- Discover our full scenic route with 34 ports, visited twice (northbound and southbound), allowing you to really get to know the heart and soul of Norway’s coastline
- Bask in spectacular scenery any season of the year as we sail past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains
- Spend half of your Norwegian cruise in the Arctic. During winter, this maximizes your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. In summer, you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun.
- Take your pick from about nine optional hikes and a complete list of optional seasonal excursions (more than 70 in total) to enhance your coastal experience
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On our scenic cruise along Norway’s coastline, most of the ports we visit by night on our northbound route are visited by day on the southbound journey. That way, you won’t miss any majestic fjords, mountains, cosmopolitan cities, market towns, and isolated villages that we stop at.
Remember: You also have a full range of more than 70 optional excursions to participate in that vary by season. Thus, you can shape each day of your journey the way you want.
DAY 1 : Bergen
Your voyage starts in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 A.D., Bergen boasts architecture influenced by the prosperous 14th-century German trading organization, the Hanseatic League.
If you have time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs in the colorful Bryggen district, now a neighborhood with artisan’s shops, complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous fish market, which serves delicious seafood. The Fløibanen funicular can also whisk you up Mount Fløyen for lovely views of the city.
To get the most out of your visit to Norway, we can help you arrange tours before or after your voyage, such as the Norway in a Nutshell program.
Your voyage begins
Before boarding, relax in our comfortable guest lounge at the terminal. Once aboard, enjoy the first of many delicious meals made from fresh coastal produce as we depart Bergen and sail the old Viking route along the Hjeltefjord.
You’ll also meet your ship’s Coastal Experts, who will be your guides as we sail Norway’s coastline. They’ll organize lectures, onboard activities, and optional hikes.
TIME IN PORT:
- Bergen: 02:45 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
- Want to know when the different ships are in port? See the complete sailing plan here
DAY 2 : Florø - Molde
Iconic architecture and fantastic fjords
Enjoy early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord, near Torvik. Then we’ll sail past the West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.
Art Nouveau city
Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and Atlanterhavsparken, one of northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. If you’re traveling with us in spring or winter, you’ll have most of the day to explore this picturesque town.
Into the fjords
In the summer, we set our course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing some of the most magnificent scenery in Norway. Once in the fjord, you may see the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.
In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, hidden away in the Sunnmøre Alps. We’ll also call at the scenic village of Urke. Here, you can admire thousand-year-old farms, the fjord, and the lush mountainsides.
Mountains and roses
The last port of the day is Molde. In summer, there might just enough daylight to see the amazing view of the 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called the ‘Molde Panorama’.
And from mid-June to late August, the streets and gardens are adorned with roses of all shades and scents, all solidify Molde’s nickname as the ‘City of Roses’.
TIME IN PORT
- Florø: 02:45 a.m. - 03:00 a.m.
- Måløy: 05:15 a.m. - 05:30 a.m.
- Torvik: 08:20 a.m. - 08:30 a.m.
- Ålesund (11/01 to 05/31): 09:45 a.m. - 08:00 p.m.
- Ålesund (06/01 to 10/31): 09:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
- Geiranger (06/01 to 08/31): 02:25 p.m. - 02:45 p.m.
- Ålesund (06/01 to 08/31): 07:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.
- Urke (09/01 to 10/31): 12:15 p.m. - 03:45 p.m.
- Ålesund (09/01 to 10/31): 06:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.
- Molde: 10:35 p.m. - 11:05 p.m.
Geiranger with Trollstigen PassA scenic bus journey from the village of Geiranger brings you to Eidsdalsvatnet Lake for a ferry ride. Rejoin the bus and travel to Gudbrands Gorge and down the winding Trollstigen Pass to Molde.
Art Nouveau Walk (Spring & Winter)Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover the history and culture of this elegant Art Nouveau town.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaGet a bird’s-eye view of the art nouveau town of Ålesund from a nearby mountain before visiting the expansive Atlanterhavsparken aquarium.
Art Nouveau Walk (Autumn)Ålesund is best known for its vibrant Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover the hidden charms of this Norwegian coastal town.
A Taste of NorwayJoin us for an unforgettable journey through spectacular Norwegian nature, including a beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, a historic hotel, and a tiny village.
