- Embark on a nostalgic cruise along the Norwegian coast up to the edge of the world, all the way to the Svalbard archipelago in the High Arctic, then back
- Enjoy life aboard the exception MS Trollfjord, freshly renovated in 2023 with the finest materials and craftsmanship
- Visit a range of charming coastal communities on mainland Norway and on Svalbard and take your pick from authentic, locally run optional excursions
- Experience variations of summer along the entire length of Norway, including 24 hours of daylight from the glorious Midnight Sun at the height of the season
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For the modern traveler, we revived our historic voyage from 1968, when we sailed to the edge of the world. Travel in comfort aboard the beautiful MS Trollfjord, sailing along the scenic Norwegian coast north to Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s islands.
DAY 1 : Bergen
On your way to Norway
Welcome to Norway! You’ll arrive in Bergen, a beautiful city on Norway’s west coast. Admire views of the majestic peaks that famously surround the city, earning Bergen the nickname of ‘The City of Seven Mountains’. After collecting your luggage, you'll be met at the arrivals gate and taken to your hotel in Bergen.
King Olav Kyree transformed this small village through development in 1070 AD. It is now Norway’s second-largest city. Nestled in the center is Vågen Bay, the historic core of the city, and home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen quarter. There, you can wander down charming cobblestone streets and peruse local boutique shops. Across from Bryggen, you’ll find the fish market, which cooks up fresh and delicious seafood dishes.
In summer, the days are long, so you’ll have more hours of daylight to explore this historic city. One of the seven mountains in Bergen’s nickname is Mount Fløyen, which you can access on foot or by taking the Fløibanen funicular. At the top, enjoy stunning views of the city and nearby peaks.
Reward yourself and your thirst with some local 7 Fjell beer before heading to the hotel to get some rest. The next day, it’s time to embark on your Svalbard Express cruise.
DAY 2 : Bergen
Sailing the Svalbard Express
After you wake up in your hotel, enjoy some time in the early morning to further explore Bergen before your transfer arrives at the hotel to bring you to our comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal.
Bergen has been the starting point for many Norwegian Coastal Express cruises for generations, and the stylish guest lounge here is exclusive for our guests. Sample finger-food from our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen or talk to staff about securing a spot on any optional excursions still available.
Once we’ve welcomed you aboard, talk to your ship’s Coastal Experience team, who will be your hosts and guides to the Norwegian coast and Svalbard. Meet your shipmates and take some time to settle in to your new home-away-from-home.
Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colorful buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the Norwegian Sea.
DAY 3 : Åndalsnes
Alpine village by the fjord
Our first port of call is Åndalsnes, located along Isfjord at the end of Romsdalfjord. After docking in the morning in the town center, you can explore this picturesque coastal town, home to about 2,000 people.
From 1838 until 1964, the village of Åndalsnes served as the administrative center of the old municipality of Grytten and was completely rebuilt after an attack during World War II. Åndalsnes is now a modern town (it even has its own newspaper) in one of Norway’s most stunning natural locations.
The highlights (literally) of Åndalsnes are the mountains that tower over the town. Experience the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv (a love of the outdoors) through a variety of activities, such as hiking to the Rampestreken viewpoint.
For a calmer way to take in the sights, sit back on the relaxing Romsdal Gondola or travel the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus. Whichever activities you choose, today will bring you the best views of Isfjord, Romsdalfjord, and the surrounding peaks.
Exclusive Early-Morning Gondola RideTake an exclusive early-morning ride in the Romsdalen Gondola to enjoy spectacular views across the Romsdal Alps.
Hairpin Bends & Soaring Mountains - Trollstigen Scenic Bus TourJoin this bus tour along iconic hairpin bends that wind their way through lush valleys and dramatic mountains.
Stand-Up Paddleboard in ÅndalsnesEnjoy a duck’s view of the Istra River and the surrounding peaks towering overhead as you stand-up paddleboard (SUP) on the calm, green waters.
DAY 4 : Træna
Norway’s oldest fishing community
We’ll sail along the coast of the Helgeland region in the morning. When you see islands rising out of the water in the distance, you’ll know we’re almost at our next destination.
Træna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic Circle, 33 nautical miles northwest of the mainland. Made up of around 500 islands, islets and skerries (only four of which are inhabited year-round), Træna is a quiet municipality, with birdlife thriving on the mostly uninhabited isles.
Though small, this archipelago has a long history. Archeological finds indicate that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Some of these ancient relics have been found in a cave on the island of Sanna, which is now used as a venue for an annual music festival.
Spend the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing communities. Weather permitting, you may be able to enjoy activities like hiking and biking, or even island-hopping.
