Norway The Voyage of Discovery (Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim)
Duration: 11 days
All year, daily departures
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- Cross the Arctic Circle under the Midnight Sun (summer) or Northern Lights (winter)
- Enjoy local and authentic Norwegian food from our renowned Coastal Kitchen
- Complete your journey in Trondheim, a bustling city boasting a rich culture and long history
- Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land based excursions
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Your voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city is a central point for Norwegian travel, and has retained a great deal of local character and history. One example of this is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular or visit the famous fish market.
After embarkation, we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied to the Shetland Islands and beyond. We are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.
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If you wake up early the next day, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we enter the open ocean before navigating through skerries and islands to reach Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, and ornate buildings, Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned a large proportion of the city to the ground, and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time: Art Nouveau. If you like marine life, join us on a visit to Atlanterhavsparken – one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onward and upward to Mount Aksla, where you get an amazing panorama view of the area. You also have the opportunity to explore this charming Art Nouveau city from a sea kayak.
In the summer months, we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing steep, 2,500 ft cliffs and impressive waterfalls along the way. In autumn, we explore the Hjørundfjord, situated amid the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Far from the tourist hustle and bustle, its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character We take our guests past steep rock walls that you can nearly reach out and touch, emerald-green meadows, lonely mountain farms, and small villages.
Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’. This attractive coastal city also has a wonderful view to 222 mountain peaks, called ‘the Molde Panorama’. Enjoy discovering the town on your own or with one of our excursions.
A Taste of NorwayDiscover a beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, a historic hotel, and a tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.
Mountain Hike in the HjørundfjordThe Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in all of Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above on this mountain hike.
Geiranger with Trollstigen PassExperience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across the beautiful Norddalsfjord, and an exciting drive with 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll's ladder) Pass – all on one excursion.
Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and ÅlesundExplore the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, see some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes and enjoy a visit to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Hike with a Visit to a ShielingJoin a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås, where we learn about farming in the past and taste local delicacies.
Kayaking in ÅlesundJoin us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant city of Ålesund and hear colorful local stories, including why it is built in the Art Nouveau style.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaSee what life is like under the sea and then get a bird's-eye view of the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Art Nouveau WalkJoin us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Art Nouveau WalkDating back to the Viking Age, today Ålesund is best known for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
The Romsdal museumVisit the Romsdal Museum, situated a short bus ride from the pier in Molde.
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking King Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city in 997. Join our optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, built over the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason), Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite artwork. During spring and summer, we continue to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, and provides fantastic views of both the city and the fjord.
From September to May, you can experience Trondheim on the world’s northernmost cable car for a unique sightseeing experience. You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid throughout the year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September. Or, join the expedition team for a hike to discover more of the surroundings of Trondheim.
In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous islets and rocky reefs. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads toward charming Rørvik.
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumEncounter the majesty of Trondheim's medieval Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's only church built in the Gothic architectural style. Then explore the Norway's musical history at the Ringve Museum.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralExplore Norway’s first capital, Trondheim, founded in 997 by Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who brought Christianity to Norway and gave Trondheim its original name: Nidaros.
Trondheim City WalkJoin a walking tour through the medieval city of Trondehim, which has become a major modern academic and technology research center.
Cycling in TrondheimJoin us for a leisurely paced bicycle tour through one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Norway – Trondheim.
The Northernmost Tramride in the WorldExperience Trondheim in the vintage carriage of the northernmost tram in the world! Enjoy a spectacular view of the city’s colorful houses, before we take you to new highs at the ski jumping hill of Granåsen. The excursion ends in the city center of Trondheim with a photo stop at the marvelous Nidaros Cathedral.
Kayaking On The River NidDiscover a completely new perspective of Trondheim on an urban kayak expedition along the River Nid that winds it way through the historic city.
Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. In summer, this means enjoying 24-hour daylight and the midnight sun. During winter, this latitude provides the best chances to experience the northern lights. Even if you aren’t awake when we cross the Arctic Circle, the captain will make sure that the occasion is memorable: If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony out on deck.
Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier. Join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Center in summer and admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world and visit a moose farm. Afterward, the excursion continues along the beautiful Helgeland coastline to Bodø, where you rejoin the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles, and the deep blue sea. The excursion heads to Saltstraumen in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. There is also a good chance you’ll observe sea eagles on this exciting journey through wild landscape.
