Norway | Lofoten, Fishing Villages, Farmlands and Fjord Landscapes

Svolvær to Bergen

Svolvær to Bergen

Norway | Lofoten, Fishing Villages, Farmlands and Fjord Landscapes

Svolvær to Bergen

Svolvær to Bergen

Travel information 4 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
  • Admire the landscapes of the Lofoten Islands and the Helgeland Coast
  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore towns and cities like Brønnøysund and Trondheim
Svolvær to Bergen

Itinerary

Your journey starts in Svolvær in the exceptionally picturesque Lofoten Islands. We then sail south across the Arctic Circle and along the Helgeland coastline. Here, you’ll be able to see both the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten Mountain, and learn more about the local troll folklore they’ve each managed to inspire.

DAY 1 : Svolvær - Stamsund

At the heart of Lofoten

Lofoten's jagged mountain tops are perfect for great hikes and stunning views of Norway's landscape

Welcome to Norway and what is arguably its most scenic archipelago. You’ll board your ship in the evening, giving you plenty of time to explore Svolvær if you arrive here earlier in the day.

This enchanting town is nestled in a picturesque location between the mountains and the sea, overlooked by Svolværgeita, or Svolvær Goat Mountain, with its two characteristic ‘horns’.

No wonder then that Svolvær is a place of inspiration for artists and photographers who feature their work in art galleries and the North Norwegian Art Centre.

From Svolvær, the ship then sails for Stamsund, eventually passing the giant granite cliffs of the Lofoten Wall, a colossal mountain range of closely packed peaks.

Natural Phenomenon

From late May through mid-July, the Arctic sun stays above the horizon, a phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun. This 24-hour daylight means outdoor activities, such as kayaking and hiking, can be done whatever time of day or night.

In contrast, come winter, Lofoten’s position above the Arctic Circle and directly beneath the auroral zone make it ideal for viewing the spectacular Northern Lights.

Lofoten's jagged mountain tops are perfect for great hikes and stunning views of Norway's landscape
Northern Lights in Norway
Marvel at the mystical Northern Lights.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Spot the hole in the middle of Torghatten.
Spot the hole in the middle of Torghatten.
Photo: Helfried Weyer

DAY 2 : Bodø - Rørvik

A landscape fit for trolls

Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.
Meet the beautiful Seven Sisters mountain range.

The ship will call at Bodø in the wee hours of the morning and then at Ørnes at 7 a.m. Then, we’ll cross over the Arctic Circle just after breakfast. We’ll commemorate the moment with the time-honored tradition of tasting a spoonful of cod liver oil.

Next, we’ll make a short stop at Nesna before sailing on to Sandnessjøen, the gateway to the magnificent Helgeland Coast.

Legend has it …

Admire the stunning landscape of the Seven Sisters mountain range, with peaks stretching up to 3,600 feet. According to legend, seven beautiful troll princesses were caught outside as the sun rose as they fled from an unwanted suitor. The sun turned them into the seven beautiful mountains you see today.

Don’t miss the distinctive hole passing straight through Torghatten Mountain! There is also a local legend as to how the mountain came to have such a hole. Make sure you ask your Coastal Expert about it!

We’ll reach Brønnøysund in mid-afternoon. Explore the bustling marina on a walk along Havnegata. In the center of town is Brønnøy Church, a Neo-Gothic style stone church dating back to 1870.

Our last stop of the day is the cozy fishing port of Rørvik in the picturesque Vikna Archipelago.

Optional Excursions
  • UNESCO-listed Vega Archipelago
    Take a boat tour of the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands and learn about the islands’ unique industry of eider duck down harvesting.
  • Visit the Salmon
    On this hands-on tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Center, learn about the life cycle of salmon, as well as salmon fishing and farming.
  • Hike to Torghatten Mountain
    Walk up and through the hole in the legendary Torghatten Mountain and enjoy stunning panoramic views.
  • Visit Hildurs Urterarium
    Don’t miss this excursion to an herb farm, where the hosts proudly serve local food and welcome you to their home.

