Do you ever worry that you’ll lose momentum in your personal fitness and wellness routines while on vacation? Particularly during a luxury vacation that includes world-class cuisine at your fingertips virtually any time your taste buds crave? Fear not. Besides the numerous amenities aboard Crystal Symphony to motivate you and keep you fit and healthy, from Pilates classes to promenade marathons, the 18-day “North Cape Discovery” voyage to Norway’s fjords, towering peaks and raging rivers offers adventures ashore in nearly every port that will get your heart pounding while you take in the spectacular scenery.
During this intrepid voyage to the top of the world, go beyond counting steps and calories. This is our challenge to you: How much adventure can you pack in to 18 days?
Some of the dozens of North Cape Adventures ashore that will get your heart racing include:
Hike on Mt. Ulriken (Bergen) – “View from the top” is the theme here, as you cable car over medieval King Håkon’s Hall to the peak of the tallest of Bergen’s famous “seven mountains,” Mt. Ulriken. Once arrived, you’ll climb even further to the lookout hut called Ulvehylet, or “Wolf Yell,” so named for the wolf-like howling of the wind through this pass.
Site Running: The Beauty of Bergen – Lace up your running shoes and join in the active culture of Bergen. On a 2 ½-mile run along the Fjellveien path that winds amid the hills above the city, boasting views of the sea, trees and town below. You’ll also pass the 13th century Rosenkrantz Tower and Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf that dates back to the Middle Ages.
Mountain Biking on Mt. Fløyen (Bergen) – A thrilling ride by funicular takes you to the summit of Mt. Fløyen, where you’ll grab your bike and helmet and navigate the back country roads and terrain around the peak. While you’ll marvel at spectacular views at every turn, we strongly recommend you keep your eyes on the path!
Whitewater Rafting in Voss (Flåm) – The title of this adventure sums it up nicely, as you’ll be transported to the outdoor mecca of Voss for a rafting trip through the rapids of the rivers and fjords that run through this stunning region.
Hike with the Huskies (Tromsø) – A short flight takes you to Kvaløya Island, a mountainous isle with peaks rising over 3,200 feet, also home to more than one hundred Alaskan huskies (and the family of five who cares for them). Hear tales of the family’s expeditions and victorious Iditarod and Finnmark Race experiences, then set off on your own husky adventure through the island’s wilderness.
Ocean Kayak Adventure (Tromsø) – The aforementioned Kvaløya Island is also known as “whale island,” making it a haven for sea explorers and wildlife lovers. When you’re ready for a break from navigating your kayak through the chilly inlets of the Norwegian Sea, rest your arms and try to capture photos of the wildlife in the waters beneath you.
Keiservarden Viewpoint Hike (Bodø) – This hike calls to serious trekkers and casual strollers alike, as it’s up to you how to tackle this slightly uphill rugged terrain. Regardless of your pace, if the workout doesn’t leave you breathless, the panoramic views that seem to stretch forever certainly will.
Crystal Symphony’s journey to the North Cape departs July 16, 2017. Reserve your all-inclusive luxury sailing now, grab your gear and get moving.