With a large population of sea eagles, birdwatching is another activity you won’t want to miss. For a truly authentic experience, step into the age-old shoes of a Norwegian fisherman and cast a line under the summer sun.
When it’s time to leave in the evening, take some time to rest and unwind on board. We’ll cross the Arctic Circle as we continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little Norwegian ceremony.
Træna Island HoppingGet to know the people, wildlife, and ways of life on the beautiful isle of Selvær.
Træna Culture Walk – Poetry, Art, and HeritageStimulate your senses on this fascinating guided walk through Træna’s cultural landscape and bask in the natural scenery of the islands.
Arctic Dip – Sauna & SwimFor an invigorating experience, enjoy a sauna in Træna’s oldest house. Then—if you feel like it—jump in the Norwegian Sea!
DAY 5 : Stokmarknes
Birthplace of the Norwegian Coastal Express
Spend a full day in Vesterålen, an archipelago just northeast of Lofoten. This island chain is the namesake of our very first Coastal Express ship to sail Norway’s rugged coastline in 1893.
We’ll dock in the historic town of Stokmarknes. This town holds a special place in our hearts, being the birthplace of Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express. Today, we go back to where it all began.
In 1893, in this very town, shipping pioneer Richard With founded the Original Coastal Express, revolutionizing both coastal passenger travel and Norwegian shipping. Hurtigruten quickly became a lifeline for Svalbard and Norway’s remote communities and boosted their economies by carrying exports to and from the ports.
Stokmarknes is therefore a fitting location for a museum that immortalizes our inspiring legacy. Hurtigrutemuseet can be found along the waterfront, where our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly stands encased in a glass building. Here, you’ll find archives, photographs, and artifacts displayed in a range of interactive exhibitions. A guided tour will immerse you in the atmosphere of a different era as you explore the retired vessel.
Besides visiting the museum, you may be able to enjoy hiking and other activities on the islands. Go on a RIB tour to Raftsundet, or a sea eagle safari in the fjord that gave MS Trollfjord its name.
The Coastal Express Heritage TourTake an exclusive tour of the Hurtigruten Museum, which houses one of our retired ship, in our birthplace of Stokmarknes.
Best of Vesterålen Summer – Scenic Bus TourExperience breathtaking views, quaint fishing villages and rich coastal heritage on a bus tour of the Vesterålen archipelago.
DAY 6 : Tromsø
Gateway to the Arctic
Tromsø is Northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot, boasting impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the world’s northernmost university. Rich in polar history, it makes for a natural stopping point before we go farther north into the High Arctic.
This modern city has a long legacy, with artifacts found that date back to the Ice Age. The city grew in importance after being declared a kjøpstad, or ‘market town’ in 1794, despite only being home to 80 people. It became a center of Arctic hunting in the mid-1800s. By the end of the 19th century, Tromsø was an established Arctic trade center.
We aim to dock here in the morning, giving you a whole day to explore this historic Arctic city and its surroundings. Take your pick from a number of optional excursions. Learn more about the culture and polar history of Tromsø on a city walk. Or go see seals at the Polaria center, one of the world’s northernmost aquariums. Here, you can see various species of Arctic marine life up close.
There may also be an option to visit the striking Arctic Cathedral, which has an enormous and colorful stained-glass window. Storsteinen Mountain Towers over Tromsø and the Fjellheisen Cable Car takes you up for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains, and fjords.
Viking Homestead VisitCelebrate Norse history, tradition, and culture as you travel through time to the Viking Age at Tønsviking Medieval homestead.
Tromsø, The Arctic Capital – SummerExplore the remarkable polar heritage, modern culture, and extraordinary panoramic summer views of Tromsø, the ‘Paris of the North’.
Tromsø On Foot – The City & Polar HistoryTake a stroll through the fascinating history and heritage of Tromsø and discover why it’s known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’.
World’s Northernmost BreweryLet actors entertain you on this tour through Tromsø to Mack, long known as the northernmost brewery in the world.
DAY 7 : Honningsvåg
At the top of Europe
Around mid-morning, we arrive at Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in mainland Norway. Honningsvåg is a young city, having only been declared as such in 1996, and it remains one of Norway’s smallest.
You have several optional excursions to pick from here. These could include king crab fishing, meeting an indigenous Sámi family, birdwatching, or a guided tour of what life is like at 71°N.
Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the famed ‘northernmost point of Europe’. The plateau stands 1007 feet above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the geographical North Pole. Take a moment to gaze out across the sea from the soaring cliffs while you watch the waves crash against the rocks below.
