Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim

The Voyage of Discovery

The Voyage of Discovery

Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim

The Voyage of Discovery

The Voyage of Discovery

Travel information 11 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
Price from
1715 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Discover all the main sights of our Norway scenic route with almost all 34 ports visited twice, first northbound and then southbound
  • Soak in spectacular scenery any season of the year as we sail past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains
  • Spend half your voyage on an Arctic tour of Norway, maximising your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in winter, or enjoying 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Take your pick from seven to nine optional hikes and the majority of optional seasonal excursions – around 70 in total – to enhance your coastal experience
The Voyage of Discovery

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Itinerary

While cruising Norway’s coastline, many of the ports we visit by night northbound are revisited by day southbound, allowing you to discover various fjords, mountains, cities, towns, and villages.

Bear in mind you also have as many as 70 optional seasonal excursions to customise each day of your journey the way you want.

DAY 1 : Bergen

All Aboard!

A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water

Your voyage starts in Bergen, the second largest city in Norway and gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen boasts architecture influenced by prosperous 14th century German trading organisation, the Hanseatic League.

If you’ve time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs of the colourful Bryggen district, now an artisan quarter complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous Fish Market which serves delicious seafood. There’s also the Fløibanen funicular which whisks you up Mount Fløyen for lovely views of the city.

To get the most out of your visit to Norway, don’t forget that we can also help you to arrange tours before or after your voyage, such as the Norway in a Nutshell programme.

Your voyage begins

Before boarding, you can relax in our comfortable guest lounge at the terminal. Once aboard, enjoy the first of many delicious meals made from fresh coastal produce as we depart Bergen and sail the old Viking route along Hjeltefjord.

You’ll also meet your ship’s Coastal Experts who will be your guides as we cruise Norway’s coastline, organising lectures, onboard activities, and optional hikes.

TIME IN PORT:

Optional excursions
  • Hiking Pass (4 hikes) – Summer
    With long days, summer is surely the perfect time to go hiking in Norway. Embrace the Norwegian concept of “friluftsliv” and embark into the beautiful wilderness.
  • Hiking Pass (4 hikes) – Winter
    Enjoy hiking the stark beauty of Norway’s winter landscapes and experience what locals call “friluftsliv”, perhaps under the magical Northern Lights.
A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water
Stroll Bergen´s historic wharf district, Bryggen
Stroll Bergen´s historic wharf district, Bryggen
A large body of water with buildings in the snow
Hjørundfjorden – like nowhere else on Earth
Hjørundfjorden – like nowhere else on Earth
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Art Nouveau beauty in Ålesund
Art Nouveau beauty in Ålesund
Photo: Helmut Hartung

DAY 2 : Florø - Molde

Iconic Architecture and Fantastic Fjords

Hjørundfjorden – like nowhere else on Earth
Hjørundfjorden – like nowhere else on Earth
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

Enjoy early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord near Torvik. We then sail past West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

Art Nouveau city

Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and Atlanterhavsparken, one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. If you’re travelling with us in spring or winter, you’ll have most of the day to explore this picturesque town.

Into the fjords

In the summer, we set our course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing some of the most magnificent scenery Norway has to offer. Once in the fjord, you might get to see the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.

In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, hidden away in the Sunnmøre Alps. There’ll also be a call at the scenic village of Urke to gaze at the view of thousand-year-old farms, the fjord, and the lush mountainsides.

Mountains and roses

The last port of the day is Molde. In summer, there might just be enough daylight to see the amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ‘the Molde Panorama’.

From mid-June to late August, the streets and gardens here will be adorned with the sight and scent of roses of all shades, living up to Molde’s nickname as ‘The City of Roses’.