Later the same afternoon, we spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fisherman’s huts called ‘rorbuer’.
At Stamsund, join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and lady of the house invite you to join them for a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age, complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing, and dancing.
Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you have the chance to experience life on an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, situated in an old fish-landing facility in Svolvær.
In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when our hunt for the northern lights begins. We celebrate the event by presenting a multimedia show, The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis, featuring pictures, words, and music. As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You also hear the story of the battle of Trollfjord, which took place here in the winter of 1890.
Svartisen GlacierExperience an up-close and personal visit to Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier and the southernmost glacier in mainland Europe.
Arctic Coastal WalkJoin us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
RIB Safari to SaltstraumenThe giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenJoin us for a coach tour of the second-largest city in Northern Norway, Bodø, and then see the world's largest tidal current, the legendary Saltstraumen.
Meet the VikingsTravel back more than 1,000 years in time and experience how the Vikings lived at Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever found has been replicated.
Meet the Vikings – SummerJoin us on an authentic journey through Lofoten's ancient past at the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg.
Highlights of LofotenThe Highlights of Lofoten excursion takes you to the Lofoten archipelago's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, surrounded by spectacular backdrops of sea and mountains.
Lofotpils BreweryMeet local Svolvær brewmaster at Lofotpils Bryggeri (brewery), established in a fish-landing depot dating back to the 1930s along the waterfront in Svolvær.
Farm Visit in LofotenExperience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm, in Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes. The ship then proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join our Polar History Walk excursion in winter to learn more about the explorers and Arctic hunters, and to taste beer made at the world’s northernmost brewery.
In winter and spring, you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling dog sled ride. On this mini polar expedition, the huskies pull you over the frozen landscape while you enjoy stunning views of the ocean, mountains, and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light comes from our headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical northern lights. You can also enjoy some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure, or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord. Throughout the year you can join the expedition team for hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings.
If you want to experience peace and tranquility on the sea, why not join us for a kayaking excursion in summer? Paddle in the waters off the Tromsø coastline with the mountains as a stunning backdrop. This is a great way to silently glide through these pristine waters and get close to marine wildlife.
After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights between September and March. We gather on deck to search the skies for this remarkable cosmic phenomenon.
The Arctic Capital TromsøJoin us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
Scenery and HuskiesExperience North Norway's nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Center on Kvaløya Island.
Polar History WalkExperience the same polar frontier environment as the famous Arctic explorers on this historic polar walk through Tromsø.
KayakingReady for a little adventure? Join us as we kayak to the nearby island of Håkøya along the Tromsø area's coastline.
Cross-Country SkiingExperience the thrill of gliding along in the snow on skis. This tour is a fantastic introduction to cross-country skiing for beginners.
Snowshoeing in TromsøSome coin this snowshoeing excursion in Tromsø 'childhood revisited' because it is so carefree and liberating.
Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey toward the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.
After a brief, early stop in Hammerfest we arrive in Havøysund, where you can disembark for an overland RIB expedition, where you will see the North Cape from the sea. Then you go ashore to visit the northernmost fishing village in the world, before a bus takes you to the North Cape where you can enjoy the spectacular view.
The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place! Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join us for a birdwatching safari to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, and a large number of kittiwakes. During the nesting season, this area teems with life, and mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. Guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, Arctic skuas, northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches.
If you want to learn more about local life in this remote region, join a fishing village visit that takes you across the island of Magerøya’s fantastic scenery to the fishing communities of Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg. Along the way, your guide tells you about the area’s nature, its local culture, and history.
The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi ‘joiking’ (song). In winter, you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilizes nature in both summer and winter. Experience snowy valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps even the mesmerizing northern lights in the starry sky. Sámi Autumn is an excursion where you learn about the Arctic’s natural ‘pantry’ and ‘pharmacy’, and sampledried reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (made with nettles), and a roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Sámi shaman: Noaidi.
The North CapeEncounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
Birdwatching SafariFascinated by multitudes of birds? Come along on this excursion to see one of Norway's largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near the North Cape.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a fascinating tour of two small fishing villages and discover Christmas year round at the very top of Norway.