An iconic globe monument stands atop the cliffs, which is perfect for snapping a quick selfie. Afterwards, visit North Cape Hall, which hosts a variety of exhibits and a short film that tells the Cape’s history.
Sailing away from Honningsvåg, enjoy dramatic views of the plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea, leaving mainland the Norwegian coast behind.
North Cape and King Crab Experience - SummerFrom iconic views at the North Cape to fascinating local artwork and delicious king crab, join us as we experience the highlights of Honningsvåg.
Four Wheeler to North CapeDrive your own four wheeler on a thrilling adventure to continental Europe’s northernmost point.
Hike and Birdwatching in Gjesværstappan Nature ReserveImmerse yourself in the majestic natural beauty of Gjesværstappan nature reserve and encounter the rich diversity of birdlife at 71ºN.
DAY 8 : At sea around Bjørnøya
Between Norway and Svalbard
The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago, Bjørnøya, sits just past the halfway point between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. We’ll be viewing this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure.
Upon seeing the island, you might notice the lack of trees—there are hardly even bushes. Very little grows here, with the land partly being covered only by a layer of moss and lichen. Whatever grows here is fertilized by the abundant birdlife that nests on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture little auks, puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, and northern fulmars flying over dramatic cliff tops and steep slopes, alongside many other seabird species.
Contrary to its name, which means ‘Bear Island’, the only native mammals are Arctic foxes. The island was named after a polar bear was spotted swimming in the waters nearby, but this is an unlikely sight this far south.
Aboard the ship, learn about Bjørnøya’s history through polar history lectures. You might find out about the historic expeditions that led to its discovery and the subsequent claims that various countries have attempted to make over the island. Discover the strategic importance of this unreachable sanctuary, and the role Bjørnøya played in World War II.
Sailing on from Bjørnøya, unwind in MS Trollfjord’s sauna, fitness room, or outdoor hot tubs. There will also be a photography workshop today to get your camera eye and lens in focus to capture the wildlife and wilderness awaiting us in Svalbard.
DAY 9 : Longyearbyen
At the edge of the world
Today, we arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and make our way up to Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening under the summer sun.
Spend a moment just taking in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude more than 78°N and less than 820 miles from the North Pole. The air of this Arctic desert is fresh and pure. Temperatures in summer average between 32ºF and 46ºF, thanks to a warm northern branch of the Gulf Stream.
Longyearbyen is nestled on the banks of a sweeping fjord. It is the biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the world’s northernmost settlement with a population over 1,000.
Home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world, it originally sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for adventure travelers and scientists and engineers attached to local research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.
Spend time strolling around town. Admire its collection of galleries, pubs, restaurants, brewery, and the notable North Pole Expedition Museum. You’ll also have optional excursions to pick from that bring you into the awe-inspiring landscapes surrounding Longyearbyen. Ever tried dog sledding without snow? This is your chance.
Dog-Sledding on WheelsExperience the instinctive connection between human and dog as eight huskies pull you across the Norwegian summer landscape on a wheeled sled.
Svalbard Wilderness and History ExperienceMeet huskies and hear exciting experiences from mushers at Camp Barentz before traveling back in time at the Svalbard Museum.
DAY 10 : Ny-Ålesund
Science on the Arctic frontier
As we sail from Longyearbyen, you’ll want to wake up early to enjoy impressive views of Kongsfjord, one of the largest fjords in the area. Its entrance is guarded by two colossal creaking glaciers that regularly deposit ice into the fjord.
This stretch is great for spotting walrus basking on shore and for spotting different species of migrating birds, including puffins, king eiders, pink-footed geese, and guillemots.
Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land, while the white beluga whale has also been known to surface in the waters here. If we’re very lucky, we might even see a polar bear prowling the coast for bearded and ringed seals.
At the tip of Brøgger peninsula, on one of Kongsfjord’s shores, is Ny-Ålesund. Like Longyearbyen, it began as a coal mine, but transitioned into a host for scientific stations from the mid-20th century. During the summer, there are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20 glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries.
Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world, drop in at the local bar and souvenir shop, or send a far-flung postcard back to friends and family from the small post office.
You can also take a guided tour of the Amundsen monument, erected in honor of the great Norwegian explorer’s record-breaking flight to reach the North Pole in 1926. Amundsen flew the airship Norge from Ny-Ålesund and landed in Alaska three days later, successfully doing so via the North Pole.
DAY 11 : At sea
Unfortunately, it’s time for us to say farewell to Svalbard and to Spitsbergen. If time allows, as we sail south back to mainland Norway, we could detour to Recherchefjord, a small fjord to the south of Bellsund.
