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Norway Travel Guide

Norway’s wild and dramatic coastline is made for expedition-style adventure. Sailing here for almost 130 years, we’re the experts, showing you both its highlights and its hidden gems.

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Why Cruise to Norway with Hurtigruten

Join an expedition cruise to Norway! These expeditions are the perfect choice to uncover gems of the stunning Norwegian coast, exclusively handpicked by those who know it best. Explore the most scenic spots the coastline has to offer and enjoy included excursions to experience even more. Instead of short visits to lots of ports, we spend several hours to really get to know each area, giving you ample time in the magnificent scenery to bask in summer’s Midnight Sun or gaze up at the Northern Lights.

Reasons to Cruise to Norway

Drawing on our decades of sailing the coast every day for more than 125 years, we’ve created new itineraries that include some of our personal favourite places along the coast, taking you to special spots few know about let alone visit.

More to explore

Our ships will dock for half a day or a full day, giving you several hours to really experience each place. Most days will feature an included excursion and you’ll have a wide range of optional excursions to choose from as well.

Experts by your side

The Expedition Team will be there to guide you as you discover the beauty and charm of the Norwegian coast. Through talks and lectures, they’ll enhance your experience with insights that can only come from intimate, local knowledge. You’ll explore topics that relate to Norwegian culture, history, food, wildlife, geology, and much more. The ship’s onboard Science Center will be your hub of discovery where you can study microscopic samples and learn about Citizen Science projects.

Home-grown on the coast

Norway is at the forefront of a culinary revolution. Its pantry is the bountiful Norwegian coast. Fresh-as-can-be ingredients are grown, plucked, and harvested naturally all along the coast, and delivered directly to our chefs in the ports we bring you to. From handmade Lofoten ice-cream, artisanal cheeses, and succulent king crab, you’ll be able to savour the finest food Norway has to offer in our onboard restaurants during your expedition cruise.

All the wonders of the coast

Our expedition cruises bring you to explore some of Norway’s best fjords, be it the likes of Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, or Hjørundfjord. You’ll go to the top of the European continent at North Cape or perhaps all the way to the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Behold Norway’s most photographed fishing village in Reine, browse petite bookshops in Fjærland, or enjoy a concert at the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta. Remote yet ruggedly beautiful islands such as Senja, Træna and Værlandet are hidden treasures that few get to visit, just waiting for you to discover them. And of course, there’s the light. In winter, between October and March, the Northern Lights colour Norway’s night skies, making our Christmas and New Year’s sailing that much more magical. Come summer, Norway above the Arctic Circle becomes the land of eternal daylight, even at midnight, granting you extra sunlight hours to explore even more.

Wildlife in Norway

Add some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife to Norway’s stunning landscape, and you can easily see why it’s one of the best destinations in the world for wildlife lovers. From the predatory white-tailed eagles that rule the sky to the whales along the coast – Norway is a wilderness of peerless beauty.

Activities in Norway

The Norwegian Coast is ideal for exploration all year round. Discover its magnificent landscapes, wonderful wildlife, historic landmarks and unique culture through a range of activities. You can go dogsledding in the Arctic, kayak in breathtaking fjords, visit the top of the world at the North Cape, or meet Sámi reindeer herders.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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