- Treat yourself to some of the best scenery of the Norwegian coast, including Senja, the Vesterålen Archipelago, the stunning Lofoten Islands, and the Helgeland coast
- Look out for whales and a range of Arctic birds, including the White-tailed Sea Eagle and many other migratory species
- The ship may also visit the Trollfjord between May and October. This voyage enters the narrow fjord and performs an impressive 180-degree maneuver.
- Join two optional hikes and up to 20 optional seasonal excursions, including a tour of the Lofoten Islands by boat or a horseback ride to a picturesque beach
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The Lofoten Islands are considered one of the most picturesque locales in all of Norway. On the Helgeland coast, look for the Seven Sisters mountain range and the distinctive Torghatten mountain with a hole through it.
To get the most out of your Norwegian coastal voyage, browse our selection of optional seasonal excursions.
DAY 1 : Kirkenes
Your voyage begins in the Arctic in the town of Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border—farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul!
You’ll likely notice that Norway’s gigantic neighbor has many influences, from road signs in both Norwegian and Russian to a monthly Russian market and the World War II Russian Monument.
World War II history
For those interested in history, the Varanger Museum in Kirkenes has exhibits about how the town was involved during World War II, where it was bombed a total of 328 times in four years, making it the most bombed place during the war after Malta.
For more insights into this somber period, visit the Andersgrotta World War II Bomb Shelter which could house up to 2,500 people underground.
Norway’s northern frontier
In the port of Vardø, you’ll find 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 cruise Norway’s coastline to the small port of Båtsfjord in the evening. Then it’s on to Berlevåg. You might be able to make out Mount Tanahorn to the west, or see Kjølnes Lighthouse blinking atop its cliff overlooking the Barents Sea.
TIME IN PORT:
- Kirkenes: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Vardø: 4:05 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Båtsfjord: 8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Berlevåg: 10:25 p.m. – 10:35 p.m.
DAY 2 : Mehamn - Tromsø
Unmatched Arctic Scenery
Around midnight, we dock at Mehamn with the option to join in winter a snowmobile trip to hunt the aurora.
North Cape breakfast
We again dock at Honningsvåg, where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at the North Cape. The ship continues to Hammerfest, where you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition and learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrøm.
We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. You can also explore Tromsø under the midnight sun by boat in summer. You may want to drop by Ølhallen, a classic pub for a friendly beer.
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. -07:45 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.
Snowmobile Trip in the Polar NightTake an unforgettable tour into the PolarMight 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 3 : Tromsø - Stamsund
Lofoten, where nature amazes
History and culture
This morning, we arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of our classic excursions - A Taste of Vesterålen. Discover history, beautiful scenery, and cultural heritage sites on this tour that rejoins the ship at Sortland.
Those who stay on the ship experience our passage through the Risøyrenna, a shallow channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s.
Lofoten and Trollfjord
Get ready now for some amazing scenery as we sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages. Our daylight sailing route through the region is the voyage highlight for many.
Continuing south, it will look like we’re headed into a mountain wall, but don’t worry. We are in fact sailing through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, flanked by peaks rising 1,000 m out of the sea.
We now arrive at amazing Trollfjord. If conditions allow, we will sail between sheer cliffs that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience!
Next we arrive in Svolvær, where you can choose from several excursion options. Go horseback riding along a beach at sunset, head out on spectacular hikes, join a fast-boat tour on the fjord, or relax in town at one of many cafés, pubs and restaurants.
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. - 1:00 p.m.
- Stokmarknes: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Svolvær: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Stamsund: 10:15 p.m. - 11:30 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.
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.
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 4 : Bodø - Rørvik
A date with the Seven Sisters
Trolls and mountains
Crossing the Arctic Circle is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the occasion on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil.
Sailing along the Helgeland coast, you see the strange mountain, Torghatten (258 m above sea level), famous for the distinctive hole through its center. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was formed during the ice age. Participate on a hike up the mountain.
Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. It is easy to see how the peaks influenced ancient legend. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful mountaintops.
From ducks to salmon
Next, we briefly stop at the idyllic trading post of Nesna before moving on to Sandnessjøen. From here, you can join an optional excursion to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Vega Islands. The UNESCO status is due to the unique centuries-old interaction between the islanders and eider ducks. Learn how the locals sustain a livelihood of making down-filled duvets.
In Brønnøysund, join an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon, from April through October.
Even though we’re south of the Arctic Circle, there are still good chances to see the Northern Lights in winter. The Midnight Sun may not shine, but you still experience seemingly endless daylight during late spring and summer.
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: 3:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
- Rørvik: 9:00 p.m. - 9:30 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.
DAY 5 : Trondheim - Ålesund
Gothic majesty and hidden lake
Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of history: Trondheim. Be sure to visit the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who reigned from 1015 to 1028.
Spectacular scenery and life of the sea
As we sail along the coast, you will realize the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities.
Kristiansund is regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion along the Atlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8 km stretch of highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea.
Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which takes you inside a mountain and across an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’.
Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s open sea crossing towards Molde - Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. From there, you can see the distant pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps across the fjord, called ‘the Molde panorama’.
TIME IN PORT:
- Trondheim: 06:30 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.
- Kristiansund: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Molde: 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 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 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 6 : Ålesund - Bergen
Our return to Bergen
During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as our voyage draws to a close. Before docking in Bergen, there is fascinating scenery to see, including picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. Here the fjord widens to the east and forges 90 km inland.
In the morning, we dock at Florø, Norway’s westernmost community.
A few nautical miles south of Florø, we cross the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, taking in superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline en route. Finally, you disembark in the Hanseatic city of Bergen with unforgettable memories of a truly unique part of the world. We hope to see you on board again in the very near future!
More adventures in Norway
If you would like to see more of Norway, we highly recommend our Bergen City Sightseeing excursion (only sold on board), or various Post-programs to experience more Norwegian cuisine, culture and scenery.
TIME IN PORT:
- 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: 14:45 p.m.
Included in Your Expedition
- 6-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
- Complimentary Wi-Fi (*1)
Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
- Lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology, and culture that provide context to your expedition voyage, and help you better understand the destinations you will experience
- Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment, and photography tips and tricks, and photo and film footage from the cruise.
- Opportunities to casually engage with Hurtigruten Guides, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day, and preparations for the day to come.
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- Optional excursion presentations
- 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 our Hurtigruten Guides
- 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
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