MS Trollfjord
12 days

Norway & North Cape – Magic of the Arctic Winter

Price from $ 4,415
$ 3,532
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Trollfjord
12 days

Norway & North Cape – Magic of the Arctic Winter

Price from $ 4,415
$ 3,532
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Norway & North Cape - Magic of the Arctic Winter
Departures
2021
January:
11.
22.
February:
2.
13.
24.
October:
2.
13.
24.
November:
4.
15.
26.
December:
7.
18.
29.
2022
January:
9.
20.
31.
February:
11.
  • Take advantage of the very best chances of seeing the northern lights in the Norwegian Arctic
  • Benefit from our 126 years of experience to see the hidden pearls and highlights of the Norwegian coast
  • Discover the magical winter landscape of Lofoten
  • Explore fascinating Tromsø, Ålesund, and the unforgettable North Cape

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Itinerary

The spectacular northern lights are the most famous reason to explore Norway in the winter, but the coast has so much more to offer. Sail with us to discover an Arctic landscape filled with impressive mountains, deep fjords, and charming coastal towns. Discover Norway’s hidden pearls, and feel the adrenaline of exciting winter activities as we hunt for the magical aurora.
Day 1
Bergen
Discover Bergen Before Departure
Bryggen in Bergen during winter
History lives in lovely Bergen.
Photo: Shutterstock

Before your expedition starts, take some time to explore Bergen. Why not kick-start your winter adventure with a cable car ride to the top of Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken? There are great views over the city from both. 

Bergen’s  Bryggen UNESCO-listed area is one of the most popular attractions in Bergen. Some of the wooden buildings are more than 300 years old, and St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 11th century. The narrow alleyways and overhanging balconies create a special, medieval atmosphere. Other attractions include the Fish Market, Bergenhus Fortress, and cafés, restaurants, and shops. Bergen also has excellent shopping, from well-known brand stores to small niche shops. Another tip is to take a walk through.  

Once on board, we suggest you spend some time getting to know the ship. Meet the expedition team and prepare yourself for exciting experiences ahead.

Bryggen in Bergen during winter
History lives in lovely Bergen.
Photo: Shutterstock
View of Bergen from Mount Fløyen
Panoramic view of Bergen and surroundings.
Photo: Shutterstock
View of Ålesund during winter from Mount Aksla
Ålesund – city of Art Nouveau architecture.
Photo: Eivind Lande
Winter scenery
Winter wonderland close to the city.
Photo: Freya Rixen Cunow
Atlanterhavsparken, Ålesund
Learn about Norway´s rich undersea life.
Photo: Roger Engvik
Day 2
Ålesund - Half Day
Art Nouveau and Undersea Wonder
Winter scenery
Winter wonderland close to the city.
Photo: Freya Rixen Cunow

Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire city was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau. Take a walk around town and take in all the architectural details that make these houses so beautiful.

Here you can learn more about Norwegian marine life. The Atlanterhavsparken is one of the most distinctive aquariums in all of Europe, as the aquarium itself is built into the coastal landscape, with its fish tanks display the sealife in its authentic habitat..  

The aquarium boasts a spectacular outdoor area with a view to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a penguin park, seal bay and underwater observatory.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
    Norway is known for its strong connection to the sea, and Ålesund is one of its fishing capitals. Take in the striking coastal landscape and learn about the local sea life at the Norwegian Aquarium.
Day 3
Brønnøysund - Half Day
Mountains, Myths, and a UNESCO Site
Torghatten mountain during winter
Stunning Arctic beauty at the famed Torghatten mountain.
Photo: Terje Solbakk

By now, you may have joined in several of the expedition team’s lectures. Or maybe you´ve enjoyed a soak in the ship’s hot tub while gazing out at the winter landscape.

Brønnøysund is our next port of call. Join a town walk to learn more about this attractive coastal community whose life revolves around the harbor for trade and fishing.

One of Norway’s most famous landmarks is located close to Brønnøysund. The mountain Torghatten, with a distinctive hole right the middle, is said to be the Brønnøy troll king’s hat. It plays a key role in the Nordland region’s fairy tales, where it is said that trolls caught out at sunrise are turned to stone and thus became the mountains along this stretch of coastline.

In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen. The Arctic Circle crosses here and is marked by a small globe statue. Within the Arctic Circle, your chances to see the northern lights increases.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Brønnøysund Town Walk and Concert
    This is a special opportunity: an invitation to get to know the tiny Norwegian coastal town of Brønnøysund, from its history to its modern day life. Grab a map and stroll at your leisure from the port into town. Guides will be available along the way to offer local insight and stories.
Torghatten mountain during winter
Stunning Arctic beauty at the famed Torghatten mountain.
Photo: Terje Solbakk
A person standing next to a body of water
Our expert Expedition Team love to share their knowledge.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A harbor filled with water and a mountain in the background
Svolvær welcomes you to Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Northern Lights in Lofoten
This is prime Northern Lights territory.
Photo: Johannes Groll
A man standing next to a body of water
Experience the majesty of a Norwegian winter.
Photo: Getty Images
Day 4
Reine and Svolvær - Full Day
In the Auroral Zone
Northern Lights in Lofoten
This is prime Northern Lights territory.
Photo: Johannes Groll

We are now in the auroral zone. The northern lights often appear directly above our ship. We can't control the weather, but we can sail past any cloud cover in a matter of minutes for a clearer view of the sky. Unlike a stationary viewpoint, we are a floating northern lights observatory. Traveling by sea, we are far away from artificial light pollution on land. This increases your chances of seeing the aurora.

You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten. The sight of the massive Lofoten Wall with snow-covered mountains rising straight out of the sea is truly awesome.

We dock at Reine in the morning hours - a perfect spot to continue your winter adventure. Perhaps visit the small fishing village of Å. Here you can visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Walk among the old coastal buildings to get a sense of everyday life at the Lofoten fisheries over the last 250 years. We also offer optional excursions to explore more of the winter nature in Lofoten.

We continue to Svolvær and visit a fishing village steeped in age-old seagoing traditions. Take part in exciting activities to explore the surrounding islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches, and sheltered bays. Shops, galleries, cafés, and restaurants are scattered throughout the town.

After spending the whole day in Lofoten, we continue to amazing Trollfjord. Here, vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it is not possible to sail into the fjord, so we admire this natural wonder at its entrance.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Reine - The Fishing Village of Å
    Located at the western tip of the archipelago, Å is a unique historical attraction. Here, you’ll find one of the best preserved old fishing villages in Norway, offering a variety of opportunities to experience life in the Lofoten fisheries through the last 250 years.
Day 5
Tromsø - Full Day
Gateway to the Arctic
A close up of a snow covered mountain
Join an excursion to hunt the Aurora.
Photo: Lightscape

If you’re looking for an adventurous winter wonderland, Tromsø is the perfect destination. The city’s attractions include wildlife and nature, as well as history, culture, and bold architecture.

Tromsø is situated among large islands and high mountains. With an abundance of bars, shops, and restaurants, Tromsø more than lives up to its reputation as the ‘Paris of the North’.

The Ølhallen pub in Tromsø opened in 1928 in the cellar of Mack Bryggeri, the world’s northernmost brewery. Locals of all ages stop by here for a pint  and a chat. You can easily find Ølhallen at the southern end of Tromsø’s main street. Ask for a tour of the microbrewery or just enjoy a satisfying Norwegian beer among the local regulars.

Enjoy a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjord, and hopefully the northern lights. Another highlight is the Arctic Cathedral, featuring an enormous stained-glass window.

You also can join such optional excursions hikes with our expedition team, or scenic bus rides, husky tours, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing when the snow arrives.

A close up of a snow covered mountain
Join an excursion to hunt the Aurora.
Photo: Lightscape
A person wearing a red hat talking on a cell phone
Try skiing, snowshoeing or sledding with our Expedition Team.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Man and women in front of the globe on the North Cape plateau.
Magical light at the end of the world – North Cape.
Photo: Paul Finnegan
Northen lights above the North Cape plateau.
Lights dance in the sky above the North Cape plateau.
Photo: Getty Images
A boat is docked in the water
Honningsvåg dusted in snow.
Photo: Stefan della Torre
Day 6
Honningsvåg - Full Day
Edge of the World
Northen lights above the North Cape plateau.
Lights dance in the sky above the North Cape plateau.
Photo: Getty Images

We are now sailing into the heart of Arctic wilderness. This is home to the magnificent North Cape, known as the one of the northernmost points on the European mainland.

Start your day with a bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape.

Standing at the edge puts you at 71°10’21´N, just under 800 miles away from the North Pole. Look out from the cliff by the iconic globe monument and gaze across the sea. Only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the top of the Earth. The vistas extend to where ocean meets horizon, so North Cape feels like the end of the world. Of course, it´s a great place to take stunning photos. And visit the North Cape Hall to enjoy a short film about your surroundings.

Back at Honningsvåg, you can explore the town on your own and admire charming houses and visit nice shops. 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Honningsvåg - The North Cape
    The North Cape lies far above the Arctic Circle at the northern tip of Europe. No matter the season, arriving at this dramatic plateau 300-meters above the Arctic Ocean is the experience of a lifetime.
Day 7
Alta - Half Day
Aurora City
Dog sledding in Norway during winter
Dog sleding is one of the best – and most exciting – ways to explore the snowy landscape.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Discover how Alta became the epicenter of ground-breaking research on the northern lights. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland was determined to find out the reason for this phenomenon. The northern lights had frightened and amazed people for thousands of years. Learn all about the aurora in an interactive exhibition located in the Northern Lights Cathedral.

Alta lies well above the Arctic Circle at a latitude of 70° North. It is the biggest city in the vast wilderness of Finnmark County. It’s also the perfect adventure destination, offering a wide range of activities with an authentic, non-touristy feel.

Alta lies directly under the Northern Light Oval, so your chances of seeing northern lights here are very good. We will spend the rest of the evening hunting the northern lights from aboard ship.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Experience the Northern Lights Cathedral
    Alta is a city known for opportunities to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Enjoy a short tour through the city on your way to the Northern Lights cathedral, where you’ll have the chance to learn about the cathedral’s distinctive architecture and Alta’s special relationship with the majestic aurora borealis.
Dog sledding in Norway during winter
Dog sleding is one of the best – and most exciting – ways to explore the snowy landscape.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
See the Northern Lights on board a cruise ship
Far from sources of artificial light, the deck is a great place to search for the Northern Lights at sea.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A wolf in the snow
See amazing wildlife at the world´s northernmost wildlife park.
Photo: Eckhoff
Cable cars below Northern Lights in Narvik
Enjoy the winter panorama from cable cars high above Narvik, perhaps lit by the northern lights.
Photo: Jan Arne Pettersen
A harbor with a mountain in the snow
The town was an important site of World War II conflicts.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 8
Narvik - Half Day
Wilderness and War History
Cable cars below Northern Lights in Narvik
Enjoy the winter panorama from cable cars high above Narvik, perhaps lit by the northern lights.
Photo: Jan Arne Pettersen

Historic Narvik is situated in beautiful Arctic nature. The occupation of Norway during World War II started here in 1940. Visit the Narvik War Museum to learn more about this specific time, as well as universal issues related to war, conflict, and human rights.

If you’d rather spend the day outdoors in winter nature, you have several great options.

Join an excursion by cable car to a mountain top for breathtaking views or spend the day in the world’s northernmost wildlife park. See bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox, and other Arctic animals.   

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Narvik War Museum Visit
    Narvik was a key location in Norway during World War II, both on land and sea. Today, Narvik War Museum not only tells the story of the Battles of Narvik, but also gathers Northern Norway’s war history under one roof.
Day 9
Sandnessjøen - Half Day
Mountains and Viking History
Sandnessjøen covered in show
One of the many charming villages of the coast - Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland.com

The Seven Sisters mountain range might be Sandessjøen's primary claim to fame. You'll have great views to the peaks from deck as we approach the town.

Sandnessjøen also has a rich Viking history, and today we invite you to learn more about the local clansmen. Northern Norway’s most powerful chieftain’s homesteadhas been recreated at Sandnes in Sandnessjøen. This venue is just a 10-minute walk from the harbor. Learn about the Viking Age’s rich history from some of its most powerful figures, such as Sigrid of Sandnes - one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Sagas, who was renowned for the respect she earned from her people.

You may also join an optional excursion to learn more about Norwegian poet and priest Petter Dass. You can visit the modern museum in combination with a visit to the medieval church in Alstahaug.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Visit the Viking Chieftain
    Visit the Viking chieftain’s house at Sandnes, where you will learn about this region’s history as a center of power during the Viking Age. Here you can participate in a variety of educational activities, including local food tastings.
Sandnessjøen covered in show
One of the many charming villages of the coast - Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland.com
Mountain range Seven Sisters
Incredible contrasts and unforgettable nature sailing by the Seven Sisters range.
Photo: Shutterstock
Kristiansund by night.
Kristiansund´s quaint charm.
Photo: David Vargas
Day 10
Kristiansund and Molde - Half Day
From Bacalao to Roses
Kristiansund by night.
Kristiansund´s quaint charm.
Photo: David Vargas

Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries. Today, Kristiansund is known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its longtime export of salted dry fish.

You may choose to enjoy a scenic bus ride along the renowned Atlantic Road - one of Norway’s most-visited tourist destinations. The 5-mile long highway – one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes – spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by amazing landscapes and the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses,’due to the city’s many lush, blooming rose gardens. The city’s viewpoint affords fantastic views across Molde, the fjords, archipelagos, and the distant snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Kristiansund - The Atlantic Ocean Road
    Known as one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the Atlantic Ocean Road is an engineering marvel that zigzags across bridges, from island to island, along the ocean’s edge. This guided coach tour will give you the chance to leave the ship and explore the coast by land.
Day 11
Fjærland - Full Day
Glaciers and Stunning Fjord Scenery
A house covered in snow
Visit the Glacier museum in Fjærland.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum

In the morning, we sail into the longest fjord in Norway, the scenic Sognefjord. We cruise deep into the fjord to the tiny hamlet of Fjærland. Enjoy going ashore to discover this idyllic village with only 300 inhabitants and many charming old buildings.

Jostedalsbreen (the Jostedal Glacier)is the largest glacier on the European continent. It has several smaller glacial arms stretching out in many directions. In Fjærland, you can get very close to two of these glacier extensions, Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen. Fjærland is the perfect place to learn more about how glaciers created the beautiful fjords of Norway. Visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum where you get the opportunity to personally experience a glacier, with its white and blue limbs extending down steep mountainsides.

Explore wandering the charming ‘Norwegian Book Town of Fjærland,’ with many picturesque, second-hand book shops around the village housed in unlikely places, or join several exciting optional excursions.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Fjærland: Understanding Norway’s Glaciers
    Norway’s landscape is defined by its characteristic fjords and the glaciers that created them. On this excursion, you will have the chance to learn about these glaciers and to see one of them up close, as you visit a branch of Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
A house covered in snow
Visit the Glacier museum in Fjærland.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum
A large building with a mountain in the background
Winter in Bergen is full of charm.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
Day 12
Bergen
Looking Forward to the Next Adventure
A large building with a mountain in the background
Winter in Bergen is full of charm.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest

In the early morning, we arrive in Bergen, where you disembark the ship. Hopefully you will have seen the magical northern lights several times, and enjoyed delightful, unique and authentic experiences of Norway’s culture, history, wildlife, and stunning nature. We look forward to seeing you on board again for new adventures in the very near future.

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice

Everything you need for an adventure:

  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages 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 from various academic fields and with profound knowledge of the regions in which we sail
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of spikes and trekking poles, and all equipment needed for optional and included activities

Engaging on-board activities and lectures:

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, and/or culture that provide context to your voyage 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 meaningfully to scientific research
  • Introductory photo lecture, camera adjustment, and tips & tricks, plus a selection of photos from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook after your voyage
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, and 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 on-board library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

Premium on-board comfort:

  • All meals, including beverages (house 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
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • À la carte restaurant (included for suite guests; available for purchase by other guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs, and sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi on board for all guests. (However, be aware that we may 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 or our expedition team 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

  • Please note: The voyages departing November 4, 2021 and February 11, 2022 will visit Reine and Svolvær in a different order. 
MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten
Photo: Stein Bjørge
Mountain hike in Lofoten
A group of people sitting at a train station

Your Ship

MS Trollfjord

Year built 2002
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 822
Beds 576
Car capacity 35
Gross tonnage 16,140
Length 135.75 m/ 445 ft
Beam 21.5 m/ 70.5 ft
Speed 18 knots
MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten
Photo: Stein Bjørge

This ship is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.

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Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

Included
A woman swimming in the water A woman swimming in the water

Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium (Included)

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-AES3

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Included
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Brønnøysund - Town Walk and Concert (Included)

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-BNN2

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Included
A boat that is sitting on a rock A boat that is sitting on a rock

Reine - The Fishing Village of Å (Included)

Norway

Duration

1-2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-REI1

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Included
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Honningsvåg - The North Cape (Included)

Norway

Duration

3 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-HVG1

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Included
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Alta - Experience the Northern Lights Cathedral (Included)

Duration

1.5

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-ALF2

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Included
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Narvik - War Museum Visit (Included)

Duration

Varies, at guests’ discretion

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-NVK1

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Included
Viking chieftain’s house at Sandnes - Sandnessjøen Norway Viking chieftain’s house at Sandnes - Sandnessjøen Norway

Sandnessjøen - Visit the Viking Chieftain (Included)

Duration

2 hr 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-SSJ1

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Included
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Kristiansund - The Atlantic Ocean Road (Included)

Duration

4-5 hours

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-KSU1

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Included
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Fjærland - Understanding Norway’s Glaciers (Included)

Duration

At guests’ discretion

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-FYS1

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