Bergen - Svalbard - Bergen

The Svalbard Express | Full Voyage (2025)

The Svalbard Express | Full Voyage (2025)

Bergen - Svalbard - Bergen

The Svalbard Express | Full Voyage (2025)

The Svalbard Express | Full Voyage (2025)

Travel information 15 days MS Trollfjord
Departures
9 departures between May 2025 and Sep 2025
Price from
4199 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Experience the Midnight Sun as you travel to the Far North on a unique itinerary built on our original sailing to Svalbard
  • Deepen your understanding of Norway’s coast and culture with ample time for exclusive excursions in 16 carefully chosen destinations
  • Enjoy exceptional food and drink, personalised service, and enhanced onboard activities on your freshly refurbished ship
The Svalbard Express | Full Voyage (2025)

Included in this voyage

  • All-inclusive

    Enjoy exceptional food and drink, personalised service and enhanced onboard activities on your freshly refurbished ship.

  • Ship facilities

    You have free access to MS Trollfjord’s library, fitness room, and its sumptuous sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Coastal Experience Team

    Our expert team will be on board to guide you in all voyage activities and excursions, while sharing charming stories and intriguing insights into Norwegian culture, history, nature and geography.

  • Onboard activities

    Enjoy a chef-led food tasting, join a hands-on arts and crafts session, or learn how to get the most out of your snaps in a photography workshop.

Itinerary

This is our historic voyage from 1968 to the top of the world, revived for the modern traveller. You’ll journey in comfort aboard beautiful MS Trollfjord, sailing along the scenic Norwegian coast north to Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s islands.

DAY 1 : Bergen

Sailing The Svalbard Express

The colourful houses of Bryggen on the waterfront in Bergen
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Welcome to Bergen! Your voyage begins in this beautiful city on the west coast of Norway. What began as a small village was developed by King Olav Kyree in 1070 AD and is now Norway’s second largest city. The majestic peaks that famously surround the city give Bergen its nickname, “The City of Seven Mountains”. 

Nestled in Bergen’s center is Vågen Bay, the historic core of the city, and home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen quarter made up of charming cobblestone streets and local boutique shops. Across from Bryggen, you’ll find the fish market, which cooks up fresh and delicious seafood dishes to feast on. 

Before you board MS Trollfjord, visit our comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal. Here, you can talk to staff about securing a spot on any optional excursions still available. 

Once we’ve welcomed you aboard, you’ll meet your ship’s Coastal Experience Team, who will be your hosts and guides to the Norwegian coastline and Svalbard. Get acquainted with your shipmates and take some time to get comfortable in your new home-away-from-home. 

Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colorful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea. 

The colourful houses of Bryggen on the waterfront in Bergen
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A couple hiking in the mountains around Åndalsnes in Norway
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 2 : Åndalsnes

Alpine village by the fjord

A couple hiking in the mountains around Åndalsnes in Norway
Photo: Espen Mills

Located along the Isfjord, Åndalsnes is a picturesque coastal town, home to about 2,000 people. 

The literal highlights of Åndalsnes are the mountains that tower over the town. Experience the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv – a love of the outdoors – through a variety of activities, such as hiking to Rampestreken viewpoint. 

For an easier way to take in the sights, sit back for a relaxing ride on the Romsdal Gondola or travel the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus. Whichever activities you choose, this day will bring you the best views of the Isfjord, Romsdalsfjord, and surrounding peaks. 

Optional excursions
  • Hairpin Bends & Soaring Mountains - Trollstigen Scenic Bus Tour
    Join this bus tour along iconic hairpin bends that wind their way through lush valleys and dramatic mountains.
  • Stand-Up Paddle Board in Åndalsnes 
    Enjoy a duck’s view of the Istra River and surrounding towering peaks as you stand-up paddleboard (SUP) its calm, green waters.
  • Åndalsnes Town Walk and Romsdal Gondola
    Explore the highlights of Åndalsnes, a small town at the head of the Romsdalsfjord, surrounded by soaring mountains and known for its dramatic history.

DAY 3 : Træna

Norway’s oldest fishing community

A couple exploring the landscape around Træna in Norway
Photo: Espen Mills

Træna is an archipelago that sits along the Helgeland coast at the edge of the Arctic Circle, 33 nautical miles northwest of the mainland. Made up of around 500 islands, islets, and skerries, only four are inhabited year-round.  

Spend the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities. If weather permits, you might be able to enjoy such activities as hiking and biking, or even island hopping. 

With a large population of Sea Eagles, birdwatching is another activity you won’t want to miss. For a truly authentic experience, step into the age-old shoes of a Norwegian fisherman, and cast a line under the summer sun. 

