Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen

The Coastal Express

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$1,575

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Departures

Regular departures

Duration

12 days

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The Coastal Express

Price from $1,853

$1,575

Voyage overview

Our 12-day Norwegian coastal cruise travels northbound and then southbound, taking in Norway’s many fjords and mountains along the way. Your ship will call at 34 ports of all sizes and cross the Arctic Circle twice over 2,500 nautical miles. It is the definitive scenic route to see the Norwegian coast.

  • Discover our full scenic route with 34 ports visited twice, northbound and southbound, allowing you to really get to know the heart and soul of Norway’s coastline

  • Bask in spectacular scenery any season of the year as we sail past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains

  • Spend half your voyage on an Arctic tour of Norway, maximizing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in winter, or enjoying 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun in summer

  • Take your pick from all optional hikes and the full list of optional seasonal excursions to enhance your coastal experience

Itinerary

As we follow our scenic route and cruise Norway’s coastline, most of the ports we visit by night northbound are revisited by day southbound, allowing you to discover majestic fjords, mountains, cosmopolitan cities, market towns, and isolated hamlets. You also have our full range of available optional seasonal excursions to tailor each day of your journey the way you want.

A tourist takes a photo of the wooden buildings in Bryggen, Bergen

Day 1

Welcome Aboard!

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

Welcome Aboard!

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

Your voyage starts in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 A.D., Bergen boasts architecture influenced by the prosperous 14th-century German trading organization, the Hanseatic League.

If you have time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs in the colorful Bryggen district, now a neighborhood with artisan’s shops, complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous fish market, which serves delicious seafood. The Fløibanen funicular can also take you up to the top of Mount Fløyen for views of the city.

Your voyage begins

Before boarding, relax in our comfortable guest lounge at the terminal. Once aboard, enjoy the first of many delicious meals made from fresh coastal produce as we depart Bergen and sail the old Viking route along the Hjeltefjord.

You’ll also meet your ship’s Coastal Experience Team, who will be your guides as we sail Norway’s coastline. They’ll organize lectures, onboard activities, and optional hikes.

Time in port:

  • Bergen: 2:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

MS Nordlys sailing through the Geirangerfjord in Norway

Day 2

Iconic Architecture and Fantastic Fjords

Ålesund

Iconic Architecture and Fantastic Fjords

Ålesund

Enjoy early morning in the Nordfjord, near Torvik. Then we’ll sail past the West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

Art Nouveau city

Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and Atlanterhavsparken, one of northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. If you’re traveling with us in spring or winter, you’ll have most of the day to explore this picturesque town.

Into the fjords

In the summer, from June to August, we set course for UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord*. This is a protected and preserved piece of paradise with towering mountain cliffs and waterfalls like the famous Seven Sisters cascading into the fjord.

*Note: Geirangerfjord is replaced by Hjørundfjord for the following sailings: 2024: 5th June, 16th June, 27th June, 8th July, 19th July, 30th July, 10th August, 21st August 2025: 1st June, 12th June, 23rd June, 4th July, 15th July, 26th July, 6th August, 17th August, 28th August

In spring, from April to May*, and in fall, from September to October, your ship will sail to Hjørundfjord, hidden away in the Sunnmøre Alps. There’ll also be a call at the scenic village of Urke to gaze at the view of thousand-year-old farms, the fjord, and the lush mountainsides.

*Only on voyages departing in 2025-26. 

Mountains and roses

The last port of the day is Molde. In summer, there might just enough daylight to see the amazing view of the 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called the Molde Panorama’.

And from mid-June to late August, the streets and gardens are adorned with roses of all shades and scents, all solidify Molde’s nickname as the ‘City of Roses’.

Time in port:

  • Florø: 2:45 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.

  • Måløy: 5:15 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.

  • Torvik: 8:20 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

  • (11.01-03.31) Ålesund: 9:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • (4.1 – 5.31* & 9.1-10.31) Ålesund: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • (4.1 – 5.31* & 9.1-10.31) Urke: 12:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    • (6.1-8.31) Ålesund: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • (6.1-8.31) Geiranger: 2:25 - 2:45 p.m.

  • Molde: 10:35 p.m. - 11:05 p.m.

Nidaros Cathedral is one of Trondheim's most famous sights

Day 3

City of Kings and Palaces

Trondheim – Norway’s capital of technology

City of Kings and Palaces

Trondheim – Norway’s capital of technology

This section of the voyage brings us to the Trøndelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-lying coastal settlements.

Magical, medieval, and modern

Trondheim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. and is now Norway’s third-largest city. It features a mix of historic buildings and a lively student population.

You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its various highlights, either on your own or on one of our optional excursions.

A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’ for its Gothic architectural style. It is considered the most sacred building in all of Norway. Next door to the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace, where Norway’s crown jewels are on display.