Sami CultureEncounter the Sámi people of far-northern Europe and learn about their remarkable culture.
Sámi AutumnLearn about the mystical cultural practices and natural medicines of the indigenous Sámi people living in Europe's northernmost region.
Snowmobile Trip in the ArcticJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most exciting and extreme natural Arctic regions.
RIB Expedition on 71 degrees NorthJourney to the North Cape like a true explorer - approach by RIB boat and hike up the mountainside to the famous plateau.
The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes. At 30° East, Kirkenes is farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! It is also Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return trip west southbound along the coast. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east.
The Russian frontier is a just few miles away from Kirkenes. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are many ways to visit the Russian border. Travel either by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on an ATV/quad-bike. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remote region’s remarkably rich history and heritage.
Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in numerous adventurous activities in the Arctic environment. In winter and spring, you can join several activities and excursions, such as exploring the Arctic wilderness on asnowmobile and driving over a frozen fjord. During the trip, your guides tell you about the history of the region, the extreme Arctic climate, and the area’s unique wildlife. On our dog sled adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape. In summer, you can join an excursion where you catch and eat giant king crabs from the Barents Sea.
As the ship starts its journey southward, you can enjoy lunch, followed by viewing the surrounding Arctic landscapes from out on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, you’ve only seen half of what the Norwegian coastline cruise has to offer! Prepare yourself for many new experiences. The ports visited at night on the northbound trip are now seen by day. In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice swimming in the Arctic Ocean in winter. In spring, on board we show a presentation about shorebirds along the Nordic coastline. Heading west, we cruise along the Varanger Peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. Berlevåg is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.
The Russian BorderEast meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.
Riverboat to the Russian BorderExplore the river that divides Norway and Russia, two distinctly different, yet strangely similar, countries.
ATV/Quad Safari to the Russian BorderDiscover Kirkenes and its surrounding nature, historical sights, and the Russian border on this motorized ATV (all terrain vehicle) quad bike adventure.
Snowmobile SafariIf you like the idea of racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting people who live in this extreme region, then this excursion is for you.
Kirkenes Snow HotelVisit the coolest hotel in the world! Join a guided tour of the beautifully decorated snow suites, and grab a drink at Norway’s largest ice bar. Also, remember to greet the reindeers and huskies that live close to the hotel.
Husky TourExperience a thrilling dog-sledding adventure across the frozen Arctic wilderness.
Husky Tour ExclusiveTake part in an exclusive dog sledding adventure through the vast Arctic wilderness, reserved only for our Platinum guests.
King Crab ExperienceJoin our expert fishermen who will help you to deliver your catch directly to your dinner table. Learn the history, anatomy and then how to prepare and cook this monster of the deep.
In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn. During wintertime you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps even the mesmerizing northern lights in the clear, starry sky.
At Honningsvåg, you can join a coach excursion that features breakfast at the North Cape, and discover hidden parts of Finnmark along the way betweenMay and October. Before arriving in Hammerfest, you may want to enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short onboard introduction to nearby Melkøya – the world’s northernmost natural gas terminal. In autumn, we invite you out on deck to taste dried reindeer meat. The town of Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.
We then continue south to Øksfjord. In winter, our crew teaches you how to tie maritime knots out on deck. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and where a local fisherman may visit and share fresh, locally caught prawns. We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion under the midnight sun, and explore Tromsø by sea in a RIB boat. Or, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city’s many friendly pubs.
In summer, you can also join the expedition team for small explorer boat activities to discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings.
The Northernmost Town in the WorldJoin a bus tour to explore Hammerfest and learn about the events that have shaped this unique town at the top of Europe.
Breakfast at North CapeEnjoy a delicious breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
Mountain Hike in HammerfestJoin a walking tour that follows a path through Hammerfest's past and up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
Into the Ice – Stories of a Polar HeroGo on a 'mini-expedition' and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history during this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
Midnight Concert in the Arctic CathedralThere is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience Tromsø than by attending a midnight concert at the city's iconic Arctic Cathedral.
Arctic Midnight Adventure in TromsøEnjoy a sightseeing tour of Tromsø’s famous sights from the seaside.
