Norway

Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway

Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway

Norway

Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway

Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway

Travel information 8 days MS Midnatsol
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Visit unique Norwegian coastal towns and islands
  • Learn more about the history, culture and nature of the places we visit
  • Explore surrounding islands on kayak, bike or foot
  • Exciting and extensive excursion program
Norway - Pearls of Southern Norway

Itinerary

This is an expedition where weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

DAY 1 : Amsterdam, Netherlands

Laid-Back Amsterdam

A bicycle parked in front of a building

Amsterdam grew from a small fishing village in the 13th century to one of the most charming and culturally important cities of the world. The city became a worldwide trading center with important connections to the Hanseatic League in the 17th century.  Evidence of the prosperity of Amsterdam's 'Golden Age' can still be seen in the aristocrats' houses in the city's famed Canal District, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amsterdam is also well-known for its outstanding museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House, and the Van Gogh Museum. 

A bicycle parked in front of a building
A house with a grass field

DAY 2 : Helgoland, Germany

Small Islands with Big History

A house with a grass field

Germany’s only high-sea archipelago consists of two small islands and is famous for its unique scenery and diverse wildlife. Germany’s smallest nature reserve, Lummenfelsen, consists of a single rock densely occupied by the thousands of seabirds that nest here. Helgoland also has an intriguing history. Originally, it was founded by Frisians, and then became a pirate base in the Middle Ages.

Afterwards, it was claimed by the Danes, only to be conquered by the British some years later. Then the British swapped the islands with the Germans for Zanzibar. During WWII, attempts were made to wipe the entire island of the map. So, it's safe to say that Helgoland is rich with exciting history. Come ashore to explore this fascinating and narrow island . 

DAY 3 : At sea

Unwind with a View

A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo

A day at sea means you can join the lectures presented by the expedition team, or spend time out on deck or in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers as we sail. You can also enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view, or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.

A large ship in the water
Photo: Stephanie Tubbecke / Guest Photo
A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin

DAY 4 : Kragerø, Norway

Islands, Alleyways, and Art

A small boat in a large body of water
Photo: Elin

11,000 people call the charming narrow streets and alleyways of Kragerø home. The town boasts a long history of art and culture – the fine light found here is unique to this area. Wander through the town to discover its assortment of galleries and charming cafés, or venture further afield for a longer walk or a more adventurous hike.  The area is also ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.

DAY 5 : Farsund, Norway

Pirate Days

A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch

Farsund has a fascinating history that includes plundering passing ships as far back as the 1800s! The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for birdwatching and shoreside walks. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the Kaperdagene festival (translated as 'Pirate days').

This heritage dates back to the Napoleonic War of 1804, when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships to survive. Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, and cross a 100-year-old swing bridge and a protected oak forest.

A group of people sitting at a dock
Photo: Thomas Depenbusch
A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg

DAY 6 : Lysefjorden

Towering Preikestolen

A view of a rocky mountain
Photo: Casper Tybjerg

The Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,385 feet deep at its deepest. Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 1,981 feet over the Lysefjord. We hope to have fine view of Preikestolen – and the Kjerag peak that towers 3,556 feet – as we sail along the Lysefjord.

DAY 7 : Rosendal, Norway

Mouth of the Fjord

A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk

Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, now one of the most significant museums in Western Norway. Located at the mouth of the Hardangerfjord, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway. The castle is surrounded by a beautifully landscape park. Rosendal is also the place where the ship Gjøa, used by Roald Amundsen on his expedition through the Northwest Passage, was built.

A small boat in a body of water
Photo: Pascal Volk
A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background
The famous Bryggen in Bergen.

DAY 8 : Bergen, Norway

The Gateway to the Fjords

A store in a brick building with Bryggen in the background
The famous Bryggen in Bergen.

After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to leave the comforts of MS Midnatsol and head home – or discover Bergen or even more of Norway! As the starting point for our Norwegian Coastal Cruises, Bergen is the perfect starting point for further exploration of Norway's fjords, villages, and incredible nature.

Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city has preserved a great deal of local character and history. One example is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs that date back to the 14th century.

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

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Practical Information