HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Summer (2025)

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Summer (2025)

HAMBURG – NORTH CAPE – HAMBURG

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Summer (2025)

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Summer (2025)

Travel information 15 days MS Otto Sverdrup
Departures
9 departures between May 2025 and Sep 2025
Price from
4590 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • 15-day voyage from Hamburg to Norway’s North Cape and back again, via Bergen, Tromsø, and the Lofoten Islands.
  • Discover a unique mix of Norway’s best sights and hidden gems, from Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen district to one of the world’s most stunning islands, Senja, and Reine, Norway’s most-photographed fishing village.
  • From mid-May to the end of July, experience the Midnight Sun, 24-hour daylight, as you cross the Arctic Circle and enter the Arctic zone.
  • Indulge in exceptional cuisine with our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept and enjoy lectures and activities on board.
The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Summer (2025)

Itinerary

Sail from Hamburg and explore the magnificent coast of Norway deep into the Arctic Circle in summer. As well as seeing Norway’s world-famous sights, such as UNESCO-listed Bryggen and the northernmost point of mainland Europe, you’ll explore hidden treasures tucked away along the length of the coast. Prepare to fall in love with rorbuer-dotted bays, tranquil fishing villages, and beautiful islands so remote you’ll feel like you discovered them.

DAY 1 : Hamburg

Depart from Hamburg

A young woman walks across a bridge in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock

Our voyage begins in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. With its 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, MS Otto Sverdrup, enjoy the first of many delicious, locally sourced meals, and get to know your Coastal Experience Team.

Please note: the voyage ending on 5 September 2025 is planned to depart from Hamburg, but this is subject to change. 

A young woman walks across a bridge in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

DAY 2 : At sea

Crossing the North Sea

Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Today, we cross the North Sea so you can enjoy the day aboard MS Otto Sverdrup. Admire the views from the expansive Observation Deck, or take advantage of the heated outdoor pool 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 one of the daily themed talks by the Coastal Experience Team, such as Vikings or Norway’s oil and gas history. Listen as they share their stories and knowledge of the places you’ll be visiting. 

DAY 3 : Stavanger

Sail into the famous Lysefjord

A person looking out from Preikestolen viewpoint in Lysefjord, Stavanger
The famous Preikestolen viewpoint is a highlight of Day 3
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

Stavanger has an international ambience and a lively cultural scene. Discover the architectural relics of Old Stavanger, including a magnificent 12th-century cathedral. You can also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique shop, or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront.   

Leaving Stavanger, we enter the Lysefjord to experience some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords. As we sail through the fjord, you can enjoy impressive views from the ship, especially of the 1,980 ft high Preikestolen viewpoint, famously known as ‘Pulpit Rock’. 

A person looking out from Preikestolen viewpoint in Lysefjord, Stavanger
The famous Preikestolen viewpoint is a highlight of Day 3
Photo: Tommy Simonsen
The colourful wooden wharfs of Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO-listed neighbourhood
The colourful wharfs of Bergen
Photo: Agent J/Unsplash

DAY 4 : Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

The colourful wooden wharfs of Bryggen, Bergen's UNESCO-listed neighbourhood
The colourful wharfs of Bergen
Photo: Agent J/Unsplash

Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, Norway’s former capital Bergen is one of the nation’s most picturesque and historic cities.  

Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and discover its colourful wooden wharfs 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.  

Bergen’s famous fish market is worth a visit, too. It promises to be a feast for the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of bountiful, fresh seafood which can be cooked there and then. 

You can explore the city on a sightseeing tour, visit Bryggen, and ride the funicular up to Mount Fløyen on an optional excursion. 

Optional excursions
  • Bergen City Walk 
    Stroll through Bergen’s charming city centre, including UNESCO-listed Bryggen, and visit Schøtstuene Assembly Rooms.

DAY 5 : Inner Coastal Route/At Sea

Cruise the Inner Coastal Route

A sea eagle swoops above Glomfjord in Norway
Photo: Photo Competition

After Bergen, we head north along the Norwegian coast. You’ll be in awe 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, such as magnificent Sea Eagles

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.  

A sea eagle swoops above Glomfjord in Norway
Photo: Photo Competition
A sauna in the fishing village of Træna, Norway
Photo: Kristian Dale

DAY 6 : Træna

Norway’s oldest fishing community

A sauna in the fishing village of Træna, Norway
Photo: Kristian Dale

Træna is an archipelago of around 500 islands that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle. Only four are inhabited year-round. Though small, this archipelago has a long history, and is one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities.  