TIME IN PORT

  • Florø: 02:45 - 03:00
  • Måløy: 05:15 - 05:30
  • Torvik: 08:20 - 08:30
  • Ålesund (01.11-31.05): 09:45 - 20:00
    • Ålesund (01.06-31.10): 09:45 - 10:00
    • Geiranger (01.06-31.08): 14:25 - 14:45
    • Ålesund (01.06-31.08): 19:00 - 20:00
    • Urke (01.09-31.10): 12:15 - 15:45
    • Ålesund (01.09-31.10): 18:00 - 20:00
  • Molde: 22:35 - 23:05 
Optional excursions
  • Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass
    A scenic bus journey from Geiranger village brings you to Eidsdalsvatnet Lake for a ferry ride. We rejoin the bus and travel to Gudbrands Gorge and down the winding Trollstigen Pass to Molde.
  • Art Nouveau Walk (Spring & Winter)
    Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover the history and culture of this elegant Art Nouveau town.
  • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
    Get a bird´s-eye-view of the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund from a nearby mountain before visiting the expansive saltwater Atlanterhavsparken aquarium.
  • Art Nouveau Walk (Autumn)
    Ålesund is best known for its vibrant Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover the hidden charms of this Norwegian coastal town.
  • A Taste of Norway
    A beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, historic hotel, and tiny village – join us for this highly popular journey through spectacular Norwegian nature.
  • Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
    Admire the spectacular views of Hjørundfjord, the Sunnmøre Alps, Sæbø and Urke villages on this mountain hike. There’s even time for a coffee break midway and a beer at the end.
  • Hike with a Visit to a Shieling
    Join us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås where we learn about traditional farming and taste local delicacies.
  • Hjørundfjord, Geiranger, and Ålesund
    This excursion takes you through Norangsdalen valley, on a ferry ride on UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, up steep Eagle Road, and then to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
  • Kayaking in Ålesund
    Join us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant town of Ålesund and learn more about its history and Art Nouveau influence.
  • Alnes Lighthouse
    Explore the ancient islands of Giske and Godøy and enjoy the fantastic coastal scenery at Alnes Lighthouse.
  • Sunnmøre Open Air Museum
    Join us for a day of culture and history as we explore the town of Ålesund and its nearby mountain, before discovering the fascinating, open-air Sunnmøre Museum.
  • The Romsdal Gondola
    Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of this beautiful fjord landscape, from deep in the Romsdalen Valley to high up in Nesaksla Mountain.

DAY 3 : Kristiansund - Rørvik

City of Kings and Palaces

Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Photo: Ole Størksen

This section of the voyage lets us enter the Trøndelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-loying coastal settlements.

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.

You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its array of highlights, either by yourself or on one of the optional excursions we offer.

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.

Back on board

In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the ochre-coloured Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we head towards charming Rørvik.

TIME IN PORT

  • Kristiansund: 02:45 - 03:00
  • Trondheim: 09:45 - 12:45
  • Rørvik: 21:40 - 22:00
Optional excursions
  • Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    Encounter the majesty of Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in the Gothic architectural style. We then journey through the history of music at Ringve Museum.
  • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Learn more about Trondheim by visiting one of its most famous landmarks, Nidaros Cathedral. Take in the whole city from the famous Utsikten viewpoint and enjoy a bus tour of the city.
  • Trondheim City Walk
    Explore Trondheim while learning about its history and culture from a local guide. See all the best sights of the city, from Stiftsgården to the bridge that locals call “The Portal of Happiness”.
  • Kayaking on the River Nid
    See the city’s main attractions from water level inside a kayak. Paddle down Trondheim’s waterways and get some exercise while learning more about this exciting city.
  • Cycling In Trondheim
    This is Norway’s most bike-friendly city, so it’s time to go for a bike ride! Enjoy the fresh air as you cycle through the city, taking in the sights and the beautiful scenery.
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Photo: Ole Størksen
Trondheim´s scenic Nid river
Trondheim´s scenic Nid river
The spectacular Saltstraumen maelstrom
The spectacular Saltstraumen maelstrom
MS Polarlys sailing in the Arctic Circle
MS Polarlys sailing in the Arctic Circle
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Photo: Simon Vogele

DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

Into the Arctic

MS Polarlys sailing in the Arctic Circle
MS Polarlys sailing in the Arctic Circle

We cross the Arctic Circle early in the morning, beginning your Arctic tour of Norway. We mark the moment with a traditional ceremony that’s sure to wake you up!

