- Sail the Norwegian coast, one of the world’s longest coastlines. Travel from Bergen to North Cape in Arctic Norway, at the top of Europe, and back south to the capital of Oslo
- Come aboard the exceptional MS Trollfjord, freshly renovated in 2023 with the finest materials and craftsmanship.
- Learn about the communities that stretch along the coast and join in on exciting optional excursions that change according to the season.
- Sail in fall, winter, or spring. Experience a warmer climate in the south, snow-covered mountains, and maybe even the Northern Lights in the Arctic.
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Join the North Cape Express in the beautiful city of Bergen for an autumn, winter, or spring voyage to Arctic Norway at North Cape—perhaps under the Northern Lights. Your ship will then turn around and sail back south toward Lindesnes, bound for the cosmopolitan capital, Oslo.
DAY 1 : Bergen
Welcome to Norway
It’s only fitting for your Norwegian adventure to begin in Bergen, Norway’s cultural and artistic hotspot. Take the transfer from the airport to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. The rest of the day or evening is spent at your leisure.
In many ways, Bergen is a living museum of medieval times. Founded by King Olaf III in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years. As you wander its cobblestone streets and alleyways, note how this bustling city hasn’t lost any of its heritage and historic charm.
Depending on how much time you have, take a funicular train to the top of Mount Fløyen. At the summit, take in spectacular views of Bergen, its fjords, and the surrounding mountains.
DAY 2 : Bergen
Exploring Norway’s cultural hub
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Bergen. Visit well-known sites like Nordnes Peninsula, medieval Håkon’s Hall, the Renaissance-era Rosenkrantz Tower, and the 12th-century St Mary’s Church, known as Mariakirken in Norwegian.
Your tour will also take you by the UNESCO-listed buildings in the Bryggen district. Once filled with 14th-century Hanseatic League traders, these colorful wooden wharves now house artisanal boutiques and galleries ideal for souvenir shopping.
After the tour, Bergen is yours to explore as you please. Depending on how much time you have, take a funicular train to the top of Mount Fløyen. At the summit, take in spectacular views of Bergen, its fjords, and the surrounding mountains.
For dinner, what better place than the fish market in the city center? Its indoor stalls cook fresh seafood on the spot, filling the air with appetizing aromas.
DAY 3 : Bergen
You’ll have time after your hotel breakfast to discover more of Bergen before boarding the ship. If you want to learn more about the city’s history, visit the Old Bergen Museum. Travel back in time as you stroll around this open-air museum, which features 50 reconstructed wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Fantoft Stave Church is another cultural highlight you won’t want to miss. Set against woodland, this unique building blends pagan and Christian architecture and has a fascinating history.
A transfer will take you to MS Trollfjord, which will depart by early evening. Once we’ve welcomed you aboard and you’ve settled into your cabin or suite, you’ll meet your Coastal Experience Team. Meet each member of the team as they give lectures and organize onboard activities throughout your cruise.
Grab a drink in the ship’s two-story panorama lounge and meet your fellow guests. Your scenic adventure along Norway’s coast is underway! Enjoy your first hours of sailing from Bergen into Hjeltefjord.
DAY 4 : Molde and Kristiansund
Molde is the capital and commercial center of Romsdalen, which sits on the southern coast of the Romsdal Peninsula. We’ve stopped at this port many times on our Coastal Express route, but this time we’ll be making a much longer stop. You’ll have all the time you need to enjoy the town.
Your Coastal Experience Team will organize a number of optional activities to enhance your Molde experience. Accessible nearby on an optional excursion is the Atlantic Road, an icon of the Norwegian coast that often features in Hollywood movies.
To get the best panoramic views of the area, join us on a hike to Varden viewpoint, following the trail from the town center. Once you’re there, gaze down at the town from a height of 1319 feet above sea level and admire the 222 snowy peaks viewable across Moldefjord.
If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, pop into the Romsdal Museum, one of Norway’s largest folk museums. It’s only ten minutes from the town center.
The Atlantic Road - Scenic Bus Tour from MoldeRide along the swooping Atlantic Road, one of the most beautiful routes in the world.
DAY 5 : Rørvik
Ancient fishing town
The Vikna archipelago is a chain of around 6,000 islands, islets, and skerries. The largest of the chain, Inner-Vikna, is our next stop. We aim to dock at the port town of Rørvik around mid-morning and stay there for most of the day.
The town and its surrounding areas have a long history, with burial mounds that date back to ancient times. Rørvik’s museums document the area’s maritime, particularly the Norwegian Coastal Museum.
