HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Winter (2024/25)

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Winter (2024/25)

HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Winter (2024/25)

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Winter (2024/25)

Travel information 15 days MS Otto Sverdrup
Departures 15 departures between Sep 2024 and Mar 2025
Price from
3890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Encounter the glaciers, fjords and wildlife of the Norwegian coast in winter on this German-speaking ship.
  • Join optional excursions such as snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing (Dec–Apr) or whale spotting (Oct–Feb), and watch for the Northern Lights (Sep–Mar), when you’ll sail with the assurance of our Northern Lights Promise.
  • Visit tiny fishing villages and vibrant cities and see some of Norway’s most jaw-dropping scenery including the northernmost point of mainland Europe, the North Cape.
In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Winter (2024/25)

Current offers on this cruise:

  • Northern Lights Promise

    The beautiful Aurora Borealis is the ultimate light show and a must-see. We promise that if the Northern Lights do not appear on your voyage in Norway, we will give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage free of charge.
    Terms and conditions apply.
    See Special Offer
  • 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 on German-speaking MS Otto Sverdrup from Hamburg to the coast of Norway on this 15-day winter voyage, deep into the Arctic Circle and beneath the Auroral Zone, with the assurance of our Northern Lights Promise. Along the way we’ll experience fjords, fishing villages, cultural city gems, and rugged natural beauty.

Note: Due to quay restrictions in Olden, this voyage will instead call in Åndalsnes on Day 12 for the sailings beginning on 13/09/24.

DAY 1 : Hamburg

Depart from Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock

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

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

DAY 2 : At sea

Cross the North Sea

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

Today we cross the North Sea as you enjoy the day aboard MS Otto Sverdrup. Admire the views from the expansive Observation Deck, or take advantage of the gym 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 listen to a talk by the Coastal Experience Team, who are here to share their engaging stories and knowledge of the places you’ll be visiting. 

DAY 3 : Stavanger

Historic Stavanger

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Photo: Shutterstock

One of Norway’s oldest cities, today Stavanger is known for its international ambience and lively cultural scene.  

Discover the architectural relics of Old Stavanger, including a magnificent 12th-century cathedral. Among the white-painted wooden houses, you’ll find spectacular street art, colourful wharves, and thriving galleries, cafes, and restaurants. You can also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique shop, or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront. 

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.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Photo: Shutterstock
A hiker looking down over the port town of Ålesund from the Byrampen Viewpoint at sunset
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 4 : Ålesund

Art Nouveau Ålesund

A hiker looking down over the port town of Ålesund from the Byrampen Viewpoint at sunset
Photo: Getty Images

Today we arrive at the charming coastal city of Ålesund. Its waterfront buildings, once wharves and warehouses and now apartments, are painted in pastel yellows and reds.  

Walk its cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers, and ornate buildings. Look closely to spot the variety of stone statues carved into the buildings.  

Due to a devasting fire in 1904, much of the city was rebuilt in the architectural style so fashionable at the time: Art Nouveau.  

A hike to the summit of nearby Mount Aksla rewards you with views over the city and the other islands.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
    Learn more about local marine life on a visit to Northern Europe's largest saltwater aquarium. 

DAY 5 : At sea

Cruise the Inner Coastal Route

Onboard science lecture. MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Today is all about taking in views of Norway’s spectacular coast and making the most of life on board MS Otto Sverdrup.  

When you can tear yourself away from the fjord and island views of Western Norway and Trøndelag, join an activity organised by your Coastal Experience Team. They will regale you with their knowledge of the area’s most intriguing sites and stories.  

Onboard lectures may cover local history, culture, and geology.

Onboard science lecture. MS Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Reflections in the water at Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands
Svolvær
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 6 : Lofoten

Discover Lofoten

Reflections in the water at Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands
Svolvær
Photo: Getty Images

You’ll never forget your first glimpse of the Lofoten Islands’ dramatic peaks soaring up out of the sea. The serene fishing villages nestled in the sheltered coves are all the more charming when dusted with snow and with the aurora swirling above. 

We sail into Svolvær, the largest town in Lofoten. Browse the shops and art galleries along the seafront promenade and admire the rows of red fishing huts, known as rorbuer. Look out for hjell, wooden racks used to dry cod, dotted around the shores of the town, too.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Fishing Village Walk
    Explore the urban fishing village of Svolvær with a local guide.

DAY 7 : Alta

City of the Northern Lights

Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta
The Northern Lights Cathedral is a great place to learn more about the aurora borealis
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

Alta is known for Sámi culture, winter activities, and auroral displays. It sits at 70° North, directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity.  If the conditions are right, you could be in for quite the show. 

The surrounding region is part of the traditional lands of the indigenous Sámi whose livelihoods revolve around semi-nomadic reindeer herding. You could visit the Sámi village of Máze, an ice hotel, or go dog sledding, fat biking, or aurora chasing on optional excursions. 

