9 days

08/03/2020 - 16/03/2020

From US$ 2690

Kirkenes

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Knitting under the Northern Lights with ARNE & CARLOS along the Norwegian Coastline!

Please note: This tour is now fully booked.
If you want to be put on waiting list: please send us an e-mail to: salg@reisecompaniet.no.
Soon we will release new Knitting Cruises for September 2020 and March 2021. If you want to register to receive latest news about these tours, please send us an e-mail to: salg@reisecompaniet.no

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.

 

 

PROGRAM

8th March: Oslo – Kirkenes

The group will gather at The Meeting Point in Gardermoen Airport Oslo,  on 8th March at 07.30. Here you will meet Bjørn Fredrik Bratsberg who will be the tour leader for the pre cruise program in Kirkenes. This is where your Arctic Knitting adventure will start – at the capital of the Barents region! The Norwegian flight leaves Oslo at 09.00 and will arrive in Kirkenes at 11.15.
Kirkenes is located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway near the Russian border, about 250 miles north of the Arctic Cirle and as far east as St. Petersburg. Most of the approximately 7,000 inhabitants are of Norwegian background, while a minority is Sami, and a few Russians and Finnish people live here as well.
From the airport we will drive to the famous Snow Hotel where there will be a tour of this amazing hotel built in ice, and a chance to say hello to their friendly husky dogs and meet some reindeers. Dog sledding will be possible! (optional). A light lunch will be served.
After the Snow Hotel, we drive to our hotel in Pasvik – Svanhovd, very close to the Russian Border. After check in, there will be a lecture about handicraft traditions in this area – inspired by Norwegian, Sami, Russian and Finnish culture.
Dinner buffet with local specialities will be served at the hotel. If the weather is clear – the Aurora Borealis may give us a show!

9th March: Kirkenes and embarkation MS Trollfjord

After breakfast and check out, we will be picked up by bus and taken on a tour around Kirkenes and learn more about the history of the area, and the significance of Kirkenes during WW2. We will see where the locals where hiding during the bombing and visit the border museum ‘Grenselandsmuseum’ which also has a collection of Sami art and we will have a performance by Sami musicians. After a visit to the Russian border, the bus will take us back to Kirkenes in time for embarkation onboard the MS Trollfjord. The ship will depart Kirkenes at 12.30.
Lunch will be served onboard the ship, and afterwards at 14.00, we will meet in the Panorama lounge on deck 9 for a welcome drink. ARNE&CARLOS will hand out the Mystery Kits and give you the first instructions for the Knitalong!
Dinner will be served in the Saga Hall restaurant at 18.30.

10th March: Hammerfest – Tromsø

MS Trollfjord makes a late night stop at Mehamn where the adventurous can join an amazing snowmobile trip (please book ahead), through the vast Arctic wilderness. Experience snowy plains and valleys, crisp winter air and very possibly the Northern Lights in the starry sky above. Those on this tour will embark the ship again in Kjøllefjord.
At 10.45, MS Trollfjord will dock in Hammerfest – the northernmost town in the world, established in 1789. Hammerfest has a unique history to share. You can join an excursion (optional, book onboard) which starts with a visit to the Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms. The museum features an impressive exhibition about the impact World War II had on Northern Norway and the massive post-war effort to rebuild the region.
At 14.00, meet in Valhall Amfi for a lecture by ARNE&CARLOS and Mystery Knitalong.
Late evening the ship will dock at Tromsø – Paris of the North, in time to enjoy a magical Northern Lights concert at the Arctic Cathedral. The ship is docked right in the center of this lively town and you may want to drop by Ølhallen to enjoy a beer and a chat with friendly locals.
Knitting cafe in Panorama lounge on deck 8 & 9, from 10.00 – 17.00
Dinner will be served in the Saga Hall restaurant at 18.30.

11th March: Tromsø – Lofoten Islands – Trollfjord

This morning, we arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of the (optional) ship’s excursions – A Taste of Vesterålen. Discover history, beautiful scenery, and cultural heritage sites on this tour that rejoins the ship at Sortland. Those who stay on the ship experience the passage through the Risøyrenna, a shallow channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s.
There will be some amazing scenery as we sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages. Sailing through this region is the voyage highlight for many.
Another highlight today is the amazing Trollfjord. If conditions allow, we will sail between sheer cliffs that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience!
In the evening the ship calls at the charming fishing village Svolvær, where there are many things to do. Go horseback riding along a beach at sunset, head out on spectacular hikes, join a fast-boat tour on the fjord, or relax in town at one of many cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Knitting cafe in Panorama lounge on deck 8 & 9, from 10.00 – 17.00
Dinner will be served in the Saga Hall restaurant at 18.30.

