Working Ship Sailings on MS Vesterålen: Southbound

Kirkenes - Bergen

Experience a smaller and more intimate ship where you can go behind the scenes to learn more about the Hurtigruten operation, history and the crew. Named after some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway, a voyage on MS Vesterålen is truly something special.

  • Experience the daily life and work on board MS Vesterålen
  • Take part in educational and practical courses where you learn about maps, compasses and knots
  • Experience magical Lofoten and other magnificent natural wonders in the daytime
  • Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land based excursions

Overview

Guests travelling on MS Vesterålen from 1 April 2017  will have the unique opportunity to see Hurtigruten from an insider's perspective. You will get behind the scenes on our maritime and coastal operations and learn more about how the hotel department is run. As a guest, you will also be involved in the ship's different operations, focusing on edutainment and engaging activities that provide you with an in-depth knowledge about the different departments and the interaction between them.

On-board edutainment

There will be different topics every other day. In the evening on those days, the will be a talk hosted by the tour leader, and interviews with various crew members, such as the Captain, the machinist, hotel manager, chef and other seamen. A short film or presentation from the Engine room, Bridge, Galley, Cargo deck and the likes will also be featured. Naval enthusiasts will also be able to take part in practical courses, such as charting navigation (map and compass) and nautical nots. We will provide both digital and printed information on the Hurtigruten history, ship route, operational development and navigational facts.

A voyage of inner and outer discovery along the Norwegian Coast

When we sail past cultural and historical points of interest, we'll share these valuable insights with you out on deck - along with some enjoyable fun facts. At the end of your sailing, your own exclusive logbook is made available for purchase as a great memory of this wonderful educational journey of inner and outer discovery.
Experience this unique behind-the-scenes voyage of Hurtigruten's operation on MS Vesterålen, and still enjoy all the highlights and vailable excursions of our Norwegian coastal route.

Your voyage prices includes 

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

Not included 

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions 
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in EUR per person based on two people travelling 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.

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Itinerary

The itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on a voyage with the Working Ship. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, 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 expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

All year

Departs From Kirkenes, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The Arctic adventure begins


Location: Kirkenes

Your adventure starts at the turning point of Hurtigruten. As the ship begins its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation of "Life in the sea" in spring. In winter, local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

Day 2
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The extreme north


Location: Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya - The northernmost natural gas terminal’ on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe. We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø -  “the gateway to the Arctic” -  just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of Tromsø's many friendly pubs.

Day 3
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location: Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic entries in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7 metres deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water.  Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale-watching experience during wintertime. Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close.  Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

Day 4
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Crossing the Arctic Circle


Location: Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 metres high, and it is easy to understand why these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. 

Day 5
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

In the footsteps of the Vikings


Location: Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, reaching 577m at the deepest. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has formed the basis for a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. The town reigns as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Day 6
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Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces


Location: Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage starts to draw to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town representing the Sogn og Fjordane region’s oldest and Norway’s most western town. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route before you finally disembark in Bergen.

Location Bergen, Norway
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Southbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions on the southbound sailing between Kirkenes and Bergen.

Ports

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Articles

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Extend your holiday

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Kirkenes and Bergen.

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in Norway with a pre or post extension programme in Kirkenes and Bergen. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.