North Cape - Starting the Year on Top of the World

Join us for a very special New Year´s celebration on a winter voyage to Northern Norway! Enjoy beautiful Arctic landscape, charming villages and bustling towns. Explore some of the hidden treasures in the area, as well as the best-known landmarks. We are excited to show our backyard, the authentic heart of Northern Norway.

  • Explore the best of Northern Norway with the local experts
  • Chance of whale sightings
  • Scout for the Northern Lights
  • Celebrate a very special New Year

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 28 December 2020

Departs from Tromsø, Norway

New Year in the Far North

Join us on a very special winter and New Year’s cruise to the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Northern Norway.

On this Norwegian cruise you will explore a truly unique natural world. Northern Norway is wild, rugged and like nowhere else on Earth. The landscape is ceaselessly varied, unspoiled, magnificent, awe-inspiring, beautiful…you will run out of adjectives to describe this unforgettable place.

Arctic Magic

The weather in the Arctic might be crisp and clear, and It may also snow heavily at times. We work with the conditions and adapt our programmes as we go, with safety always first and foremost on this Norway holiday.  

Wildlife and Northern Lights

Whales approach Norwegian shores this time of year to feed on herring, so we will keep a sharp eye out for them from deck.  We hope to experience the magical Northern Lights, with the short daylight hours of fantastic colours giving way to beautiful shades of evening blue as a search for the Aurora begins.

We will sail from Tromsø with MS Spitsbergen, visiting settlements and villages rich with fishing traditions, Sami history and polar expedition heritage. We will celebrate the New Year in Honningsvåg, the capital of the North Cape. We will make sure to enjoy the brief daylight and we are hoping for crisp and clear nights and days. As evening falls, all eyes will turn to the skies as we hunt for the unforgettable Northern Lights.

Day 1: Tromsø

Paris of the North


Tromsø brims with culture and history in a magnificent landscape.  The city is often described as the Paris of the North, and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. Spend some time enjoying this Arctic town before embarking on your voyage with MS Spitsbergen.

Day 2: Lyngen Fjord

Spectacular Lyngen

Exploration day - Full day

This famed mountain range of Lyngen is known for dramatic peaks and steep mountainsides that plunge into the fjord. If conditions allow, we will spend the morning exploring here. We might visit the charming fishing village of Havnnes, where stock fish is produced in the traditional way.

Day 3: Kjøllefjord

Winter Adventure

Full day

Kjøllefjord is a small, vibrant fishing village with around 1,000 inhabitants. It offers an excellent view toward the ocean and the Finnkirka rock formation. Enjoy a range of activity options, learning about Sami culture or enjoy the winter countryside on snowmobile.

Day 4: Honningsvåg

Gateway to the North Cape


We spend the last day of 2020 in Honningsvåg with a range of optional activities. Visit the North Cape and stand on top of the plateau to sense being at the end of the world. In the evening, we will enjoy good company and delicious food as we celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Day 5: Hammerfest

New Year’s Day

Half day

We sail to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world.  The town will be quiet, and venues closed as this is New Year’s Day, but if conditions are good, we will enjoy walking through the seasonally decorated streets and find a vantage point overlooking the scenic Arctic town.

Day 6: Alta

Winter Adventures

Half day

We will be spending the day in Alta, our final call on this voyage. Alta is a small town with plenty of winter activities on offer. Join in on optional excursions, learning about Sami Culture or take on some snowmobiling or dogsledding. 

Day 7: Tromsø

Disembarking in Tromsø


After our voyage through beautiful Arctic landscapes and great winter activities, we return to colourful Tromsø, where this adventure ends.

Arrival 03 January 2021

Location Tromsø, Norway
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice    


  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including awelcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling 
Life on board