Norway - Holiday Season and Northern Lights (Southbound)

Join us for a special winter sailing with MS Spitsbergen. Enjoy memorable days and scout for the Northern Lights as we sail into deep fjords, past stunning mountains and through a beautiful winter landscape, visiting welcoming cities and charming towns on our cruise from Tromsø to Bergen.

  • Scout for the amazing Northern Lights
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Explore Norway in beautiful winter scenery
  • Learn more about the culture and history of Northern Norway

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 January 3, 2021

Departs from Tromsø, Norway
Overview

A Northern Adventure

This Norway cruise from Tromsø to Bergen visits welcoming cities, towns and villages amidst beautiful nature. Bring your adventurous spirit and warmest winter clothing to fully enjoy the outdoors and hopefully see the Northern Lights.

This is the far north. The weather may be clear, or snowing heavily. We are natives and know how to work with the conditions, adapting our program as we go. Safety is always first and foremost.

Wild and Rugged Beauty

Northern Norway is wild, rugged and like nowhere else on Earth. The Norwegian fjords are beautiful, unspoiled, magnificent… you run out of adjectives to describe them.

The settlements we visit on this Norwegian fjord and coastal cruise are rich with fishing traditions, Sami history, polar expedition heritage and important World War II sites. They also offer diverse winter activity options. We hope for crisp, clear nights and days so that, as evening falls, we can hunt for the Northern Lights.

Across the Arctic Circle

As we leave the north behind and head south, we cross the Arctic Circle and visit the cities of Trondheim and Ålesund, where you can enjoy great architecture and a range of excursion options. The cruise ends in Bergen.

Day 1: Tromsø

The Gateway to the Arctic

Embarkation

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. We recommend that you spend some time enjoying this Arctic town before embarkation on MS Spitsbergen.

Day 2: Alta

Winter Adventures

Half Day

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

Day 3: Narvik

Beautiful Setting

Half Day

Scenic Narvik is surrounded by snowy mountains - a truly beautiful setting. Join in on some winter fun or take the cable car to the summit of Fagernesfjellet, which on clear days offers impressive views of the fjord below.

Day 4: Svolvær

Heart of Lofoten

Full Day

In the heart of Lofoten, the picturesque town of Svolvær is a fishing village where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced. Two major naval battles took place in the fjord here during WWII. We will make the most of the Arctic daylight, enjoying the winter scenery.

Day 5: Reine

A True Gem of Lofoten

Half Day

We spend the morning in Reine, a true gem of Lofoten, this is the iconic image of a Norwegian fishing village. Reine's beauty has inspired artists since the 1880s. Red and white traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as “rorbuer” - perch on stilts over the water’s edge.

Day 6: Trondheim

The Viking City

Half Day

Trondheim was founded by the Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, in 997. The city features rich cultural life and is said to have the most restaurants per person in Norway. There is plenty to see as you wander through this historic place, with surroundings that create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere.

Day 7: Ålesund

Beautiful Art Nouveau

Full Day

Ålesund is an Art Nouveau city which seems to have been taken right out of a fairy tale.  After a disastrous fire in 1904, the majority of Ålesund was rebuilt in the elegant Art Nouveau architectural style.  Visit the Art Nouveau Center, or if conditions allow, walk the 418 steps up to the Aksla Mountain viewpoint. 

Day 8: Bergen

End of the Cruise

Disembarkation

Norway has many beautiful cities and Bergen most certainly ranks highly among them. We recommend you spend some time enjoying the city after disembarking. Enjoy a walk along the harbor area, fronted by wooden houses - Bryggen - dating back as far as the 1300s and visit Mount Fløyen for great views.

Arrival January 10, 2021

Location Bergen, 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 of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • 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