Similarly, at the SalmoNor visitor’s center, you can take a tour of a modern salmon farm and find out more about the Norwegian aquaculture industry that supplies the world with tasty Nordic salmon.
Another major export is cod, and the town even has an annual Cod Festival in March. Cod is especially common in the waters of the archipelago during winter. Why not indulge in some fresh cod cakes?
Visit a salmon farm by boatJoin a boat trip through the archipelago, and learn about the salmon farming industry at a working salmon farm.
DAY 6 : Lødingen
Village life and the nature of the fjord
Lødingen is a village and administrative center on the southwestern shore of Hinnøya, with a population of under 2,000. Our ships used to visit this port on one of our earlier coastal routes. Returning here is a kind of like a homecoming for us.
We’ll dock at around midday, using Lødingen as a base for a few hours to explore more of Hinnøya island, Norway’s largest island south of Svalbard. Wander the streets near the port and admire the traditional red fishing huts, or rorbuer, that line the shore. As you walk, you’ll likely notice the calm atmosphere of village life.
The highlight of this visit is definitely the breathtaking fjords and mountains that have made the Norwegian coast so famous. Gullesfjord branches off of Andfjord and cuts into the north side of Hinnøya, bordered by pristine mountain ranges. The area is popular among campers, who stay on the campsite or in cabins and fish for cod in the fjord during winter.
One optional excursion is a boat safari that brings you closer to the fjord. Challenge yourself to a hike in the mountains for the reward of majestic panoramas of the surrounding land and sea.
DAY 7 : Alta
City of the Northern Lights
Alta is one of the bigger coastal towns we visit, with a population of over 10,000 people. A particularly famous part of the town is Alta River, one of Norway’s best salmon rivers. Large salmon are regularly caught here, with some even weighing up to 53 lbs. You won’t regret trying fresh grilled salmon in one of the local restaurants.
At 70 degrees north, this town is still far above the Arctic Circle. The area is known for particularly good northern lights visibility, so keep your camera ready. If the skies are clear and the conditions are right, you should be able to snap some amazing shots of the lights dancing above.
You can learn more about this incredible natural light show on a guided tour of the town. The Northern Lights Cathedral even has an exhibition showing how Alta became the epicenter of ground-breaking research of the aurora borealis between the 19th and 20th centuries.
Increased snowfall in the winter allows for some truly authentic Arctic excursions, like dog-sledding. The snow and climate of Alta also creates the perfect conditions to build and maintain the Igloo Hotel, located on the banks of river Alta.
You can tour the world’s northernmost ice hotel, built out of snow and ice every winter and carved with different artistic themes by local sculptors. Head to the hotel’s ice bar, decorated with handcrafted ice sculptures. Order a drink in an ice glass—no ice cubes needed.
Visit the magical Igloo Hotel in AltaExplore the beautiful Igloo Hotel, made entirely from snow and ice. Even your free drink comes in a glass carved from ice!
Dog-Sledding on Wheels in AltaTry dog sledding on wheels through beautiful countryside near The Northern Lights City and meet the friendly dogs that pull you.
Dog-Sledding in AltaGo dog-sledding through snowy scenery near The Northern Lights City and meet the enthusiastic dogs that pull you.
Uncover the secrets of the northern lights in Alta.There’s no better place to get a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of the northern lights than Alta, known as The Northern Lights City.
Meet The Locals of SommarøySatisfy your curiosity about daily life north of the Arctic Circle as you learn to knit with the locals on Sommarøy.
DAY 8 : Honningsvåg
Arriving early in the morning, you’ll have a full day in Honningsvåg. Honningsvåg is the northernmost city on the mainland, and its landscape is distinctive, with barely any trees or bushes. This far north, winters are long and the snowfall is high, so prepare for fantastic winter scenery and activities.
Feel the snow crunching under your snowshoes as you hike across the plains. You could even try your hand at ice fishing, a beloved winter tradition in the far north. Taste the local delicacy, king crab, which is caught in the waters around Honningsvåg and served year-round. Admire local art in the Once Upon a Dream art gallery, and don’t miss the Honningsvåg Church. This is the oldest building in the area, dating back to 1885.
The highlight of any trip to Honningsvåg is a visit to the North Cape. This is one of the northernmost points of mainland Europe. Since we’re visiting in winter, we can go there by snowmobile. It’s an unmatched experience to standing near the northern edge of Norway and look out over the Barents Sea under the polar night sky. Add the northern lights to the sky above and the moment will be unforgettable.