Above the Arctic Circle, you can see the sun 24 hours a day in summer, while in winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights greatly improve.

Forces of nature

At 10am, we call into Ørnes, near to Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the Love Bench where sweethearts have declared their lasting romance with a padlock.

We then sail to Bodø, the second largest city in Northern Norway, overlooked by the Børvass peaks. Admire fabulous street art or join an optional boat excursion to Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom. 

Welcome to Lofoten

That afternoon, the ship enters the Lofoten archipelago. The 1,000 metre-high Lofoten Wall is a stunning sight on the horizon, as if there to welcome us.

Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands and busiest between January and April when Arctic cod, known locally as skrei, swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to Vestfjord to spawn.

Come evening, when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer, you’ve arrived in the pretty harbour of Svolvær, the main town of the Lofoten Islands.

TIME IN PORT 

  • Brønnøysund: 01:35 - 01:45
  • Sandnessjøen: 04:35 - 04:50
  • Nesna: 06:00 - 06:10
  • Ørnes: 10:00 - 10:10
  • Bodø: 13:05 - 15:20
  • Stamsund: 19:15 - 19:40
  • Svolvær: 21:20 - 22:15
Optional excursions
  • Svartisen Glacier
    Enjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor centre for Norway’s second-largest glacier: Svartisen. Look out for sea eagles and pass the world’s strongest tidal current.
  • Arctic Coastal Walk
    Join us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
  • Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
    After a tour of the town of Bodø, visit the strongest tidal current in the world at the Saltstraumen maelstroms.
  • RIB Safari To Saltstraumen
    Journey by boat to Saltstraumen, home to the world’s strongest tidal current. Learn more about the history and geology of this fascinating area during the boat ride.
  • Meet the Vikings (Winter)
    Step back in time and experience life in the Viking Age at the Lofotr Viking Museum. Enjoy an authentic Viking meal and watch your hosts perform traditional rituals.
  • Meet the Vikings (Summer)
    See how the Vikings lived at Lofotr in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever discovered has been replicated.
  • Highlights of Lofoten
    This excursion takes you to see several of Lofoten's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, all the while surrounded by a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains.
  • Farm Visit in Lofoten
    Experience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm at Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.

DAY 5 : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

Capital of the Arctic

Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Photo: Ole C Salomonsen

We dock into Harstad just after 7am. You can go for a peaceful early morning stroll around town. 

The ship will then continue to Finnsnes which connects the beautiful island of Senja via the impressive Gisund Bridge.

Keep on the lookout for a variety of seabirds with several colonies nearby, including puffins. Whales can also be spotted in the waters here, especially during the winter season.

Gateway to the Arctic

We then sail to the historic Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø where you’ll have four hours to explore the city or join an optional excursion.

