The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Winter (2025-2026)

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Winter (2025-2026)


The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Winter (2025-2026)

The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Winter (2025-2026)

Travel information 15 days MS Otto Sverdrup
16 departures between Sep 2025 and Apr 2026
Price from
3190 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Sail Norway’s coast from and back to the port city of Hamburg on a ship that blends Norwegian expertise with a German- and English-speaking crew.
  • Encounter the glaciers, fjords, and wildlife of the Norwegian coast in winter.
  • 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.
The North Cape Express | From Hamburg | Winter (2025-2026)

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See the stunning beauty of the Norwegian coast, from its southern seas to the views from its northernmost point at North Cape. We sail from Hamburg and across the North Sea on an autumn, winter, or spring trip you’ll never forget.

DAY 1 : Hamburg

Setting sail for Norway

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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. 

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

DAY 2 : North Sea crossing

Settle in at sea

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

This is your chance to settle into your cabin, get a taste of Norway’s coastal cuisine in the ship’s three restaurants and two-storey lounge and bar, and start to get to know your fellow passengers. 

You’ll have time to relax as we leave Germany behind and cross the North Sea to Norway’s spectacular southern coast. Take it all in from the expansive Observation Deck, from your ship’s outdoor hot tubs and pool , or as you sweat it out in the panoramic sauna. 

As well as the views, this stretch of coast is home to more than its fair share of enthralling stories. Find out more about Norway’s coast and the voyage ahead in the lectures, presentations, and onboard activities planned for today. 

DAY 3 : Lysefjord and Stavanger

Fjord views and city culture

The waterfront in Stavanger, Norway
Stavanger is a colourful, waterside city
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Today, you’ll wake to views of the beautiful Lysefjord. The 26-mile-long fjord is home to one of Norway’s most famous sights: Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), which towers 604 metres above the fjord’s shimmering waters. 

Kjerag mountain, at the end of the fjord, reaches even higher. Along the way, watch for mountain goats, waterfalls, and the famous Kjeragbolten, a glacial boulder wedged high up in a crevasse. 

You’ll spend much of the rest of the day in Stavanger, a colourful waterside city with an international ambience and a lively cultural scene. Discover the architectural relics of Gamle (Old) Stavanger, which includes Northern Europe’s best-preserved collection of wooden houses, and Norway’s oldest cathedral, dating from the 12th century.  

You can also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique shop, or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront.   

The waterfront in Stavanger, Norway
Stavanger is a colourful, waterside city
Photo: Shutterstock
Ålesund in winter, Norway
Photo: Jan Hvizdal

DAY 4 : Ålesund

A picturesque town

Ålesund in winter, Norway
Photo: Jan Hvizdal

After breakfast on the ship, we’ll dock at a town that spreads out across a string of islands.  

Many of the buildings here, from the bright colours to the rounded spires, were inspired by the Art Nouveau style, which was popular in the early 1900s. You can get impressive photos of the archipelago from the nearby Mount Aksla viewpoint.  

You can also visit the Atlantic Sea Park, Norway’s first marine science centre. This is one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums, providing a home to seals, otters, and crabs, as well as many other kinds of marine life. You can even see Humboldt Penguins here, a species otherwise absent north of the equator.  

Join an optional excursion to explore Ålesund on foot or by bus, as your guide reveals the town’s surprising secrets to you.  

Optional excursions
  • Saga Islands Bus Tour to Alnes - Winter
    Join this bus tour to experience two islands, one lighthouse and countless tales of the Vikings. The scenery is impressive too!
  • Ålesund on Foot
    Explore Ålesund on this fascinating walking tour and discover some of the highlights of its remarkable Art Nouveau architecture.

DAY 5 : Rørvik

An ancient fishing town

Rørvik, Norway
Photo: Getty Images

The cosy fishing port of Rørvik in the picturesque Vikna archipelago may look small but it has a huge history that is told through both the landscape and the town’s collection of museums. 

Here, you can join an optional excursion and time travel through the last 10,000 years and get a glimpse of the future, thanks to the Ice Age-carved landscape, carefully preserved 19th-century living rooms, and the ingenuity of Norwegian salmon production – each preserved and explained in three excellent museums. 

In the afternoon, we’ll continue sailing north through the Vikna archipelago made up of 6,000 islands, islets and reefs. The local gardens bloom with plum and apple blossoms in the spring, even at 65°N, thanks to the maritime climate.  

As we sail through the night, we’ll leave the Helgeland coast behind us as we cross the Arctic Circle.  

Optional excursions
  • Time Travel through the Coastal Town of Rørvik
    Get to know the history of Rørvik on this guided tour across three of the town’s key museums.
  • Nærøya: The island of the Gods
    Wander in the footsteps of sea kings on the island of Nærøya, home to a remarkable 900-year-old church.
Rørvik, Norway
Photo: Getty Images
Winter in the Norwegian town of Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

DAY 6 : Svolvær and Stokmarknes

Lofoten islands and our historic birthplace

Winter in the Norwegian town of Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Today, we explore Lofoten. As soon as you see the towering peaks with fishing villages clinging to their sides, you’ll understand why this island chain is praised as one of Norway’s most stunning locations.   

