Learn more about what you will experience on the Astronomy Voyage. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
DAY 1 : Bergen
The hunt begins
The adventure begins in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and take the opportunity to meet your fellow astronomers.
Get unique insight and knowledge about the Arctic sky and the greatest lightshow on Earth, the Aurora Borealis, on this popular voyage along the mesmerising Norwegian Coast. This limited voyage is accompanied by special lecturers - experts on astronomy and expeditions to see the Northern Lights.
DAY 2 : Ålesund
A day for masterpieces
An early arrival at the Art Noveau town of Ålesund gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.
Through the series of lectures and a guided tour of the night sky from the deck of the ship, your lecturer will bring the world of stars, planets and meteors closer whilst also exploring the numerous myths and legends linked to the constellations in our skies.
Here are some examples of what you can expect:
- Fantastic Lights - an introduction to the Northern Lights
- Exploring the Solar System - Travel through the solar system from Mercury to Nepture and view the planets up close as seen by space probes
- Stories of the stars - Relive the Greek mythology of the constellations and learn about stellar discoveries by modern astronomers
- Comets, ghostly wanderers in space - Find out where comets come from, what they are made of and their role in the development of life on Earth
- From the international space station to the surface of Mars
- The splendour of total solar eclipses
- Exploring the Arctic night sky
- Our violent sun and space weather
A Taste Of Norway (Urke, Hjørundfjord)A beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, historic hotel and tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.
Mountain Hike In The HjørundfjordThe Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above.
Geiranger With Trollstigen PassExperience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across beautiful Norddalsfjorden, and an exciting drive down 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll´s ladder) pass – all in one excursion.
Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund (2019/20)Explore the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, see some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes and enjoy a visit to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Hike With A Visit To A Shieling (Urke, Hjørundfjord)Join us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås where we learn about farming in the past and taste local delicacies.
Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)Join us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant city of Ålesund and hear colourful local stories, including why it is built in the Art Nouveau style.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount AkslaJoin us to see what life is like under the sea and then get a bird´s eye view of the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund)Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund)Dating back to the Viking Age, Ålesund is best known today for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
DAY 3 : Trondheim
The Royal City of Trondheim
Continuing north you head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumEncounter the majesty of Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in the Gothic architectural style. We then journey through the history of music at Ringve Museum.
Trondheim With Nidaros CathedralDiscover Norway’s original capital, Trondheim, founded in 997.
Trondheim City WalkJoin us for a walking tour of this medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technology research centre.
Cycling In TrondheimJoin us for a leisurely paced bicycling tour through one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Norway – Trondheim.
Kayaking On The River Nid (Trondheim)Discover a completely new perspective of Trondheim on an urban kayak expedition along the River Nid that wends its way through the historic city.
DAY 4 : Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Welcome to the Arctic!
Crossing the Arctic Circle you continue to the modern town of Bodø. After crossing the Vestfjord you are amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvær.
Svartisen GlacierDiscover Svartisen - Norway’s second-largest glacier and the lowest glacier in mainland Europe - up close and personal.
Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)Join us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
RIB Safari To SaltstraumenThe giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join us on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenJoin us for a coach tour of the second-largest city in northern Norway, Bodø, and then out to see the world´s largest tidal current, the legendary Saltstraumen.
Meet the vikings - winterExperience how the Vikings lived at Lofotr in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever discovered has been replicated.
Meet the vikings (summer)Join us on an authentic journey through Lofoten´s ancient past at the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg.
Highlights of LofotenThe Highlights of Lofoten excursion takes you to Lofoten's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, surrounded by a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains.
Lofotpils BreweryCome along and meet local Svolvær beer avatar Thorvardur at Lofotpils Bryggeri, which he established in a fish-landing depot dating back to the 1930s along the waterfront in Svolvær.
Farm visit in LofotenExperience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm at Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.
