INESCAPABLE BEAUTY IN NORWAY!
Jul 31-Aug 7, 2023 – PONANT Le Dumont D'Urville
#OnlyWithVACAYA

Sculpted by wind and sea, the beauty of Norway’s stunning fjords is almost indescribable. And now, in another first for LGBT+ cruising, you can experience all the wonder with VACAYA as we sail from Bergen to Oslo on PONANT’s 5-star Le Dumont D’Urville!

Bergen is one of the world’s true undiscovered gems and is sure to delight with her perfect blend of rustic cosmopolitanism. As we sail to Oslo, you’ll explore the Norwegian coastline with its skyscraper-high fjords, magnificent glaciers, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The view alone from Pulpit Rock – an impressive cliff that rises above the waters of the fjord below – will blow your mind! And our call on Gothenburg, Sweden as we near Oslo adds the perfect Swedish twist to these 7 adventure-filled nights.

The beauty of Norway is almost eclipsed by the luxury of our ship – Le Dumont D’Urville from PONANT. Its 5-star open-to-the-sea design, sleek exterior lines, and marina make this the perfect vessel to explore this region. She’s our home for 7 perfect nights – a new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury in the planet’s most remote and thrilling destinations.


 

"It's like Alaska on steroids!"
trip highlights

Explore 8 Stunningly Beautiful Ports of Call

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Fjords, Glaciers, Wildlife, & More!

5-Star All-Inclusive Luxury

Day 1 | July 31 | BERGEN, NORWAY | EMBARK 3PM
Day 2 | Aug 1 | ALESUND, NORWAY
Day 3 | Aug 2 | GEIRANGER FJORD & HELLESYLT, NORWAY
Day 4 | Aug 3 | OLDEN, NORWAY

Day 5 | Aug 4 | SANDNES, NORWAY & LYSEFJORDEN
Day 6 | Aug 5 | ARENDAL, NORWAY
Day 7 | Aug 6 | GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
Day 8 | Aug 7 | OSLO, NORWAY  | DISEMBARK BY 9AM

DAY 1
JULY 31, 2023
BERGEN, NORWAY 60°N 5°E
BOARDING 3PM | DEPARTURE 5PM
BERGEN, NORWAY  60°N  5°E

Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable open-air museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, and jewelers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Don’t miss a visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the Hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

DAY 2
AUGUST 1, 2023
ALESUND, NORWAY
ARRIVE 12:30PM | DEPART 7PM
ALESUND, NORWAY

Surrounded by a multitude of islands, fjords, and majestic mountains, the town of Ålesund surprises many visitors. In fact, it is internationally renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. After the terrible fire of 1904 which reduced a large part of the town to ashes, Norwegian architects inspired by the Art Nouveau style contributed to its reconstruction, with a very picturesque result. Not far from Ålesund, you’ll also discover Giske, the native island of Rollon, the great Viking leader who commanded the Norse expeditions to Normandy, or the beautiful island of Godoy and the village of Alnes, which offers a grandiose panorama over the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding islands.

DAY 3
AUGUST 2, 2023
GEIRANGER FJORD & HELLESYLT, NORWAY
ARRIVE GEIRANGER 8:30AM | DEPART 1PM
ARRIVE HELLESYLT 3PM | DEPART 6PM
GEIRANGER FJORD & HELLESYLT, NORWAY

A must-see wonder in Norway, Geiranger Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The splendour of its sheer cliffs, dark rock, and crystalline water are the stars of the show here. The sides of the fjord offer many possibilities for hiking: the Eagle’s Road takes you up to a steep stretch offering a gorgeous panoramic view. A visit to Geiranger village will immerse you in the rhythm of life in this little community.

Hellesylt is a small village located 20 kilometres from the Geiranger site. Here, you’ll get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village. Colorful houses, wooden walkways, and rustic stalls where you can have a refreshment before heading off to discover more of the local color. The surroundings are simply magnificent with cliffs, mountains, and lakes with peaceful waters. The village is crossed by a river whose charming cascade tumbles into the fjord waters.

 

DAY 4
AUGUST 3, 2023
OLDEN, NORWAY
ARRIVE 7AM | DEPART 12PM
OLDEN, NORWAY

From the small and charming village of Olden, located a few kilometers from Jostedalsbreen National Park (which is home to one of the last ice caps in Europe), you’ll have the opportunity to admire the magnificent Briksdal glacier.

With its two wooden churches, one red and the other white, plus its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Oldeelva, Olden looks just like a picture post card. This little village is a definite must for exploring the blue languages of the Briksdal or Kjennalen glaciers. Make sure you find some time to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Absolutely amazing. Another gem is Lake Lovatn and its turquoise waters inviting you to quiet contemplation.