This morning we arrive at Harstad, where you can participate in one of Hurtigruten’s most beloved and renowned excursions: A Taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery, and a selection of breathtaking sights, including Trondenes Church, one of Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail toward the Risøyrenna, a shallow, 23 ft deep channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. Sandbanks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you see during the entire coastal cruise. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature, and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests.
Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries, and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region’s fishing heritage, our chef shows guests how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southward, it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but we slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 12-mile passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 3,300 ft directly out of the sea.
Then we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only one mile long, 330 ft wide, and surrounded by majestic mountains. If weather and time permit, the captain will make a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides, and the dramatic landscape conjures images of an imaginary land of trolls. The Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle. Should you choose to take the optional sea eagle safari to see these magnificent birds up close, you will be transferred to a smaller vessel before we reach the Trollfjord. If there is time, you will see the Hurtigruten ship turns around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight! The sea eagle safari begins in earnest after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the birds dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to snatch and devour. Be sure to take along your camera!
Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options. Join our Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the archipelago’s fishing communities, beautiful scenery, and local art. You can also join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of our excursions by RIB. If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides insights into local history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.
A Taste of VesterålenA Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion program. Come along and experience its history, beautiful scenery, and many breathtaking sights.
Lofoten IslandsJoin us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on Earth.
Sea Eagle SafariJoin us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.
RIB Adventure in LofotenJoin us on this exciting sea excursion in open RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) on the waters of the fantastic Lofoten archipelago.
Vesterålen and Lofoten by ribJoin us for an exciting open boat ride ride through the enchantingly beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and Lofoten.
Lofoten by HorseImagine horseback riding along a remote beach and terrain once inhabited by Vikings. Join us for this excursion along the shoreline of Gimsøy on the open Norwegian Sea.
Discover a Fishing VillageJoin us on a guided walking tour to the quaint old fishing village of Svinøya adjacent to the Lofoten town of Svolvær.
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’ N is an important rite of passage. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil! Sailing along the Helgeland coast, we pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 850 ft above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 525 ft long, 115 ft high, and 65 ft wide, and was created during the Ice Age.
Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven peaks are between 2,800 and 3,600 ft high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ led to an ancient myth. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens slipped out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southward down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue the maidens. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified, as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They became the rocks and mountains that make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vega Islands is nearby Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and the island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how this relationship continues to contribute to the livelihood of the community who harvests the eiderdown and makes down-filled duvets.
Brønnøysund is a vibrant and pretty little town. Spend some time strolling around and taking in the quaint small boats and bustling life of the archipelago. You can also join the excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour, and a taste of fresh salmon from April throughout October, or join one of the other excursions we offer here.
UNESCO Vega ArchipelagoTake a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local eider duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.
Visit the SalmonFascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking King Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city in 997. Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. You leave the ship early in the morning, with plenty of time to discover this medieval city.
Today, the city has a number of historical and modern highlights to see. Marvel at the incredible architectural details and exquisite artwork of Nidaros Cathedral, the country’s only Gothic-style cathedral, built over the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason), Norway’s patron saint. If you're visiting in spring and summer, be sure to make a stop at Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, and provides fantastic views of both the city and the fjord.
Trondheim is also home to the wrold's northernmost cable car and the world's first bicycle lift.
Included in Your Expedition
- Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
- English-speaking Tour Leader on board
Not Included In Your Expedition
- Flights & transfers
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- Prices are in USD (per person based on two people traveling together sharing a twin cabin
- 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.
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Shipyard||Kværner Kleven (N)|
|Length||138.5 m / 454 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m / 71 ft|
On board MS Finnmarken you find Hurtigruten´s relaxed style combined with a bit of luxury.
MS Kong Harald
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Length||121.8 m / 400 ft|
|Beam||19.2 m / 63 ft|
Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel. King Harald is not the only famous name you'll find on the ship.
|Year built||1964 (Mod. 2003)|
|Shipyard||Aker Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Length||87.4 m / 287 ft|
|Beam||13.2 m / 44 ft|
MS Lofoten - our old-time favorite - was launched at Oslo in 1964. The ship's classic maritime style and informal atmosphere reflects and inspires nostalgia in her passengers.
