The adventure begins in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and take the opportunity to meet your fellow astronomers.
An early arrival at the Art Noveau town of Ålesund gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.
A Taste of NorwayDiscover a beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, a historic hotel, and a tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.
Mountain Hike in the HjørundfjordThe Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in all of Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above on this mountain hike.
Geiranger with Trollstigen PassExperience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across the beautiful Norddalsfjord, and an exciting drive with 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll's ladder) Pass – all on one excursion.
Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and ÅlesundExplore the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, see some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes and enjoy a visit to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Hike with a Visit to a ShielingJoin a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås, where we learn about farming in the past and taste local delicacies.
Kayaking in ÅlesundJoin us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant city of Ålesund and hear colorful local stories, including why it is built in the Art Nouveau style.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaSee what life is like under the sea and then get a bird's-eye view of the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Art Nouveau WalkJoin us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Art Nouveau WalkDating back to the Viking Age, today Ålesund is best known for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Continuing north you head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumEncounter the majesty of Trondheim's medieval Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's only church built in the Gothic architectural style. Then explore the Norway's musical history at the Ringve Museum.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralExplore Norway’s first capital, Trondheim, founded in 997 by Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who brought Christianity to Norway and gave Trondheim its original name: Nidaros.
Trondheim City WalkJoin a walking tour through the medieval city of Trondehim, which has become a major modern academic and technology research center.
Cycling in TrondheimJoin us for a leisurely paced bicycle tour through one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Norway – Trondheim.
The Northernmost Tramride in the WorldExperience Trondheim in the vintage carriage of the northernmost tram in the world! Enjoy a spectacular view of the city’s colorful houses, before we take you to new highs at the ski jumping hill of Granåsen. The excursion ends in the city center of Trondheim with a photo stop at the marvelous Nidaros Cathedral.
Kayaking On The River NidDiscover a completely new perspective of Trondheim on an urban kayak expedition along the River Nid that winds it way through the historic city.
Crossing the Arctic Circle you continue to the modern town of Bodø. After crossing the Vestfjord you are amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvær.
Svartisen GlacierExperience an up-close and personal visit to Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier and the southernmost glacier in mainland Europe.
Arctic Coastal WalkJoin us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
RIB Safari to SaltstraumenThe giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenJoin us for a coach tour of the second-largest city in Northern Norway, Bodø, and then see the world's largest tidal current, the legendary Saltstraumen.
Meet the VikingsTravel back more than 1,000 years in time and experience how the Vikings lived at Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever found has been replicated.
Meet the Vikings – SummerJoin us on an authentic journey through Lofoten's ancient past at the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg.
Highlights of LofotenThe Highlights of Lofoten excursion takes you to the Lofoten archipelago's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, surrounded by spectacular backdrops of sea and mountains.
Lofotpils BreweryMeet local Svolvær brewmaster at Lofotpils Bryggeri (brewery), established in a fish-landing depot dating back to the 1930s along the waterfront in Svolvær.
Farm Visit in LofotenExperience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm, in Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.
A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the Capital of Arctic Norway. Here a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour.
The Arctic Capital TromsøJoin us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
Dog SleddingJoin a mini-polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.
Scenery and HuskiesExperience North Norway's nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Center on Kvaløya Island.
Polar History WalkExperience the same polar frontier environment as the famous Arctic explorers on this historic polar walk through Tromsø.
KayakingReady for a little adventure? Join us as we kayak to the nearby island of Håkøya along the Tromsø area's coastline.
Cross-Country SkiingExperience the thrill of gliding along in the snow on skis. This tour is a fantastic introduction to cross-country skiing for beginners.
Snowshoeing in TromsøSome coin this snowshoeing excursion in Tromsø 'childhood revisited' because it is so carefree and liberating.
Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape (optional excursion).
The North CapeEncounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
Birdwatching SafariFascinated by multitudes of birds? Come along on this excursion to see one of Norway's largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near the North Cape.
Sami CultureEncounter the Sámi people of far-northern Europe and learn about their remarkable culture.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a fascinating tour of two small fishing villages and discover Christmas year round at the very top of Norway.
Snowmobile Trip in the ArcticJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most exciting and extreme natural Arctic regions.
Sámi AutumnLearn about the mystical cultural practices and natural medicines of the indigenous Sámi people living in Europe's northernmost region.
RIB Expedition on 71 degrees NorthJourney to the North Cape like a true explorer - approach by RIB boat and hike up the mountainside to the famous plateau.
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border, and you can join one of our exciting excursions here. As you return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.
The Russian BorderEast meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.
Riverboat to the Russian BorderExplore the river that divides Norway and Russia, two distinctly different, yet strangely similar, countries.
Snowmobile SafariIf you like the idea of racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting people who live in this extreme region, then this excursion is for you.
Kirkenes Snow HotelVisit the coolest hotel in the world! Join a guided tour of the beautifully decorated snow suites, and grab a drink at Norway’s largest ice bar. Also, remember to greet the reindeers and huskies that live close to the hotel.
ATV/Quad Safari to the Russian BorderDiscover Kirkenes and its surrounding nature, historical sights, and the Russian border on this motorized ATV (all terrain vehicle) quad bike adventure.
Husky TourExperience a thrilling dog-sledding adventure across the frozen Arctic wilderness.
King Crab ExperienceJoin our expert fishermen who will help you to deliver your catch directly to your dinner table. Learn the history, anatomy and then how to prepare and cook this monster of the deep.
Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø.
The Northernmost Town in the WorldJoin a bus tour to explore Hammerfest and learn about the events that have shaped this unique town at the top of Europe.
