Oslo – Tromsø

Norway's Capital to the Arctic Capital

On The North Cape Line

Duration

9 days (7 days if booked within 90 days of departure)

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Vesterålen in winter, Norway

Norway's Capital to the Arctic Capital

Voyage overview

Join us on an unforgettable autumn, winter, or spring voyage from the bottom to the top of Norway. See the stunning beauty of the Norwegian coast from the southernmost point in Lindesnes all the way to Tromsø, above the Arctic Circle.

*Please note that if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date, your voyage will start on Day 2 in Oslo and end on Day 8 in Tromsø.

  • Sail the Norwegian coast, one of the world’s longest coastlines, all the way from capital city Oslo in the south to Tromsø, above the Arctic Circle

  • Come aboard the splendid ship MS Trollfjord, freshly refurbished in 2023 to reflect the beauty of the fjords we sail through

  • Learn about local communities all along the coast, across a range of latitudes, and join a range of exciting optional seasonal excursions

  • Choose to sail in autumn, winter, or spring and experience warmer climate in the south to snow-covered mountains and maybe even the Northern Lights in the Arctic

Itinerary

The day-by-day programme will give you some ideas about what you can see during your voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary.

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Day 1

You’ve arrived

Oslo

You’ve arrived

Oslo

Welcome to Norway! First stop: Norway’s thriving capital, Oslo. After making your way from the airport to your hotel, located in the heart of the city, the rest of the day or evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Featuring forested hills, lakes, and plenty of world-class restaurants and museums, you won’t be short of things to do in Norway’s fjord-side capital.   

You’ll find Oslo is a mixture of neighbourhoods and characters. Trendy Grünnerløkka is the place to go for bars and restaurants, while Aker Brygge offers beautiful views of Oslofjord. In the city centre, be sure to take snaps of the architecturally distinct Rådhuset town hall, grand Royal Palace, and Baroque Oslo Cathedral.

*Please note that if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date, your voyage will start on Day 2 in Oslo.

MS Trollfjord in Oslo harbour, Norway

Day 2

Welcome aboard!

Oslo

Welcome aboard!

Oslo

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, you can explore Norway’s capital at your own pace and discover its main attractions. Art lovers won’t want to miss Vigeland Sculpture Park, located at the centre of splendid Frogner Park. There, you’ll find more than 200 visually striking sculptures in bronze, granite, and cast iron by prolific Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. 

If time permits, you could even jump on the metro from Central station. A short 20-minute ride is all it takes to bring you to the edge of a tranquil alpine forest that overlooks the city.

A transfer will meet you at your hotel in the afternoon to whisk you over to MS Trollfjord, your home for the next week. Once we’ve welcomed you aboard and you’ve settled into your cabin or suite, you’ll meet your Coastal Experience Team. You’ll get to know each member of the team well as they give lectures and organise onboard activities for you throughout your voyage. 

Meet your fellow guests in the ship’s two-storey panorama lounge and mark the moment we make history by sailing from Oslo for the first time. Watch as the capital’s twinkling lights fade into the distance and admire the scenery and various points of interests seen along Oslofjord.

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Day 3

The city of lighthouses

Kristiansand

The city of lighthouses

Kristiansand

Located on the southern tip of the country, Kristiansand is Norway’s fifth-largest city. We aim to be at port from mid-morning to early evening, giving you plenty of time to explore.

As you walk around Kristiansand, you might notice that the city is built on a uniform grid plan, with several straight roads running from the harbour all the way through the city. These roads are lined with architecture from different eras – evidence of the extensive rebuilding the city underwent after major fires in the 18th and 19th centuries and an attack during World War II.

Kristiansand is on a mission to become the most sustainable port in Europe. Find out more about this admirable goal on an optional excursion that includes a visit to Odderøya Island. Here, you can see beautiful views of the ocean and city and visit 18th-century military barracks that have been transformed into creative artist studios running several sustainable initiatives.

Kristiansand’s 20th-century military past is the focus of an optional excursion to Batterie Vara. Originally built as a German fort in World War II, it features the world’s second-largest cannon ever mounted on land.

Another optional excursion takes you to the working Lindesnes Lighthouse, which marks Norway’s southernmost point. See the beacon that has been guiding seafarers to safety on dark nights since the early 20th century and learn about the site’s long history, which goes all the way back to 1656.

Haraldshaugen, Norway

Day 4

Viking history

Haugesund, The Hardangerfjord

Viking history

Haugesund, The Hardangerfjord

As we sail past the southern tip of Norway, we’ll begin heading north along the west coast. Just past Stavanger, we’ll reach Haugesund, the ‘Home of the Viking Kings’. 

