Midnight Sun over the North Cape, Norway

Hurtigruten from Hamburg

In the Wake of The Coastal Express. This collection of unique voyages leaves from and returns to Hamburg, and visits special places of our home, the Norwegian coast, handpicked by us for you.

Reasons to go

  • These voyages include all meals in two of the ship’s restaurants, selected drinks during mealtimes, activities with the Coastal Experience Team, and a variety of included excursions.

  • Spend several hours getting to know each place we visit, on optional excursions or in small-group activities with the onboard Coastal Experience Team.

  • Sail the summer voyage to experience 24-hour daylight in northern Norway and to see Lofoten, Senja, and Hjørundfjord at their most vibrant.

  • The winter voyage carries our unique Northern Lights Promise and brings you to highlights of the coast such as Alta, the North Cape, and Stavanger.

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Included in your voyage

  • Accommodation: Choose the location of your Arctic Superior, Polar Outside, or Polar Inside cabin or your Expedition Suite. Expedition Suites are found on the upper decks and feature private balconies or large windows.

  • All meals: Each day of your voyage on board, enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the ship’s main restaurant Aune or bistro Fredheim. Guests who are staying in suites also have all meals at fine-dining restaurant Lindstrøm included, which is available as an upgrade for cabin guests.

  • Selected drinks: House wine, house beer, soft drinks, and still and sparkling water are included for all guests during mealtimes in all our restaurants. Outside mealtimes, complimentary coffee, tea, and potable water that has been purified on board are available throughout the day. An upgraded beverage package is also available.

  • Selected excursions: Each voyage has a handful of excursions already included. This could be activities such as entrance to a museum, a ride on a cable car high above a fjord, or a guided tour of an idyllic fishing village.

  • Ship activities: There are lectures from the German-speaking onboard Coastal Experience Team about history and culture in Norway. The team also runs hands-on arts and crafts sessions and offers useful camera tips and techniques to improve your photography skills.

  • Ship facilities: Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi (speeds vary). Have full use of the ship’s heated outdoor pool, two outdoor hot tubs, the sauna with panoramic views, the fitness room, the library, and the science centre with its advanced biological and geological equipment.

Hamburg sailings in 2025

From May 2025, sailings from Hamburg on MS Otto Sverdrup will be part of the North Cape Express. Click here for more information and to book your voyage.

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The Northern Lights dancing over Hamnoy in the Lofoten archipelago.

Sensational seasons

With departure dates spanning Norway’s four seasons, your hardest decision is choosing when to go. Spring in April and May offers the best of both sun and snow. Summer is when the Midnight Sun reigns supreme, conjuring long hazy days amidst serene fjords.  

By September, an autumnal crispness is in the air as the colours of the coast change. The dancing ribbons of the Northern Lights lay claim to the skies in winter, mesmerising all who witness them.

Handpicked highlights

Each voyage is a chance to discover the beauty and charms of the Norwegian coast. Browse the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and fish market in Bergen. Stand on the high cliffs at North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe.  

In between, you’ll sail through the planet’s most scenic fjords, gaze at dramatic mountain ranges that rise straight up from the sea, and admire picturesque fishing villages and huts that cling to island chains. Each mile offers hidden views and a timeless glimpse of life here.   

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Dog sledding, Tromso, Norway

See more of Norway

Optional and included excursions let you see and learn about the Norwegian coast from different perspectives. Visit museums, modern cathedrals, and remote fishing villages, and enjoy mini concerts performed by local musicians. 

Paddle a kayak across sparkling fjords, ride gondolas and funiculars into the mountains, or hike through wild and windswept landscapes. Join active winter pursuits like snowshoeing and sledding, perhaps under garlands of aurora in the sky above.  

Discover Norway’s Coastal Kitchen

Your ship has three restaurants, each named after a historic place or person connected to Norwegian exploration heritage. The food concept on board is the same as the rest of the Hurtigruten fleet: local flavours, local ingredients, local talent. 

You’ll find your ship is a floating pantry and kitchen that picks from the best produce the bountiful Norwegian coast has to offer. Each region has its own speciality and so does each season. Your eyes and your tastebuds will savour Norwegian cuisine how it’s meant to be experienced. 

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MS Otto Sverdrup Norway Winter HGR 163998 Kay Fochtmann

Your home at sea

We’re proud to introduce you to MS Otto Sverdrup, your home for these voyages. The ship runs on hybrid-powered engines which cut NOx and CO2 emissions, and is equipped with shore-power connectivity for zero emissions whenever docked in ports that support shore power. 

Named after a 19th-century Norwegian polar explorer who was a contemporary of other greats like Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, MS Otto Sverdrup boasts a heated outdoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, and a spa that offers various massages and treatments.