The famous Hurtigruten vessels have been transporting visitors along Norway's magnificent West coast for over 100 years. This voyage takes you north from the beautiful, historic city of Bergen to Kirkenes in the far Arctic wilderness. Sailing through beautiful fjords and past many islands, explore the rugged coastline and a collection of the country's natural wonders. There is also the chance to enjoy various excursions en route.
Your seven day journey to the high north starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. After embarkation enjoy a tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in one of the panorama lounges.
If you wake up early, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. Sail past the West Cape and then out into open sea, before the ship navigates through skerries and islands, towards Ålesund. In summer, we set course for spectacular, UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing sheer, 800m high cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. In winter, you can enjoy a colourful and enlightening presentation about the Aurora Borealis on board tonight. N.B. ONLY guests on a pre-booked excursion can disembark the vessel at Geiranger.
Optional excursions today: Taste of Norway, Mountain Hike in Hjørundfjord, Geiranger and Trollstigen Pass, Art Nouveau walk or Aquarium and Mount Askla in Alesund.
Wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings here create a beautiful and almost mythical setting. Explore the city on foot or enjoy an optional excursion.In autumn you can join the optional trip out to Munkholmen. Originally this was an ancient place of execution, before becoming a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station. In the afternoon the ship sails northwest, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. In autumn you can learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain's talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.
Optional excursions today: Nidaros Cathedral and Ringve Museum, Trondheim and Nidaros, Kayaking on River Nid and small channels, Cycling in Bakkland district, Munkholmen visit.
The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘Midnight Sun'. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. In spring there will be a presentation on board where your can learn more about the millions of migrating birds returning to the Arctic Coast during the nesting period. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, Crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis', where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord', which took place here in the winter of 1890.
Optional excursions today: Svartisen Glacier, Bødø winter hike, Bødø and Saltstraumen, Meet the Vikings, Highlights of Lofoten.
In summer, early birds can go ashore in Risøyhamn for our whale-watching excursion. The ship continues to Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring you can complete your stay in Tromsø with an optional thrilling husky dog sledge ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquillity of the sea in summer, why not join us on an optional kayaking excursion, or participate in an optional mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.
Optional excursions today: Tromso - Artic Capital, Dog-sledding, Scenery and Huskies, Polar History tour, Kayaking, Whale watching, Mountain Hiking in Tromso.
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world's most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the optional bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark's largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, and as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Every so often local fishermen visit us during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod) with us out on deck. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as exploring the wonderful scenery all year round on our different optional excursions. In winter you can join us on an unforgettable optional snowmobile trip to one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas.
Optional excursions today: Honningsvåg – North Cape or Bird Safari, Sami culture, Snowmobile in the Arctic, Sami harvest, Honningsvåg – to a Fishing Village or take a cultural walk.
Those up early enough will see Vadsø and then just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes at 30° East. The city that sees you further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg, is where your Northbound voyage ends.
Pre and post cruise extensions: add to your voyage with these great short tours:
Travel from Oslo to Bergen or vice versa on the fantastic Norway in a Nutshell (all year) tour which includes a trip on the delightful Flam Railway.
Add an overnight Husky Safari from Kirkenes with our Introduction to Dog Sledding (Dec-Apr) tour.