Norway | Lofoten, Mountains and Fjords

Tromsø - Bergen

Tromsø - Bergen

Norway | Lofoten, Mountains and Fjords

Tromsø - Bergen

Tromsø - Bergen

Travel information 4 days
Departures Regular departures, all year
  • Admire the magnificent landscapes of the Vesterålen and Lofoten archipelagos, as well as the distinct mountains of the Helgeland Coast
  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer
  • Explore towns and cities like Svolvær, Brønnøysund, and Trondheim
Tromsø - Bergen

Itinerary

Join the ship in Tromsø late at night and wake up the next day to the gorgeous scenery that’s synonymous with the Lofoten Islands. Drop into Hurtigrutemuseet in Stokmarknes to uncover our history before seeing more of Lofoten through your choice of multiple optional excursions from the port of Svolvær.

DAY 1 : Tromsø – Stamsund

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Raftsundet MS Kong Harald Norway
Photo: Stian Klo

Welcome to the historic Arctic capital of Tromsø. If you’ve arrived in the morning or afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the city before your ship departs late in the evening.

After Finnsnes early in the morning, the ship calls at Harstad where the white-washed Trondenes Church, the world’s northernmost medieval stone church, sits on the peninsula.

Next is our smallest port of call Risøyhamn and then Sortland where the landscape slowly transforms from hills to 1,000-metre-high mountains.

Our birthplace

Stokmarknes is where Captain Richard With began The Coastal Express in 1893. Visit Hurtigrutemuseet, a ship-in-a-bottle building that chronicles our legacy, centred around retired ship MS Finnmarken from 1956.

A ship-size fjord

Sailing along Raftsund, the Captain may choose to take the ship into tiny Trollfjord. The mountain walls will look so close you’ll think you can reach out and brush them! To exit the fjord, the ship will rotate 180 degrees on the spot, then sail back out. Remember to look out for sea eagles here too.

Fall in love with Lofoten

We reach Svolvær in the evening, main town of the gorgeous Lofoten Islands. The huge mountain that sits above the town is named the Svolvær Goat due to its supposed resemblance. See if you agree!

The ship then sails for Stamsund, eventually passing the giant granite cliffs of the Lofoten Wall.

Raftsundet MS Kong Harald Norway
Photo: Stian Klo
A view of a snow covered mountain
Raftsundet. This 12-mile passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 3.300 feet directly out of the sea.
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.