When it’s time to leave in the evening, take some time to rest onboard and unwind. We’ll cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little Norwegian ceremony. 

Optional excursions
  • Træna Island Hopping
    Get to know the people, wildlife, and ways of life on the beautiful isle of Selvær.
  • 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.
A couple exploring the landscape around Træna in Norway
Photo: Espen Mills
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DAY 4 : Reine

The tip of Lofoten

Photo: Tobias Bjørkli/Pexels

Today, we explore the famed Lofoten Islands. Watch for the steep mountains rising from the sea as we approach from the south in the morning.

We dock in Reine, an important – and picture-perfect – fishing village since 1743. This is one of the most-photographed landscapes in all of Norway, where red-painted rorbuer cling to a string of islands beneath sharp mountain ranges reflected in the waters below.

Not far to the south of Reine, at the western tip of the Lofoten archipelago, you’ll find Å, one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway. You can visit it on an optional excursion.

At the heart of this tiny village is the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, which covers the importance and development of fishing in Lofoten over the last 250 years.

Optional excursions
  • The Coastal Express Heritage Tour
    Take an exclusive tour of the Hurtigruten Museum, home to our full-sized retired ship, in our birthplace of Stokmarknes.
  • 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 5 : Tromsø

Gateway to the Arctic

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
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Tromsø is northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot, boasting impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the world’s northernmost university.

Calling into Tromsø on the way to or from Svalbard follows in the footsteps of history. Most explorers and sailors on Arctic expeditions would embark from or return to the city. We aim to dock here in the morning, giving you a whole day to explore this historic Arctic city and its surroundings.

Take your pick from a number of optional excursions. Learn more about the culture and polar history of Tromsø on a city walk, or take a scenic bus tour. You can also visit the striking Arctic Cathedral, which has an impressively large multi-colored stained-glass window. Or ride the Fjellheisen Cable Car up Storsteinen Mountain for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains, and fjords.

Optional excursions
  • Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – Summer
    Explore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture, and extraordinary panoramic views of Tromsø, ‘Paris of the North’, in summer.
  • Tromsø On Foot – The City & Its Polar History
    Take a stroll through the fascinating history and heritage of Tromsø and discover why it’s known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’.
  • The Northernmost Brewery
    Let actors entertain you on this tour through Tromsø to Mack, long known as the northernmost brewery in the world.
  • Hiking with Vikings
    Celebrate Northern history, tradition and culture as you travel through time to the Viking age at Tønsviking Medieval homestead.
  • 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.  
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso
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A group of tourists on a king crab safari in Honningsvåg
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 6 : Honningsvåg

At the top of Europe

A group of tourists on a king crab safari in Honningsvåg
Photo: Espen Mills

Around mid-morning, we arrive at Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in mainland Norway.

You have several optional excursions to pick from here. These could include taking a bus or riding a quad to the North Cape, a hike with your Coastal Experience Team, or an introduction to what life is like at 71°N. 

Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. The plateau stands 307 metres above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the geographical North Pole. Take a moment to gaze out across the sea from a top the soaring cliffs, watching the waves crash against the rocks below. 

Sailing away from Honningsvåg, we’ll enjoy dramatic views of the plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea, leaving mainland Norway’s coast far behind us. 

Optional excursions
  • Quad Biking to North Cape
    Drive your own quad bike on a thrilling adventure to continental Europe’s northernmost point.
  • 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.
  • North Cape and King Crab Experience - Summer
    From iconic views at the North Cape to delicious king crab, join us as we experience the highlights of Honningsvåg.

DAY 7 : At sea

At sea around Bjørnøya

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The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, Bjørnøya sits just past the halfway point between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. We’ll be viewing this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure. 

Upon seeing the island, you might notice the lack of trees, and even bushes. Very little grows here, with the land partly being covered only by a layer of moss and lichen. Whatever does grow here is fertilized by the abundant birdlife that nests on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture Little Auks, Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Northern Fulmars flying over dramatic cliff tops and steep slopes, alongside many other seabird species. 

Contrary to its name, which means “Bear Island”, the only native mammals are Arctic foxes. The island was named after a polar bear was spotted swimming in the waters nearby, but this is an unlikely sight this far south.  

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A dog-sledding husky excursion in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 8 : Longyearbyen

At the edge of the world

A dog-sledding husky excursion in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Photo: Espen Mills

Today, we arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and make our way up to Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening under the summer sun.   

Take a moment to just be here, now, in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and under 820 miles from the North Pole itself. The air of this Arctic desert is fresh and pure, and temperatures in summer average between zero and eight degrees Celsius thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream.  

