HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Summer (2024)

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Summer (2024)

HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Summer (2024)

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Summer (2024)

Travel information 15 days MS Otto Sverdrup
Departures
9 departures between May 2024 and Aug 2024
Price from
5790 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Explore Norway’s iconic fjords, historic cities, towering mountain peaks, and windswept islands in the summer on this German-speaking ship.
  • In May, June, and July, experience the Midnight Sun as you sail above the Arctic Circle to the northernmost point of Europe.
  • Visit Bergen, Tromsø, and the Lofoten Islands, and explore hidden places that still echo with the escapades of pirates, Vikings, and shipwrecked sailors.
In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Summer (2024)

Current offers on this cruise:

  • Solo Traveller Offer

    Hurtigruten makes Norway more affordable for solo travellers by reducing the single supplement to zero* on our classic voyages, the Svalbard Express, the North Cape Express, and Hurtigruten from Hamburg.
    This offer applies to a selection of departures that you can find on each voyage page.
    See Special Offer

Itinerary

Sail from Hamburg on this German-speaking ship and explore the magnificent coast of Norway deep into the Arctic Circle in summer. As well as seeing Norway’s world-famous sights, such as UNESCO-listed Bryggen and the northernmost point of mainland Europe, you’ll explore hidden treasures tucked away along the length of the coast. Prepare to fall in love with rorbuer-dotted bays, tranquil fishing villages, and beautiful islands so remote you’ll feel like you discovered them.

DAY 1 : Hamburg

Depart from Hamburg

MS Otto Sverdrup, Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Marko Stampehl

Our voyage begins in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. With links to trade and adventure that go back centuries, it's the perfect starting point.  

Hamburg is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the world's largest warehouse complex and the nearby Wadden Sea. If you have time, explore them before you board.   

Then, get settled on board the comfortable MS Otto Sverdrup, enjoy the first of many delicious, locally sourced meals, and get to know your Coastal Experience Team. 

MS Otto Sverdrup, Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Marko Stampehl
The outdoor pool on MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Kristian Dale

DAY 2 : At sea

Crossing the North Sea

The outdoor pool on MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Kristian Dale

Today we cross the North Sea so you can enjoy the day aboard MS Otto Sverdrup. Admire the views from the expansive Observation Deck, or take advantage of the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs.   

Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer. You'll find the Explorer Lounge & Bar a comfy place to read or watch the world glide by.  

You can also enjoy a talk by the Coastal Experience Team. Listen to these experienced explorers share their engaging stories and knowledge of the places you’ll be visiting.

DAY 3 : Stavanger

Sail into famous Lysefjord

A hiker standing on Pulpit Rock looking down on a Hurtigruten ship in Lysefjord
Pulpit Rock
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

Stavanger has an international ambience and a lively cultural scene. Discover the architectural relics of Old Stavanger, including a magnificent 12th-century cathedral. You can also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique shop, or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront.   

Leaving Stavanger, we sail into Lysefjord to experience some of Norway's most striking vertical cliffs. As we sail through the fjord, you can enjoy impressive views from the ship, especially of the 1,980ft-high Preikestolen viewpoint, famously known as ‘Pulpit Rock’.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    The Norwegian Petroleum Museum
    Learn how the discovery of oil changed a nation. Interactive exhibits cover a variety of topics, from offshore workers and their families to the challenges of climate change.
A hiker standing on Pulpit Rock looking down on a Hurtigruten ship in Lysefjord
Pulpit Rock
Photo: Tommy Simonsen
Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

DAY 4 : Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, the old capital of Bergen is one of Norway’s most picturesque and historic cities. Get ready for its wealth of inimitable experiences. 

Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and discover its colourful wooden wharves dating back to the 14th century. Explore the cobbled streets and alleys on foot, stopping at fascinating museums, artisanal boutiques, cafés, or a pub for a glass of local Hansa beer.  

Bergen’s famous fish market is worth a visit, too. It promises to be a feast for the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of bountiful, fresh seafood available for purchase and cooked there and then.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Bergen - The Fløibanen Funicular
    Enjoy a short funicular ride to the top of Mount Fløyen and take in panoramic views of the city.
  • Bergen City Walk 
    Stroll through Bergen’s charming city centre, including UNESCO-listed Bryggen, and visit Schøtstuene Assembly Rooms.