We’ll dock in the town of Svolvær mid-morning. Located on the island of Austvågøya in the heart of Lofoten, Svolvær is the biggest town of the archipelago, humming with shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafés to enjoy. You can also admire views of the Svolvær Goat, a nearby mountain named for resembling a goat and its horns.   

A variety of optional excursions are available from Svolvær, including winter fishing, paddling along the coastline in a kayak, or embarking on a bus tour to learn more about Lofoten’s history. 

We can’t visit the area without spending a couple of hours in Stokmarknes. It was here that the Original Coastal Express was founded in 1893 by shipping pioneer Richard With. On the waterfront, you’ll find our 1956 ship MS Finnmarken, encased in the Hurtigruten Museum’s glass building like a ship in a bottle.  

Optional excursions
  • Lofoten Winter - Art, History, and Henningsvær
    Get to know Lofoten’s history, admire timeless art in SKREI, and soak up the fishing village atmosphere of Henningsvær.
  • Winter Fishing in Lofoten
    Try your hand at sea fishing aboard a traditional Norwegian fishing boat from 1917
  • Kayaking in Lofoten - Winter
    Take to the water and see Svolvær’s coastline from a different perspective as you follow a local guide and paddle aboard your own two-person kayak.
  • Lofoten RIB & Sea Eagle Adventure
    Go in search of Sea Eagles in the skies above Lofoten aboard a RIB boat, and admire the superb scenery of this wild archipelago. 

DAY 7 : Tromsø

The gateway to the Arctic

Polar Night over the Arctic city of Tromsø in Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

This urban city 217 miles north of the Arctic Circle is buzzing with life, with everything from trendy restaurants and cafés to boutique shops selling local crafts and produce, and even high fashion. MS Trollfjord will be in port here for eight hours, giving you plenty of time to join optional excursions and explore the city yourself.  

You can visit the Polar Museum, which chronicles the city’s legacy of Arctic hunting and trade.  Head to the Polaria centre, an aquarium home to a variety of Arctic marine species, including seals. Across the water from Polaria, you’ll find the Arctic Cathedral, standing out in the cityscape due to its striking design and impressive stained-glass window.  

Tromsø is the place to tick off some of those bucket-list experiences. Optional excursions include dog sledding through the winter wonderland of the surrounding countryside, or exploring this remarkable Arctic city on a bus tour. 

Optional excursions
  • Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – Winter
    Explore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture and extraordinary panoramic views of Tromsø, ‘Paris of the North’, in winter.
  • Explore Tromsø by E-bike  (Autumn)
    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.  
  • Cross-country skiing in Tromsø 
    Learn about the basics of the Norwegian national sport in a scenic and relaxed environment and do what the locals love.
  • Dog Sledding in Winter Wonderland
    Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape in the valley of Breivikeidet near Tromsø.
Polar Night over the Arctic city of Tromsø in Norway
Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
The famous globe monument at the North Cape
The famous globe monument at the North Cape
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

DAY 8 : Honningsvåg

The northernmost point

The famous globe monument at the North Cape
The famous globe monument at the North Cape
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Arriving early in the morning, you’ll have a full day in Honningsvåg. This far north, winters are long and snowfall is high, so get ready for some fantastic winter scenery and activities.  

Feel the snow crunching under your snowshoes as you hike across the plains with your Coastal Experience Team. On optional excursions, you could try your hand at ice fishing, a beloved winter tradition in the far north. Get a taste of the local delicacy, king crab, which is caught in the waters around Honningsvåg and served year-round.  

The highlight of any trip to Honningsvåg is a visit to the North Cape which looks out over the Barents Sea, also available as an optional excursion. This is one of the northernmost points of mainland Europe, and as we’re visiting in winter, you can even choose to get there by snowmobile.   

Having reached the northernmost point of our voyage, we’ll turn around and begin going south as we sail away in the evening.  

Optional excursions
  • The North Cape
    Cross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
  • North Cape and King Crab Experience - Winter
    From iconic views at North Cape to delicious king crab in Sarnes, join us as we experience the highlights of Honningsvåg in winter.
  • Quad Biking to North Cape
    Drive your own quad bike on a thrilling adventure to continental Europe’s northernmost point.
  • Snowmobiling to North Cape
    Experience raw Arctic nature as your drive yourself on a thrilling snowmobile ride to the European mainland’s northernmost point.
  • Arctic Ice Fishing
    Take a short snowshoe walk to a nearby lake to try your hand at some ice-fishing before enjoying the taste of your freshly hooked and cooked catch of the day.

DAY 9 : Alta

The city of Northern Lights

Photo: Kay Fochtmann

At 70 degrees north, this town is far above the Arctic Circle. The area is known for particularly good Northern Lights visibility, so keep your camera ready.  