Mountain Hike in the HjørundfjordAdmire the spectacular views of Hjørundfjord, the Sunnmøre Alps, Sæbø, and the village of Urke on this mountain hike. There’s even time for a coffee break midway through the hike and a beer at the end.
Hike with a Visit to a ShielingJoin us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås. Here, we’ll learn about traditional farming and taste local delicacies.
Hjørundfjord, Geiranger, and ÅlesundThis excursion takes you through Norangsdalen valley, on a ferry ride on UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, up steep Eagle Road, and then to the art nouveau city of Ålesund.
Kayaking in ÅlesundJoin us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant town of Ålesund and learn more about its history and art nouveau influence.
Alnes LighthouseExplore the ancient islands of Giske and Godøy and enjoy fantastic coastal scenery at Alnes Lighthouse.
Sunnmøre Open-Air MuseumJoin us for a day of culture and history as we explore the town of Ålesund and its nearby mountain, before discovering the fascinating open-air Sunnmøre Museum.
The Romsdal GondolaEnjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of this beautiful fjord landscape, from deep in the Romsdalen Valley to high up in the Nesaksla Mountain.
DAY 3 : Kristiansund - Rørvik
City of Kings and Palaces
This section of the voyage brings us to the Trøndelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-lying coastal settlements.
Magical, medieval, and modern
Trondheim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. and is now Norway’s third-largest city. It features a mix of historic buildings and a lively student population.
You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its various highlights, either on your own or on one of our optional excursions.
A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’ for its Gothic architectural style. It is considered the most sacred building in all of Norway. Next door to the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace, where Norway’s crown jewels are on display.
Nearby, the old city bridge Gamle Bybro sits over Nid River, marking the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. The neighborhood’s colorful wooden wharves, which are propped up on stilts by the river’s edge, now house trendy restaurants. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort, which features beautiful panoramic views of the city and fjord.
Back on board
In the afternoon, the ship will sail northwest, passing the ochre-colored Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we’ll head towards charming Rørvik.
TIME IN PORT
- Kristiansund: 02:45 a.m. - 03:00 a.m.
- Trondheim: 09:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- Rørvik: 09:40 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumSee the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in Gothic architectural style. Then, journey through music history at Ringve Museum.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralLearn more about Trondheim by visiting one of its most famous landmarks, Nidaros Cathedral. Take in the whole city from the famous Utsikten viewpoint and enjoy a bus tour of the city.
Trondheim City WalkExplore Trondheim while learning about its history and culture from a local guide. See all the best sights of the city, from Stiftsgården to the bridge that locals have nicknamed ‘The Portal of Happiness’.
Kayaking on the River NidSee the city’s main attractions from water level inside a kayak. Paddle down Trondheim’s waterways while learning more about this exciting city.
Cycling in TrondheimThis is Norway’s most bike-friendly city, so it’s time to go for a bike ride! Enjoy the fresh air as you cycle through the city, taking in the sights and the beautiful scenery.
DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Into the Arctic
We cross the Arctic Circle early in the morning, beginning your Arctic tour of Norway. We mark the moment with a traditional ceremony that’s sure to wake you up!
Above the Arctic Circle in summer, you can enjoy the sun 24 hours a day, while in winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights greatly improve.
Forces of nature
At 10 a.m., we’ll dock in Ørnes, near Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the ‘Love Bench’, where sweethearts declare their lasting romance with a padlock.
Then we’ll sail to Bodø, Northern Norway’s second-largest city, overlooked by the Børvass peaks. Admire fabulous street art or join an optional boat excursion to Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom.
Welcome to Lofoten
The ship enters the Lofoten Archipelago in the afternoon. The Lofoten Wall, standing over 3,200 feet tall, is a stunning sight on the horizon.
Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands, which is busiest between January and April, when the Arctic cod—known locally as skrei—swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to Vestfjord to spawn.
This evening, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the pretty harbor of Svolvær when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer. This is the main town of the Lofoten Islands.
TIME IN PORT
- Brønnøysund: 01:35 a.m. - 01:45 a.m.
- Sandnessjøen: 04:35 a.m. - 04:50 a.m.
- Nesna: 06:00 a.m. - 06:10 a.m.
- Ørnes: 10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
- Bodø: 01:05 p.m. - 03:20 p.m.
- Stamsund: 07:15 p.m. - 07:40 p.m.
