Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim

The Voyage of Discovery

The Voyage of Discovery

Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim

The Voyage of Discovery

The Voyage of Discovery

Travel information 11 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
Price from $ 2,644
$ 2,380
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Discover the main sights of our scenic route of Norway, as we visit almost all of the 34 ports twice—first northbound and then southbound
  • Soak 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 voyages, this maximizes your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. In the summer, you can enjoy 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun.
  • Take your pick from about nine optional hikes and the optional seasonal excursions (more than 70 in total) to enhance your coastal experience.
The Voyage of Discovery

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Itinerary

While cruising Norway’s coastline, the ports we visit at night on the northbound trip will be revisited during the day on the southbound journey, allowing you to discover the full range of coastal fjords, mountains, cities, towns, and villages.

Don’t forget, you have as many as 70 optional seasonal excursions to participate in to make each day of your journey unique.

DAY 1 : Bergen

Welcome Aboard!

A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water

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:

Optional Excursions
  • Hiking Pass (4 Hikes) – Summer
    With long days, summer is the perfect time to go hiking in Norway. Embrace the Norwegian concept of ‘friluftsliv’ and set off into the beautiful wilderness.
  • Hiking Pass (4 Hikes) – Winter
    Enjoy hiking the stark beauty of Norway’s winter landscapes and experience what locals call ‘friluftsliv’, perhaps under the magical Northern Lights.
A flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water
Stroll Bergen´s historic wharf district, Bryggen
Stroll Bergen´s historic wharf district, Bryggen
A large body of water with buildings in the snow
Hjørundfjord – like nowhere else on Earth
Hjørundfjord – like nowhere else on Earth
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Art nouveau beauty in Ålesund
Art nouveau beauty in Ålesund
Photo: Helmut Hartung

DAY 2 : Florø - Molde

Iconic architecture and fantastic fjords

Hjørundfjord – like nowhere else on Earth
Hjørundfjord – like nowhere else on Earth
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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.
Optional Excursions
  • Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    A 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 Aksla
    Get 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 Norway
    Join 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 Hjørundfjord
    Admire 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 Shieling
    Join 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 Ålesund
    This 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 Ålesund
    Join us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant town of Ålesund and learn more about its history and art nouveau influence.
  • Alnes Lighthouse
    Explore the ancient islands of Giske and Godøy and enjoy fantastic coastal scenery at Alnes Lighthouse.
  • Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum
    Join 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 Gondola
    Enjoy 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

Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Photo: Ole Størksen

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.
Optional Excursions
  • Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    See 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 Cathedral
    Learn 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 Walk
    Explore 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 Nid
    See 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 Trondheim
    This 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.
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Gothic majesty at Nidaros Cathedral
Photo: Ole Størksen
Trondheim´s scenic Nid river
Trondheim´s scenic Nid river
The spectacular Saltstraumen maelstrom
The spectacular Saltstraumen maelstrom
A small boat in a body of water
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Unforgettable scenery in Svolvær
Photo: Simon Vogele

DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

Into the Arctic

A small boat in a body of water

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.
Optional Excursions
  • Svartisen Glacier
    Enjoy 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 Walk
    Join us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integral to Norwegian culture.
  • Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
    After a tour of the town of Bodø, visit the strongest tidal current in the world at the Saltstraumen maelstroms.
  • RIB Safari to Saltstraumen
    Journey 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 Lofoten
    This 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 Lofoten
    Experience 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

Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Photo: Ole C Salomonsen

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.
Optional Excursions
  • Tromsø, the Arctic Capital
    Tour 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 & Huskies
    Get 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 Walk
    Take 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 Skiing
    With 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 Tromsø
    Make 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 Tromsø
    Cruise 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.
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Aurora, mountain and sea in spectacular Arctic Norway
Photo: Ole C Salomonsen
Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø
Photo: Rob Wisdom LRPS / Hurtigruten
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
Photo: Filip Hoel
Experience life in coastal towns like Hammerfest
Experience life in coastal towns like Hammerfest
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

DAY 6 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Norway’s Northern Frontier

The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
The vista towards the North Pole from North Cape
Photo: Filip Hoel

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.

Sámi heartlands

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.

Continuing north

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.
Optional Excursions
  • The North Cape
    Cross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
  • Birdwatching Safari
    Join us on this excursion to the Gjesværstappan Islands to see one of Norway’s largest and most impressive bird cliffs.
  • Sámi Culture
    Meet an Indigenous Sámi family in their traditional lavvo tent to learn about their way of life and remarkable culture.
  • Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic
    Drive your own snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape from one port to the next, hopefully under the Northern Lights.
  • Sámi Autumn
    Hear tales about the Sámi Shaman, discover Sámi culinary traditions, and learn about the restorative powers of local medicinal herbs.
  • The North Cape Exclusive
    This private tour of the North Cape with your own guide is an exclusive experience reserved for our Platinum Fare guests.
  • Fishing Village Visit
    Visit 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

Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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.