You’ll find Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium, o the waterfront. Take your pick from the many shops and restaurants in the city centre, including Mack Brewery and favourite local watering hole Ølhallen pub. There are also trendy cafés plying delicious cinnamon buns and where baristas create innovative coffee art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, you should be able to see the iconic Arctic Cathedral with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Leaving Tromsø in the early evening, we head north for the trading post of Skjervøy, founded in 1622. On our way, we’ll pass the Lyngen Alps which rise majestically from the sea.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Stokmarknes: 01:30 - 01:40
  • Sortland: 02:55 - 03:10
  • Risøyhamn: 04:35 - 04:50
  • Harstad: 07:10 - 07:45
  • Finnsnes: 11:00 - 11:30
  • Tromsø: 14:15 - 18:15
  • Skjervøy: 22:10 - 22:25
Optional excursions
  • The Arctic Capital Tromsø
    Tour the city’s best spots from the Arctic Cathedral to the world’s northernmost aquarium, including taking the cable car up for mountaintop views over Tromsø.
  • Dog Sledding (Tromsø)
    Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.
  • Scenery & Huskies
    Get close to huskies and their pups during this visit to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre. Go on a guided nature walk and learn about the sport of dog sled racing.
  • Polar History Walk
    Go on this guided walk through the city of Tromsø and learn about the Arctic capital’s fascinating history. Visit the Polar Museum and taste local beer at Tromsø’s oldest pub.
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    With fluffy, soft snow each winter, it’s no surprise that skiing is a popular pastime in Norway. Enjoy an introductory skiing lesson, before going for a gentle cross-country skiing trip.
  • Snowshoeing In Tromsø
    Make your way across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, exploring Tromsøya Island in a unique way. End the visit with a toboggan ride and a relaxing break by the bonfire.
  • Electric Cruising in Tromsø
    Cruise Tromsø’s coast in a silent, electric boat. Explore the depths with an underwater drone and sample Arctic food as you listen to local guides.
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Photo: Ole C Salomonsen
Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
Photo: Rob Wisdom LRPS / Hurtigruten
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 6 : 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.

TIME IN PORT: 

  • Øksfjord: 01:50 - 02:00
  • Hammerfest: 05:05 - 05:45
  • Havøysund: 08:30 - 08:45
  • Honningsvåg: 10:55 - 14:30
  • Kjøllefjord: 16:40 - 17:00
  • Mehamn: 18:55 - 19:15
  • Berlevåg: 22:00 - 22:10
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.
  • RIB Expedition at 71 Degrees North
    Join a thrilling boat ride to North Cape and see the rugged coastline of Troms and Finnmark county from water level.

DAY 7 : Båtsfjord - Berlevåg

Norway's Eastern Edge

Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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

By the time we reach Kirkenes after breakfast, you’ll have travelled further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul. You’ll have a choice of optional excursions to explore the area.

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

Journey’s turning point

Kirkenes is where your Norwegian coastal cruise changes direction and the ship heads south. Several of the places we sailed to during the night we’ll now see during the day.

Back in Vardø, you can visit the solemn Witches’ Monument and the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains a part of the military to this day.

We return to the small, bustling port of Båtsfjord and then make for Berlevåg for late evening, crossing paths with the northbound ship.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Båtsfjord: 00:00 - 00:30
  • Vardø: 03:30 - 03:45
  • Vadsø: 06:55 - 07:10
  • Kirkenes: 09:00 - 12:30
  • Vardø: 16:05 - 17:00
  • Båtsfjord: 20:00 - 20:30
  • Berlevåg: 22:25 - 22:35
Optional excursions
  • The Norwegian Border
    Explore the area around Storskog, a border station located on Norway’s easternmost edge, and enjoy views over the town of Kirkenes from Prestfjellet Mountain.
  • Riverboat to the Norwegian Border (Kirkenes)
    Explore the Russian-Norwegian frontier by travelling a part of Pasvik River, which acts as a natural border for the neighbouring countries.
  • Snowmobile Safari
    Start your engines and ride your own snowmobile across the icy fjord landscape and deep into the snow-covered wilderness.
  • Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    Explore the beautifully decorated Snowhotel and Norway’s largest ice bar. Greet the reindeers and huskies that live close by.
  • ATV/Quad-safari to the Norwegian border (Kirkenes)
    Jump onto a quadbike ride and ride off to explore the area around Kirkenes and peer across the Russian border.
  • Husky Tour
    Be immersed in the Arctic wilderness on a three-hour husky sled ride that brings you through forests, across plains, and over frozen lakes.
  • King Crab Adventure (Summer)
    Join fishermen out on the Barents Sea to see them catch king crabs. A chef will then prepare them for an all-you-can-eat king crab buffet.
  • King Crab Adventure (Winter)
    Accompany a Norwegian fisherman for the day and learn how they catch king crab in winter and then feast on the day’s catch at a traditional boathouse.
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Savour delicious King crab
Taste delicious King crab
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
The modern Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø
The modern Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø

Admiring the Northern lights from out on deck at the coast of Honningsvåg, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills / Hurtigruten Expeditions

On an excursion at the North Cape in Norway.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner / Hurtigruten Expeditions

DAY 8 : Mehamn - Tromsø

From the Top of Europe


Admiring the Northern lights from out on deck at the coast of Honningsvåg, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills / Hurtigruten Expeditions

We make stops at Mehamn and Kjøllefjord during the night before early morning visits to Honningsvåg and Havøysund.

Almost the northernmost

In the early afternoon, you’ll spend time in Hammerfest, once the northernmost town in the world until Longyearbyen in Svalbard claimed the title.

Check out the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, shop for souvenirs at the Polar Bear Society, or take the path behind the town to the viewpoint on Mount Salen.

Mountains and marine mammals

We continue cruising Norway’s coastline south to Øksfjord and then to Skjervøy, surrounded by mountain peaks. We’ve been docking at this vital fishing port since 1896.

If you’re visiting in winter, you might spot orcas and humpback whales that gather here to feed on herring.

As we make our way to Tromsø, you might also glimpse views of the Lyngen Alps which boast some of the highest peaks in all of Norway.

Midnight magic

We dock at Tromsø just before midnight. In the summer months, you can stroll around the still busy city in glorious 24-hour daylight.

There are also optional excursions for a midnight boat ride around the city or a candlelit classical concert at the Arctic Cathedral.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Mehamn: 01:20 - 01:30
  • Kjøllefjord: 03:25 - 03:35
  • Honningsvåg: 05:45 - 06:00
  • Havøysund: 08:00 - 08:15
  • Hammerfest: 11:00 - 12:45
  • Øksfjord: 15:50 - 16:05
  • Skjervøy: 19:30 - 19:45
  • Tromsø: 23:45 - 01:30
Optional excursions
  • Breakfast at the North Cape
    Imagine having breakfast at the top of Europe. You enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe.
  • The Northernmost Town In The World
    Join us on a coach tour that explores and explains the events that have shaped Hammerfest, a town at the top of Europe.
  • Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral
    Step into the architecturally impressive modern Arctic Cathedral at midnight for a magical classical concert by candlelight.
  • Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night
    Join us on an unforgettable snowmobile tour into the polar night across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
  • Mountain Hike In Hammerfest
    Enjoy an exhilarating hike up Mount Salen, passing through Hammerfest’s only forest on your way up to the peak for panoramic views.
  • Into The Ice: Stories Of A Polar Hero
    Get outdoors and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history on this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.

DAY 9 : Tromsø - Stamsund

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord

Today, you’ll be exploring the archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen, real highlights of our Norway scenic route.

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.