- Svolvær: 09:20 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Svartisen GlacierEnjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor center for Norway’s second-largest glacier: Svartisen. Look out for sea eagles and pass the world’s strongest tidal current.
Arctic Coastal WalkJoin us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integral to Norwegian culture.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenAfter a tour of the town of Bodø, visit the strongest tidal current in the world at the Saltstraumen maelstroms.
RIB Safari to SaltstraumenJourney by boat to Saltstraumen, home to the world’s strongest tidal current. Learn more about the history and geology of this fascinating area during the boat ride.
Meet the Vikings (Winter)Step back in time and experience life in the Viking Age at the Lofotr Viking Museum. Enjoy an authentic Viking meal and watch your hosts perform traditional rituals.
Meet the Vikings (Summer)See how the Vikings lived at Lofotr in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever discovered has been replicated.
Highlights of LofotenThis excursion takes you to see several of Lofoten's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, all the while surrounded by a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains.
Farm Visit in LofotenExperience life on Aalan Farm, a diverse working farm in Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.
DAY 5 : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
Capital of the Arctic
We dock in Harstad just after 7 a.m. Feel free to have a peaceful early morning stroll around town.
The ship will then continue to Finnsnes, which connects the beautiful island of Senja via the impressive Gisund Bridge.
Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of seabirds, including puffins, as there are several colonies nearby. You may also spot whales in the waters here, especially during the winter season.
Gateway to the Arctic
Then we’ll sail to the historic Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø, where you’ll have four hours to explore the city or join an optional excursion.
You’ll find Polaria (the world’s northernmost aquarium) and the nice waterfront. Pop in to one of the many shops and restaurants in the city center, including Mack Brewery and the Ølhallen pub, a favorite local watering hole. There are also trendy cafés offering delicious cinnamon buns and where baristas create innovative coffee-foam art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, check out the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.
Leaving Tromsø in the early evening, we’ll head north for the trading post of Skjervøy, founded in 1622. On our way, we’ll pass the Lyngen Alps, which rise majestically from the sea.
TIME IN PORT:
- Stokmarknes: 01:30 a.m. - 01:40 a.m.
- Sortland: 02:55 a.m. - 03:10 a.m.
- Risøyhamn: 04:35 a.m. - 04:50 a.m.
- Harstad: 07:10 a.m. - 07:45 a.m.
- Finnsnes: 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Tromsø: 2:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
- Skjervøy: 10:10 p.m. - 10:25 p.m.
Tromsø, the Arctic CapitalTour the city’s top sites, from the Arctic Cathedral to the world’s northernmost aquarium, including taking a cable car to mountaintop views over Tromsø.
Dog Sledding (Tromsø)Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø, on the island of Kvaløya.
Scenery & HuskiesGet close to huskies and their puppies during this visit to the Tromsø Wilderness Center. Go on a guided nature walk and learn about the sport of dog-sled racing.
Polar History WalkTake a guided walk through the city of Tromsø and learn about the Arctic capital’s fascinating history. Visit the Polar Museum and taste local beer at Tromsø’s oldest pub.
Cross-Country SkiingWith fluffy, soft snow each winter, it’s no surprise that skiing is a popular pastime in Norway. Enjoy an introductory skiing lesson before going for a gentle cross-country skiing trip.
Snowshoeing in TromsøMake your way across the snow on a pair of snowshoes and explore Tromsøya Island in a unique way. End the visit with a toboggan ride and a relaxing break by a bonfire.
Electric-boat Cruising in TromsøCruise Tromsø’s coast in a silent electric boat. Explore the waters depths with an underwater drone and sample Arctic foods as you listen to local guides.
DAY 6 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg
Norway’s Northern Frontier
The ship reaches the town of Hammerfest on the island of Kvaløya early in the morning. In the summer, herds of reindeer migrate to the island by the thousands.
You’ll know we’ve reached Havøysund when you see the wind turbines of the landmark Havøygavlen wind farm, which produces enough electricity to power 6,000 local homes.
At the top of Europe
In the mid-morning, we’ll arrive at Honningsvåg, the portal to the North Cape, where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. The optional excursion up to the dramatic promontory is very popular, so you’ll want to book early.
