s 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).
At 6.30 pm we set sail and in the evening we will enjoy another highlight of the cruise – Gourmet Dinner at 7 pm in the à la carte restaurant. Only the best produce is used, based on Norwegain, coastal traditions and local, fresh ingredients.
3rd October – 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.
4th October – 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 12:00 to Oslo. Other international flights departure as scheduled.
From Bergen (7 days):
NOK 14.400,00 (approximately USD 1.960,00) pr. person in outside double cabin
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 Norwegian Air, specially designed to fit the dates and times for this cruise:
D81770 27SEP Newburgh, New York – Bergen 2035 0955+1
DY 311 04OCT Kirkenes – Oslo 1200 1410
DY7001 04OCT Oslo – New York, JFK 1820 2020
Package rate pr. person: NOK 7.200,00 (approximately USD 980,00). Limited space only.
Not included in the rate.
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 and Trollstigen Road,lunch included
- Talks and workshops with ARNE & CARLOS
- Gourmet Dinner with 4 course dinner in the à la carte restaurant on board
- Transfer from the ship to Kirkenes airport
- Tour manager from Reisecompaniet is Githa Kristensen & Lise Hella
- Flights – can be arranged through Reisecompaniet if required. We offer a specially designed flight-package with Norwegian Air from/to the US, that will fit the cruise times perfectly (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
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.