- Encounter the glaciers, fjords and wildlife of the Norwegian coast in winter.
- Experience 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 Europe, the North Cape.
Current offers on this cruise:
Northern Lights PromiseThe 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
Sail from Hamburg to the coast of Norway on this two-week 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.
DAY 1 : Hamburg & Cuxhaven
Depart from Hamburg
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. As night falls, we sail to Cuxhaven where we dock for a few hours.
DAY 2 : At sea
Cross the North Sea
Today we cross the North Sea so you can enjoy the day aboard MS Otto Sverdrup. Admire the views from the expansive Observation Deck, visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead, 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 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 : Haugaland
Homeland of the Viking kings
The region of Haugaland 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 a scenic ride to the atmospheric town of Skudeneshavn takes in beautiful beaches and charming, 19th-century wooden buildings.
DAY 4 : Nordfjord
Views from Mount Hoven
In the morning, we’ll enter Nordfjord and head towards Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier.
As we sail past picturesque inlets, you'll spy old fishing communities dating back to pre-Viking times. One of these is Loen, where we'll anchor if conditions are right. In the shadow of the mighty glacier, there's much to discover.
After a short boat ride to the floating jetty, you'll take the Loen Skylift to enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Mount Hoven. After, you may be able to take part in activities like snowshoeing, hiking or winter kayaking.
IncludedLoen SkyliftTake the Loen Skylift from sea level to top the of mountain Hoven in 5 minutes. Enjoy spectacular views to mountains, glaciers and the fjord.
DAY 5 : At sea
Cruise the Inner Coastal Route
From Nordfjord, we head north towards enchanting Lofoten. 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 admire the exceptional beauty of this stretch of coastline.
DAY 6 : Lofoten
Today we explore the famed Lofoten Islands. With steep mountains, beautiful beaches and pretty fishing villages, the archipelago is unlike anything you’ve seen.
With its iconic red fishing huts, known as rorbuer, dotted against a backdrop of granite peaks, Reine is an idyllic place to visit. You’ll soon see why this is one of Norway's most-photographed sites. And if the weather conditions aren’t quite right, there are plenty of other equally memorable ports in the area to explore, such as Svolvær.
IncludedReine - The Fishing Village of ÅWelcome to Å, a small village at the end of King Olav’s Road, the main road through the Lofoten Islands.
DAY 7 : 70° North
Wild and wonderful 70° North
At 70° North, conditions can be unpredictable, so we adapt our route and activities according to the sea and weather conditions.
If you visit in October and November, we’ll use the daylight hours to scan the sea for whales or explore a scenic fjord. From December to March, you can enjoy all manner of activities in Alta, including dog sledding, snowmobiling, and visiting snow hotels, under the beautiful blue glow of the Polar Night.
Lying directly beneath the Auroral Oval, Alta also offers some of the best chances to see the Northern Lights, so if conditions are right, you could be in for quite a show. The majestic mountain, fjord, and glacier views are here whatever the weather!
DAY 8 : North Cape
Visit the top of the world
Today marks the northernmost point of our cruise. After marvelling at the North Cape, we’ll begin our trip southbound.
Spend the day exploring the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. Standing at the edge of the cliff, there’s only the Svalbard archipelago between you and the Geographic North Pole, 1,300 miles away.
Take in cliff-edge views across the sea, then take a selfie at the Globe Monument before visiting North Cape Hall’s exhibits on the area's history.
IncludedHonningsvåg - The North CapeJoin a guided bus tour to the North Cape and Globe Monument at Europe’s northernmost point.
DAY 9 : Tromsø
The Gateway to the Arctic
Our winter voyage reaches the capital of the Arctic – Tromsø. Set in a majestic landscape and packed with culture and history, this small, cosmopolitan city has plenty of fascinating sights to discover.
At the Polar Museum, learn about the city’s Arctic and exploration heritage. See the Arctic Cathedral – with its huge stained-glass window, it’s one of the most striking landmarks in Tromsø. You can also take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for incredible views.
From December to April, you’ll have the chance to try exciting winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or dog sledding.
IncludedThe Polar MuseumVisit Tromsø’s Polar Museum for a fascinating tour of Arctic exploration and polar expeditions.
DAY 10 : Helgeland
Explore the Helgeland Coast
There’s plenty to enthrall you along the rugged coast of Helgeland, from remote archipelagos to beautiful fjords and icy glaciers. The Arctic Circle also slices through the coast here, marking the southernmost extent of the Polar Night.
Your activities and landings will be chosen by the Coastal Experience Team on the day, depending on the weather conditions.
DAY 11 : At sea
Cruise Norway’s enchanting coast
On our third sea day of the trip, we head south 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 areas of coast 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.
DAY 12 : Sognefjord
Today, we cruise along Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord, and Fjærlandsfjord, which branches off to its north. Here, we’ll drop anchor and go ashore in our small boats for the afternoon, exploring the village of Fjærland and beyond.
You’ll marvel at the magical views of majestic peaks towering above the fjord. The icy fingers of the Jostedalsbreen glacier hang over the mountain behind Fjærland, where you’ll also find Norway’s leading glacier museum.
The village has a surprising status as an International Book Town. Look out for book shops almost everywhere you go, from the ferry quay to abandoned pigpens.
DAY 13 : Bergen
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.
Afterwards, enjoy an included excursion up Mount Fløyen on the funicular railway. At the summit, you'll find amazing views over the city. If there’s time, we might even venture into the alpine forest for a short hike.
IncludedBergen - The Fløibanen FunicularTake in panoramic views of the city from the top of Mount Fløyen and enjoy a short funicular ride.
DAY 14 : At sea
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 fellow adventurers or relax in the hot tubs or sauna.
You can also enlist the help of our onboard photographer for editing tips on the photos you've taken on this cruise. If you have questions about anything you’ve encountered on this cruise, our Coastal Experience Team will be on hand to answer them – just head to the Science Center to discover more.
DAY 15 : Hamburg
Return to Hamburg
Your voyage ends back in Hamburg. 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.
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
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
- German- and English-speaking Coastal Experience Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.
- Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts hosted by the Coastal Experience Team
- Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- 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
- Escorted tendering
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
- 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