- Admire the landscapes of Northern Norway during the day
- Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
- Explore the attractions of Arctic towns like Vardø and Hammerfest
In Vardø, there’s history to be uncovered at the solemn Witches Monument and the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress. The next day, check out the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column monument in the town of Hammerfest or join a challenging optional hike to a viewpoint over the town. The ship arrives into Tromsø around midnight.
DAY 1 : Kirkenes
Your voyage begins in the Arctic in the town of Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border, but further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul.
You’ll likely notice the area has many influences from Norway’s neighbour; road signs in both Norwegian and Russian, a monthly Russian market, and the WWII Russian Monument.
For those interested in history, the Varanger Museum in Kirkenes has exhibits about the town’s ordeal during WWII; bombed a total of 328 times in four years, making it the most bombed place during the war after Malta.
For more insights into this sombre period, visit the Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter which can house up to 2,500 people underground.
Norway’s northern frontier
In the port of Vardø, you’ll find the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains a part of the military to this day.
We cruise Norway’s coastline to arrive in the small port of Båtsfjord in the evening and then on to Berlevåg. You might be able to make out Mount Tanahorn to the west, or see Kjølnes Lighthouse blinking atop a cliff overlooking the Barents Sea.
DAY 2 : Tromsø
From the Top of Europe
We make stops at Mehamn and Kjøllefjord during the night before early morning visits to Honningsvåg and Havøysund.
Almost the northernmost
In the early afternoon, you’ll spend time in Hammerfest, once the northernmost town in the world until Longyearbyen in Svalbard claimed the title.
Check out the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, shop for souvenirs at the Polar Bear Society, or take the path behind the town to the viewpoint on Mount Salen.
Mountains and marine mammals
We continue cruising Norway’s coastline south to Øksfjord and then to Skjervøy, surrounded by mountain peaks. We’ve been docking at this vital fishing port since 1896.
If you’re visiting in winter, you might spot orcas and humpback whales that gather here to feed on herring.
As we make our way to Tromsø, you might also glimpse views of the Lyngen Alps which boast some of the highest peaks in all of Norway.
Capital of the Arctic
We dock at the historic city of Tromsø just before midnight. This is where your short voyage with us concludes. In the summer months, you can stroll around the still busy city in glorious 24-hour daylight.
Included in your voyage
- Cruise with Hurtigruten in an unspecified cabin
Your cabin will be allocated when you check in
Not included in your voyage
- Flights & transfers
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- 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.
Life on board
- Step into Our Office
- Young Explorers
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- Norway’s Coastal Kitchen
- Vegan on a cruise? Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- À la Carte Menu