Nearby, the old city bridge Gamle Bybro sits over Nid River, marking the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. The neighborhood’s colorful wooden wharves, which are propped up on stilts by the river’s edge, now house a variety of restaurants. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort, which has beautiful panoramic views of the city and fjord.

Back on board

In the afternoon, the ship will sail northwest, passing the ochre-colored Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we’ll head towards charming Rørvik.

Time in port:

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Day 4

Into the Arctic

Bodø

Into the Arctic

Bodø

We cross the Arctic Circle early in the morning, beginning your Arctic tour of Norway. We mark the moment with a traditional ceremony that’s sure to wake you up.

Above the Arctic Circle in summer, you can enjoy the sun 24 hours a day, while in winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights greatly improve.

Forces of nature

At 10 a.m., we’ll dock in Ørnes, near Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the ‘Love Bench’, where sweethearts declare their lasting romance with a padlock.

Then we’ll sail to Bodø, Northern Norway’s second-largest city, overlooked by the Børvass peaks. Admire fabulous street art or join an optional boat excursion to Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom.

Welcome to Lofoten

The ship enters the Lofoten Archipelago in the afternoon. The Lofoten Wall, standing over 3,200 feet tall, is a stunning sight on the horizon.

Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands, which is busiest between January and April, when the Arctic cod—known locally as skrei—swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to Vestfjord to spawn.

This evening, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the pretty harbor of Svolvær when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer. This is the main town of the Lofoten Islands.

Time in port:

The Arctic Cathedral is the most impressive landmark in Tromso

Day 5

Capital of the Arctic

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

Capital of the Arctic

Tromsø – gateway to the Arctic

We dock in Harstad just after 7 a.m. Feel free to have a peaceful early morning stroll around town.

The ship will then continue to Finnsnes, which connects the beautiful island of Senja via the impressive Gisund Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of seabirds, including puffins, as there are several colonies nearby.

Gateway to the Arctic

Then we’ll sail to the historic Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø, where you’ll have four hours to explore the city or join an optional excursion.

Along the waterfront you’ll find Polaria, a center exhibiting environmental research in the Arctic with a small aquarium. Pop in to one of the many shops and restaurants in the city center, including Mack Brewery and the Ølhallen pub, a favorite local watering hole. There are also cafés offering delicious cinnamon buns where baristas create innovative coffee-foam art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, check out the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Leaving Tromsø in the early evening, we’ll head north for the trading post of Skjervøy, founded in 1622. On our way, we’ll pass the Lyngen Alps, which rise majestically from the sea.

Time in port:

The North Cape Globe Monument under the Northern Lights

Day 6

Norway’s Northern Frontier

Honningsvåg – gateway to the North Cape

Norway’s Northern Frontier

Honningsvåg – gateway to the North Cape

The ship reaches the town of Hammerfest on the island of Kvaløya early in the morning. In the summer, herds of reindeer migrate to the island by the thousands.

You’ll know we’ve reached Havøysund when you see the wind turbines of the landmark Havøygavlen wind farm, which produces enough electricity to power 6,000 local homes.

At the top of Europe

In the mid-morning, we’ll arrive at Honningsvåg, the portal to the North Cape, where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. An optional excursion will take you to North Cape from Honningsvåg by bus, passing herds of reindeer on the way, depending on the season.

Sámi heartlands

Near the entrance of the Kjøllefjord village, look out for the striking, building-like rock formation Finnkirka, an ancient sacrificial site once used by the indigenous Sámi. You can join an optional summer excursion to meet local Sámi, learn about their reindeer-herding life, and listen to joik folk songs.

Continuing north

We’ll reach our northernmost port of call, Mehamn, in the evening. If you’re visiting during the months of February and March, you might spot cod drying on outdoor wooden racks, called hjell, mainly destined for export.

The ship then sets off for Berlevåg. On the way, we’ll pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the planet’s northernmost mainland lighthouse.

Time in port:

A snowmobile excursion under the Midnight Sun in Kirkenes

Day 7

Norway’s Eastern Edge

Kirkenes – right on the border

Norway’s Eastern Edge

Kirkenes – right on the border

We call at Båtsfjord and Vardø during the night, before docking at Vadsø early in the morning.

Look to the skies

The area around Vadsø is one of the most scenic and popular birdwatching spots in the Arctic, lying directly under the migration path of birds flying from east to west. Watch for Hooded Crows and Sea Eagles.

Near the Norwegian border

By the time we reach Kirkenes after breakfast, you’ll have traveled farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! You’ll have many optional excursions to choose from to explore the area.

The journey’s turning point

Kirkenes is where the Norwegian Coastal Express changes direction and the ship heads south. Several of the places we stopped at during the night we’ll now see during the day.

Back in Vardø, visit the solemn Witches’ Monument and the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains in use by the military to this day.

We’ll return to the small, bustling port of Båtsfjord and then make for Berlevåg in the late evening, crossing paths with the northbound ship.

