Norwegian Coastal Expeditions: Southbound

Kirkenes - Bergen

Connect with your inner explorer and go on an active adventure through Norway's achingly gorgeous fjords and dramatic mountains. The Norway Coastal Expedition sailings follow the classic voyage route, but also lets you enjoy unique excursions, expert lectures and activities with a handpicked expedition team - your hosts on board and on land.

  • Travel with our onboard expedition team - experts on Norwegian culture, history and experiences
  • Join exclusive hikes and excursions at several unique locations along the coast
  • Engage in on deck activities and daily lectures on Norwegian landmarks and other fascinating subjects
  • Experience magical Lofoten and other magnificent natural wonders in the daytime

Overview

Exploring Norway in the hands of experts

Join us on a journey of discovery into the heart and soul of Norway’s beautiful coast. These unique Norway coastal expedition voyages are accompanied by a Hurtigruten expedition team; seasoned travellers, modern-day explorers, and kindred spirits in their love of adventure. Experts in their respective fields, these specialists will passionately present you with insights into Norway’s culture, wildlife, and nature; all to enhance your journey of inner and outer discovery.

On board one of our expedition ships, we will give you the opportunity to explore the region and local culture in a more active way, with excursions, an exclusive Hiking Pass and exciting on board activities that vary by season.

The expedition of a lifetime

Choose from a wide range of optional onshore activities which add special, unforgettable experiences to your trip. As there is so much to see and do, you won’t be able to do all the hikes of the Hiking Pass plus all the excursions on offer in one trip, but you can still pick and mix those that appeal to the explorer within.

The onboard programme consists of tastings of local fresh produce and daily lectures on a range of topics such as glaciology, natural phenomena, Viking history, Nordic folklore and so much more.

After a heady day of active adventure and hiking, what better way to finish the day than relaxing and sharing a drink with your expedition team at the bar or the panorama lounge. Exchange tales of exploration over photos, socialise with your fellow travellers, enjoy a cultural performance, and whet your appetite for the next day’s many exciting experiences.

Hiker’s heaven

Norway’s stunning coastline makes it a true paradise for avid hikers. Take advantage of the many guided hiking opportunities on your expedition cruise with our Hiking Pass – your ticket to hiking heaven.

A Hiking Pass gives you access to hand-picked hikes accompanied by your loyal expedition team. It consists of multiple hikes throughout the duration of your voyage, depending on the season and more if local weather permits. Hikes can last between 1.5 and 4 hours long and are for those ready for a physically demanding and rewarding Norwegian experience.

Recommended equipment:

When going on hikes you should choose your equipment based on the weather and the season. As a general rule of thumb, you should remember to pack good shoes for walking, such as boots for rainy and muddy conditions. A wind and water proof jacket, preferably with a hood and free hiking trousers, gloves, a hat, water bottles and sunglasses are also recommended. It’s also a good idea to bring a pair of lightweight binoculars and a camera.

Languages

Our activities and lectures will be mainly offered in English. A written summary will be handed out before the lecture starts in Norwegian, German  and French. When we have German-speaking
staff members, we will do our utmost to offer parts of the program in German.

Price includes

  • Voyage in a cabin grade of your choice with meals included
  • English speaking tour leader on board

Not included

  • Flights and transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Hiking Pass 
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in EUR (€) per person based on two people travelling together sharing as inside twin cabin 
  • Other categories are available at a supplement
  • Not all categories available for departures

Same voyage with different duration:

Itinerary

The itinerary

Connect with your inner explorer and go on an active adventure through Norway's achingly gorgeous fjords and dramatic mountains. The Norway Coastal Expedition sailings follow the classic voyage route, but also lets you enjoy unique excursions, expert lectures and activities with a handpicked expedition team - your hosts on board and on land.

All year

Departs From Kirkenes, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The Arctic adventure begins


Location: Kirkenes

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are several ways to make a visit to the Russian border. During spring you may still be able to participate in our winter activities and excursions. You could explore the Arctic winter on a snowmobile, driving over a frozen fjord. On our dog sledge adventure the huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen landscape, taking you through the arctic wilderness. You can also visit the Snow Hotel and see the reindeer. Our Arctic bush craft excursion in autumn provides you with an insight into this season; how people have harvested, stored, hunted and fished for centuries.

As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season.The ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø again, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation of "Life in the sea" in spring, and in winter local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

Day 2
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The extreme north


Location: Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘Energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya - The northernmost natural gas terminal’ on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe.

We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø known as “the gateway to the Arctic” just in time to enjoy a Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs. 

Your expedition team will be prepared to present lectures on topics such as polar expeditions and Norwegian exploration and the evolution of modern Norway.

Day 3
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location: Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive in Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7m deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water.  Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale watching experience during wintertime.

Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2km long and 100m wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter.

From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

During our sailing through the iconic Lofoten Islands, your Expedition Team will share their knowledge with lectures on fisheries, coastal culture and Hurtigruten's history since its beginnings in 1893.

 

Day 4
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A date with the Seven Sisters


Location: Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. 

As part of your Norwegian Coastal Expedition, there will be an entertaining musical lecture by the Expedition Team and an evening activity such as folkdancing.

Day 5
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

The old cities and the sea


Location: Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577m at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities.

Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

During your sailing, enjoy another onboard lecture about the majestic fjords and geology.

Day 6
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Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces


Location: Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage starts to draw to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town representing the Sogn og Fjordane region’s oldest and Norway’s most western town. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route before you finally disembark in Bergen.

Location Bergen, Norway
Your ship
Things to see and do

Southbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions on the southbound sailing between Kirkenes and Bergen.

Ports

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Articles

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Attractions

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Videos

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Extend your holiday

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in Norway with a pre or post extension programme in Kirkenes and Bergen. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Kirkenes and Bergen.