Use this day to relax aboard the ship. If the skies are clear, enjoy some summer sun on deck and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Or if it’s not too warm out, head to the sauna for a steam.
Catch a lecture from the Coastal Experience Team for fascinating insight into local history and wildlife. They may also offer a photography workshop to help sharpen your eye to capture stunning shots in the days to come.
Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept that features the most flavorful local Norwegian produce. Treat yourself to tastings of regional specialties or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in the show kitchen.
You could also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing about your favorite experiences of the cruise so far.
DAY 12 : Tromsø and Senja
Exploring ‘Little Norway’
We’ve arrived back to mainland Norway and our first stop of the day is Tromsø. The ship will drop off cargo from Svalbard and pick up cargo bound for ports to the south.
Calling back into Tromsø after reaching Svalbard follows in the footsteps of history. Most explorers and sailors returning from their Arctic expeditions would stop back in the city. The fashion and food they found there seemed so stylish and refined compared to the stark frontier towns that they nicknamed Tromsø ‘the Paris of the North’. Maybe you’ll have a similar impression?
From Tromsø, the ship will continue south to the fairytale island of Senja, one of Norway’s largest islands. You’ll be able to embark on optional excursions in Tromsø that will then meet up with the ship in Senja. We recommend the scenic tour that traverses the island of Kvaløya leading to a ferry ride to Senja, before a rendezvous with the ship on the island’s west side.
Senja is an increasingly popular destination in Northern Norway, as you’d expect for a place ranked among CNN’s top ten most beautiful islands in the world. Locals proudly describe it as ‘mini Norway’. The island seems to have a concentration of landscapes inspired by different parts of the Norwegian coast.
You’ll have a range of optional excursions in Senja, showing you the best the island has to offer. These could be hikes to distinctive peaks for enviable views, fishing trips, or kayaking on the waters of a tranquil fjord.
Senja Wildlife SafariEmbark on an exciting safari through the waters of Senja, passing lush islands and islets while looking out for seals and seabirds.
Guided E-Bike TourHop on an electric bike to explore the idyllic island of Senja with ease. Enjoy breathtaking fjord views during one of Norway’s most stunning seasons.
Highlights of The North – Sommarøy & Senja by BusPrepare to be amazed by northern Norway. This scenic bus tour takes in fjords, rugged mountains, sandy beaches, and pretty villages.
DAY 13 : Svolvær
Fall in love with Lofoten
Today is all about exploring the Lofoten archipelago. As you see its jagged green cliffs rise dramatically from the ocean, you’ll see why it is hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of Norway.
See pretty fishing villages made up of red-roofed houses on stilts that cling to the edges of mountainous islands. Here and there, single fishermen huts known locally as rorbuer dot the islands—specks of red amidst a ceylon blue sea and the lush mountainside greens.
You’ll find that life in Lofoten is supremely calm and peaceful. Time seems to stand still here, as if it trapped in the sheer beauty of the islands.
The beating heart of the archipelago is the town of Svolvær, where the ship will be based for most of the day. There are shops and restaurants to enjoy, and you can spend hours exploring and getting to know the town.
You have a variety of handpicked Lofoten excursions to experience the mountains, islands, and villages around Svolvær.’
Take an optional hike to a white-sand beach, where you can help in a beach clean-up before going for a swim. Don’t worry about having to choose between a mountain hike and kayaking either. With the long summer days, you might be able to do both, giving you the best of sea and summit.
Fishing in Lofoten - SummerTry your hand at sea fishing aboard a traditional Norwegian fishing boat from 1917 and bring your catch back for dinner on the ship.
Kayaking in Lofoten - SummerExperience the raw natural beauty of Henningsvær as you explore the crystal-clear waters by kayak.
Reine and Haukland Beach – Lofoten Bucket List TourLofoten is a special, iconic place of towering coastal mountains and small coastal communities. From Svolvær, to Haukland Beach and to Reine, you’re in for unforgettable views.
Fishing with a LocalJoin the local fisherman for a fishing trip in the waters around Lødingen, perhaps with sea eagles flying overhead.
Steamship Wharf and the History of The Coastal ExpressTake a journey through time at Dampskipsbrygga, Lødingen’s former wharf which has been lovingly restored as an exhibition venue.
Sámi Handicrafts, Food, and CultureSpend some time with a local Sámi family and learn about their unique customs that have been passed down through the ages.
DAY 14 : Brønnøysund
Highlights of the Helgeland Coast
The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of distinctive mountains that have inspired charming myths and local folklore.