12th March: Arctic Circle and Helgeland Coast

Crossing the Arctic Circle is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the occasion on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil!
Sailing along the Helgeland coast, you see the strange mountain, Torghatten (258 m above sea level), famous for the distinctive hole through its centre. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was formed during the ice age. Hike up the mountain if you are up to it!
Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. It is easy to see how the peaks influenced ancient legend. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful mountaintops. Even though we are south of the Arctic Circle, there are still good chances to see the Northern Lights!
At 14.00 we will meet again in Valhall Amfi for a lecture by ARNE&CARLOS and Mystery Knitalong.
Knitting cafe in Panorama lounge on deck 8 & 9, from 10.00 – 17.00
Dinner will be served in the Saga Hall restaurant at 18.30.

13th March: Trondheim – Molde

The ship arrives in Trondheim at 06.30. 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.

As we sail south along the coast – the world’s most beautiful sea voyage, – you will realize the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities. Kristiansund is regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion along the Atlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8 km stretch of highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea. If you choose this excursion you will join the ship again in Molde. Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s open sea crossing towards Molde – Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. From there, you can see the distant pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps across the fjord, called ‘the Molde panorama’.
Knitting cafe in Panorama lounge on deck 8 & 9, from 10.00 – 17.00
This is the last evening of our wonderful Arctic Knitting cruise – and we will meet in Panorama Lounge on deck 9 for at 18.00 for a farewell drink.
Dinner will be served in the Saga Hall restaurant at 18.30.

14th March: Bergen

In the morning, we dock at Florø, Norway’s westernmost community. A few nautical miles south of Florø, we cross the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, taking in superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline en route. Before docking in Bergen, there is fascinating scenery to see, including picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. Here the fjord widens to the east and forges 90 km inland.
The “MS Trollfjord” arrives in the Hanseatic city of Bergen at 14.30. We will disembark the ship and our bus will take us to the Thon Hotel Orion, centrally located in ‘Bryggen’.
This evening take the opportunity to explore Bergen on your own, and maybe enjoy a good dinner in one of the many charming restaurants, to be found within walking distance of your hotel. At the Thon Hotel Orion, they will also served you a light evening snack, which is included as well as a sumptuous breakfast!

Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains, and one of the most popular attractions of the world: the fjords. The city offers the ideal combination of nature, culture, history, and exhilarating city life. What has made Bergen famous is its unique charm, which is something you have to experience for yourself. Enjoy strolling around the old streets and alleyways where people have lived for centuries.
Walking through UNESCO-listed Bryggen’s narrow alleyways, made even darker and more mysterious by overhanging balconies, feels like stepping back in time. Bryggen is not a museum but part of the cultural heritage that is still in use – a living historical area of the city. The Fløibanen Funicular is a very popular attraction that runs from the city center to the top of Mount Fløyen in about 7 minutes. From the viewing platform you can admire spectacular views of the city, mountains, and fjords.
The picturesque and lively Fish Market is one of Norway’s most visited outdoors markets. Mingle with the crowds, enjoy some seafood, or just experience the atmosphere. Visit the Aquarium to see fish, penguins, sea lions and seals in their natural element, as well as crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Take stroll to the old fortress at Bergenhus, or visit one of Bergen’s many museums and galleries.

15th March: Bergen and Hillesvåg Tour

After breakfast, we meet outside the hotel for a full day tour to the yarn factory Hillesvåg, Oleana and Bergen City Tour. We will have a scenic drive out of Bergen, to the oldest yarn factory in Norway, where we will have an interesting guided tour around the factory, and an opportunity to visit their store.
‘Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk AS is a family owned wool spinning mill founded in 1898. It has been in the same family for four generations. The mill is situated on the north side of the Oster fjord, about 35 km north of Bergen. Here you can experience the traditional and colorful process of wool making. You can follow the whole process from the wool enters the mill till the product is finished, and we see the hard work that lies behind the finished product.
The mill produces yarn for hand and machine knitting, weaving and crocheting, and also carded wool for felt making – all available in a wide range of qualities and colors. The production is of high quality and each product is handmade with passion and commitment. Some of the machines that are being used are over 100 years old. Their exclusive products are made out of Norwegian wool, and are handcrafted with love to bring further joy to knitters and wool enthusiasts all over the world. www.ull.no
After Hillesvåg, we will continue to Oleana, a famous Norwegian brand for knit wear. They will show us the factory, before we will be served lunch in their lovely cafe with a fjord view.
‘Oleana is a family company founded in 1992, with the aim of creating new jobs in Norway’s textile industry. Most of Western Europe’s production had by that time moved to countries with far cheaper labour. Oleana wanted to prove that it is possible to go against the main-stream business model by believing in people and creating great products. Norway has a long and rich tradition of textile production and pattered knitwear in wool. It is important for Oleana to keep production in Norway, preserving traditions and know-how. Their material choices of wool, alpaca and silk are not just superior quality but also good environmental choices.’
After lunch we return to Bergen, and we will visit the most famous tourist attraction in Bergen – the Fløibanen. This is a funicular which takes us up to one of the seven hills surrounding the city.
After enjoying this fabulous view of Bergen, we return to the bus which takes us back to Thon Hotel Orion. Enjoy your last evening in Bergen exploring it by yourselves.