DAY 5 : Stokmarknes
Expand your Northern Lights knowledge
A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the Capital of Arctic Norway. Here a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour.
Visit to the Science Centre and Tromsø Planetarium:
You will spend time at the Science of Northern Norway visiting their exhibits and installations on the Northern Lights. The Planetarium, part of the Science Centre, is the northernmost planetarium in the world and the largest in Norway.
It has a full dome ceiling offering 360 degree views, with room for 100 visitors, and high quality digital projectors showing daily films about 'Experiencing the Aurora' and the constellations.
The Arctic Capital TromsøJoin us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
Dog Sledding (Tromsø)Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.
Scenery & Huskies (Tromsø)Experience North Norwegian nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre on Kvaløya Island near Tromsø.
Polar History Walk (Tromsø)Experience the same polar frontier environment as the famous polar explorers on this historic polar walk through Tromsø.
Kayaking in TromsøReady for a little adventure? Join us as we head out to the nearby island of Håkøya for a sea kayak expedition along the Tromsø-area coastline.
Cross-Country Skiing (Tromsø)Experience the thrill of gliding along in the snow on skis. This tour is a fantastic introduction to cross-country skiing for beginners.
Snowshoeing In TromsøSome call this Tromsø excursion `childhood revisited´ because it is so carefree and liberating.
DAY 6 : Honningsvåg
The Northern Lights and the North Cape
Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape (optional excursion).
The North CapeEncounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey towards North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent.
The North Cape ExclusiveNorth Cape has drawn adventurous souls from around the world for centuries. Come along on this scenic three-hour tour and see why. Reserved only for our Platinum guests.
Birdwatching SafariFascinated by multitudes of birdlife? Come join us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near North Cape.
Sami CultureExperience the Sámi people of far-northern Europe and their remarkable native culture.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a tour to visit two small fishing villages and discover Christmas year round at the very top of Norway.
Snowmobile Trip In The ArcticJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural Arctic regions.
Sami AutumnLearn about the natural medicines and mystical cultural facets of the indigenous Sámi people living in far northern Europe.
RIB Expedition on 71 degrees north (North Cape)Discover the North Cape like a true explorer and enjoy views from Europe's northernmost point.
DAY 7 : Kirkenes
To the top and back again
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border, and you can join one of our exciting excursions here. As you return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.
The Russian BorderEast meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.
Riverboat To Russian BorderExplore Russia´s frontier with Norway along the river that divides the two distinctly different yet strangely similar countries.
Snowmobile SafariIf you fancy racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting the people who live here then this excursion may be for you.
Kirkenes Snow HotelVisit the coolest hotel in the world! Join a guided tour of the beautifully decorated snow suites, and Norway’s largest ice bar. Also, remember to greet the reindeers and huskies that live close to the hotel.
ATV/Quad-Safari To The Russian BorderDiscover the town of Kirkenes, the surrounding nature, historical sights and the Russian border on this motorized quad bike adventure.
Husky TourWant to experience a thrilling dogsledding adventure across the frozen Arctic wilderness? Here is your chance.
Husky Tour ExclusiveTake part in an exclusive dog sledding adventure through the vast Arctic wilderness, reserved only for our Platinum guests.
King Crab Adventure SummerCome and join us for a fantastic day on the water, where we will show you how to catch, prepare and most importantly eat these giants from the Barents Sea.
DAY 8 : Hammerfest and Tromsø
The extreme north
Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø.
The Northernmost Town In The WorldJoin us on a coach tour that explores and explains the events that have shaped Hammerfest, a town at the top of Europe.
Snowmobile Trip Into The Polar NightJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile tour into the polar night across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
Breakfast At North CapeImagine having breakfast at the top of Europe. You enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe.
Mountain Hike In HammerfestJoin a walking tour that follows a path through Hammerfest´s past and up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
Into The Ice: Stories Of A Polar HeroGet outdoors and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history on this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
Midnight Concert In The Arctic Cathedral (Tromsø)There is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience Tromsø than by attending a midnight concert at the city´s iconic Arctic Cathedral.