Near the entrance of the Kjøllefjord village, look out for the striking, building-like rock formation Finnkirka, an ancient sacrificial site once used by the indigenous Sámi. You can join an optional excursion to meet local Sámi, learn about their reindeer-herding life, and listen to joik folk songs.
We’ll reach our northernmost port of call, Mehamn, in the evening. If you’re visiting during the months of February and March, you might spot cod drying on outdoor wooden racks, called hjell, mainly destined for export.
The ship then sets off for Berlevåg. On the way, we’ll pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the planet’s northernmost mainland lighthouse.
TIME IN PORT:
- Øksfjord: 01:50 a.m. - 02:00 a.m.
- Hammerfest: 05:05 a.m. - 05:45 a.m.
- Havøysund: 08:30 a.m. - 08:45 a.m.
- Honningsvåg: 10:55 a.m. - 02:30 p.m.
- Kjøllefjord: 04:40 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.
- Mehamn: 06:55 p.m. - 07:15 p.m.
- Berlevåg: 10:00 p.m. - 10:10 p.m.
The North CapeCross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
Birdwatching SafariJoin us on this excursion to the Gjesværstappan Islands to see one of Norway’s largest and most impressive bird cliffs.
Sámi CultureMeet an Indigenous Sámi family in their traditional lavvo tent to learn about their way of life and remarkable culture.
Snowmobile Trip in the ArcticDrive your own snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape from one port to the next, hopefully under the Northern Lights.
Sámi AutumnHear tales about the Sámi Shaman, discover Sámi culinary traditions, and learn about the restorative powers of local medicinal herbs.
The North Cape ExclusiveThis private tour of the North Cape with your own guide is an exclusive experience reserved for our Platinum Fare guests.
Fishing Village VisitVisit two colorful fishing villages and discover Christmas at the very top of Norway, whatever the time of year.
DAY 7 : Båtsfjord - Berlevåg
Norway's Eastern Edge
We call at Båtsfjord and Vardø during the night, before docking at Vadsø early in the morning.
Look to the skies
The area around Vadsø is one of the most scenic and popular birdwatching spots in the Arctic, lying directly under the migration path of birds flying from east to west. Watch for Hooded Crows and Sea Eagles.
By the time we reach Kirkenes after breakfast, you’ll have traveled farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! You’ll have many optional excursions to choose from to explore the area.
Kirkenes is just a few miles from the Russian border. This neighbor has had many influences on Norway, from road signs in both Norwegian and Russian to a monthly Russian market and the World War II Russian Monument.
The journey’s turning point
Kirkenes is where the Norwegian Coastal Express changes direction and the ship heads south. Several of the places we stopped at during the night we’ll now see during the day.
Back in Vardø, visit the solemn Witches’ Monument and the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains in use by the military to this day.
We’ll return to the small, bustling port of Båtsfjord and then make for Berlevåg in the late evening, crossing paths with the northbound ship.
TIME IN PORT:
- Båtsfjord: 12:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
- Vardø: 03:30 a.m. - 03:45 a.m.
- Vadsø: 06:55 a.m. - 07:10 a.m.
- Kirkenes: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Vardø: 04:05 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.
- Båtsfjord: 08:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m.
- Berlevåg: 10:25 p.m. – 10:35 p.m.
The Norwegian BorderExplore the area around Storskog, a border station located on Norway’s easternmost edge, and enjoy the views over the town of Kirkenes from Prestfjellet Mountain.
Riverboat to the Norwegian Border (Kirkenes)Explore the Russian-Norwegian frontier by traveling through a part of the Pasvik River, which acts as a natural border for the two countries.
Snowmobile SafariStart your engines and ride your own snowmobile across the icy fjord landscape and deep into the snowy wilderness.
Snowhotel KirkenesExplore the beautifully decorated Snowhotel, featuring Norway’s largest ice bar. Greet the reindeers and huskies that live nearby.
ATV/Quad-safari to the Norwegian border (Kirkenes)Jump onto a quadbike and ride off to explore the area around Kirkenes and peer across the Russian border.
Husky TourImmerse yourself in the Arctic wilderness on a three-hour husky sled ride through forests, plains, and over frozen lakes.
King Crab Adventure (Summer)Join fishermen as they catch king crab on the Barents Sea. A chef will then prepare the day’s catch for an all-you-can-eat king crab buffet.