16th March: Bergen and departure

Breakfast in the hotel at leisure.
Check out and departure for the airport or train according to individual travel arrangements (not included in package). The airport shuttles’ pick up is five minutes walk from Thon Hotel Orion.

RATES

From Kirkenes (9 days/8 nights cruise):

Rate pr. person in Outside Polar Cabin (shared):  NOK 23.900,00 (approximately USD 2.690,00)
Single cabin surcharge: NOK 3.600,- (approximately USD 405,00,-) per person

Upgrade to Arctic Superior Cabin (shared only): NOK 3.000,00 (approximately USD 350,00)

 

Included in the price:

  • Domestic flight from Oslo to Kirkenes on 8th March
  • Transfer and tour of Snow Hotel including lunch
  • 1 night pre cruise in Svanhovd in Kirkenes, including dinner buffet and breakfast
  • Tour of Kirkenes and transfer to ship on embarkation day
  • 6 days cruise onboard MS Trollfjord in a shared Polar Outside cabin, including all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 2 nights post cruise at Thon Hotel Orion in Bergen including breakfast and a light evening meal.
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Bergen
  • Full day Bergen and HillesvågTour including lunch
  • Mystery Knitalong Kit
  • Lectures by ARNE&CARLOS
  • Tourleader from Reisecompaniet (Githa Kristensen)

INTERNATONAL AIR TRANSPORT FEEDERS:

We offer international flights from/to your choice of departure destination. On request only.

ACCOMMODATION PRE-/POST CRUISE:

We offer accommodation in Oslo before departure to Kirkenes, and in Bergen after the cruise. On request only.

UPGRADE TO SUITES:

We have only a limited number of suites at this cruise, available on request only.

ARNE & CARLOS

Strikkecruise på Hurtigruten med Arne & Carlos : Reisecompaniet

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison 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.

ABOUT THE SHIP: Coastal Steamer MS Trollfjord

Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord

This ship 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.

MS Trollfjord has its own onboard Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the ship´s sun deck make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team will host a lecture and presentation program and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of “friluftsliv” (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in “friluftsliv” hikes and activities during the cruise. Read more about our Expedition Teams here.

The artwork displayed aboard ship includes original paintings once exhibited on the old Hurtigruten vessel, MS Harald Jarl. MS Trollfjord’s sun deck and hot tub are on deck 9. The ship’s spacious, two-story panorama lounge is above the bow. Its wall-to-wall windows bathe the room in natural light and provide extraordinary views.

Click to read more about the ship MS Trollfjord at Hurtigrutens web page.

Ship facilities:

  • Expedition Team
  • Two-story panorama lounge
  • Bars
  • Café
  • Library
  • Wi-Fi (extra charge)
  • Restaurant
  • Separate á la carte dining room
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Fitness room
  • Shop

The cabins:

Polar Outside Cabin
MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten Polar Outside cabin MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten Polar Outside cabin
These standard outside cabins for up to two people on the middle or lower decks have separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. These cabins have portholes, some with limited or no view.

Arctic Superior Cabin
MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten Arctic Superior cabin MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten Arctic Superior cabin
These comfortable outside cabins for up to two people on the top/middle/upper decks have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa. A very limited number have double beds and fridges..



Reiseleder

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    Githa Kristensen

    Githa is working for Reisecompaniet as an all-rounder in travel – in addition, she joins several of our groups as a tour leader. With Githa as your tour leader, you can count on her sharing her competence, enthusiasm and good spirits, as well as her knowledge of the destination. She has extensive experience in organising bespoke tours, especially tailor-made cruises, putting together a unique itinerary to suit the style and individual requirements of her guests.
    Githa has worked all her professional life in the tourism industry, including 10 years at Wikstrom Reiser, a tour operator specializing in long-hauls destinations and the Far East.
    She has also worked 5 years for the luxury cruise line companies Seaborn Cruise Line and Radisson Seven Seas, with ports of call around the globe. Her passions are travelling, skiing, fine dining, wine, and she often chooses a destination based on its food and wine options.

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