DAY 5 : At sea

Cruise the Inner Coastal Route

Sea eagle, Norway
Photo: Kay Fochtmann

After Bergen, we head north along the enchanting edge of the Norwegian coast. When we started sailing north of the Trøndelag region in 1893, much was still unknown about the coastline but, over the years, we’ve become experts in these waters. Today, we are among the few with the maritime knowledge and skill to take you through the many skerries, islets, and hidden fjords that characterise this stretch of coast.  

You’ll be in awe of the landscapes as we sail through this region of windswept islands, sheltered bays, and some of the most beautiful fjords in the world. It’s also inhabited by a wide range of wildlife. Look out for Sea Eagles as you gaze in wonder at the exceptional beauty of this coastline. 

 

Sea eagle, Norway
Photo: Kay Fochtmann
Træna island, Norway
Træna
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

DAY 6 : Træna

Norway’s oldest fishing community

Træna island, Norway
Træna
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

Træna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle. Made up of around 500 islands, islets and skerries, with only four inhabited year-round, Træna is a quiet municipality, with thriving birdlife.   

Though small, this archipelago has a long history, with archaeological finds indicating that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Enjoy spending the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities.  

When it’s time to leave in the evening, take some time to rest onboard and unwind. We’ll cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little Norwegian ceremony.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Træna Cultural Trail
    Discover the charming fishing village of Træna and meet local guides along the trail.

DAY 7 : Senja

Senja: ‘Miniature Norway’

Senja, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

Today we visit Senja, a lesser-travelled island – perhaps due to its remoteness – that features on CNN’s top 10 list of the ’World’s Most Beautiful Islands’.  

Nicknamed 'Miniature Norway' due to the diversity of its landscapes, Senja's northern coastline has sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and lofty mountains. Southern Senja and Ånderdalen National Park offer rocky coastline and pine forests. You'll find rolling hills and birch forests to the east. 

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Torsken Discovery
    Discover the culture and heritage of this remote community on the island of Senja at your own pace.
  • Torsken - Guided E-Bike Tour
    Enjoy the most scenic biking trail in the area without the hassle of having to do everything with the power of your legs!
  • Fjord Adventure by RIB
    Feel the wind in your hair as you learn about local life, history, and nature.
Senja, Norway
Photo: Getty Images
North Cape globe monument, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 8 : Honningsvåg

The Top of Europe

North Cape globe monument, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

Today we'll dock alongside Honningsvåg, from where we’ll visit the North Cape

Standing at the edge of the North Cape – the northernmost point of Europe – there’s only the Svalbard archipelago between you and the Geographic North Pole, 1,300 miles away. Make sure you visit the North Cape Hall’s exhibits on the area's history.   

This is the northernmost point of our cruise. From here, we begin our trip southbound.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Honningsvåg - The North Cape
    Join a guided bus tour to the North Cape and Globe Monument at mainland Europe’s northernmost point.
  • King Crab & North Cape
    Learn all about the King of the Barents Sea at the northernmost point of mainland Europe.

DAY 9 : Tromsø

The Gateway to the Arctic

Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills

Set in a majestic landscape, Tromsø is a small, cosmopolitan city with a big past that has plenty of fascinating sights to discover. 

Browse the many shops along the main street and partake in a meal at one of the chic restaurants. Why not also drop into Ølhallen, the city’s oldest pub, to enjoy a range of locally brewed beers.   

If the weather is in your favour, you can also take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of Storsteinen for incredible views of the city and the surrounding Arctic fjord landscape.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    The Polar Museum
    Visit Tromsø’s Polar Museum for a fascinating tour of Arctic exploration and polar expeditions.
  • Explore Tromsø by E-Bike
    Experience Tromsø like a local as you explore the city’s highlights on an e-bike.
Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills
Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 10 : Reine

Discover Lofoten

Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

Today we explore the famed Lofoten Islands. With steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays, and pretty fishing villages, the archipelago is unlike anything you’ve seen. 