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Passenger capacity||970 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Length||135.75 m / 445 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m / 70.5 ft|
The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Kværner Kleven (N)|
|Length||123.3 m / 404.5 ft|
|Beam||19.5 ft / 64 ft|
MS Nordkapp is named after the northernmost point on mainland Europe: North Cape (71ºN) - one of the geographical highpoints you can visit on a Hurtigruten voyage.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Length||123.0 m / 404 ft|
|Beam||19.5 m / 64 ft|
Polarlys is Norwegian for 'polar light', the Arctic's special natural radiance that we pursue during winter.
|Year of refurbishment||2019|
|Length||121.8 m/ 400 ft|
|Beam||19.2 m/ 63 ft|
Both the name and the interior design of MS Nordlys are inspired by the spectacular northern lights (Aurora Borealis).
|Year of refurbishment||2019|
|Length||121.8 m/ 400 ft|
|Beam||19.2 m/ 63 ft|
Both the name and the interior design of MS Nordlys are inspired by the spectacular northern lights (Aurora Borealis).
MS Richard With
|Year of refurbishment||2018|
|Length||121.8 m/ 400 ft|
|Beam||19.2 m/ 63 ft|
MS Richard With proudly bears the name of Hurtigruten's founder. It is aptly designed and built in classic maritime style.
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Length||135.75 m/ 445 ft|
|Beam||21.5 m/ 70.5 ft|
This ship is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
|Year of refurbishment||1995|
|Shipyard||Kaarbø Mek. Verk.|
|Length||108.55 m/ 356 ft|
|Beam||16.5 m/ 54 ft|
MS Vesterålen is named after the first Hurtigruten ship to sail along Norway´s rugged coastline in 1893. She is one of our smaller boats and has an intimate onboard atmosphere.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)|
|Length||100.54 m/ 330 ft|
|Beam||18.0 m/ 59 ft|
Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.
Find your favourite excursions and make your trip to Norway even more memorable. We recommend booking excursions in advance, but you can also book on board if there's still availability.
Please note that excursions vary by season and are subject to change.
2F A Taste Of Norway
2G Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord
2B Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass
2J Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund
2H Hike With A Visit To A Shieling
2K Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)
2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount Aksla
2C Art Nouveau Walk
2E Art Nouveau Walk
Molde - The Romsdal museum
3A Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
3B Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
3D Trondheim City Walk
3H Cycling In Trondheim
3I The Northernmost tramride in the world
3G Kayaking On The River Nid
4A Svartisen Glacier
4B Arctic Coastal Walk
4D Rib Safari To Saltstraumen
4C Experience Bodø And Saltstraumen
4E Meet The Vikings
4F Meet The Vikings Summer
4G Highlights Of Lofoten
4H Lofotpils Brewery
4I Farm Visit In Lofoten
5A The Arctic Capital Tromsø
5C Scenery & Huskies
5D Polar History Walk
5M Cross-Country Skiing
5N Snowshoeing In Tromsø
6A The North Cape
6B Birdwatching Safari
6H Fishing Village Visit
6C Sami Culture
6D Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
6E Sami Autumn
6J RIB Expedition on 71 degrees North
7A The Russian Border
7B Riverboat To Russian Border
7C Snowmobile Safari
Kirkenes - Kirkenes Snow Hotel
7E Atv/Quad-Safari To The Russian Border
7F Husky Sled Adventure
Dog Sledding Exclusive
7H King Crab Expedition
8B The Northernmost Town In The World
8F Snowmobile Trip Into The Polar Night
8A Breakfast At North Cape
8G Mountain Hike In Hammerfest
8H Into The Ice Stories Of A Polar Hero
8C Midnight Concert In The Arctic Cathedral
8I - Arctic Midnight Adventure (2019/20)
9A A Taste Of Vesterålen
9B Lofoten Islands
9C Sea Eagle Safari
Vesterålen and Lofoten by rib
9D Lofoten By Horse
9E Rib-Adventure In Lofoten
9F Discover a fishing village
10B Unesco Vega Archipelago
10C Visit The Salmon
Life On Board
- Hosts of the Coast – Our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Program: Bring your kids on board
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- A Trip Through the World’s Best Pantry
- Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- À la Carte Menu
Everything You Need to Know About a Voyage with Hurtigruten
- Travel Information for Norwegian Coastal Cruises
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Packing Tips for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Flight Information
- Ship schedule
- Excursion Packages