Hamburg – North Cape – Hamburg

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Until April 2024

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Until April 2024

Hamburg – North Cape – Hamburg

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Until April 2024

In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Until April 2024

Travel information 15 days MS Otto Sverdrup
Departures
5 departures between Mar 2024 and Apr 2024
Price from
4590 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Encounter the glaciers, fjords and wildlife of the Norwegian coast in winter on a German-speaking ship.
  • 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.
In the Wake of The Coastal Express | Until April 2024

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

Itinerary

This 15-day winter voyage on German-speaking MS Otto Sverdrup sails from Hamburg and along the coast of Norway. We’ll head north across the Arctic Circle and into the Auroral Zone hoping to see the incredible spectacle of the Northern Lights. 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 29/03/24, 12/04/24, 26/04/24.

DAY 1 : Hamburg

Setting sail for Norway

MS Otto Sverdrup, Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Marko Stampehl

All aboard at Hamburg! MS Otto Sverdrup is waiting to carry you north to Norway´s magical landscapes.  

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 your comfortable ship, 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 “Men at Sea” sculpture
The “Men at Sea” sculpture
Photo: Visit Esbjerg

DAY 2 : Esbjerg

A taste of Denmark

The “Men at Sea” sculpture
The “Men at Sea” sculpture
Photo: Visit Esbjerg

In the morning we arrive at Esbjerg, on the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. Look out for the giant and iconic “Men at Sea” statues sitting by the shore as we approach.  

Compact and captivating, Esbjerg is packed with shops and culture, making it a great place to wander on foot. While you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to try one of Denmark’s delicious specialities. You’ll see smørrebrød, the famous open rye bread sandwiches, displayed in the windows of bakeries, alongside the huge variety of Danish pastries (called ‘Vienna bread’ here). 

As afternoon rolls around, it’s time to say goodbye to Denmark as we set sail for Norway.  

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Esbjerg Independent Exploration
    Enjoy getting to know this Danish seaside town on the shores of West Jutland and the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

DAY 3 : Stavanger

A colourful first day in Norway

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

One of Norway’s oldest cities, Stavanger today 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
Ålesund , Norway
Photo: Lisa Anderson

DAY 4 : Ålesund

Aquarium and Art Nouveau architecture

Ålesund , Norway
Photo: Lisa Anderson

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 highly-ornate buildings. Look closely to spot the variety of stone statues carved into the buildings.  

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

As Norway’s fishing capital, Ålesund is also the site of the Atlantic Sea Park, recently granted status as Norway’s first marine science centre. A visit here is your included activity for the day. Built in the coastal landscape at Tueneset, you’ll find a spacious Humboldt penguin park and Europe’s biggest seal pool together with an underwater observatory. The park’s Otter Island is home to three sociable and adorable otters who go by the names of Nusse, Muffe, and Pia.   

An afternoon 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. 
  • Ålesund Walk & Beer Tasting
    Taste some of Ålesund’s best beer and enjoy a guided stroll among the Art Nouveau architecture.

DAY 5 : At sea

Exploration day

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
Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Orjan Bertelsen

DAY 6 : Svolvær

Enchantment in the Lofoten Islands 

Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Orjan Bertelsen

You’ll never forget the sight of the Lofoten Island’s dramatic peaks soaring up out of the sea. Serene fishing villages nestle in the sheltered coves – all the more charming if dusted with snow and with the aurora swirling above. 

In late morning, we arrive in Svolvær, the largest settlement 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.
  • Svolvær - Sea Eagle Nature Safari
    Enjoy a RIB boat experience with a real sense of wildness and storytelling by a local host.
  • Lofoten by Horse
    Enjoy a horseback ride past relics of the Viking age, stockfish racks, and along a sandy Arctic beach.

DAY 7 : Alta

The 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. The town sits at 70° North, directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity. Our stop here is perfectly timed for maximising your nighttime skygazing so if the conditions are right, you could be in for quite the show. 

You’ll learn more about the aurora at the modern Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta. The titanium-clad building and its spiral belfry dominate the skyline here, all the more impressive when illuminated at night. There is an interactive exhibition here that chronicles how Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland established Alta as an epicentre for ground-breaking Northern Lights research in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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. 
  • Dogsledding in Alta
    Go dog sledding, meet the huskies, and cosy up for stories in a traditional lavoo.
  • Alta - Fatbike
    Take a fun fatbike trip along the Alta valley’s scenic dog sledding and snowmobile trails.
  • Alta - Northern Lights Chase
    Search for the Northern Lights in one of the world’s prime aurora-viewing regions.
  • Genuine Sami Experience in Maze 
    Get to know local Sami reindeer herders as you visit Maze, their small village.
  • Visit the magical Sorrisniva Ice Hotel   
    Enjoy a visit to the world’s northernmost ice hotel, where everything is made from snow and ice.
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 : Honningsvåg

At the edge of Europe

North Cape, Norway
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Start the day by arriving at the small town of Honningsvåg. You’ll now visit one of the northernmost points in Europe as part of an included excursion. The scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg passes small bays and tiny villages, then crosses a mountain plateau before arriving at spectacular North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, it is just 2,100 kilometres away from the Geographic North Pole, with only the Svalbard Archipelago in between.  