The cape is marked with a famous globe monument, which demands a selfie or two… or five. When you’re ready, head inside North Cape Hall to warm up and learn about life in the High Arctic through a short film and a variety of exhibits.
Having reached the northernmost point of our voyage, we’ll turn around and begin going south as we sail away in the evening.
North Cape and King Crab Experience - WinterFrom iconic views at North Cape to delicious king crab in Sarnes, join us as we experience the highlights of Honningsvåg in winter.
Four Wheeler to North CapeDrive your own four wheeler on a thrilling adventure to continental Europe’s northernmost point.
Culture walk, beer tasting, and local show at 71°NEnjoy a tour of the town, handcrafted beers, and an exclusive play performed by local teenagers about life in the Arctic.
Snowmobiling to North CapeExperience raw Arctic nature as your drive yourself on a thrilling snowmobile ride to the European mainland’s northernmost point.
Arctic Ice FishingTake a short snowshoe walk to a nearby lake to try your hand at some ice-fishing before enjoying the taste of your freshly caught and cooked catch of the day.
DAY 9 : Tromsø
The gateway to the Arctic
Today you’ll get the chance to see the Arctic Capital itself. Often called the “gateway to the Arctic”, Tromsø is Norway's northernmost university city, and the ideal place to enjoy some proper winter activities, like dog sledding and snowshoeing.
Sitting around 217 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø experiences Polar Night for just over a month in the winter, and will give you a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
This urban city is buzzing with life, with everything from trendy restaurants and cafés to boutique shops selling local crafts and produce, and even high fashion. MS Trollfjord will be in port here for 13 hours, giving you plenty of time to both join optional excursions and explore the city yourself.
Among the activities on offer is a guided tour of the Polar Museum which chronicles the city’s legacy of Arctic hunting and trade. For live animals, head to the Polaria centre, an aquarium home to a variety of Arctic marine species, including seals.
Across the water from Polaria, you’ll find the Arctic Cathedral, standing out in the cityscape due to its striking design and impressive stained-glass window. There may also be opportunity to visit some of Tromsø’s surrounding fjords and possibly the rugged island of Senja.
Dog-Sledding on KvaløyaJoin us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø, on the island of Kvaløya.
The Bucket List - Dog-sledding, Ice Domes, & ReindeerEnjoy dog-sledding, magical ice domes, and reindeer on this bucket list tour of Tromsø.
Whale-Watching in Arctic SilenceImmerse yourself in Arctic serenity as you get an unforgettable view of orca and humpback whales playing in their natural habitat.
Husky Meet & Greet ExperienceBecome fond friends with 200 beautiful Alaskan huskies and learn about their sledding prowess at Tromsø Villmarkssenter.
Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – WinterExplore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture and extraordinary panoramic views of Tromsø, ‘Paris of the North’, in winter.
Meet The Locals of SommarøySatisfy your curiosity about daily life north of the Arctic Circle as you learn to knit with the locals on Sommarøy.
DAY 10 : Stokmarknes and Svolvær
Lofoten islands and our historic birthplace
Today, we explore Lofoten, a striking group of islands that rise out of the Norwegian Sea. As soon as you see the towering peaks around you with fishing villages clinging to their sides, you’ll understand why this island chain is so often praised as one of Norway’s most stunning locations.
We can’t visit the area without spending some time in Stokmarknes. This historic town is part of Vesterålen, an archipelago just northeast of Lofoten. For us, this place is particularly special. Shipping pioneer Richard With founded the Original Coastal Express here in 1893.
The Coastal Express soon became a lifeline for Norway’s remote coastal communities. Fittingly, our legacy has been immortalized in the place where it all began. Standing on the waterfront, you’ll find our 1956 ship MS Finnmarken, encased in a glass building like a ship in a bottle.
This is Hurtigrutemuseet, the museum that chronicles our history as Norway’s leading expedition cruise line. On a guided tour, explore the retired vessel and experience the atmosphere of a bygone era.
We’ll dock in the town of Svolvær in the afternoon. Located on the island of Austvågøya in the south of Lofoten, Svolvær is the biggest town of the archipelago, humming with shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafés. You can also admire views of the Svolvær Goat, a nearby mountain that resembles a goat and its horns.
A variety of optional excursions are available from Svolvær, including snowshoe hikes, scenic bus tours to Lofoten’s highlights, or an exhilarating horse ride along a white sandy beach.
