Norway | A Taste of the Arctic

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Norway | A Taste of the Arctic

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Kirkenes to Tromsø

Travel information 2 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
  • Admire the landscapes of Northern Norway during the day
  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore the attractions of Arctic towns like Vardø and Hammerfest
Kirkenes to Tromsø

Itinerary

In Vardø, there’s history to be uncovered at the solemn Witches Monument and the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress. The next day, check out the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column monument in the town of Hammerfest or join a challenging optional hike to a viewpoint over the town. The ship arrives into Tromsø around midnight.

DAY 1 : Kirkenes

All Aboard!

Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

Your voyage begins in the Arctic in the town of Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border—farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul!

You’ll likely notice that Norway’s gigantic neighbor has many influences, from road signs in both Norwegian and Russian to a monthly Russian market and the World War II Russian Monument.

World War II history

For those interested in history, the Varanger Museum in Kirkenes has exhibits about how the town was involved during World War II, where it was bombed a total of 328 times in four years, making it the most bombed place during the war after Malta.

For more insights into this somber period, visit the Andersgrotta World War II Bomb Shelter which could house up to 2,500 people underground.

Norway’s northern frontier

In the port of Vardø, you’ll find the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains in use by the military to this day.

We’ll cruise Norway’s coastline to the small port of Båtsfjord in the evening. Then it’s on to Berlevåg. You might be able to make out Mount Tanahorn to the west, or see Kjølnes Lighthouse blinking atop its cliff overlooking the Barents Sea.

Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Experience the thrill of a riverboat excursion near the Russian border.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Visit the nearby Russian border in Kirkenes.
Visit the nearby Russian border in Kirkenes.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
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.