Time in port:

An aerial view of the Norwegian port town of Hammerfest

Day 8

From the Top of Europe

Hammerfest

From the Top of Europe

Hammerfest

We make stops at Mehamn and Kjøllefjord during the night before early-morning visits to Honningsvåg and Havøysund.

Almost the northernmost

In the early afternoon, you’ll spend time in Hammerfest, which has the largest population on a list of the world’s northernmost settlements.

See the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, shop for souvenirs at the Polar Bear Society, or take the path behind the town to the viewpoint atop Mount Salen.

Mountains and marine mammals

We’ll continue cruising Norway’s coastline south to Øksfjord and then continue to Skjervøy, surrounded by mountain peaks. We’ve been docking at this vital fishing port since 1896.

If you’re visiting in the winter, you might spot the orcas and humpback whales that gather here to feed on herring.

As we make our way to Tromsø, you might also glimpse views of the Lyngen Alps, which boast some of the highest peaks in all of Norway.

Midnight magic

We dock at Tromsø just before midnight. In the summer months, stroll the still-busy city in glorious 24-hour daylight.

Time in port:

MS Trollfjord sailing in Trollfjord in Norway

Day 9

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

On this day, you’ll be exploring the archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen, true highlights of our scenic Norwegian route.

After a call at Finnsnes in the early morning, the ship calls at Harstad. Here lies the world’s northernmost medieval stone church on the peninsula: the white-washed Trondenes Church.

Next we’ll stop at Risøyhamn, our smallest port of call. Then it’s off to Sortland, where the landscape slowly transforms from hills to mountains towering over 3,280 feet high.

Our birthplace

Stokmarknes is where captain Richard With launched The Norwegian Coastal Express in 1893. Visit Hurtigrutemuseet, a building resembling a ship in a bottle. It chronicles the Hurtigruten legacy, centered around retired ship MS Finnmarken from 1956.

A ship-sized fjord

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

Leaving Lofoten

We’ll reach Svolvær in the evening. The huge mountain that sits above the town is named the ‘Svolvær Goat’, due to its supposed resemblance. Do you agree?

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

Time in port:

A woman trying a spoon of cod liver oil during Hurtigruten's Arctic Circle crossing

Day 10

A Landscape of Trolls

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

A Landscape of Trolls

Brønnøysund – coastal charm right in the middle of Norway

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 good ol’ Norwegian 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 Experience Team 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.

Time in port:

Driving the Atlantic Road on a sunny day

Day 11

Coastal Communities and Klippfisk

Trondheim – Norway’s capital of technology

Coastal Communities and Klippfisk

Trondheim – Norway’s capital of technology

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. 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.

Time in port:

A Hurtigruten ship leaves the ferry terminal in Bergen

Day 12

Until Next Time

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

Until Next Time

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

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 the Nordfjord, 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 the Hjeltefjord 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.

Time in port:

Roundtrip Voyage from Bergen | Explore Norway’s Coastline

About your trip

What's included

Cabin guests

Enjoy our feel-at-home Hurtigruten hospitality. Enjoy various included benefits when you choose from our selection of comfortable options: Polar Inside, Polar Outside, and Arctic Superior cabins.

Accommodation on ship: Your home away from home

  • Choice of cabin type

  • Choice of cabin location (1)

  • Comfortable cabin with ensuite bathroom

Your culinary experience on board: Food & drink

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the ship’s main restaurant Torget

  • Unlimited selection of tea and black filter coffee (1)

  • Choice of dining time (1)

Life on board

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship and in your cabin (1)

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team

  • Daily themed lectures

Enhance your journey with:

  • Wine package (House, Superior, Premium)

  • Welcome basket with sparkling wine

  • Dinner in fine dining restaurant Kysten

  • Wide range of optional seasonal excursions and guided hikes

(1) Voyages booked in Select Fare

Suite guests 

For the best in onboard comfort, cuisine, service, and beautifully appointed rooms, choose our suite experience.

Accommodation on ship: Your home away from home

  • Choice of suite type

  • Choice of suite location

  • Priority check-in

  • Stylish, spacious suite with ensuite bathroom

  • Welcome basket with sparkling wine

Your culinary experience on board: Food & drink

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the ship’s main restaurant Torget

  • Unlimited selection of tea and black filter coffee

  • Choice of dining time

Life on board

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship and in your cabin

  • Multi-lingual Coastal Experience Team

  • Daily themed lectures

Enhance your journey with:

  • Wine package (House, Superior, Premium)

  • Dinner in fine dining restaurant Kysten

  • Wide range of optional seasonal excursions and guided hikes

What's Not Included

  • Flights and transfers

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional seasonal excursions

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional hikes with the Coastal Experience Team

Notes

  • Prices are in USD, per person based on two people traveling together sharing a cabin

  • Not all cabin categories are available for all departures

  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability

Know before you go

Optional Excursions

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