Norway | Lofoten, Helgeland and History

Tromsø to Trondheim

Tromsø to Trondheim

Norway | Lofoten, Helgeland and History

Tromsø to Trondheim

Tromsø to Trondheim

Travel information 3 days
Departures Daily departures, all year round
Price from
275 €
  • Admire the landscapes of the Lofoten Islands and the Helgeland Coast
  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore towns and cities like Svolvær and Brønnøysund
  • Stay active and adventurous by taking part in our exciting sea and land excursions.
Tromsø to Trondheim

Itinerary

You’ll pass the jagged peaks that characterise the Lofoten Islands and have the opportunity to visit several fishing villages. Head to the Coastal Express museum in Stokmarknes, go on an exciting optional excursion from Svolvær, and hang out by the pretty marina in Brønnøysund before arriving into Trondheim on the morning of Day 3.

DAY 1 : Tromsø

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
Photo: Utflytter - Shutterstock

Welcome to the historic Arctic capital of Tromsø. If you’ve arrived in the morning or afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the city before your ship departs late in the evening.

After Finnsnes early in the morning, the ship calls at Harstad where the white-washed Trondenes Church, the world’s northernmost medieval stone church, sits on the peninsula.

Next is our smallest port of call Risøyhamn and then Sortland where the landscape slowly transforms from hills to 1,000-metre-high mountains.

Our birthplace

Stokmarknes is where Captain Richard With began The Coastal Express in 1893. Visit Hurtigrutemuseet, a ship-in-a-bottle building that chronicles our legacy, centred around retired ship MS Finnmarken from 1956.

A ship-size fjord

Sailing along Raftsund, the Captain may choose to take the ship into tiny Trollfjord. The mountain walls will look so close you’ll think you can reach out and brush them! To exit the fjord, the ship will rotate 180 degrees on the spot, then sail back out. Remember to look out for sea eagles here too.

Fall in love with Lofoten

We reach Svolvær in the evening, main town of the gorgeous Lofoten Islands. The huge mountain that sits above the town is named the Svolvær Goat due to its supposed resemblance. See if you agree!

The ship then sails for Stamsund, eventually passing the giant granite cliffs of the Lofoten Wall.

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
Photo: Utflytter - Shutterstock
Northern Lights in Norway
Marvel at the mystical Northern Lights.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Spot the hole in the middle of Torghatten.
Spot the hole in the middle of Torghatten.
Photo: Helfried Weyer

DAY 2 : Bodø - Rørvik

A Landscape of Trolls

Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.

The ship calls at Bodø in the small hours of the morning and then Ørnes at 7am. We then cross over the Arctic Circle just after breakfast. Commemorate the moment with a tradition of tasting a spoonful of good ol’ cod liver oil!

We make a short stop at Nesna before sailing on to Sandnessjøen, gateway to the magnificent Helgeland Coast.

Legend has it…

Admire the stunning landscape of the Seven Sisters mountain range, with peaks up to 1,100m high. The tale goes that seven beautiful troll princesses, fleeing from an unwanted suitor, got caught out as the sun rose, turning them into the seven beautiful mountains you see today.

You’ll also not want to miss views of Torghatten Mountain, with the distinctive hole in it. There is a local legend as to why and how this mountain came to have such a hole. Make sure you ask your Coastal Expert about it!

We reach Brønnøysund mid-afternoon. Explore the bustling marina on a walk along Havnegata. In the centre of town is Brønnøy Church: a stone church in the Neo-Gothic style dating back to 1870.

Our last stop of the day is the cosy fishing port of Rørvik in the picturesque Vikna archipelago.

Optional excursions
  • UNESCO Vega Archipelago
    Go on a boat tour of the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands and learn about the islands’ unique industry of eider duck down harvesting.
  • Visit the Salmon
    Learn about the salmon lifecycle, as well as salmon fishing and farming in this hands-on tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre in Toft.
  • Hike to Torghatten Mountain
    Walk up to and through the distinctive hole in legendary Torghatten Mountain and enjoy the stunning panoramic views.
  • Visit Hildurs Urterarium
    Don`t miss this excursion to a quirky herb farm, where the warm hosts welcome you and proudly serve their homegrown and homemade food.

DAY 3 : Trondheim

City of Kings and Palaces

Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Photo: Espen Mills

We arrive at Trondheim just after breakfast. Your voyage with us concludes here. If you’ve got some time before your onward journey, you might like to explore the city’s sights.

Magical, medieval, and modern

Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is Norway’s third largest city and a mix of historic buildings and a buzzing student population.

A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed “Norway’s Notre Dame” for its Gothic style and considered the most sacred building in all of Norway. Next door to the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace where Norway’s crown jewels are on display.

Nearby, the old city bridge Gamle Bybro sits over Nid River, marking the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. The neighbourhood’s colourful wooden wharves propped up on stilts by the river’s edge now house trendy eateries. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort which affords beautiful panoramas of the city and fjord.

Optional excursions
  • Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
    Take a bus tour of Trondheim, an ancient city rich in history and culture that also serves as one of Norway’s major academic and research centres
  • The Hidden Rooms of Nidaros Cathedral
    Explore secret chambers deep inside Trondheim´s ancient Nidaros Cathedral as part of this exclusive tour reserved for our Platinum fare guests.
  • The Atlantic Road
    Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful drives as we follow the scenic Atlantic Road on this relaxing journey along the majestic coastline.
  • Bergtatt – Magnificent Marble Mine
    Journey down into Bergtatt, a marble and limestone mine deep inside the mountain and take a raft ride onto the illuminated subterranean lake.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Photo: Espen Mills
Ride along the spectacular Atlantic Road.
Ride along the spectacular Atlantic Road.
Photo: Nancy Bundt
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

  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Flights and transport

Notes

  • Prices are per person in a double cabin in EUR.
  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures.
  • Group prices available on request.
  • Hurtigruten has flexible pricing. Prices therefore change frequently depending on demand and cabin capacity. You will be offered the best possible price when you book.