Leaving Lofoten

We reach Svolvær in the evening. 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.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Tromsø: 23:45 - 01:30
  • Finnsnes: 04:20 - 04:40
  • Harstad: 08:00 - 08:30
  • Risøyhamn: 10:45 - 11:00
  • Sortland: 12:30 - 13:00
  • Stokmarknes: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Svolvær: 18:30 - 20:30
  • Stamsund: 22:15 - 22:30
Optional excursions
  • A Taste of Vesterålen
    This popular, classic excursion takes you on a sightseeing tour of Harstad and Trondenes. Top the day off with a hot drink and fresh cakes on Gullesfjord.
  • Lofoten Islands
    Discover the beauty of the Lofoten Islands by visiting one of its fishing villages. Learn more about island life, as well as the nature and history of the area.
  • Sea Eagle Safari
    Birdwatchers won’t want to miss this excursion. Travel by boat to Trollfjord for a chance to see sea eagles and gulls up close as they dive for fish.
  • Lofoten by Horse
    Discover the coastline of Gimsøy on horseback. These Icelandic horses are suitable for beginners or experienced riders.
  • RIB Adventure in Lofoten
    Join us for a thrilling boat ride in the Lofoten islands. Stop for a snack at a fishing village on the island of Skrova, known for its beautiful weather and views.
  • Discover a Fishing Village
    Join us on a guided walk through the fishing village of Svinøya. Visit an original rorbu hut to learn about life as a fisherman, and taste locally produced stockfish.
  • Vesterålen and Lofoten by RIB
    Embark on an exciting boat ride aboard a RIB into the archipelagos. Look for sea eagles, learn about the historic battle of Trollfjord, and admire the amazing scenery.
  • Electric Cruising in Lofoten
    Cruise from Svolvær to Henningsvær aboard a silent electric boat, admiring Lofoten’s landscapes and exploring below the waves with the boat’s underwater drone.
  • Lofotpils Brewery
    If you’re a beer enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this tour of Lofoten’s first craft brewery. Meet the owner of Lofotpils and learn how they brew the perfect beer.
  • The Hurtigruten Museum
    Enjoy a guided tour of Hurtigrutemusset in Stokmarknes to explore our history, housed in a full-sized ship: MS Finnmarken from 1956.
  • The Hurtigrute Museum - Entrance only
    Delve into our history with fast-track entry to Hurtigrutemusset, a museum inside retired ship 1956 MS Finnmarken that celebrates how we came to be.
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Reine, Lofoten. Nothing can match the magic light of Arctic Norway
Reine, Lofoten. Nothing can match the magic light of Arctic Norway
The Seven Sisters and dramatic contrasts in winter
The Seven Sisters and dramatic contrasts in winter
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Photo: Staib Heiner
Join a refreshing hike to discover more of Torghatten
Join a refreshing hike to discover more of Torghatten
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 10 : Bodø - Rørvik

A Landscape of Trolls

Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Photo: Staib Heiner

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.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Bodø: 02:30 - 03:30
  • Ørnes: 06:25 - 06:35
  • Nesna: 10:25 - 10:35
  • Sandnessjøen: 11:45 - 12:15
  • Brønnøysund: 15:00 - 17:25
  • Rørvik: 21:00 - 21:30
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 11 : Trondheim

Until Next Time

A plant with water in the background
Enjoy the Norwegian nature from deck as our journey continues.

The ship arrives in Trondheim early in the morning. It’ll then be time to say your goodbyes to the new-found friends you made on board, including the Captain, crew, and fellow guests.

Capital of the Viking Age

If you’ve time before your flight home or next adventure, why not stroll around Trondheim in the early morning as the city wakes or even extend your stay here by a night or two?

Visit the sacred Nidaros Cathedral, resting place of St. Olav. Then, walk to Gamle Bybro bridge for a photo opportunity over Nid River.

Treat yourself to quality coffee and a Nordic patisserie in one of the Bakklandet district’s many chic cafés then walk up to Kristiansten Fort for great views of Norway’s third largest city.

A top train trip

Your journey doesn’t have to end in Trondheim either. We offer a range of post-voyage programmes that you can add to your trip, including a tour of Oslo.

One advantage of disembarking in Trondheim is being able to make the seven-hour 548-kim Norway scenic route on the Dovre Railway to Oslo. The line passes through the stunning Gudbrandsdalen Valley and across the mighty Dovrefjell mountain range. It’s a really nice way to round off your Norwegian coastal cruise.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Trondheim: 06:30 - 08:00
A plant with water in the background
Enjoy the Norwegian nature from deck as our journey continues.
A large ship in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Beautiful Kristiansund.
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

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice
  • Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

Engaging onboard activities and lectures:

  • On-board lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage
  • Opportunities to casually engage with the Coastal Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Presentation of excursion programmes
  • Point of interest presentations out on deck
  • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event  

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Hikes with our Coastal Experts 
  • Travel insurance

Notes

  • Prices are in EUR per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all 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.