Next-door neighbors

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.
Optional Excursions
  • The Norwegian Border
    Explore 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 Safari
    Start your engines and ride your own snowmobile across the icy fjord landscape and deep into the snowy wilderness.
  • Snowhotel Kirkenes
    Explore 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 Tour
    Immerse 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.
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Discover the wilderness by dogsled
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Savour delicious King crab
Taste delicious King crab
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
The modern Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø
The modern Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø

Admiring the Northern lights from out on deck at the coast of Honningsvåg, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills / Hurtigruten Expeditions

On an excursion at the North Cape in Norway.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner / Hurtigruten Expeditions

DAY 8 : Mehamn - Tromsø

At the top of Europe


Admiring the Northern lights from out on deck at the coast of Honningsvåg, Norway
Photo: Espen Mills / Hurtigruten Expeditions

We make stops at Mehamn and Kjøllefjord during the night before early-morning visits to Honningsvåg and Havøysund.

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

We’ll continue cruising Norway’s coastline south to Øksfjord and then continue to Skjervøy, surrounded by mountain peaks. We’ve been docking at this vital fishing port since 1896.

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.

Midnight magic

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.
Optional Excursions
  • Breakfast at the North Cape
    Eat 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 World
    Join 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 Cathedral
    Step into the architecturally impressive, modern Arctic Cathedral at midnight for a magical classical music concert by candlelight.
  • Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night
    Take an unforgettable tour into the Polar Night on a snowmobile across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
  • Mountain Hike in Hammerfest
    Enjoy 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 Hero
    Get 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

Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord

On this day, you’ll be exploring the archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen, true highlights of our scenic Norwegian route.

After a call at Finnsnes in the early morning, the ship calls at Harstad. Here lies the world’s northernmost medieval stone church on the peninsula: the white-washed Trondenes Church.

Next we’ll stop at Risøyhamn, our smallest port of call. Then it’s off to Sortland, where the landscape slowly transforms from hills to mountains towering over 3,280 feet high.

Our birthplace

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.

Leaving Lofoten

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.
Optional Excursions
  • A Taste of Vesterålen
    This 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 Islands
    Discover 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 Safari
    Birdwatchers 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 Horseback
    Discover the coastline of Gimsøy on horseback. These Icelandic horses are suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike.
  • RIB Adventure in Lofoten
    Join 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 Village
    Join 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 RIB
    Embark 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 Lofoten
    Cruise from Svolvær to Henningsvær aboard a silent electric boat, admiring Lofoten’s landscapes and exploring its waters with the boat’s underwater drone.
  • Lofotpils Brewery
    If 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 Museum
    Explore a guided tour of our history at the Hurtigrutemuseet in Stokmarknes within a full-sized ship: MS Finnmarken from 1956.
  • The Hurtigruten Museum - Admission only
    Delve 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.
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Explore narrow fjords and bays like Trollfjord
Reine, Lofoten. Nothing can match the magic light of Arctic Norway
Reine, Lofoten. Nothing can match the magic light of Arctic Norway
The Seven Sisters and dramatic contrasts in winter
The Seven Sisters and dramatic contrasts in winter
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Photo: Staib Heiner
Join a refreshing hike to discover more of Torghatten
Join a refreshing hike to discover more of Torghatten
Photo: Espen Mills

DAY 10 : Bodø - Rørvik

A landscape fit for trolls

Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Summer beauty under the Midnight Sun by Torghatten
Photo: Staib Heiner

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.

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.
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 11 : Trondheim

Until next time

A plant with water in the background
Enjoy the Norwegian nature from deck as our journey continues.

The ship arrives in Trondheim early in the morning. It’ll be time to say your goodbyes to the new-found friends you made on board, including the Captain, crew, and fellow guests.

Capital of the Viking Age

If you have time before your flight home or your next adventure, why not stroll around Trondheim in the early morning as the city wakes? You could even extend your stay here by a night or two.

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.

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.

An amazing train trip

Your journey doesn’t have to end in Trondheim, either. We offer a range of post–cruise Post-Programs to add to your trip, including a tour of Oslo.

One advantage of disembarking in Trondheim is being able to take the Dovre Railway to Oslo, which is a seven-hour scenic route through Norway, stretching over 340 miles. The line passes through the stunning Gudbrandsdalen Valley and across the mighty Dovrefjell mountain range. It’s a fantastic way to round off your Norwegian coastal cruise.

TIME IN PORT:

  • Trondheim: 06:30 a.m. – 08:00 a.m.
A plant with water in the background
Enjoy the Norwegian nature from deck as our journey continues.
A large ship in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Beautiful Kristiansund.
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 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 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 and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day, and preparations for the day to come.
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Presentation of optional excursions
  • Point of interest presentations on deck
  • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Hikes with our Coastal Experts
  • Travel protection

Notes

  • Prices are in USD, per person, double occupancy
  • Not all 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.