DAY 3 : Trondheim - Ålesund

Coastal Communities and Klippfisk

Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Photo: Espen Mills

We’ll spend the morning in Trondheim, then sail past beautiful island scenery and some of Norway’s smallest communities before exploring Kristiansund and Molde.

Capital of the Viking Age

Stroll around Trondheim in the early morning as the city wakes. Then visit the sacred Nidaros Cathedral, the resting place of St. Olav. Then walk to the Gamle Bybro bridge for a photo opportunity over the Nid River.

Perhaps treat yourself to quality coffee and a Nordic patisserie in one of the Bakklandet district’s many chic cafés. Then walk up to Kristiansten Fort for sweeping views of Norway’s third-largest city.

Dealing in dried cod

We dock at Kristiansund’s harbor in the late afternoon. The town is spread over three islands and known for being Norway’s ‘Bacalao Capital’ (called klippfisk in Norwegian) for the salted cod that’s dried out on the surrounding cliffs.

Take a walk around the cobblestone streets of the old town and tour the lively port. You can also head up to the old watchtower at Varden viewpoint for lovely panoramic views.

Peaks and petals

The second-to-last port of the day is Molde, where you can spot the tops of the Romsdal Alps. Flowers should be in bloom in this ‘City of Roses’ between mid-June and late August.

Optional Excursions
  • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Take a bus tour of Trondheim, an ancient city rich in history and culture, which also serves as one of Norway’s major academic and research centers.
  • The Hidden Rooms of Nidaros Cathedral
    Explore secret chambers deep inside Trondheim’s ancient Nidaros Cathedral as part of this exclusive tour reserved for our Platinum-fare guests.
  • The Atlantic Road
    Enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful drives as we follow the scenic Atlantic Road on this relaxing journey along the majestic coastline.
  • Bergtatt – Magnificent Marble Mine
    Journey down into Bergtatt, a marble and limestone mine deep inside the mountain. Then, take a raft ride on an illuminated subterranean lake.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Experience authentic coastal life as it was and is.
Photo: Espen Mills
Ride along the spectacular Atlantic Road.
Ride along the spectacular Atlantic Road.
Photo: Nancy Bundt
Explore the historic Bryggen wharf district.
Explore the historic Bryggen wharf district.
Photo: Gian Rico Willy
Enjoy a late summer evening sunset over Bergen harbour.
Enjoy a late summer evening sunset over Bergen harbour.
Photo: Lars Korvald, Visit Bergen
Ride a cable car to the top of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken.
Ride a cable car to the top of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken.

DAY 4 : Ålesund - Bergen

Until next time

Enjoy a late summer evening sunset over Bergen harbour.
Enjoy a late summer evening sunset over Bergen harbour.
Photo: Lars Korvald, Visit Bergen

At least for this time around, your voyage will reach its end today. During the previous night, we’ll have called at Ålesund and Torvik. On our approach to Måløy, you might catch a glimpse of the Norwegian Coastal Express heading north (if you’re up early enough).

Morning highlights

You’ll have the chance to glimpse theNordfjord, under the enormous Jostedal Glacier, mainland Europe’s largest.

The ship then docks at Florø in the morning. There, you can take in the harbor and marina.

The home stretch

Leaving Florø, you’ll see Stabben Lighthouse, a favorite subject for photographers. Enjoy stunning views as we cross the mouth of the Sognefjord, the longest and widest fjord in all of Norway.

As we reach our final port in the afternoon, the ship will navigate through the last islands and skerries of our scenic route, and sail down theHjeltefjord into Bergen.

Explore more of Norway

Sadly, it’s time to say farewell to the Captain, crew, and fellow guests.

But your journey doesn’t have to stop after disembarkation. We offer a Bergen sightseeing tour, as well as a range of post-cruise Post-Programs that you can add to your voyage, including seeing the Sognefjord by train or a tour of Oslo.

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

Included in Your Expedition

  • Cruise with Hurtigruten in an unspecified cabin
    Your cabin will be allocated when you check in

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.