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Experience the Northern Lights Cathedral
    Visit a striking cultural landmark with extraordinary architecture inspired by the Northern Lights. 
Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta
The Northern Lights Cathedral is a great place to learn more about the aurora borealis
Photo: Tommy Simonsen
North Cape, Norway
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

DAY 8 : The North Cape

The North Cape 

North Cape, Norway
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Today marks the northernmost point of our cruise. After marvelling at the North Cape, we’ll begin our trip southbound.    

Explore the small town of Honningsvåg, the capital of the North Cape. Enjoy a stroll by the pretty harbour, houses, and church, and browse the shops and galleries.  

Like many towns in northern Norway, fishing is the main source of income here. The local restaurants offer fresh fish and seafood, with king crabs available all year round.  

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.

DAY 9 : Tromsø

The Gateway to the Arctic

Tromsø  in winter, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills

Our winter voyage reaches the capital of the Arctic – Tromsø. Spend the day exploring its fascinating history, diverse culture, and bold architecture.  

Don’t miss The Arctic Cathedral, one of the city’s most striking landmarks, and Mack Bryggeri, the world’s northernmost brewery, which also runs Ølhallen, a lively pub where townspeople go for a chat and a few pints. The shops and restaurants are well worth visiting too.   

Historically, Tromsø was a frontier town for hunters and explorers, and a launch point for several Arctic expeditions. Today, you can get a taste of Arctic life as you sample winter activities such as cross-country skiing and dog sledding on optional excursions.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    The Polar Museum
    Visit Tromsø’s Polar Museum for a fascinating tour of Arctic exploration and polar expeditions.
Tromsø  in winter, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills
A red rorbuer (fisherman's hut) against the snow-covered mountains in Reine in the Lofoten Islands
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 10 : Reine

Idyllic island life

A red rorbuer (fisherman's hut) against the snow-covered mountains in Reine in the Lofoten Islands
Photo: Getty Images

We return to the Lofoten Islands to dock in the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine. Red-painted rorbuer cling to a string of islands beneath sharp granite mountain ranges. The 450-metre-tall Reinebringen, one of the most distinctive peaks, is particularly dramatic when layered with snow.  

The combination of setting and colour makes Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in all of Norway.  

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

Heading south

Torghatten mountain covered in snow
Photo: Jan Hvizdal

Today you can spend time in the ship’s lounge, soaking in a hot tub, or getting some fresh air out on deck. Whatever you do, don’t take your eyes off the jaw-dropping scenery as we journey south.  

Pick out the peaks of the Seven Sisters mountain range, which legend says are the petrified bodies of seven troll sisters caught out at sunrise, and Torghatten mountain, with its distinct hole right through the middle.  

Torghatten mountain covered in snow
Photo: Jan Hvizdal
Loen, Norway
Photo: Bård Basberg/www.visitnorway.com

DAY 12 : Olden*

Olden and Loen

Loen, Norway
Photo: Bård Basberg/www.visitnorway.com

The village of Olden is sandwiched between the two-pronged tip of Innvikfjord, the Briksdal Glacier, and mighty Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest mainland glacier. To get there, we sail deep into Nordfjord, surrounded by the fjords and mountains that the Norwegian coast is so famous for. 

The day's included activity is a visit to the Loen Skylift. It takes just five minutes for cable car to climb 1,011 metres to the top of Mount Hoven, for unforgettable vista over the fjord, mountains, glaciers, and lakes. 

* Due to quay restrictions in Olden, this voyage will instead call in Åndalsnes on Day 12 for sailings beginning on 13/09/24.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Loen Skylift
    Take the Loen Skylift from sea level to top the of Mount Hoven in 5 minutes.

DAY 13 : Bergen 

Beautiful Bergen

Bergen, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock

Enjoy the unique charm of what was once Norway's capital, Bergen. It's one of Norway's most picturesque cities, surrounded by seven mountains and the sea.  

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.  Across from Bryggen, Bergen’s famous fish market is full of sights, sounds, and scents to savour. 

This is our last day in Norway, so now’s your last chance to buy any special souvenirs or gifts.  

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, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock
Sauna on board Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Krisitan Dale

DAY 14 : At sea

Homeward bound

Sauna on board Otto Sverdrup, Hurtigruten
Photo: Krisitan Dale

Your voyage is drawing to a close but there are plenty of ways to make the most of your last full day on MS Otto Sverdrup.  

As you cruise back across the North Sea to Hamburg, you'll have time to relax and look back on some of the incredible experiences you've enjoyed on your voyage. Spend time in the Explorer Lounge & Bar with your new friends or relax in the hot tubs or sauna.  

If you have questions about anything you’ve encountered on this cruise, our Coastal Experience Team will be on hand to answer them.  Don’t miss their review of the highlights of our unforgettable voyage.

DAY 15 : Hamburg

Return to Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock

Your voyage ends back in Hamburg. It’s time to say a fond farewell to the ship, the Captain, crew, the Coastal Experience Team, and your new-found friends.   

As you head ashore, you’ll take with you special memories of Norway in winter: wonderful fjords, fascinating towns and cities, friendly people, and, hopefully, magical displays of the Northern Lights.   

If you didn’t have an opportunity to explore this beautiful city before the cruise, make sure you do now. Many of the city's attractions are conveniently 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 
  • Ten 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, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms  
  • 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