King Crab Adventure (Winter)Accompany a Norwegian fisherman for the day and learn how fishermen catch king crab in winter in Norway. Then, feast on the day’s catch at a traditional boathouse.
DAY 8 : Mehamn - Tromsø
At the top of Europe
Almost the northernmost
In the early afternoon, you’ll spend time in Hammerfest, once the northernmost town in the world (until Longyearbyen in Svalbard claimed the title).
Check out the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, shop for souvenirs at the Polar Bear Society, or take the path behind the town to the viewpoint on Mount Salen.
Mountains and marine mammals
If you’re visiting in the winter, you might spot the orcas and humpback whales that gather here to feed on herring.
As we make our way to Tromsø, you might also glimpse views of the Lyngen Alps, which boast some of the highest peaks in all of Norway.
We dock at Tromsø just before midnight. In the summer months, stroll the still-busy city in glorious 24-hour daylight.
You can also book an excursion for a midnight boat ride around the city or attend a candlelit classical concert at the Arctic Cathedral.
TIME IN PORT:
- Mehamn: 01:20 a.m. - 01:30 a.m.
- Kjøllefjord: 03:25 a.m. - 03:35 a.m.
- Honningsvåg: 05:45 a.m. - 06:00 a.m.
- Havøysund: 08:00 a.m. - 08:15 a.m.
- Hammerfest: 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- Øksfjord: 03:50 p.m. – 04:05 p.m.
- Skjervøy: 07:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
- Tromsø: 11:45 p.m. - 01:30 a.m.
Breakfast at the North CapeEat breakfast at the top of Europe. Enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic bus tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the Europe’s northernmost points.
The Northernmost Town in the WorldJoin us on a bus tour to explore Hammerfest and learn about the events that have shaped the town at the top of Europe.
Midnight Concert in the Arctic CathedralStep into the architecturally impressive, modern Arctic Cathedral at midnight for a magical classical music concert by candlelight.
Snowmobile Trip in the Polar NightTake an unforgettable tour into the Polar Night on a snowmobile across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
Mountain Hike in HammerfestEnjoy an exhilarating hike up Mount Salen, passing through Hammerfest’s only forest on your way up to the peak for panoramic views.
Into the Ice: Stories of a Polar HeroGet outdoors and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history on this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
DAY 9 : Tromsø - Stamsund
High Peaks and Idyllic Islands
On this day, you’ll be exploring the archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen, true highlights of our scenic Norwegian route.
Stokmarknes is where captain Richard With launched The Norwegian Coastal Express in 1893. Visit Hurtigrutemuseet, a building resembling a ship in a bottle. It chronicles the Hurtigruten legacy, centered around retired ship MS Finnmarken from 1956.
A ship-sized fjord
Sailing along Raftsund, the Captain may choose to take the ship into the tiny Trollfjord. The mountain walls will look so close, you’ll think you can reach out and touch them! To exit the fjord, the ship will rotate 180 degrees in a single spot, then sail back out. Remember to look out for sea eagles here, too.
We’ll reach Svolvær in the evening. The huge mountain that sits above the town is named the ‘Svolvær Goat’, due to its supposed resemblance. Do you agree?
The ship then sails to Stamsund, eventually passing the giant granite cliffs of the Lofoten Wall.
TIME IN PORT:
- Tromsø: 11:45 p.m. - 01:30 a.m.
- Finnsnes: 04:20 a.m. - 04:40 a.m.
- Harstad: 08:00 a.m. - 08:30 a.m.
- Risøyhamn: 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Sortland: 12:30 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.
- Stokmarknes: 02:15 p.m. – 03:15 p.m.
- Svolvær: 06:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
- Stamsund: 10:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
A Taste of VesterålenThis classic excursion takes you on a sightseeing tour of Harstad and Trondenes. Top the day off with a hot drink and fresh cakes on the Gullesfjord.
Lofoten IslandsDiscover the beauty of the Lofoten Islands by visiting one of its fishing villages. Learn more about island life and the area’s nature and history.
Sea Eagle SafariBirdwatchers won’t want to miss this excursion. Travel by boat to the Trollfjord for a chance to see sea eagles and gulls up close as they dive for fish.
Lofoten by HorsebackDiscover the coastline of Gimsøy on horseback. These Icelandic horses are suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike.
