Norway | Lofoten, North Cape and Beyond

Svolvær - Kirkenes

Svolvær - Kirkenes

Norway | Lofoten, North Cape and Beyond

Svolvær - Kirkenes

Svolvær - Kirkenes

Travel information 4 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
Price from
351 €
  • Admire the rugged Arctic landscapes of Northern Norway
  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore the beautiful city of Tromsø, known as the capital of the Arctic
Svolvær - Kirkenes

Itinerary

From Lofoten, your ship sails through the night to bring you to the city of Tromsø by afternoon the next day. Experience this ‘Paris of the North’ whether wandering around or on optional excursions. The next day offers a trip to the North Cape before we make our way to Kirkenes, near the Russian border.

DAY 1 : Svolvær

At the heart of Lofoten

A body of water with a mountain in the background
Lofoten offers some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.

Welcome to Norway and what is arguably its most scenic archipelago. You’ll board your ship in the late evening, giving you plenty of time to explore Svolvær if you arrive here earlier in the day.

This enchanting town is nestled in a picturesque location between the mountains and the sea, overlooked by Svolværgeita, or Svolvær Goat Mountain, with its two characteristic ‘horns’.

No wonder then that Svolvær is a place of inspiration for artists and photographers who feature their work in art galleries and the North Norwegian Art Centre.

Natural Phenomenon

From late May through mid-July, the Arctic sun stays above the horizon, a phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun. This 24-hour daylight means outdoor activities, such as kayaking and hiking, can be done whatever time of day or night.

In contrast, come winter, Lofoten’s position above the Arctic Circle and directly beneath the auroral zone make it ideal for viewing the spectacular Northern Lights.

A body of water with a mountain in the background
Lofoten offers some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
Photo: Filip Hoel
Experience life in coastal towns like Hammerfest
Experience life in coastal towns like Hammerfest
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

DAY 3 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Norway’s Northern Frontier

The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
Photo: Filip Hoel

The ship reaches the town of Hammerfest on the island of Kvaløya early in the morning. In summer, the island has herds of reindeer migrating here in their thousands.

You’ll know we’ve reached Havøysund when you see the wind turbines of the landmark Havøyglaven wind farm which produces enough electricity to power 6,000 local homes.

At the top of Europe

We arrive at Honningsvåg mid-morning, portal to the North Cape where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. The optional excursion up to the dramatic promontory is very popular, so you’ll want to book early.

Sámi heartlands

Near the entrance of Kjøllefjord village, look out for the striking, building-like rock formation Finnkirka, an ancient sacrificial site once used by the indigenous Sámi. You can join an optional excursion to meet local Sámi, learn about their life reindeer herding, and listen to joik folk songs.

Continuing north

We reach our northernmost port of call, Mehamn, in the evening. If visiting in the months of February and March, you might spot tons of cod drying on outdoor wooden racks called hjell, mainly destined for export.

The ship then sets off for Berlevåg. On the way, we pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the northernmost mainland lighthouse on Earth.

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.
  • Birdwatching Safari
    Join us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs in the Gjesværstappan islands.
  • Sámi Culture
    Meet an indigenous Sámi family in their traditional lavvo tent to learn more from them about their way of life and their remarkable culture.
  • Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
    Drive your own snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape from one port to the next, hopefully under the Northern Lights.
  • Sami Autumn
    Hear tales about the Sámi Shaman, discover Sámi culinary traditions, and learn about the restorative powers of local medicinal herbs.
  • The North Cape Exclusive
    This private tour of the North Cape with your own guide is an exclusive experience reserved for our Platinum fare guests.
  • Fishing Village Visit
    Join us on a tour to visit two colourful fishing villages and discover Christmas, whatever the time of year, at the very top of Norway.

DAY 4 : Båtsfjord – Kirkenes

Where Norway Meets Russia

A close up of a dog
On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape.

We call at Båtsfjord and Vardø in the night, before docking at Vadsø early in the morning.

Looking to the skies

The area around Vadsø is one of the most scenic and popular birdwatching spots in the Arctic, lying directly under the migration path of birds flying from east to west. Watch for hooded crows and sea eagles.

Next door neighbours

Kirkenes is just a few miles from the Russian border and has many influences from Norway’s neighbour; from road signs in both Norwegian and Russian, a monthly Russian market, or the WWII Russian Monument.

This is where your Norwegian coastal cruise ends and you’ll have travelled further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul.

As we arrive in Kirkenes around 9am, you might have some time to explore this fascinating town by yourself, ahead of your onward journey. Go to the border crossing at Storskog, call in at the Varanger Museum, or why not book our Post-Programme at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, staying either in a cosy Snow Suite or a wooden Gamme Cabin.

A close up of a dog
On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape.
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.