This nickname is inspired by sites such as St. Olav’s Church, built in 1250 by King Håkon Hå. There’s also Haraldshaugen, a national monument reputed to be the first king’s burial site. Why not step back in time to the Viking Age at Nordvegen Visiting Centre, which features exhibitions presented by a fictional Harald Fairhair himself.

After a short stay in Haugesund, you’ll rejoin the ship for a short scenic cruise into Hardangerfjord, one of Norway’s finest waterways. At 179 kilometres in length, it is the second-longest fjord in the country, and fifth longest in the world.

You’ll see mountain scenery everywhere you look, with the white peaks that tower over the fjord being reflected in the shimmering water below.

Ålesund in winter, Norway

Day 5

A picturesque town

Ålesund

A picturesque town

Ålesund

After a hearty breakfast on the ship, we’ll dock mid-morning at a town that spreads out across a string of islands. With a few hours to explore, you’ll have plenty of time to see all that Ålesund has to offer. 

As we approach the shore, you might first notice the distinctive style of architecture. Every detail of the buildings, from the bright colours to the rounded spires, were all inspired by the Art Nouveau style, which was popular in the early 1900s. Almost the entire town received a makeover in the style when it was rebuilt after a major fire in 1904. 

As you leave the waterfront, you’ll find yourself in a fairy-tale town, wandering narrow streets lined with unique houses. If your camera’s memory card isn’t already full after this, you can get impressive photos of the archipelago from the nearby Mount Aksla viewpoint. The 418 steps leading there might look intimidating, but the views are well worth the effort.

You can also visit the Atlantic Sea Park, Norway’s first marine science centre. This is one of northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums, providing a home to seals, otters, and crabs, as well as many other kinds of marine life. You can even see Humboldt Penguins here, a species otherwise absent north of the equator.

Torghatten in winter, Norway

Day 6

Distinctive Nordic nature

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

Distinctive Nordic nature

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

Surrounded by islands and water, Brønnøysund sits on a narrow peninsula that juts out of the mainland. Around 5,000 people live in this small town, many in colourful houses against a backdrop of gentle slopes and dramatic mountain peaks.

Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the harbour and take a walk along Havnegata. Drop into one of the pubs for a snack, or treat yourself to a meal in a local restaurant. Wander the visitors’ marina, or visit an 1870 Neo-Gothic stone church.

As we sail, look out for the Vega archipelago, a cluster of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. There’s a UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the island of Gardsøy which showcases how highly prized eider down is harvested from the local eider ducks by providing little huts for them to build their nests in. 

On an island south of Brønnøysund, you’ll find Torghatten mountain, recognisable by a natural tunnel that runs through the centre. According to local lore, the hole is the result of a troll who fired an arrow at a young woman who had rejected his advances. As the Troll King threw his hat to protect her, the sun began to rise, turning the hat to stone with a hole in the middle from the arrow.

On an optional excursion, you can take an hour’s walk up to the hole in the mountain. Peer through the tunnel and enjoy the view of the islands around.

We’ll continue sailing north in the afternoon, leaving the Helgeland coast behind us as we cross the Arctic Circle around midnight.

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Day 7

Lofoten Islands and our historic birthplace

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten, Stokmarknes – the birthplace of Hurtigruten

Lofoten Islands and our historic birthplace

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten, Stokmarknes – the birthplace of Hurtigruten

Today, we explore Lofoten, a striking group of islands that rise out of the Norwegian Sea. As soon as you see the towering peaks around you with fishing villages clinging to their sides, you’ll understand why this island chain is so often praised as one of Norway’s most stunning locations. 

We’ll dock in the town of Svolvær mid-morning. Located on the island of Austvågøya in the heart of Lofoten, Svolvær is the biggest town of the archipelago, humming with shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafés to enjoy. You can also admire views of the Svolvær Goat, a nearby mountain named for resembling a goat and its horns. 

A variety of optional excursions are available from Svolvær, including winter fishing, paddling along the coastline in a kayak, or embarking on a bus tour to learn more about Lofoten’s history. 

We can’t visit the area without spending some time in Stokmarknes. This historic town is part of Vesterålen, an archipelago just northeast of Lofoten. Of all the places we visit, this one is particularly special to us. It was here that the Original Coastal Express was founded in 1893 by shipping pioneer Richard With. 

The Coastal Express soon became a lifeline for Norway’s remote coastal communities, and fittingly, our legacy has been immortalised in the place where it all began. Standing on the waterfront, you’ll find our 1956 ship MS Finnmarken, encased in a glass building like a ship in a bottle. 

This is Hurtigrutemuseet, the museum that chronicles our history as Norway’s leading expedition cruise line from start to now. On a guided tour, you can explore the retired vessel and experience the atmosphere of a past era.