Arctic Midnight Adventure in TromsøEnjoy a sightseeing tour of Tromsø’s famous sights from the seaside.
DAY 9 : Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Welcome to Lofoten
Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast for many it is the most stunning part of your journey south.
A Taste of VesterålenA Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion programme. Come along and experience the history, beautiful scenery and a multitude of breathtaking sights.
Lofoten IslandsJoin us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth.
Sea Eagle SafariJoin us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.
Lofoten by horseLike the idea of horseback riding along a remote beach and terrain once inhabited by Vikings? Join us for this excursion along the shore of Gimsøy island on the open North Atlantic Ocean.
Vesterålen and Lofoten by ribJoin us for an exciting open boat ride ride through the enchantingly beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and Lofoten.
RIB-adventure in LofotenJoin us on this exciting sea excursion in open RIBs on the waters in and around the fantastic Lofoten archipelago.
Discover a fishing villageJoin us on a guided walking tour to the quaint old fishing village of Svinøya adjacent to the Lofoten town of Svolvær.
DAY 10 : Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters
A date with the Seven Sisters
Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore.
UNESCO Vega archipelagoTake a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.
Visit the salmonFascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.
DAY 11 : Trondheim and Kristiansund
The old cities and the sea
An early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you have time to explore the city.
Trondheim With Nidaros CathedralJoin us for a coach tour of this medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technological research centre.
The Hidden Rooms Of Nidaros CathedralExplore hidden rooms and secret chambers deep inside Trondheim´s ancient Nidaros Cathedral, the national shrine of Norway. This excursion is reserved only for our Platinum guests.
The Atlantic RoadRide along on what The Guardian ranked as the world´s best road trip, and was awarded the “Engineering Feat of the Century” prize in 2005.
Bergtatt - Magnificent Marble MineJoin us on a guided bus tour to Bergtatt, a working marble and limestone mine on the banks of an illuminated subterranean lake deep inside a mountain
DAY 12 : Bergen
The final chapter of the fairytale
A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close.
Included in your voyage
- 12 day Bergen - Bergen Round Voyage in cabin grade of your choice
- Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- English speaking tour leader on board
- Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned Astronomer
- Exclusive excursion to the Planetarium, Tromsø
Your lecturers on board:
Dr John Mason, MBE - On Astronomy Voyages departing:
- 29 March 2019
- 26 September 2019
- 25 November 2019
- 19 January 2020
- 21 February 2020
- 14 March 2020
- 17 September 2020
- 12 October 2020
- 11 November 2020
An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr John Mason has been actively involved in Science for over 30 years, with Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Technology as his main interests. He is currently Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He has appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on BBC TV's 'The Sky at Night.'
Ian Ridpath - On Astronomy Voyages departing:
- 29 October 2019
- 03 March 2020
Ian Ridpath has been a full time writer and broadcaster on Astronomy since 1972 and has previously worked at the University of London Observatory and in publishing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (Council member 2004-07), as well as a member of the Society of Authors and of the Association of British Science Writers. He is also the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas, a publication now in its twentieth edition since 1910.
Graham Bryant - On an Astronomy Voyage departing:
- 20 November 2019
- 14 November 2020
- 06 December 2020
Graham is Chairman of the Clanfield Observatory in Hampshire – the largest amateur observatory in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and part-time presenter at the South Downs Planetarium. Graham also mentors the final year astronomy module at the University of Portsmouth.
Not included in your voyage
- Return flights and transfers - you can book these with Hurtigruten during the booking process
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- Travel insurance
- All prices are shown per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside twin cabin,
- Suites are available on request
- Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
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MS Finnmarken is designed for exciting, sustainable voyages along the Norwegian coastline.
