Kirkenes - Hammerfest - Svolvær

Norwegian Border to Lofoten

On The Coastal Express

Price from

€440

Departures

Regular departures

Duration

3 days

Ships

A group of people on a rock next to a body of water

Norwegian Border to Lofoten

Price from

€440

Voyage overview

Savour the view of the Arctic wild in Finnmark before visiting Honningsvåg, Hammerfest and Tromsø. Then you can enjoy the daytime voyage through Vesterålen and Lofoten, which is regarded as the most beautiful stretch by many of our guests.

Along the way, you can go along to talks and take part in activities with our Coastal Experience Team.

  • Admire the landscapes of Northern Norway, Lofoten, and Vesterålen during the day

  • Chances of experiencing the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer

  • Explore the attractions of Arctic towns like Vardø and Hammerfest

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

All Aboard!

Kirkenes – right on the border

All Aboard!

Kirkenes – right on the border

Your voyage begins in the Arctic in the town of Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Norwegian border, but further east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul.

WWII history

For those interested in history, the Varanger Museum in Kirkenes has exhibits about the town’s ordeal during WWII; bombed a total of 328 times in four years, making it the most bombed place during the war after Malta.

For more insights into this sombre period, visit the Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter which can house up to 2,500 people underground.

Norway’s northern frontier

In the port of Vardø, you’ll find the star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress, built in 1737. The northernmost fortification of any kind, it remains a part of the military to this day.

We cruise Norway’s coastline to arrive in the small port of Båtsfjord in the evening and then on to Berlevåg. You might be able to make out Mount Tanahorn to the west, or see Kjølnes Lighthouse blinking atop a cliff overlooking the Barents Sea.

An aerial view of the Norwegian port town of Hammerfest

Day 2

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.

The northernmost city

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

If you’re visiting in winter, you might spot 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, you can stroll around the still busy city in glorious 24-hour daylight.

MS Trollfjord sailing in Trollfjord in Norway

Day 3

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

High Peaks and Idyllic Islands

Svolvær – at the heart of Lofoten

Today, you’ll be exploring the archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen, real highlights of our Norway scenic route.

After Finnsnes early in the morning, the ship calls at Harstad where the white-washed Trondenes Church, the world’s northernmost medieval stone church, sits on the peninsula.

Next is our smallest port of call Risøyhamn and then Sortland where the landscape slowly transforms from hills to 1,000-metre-high mountains.

Our birthplace

Stokmarknes is where Captain Richard With began The Coastal Express in 1893. Visit Hurtigrutemuseet, a ship-in-a-bottle building that chronicles our legacy, centred around retired ship MS Finnmarken from 1956.

A ship-sized fjord

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

Last stop in Lofoten

We reach Svolvær in the evening, the last stop on your voyage with us. The huge mountain that sits above the town is named the Svolvær Goat due to its supposed resemblance. See if you agree!

3-Day Norwegian Voyage | Kirkenes to Svolvær

About your trip

What's included

  • Cruise with Hurtigruten in an unspecified cabin. Your cabin will be allocated when you check in

What's Not Included

  • Flights and transfers

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional seasonal excursions

  • Luggage handling

Notes

  • 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