The northern lights above Tromsø

Day 8

The capital of the Arctic

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

The capital of the Arctic

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

This morning, you’ll arrive at the Arctic Capital itself, sitting around 217 miles/350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.  You’ll bid farewell to MS Trollfjord, and a transfer will take you to your hotel in the centre of Tromsø, where you’ll spend the final night of your journey.

You can spend the rest of the day at your leisure, strolling around a historic Arctic city that is rich in explorer history. On the waterfront you’ll find Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium, while on the other side of the fjord from the harbour is the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Take your pick from the many shops and restaurants in the city centre, including Mack Brewery and favourite local watering hole, Ølhallen pub. There are also trendy cafés where baristas create innovative coffee art and serve up delicious cinnamon buns.

*Please note that if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date, your voyage will end on Day 8 in Tromsø.

MS Trollfjord, Tromsø, Norway

Day 9

A voyage to remember

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

A voyage to remember

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

Checking out of your hotel in Tromsø after breakfast marks the end of your travels with us.

You’ve sailed on The North Cape Line, exploring just some of Norway’s coastal cities and villages. During the journey, you’ll have experienced Norway’s varied climate, seen majestic mountains and fjords, and maybe gazed up in awe at the Northern Lights once or several times. 

We hope you’ll cherish each of the memories of The North Cape Line that you’ll take home with you. Come sail with us again soon on another iconic voyage of our spectacular home: the Norwegian coast.

The North Cape Express – Half Voyage from Oslo to Tromsø (2024/25)

About your trip

What's included

Cabin guests

Enjoy an impressive range of included benefits when you choose from our selection of comfortable accommodation options: Polar Inside, Polar Outside and Arctic Superior cabins.

Before and after your voyage

  • A one-night stay in a hotel in Oslo before your voyage, including breakfast

  • A one-night stay in a hotel in Tromsø after your voyage, including breakfast

  • Transfers in Oslo (hotel – ship) and Tromsø (ship – hotel)

(Please note that the above are not included if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date. This means that the length of your voyage will be shorter. See Itinerary above for more information.)

Cabin on the ship

  • Accommodation in a comfortable cabin with ensuite bathroom

  • Choice of preferred cabin type

Take a look at the cabins on MS Trollfjord

Food and drink on board 

  • All-inclusive dining at Flora and Árran

  • Unlimited select beer, wine, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours (excluding breakfast)

  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee 

  • Afternoon snack in the 1893 Bar

  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings

Read more about your food and drink experience

Life on board

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team

  • Dedicated onboard photographer

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

  • Library access with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities, photography equipment, and binoculars available to rent

Learn more about life on board MS Trollfjord

Suite guests

For the premium onboard affair, quartered in beautifully appointed luxury accommodations, the Expedition Suite experience is the choice for you.

Before and after your voyage

  • A one-night stay in a hotel in Oslo before your voyage, including breakfast

  • A one-night stay in a hotel in Tromsø after your voyage, including breakfast

  • Transfers in Oslo (hotel – ship) and Tromsø (ship – hotel)

(Please note that the above are not included if the date you make your booking is less than 90 days before your chosen departure date. This means that the length of your voyage will be shorter. See Itinerary above for more information.)

Suite on the ship

  • Accommodation in a stylish, spacious suite with ensuite bathroom

  • Choice of preferred cabin type

  • Unlimited minibar (refilled twice a day)

  • Daily turn-down service

Take a look at the suites on MS Trollfjord

Food and drink on board 

  • All-inclusive dining at Flora and Árran and fine-dining à la carte at Røst

  • Unlimited select beer, wine, soft drinks, and spirits at Flora, Árran, and the 1893 Bar, served during restaurant and bar opening hours (excluding breakfast)

  • Premium drinks package at Røst, including a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and select spirits

  • Complimentary after-dinner cocktail

  • Unlimited mineral water, tea, and coffee 

  • Choice of restaurant dining times

  • Exclusive Røst Afternoon Tea with sparkling wine

  • Exclusive dinner with the ship’s senior officers

  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings

Read more about your food and drink experience

Life on board 

  • Fast-track priority check-in including exclusive Espolin Johnson lounge access

  • Hurtigruten Collection clothing package including shell jacket, sweater and wool hat

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team 

  • Dedicated onboard photographer

  • Daily themed lectures, photography guidance, arts and crafts activities

  • Access to fitness room and sauna

  • Library with a selection of books and magazines

  • Selection of equipment for outdoor activities, photography equipment, and binoculars available to rent

Learn more about life on board MS Trollfjord

Know before you go

Optional Excursions

Explore your destination even further with our wide range of exciting excursions. The excursion programme presented is an indication of some of the excursions that may be available during your voyage.