Norway - Holiday Season and Northern Lights (Northbound)

Join us for a special Christmas sailing with MS Spitsbergen. Enjoy memorable days and celebrate a traditional Norwegian Christmas as we sail from Bergen to Tromsø, visiting welcoming cities and charming towns, enjoying great company, wonderful winter activities and admiring the Arctic’s beautiful rare light as we approach the far north.

  • Scout for the amazing Northern Lights
  • Enjoy rich Norwegian Christmas traditions
  • Explore the Arctic winter wonderland
  • Try skiing or snowshoeing

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Departure December 21, 2020

Departs from Bergen, Norway
Overview

A Most Unusual Christmas

Enjoy a truly unique Christmas Norway cruise!  Join us as we sail from Bergen to Tromsø, visiting welcoming towns and villages decked in their Christmas best, while scouting for the Northern Lights.

Bring your warmest clothing to enjoy the Arctic outdoors. This is the far north, and we hope for clear conditions, but it may also snow heavily at times.  

 Arctic Circle Celebration

We start by visiting Ålesund and Trondheim, to enjoy strolling through their festive city streets. Then we sail across the Arctic Circle, celebrating Christmas morning onboard as we make our way to Lofoten.

We arrive in Reine to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the peace of lovely Lofoten. Enjoy strolling through the village before a delicious Norwegian Christmas dinner on the ship. We will savor fantastic food and great company and you’ll learn about Norwegian Christmas traditions.

Magical Northern Light

Next, we call on Narvik and Alta. Both towns offer a range of options for winter activities and great scenery. The Arctic light is magical, and we enjoy the brief daylight. As evening falls, we will hunt for the amazing Northern Lights on deck and onshore during this special Norway adventure. 

Day 1: Bergen

Christmas Spirit

Spend some time in colorful Bergen before embarking on your cruise north. Enjoy a walk along the harbor area, fronted by wooden houses - Bryggen - dating back as far as the 1300s and visit  Mount Fløyen. Stop by Gingerbread Town, the Christmas markets, or attend one of the Christmas concerts on offer.   

Day 2: Ålesund

Beautiful Art Nouveau

Full Day

Ålesund is an Art Nouveau town reconstructed in 1904 after a devastating fire. Visit the Art Nouveau Center, which traces the city´s fascinating history. If conditions allow, take a walk up the 418 steps to the top of Aksla Mountain and enjoy the winter cityscape of  Ålesund. 

Day 3: Trondheim

Little Christmas Eve

Half Day

We spend the start of what Norwegians refer to as Little Christmas Eve in Trondheim. Enjoy wandering the city’s decorated streets, through Bakklandet district with its old wooden houses. You can join our optional excursion to Nidaros Cathedral. In the afternoon, we sail north to the Lofoten Islands.

Day 4: Reine

Christmas Eve in Lofoten

Half Day

We will cross the Arctic Circle before arriving in Reine, an idyllic fishing village. Traditional cottages - known as “rorbuer” - perch on stilts over the water’s edge. This is a great place to stroll before you return to the ship for an evening of traditional Norwegian Christmas celebrations.

Day 5: Svolvær

Christmas Day

Full Day

Picturesque Svolvær is a village where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced.  The town will be quiet, as the locals spend this day visiting family or friends, and all shops are closed.  We will make the most of the Arctic daylight, enjoying the winter scenery.

Day 6: Narvik

Second Christmas Day

Half Day

We call on the scenic town of Narvik. Shops will be closed, and the locals will be heading to the ski slopes. Join in on the winter fun or take the cable car to the summit of Fagernesfjellet, which on clear days offers impressive views of the fjord below.

Day 7: Alta

Winter Adventures

Half Day

We will spend the day in Alta, our northernmost and final call on this cruise. Alta is a small town with plenty of winter activities on offer. Join in on optional excursions to learn about Sami culture or go snowmobiling or dogsledding. 

Day 8: Tromsø

End of the Cruise

Disembarkation

Tromsø brims with culture and history in a magnificent landscape.  The city is often described as the “Paris of the North,” and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. This is where our cruise ends. Spend some time enjoying this Arctic town after disembarkation.

Arrival December 28, 2020

Location Tromsø, Norway
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice    

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program of included activities on all cruises designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail through 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your cruise and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the cruise shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling 
Life on board