In early afternoon, we find Longyearbyen nestled on the banks of Isfjord. A former coal mining colony, it is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and a hub for adventure travellers, as well as scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.  

Spend some time strolling around the town, admiring its collection of galleries, pubs, restaurants, brewery, and the notable North Pole Expedition Museum.

You’ll also have optional excursions to pick from that bring you into the awe-inspiring landscapes surrounding Longyearbyen. Explore by e-bike, open boat, or on a wagon pulled by dogs. You could go on a fossil hike, or have a wilderness experience at Camp Barentz. And if you’ve ever wanted to try dog sledding without snow, this is your chance. 

Optional excursions
  • Dog Sledding on Wheels
    Experience the instinctive connection between human and dog as eight huskies pull you across the Norwegian summer landscape on a wheeled sled.
  • Svalbard Wilderness and History Experience
    Meet huskies and hear exciting experiences from mushers at Camp Barentz, before taking a trip through time at the Svalbard Museum.
  • Visit a Coal Mine of the Past
    Take an immersive tour of a 20th-century coal mine in Longyearbyen and learn more about the fascinating heritage of this mining town.
  • Husky Dog Wagon Ride 
    Enjoy an exhilarating wagon ride along Svalbard’s Arctic coastline, led by a skilful guide and a pack of powerful sled dogs.
  • Isfjord Safari by Open Boat
    Embark on a thrilling boat safari in the waters of Isfjorden, passing 20th-century cultural monuments that offer a window into Svalbard’s mining past.
  • Longyearbyen by E-bike 
    Hop on an electric bike to explore the best of Longyearbyen with ease. Learn more about the area’s mining past and get up close with local birdlife as you pedal silently through the rugged landscape.
  • Svalbard Hike and Fossil Hunt 
    Join a hike through Svalbard’s vast wilderness as we hunt for millennia-old fossils. 

DAY 9 : Ny-Ålesund

Science on the Arctic frontier

Photo: mcburneyphotography

At the tip of Brøgger peninsula, on one of Kongsfjord’s shores, is Ny-Ålesund. Like Longyearbyen, it began as a coal mine but became host to scientific stations from the mid 20th century. During the summer, there are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20 glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries. 

Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world, drop in at the local museum and souvenir shop, or send a far-flung postcard back to friends and family from the small post office.  

If you weren’t up in time to enjoy the impressive views of Kongsfjord on the way to Ny-Ålesund, make sure you’re on deck as we leave. It’s one of the largest fjords in the area, with an entrance guarded by two colossal creaking glaciers that regularly deposit ice into the fjord.  

This stretch is also a good place to look out for walrus basking on the shores and for many different species of migrating birds, including puffins, king eiders, pink-footed geese, and guillemots.  

Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land while the white beluga whale has been known to surface in the waters here too. If we’re very lucky, we might even see a polar bear prowling the coast for bearded and ringed seals. 

Photo: mcburneyphotography
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DAY 10 : At sea

Leaving Svalbard

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Unfortunately, it’s time for us to say farewell to Svalbard and to Spitsbergen and sail south back to mainland Norway.  

On board the ship, use the day to relax. If skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun out on deck and keep on the lookout for whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

For some fascinating insights into local history and wildlife, catch a lecture delivered by the Coastal Experience Team.

Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept that features the finest, most flavorsome, local Norwegian produce.

You can also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing together about your favorite experiences of the voyage so far.

DAY 11 : Senja

Exploring ‘Little Norway’

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After a day at sea, we arrive back to mainland Norway.

Our first stop of the day is Tromsø, to drop off any cargo from Svalbard and pick up cargo bound for ports to the south, before we continue south to Senja. The island is one of the country’s largest, and northern Norway’s fast-rising star destination, as you’d expect for a place ranked among CNN’s top ten most beautiful islands in the world.

Often proudly described by locals as a ‘mini Norway’, Senja has a concentration of diverse landscapes that mirror different parts of the Norwegian coast, from the sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lofty mountains of its northern coast to the rocky coastline and pine forests of southern Senja and Ånderdalen National Park. You'll find rolling hills and birch forests to the east.

Disembark in the charming fishing village of Torsken and explore by bus, e-bike, on foot, or take to the fjords on a wildlife safari on one of the optional excursions.

Optional excursions
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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DAY 12 : Stokmarknes and Svolvær

Fall in love with Lofoten

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Start the day with a few hours in Stokmarknes, an historic town with a special place in our hearts. It’s the birthplace of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express.