RIB Adventure in LofotenJoin us for a thrilling small-boat (RIB) ride in the Lofoten islands. Stop for a snack at a fishing village on the island of Skrova, known for its beautiful weather and scenery.
Discover a Fishing VillageJoin us on a guided walk through the fishing village of Svinøya. Visit an original rorbu hut to learn about life as a fisherman and taste locally produced stockfish.
Vesterålen and Lofoten by RIBEmbark on an exciting boat ride aboard a small boat (RIB) into the archipelagos. Look for Sea Eagles, learn about the historic Battle of Trollfjord, and admire the amazing scenery.
Electric Cruising in LofotenCruise from Svolvær to Henningsvær aboard a silent electric boat, admiring Lofoten’s landscapes and exploring its waters with the boat’s underwater drone.
Lofotpils BreweryIf you’re a beer enthusiast, don’t miss this tour of Lofoten’s first craft brewery. Meet the owner of Lofotpils and learn how they brew the perfect beer.
The Hurtigruten MuseumExplore a guided tour of our history at the Hurtigrutemuseet in Stokmarknes within a full-sized ship: MS Finnmarken from 1956.
The Hurtigruten Museum - Admission onlyDelve into Hurtigruten’s history with fast-track entry to Hurtigrutemuseet, a museum that celebrates how our company came to be, set inside the retired ship from 1956, MS Finnmarken.
DAY 10 : Bodø - Rørvik
A landscape fit for trolls
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.
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.
TIME IN PORT:
- Bodø: 02:30 a.m. - 03:30 a.m.
- Ørnes: 06:25 a.m. - 06:35 a.m.
- Nesna: 10:25 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
- Sandnessjøen: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Brønnøysund: 03:00 p.m. - 05:25 p.m.
- Rørvik: 09:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.
UNESCO-listed Vega ArchipelagoTake a boat tour of the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands and learn about the islands’ unique industry of eider duck down harvesting.
Visit the SalmonOn 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 MountainWalk up and through the hole in the legendary Torghatten Mountain and enjoy stunning panoramic views.
Visit Hildurs UrterariumDon’t miss this excursion to an herb farm, where the hosts proudly serve local food and welcome you to their home.
DAY 11 : Trondheim - Ålesund
Coastal Communities and Klippfisk
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. Walk to theGamle 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.
TIME IN PORT:
- Trondheim: 06:30 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.
- Kristiansund: 04:30 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.
- Molde: 09:15 p.m. - 09:45 p.m.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralTake 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 CathedralExplore secret chambers deep inside Trondheim’s ancient Nidaros Cathedral as part of this exclusive tour reserved for our Platinum-fare guests.
The Atlantic RoadEnjoy 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 MineJourney down into Bergtatt, a marble and limestone mine deep inside the mountain. Then, take a raft ride on an illuminated subterranean lake.
DAY 12 : Ålesund - Bergen
Until next time
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).
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.
- Ålesund: 00:30 a.m. - 01:20 a.m.
- Torvik: 02:35 a.m. - 02:45 a.m.
- Måløy: 05:45 a.m. - 06:00 a.m.
- Florø: 08:15 a.m. - 08:30 a.m.
- Bergen: 02:45 p.m.
Included in Your Expedition
- 12-day voyage in the cabin category of your choice
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
- English-speaking Tour Leader on board
Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
- Onboard lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology, and culture that provide context to your voyage, and help you better understand the destinations you will visit.
- Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment, and photography tips and tricks, and photo and film footage from the voyage.
- Opportunities to casually engage with the Hurtigruten Guides, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day, and preparations for the day to come.
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- Presentation of excursion options
- Point of interest presentations on deck
- Captain’s dinner and a farewell event
Not Included In Your Expedition
- Flights & transfers
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions
- Baggage handling
- Hikes with the Hurtigruten Guides
- Prices are in USD, per person, double occupancy
- Not all cabin categories are available for all departures
- Single cabin pricing is available on request
- Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability
Life on board
- Your Coastal Experience Team
- Young Explorers
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- Norway’s Coastal Kitchen
- Vegan on a cruise? Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- Practical Information for The Coastal Express Voyages
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Packing Tips for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Flight Information
- Excursion packages
- Our fares
- Safer together
Seasons in Norway
- Summer Cruise in Norway
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