Spring Cruise in Norway
After a long, dark winter, the sun reappears and infuses new life along Norway’s coastline in March and April. Daylight returns, snow and ice begin melting, rivers thaw and green growth starts dotting the landscape in the south. While in the north above the Arctic Circle, the winter is still present with white mountain tops glittering in the sun. Join us to experience three seasons in one journey during coastal Norway’s reawakening!
As you depart Bergen, spring is in the air and wildlife emerges from hibernation. As you sail north, you’ll encounter pockets of spring and autumnal weather and the warmth of the sun welcomes back the birds. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun may be shining but the landscape remains covered in snow – so you can still take part in snowmobiling, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing excursions!
Last chance to catch the Northern Lights
It's still too early to see the Midnight Sun, but not too late to experience the Northern Lights. Check the aurora forecast and if conditions are favourable, you may be in luck! Find a spot on deck around midnight (or when the sun has set), bundle up in a woollen blanket and watch the show or photograph the lights for bragging rights.
Season of Celebration
Summer is also the high season for festivities. Join the fun and help Norwegians celebrate their Constitution Day, 17 May, when coastal communities become a kaleidoscope of colorful parades, music and tradition.
While spring is the time to celebrate renewal in Norway, March and April are also the best snow months in the north. As the sun rises higher into the sky, Norwegians head outdoors. During Easter, many Norwegians escape en masse to the mountains and sea to ski, sail and bask in the warmth of spring.
Always Learning On Board
We invite you to explore our many exciting on-board activities and thrilling shore excursions during late winter/early spring. Learn about the history and culture of the places we see in on-board lectures and presentations or selected land excursions including eight different hikes.
Experts on all things Norway
Discover the region's flora, fauna and history from our knowledgeable Expedition Teams. Take part in an ice or sea fishing excursion, or join an outing in the still snowy white wilderness and experience the wonder of Arctic light and nature.
We take you closer to marine life in the ocean, migratory birds nesting in the cliffs, and the people inhabiting Norway's remote coastal communities.
Fabulously Fresh Food
One of the highlights of sailing with Hurtigruten is the food, especially fresh fish. Stopping at so many ports along Norway's coast provides the perfect opportunity to source fresh local foods directly from the producers.
Many of the ingredients we use on board come straight from the sea – cod, scallops and Arctic char. There are also specialties from Norway's interior, including reindeer, extra tender beef sirloin, and farm-fresh dairy products.