Tromsø - Bergen
Tromsø - Bergen
Tromsø - Bergen
Tromsø - Bergen
- 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
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
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.
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.
DAY 2 : 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.
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 3 : 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. 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.
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 4 : 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.
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- Optional excursions
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- Single cabin pricing available on request
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