Today’s selection of activities and excursions take you to the heart of the archipelago’s sights and traditions. You could go island hopping, join a hike or cultural walk, or immerse yourself with a sauna and refreshing dip in the Arctic Ocean. 

We cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a traditional Norwegian ceremony on board.  

Optional excursions
  • Træna Culture Walk – Poetry, Art, and Heritage
    Stimulate your senses on this fascinating guided walk through Træna’s cultural landscape and bask in the natural scenery of the islands too.
  • Arctic Dip – Sauna & Swim
    For an invigorating experience, enjoy a sauna in Træna’s oldest house then, if you feel like it, jump in the Norwegian Sea.

DAY 7 : Senja

Senja: ‘Miniature Norway’

A couple walk along a beautiful white-sand beach on the island of Senja in Norway
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

Today we dock at Torsken to visit Senja, one of CNN’s Top 10 list of 'World’s Most Beautiful Islands'.  

Nicknamed 'Miniature Norway' due to the diversity of its landscapes, Senja's northern coastline has sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and lofty mountains. Southern Senja and Ånderdalen National Park offer rocky coastline and pine forests. To the east, you'll find rolling hills and birch forests. 

There’s so much to see here – and so many ways to explore with an optional excursion. Join a hike, pedal an e-bike, ride a RIB, or sit back to enjoy a scenic bus tour. 

Optional excursions
  • Scenic Guided E-bike Tour
    Hop on an electric bike to explore the idyllic island of Senja with ease. Enjoy breathtaking fjord views during one of Norway’s most stunning seasons.
  • Senja Wildlife Safari
    Embark on an exciting safari of the waters of Senja, passing lush islands and islets while looking out for seals and seabirds.
  • Fjord Adventure by RIB
    Immerse yourself in local folklore and a world of natural beauty as you cruise through a trio of classic Norwegian fjords.
  • Senja Scenic Route by Bus
    Embark on this epic road trip to witness the natural wonders of Norway’s second-largest island
A couple walk along a beautiful white-sand beach on the island of Senja in Norway
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Sunrise at the North Cape in Norway
Photo: Oscar Ferrera

DAY 8 : Honningsvåg

The Top of Europe

Sunrise at the North Cape in Norway
Photo: Oscar Ferrera

We dock alongside Honningsvåg, gateway to the North Cape. The town has several boutique shops, Arctic dining experiences, and galleries. It’s also your starting point if you choose to visit the North Cape. 

Standing at the edge of the North Cape – the northernmost point of Europe – there’s only the Svalbard archipelago between you and the Geographic North Pole, 1,300 miles away. Make sure you visit the North Cape Hall’s exhibits on the area's history.   

Join an optional excursion and watch the tip of the continent edge closer on a guided bus tour to the North Cape. Or you can combine a tour there with a tasty introduction to the King of the Barents Sea – king crab. More active options include hiking, or riding a quad bike. 

This is the northernmost point of our cruise. From here, we begin our trip southbound.  

Optional excursions
  • Quad Biking to North Cape
    Drive your own quad bike on a thrilling adventure to continental Europe’s northernmost point.
  • The North Cape
    Cross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
  • RIB & King Crab Experience
    Join this thrilling RIB safari and follow the journey of the majestic king crab, from the depths of the Barents Sea all the way to your plate.

DAY 9 : Tromsø

Tromsø – Gateway to the Arctic

Photo: CH – VisitNorway / Hurtigruten

Set in a majestic landscape, this small, cosmopolitan city with a big past has plenty of fascinating sights to discover. 

Browse the many shops along the main street and partake in a meal at one of the chic restaurants. Why not also drop into Ølhallen, the city’s oldest pub, to enjoy a range of locally brewed beers.   

If the weather is in your favour, you can also take the Fjellheisen cable car to the top of Storsteinen for incredible views of the city and the surrounding Arctic fjord landscape.  

Today’s optional excursions highlight Tromsø’s nature, culture and history, with hikes and bus tours. They’re a great way to get to know this fascinating city of the Arctic. 