On an optional excursion, you can find out more about day-to-day life in Alta, see prehistoric rock art and visit the Northern Lights Cathedral, which has an exhibition showing how Alta became the epicentre for ground-breaking research of the Aurora Borealis between the 19th and 20th centuries.  

Increased snowfall in the winter allows for some truly authentic Arctic excursions, like dogsledding. You can try this on wheels if you’re here when there’s no snow on the ground! The snow and climate of Alta also create the perfect conditions to build and maintain the Igloo Hotel. Located on the banks of river Alta, the world’s northernmost ice hotel. 

Alternatively, join your Coastal Experience Team on a hike to Mount Komsa. The views are mesmerising. 

Optional excursions
  • Dog Sledding in Alta
    Go dog sledding through snowy scenery near The Northern Lights City and meet the enthusiastic dogs that pull you.
  • Dog Sledding on Wheels in Alta
    Try dog sledding on wheels through beautiful countryside near The Northern Lights City and meet the friendly dogs that pull you.
  • Visit The Magical Igloo Hotel in Alta
    Explore the beautiful Igloo Hotel, made entirely from snow and ice. Even your free drink comes in a glass carved from ice!
  • UNESCO Rock Art & Northern Lights Cathedral
    Peruse prehistoric rock art at Alta Museum and admire the stunning architecture of the city’s iconic cathedral.
Photo: Kay Fochtmann
A wolf walking through the snow in Narvik, Norway
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

DAY 10 : Narvik

Arctic beauty awaits

A wolf walking through the snow in Narvik, Norway
Photo: Tommy Simonsen

Narvik was originally developed as a year-round, ice-free port for the nearby iron ore mines. Nowadays, it’s known for its World War II heritage and as a gateway to active pursuits such as skiing, dog sledding, and hiking. 

On optional excursions, you can dive into Narvik's intriguing past at the Narvik War Museum, where the town's World War II history comes to life with engaging exhibits and narratives.  

For a journey through the heart of the region, hop aboard the Arctic Train and journey along the iconic Ofoten Railway, treating yourself to panoramic views of majestic mountains. For panoramic views of Narvik from above, ride the cable car to the top of Narvikfjellet.  

DAY 11 : Inner coastal route

Cruise the inner coastal route

Seven Sisters mountain range in Norway
Photo: Photo Competition

After Narvik, we head south along the enchanting Norwegian coast. You’ll be in awe of the 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 majestic 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. 

Seven Sisters mountain range in Norway
Photo: Photo Competition
An aerial view over the Norwegian town of Andalsnes in winter
Photo: Shutterstock

DAY 12 : Åndalsnes

Alpine village by the fjord

An aerial view over the Norwegian town of Andalsnes in winter
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After docking in the town centre in the morning, you have the chance to explore Åndalsnes, a picturesque coastal town located along Isfjord at the end of Romsdalsfjord.  

The literal highlights of Åndalsnes are the mountains that tower over the town. They are the reason the town has become Norway’s go-to destination for hikers, climbers, skiers, and more. The Troll Wall, a 1,000 metre vertical cliff along the Romsdalen valley, also attracts adrenaline seekers the world over. 

Take in the sights with a city walk and a relaxing ride on the Romsdal Gondola, or take the train along The Golden Route, named by Lonely Planet as ‘the most scenic train journey in Europe’.  

Whichever activities you choose, today brings you the best views of Isfjord and Romsdalsfjord, and the surrounding peaks. 

DAY 13 : Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

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Surrounded by seven mountains and the sea, the old capital of Bergen is one of Norway’s most picturesque and historic cities, as well as being its second largest.  

Stroll through the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and discover its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. 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 for you. 

One of the best-known attractions in Bergen is the Fløibanen funicular, which brings you to the top of Mount Fløyen. The summit has a wonderful view over the city, the nearby fjord, and the other surrounding peaks. 

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

DAY 14 : North Sea crossing

Reflections of Norway

Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Today is your last full day on MS Otto Sverdrup, as we sail back across the North Sea to Hamburg. 

Make the most of the relaxed atmosphere on board. If you haven’t yet been in the sauna, hot tubs, or pool, nor had your fill of your favourite flavours in the restaurants and bar, now is your last chance!  

Your Coastal Experience team will host a series of activities, perhaps including a photo recap of your voyage. The Captain’s Farewell Dinner is likely to be a highlight, too.  

This is a great time to take stock of the last two weeks, sort through your photographs, and exchange contact details with the new friends you made on the voyage. And don’t forget to spend at least a few minutes on deck, filling your lungs with the fresh sea air.

DAY 15 : Hamburg

Return to Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany
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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. 

You’ve sailed on The North Cape Express, getting to know Norway’s coastal cities and villages all the way to the top of the European continent. During the journey, you’ll have experienced Norway’s varied climate, seen majestic mountains and fjords, and maybe gazed up in awe at the Northern Lights once or several times.   

We hope you’ll cherish each of the memories of The North Cape Express that you’ll take home with you. Come sail with us again soon, on another iconic voyage of our spectacular home: the Norwegian coast. 

Hamburg, Germany
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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


  • 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