Norway | Fjords, Cities and the Arctic

Bergen - Tromsø

Bergen - Tromsø

Norway | Fjords, Cities and the Arctic

Bergen - Tromsø

Bergen - Tromsø

Travel information 5 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
  • Detours to Geirangerfjord in summer or Hjørundfjord in autumn
  • Cross the Arctic Circle for chances of the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore beautiful towns and cities like Ålesund, Bodø, and Trondheim
Bergen - Tromsø

Itinerary

From the beautiful city of Bergen, we’ll head up into the Arctic to the equally scenic city of Tromsø. Along the way, you’ll sail through stunning fjords, stop off in the charming town of Ålesund, and get to wander around Trondheim’s medieval old town that sits pretty in a bend of the river Nid.

DAY 1 : Bergen

Welcome Aboard!

A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water

Your voyage starts in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 A.D., Bergen boasts architecture influenced by the prosperous 14th-century German trading organization, the Hanseatic League.

If you have time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs in the colorful Bryggen district, now a neighborhood with artisan’s shops, complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous fish market, which serves delicious seafood. The Fløibanen funicular can also whisk you up Mount Fløyen for lovely views of the city.

To get the most out of your visit to Norway, we can help you arrange tours before or after your voyage, such as the Norway in a Nutshell program.

Your voyage begins

Before boarding, 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 the Hjeltefjord.

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

Optional Excursions
  • Hiking Pass (4 Hikes) – Summer
    With long days, summer is the perfect time to go hiking in Norway. Embrace the Norwegian concept of ‘friluftsliv’ and set off 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
Hjørundfjord – like nowhere else on Earth
Hjørundfjord – 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

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

Enjoy early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord, near Torvik. Then we’ll sail past the 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 traveling 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 in Norway. Once in the fjord, you may see the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.

In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, hidden away in the Sunnmøre Alps. We’ll also call at the scenic village of Urke. Here, you can admire 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 enough daylight to see the amazing view of the 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called the ‘Molde Panorama’.

And from mid-June to late August, the streets and gardens are adorned with roses of all shades and scents, all solidify Molde’s nickname as the ‘City of Roses’.

Optional Excursions
  • Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    A scenic bus journey from the village of Geiranger brings you to Eidsdalsvatnet Lake for a ferry ride. 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 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
    Join us for an unforgettable journey through spectacular Norwegian nature, including a beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, a historic hotel, and a tiny village.
  • Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
    Admire the spectacular views of Hjørundfjord, the Sunnmøre Alps, Sæbø, and the village of Urke on this mountain hike. There’s even time for a coffee break midway through the hike 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. Here, we’ll 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 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 the 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 brings us to the Trøndelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-lying coastal settlements.

Magical, medieval, and modern

Trondheim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. and is now Norway’s third-largest city. It features a mix of historic buildings and a lively student population.

You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its various highlights, either on your own or on one of our optional excursions.

A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’ for its Gothic architectural style. It is 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 neighborhood’s colorful wooden wharves, which are propped up on stilts by the river’s edge, now house trendy restaurants. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort, which features beautiful panoramic views of the city and fjord.

Back on board

In the afternoon, the ship will sail northwest, passing the ochre-colored Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we’ll head towards charming Rørvik.

TIME IN PORT

  • Kristiansund: 02:45 a.m. - 03:00 a.m.
  • Trondheim: 09:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Rørvik: 09:40 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Optional Excursions
  • Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    See the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in Gothic architectural style. Then, journey through music history 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 have nicknamed ‘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 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
A small boat in a body of water
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Photo: Simon Vogele

DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

Into the Arctic

A small boat in a body of water

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

Forces of nature

At 10 a.m., we’ll dock in Ørnes, near Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the ‘Love Bench’, where sweethearts declare their lasting romance with a padlock.

Then we’ll sail to Bodø, Northern Norway’s second-largest city, 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

The ship enters the Lofoten Archipelago in the afternoon. The Lofoten Wall, standing over 3,200 feet tall, is a stunning sight on the horizon.

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

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

Optional Excursions
  • Svartisen Glacier
    Enjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor center 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 integral to 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.
  • Lofotpils Brewery
    If you’re a beer enthusiast, don’t miss this tour of Lofoten’s first craft brewery. Meet the owner of Lofotpils and learn how they brew the perfect beer.
  • Farm Visit in Lofoten
    Experience life on Aalan Farm, a diverse working farm in Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.

DAY 5 : Stokmarknes – Tromsø

Capital of the Arctic

A man standing on a bridge over a body of water
Sailing under the bridge in Risøyhamn.

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 your voyage with us comes to an end just after lunchtime.

If you’ve time before your onward journey to explore the city, try Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium or the cable car for views over Tromsø and the nearby fjords and mountains. To quench your thirst, head over to Mack Brewery and favourite local watering hole Ølhallen pub.

Across the water from where the ship docks, you should also be able to see the iconic Arctic Cathedral with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

A man standing on a bridge over a body of water
Sailing under the bridge in Risøyhamn.
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 The Hurtigruten Coastal Express is unique.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

  • Cruise with Hurtigruten in an unspecified cabin
    Your cabin will be allocated when you check in

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • 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.