Optional excursions
  • Explore Tromsø by E-bike  (Spring & Summer)
    Hop on an electric bike to explore the city known as the “Paris of the North” with ease. Enjoy a local’s-eye view as you discover little-known sights and admire the gorgeous Arctic scenery.  
  • Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – Summer
    Explore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture, and extraordinary panoramic views of Tromsø, ‘Paris of the North’, in summer.
Photo: CH – VisitNorway / Hurtigruten
Sunset over Reine in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

DAY 10 : Reine

Discover Lofoten

Sunset over Reine in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

Today we explore the famed Lofoten islands. With steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays, 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 towering, jagged granite peaks, Reine is an idyllic place to visit. You’ll quickly see why this is one of Norway's most-photographed sites!  

There are lots of ways to explore Lofoten on today’s excursions. Take to the water in a kayak, hike through the beautiful scenery, or cover even more ground on a scenic bus tour. 

Optional excursions
  • Reine & Lofoten Scenery
    Lofoten is a special, iconic place of towering coastal mountains and small coastal communities. From Reine to Ramberg beach, you’re in for some unforgettable views. 

DAY 11 : At sea

Cruise Norway’s enchanting coast

A group of friends relax in the hot tub on board Hurtigruten ship, MS Otto Sverdrup
Photo: Kristian Dale

Today, we head south from the Lofoten Islands 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 coastal areas 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. 

A group of friends relax in the hot tub on board Hurtigruten ship, MS Otto Sverdrup
Photo: Kristian Dale
A wooden hut on the shores of Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock

DAY 12 : Hjørundfjord

Scenic Hjørundfjord

A wooden hut on the shores of Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Shutterstock

Surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps, the Hjørundfjord is one of the most scenic fjords in Norway and largely undiscovered by other cruise lines. We anchor close to the village of Sæbø and go ashore to experience Norwegian nature and culture up close. 

It's a beautiful spot to enjoy at your own pace. Or you can see more on an optional cultural and scenic sightseeing excursion. You could join a guided walk among the villages to discover the area’s history and nature, and see incredible views on a mountain hike. 

DAY 13 : Haugesund

Homeland of the Viking kings

The Viking memorial in Haugesund
Photo: Shutterstock

The region of Haugaland is known for its Viking connections, so you can expect a Viking theme for today’s talks and optional excursions. 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 several historic sites. 

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. 

If you feel inspired, you can adopt the Viking sense of adventure and choose to explore by RIB or e-bike on one of today’s optional excursions. 

Optional excursions
  • Haugesund Viking Tour by Bus
    Immerse yourself in the rich Viking heritage and coastal culture of Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal seat.
  • E-Bike the Coast of Haugesund
    Let the e-bike take the strain as you roll through the beautiful nature and rich history of the homeland of the Viking kings.
  • Viking Adventure by RIB
    Get a unique perspective on Norway’s Viking history as you whoosh along the beautiful, narrow strait that gave Norway its name.
The Viking memorial in Haugesund
Photo: Shutterstock
MS Otto Sverdrup sailing along the Norwegian coast at sunset
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

DAY 14 : At sea

Reflections of Norway

MS Otto Sverdrup sailing along the Norwegian coast at sunset
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

It's our last day at sea and your voyage is drawing to a close. Now that you’re more acquainted with Viking history, it’s easy to picture their longships forging this same journey across the North Sea.  

Make the most of your last full day on MS Otto Sverdrup. Scan the waves for seabirds and perhaps even dolphins, which occasionally like to follow us. Soak in the hot tub, work out in the gym, make use of the Wellness Center, or relax 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

Return to Hamburg

A boat sailing down a canal in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Shutterstock

Your voyage ends back in Hamburg. 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. 

Please note: the voyage ending on 22 August 2025 is planned to arrive in Hamburg, but this is subject to change. 

 

A boat sailing down a canal in 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

  • 15-day voyage in cabin category of your choice 
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen 
  • Unlimited select beer, wine, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours (excluding breakfast)
  • German- and English-speaking Coastal Experience Team 

 Engaging onboard activities and lectures: 

  • Onboard lectures and presentations on Norway’s history, biology, geography, geology, and culture Introductory photo presentation, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage 
  • A welcome event and daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come 
  • Presentations about the ports we visit 
  • Presentation of excursion programmes 
  • Point of interest presentations out on deck 
  • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event 

Not included in your voyage

  • Flights and transfers 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Optional seasonal excursions 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional hikes with the Coastal Experience Team

Notes

  • Prices are in EUR per person based on two people travelling together sharing a cabin for two 
  • 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