Known as the 'gateway to the world', Hamburg is the ideal port to start our adventurous cruise to the stunning Norwegian coast. Located on the Elbe River, Hamburg is a city of strong contrasts, with lush, green parks; elegant older buildings; and sleek modern architecture.
Norwegian Coastal Towns
Our first stop in Norway is historic Bergen, which is also the starting point of Hurtigruten's traditional coastal Norway cruise. The city boasts wonderfully well-preserved architecture and a waterfront that is ideal for strolling before you rejoin the ship and head north. We then sail into the magnificent Geirangerfjord, where you may want to disembark and take part in the overland trip to Ålesund. This journey by road enables you to see more of the UNESCO-listed fjord, and enjoy amazing views and photo stops along the way. Rejoin the ship in Ålesund. Then we will follow the route of the Norway coastal cruise as we make our way to Kirkenes, with stops at Trondheim, Bodø, Svolvær, and Tromsø along the way.
Trondheim is a great town to explore by foot, and Bodø is the home of the dramatic tidal current of Saltstraumen. The we discover Lofoten and the classic Hurtiguten stop of Svolvær, a site of great Viking history.
From Lofoten, depending on conditions, the Captain will sail into the legendary, narrow Trollfjorden, with mountain ranges towering on both sides of the ship.
Colorful Tromsø offers rich Arctic exploration history and panoramic views reachable by cable car or on a hike with the expedition team.
Kirkenes is an intriguing port with strong Russian ties, and you can explore this town or join the expedition team for a hike before we turn around and make our way south. Stopping at Honningsvåg and Hammerfest allows you the opportunity to visit Norway's most northern town and the capital of the North Cape.
As we continue southbound, we sail through the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten archipelago. We'll stop in Reine, a true gem of Lofoten. We will also be calling on the charming and picturesque town of Brønnøysund for an excursion to Torghatten. The island city of Kristiansund is where you have the option of taking an excursion to drive along the famous Atlantic Road through stunning coastal landscape to rejoin the ship in Molde – 'the City of Roses'. Florø will be our last port of call before we arrive in Hamburg.