It’s a fitting place for the Hurtigruten Museum, where you are immersed in the atmosphere of a different era on our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly encased in glass on the waterfront. 

After Stokmarknes, we’ll sail via Raftsundet and Trollfjord to Lofoten. The rest of the day is all about exploring this breathtaking archipelago. Hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of Norway, you’ll understand why as you see its jagged green cliffs rise dramatically out of the ocean, climbing high into the sky like giant teeth. 

The beating heart of the archipelago is the town of Svolvær where your ship will be based. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy, and the hours can be spent exploring and getting to know the town yourself. 

To experience the mountains, islands, and villages around Svolvær, choose from a variety of handpicked top Lofoten excursions. You can go fishing, kayaking, or sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery on foot or on a bus tour.

Optional excursions
  • Kayaking in Lofoten - Summer
    Experience the raw natural beauty of Henningsvær as you explore the crystal-clear waters by kayak.
  • Fishing in Lofoten - Summer
    Try your hand at authentic sea fishing for haddock, cod, and mackerel aboard MS Symra, a traditional Norwegian fishing boat from 1917
  • Lofoten Scenery & Henningsvær
    Take in the stunning summer scenery of Lofoten. See history, marine life, and timeless art at SKREI Heritage Centre, and soak up the fishing village atmosphere of Henningsvær.
  • 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 13 : Brønnøysund

Highlights of the Helgeland Coast

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The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of distinctive mountains that have inspired many a charming myth and local folklore.  

We will base the ship in the town of Brønnøysund, which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870. Spend your time exploring the town or join optional excursions such as a RIB cruise. 

Further along from Brønnøysund is the unique Torghatten Mountain. The first thing you’ll notice about Torghatten is the hole that pierces right through its centre. At an easy pace, it takes about an hour to reach the hole in Torghatten on an optional excursion. The panoramic view of the islands stretching out before you is well worth it. 

Optional excursions
  • Torghatten Mountain Hike
    Follow in the footsteps of trolls and Vikings on this excursion to a mythologised mountain with a hole right through it.
  • Brønnøysund by Bike
    Cycle through historical Brønnøysund uncovering the town’s secrets on the way, from the surprising church to a showroom filled with modern art.
  • Legends of Torghatten and Brønnøysund - Summer
    See Brønnøysund’s sights by bus then follow in the footsteps of trolls to a mythologised mountain with a hole right through it.  
  • Sea Adventure by RIB
    Explore the landscape around Brønnøysund from water level on a thrilling RIB ride.
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The village of Sæbo in Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

DAY 14 : Ålesund, The Hjørundfjord, and Sæbo

Secret of the Sunnmøre Alps

The village of Sæbo in Hjørundfjord, Norway
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The ship will make a brief stop in the town of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a peninsula below Mount Aksla. If you’re joining the overland excursion to Hjørundfjord and Sæbo, this is where you disembark, or you can explore the town on foot.

Near to Ålesund, cutting through the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps, some 1,700 metres high, is magnificent Hjørundfjord. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the Sunnmøre Alps means it is the area’s hidden gem and a secret from most other ships. 

On the banks of one of Hjørundfjord’s branches is the idyllic village of Sæbø. Tender ashore here and join an optional bus tour or hike excursion to explore Sæbo’s charming streets, fjord and mountain scenery, nearby villages, and local culture. If you left MS Trollfjord to go on an excursion at Ålesund, this is also where you’ll rejoin the ship.

We are fast approaching the last day of our voyage. What better way to celebrate our Svalbard Express experience than a farewell dinner on our last night.

Optional excursions
  • Mountain Peaks & Fjords - A Scenic Bus Tour
    Experience the Norway you’ve always dreamed of. The dramatic mountains and fjords of the Sunnmøre Alps will make your heart soar! 
  • Ålesund on Foot
    Explore Ålesund on this fascinating walking tour and discover some of the highlights of its remarkable Art Nouveau architecture.

DAY 15 : Bergen

Back where we began

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We arrive back in Bergen in the morning. It’s time to disembark the ship, but not before saying fond farewells to your fellow passengers and to the crew of MS Trollfjord who made your Svalbard Express journey such a comfortable one. 

You’ve travelled as part of this historic, iconic voyage to pieces of paradise along the Norwegian coast you won’t soon forget. If you’ve engaged in optional excursions, will you have photos to share of you kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery ever seen?  

We know you’ll take fond memories of the North Cape, Helgeland, Lofoten, Senja, Hjørundfjord, crossing the Arctic Circle, Tromsø, Bjørnøya, Longyearbyen, and Ny-Ålesund home with you.  

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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)

  • Norwegian 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