Snowmobile Trip into the Polar NightJoin an unforgettable snowmobile journey into the polar night, and across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
Breakfast at North CapeEnjoy a delicious breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
Mountain Hike in HammerfestJoin a walking tour that follows a path through Hammerfest's past and up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
Into the Ice – Stories of a Polar HeroGo on a 'mini-expedition' and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history during this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
Midnight Concert in the Arctic CathedralThere is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience Tromsø than by attending a midnight concert at the city's iconic Arctic Cathedral.
Arctic Midnight Adventure in TromsøEnjoy a sightseeing tour of Tromsø’s famous sights from the seaside.
Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast for many it is the most stunning part of your journey south.
A Taste of VesterålenA Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion program. Come along and experience its history, beautiful scenery, and many breathtaking sights.
Lofoten IslandsJoin us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on Earth.
Sea Eagle SafariJoin us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.
Lofoten by HorseImagine horseback riding along a remote beach and terrain once inhabited by Vikings. Join us for this excursion along the shoreline of Gimsøy on the open Norwegian Sea.
RIB Adventure in LofotenJoin us on this exciting sea excursion in open RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) on the waters of the fantastic Lofoten archipelago.
Discover a Fishing VillageJoin us on a guided walking tour to the quaint old fishing village of Svinøya adjacent to the Lofoten town of Svolvær.
Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore.
UNESCO Vega ArchipelagoTake a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local eider duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.
Visit the SalmonFascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.
An early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you have time to explore the city.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralJoin us on a coach tour of this holy medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technological research center.
The Atlantic RoadRide along on what The Guardian ranked as the world´s best road trip, and was awarded the “Engineering Feat of the Century” prize in 2005.
Bergtatt - Magnificent Marble MineEnjoy a guided bus tour to Bergtatt, and visit a working marble and limestone mine on the bank of an illuminated subterranean lake deep inside a mountain
A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close.
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|Shipyard||Kværner Kleven (N)|
|Length||138.5 m / 454 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m / 71 ft|
On board MS Finnmarken you find Hurtigruten´s relaxed style combined with a bit of luxury.
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|Length||135.75 m/ 445 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m/ 70.5 ft|
This ship is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Passenger capacity||970 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Length||135.75 m / 445 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m / 70.5 ft|
The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer.
Find your favourite excursions and make your trip to Norway even more memorable. We recommend booking excursions in advance, but you can also book on board if there's still availability.
Please note that excursions vary by season and are subject to change.
2F A Taste Of Norway
2G Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord
2B Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass
2J Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund
2H Hike With A Visit To A Shieling
2K Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)
2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount Aksla
2C Art Nouveau Walk
2E Art Nouveau Walk
3A Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
3B Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
3D Trondheim City Walk
3H Cycling In Trondheim
3I The Northernmost tramride in the world
3G Kayaking On The River Nid
4A Svartisen Glacier
4B Arctic Coastal Walk
4D Rib Safari To Saltstraumen
4C Experience Bodø And Saltstraumen
4E Meet The Vikings
4F Meet The Vikings Summer
4G Highlights Of Lofoten
4H Lofotpils Brewery
4I Farm Visit In Lofoten
5A The Arctic Capital Tromsø
5C Scenery & Huskies
5D Polar History Walk
5M Cross-Country Skiing
5N Snowshoeing In Tromsø
6A The North Cape
6B Birdwatching Safari
6C Sami Culture
6H Fishing Village Visit
6D Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
6E Sami Autumn
6J RIB Expedition on 71 degrees North
7A The Russian Border
7B Riverboat To Russian Border
7C Snowmobile Safari
Kirkenes - Kirkenes Snow Hotel
7E Atv/Quad-Safari To The Russian Border
7F Husky Sled Adventure
7H King Crab Expedition
8B The Northernmost Town In The World
8F Snowmobile Trip Into The Polar Night
8A Breakfast At North Cape
8G Mountain Hike In Hammerfest
8H Into The Ice Stories Of A Polar Hero
8C Midnight Concert In The Arctic Cathedral
8I - Arctic Midnight Adventure (2019/20)
9A A Taste Of Vesterålen
9B Lofoten Islands
9C Sea Eagle Safari
9D Lofoten By Horse
9E Rib-Adventure In Lofoten
9F Discover a fishing village
10B Unesco Vega Archipelago
10C Visit The Salmon
11A Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
11C The Atlantic Road
11E Bergtatt- Magnificent Marble Mine
Extend Your Cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.
Bergen - Hiking Mount Fløien
Bergen - Island Seafood Dinner & Boat Trip
Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen (2019/20)
Highlights of Oslo - Pre
Highlights of Oslo - Post
Oslo Panorama Tour (2019/20)
Norway in a Nutshell
Norway in a Nutshell - Summer
Norway in a Nutshell - Winter
Sognefjord in a Nutshell
Life On Board
- Hosts of the Coast – Our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Program: Bring your kids on board
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- A Trip Through the World’s Best Pantry
- Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- À la Carte Menu
Everything You Need to Know About a Voyage with Hurtigruten
- Travel Information for Norwegian Coastal Cruises
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Packing Tips for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Flight Information
- Ship schedule
- Excursion Packages
Guide to the Northern Lights
- The Northern Lights
- Cruising to See the Northern Lights: Frequently Asked Questions
- The Northern Lights: Frequently Asked Questions
- Interview with Northern Lights expert Dr. John Mason
- What Causes the Northern Lights?
- The Northern Lights: 10 Photography Tips for Beginners
- The Northern Lights: Norse Myths & Legends
- The Northern Lights: North American Myths & Legends
- The Northern Lights: European Mythology & Legends