With its iconic red fishing huts, known asrorbuer, dotted against a backdrop of towering, jagged granite peaks, Reine is an idyllic place to visit. You’ll quickly see why this is one of Norway's most-photographed sites!  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Welcome to Å, a small village at the end of King Olav’s Road, the main road through the Lofoten Islands.

DAY 11 : At sea

Cruise Norway’s enchanting coast

Hot tub on MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Kristian Dale

On our second sea day of the trip, we head south from the Lofoten Islands along the enchanting ’inside passage’ of the Norwegian coast. As well as the views of the area’s fjords, windswept islets and skerries, it’s another opportunity to admire the navigation skills of your Captain. 

As you gaze out from the deck of MS Otto Sverdrup at one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world, look out for birds swooping and soaring across land and sea. This is a wonderful area for birdwatching. Or you could simply soak in the hot tub. 

Hot tub on MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Kristian Dale
Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Rune Kongsro

DAY 12 : Hjørundfjord

Scenic Hjørundfjord

Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Rune Kongsro

Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, Hjørundfjord is one of the most scenic fjords in Norway and largely undiscovered by other cruise lines. We anchor close to Sæbø and go ashore in our small boats to experience Norwegian nature and culture up close. 

It's a beautiful spot to enjoy at your own pace. Or, you might have the opportunity to join a guided walk among the villages to discover the area’s history and nature, or see incredible views on a mountain hike. 

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Hjørundfjord - Fjord Village Visit and Concert
    Visit Sæbø village, enjoy a local music concert and discover how avalanches have shaped Hjørundfjord. 

DAY 13 : Haugesund

Homeland of the Viking kings

Avaldsnes, Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

The Haugaland region is known for its Viking connections. It was from here that the Viking king, Harald Fairhair, united Norway into a single kingdom, and the country’s Viking past lives on in a plethora of historic sites. 

If weather conditions allow, we'll visit a recreated Viking settlement on the small island of Bukkøya. On the nearby island of Karmøy, the Nordvegen History Centre in Avaldsnes delves into the characters of sagas and ancient poems. 

For a more recent perspective, the coastal city of Haugesund played an important role in Norway’s herring fishing heritage, while the atmospheric town of Skudeneshavn has beautiful beaches and charming, 19th-century wooden buildings. 

Avaldsnes, Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
Wellness Center, MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 14 : At sea

Reflections of Norway

Wellness Center, MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Espen Mills

It's our last day at sea and your voyage is drawing to a close. Now that you’re more acquainted with the history of the Vikings, it’s easy to picture their longships forging this same journey across the North Sea.  

Make the most of your last full day on MS Otto Sverdrup. Scan the waves for seabirds and perhaps even dolphins, which occasionally like to follow us. Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, make use of the Wellness Center, or relax in the Explorer Lounge.   

Don’t miss the Coastal Experience Team as they wrap up the journey with a review of the highlights of our memorable voyage.  

DAY 15 : Hamburg

Return to Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock

Your voyage ends back in Hamburg. If you didn’t get a chance to explore this beautiful city 15 days ago, make sure you do now.  

Many of the city's attractions are clustered in the Altstadt district, including the St Nikolai Memorial and historic Deichstraße street. Hamburg’s beautiful canals have earned it the nickname ‘Venice of the North’, and a canal tour is a great way to explore the city. 

Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock
The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your 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 voyage with Hurtigruten is unique.

What’s included

Included in your voyage

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Coastal Experience Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore** 
  • Range of included activities 
  • Eight included shore excursions 
  • Hurtigruten Collection clothing package, including shell jacket, sweater and wool hat (for suite guests only)

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

**Please note that all activities are in German. Depending on group size, certain activities are adaptable to cater to English-speaking guests.

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.

 

Onboard activities 

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts hosted by the Coastal Experience Team 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional Coastal Experience Team 
  • Use of the ship’s outside pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the Coastal Experience Team for daily briefings
  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities 
  • Photographers on hand to assist you 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Coastal Experience Team 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected