MS Trollfjord
12 days

Norway & North Cape – On the Cusp of Spring

Price from $ 5,396
$ 4,317
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Trollfjord
12 days

Norway & North Cape – On the Cusp of Spring

Price from $ 5,396
$ 4,317
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Norway & North Cape – On the Cusp of Spring
Departures
2021
March:
7.
18.
29.
April:
9.
20.
  • Explore Norway’s famed coast during its most beautiful winter season
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities in the Far North
  • Visit fascinating coastal cities and snow-dusted remote villages
  • Benefit from cruising with the true Norway experts

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Itinerary

Experience an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to lovely Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape. Enjoy exciting winter activities under snow-clad peaks and a sky that shifts from brilliant blue to all the colors of the rainbow. As we sail south to Bergen, enjoy the waterfalls fed by melting snow, and the season’s first wildflowers on this unforgettable journey.
Day 1
Bergen
The Gateway to the Fjords
A view of a snow covered mountain
Photo: GettyImages

Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen - a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. The ideal way to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords is by foot. Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and retains much of its character, charm, and history. Stroll in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

Take the cable car to the top of Mount Fløyen to soak in the sweeping views of the city, fjords, islands, and the distant North Sea. Back in town, spend some time in Bergen’s many cafés and restaurants, or visit the famous Fish Market.

After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. We sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.

Spend the rest of the evening getting to know the expedition team and fellow passengers, relaxing in the lounge, or soaking in the hot tub on deck.

A view of a snow covered mountain
Photo: GettyImages
A large building with a mountain in the background
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
A group of people riding on the back of a boat in the water
Erkunden Sie die Ålesunds winterliche Uferpromenade vom Kajak aus.
A large body of water with a city in the background
View Ålesund’s charming city centre and surroundings from atop Mt. Aksla.
Photo: shutterstock
A diver feeding a fish in an aquarium while people are watching.
Visit the remarkable Norwegian Aquarium.
Photo: Roger Engvik
Day 2
Ålesund - Half Day
Art Nouveau City
A large body of water with a city in the background
View Ålesund’s charming city centre and surroundings from atop Mt. Aksla.
Photo: shutterstock

Today we dock in Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned most of the town down and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau.

Feel like an invigorating hike? Climb the 412 steps to the top of Mount Aksla. Along the way, see two statues, one of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the other of the Viking Gange-Rolv, or Rollo, who is reputedly the forefather of William the Conqueror. At the summit, take in great views of Ålesund’s charming city center and the surrounding islands stretching into the Norwegian Sea.

Visit the Atlanterhavsparken. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund’s architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals, and penguins.

You can also join other interesting optional excursions.

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
Home of the Famed Torghatten
A couple of people that are standing in the snow
Join local guides to explore quaint Brønnøysund by foot.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline and is known for dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its center.

You can join a walk around Brønnøysund, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century.  

Brønnøysund is also known as the gateway to Vega Islands – a treasured UNESCO-listed archipelago.

As we leave Brønnøysund, we will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful peaks.

In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.

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.
A couple of people that are standing in the snow
Join local guides to explore quaint Brønnøysund by foot.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A close up of a snow covered mountain
Pass the iconic Arctic Circle at Vikingen.
Photo: Alfred-Astrid Held
A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A house covered in snow
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Conor-Sheridan / Unsplash
A man wearing sunglasses and a hat
Join members of our Expedition Team for various guided excursions around Lofoten.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 4
Reine and Svolvær - Full Day
Magical Lofoten Archipelago
A house covered in snow
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Conor-Sheridan / Unsplash

Lofoten´s dramatic snowy peaks, hidden coves, and pristine beaches are world famous. It is also is known for excellent fishing and picturesque villages.

You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea.

In the morning we dock at idyllic Reine, where red and white fishermen’s huts dot the shoreline and surrounding snow-capped peaks shoot out of the sea. It’s no wonder Reine is one of Norway’s most frequently photographed landscapes.

After a lovely morning in Reine, we sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. Solvær’s shops, galleries, cafés, and restaurants provide a number of in-town activities.

After departing Lofoten, we sail to the incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we will marvel at this unique natural wonder from 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
Arctic Winter Adventures
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
Photo: Shutterstock

If you’re looking for a winter wonderland with plenty of adventure, Tromsø is the perfect destination.

Tromsø’s many winter activities include dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can also explore the city’s fascinating history, culture, and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a definite highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass window and late-night Northern Lights Concerts until the end of March.

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
Photo: Shutterstock
A group of people on a beach
Ride the Fjellheisen cable car for winter activities and a sky-high view of Tromsø.
Photo: Getty Images
A group of clouds in the sky over a body of water
Take stunning photographs at North Cape.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A group of people standing on top of a snow covered bridge
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Moreau Pascal
A boat is docked in the water
Explore the wintry waterfront of charming Hønningsvåg.
Photo: Stefan Della Torre
Day 6
Honningsvåg - Full Day
Edge of the World
A group of people standing on top of a snow covered bridge
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Moreau Pascal

Today we dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg - the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads south.

You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at the North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 1,305 miles away from the Geographic North Pole.

Stand at the edge of the 1,000 foot high cliff and gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape hall.

Back at Honningsvåg, you may take a stroll past charming houses, stop into nice shops, and see a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II.

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
Adventure in Aurora City
A large ship in the snow
Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral and learn about the Aurora Borealis.
Photo: Carina Dunkhorst

Alta started out as a small Sámi settlement some 500 years ago and is now the largest city in this part of Norway.

Did you know that Alta is the epicenter for groundbreaking research on the northern lights? This amazing phenomenon has amazed and frightened people for thousands of years. Alta lies directly under the Northern Lights Oval, and stable weather creates good viewing conditions. The aurora is frequently seen here during winter. Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland even built an observatory near Alta, which led to his discovery of what causes the northern lights.

Alta is also a big dog sledding town. Many of the dog sled teams competing in the annual Finnmark Race are located here, and some of those kennels can be visited.

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.
A large ship in the snow
Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral and learn about the Aurora Borealis.
Photo: Carina Dunkhorst
A person wearing a red hat
Meet and learn about the indigenous Sami people of Alta.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A large ship in a body of water
Ride a cable car to a mountaintop for spectacular views and fun winter activities.
Photo: Narvikfjellet
A wolf in the snow
Visit the world’s northernmost wildlife park with wolves, bears, foxes, lynx, moose and musk ox.
Photo: Eckhoff
A harbor with a mountain in the snow
Explore Narvik’s rich history and nature.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 8
Narvik - Half Day
Snow-Covered Wilderness and History
A wolf in the snow
Visit the world’s northernmost wildlife park with wolves, bears, foxes, lynx, moose and musk ox.
Photo: Eckhoff

Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car ride to a mountain summit for breathtaking views! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox, and other Arctic animals.

Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik is as rich in nature as it is in history.

A fierce naval battle was fought here in 1940. Today we invite you to learn about it at the Narvik War Museum – a modern facility with interactive experiences.

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
The Seven Sisters in White
A flock of birds sitting on top of a snow covered field
Wander the snowy streets of charming Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland

As we approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvelous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen's main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.

Today we invite you to learn more about the Vikings with a visit to Sandnes, the recreated ancient homestead of one of northern Norway’s most powerful chieftains. Hear fascinating stories about the Viking Age from leaders like Sigrid of Sandnes, one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Viking Sagas.

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.
A flock of birds sitting on top of a snow covered field
Wander the snowy streets of charming Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland
A boat in the water with a mountain in the background
Discover the legendary Seven Sisters mountain range.
Photo: Shutterstock
A group of blue water
Enjoy a bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes
Photo: Getty Images
A person standing on top of a snow covered mountain
Admire views of the snowy Romsdal Alps from atop Molde’s Varden viewpoint.
Photo: Shutterstock
A large ship in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Explore the quiet small city of Kristiansund during winter.
Photo: David Watson
Day 10
Kristiansund and Molde
From Bacalao to Roses
A person standing on top of a snow covered mountain
Admire views of the snowy Romsdal Alps from atop Molde’s Varden viewpoint.
Photo: Shutterstock

Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Perhaps you'll choose to see them on a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 5-mile long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ after its many rose gardens, which may still be covered in snow.

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 - Half Day
Glaciers and Stunning Scenery
A building covered in snow
Visit the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum

This morning, we sail into Norway’s longest fjord, the scenic Sognefjord. We cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants - a delightful place for a stroll. Explore wandering this charming ‘Norwegian Book Town,’ with many picturesque, second-hand book shops around the village housed in unlikely places.

Nearby Jostedalsbreen (the Jostedal Glacier) is the largest glacier on the European continent. Get close to two of the glacial limbs - Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen, and learn about how they shaped the mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway at the Norwegian Glacier Museum

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 building covered in snow
Visit the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum
A train traveling down train tracks near a mountain
Follow a mountain trail and touch the icy fingers of a glacier.
Photo: Shutterstock
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash
Wander the wooden wharves of medieval Bryggen.
Wander the wooden wharves of medieval Bryggen.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
Day 12
Bergen
Final Chapter of the Fairy Tale
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. When you disembark, take with you the memories of a unique Norway winter expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences and encounters with wildlife, stunning nature, and local people.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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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, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for optional and included activities

Engaging onboard 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 onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

Premium onboard 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 protection plan
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

  • Please note: The voyage departing March 18, 2021 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
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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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