Winter fishing in LofotenTry your hand at sea fishing aboard a traditional Norwegian fishing boat from 1917 and bring your catch back for dinner on the ship.
Best of Vesterålen Winter - History, Arts, & Culture TourExperience breathtaking views, rich culture, and coastal heritage on a bus tour of the stunning Vesterålen archipelago.
The Coastal Express Heritage TourTake an exclusive tour of the Hurtigruten Museum, which houses one of our retired ship, in our birthplace of Stokmarknes.
Kayaking in Lofoten - WinterTake to the water and see Svolvær’s coastline from a different perspective as you follow a local guide and paddle aboard your own two-person kayak.
Lofoten Winter - Art, Aquarium, and HenningsværSee history, marine life, and timeless art in SKREI, and soak up the fishing village atmosphere of Henningsvær.
DAY 11 : Brønnøysund
Nordic nature like no other
Surrounded by islands and water, Brønnøysund sits on a narrow peninsula that juts out from the mainland. Around 5,000 people live in this small town, many in colorful houses against a backdrop of gentle slopes and dramatic mountain peaks.
Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the harbor and stroll along Havnegata. Drop into one of the pubs for a snack, or treat yourself to a meal in a local restaurant. Wander the visitors’ marina, or visit an 1870 stone church built in neo-Gothic style. For some extra excitement, you may be able to go kayaking or island-hopping on an RIB safari.
You can also look forward to visiting the Vega Islands. This island chain is made up of over 6,500 islands, reefs, and skerries, and signs of inhabitance date back to the Stone Age. The archipelago received UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2004 in recognition of the sustainable lifestyle led by generations of islanders and their practice of farming eider down.
On an island south of Brønnøysund, you’ll find Torghatten mountain, recognizable by a natural tunnel that runs through the center. According to local lore, the hole is the result of a troll who fired an arrow at a young woman who rejected his advances. As the Troll King threw his hat to protect her, the sun began to rise, turning the hat to stone with a hole in the middle from the arrow.
On an optional excursion, you can hike an hour up to the hole in the mountain. Peer through the tunnel and enjoy the view of the surrounding islands.
Legends of Torghatten and Brønnøysund by Bus - WinterSee Brønnøysund’s sights by bus and then follow in the footsteps of trolls to a mythical mountain with a hole through its middle.
Winter’s Walk and Mini-Concert in BrønnøysundDiscover Brønnøysund’s fascinating history, geology, and musical talent on this guided winter walk through the town’s highlights.
DAY 12 : Ålesund
A picturesque town
After a hearty breakfast on the ship, we’ll dock mid-morning at Ålesund, a town that spreads out across a string of islands.
As we approach the shore, you might notice the distinctive architecture. Every detail of the buildings, from the bright colors to the rounded spires, were inspired by art nouveau style, which was popular in the early 1900s. Almost the entire town received a makeover in the style when it was rebuilt after a major fire in 1904.
As you leave the waterfront, you’ll enter a fairy-tale town, filled with narrow streets lined with unique houses. If you don’t fill up your camera’s memory card with this, snap some impressive photos of the archipelago from the nearby Mount Aksla viewpoint. The 418 steps leading there might look intimidating, but the views are well worth the effort.
You can also visit the Atlantic Sea Park, Norway’s first marine science center. This is one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums, providing a home to seals, otters, and crabs, as well as many other kinds of marine life. You can even see Humboldt Penguins here, a species otherwise absent north of the equator.
Optional activities may include a fjord tour of either Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord. If weather allows, kayaking may even be an option. Imagine gliding across the surface of the fjord and skimming your hand over the pristine water as marine life swims in the depths below.
Architecture & Breweries - Ålesund on FootExplore Ålesund’s remarkable Art Nouveau architecture then taste some of the best local beer from a small brewery.
Saga Islands Bus Tour to Alnes - WinterJoin this bus tour to experience two islands, one lighthouse, and countless Viking tales. The scenery is impressive, too!
DAY 13 : Hardangerfjord & Haugesund
Journeying south along Norway’s west coast, we sail past some of Norway’s most famous fjords—none more so than Hardangerfjord.
At 111 miles long, it is the second longest fjord in the country, and fifth longest in the world.
This stunning waterway is one of Norway’s finest. Mountain scenery is everywhere you look, with white peaks towering over the fjord and reflecting off the shimmering water below.
The region is famous for its apples, used in jams and juice to award-winning cider, which one food writer described as ‘Nordic champagne’.
