Norway | A Taste of the Arctic

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Norway | A Taste of the Arctic

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Travel information 2 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
Price from
210 €
  • 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
Kirkenes to Tromsø

Itinerary

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

All Aboard!

Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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.

WWII history

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.

Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Visit the nearby Russian border in Kirkenes.
Visit the nearby Russian border in Kirkenes.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Go for a hike in Hammerfest.
Go for a hike in Hammerfest.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Blue Winter Light at the North Cape
Blue Winter Light at the North Cape
Photo: Elaine Smith - Gästefoto
MS Polarlys seiler forbi Tromsl, som har snødekte topper og er full av lys.
Photo: Aslak Tronrud / Los & Co

DAY 2 : Tromsø

From the Top of Europe

Blue Winter Light at the North Cape
Blue Winter Light at the North Cape
Photo: Elaine Smith - Gästefoto

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.

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.

What's included

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

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.