Stand at the cliff’s edge and gaze out across the sparkling sea. The North Cape is the closest you may ever get to the top of the world. There’s the obligatory selfie at the Globe Monument to snap before visiting the North Cape Hall for several exhibits and a short film which chronicle the history of the cape.    

Back in Honningsvåg, enjoy a stroll by the pretty harbour, browsing the charming shops, 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. This is the ship’s turning point and from here, we start our return 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

Tromsø, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

Spend the day and exploring Tromsø’s 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 visitng too.   

Historically, Tromsø was a frontier town for returning hunters and explorers and acted as 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 an optional excursion.  

Your included activity is a visit to the Polar Museum, which is housed in a converted 1830s warehouse on the seafront. You’ll enjoy exhibitions that cover the city’s heritage as a base for famous trappers Henry Rudi and  Wanny Wolstad, the first female hunter in Svalbard. Tromsø also played a crucial role in the expeditions of legendary explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. 

Optional excursions
  • Included
    The Polar Museum
    Visit Tromsø’s Polar Museum for a fascinating tour of Arctic exploration and polar expeditions.
  • Cross-Country Skiing in Tromsø
    Have a go at cross-country skiing – Norway’s national sport – through birch and spruce forests.
  • Husky Sled Ride/Dogsledding
    Take part in a truly Arctic adventure: dogsledding through the snow.
  • Tromsø - The Arctic Capital
    Enjoy this tour of the “Paris of the North”, which includes a ride on the Fjellheisen cable car and a stop at the famous Arctic Cathedral.
Tromsø, Norway
Photo: Getty Images
Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 10 : Reine

Idyllic island life

Reine, Lofoten, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

In the morning, we dock into the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine back in the Lofoten Islands. This is where red-painted rorbuer  cling to a string of islands beneath sharp granite mountain ranges. The 450-metre tall Reinebringen is one of the most distinctive peaks, particularly dramatic when layered with snow.  

The combination of setting and colour makes Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in all of Norway. Let’s hope the Northern Lights are active when we are there, completing the composition of your own photo of this piece of paradise. 

After spending some time wandering around Reine, you’ll go on your included activity for today. A 30-minute bus ride will take you to Å, one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway.  

At the heart of the tiny village is the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum which covers the importance and development of fishing in Lofoten over the last 250 years. Exploring at your leisure, you’ll soon discover that the village is the museum and the museum is the village.  

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, Norway
Photo: Photo Competition

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

DAY 12 : Olden*

Fjord side to mountain top in five 

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 29/03/24, 12/04/24, and 26/04/24.

Optional excursions
  • Included
    Loen Skylift
    Take the Loen Skylift from sea level to top the of Mount Hoven in 5 minutes.
  • Loen - Snowshoe Hiking
    Snowshoe through the winter landscape high above the fjord, with spectacular views.

DAY 13 : Bergen

City of seven mountains 

Bergen, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock

Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years and the city has retained a great deal of its local character, heritage and charm.  

Your included activity in Bergen is an excursion to Mount Fløyen. We’ll hop on Hurtigruten buses from where the ship docks and drive to the Fløibanen Funicular. The ride to the top of the mountain takes just six minutes. At the summit, 320 metres high, bask in stunning views over the city surrounded by seven mountains and the sea. If there’s time, we might also have an opportunity to venture into the alpine forest here for a short hike. 

Once back in the centre of Bergen, 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 City Walk 
    Stroll through Bergen’s charming city centre, including UNESCO-listed Bryggen, and visit Schøtstuene Assembly Rooms.
Bergen, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

DAY 14 : At sea

Headed for Hamburg

Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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

Scan the waves for seabirds and the tell-tale spouts of marine mammals. Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, float in the outdoor pool, or make use of the Wellness Center. 

You could chat with your new friends over a snack at the bistro-like Fredheim, or swap stories about the best moments of your voyage over a drink 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 

End of an enchanting voyage

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 the magical Northern Lights.   

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 to use at water refill stations on board 
  • German- and English-speaking 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 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, 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