DAY 5
AUGUST 4, 2023
SANDNES, NORWAY & SAILING IN LYSEFJORDEN
ARRIVE 9AM | DEPART 2PM
SANDNES, NORWAY & SAILING IN LYSEFJORDEN

In the southwest of Norway, nestled at the head of the Gands Fjord, Sandnes lies surrounded by nature. Known as the “pottery town” of Norway due to its significant ceramics industry resulting from the presence of readily-available clay in the region, Sandnes offers a combination of plains and peaks. A few kilometers from there, you’ll discover Pulpit Rock. This astonishing rock formation towers 600 metres (1968 ft) above the waters of the Lysefjord. The stunning view over the fjord from this site makes it one of the most popular hiking destinations in all of Norway.

After leaving Sandnes, we sail into the heart of one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords (not accessible by larger cruise ships), dominated by pristine nature, vertiginous granite cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and luxuriant vegetation. Very close to Stavanger, the quiet waters of Lysefjorden stretch out over around forty kilometers beneath impressive rocks. If you hiked Pulpit Rock yesterday, you’ll get the chance to admire it from an entirely different perspective today – from the water. A bit further on, you’ll see the world’s longest wooden stairway (4,444 steps) in Flørli, and Kjerag, with its mythical boulder wedged between two rock faces, providing an unusual and unforgettable spectacle.

DAY 6
AUGUST 5, 2023
ARENDAL, NORWAY
ARRIVE 1PM | DEPART 7PM
ARENDAL, NORWAY

This port town located on the south coast of Norway is considered to have the best climate in the entire country. Arendal was long reputed for its iron mines from which, in the 19th century, it was able to produce a particularly strong earthy iron ore. But really… does any of that matter? You’ll know this town best as one of the Norwegian cities which inspired Walt Disney’s Frozen! Let it goooooooooooo!

DAY 7
AUGUST 6, 2023
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
ARRIVE 8AM | DEPART 2:45PM
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

A lively harbor town, Gothenburg (or more correctly Göteborg) is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the crossing of the Göta älv River and the bay of Cattégat. In the old Haga district, you can peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés in the ground floors of traditional wood houses. On the majestic Gustave-Adolphe Square, you’ll see elegant neoclassical buildings. Not far from here is the municipal museum dedicated to the town’s history. In addition, you’ll be able to sail along Göteborg’s numerous canals. As for eating, it’s the fish and shellfish which shine in this beautiful port of call.

DAY 8
AUGUST 7, 2023
OSLO, NORWAY
DISEMBARK BY 9AM
OSLO, NORWAY

Capital of Norway, Olso is a green city. Its many parks and gardens have given it a reputation as one of the world’s “most pleasant” cities. The 80 hectares of Vigeland sculpture parks and its 212 open air exhibitions, the Munch Museum dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, plus the Akershus Fortress which symbolizes Oslo’s rich history, are all must-sees. For culture, the National Gallery shelters the largest Norwegian collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures open to the public. And, for sports enthusiasts, the Holmenkollen district with its Ski museum and famous ski jump offer the most stunning, all-encompassing views of the city. We hope you’ll extend your stay in Norway’s beautiful capital city. We recommend 2-3 additional post-cruise days. Our recommended hotel is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, which you can book and take advantage of VACAYA’s discounted rates HERE.

While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, sea, and myriad other conditions.

 

Ship Highlights
Incomparable
Luxury on the
5-Star Le Dumont D'Urville
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
(Deck 2) – The aft marina platform serves as a launch for tenders and water sports activities.
BLUE EYE
BLUE EYE
Located below the waterline, Blue Eye is the first ever multisensorial lounge, offering a unique experience: the opportunity to enjoy undersea views and the sounds of the marine world while sharing a drink together.
MAIN RESTAURANT
MAIN RESTAURANT
(Deck 4) Located aft, prepare to indulge in delicious cuisine with a decidedly French flair.
GRILL RESTAURANT
GRILL RESTAURANT
(Deck 3) An exterior grill restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance and atmosphere.
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
PANORAMIC LOUNGE
(Deck 6) Located high atop the ship, this lounge offers 180-degree views overlooking the ship’s bow.
MAIN LOUNGE
MAIN LOUNGE
(Deck 3) A perfect place to relax during the day and join VACAYA Piano Bar Sing-Alongs at night.
EXCURSION DESK
EXCURSION DESK
(Deck 3) Find information and book optional excursions and activities here once onboard.
THEATER
THEATER
(Deck 3) Both PONANT and VACAYA entertainers bring this beautiful venue roaring to life.
GYM
GYM
(Deck 7) The ship features a well-equipped gym with panoramic ocean views.
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
(Deck 7) Relax those muscles with a massage or in the thermal sauna with friends.
POOL
POOL
(Deck 3) The heated swimming pool offers panoramic views and is equipped with an exterior bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

 

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