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The ship is named after the spectacular Trollfjord in Vesterålen. Inside she provides spectacular comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
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The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer. The ship sails along the Norwegian coast from May to September, and is part of our global expedition cruises during the rest of the year.
Find your favourite excursions and make your trip to Norway even more memorable. We recommend booking excursions in advance, but you can also book on board if there's still availability.
Please note that excursions vary by season and are subject to change.
HJF2F Urke - A Taste Of Norway
Urke - Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord
AES2B Geiranger - Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass
Urke - Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund (2019/20)
Urke - Hike With A Visit To A Shieling
Ålesund - Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)
AES2D Ålesund - Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount Aksla
AES2C Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
TRD3A Trondheim - Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
TRD3B Trondheim - Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
TRD3D Trondheim - Trondheim City Walk
TRD3H Trondheim - Cycling In Trondheim
Trondheim - Kayaking On The River Nid
Ørnes - Svartisen Glacier
Bodø - Arctic Coastal Walk
Bodø - RIB Safari To Saltstraumen
Bodø - Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
STU4E Stamsund - Meet the vikings - winter
Stamsund - Meet the vikings - summer
Stamsund - Highlights of Lofoten
Svolvær - Lofotpils Brewery
STU4I Stamsund - Farm visit in Lofoten
Tromsø - The Arctic Capital Tromsø
Tromsø - Dog Sledding
Tromsø - Scenery & Huskies
Tromsø - Polar History Walk
Tromsø - Kayaking in Tromsø
Tromsø - Cross-Country Skiing
Tromsø - Snowshoeing In Tromsø
Honningsvåg - The North Cape
Honningsvåg - The North Cape Exclusive
Honningsvåg - Birdwatching Safari
Kjøllefjord - Sami Culture
Honningsvåg - Fishing Village Visit
KJD6D Kjøllefjord - Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
Kjøllefjord - Sami Autumn
Havøysund - RIB Expedition on 71 degrees north (North Cape)
KKN7A Kirkenes - The Russian Border
KKN7B Kirkenes - Riverboat To Russian Border
KKN7C Kirkenes - Snowmobile Safari
KKN7D Kirkenes - Kirkenes Snow Hotel
KKN7E Kirkenes - ATV/Quad-Safari To The Russian Border
KKN7F Kirkenes - Husky Tour
KKN7J Kirkenes - Dog Sledding Exclusive
KKN7H Kirkenes - King Crab Advennture Summer
Hammerfest - The Northernmost Town In The World
Mehamn - Snowmobile Trip Into The Polar Night
Honningsvåg - Breakfast At North Cape
Hammerfest - Mountain Hike In Hammerfest
Hammerfest - Into The Ice: Stories Of A Polar Hero
Tromsø - Midnight Concert In The Arctic Cathedral
Tromsø - Arctic Midnight Adventure
Harstad - A Taste of Vesterålen
Svolvær - Lofoten Islands
Sea Eagle Safari
Svolvær - Lofoten by horse
Stokmarknes - Vesterålen and Lofoten by rib
SVJ9E Svolvær - RIB-adventure in Lofoten
Svolvær - Discover a fishing village
Sandnessjøen - UNESCO Vega Archipelago
Brønnøysund - Visit the salmon
TRD11A Trondheim - Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
Trondheim - The Hidden Rooms Of Nidaros Cathedral
Kristiansund - The Atlantic Road
Bergtatt - Magnificent Marble Mine
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Norway in a nutshell - 3 days self-guided tour
Norway in a Nutshell
Bergen - Hiking Mount Fløien
Bergen - Island Seafood Dinner & Boat Trip
Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen
Oslo Panorama Tour
Sognefjord in a Nutshell
Life on board
- Hosts of the coast – our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- Norway's Coastal Kitchen: A trip through the world’s finest pantry
- Vegan on a cruise? Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- À la Carte Menu
- Travel Information for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Frequently Asked Questions: Hurtigruten Cruises
- What to pack for Norwegian coastal voyages
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