Arctic Wonders

Bergen - Kirkenes

Embark on an 8-day winter adventure from the magnificent fjords of the west coast to the Arctic wilderness of northern Norway. This Arctic adventure of a lifetime includes the unique experience of a night in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, offering magnificent suites containing art made from snow and ice.

  • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
  • Cross the Arctic Circle and go to mainland Europe's most northerly point at the North Cape - and go hunting for the Northern Lights
  • Explore great Norwegian cities like Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim and Tromsø
  • Spend a night in the amazing Snow Hotel in Kirkenes

Overview

Following the same itinerary as the 7-day Classic Voyage North, this voyage also includes a one-night stay on Day 7 at the incredible Snowhotel in Kirkenes - plus dinner and breakfast by the open fire at the chic Gabba restaurant.

Starting in Bergen and travelling north on board your comfortable Hurtigruten ship, look out for the magical Aurora Boraelis as you sail through sheltered waters towards Kirkenes high above the Arctic Circle.

Norway - a winter wonderland

Winter is perhaps the most special time to explore the wild and untamed Norwegian scenery. The landscape is a magical winter wonderland covered in white snow, and perfect for action filled winter excursions like dog sledging, whale watching or snow mobiling. On deck the air is fresh and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers. The stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight. Hopefully you will experiene the mesmerising Northern Lights.

The Snowhotel in Kirkenes

The Snowhotel is built out of 15 tonnes of snow and ice. Snow is actually a very good insulator, so even when it might me -30 degrees celcius outside, the interior of the Snowhotel remains at a stable temperature just below 0 degrees. Each snow suite is five meters in diameter, decorated with beautiful snow and ice sculptures, and equipped with insulated mattresses and a thermal sleeping bag that will keep you cosy, comfortable and warm.

After spending the night wrapped up warm in a snow suite at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, the eight day can be spent participating in exclusive winter excursions. These excursions include: Snowmobiling through the Arctic Landscape, Husky dog sledging or a King crab safari.

Price includes:

  • Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • English speaking tour leader on board
  • One night at the Snow Hotel including breakfast and dinner

Not included:

  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • Travel insurance

Please note

  • All prices are shown in EUR (€) per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside twin cabin
  • Suites are available on request
  • Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
Itinerary

The itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Arctic Wonders voyage. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal 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 expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departs From Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

The journey begins


Location: Bergen

Your 8-day Arctic Wonders voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords by hiking up the famous Mount Fløien or exploring the city by segway.

After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces


Location: Florø - Molde

If you wake up early the next day you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching the Art Noveau town of Ålesund, giving you an opportuniy to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

In the footsteps of the Vikings


Location: Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik

Today you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or by bicycle through the Bakkland district. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Crossing the Arctic Circle into Northern Lights territory


Location: Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, Crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Into the wild


Location: Stokmarknes - Tromsø - Skjervøy

A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, where a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour. In winter you also can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location: Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, and as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Ever so often local fishermen visit us during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod) with us out on deck. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as exploring the wonderful scenery all year round on our different excursions. In winter you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.

Location
Your ship
Things to see and do

Northbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions available on the northbound sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes.

Ports

Learn more about the charming ports and cities you will visit on this voyage.

Articles

Learn more about the experience of sailing the beautiful Norwegian coast

Attractions

Discover the natural wonders, ports and wildlife you may come across during your voyage to Norway.

Videos

Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a voyage in Norway.

Extend your holiday

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in Norway with a pre or post extension programme in Bergen and Kirkenes. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Bergen and Kirkenes.