Weather permitting, we may be able to dock at Rosendal or one of the other picturesque settlements that line the fjord’s shores. In the quaint village of Rosendal, the biggest attraction is the 16th-century Baronial manor, famous for its beautiful rose garden and landscaped grounds.
We reach Haugesund, the ‘Home of the Viking Kings’, in the afternoon. The nickname is inspired by sites such as St. Olav’s Church, built in 1250 by King Håkon Hå. We also have Haraldshaugen, a national monument reputed to be the first king’s burial site.
Why not step back in time to the Viking Age at Nordvegen Visiting Center, which features exhibitions presented by a fictional Harald Fairhair himself?
Haugesund Viking Tour by BusImmerse yourself in the rich Viking heritage and coastal culture of Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal seat.
E-Bike the Coast of HaugesundLet the e-bike do the hard work as you roll through the beautiful nature and rich history of the homeland of the Viking kings.
Haugesund art walk with a local artistGlassblowing, architecture and Marilyn Monroe—there’s more to this art walk through picturesque Haugesund than you might expect!
Viking experience by small boat (RIB)Get a unique perspective on Norway’s Viking history as you whoosh along the beautiful, narrow strait that gave Norway its name.
DAY 14 : Farsund and Kristiansand
City of lighthouses
In the early morning, we reach Farsund. There, you can hike the sandy beaches of Lista and see Lista Lighthouse.
You may also be able to visit a German fortress. This fort was used in World War II and is remarkably well-preserved, with many of the original barracks still intact. Learn all about the area’s wartime history on a guided tour of this historic site, before we sail to Kristiansand.
Sitting along the southern tip of the country, Kristiansand is Norway’s fifth-largest city, with a population of 112,000 people. We aim to arrive there in the late afternoon, giving you a few hours to explore.
Enjoy a guided walk and notice that the city is built on a very uniform grid plan, with several straight roads running from the harbor all the way through the city. These roads show architecture from different eras, which reveal the extensive rebuilds the city had to endure after major fires in the 18th and 19th centuries, and even a World War II attack.
On an optional excursion, visit the working Lindesnes Lighthouse, which marks Norway’s southernmost point. This beacon has been guiding seafarers since the early 20th century. Learn about the site’s long history, which stretches all the way back to 1656.
Back on the ship, we’ll end our cruise on a high note with a farewell dinner. Use this chance to swap stories and show photos to your fellow travelers one last time.
Highlights of the South Coast & South CapeJoin our guide on an overland exploration of southern Norway. Admire varied Nordic scenery, taste exquisite wine, and have lunch at Norway’s southernmost point.
Farsund Town WalkJoin the Port Guard or a local guide to learn about the history of Farsund, and enjoy great views of the town from Varbak Hill.
Kristiansand WWII History TourStep into the past as you learn about southern Norway’s WWII history on a tour of Kristiansand’s historical sites.
Norwegian Christmas at Skraastad FarmHow do Norwegians celebrate Christmas? This tour will answer that question, and many more you might have about Norwegian culture and local traditions.
DAY 15 : Oslo
From south to north and back down, reflect on your journey as you we approach Bergen, our last port of call, Oslo, in the early morning.
Say goodbye to the crew before disembarking and ending of your travels with us. This marks the end of your trip on the North Cape Express, exploring Norway’s coastal cities and villages all the way to the top of the European continent.
During the journey, you’ll have experienced Norway’s varied climate, seen majestic mountains and fjords, and maybe gazed up in awe at the northern lights.
We hope that you’ll cherish each of the memories that you take home from your voyage on the North Cape Express. Sail with us again soon on another iconic voyage through our spectacular home: the Norwegian coast.
Included in Your Expedition
Arrival in Norway
- Transfers in Bergen (airport–hotel, hotel–ship)
- Two-night stay in a four-star hotel in the Bergen city center, including breakfast
- Bergen sightseeing tour
Cabin on the ship
- Choice of cabin number on MS Trollfjord
- Norway’s Coastal Kitchen welcome basket
Food and drink on board
- Full board with all-day dining
- Drinks package (wine, beer, soft drinks) 1
- Complimentary water, tea, and coffee
- Afternoon tea and cakes
Life on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi 2
- English-speaking Coastal Experience team
- Visit to the bridge 3
1 Only valid in the onboard restaurants during meal times
2 Select fare guests must register for our free 1893 Ambassador loyalty program to access the Wi-Fi.
3 At the Captain’s discretion and subject to safety restrictions
Please see our fares page and read more about the Select and Suite fare options for this cruise.