We will base the ship in the town of Brønnøysund, which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870. Spend time exploring the town or join an optional excursion like kayaking, cycling, or an RIB cruise.
One highlight of the area is visiting the Vega archipelago, a cluster of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. There’s a UNESCO world heritage center on the island of Gardsøy which showcases how highly prized eider down is harvested from the local eider ducks by providing little huts for them to build their nests in.
Further along from Brønnøysund is the unique Torghatten Mountain. The first thing you’ll notice about Torghatten is the hole that pierces right through its center. Legend has it that a spurned troll fired an arrow at his would-be lover after she rejected him, and Torghatten Mountain is the fossilized hat of a Troll King who attempted to block the arrow.
At an easy pace, it takes about an hour to reach the hole in Torghatten on an optional excursion. The panoramic view of the trees and islands stretching out before you is well worth it.
Legends of Torghatten and Brønnøysund - SummerSee Brønnøysund’s sights by bus and then follow in the footsteps of trolls to a mythical mountain with a hole through its middle.
Brønnøysund by BikeCycle through historical Brønnøysund uncovering the town’s secrets on the way, from the surprising church to a showroom filled with modern art.
Torghatten Mountain HikeFollow in the footsteps of trolls and Vikings on this excursion to a mythical mountain with a hole through the middle.
Sea Adventure by RIBExplore the landscape around Brønnøysund from water level on a thrilling RIB ride.
DAY 15 : Ålesund and Urke
Secret of the Sunnmøre Alps
The ship will make a brief stop in the town of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a peninsula below Mount Askla. We’ll offload any cargo here as well guests who are joining excursions.
The magnificent Hjørundfjord stands some 5,570 feet high near Ålesund, cutting through the peaks of the Sunmøre Alps. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the Sunnmøre Alps means it is the area’s hidden gem that most other ships never see.
Those who discover Hjørundfjord rank it as a serious contender for their favorite fjord in Norway. Its deep blue waters and verdant mountainsides seem perfectly proportionate and aligned, as if sculpted deliberately by nature’s artistry.
On the banks of one of Hjørundfjord’s branches is the idyllic village of Urke, made up of less than 40 residents. This is where the ship picks up the guests who left the ship at Ålesund for an excursion.
We are fast approaching the last day of our cruise. While bittersweet, what better way to celebrate our Svalbard Express experience than a merry farewell dinner on our last night. It’ll also be a chance to look back at the many highlights of the journey we shared together.
Architecture & Breweries - Ålesund on FootExplore Ålesund’s remarkable Art Nouveau architecture then taste some of the best local beer from a small brewery.
Mountain Peaks & Fjords - Scenic Bus TourExperience the Norway of your dreams. The dramatic mountains and fjords of the Sunnmøre Alps will make your heart soar!
DAY 16 : Bergen
Back to the beginning
We arrive back in Bergen in the morning. It’s time to disembark the ship, but not before saying fond farewells to your fellow passengers and the crew of MS Trollfjord, who made your Svalbard Express journey so comfortable.
You won’t soon forget the slices of paradise you’ve seen along the Norwegian coast as part of this iconic cruise. If you’ve taken in optional excursions, you will have photos of you kayaking, hiking, fishing, or cycling in some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen.
We know that your fond memories of the North Cape, Helgeland, Lofoten, Senja, Hjørundfjord, crossing the Arctic Circle, Tromsø, Bjørnøya, Longyearbyen, and Ny-Ålesund will make your friends and family green with envy.
This is the Svalbard Express. We hope to see you back on the Norwegian coast with us soon.
Included in Your Expedition
Our two iconic cruises, The Svalbard Express and The North Cape Express, can be experienced on one of two fare-types: Select or Suite (read more about the two fare types here).
Regardless of your fare, you will enjoy the following benefits:
Arriving in Norway
- One night in 4-star hotel in Bergen, including breakfast
- Transfers in Bergen (airport–hotel, hotel–ship, ship–airport)
Cabin on the ship
- Choice of cabin number on MS Trollfjord
- Norway’s Coastal Kitchen welcome basket
Food and drink on board
- Full board with all-day dining
- Drinks package (wine, beer, soft drinks) 1
- Complimentary water, tea, and coffee
- Afternoon tea and cakes
Life on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi 2
- English-speaking Coastal Experience team
- Visit to the bridge 3
- Only valid in the onboard restaurants during mealtimes
- Select fare guests must register for our free 1893 Ambassador loyalty program to access the Wi-Fi.
- At the Captain’s discretion and subject to safety restrictions
Please see our fares page and read more about the Select and Suite fare options for this cruise.