Bergen - Kirkenes

The Coastal Express – North & The Snowhotel

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€1,908

Full board

Departure Dates

15 departures between Jan 2025 and Mar 2025

Duration

8 days

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Visit Kirkenes Snow hotel

The Coastal Express – North & The Snowhotel

Price from

€1,908

Voyage overview

Experience this journey on the Coastal Express - North along Norway’s rugged coastline. Discover countless fjords, snow-capped mountains and majestic waterfalls, before crossing into the Arctic Circle and a world of adventure, excitement and natural beauty. Rounded off with a stay at the iconic Snowhotel.

  • Discover snow-capped mountains and majestic waterfalls that tumble into the fjords below.

  • Meet some of Norway’s unique residents from whales, dolphins and birds that thrive along this stretch of coast before crossing into the Arctic Circle and a world of adventure, excitement and natural beauty.

  • Enjoy a unique Arctic experience at the Snowhotel, which as the name would suggest is constructed entirely from snow and ice, and decorated with snow sculptures.

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

Your adventure begins!

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

Your adventure begins!

Bergen – gateway to the fjords

Fly from London Heathrow to Bergen, the second-largest city in Norway and gateway to the fjords. Regional flights are available for a supplement – contact us for details.

If you’ve time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs of the colourful Bryggen district, now an artisan quarter complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous Fish Market serving up delicious seafood. There’s also the Fløibanen funicular which whisks you up Mount Fløyen for stunning views of the city.

To get the most out of your visit to Norway, we can also to arrange tours before or after your voyage, such as the Norway in a Nutshell programme.

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 Hjeltefjord.

You’ll also meet your ship’s Coastal Experts who will be your guides as we cruise Norway’s coastline, organising lectures, onboard activities, and optional hikes.

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. We then sail past 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 travelling 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.

*Notes:

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 autumn, 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 be enough daylight to see the amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ‘the Molde Panorama’.

From mid-June to late August, the streets and gardens here will be adorned with the sight and scent of roses of all shades, living up to Molde’s nickname as ‘The City of Roses’.

Time in port:

  • Florø: 02:45 - 03:00

  • Måløy: 05:15 - 05:30

  • Torvik: 08:20 - 08:30

  • (01.11-31.03) Ålesund: 09:45 - 20:00

    • (01.04 – 31.05* & 01.09-31.10) Ålesund: 09:45 - 10:00 & 18:00 - 20:00

    • (01.04-31.05* & 01.09-31.10) Urke: 12:15 - 15:45 

    • (01.06-31.08) Ålesund: 09:45 - 10:00 & 19:00 - 20:00

    • (01.06-31.08) Geiranger: 14:25 - 14:45 

  • Molde: 22:35 - 23:05

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 sees us enter the Trøndelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-lying coastal settlements.

Magical, medieval, and modern

Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is Norway’s third largest city and a mix of historic buildings and a vibrant student population.

You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its array of highlights, either by yourself or on one of the optional excursions we offer.

A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed “Norway’s Notre Dame” for its Gothic style and 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 neighbourhood’s colourful wooden wharves propped up on stilts by the river’s edge now house a variety of eateries. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort which has beautiful panoramas of the city and fjord.

Back on board

In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the ochre-coloured Kjeungskjær Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we 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, you can see the sun 24 hours a day in summer, while in winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights greatly improve.

Forces of nature

At 10:00, we call into Ørnes, near to Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the Love Bench where sweethearts have declared their lasting romance with a padlock.

We then sail to Bodø, the second largest city in Northern Norway, 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

That afternoon, the ship enters the Lofoten archipelago. The 1,000 metre-high Lofoten Wall is a stunning sight on the horizon, as if there to welcome us.

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

Come evening, when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer, you’ve arrived in the pretty harbour of Svolvær, 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 into Harstad just after 07:00. You can go for 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 on the lookout for a variety of seabirds with several colonies nearby, including puffins.

Gateway to the Arctic

We then 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 centre exhibiting environmental research in the Arctic with a small aquarium. 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 cafés offering delicious cinnamon buns where baristas create innovative coffee art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, you should be able to see the iconic Arctic Cathedral with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Leaving Tromsø in the early evening, we 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 summer, the island has herds of reindeer migrating here in their thousands.

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

At the top of Europe

We arrive at Honningsvåg mid-morning, 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 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 life reindeer herding, and listen to joik folk songs.

Continuing north

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

The ship then sets off for Berlevåg. On the way, we pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the northernmost mainland lighthouse on Earth.

Time in port:

Visit the Kirkenes Snow Hotel

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 in the night, before docking at Vadsø early in the morning.

Looking 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 travelled further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul. You’ll have a choice of optional excursions to explore the area.

Snowhotel

Kirkenes is where your Norwegian coastal north ends on board the ship. After leaving the ship, you'll be transferred to the Snowhotel about 10km outside Kirkenes. Made from several tonnes of snow and ice, the large, extended igloo makes a lasting impression as soon as you see it. After checking in, you’ll want to explore the hotel, admiring the illuminated sculptures and wall carvings found throughout.

Settle into your Snow Suite for a good night's sleep, complete with thermal sleeping bags and snow sculptures.

Time in port:

Inside the Kirkenes Snowhotel. A frozen blue chandelier, an ice front desk and snow walls

Day 8

Kirkenes & Goodbye

Kirkenes – right on the border

Kirkenes & Goodbye

Kirkenes – right on the border

After a night spent in the Snowhotel, take a warm shower or a morning session in the sauna to wake you up. Enjoy breakfast before your onward travel.

Fireworks in the sky

About your trip

What's included

  • 6-day voyage in cabin category of your choice

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen

  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

  • Flights / Transfers from London Heathrow

Engaging on-board activities and lectures:

  • Lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  

  • Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage

  • Opportunities to casually engage with the Hurtigruten Guides and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come

  • Port presentations providing destination insight

  • Excursion presentations

  • Point of interest presentations out on deck

  • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event  

Included within Post Programme

  • Overnight in a Snow Suite

  • warm clothing & thermal sleeping bag

  • transfers to/from hotels in Kirkenes or ship to/from Snowhotel

  • 3-course-dinner

  • welcome drink.

  • English-speaking instructor

  • Wi-FI

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional seasonal excursions 

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional hikes with our Coastal Experience Team

Notes

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

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.