Norway

Norway: Kirkenes - Svolvær

Norway: Kirkenes - Svolvær

Norway

Norway: Kirkenes - Svolvær

Norway: Kirkenes - Svolvær

Travel information 3 days
Departures Daily, all year
Price from
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  • See the wild and wonderful nature of Finnmark.
  • Take in the magnificent Trollfjord (May – October)
  • Sail through Lofoten and Vesterålen in daytime
  • Experience the midnight sun in summer and get the chance to see the northern lights in winter
Norway: Kirkenes - Svolvær

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Itinerary

On your first day on board, settle in to marvel at the spectacular view from the deck or the panorama lounge. During the voyage we visit 17 small and large ports. In spring we sail into the beautiful Lyngen Fjord, where you’ll wonder at the sight of the majestic mountains. On the last day, we sail through Vesterålen and Lofoten, which are known to host some of the most beautiful nature in the world.

DAY 1 : Kirkenes - Berlevåg

At the Russian border

A close up of a dog
On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape.

Kirkenes lies right by the Russian border, and the town is worth exploring before you join us on board at Hurtigruten. When the ship starts to sail southward, you’ll be able to enjoy the arctic wilderness from the deck or the panorama lounge. In the afternoon we dock at Vardø. This is Norway’s easternmost town. Weather permitting, we’ll invite you along for an invigorating winter experience; ice bathing in the Barents Sea. We then continue on to Båtsfjord before we arrive at Berlevåg late in the evening.

A close up of a dog
On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape.
Tromso - Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord
Photo: Øystein Knoph
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Arriving in Tromsø at night.

DAY 2 : Mehamn - Tromsø

The very north

Tromso - Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord
Photo: Øystein Knoph
Around midnight we dock at Mehamn with the option to join in winter a snowmobile trip to hunt the Aurora.


We again dock at Honningsvåg, where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at North Cape. The ship continues to Hammerfest, where you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition and learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrøm.

We continue south to Øksfjord with a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy

We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. You can also explore Tromsø under the Midnight Sun by boat in summer. You may want to drop by Ølhallen, a classic pub for a friendly beer.

DAY 3 : Tromsø – Svolvær

Enchanting Vesterålen and Lofoten

A bridge over a body of water
Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands.

After a stop in Harstad, we sail towards Risøyrenna [the Risøy channel]. This narrow passage is only 7 m deep and you can see the sandbanks in the clear, green water. And then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the view, because now we reach Lofoten and Vesterålen, which may boast the most spectacular nature you’ll see on the trip.

The ship makes brief stops in Risøyhamn, Sortland and Stokmarknes. When we continue south, it will look like we’re sailing straight into the side of the mountain. But the captain finds an opening where we can navigate through the narrow Raftsundet sound. This 26 km stretch between Vesterålen and Lofoten is surrounded by mountains towering up to 1000 m above sea level, and is a spectacular sight! Troll Fjord is only 2 km long and 100 m wide, and is flanked by truly majestic mountains. If time and weather are on our side, the captain sometimes sails through the narrow fjord, where the mountainsides almost touch the sides of the ship.

Then we cruise through Lofoten. The landscape consists of sparkling mountain tops, deep fjords, large seabird colonies and long, white sandy beaches. In the evening, we arrive in Svolvær. Here you’ll find the largest quantities of cod in the whole world between January and April, and Lofoten fishing was the reason Svolvær was founded. But Svolvær is much more than just cod. In winter, artists visit from all over the world to experience the unique nature – but most of all to see the beautiful light. Here your voyage ends, and we recommend you explore Lofoten before you travel back home.

A bridge over a body of water
Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands.
A view of a snow covered mountain
Raftsundet. This 20-km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea.
The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, 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.
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  • Cruise with Hurtigruten in an unspecified cabin
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  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Ships

MS Nordkapp
Photo: Helge Grimsland - Guest Image

MS Nordkapp

Year built 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Kværner Kleven (N)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 480
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,386
Length 123.3 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Nordkapp is named after the northernmost point on mainland Europe: North Cape (71ºN) - one of the geographical highpoints you can visit on a Hurtigruten voyage.

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MS Kong Harald

Year built 1993
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Volkswerft (Germany)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 498
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 17 knots

Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.

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A large ship in a body of water
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen/Hurtigruten
A small boat in a large body of water

MS Nordlys

Year built 1994
Year of refurbishment 2019
Shipyard Volkswerft (D)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 471
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 18 knots

Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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MS Nordnorge

Year built 1997
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Kværner Kleven (N)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 476
Car capacity 32
Gross tonnage 11,384
Length 123.3 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Nordnorge is aptly named for northern Norway, most of which lies above the Arctic Circle.

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A small boat in a large body of water
MS Polarlys a beautiful winter day in Kirkenes
Photo: Ralph Griebenow - Guest image

MS Polarlys

Year built 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 619
Beds 503
Car capacity 26
Gross tonnage 11,341
Length 123 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

Polarlys is Norwegian for `polar light´, and refers to the natural Arctic phenomenon we pursue in winter.

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MS Richard With

Year built 1993
Year of refurbishment 2018
Shipyard Volkswerft (D)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 458
Car capacity 12
Gross tonnage 11,205
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Richard With proudly carries the name of Hurtigruten's founder.

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After her refurbishment in November 2018, MS Richard With will have suites with large bay windows.
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Vesterålen

Year built 1983
Year of refurbishment 1995
Shipyard Kaarbø Mek. Verk.
Passenger capacity 490
Beds 301
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 6,261
Length 108.55 m
Beam 16.5 m
Speed 17.5 knots

MS Vesterålen is named after the first Hurtigruten ship that sailed along Norway´s rugged coastline in 1893. She is one of our smaller boats and has an intimate on-board atmosphere.

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