- Discover our entire original coastal route with 34 ports of call, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains
- Start off in Oslo and travel along the famous Norway in a Nutshell route to Bergen via Flam and Voss. Includes a ride on one of the worlds most scenic railway trips, The Flam Railway
- Cross the Arctic Circle and hunt the Northern Lights
- Wide choice of optional excursions and onboard Hurtigruten Guides who lead included activities and interpret the cultural and natural treasures on your voyage
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Under the dancing skies of the Northern Lights, travel from the cosmopolitan capital, Oslo, to the top of Norway and Europe, The North Cape by rail, bus, ship and gondola! Journey along some of the world's most scenic and beautiful railways as you travel through the snow-covered countryside to Bergen via Flam and Voss. With a range of authentic Norwegian experiences, majestic fjords and friendly locals - discover this and so much more on this 16-day classic voyage.
- Day 1 Oslo
- Day 2 Flåm
- Day 3 Voss
- Day 4 Bergen
- Day 5 Bergen
- Day 6 Florø - Molde
- Day 7 Kristiansund - Rørvik
- Day 8 Brønnøysund - Svolvær
- Day 9 Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
- Day 10 Øksfjord - Berlevåg
- Day 11 Båtsfjord - Berlevåg
- Day 12 Mehamn - Tromsø
- Day 13 Tromsø - Stamsund
- Day 14 Bodø - Rørvik
- Day 15 Trondheim - Ålesund
- Day 16 Ålesund - Bergen
DAY 1 : Oslo
Arrive In Oslo
Arrive in Oslo and spend the day exploring the historical and beautiful Norwegian capital.
Its compact size makes it ideal to discover and experience the best, the city has to offer. For the cultural lovers, the Bydgdøy peninsula is home to several museums like the outdoor museum, Folkemuseet and the Viking ship museum. Downtown Oslo, is bustling with trendy restaurants, bars, cafes and open spaces such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Ekeberg Park.
At the heart of the city is the Royal Palace, home to the Norwegian Royal family since work began in 1814.
DAY 2 : Flåm
Oslo - Myrdal - Flåm
After breakfast, make your own way to Oslo Central Railway Station to commence your ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ adventure by boarding the train to Myrdal. Enjoy one of the world's most scenic rail journeys as you travel from Oslo through farmland, past snow-covered forests and glacial peaks.
At Myrdal join the famous Flåm Railway - a marvel of railway engineering, descending more than 900 metres to the town of Flåm. Take time to explore at your the town and even a visit to the local brewery or the Flåm railway museum.
DAY 3 : Voss
Flåm - Gudvangen - Voss
After breakfast, board the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, enjoying the spectacular views as you pass through the narrow Nærøyfjord. Known for its snow-capped mountain peaks, deep valleys, fast-flowing rivers and thunderous waterfalls, the journey along the valley from Gudvangen to Voss is as beautiful as it sounds.
For those wanting a view to remember, take the Voss Gondola to the summit of Mount Hanguren (820 metres above sea level). The panoramic views of the snow covered valley and surrounding areas are more than worth the journey.
DAY 4 : Bergen
Voss - Bergen
Spend the morning exploring Voss, before taking the train for the last bit of your journey to Bergen. Once you arrive in Bergen, take the afternoon to explore this colourful gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains a great deal of its character, charm and history. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.
You may enjoy a stroll in the cobblestone alleyways, a bite at an outdoor café or restaurant, a trip on the Fløibanen funicular or a visit to the famous fish market.
DAY 5 : Bergen
Gateway to the Fjords
Following breakfast and another chance to explore this picturesque city, join the ship at the port to begin your voyage towards the Arctic circle and the Northern Lights.
After we depart, enjoy a tasty dinner buffet made from fresh coastal produce. We sail north from Bergen along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or in our panorama lounge.
Seven of our ships along the Norwegian Coast have Hurtigruten Guides. You are welcome to join them on hikes during many of our port stays or enjoy onboard lectures and activities.
TIME IN PORT:
- Bergen: 14.30 - 21.30 all year
- Want to know when the different ships are in port? See the complete sailing plan here
DAY 6 : Florø - Molde
Architectural and Natural Masterpieces
Enjoy the early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. We then sail past West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.
Art Nouveau city
Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and famed Atlanterhavsparken aquarium. Our tour to the aquarium includes a visit to see resident penguins before we continue to nearby Mount Aksla for an amazing view.
Mountains and roses
Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ because of its lovely municipal gardens. This attractive coastal town has an amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ‘the Molde Panorama’.
TIME IN PORT
- Florø: 03.30 – 03.40
- Måløy: 05.40 – 05.50
- Torvik: 08.30 – 08.40
- Ålesund: 18.30 – 19.30/17.50 – 19.30*
- Molde: 22.15 – 22.45**
*Ålesund winter and spring: 09.45 – 13.30
**Molde winter and Spring: 16.15 – 19.00
Kayaking in ÅlesundJoin us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant town of Ålesund and learn more about its history and Art Nouveau influence.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaGet a bird´s-eye-view of the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund from a nearby mountain before visiting the expansive saltwater Atlanterhavsparken aquarium.
Art Nouveau Walk (Spring & Winter)Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover the history and culture of this elegant Art Nouveau town.
Art Nouveau Walk (Autumn)Ålesund is best known for its vibrant Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover the hidden charms of this Norwegian coastal town.
DAY 7 : Kristiansund - Rørvik
History and Charm
Charming Trondheim is home to great history and a rich cultural life.
Magical, medieval and modern
Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is a unique mix of the ancient and modern. Join our optional excursion to the soaring Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s only gothic cathedral and the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason). Marvel at the cathedral’s exquisite works of art, architectural details and medieval statues.
Excursions for every taste
From September to May, experience Trondheim with a unique carriage tour on the world’s northernmost tram line. You can also explore Trondheim by kayak on the River Nid or experience the city by bicycle. You can also join the Hurtigruten Guides for a hike to discover more of the area.
Back on board
In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the Kjeungskjær lighthouse, islets and rocky reefs. After sailing through the narrow channel of Stokksund, we head towards charming Rørvik.
TIME IN PORT
- Kristiansund: 02.15 – 02.30 (winter & spring 22.30 – 01.30)
- Trondheim: 10.00 – 13.15
- Rørvik: 22.15 – 22.30
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralLearn more about Trondheim by visiting one of its most famous landmarks, Nidaros Cathedral. Take in the whole city from the famous Utsikten viewpoint and enjoy a bus tour of the city.
Trondheim City WalkExplore Trondheim while learning about its history and culture from a local guide. See all the best sights of the city, from Stiftsgården to the bridge that locals call “The Portal of Happiness”.
Kayaking on the River NidSee the city’s main attractions from water level inside a kayak. Paddle down Trondheim’s waterways and get some exercise while learning more about this exciting city.
DAY 8 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Welcome to the Arctic!
Today we cross the Arctic Circle, marking your best chance to see Northern Lights. We mark the occasion with a fun Arctic Circle ceremony on deck.
Forces of nature
Ørnes is the site of Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen.
That afternoon, the 1,000 metre-high Lofoten Wall looms on the horizon, ushering us towards majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches.
Meet the Vikings
At Stamsund, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are welcomed into the chieftain’s house for a real Viking feast.
Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you can experience life on an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, in Svolvær.
As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord, a dramatic natural wonder that should not be missed.
TIME IN PORT
- Brønnøysund: 01.45 – 01.55
- Sandnessjøen: 04.35 – 04.45
- Nesna: 05.55 – 06.05
- Ørnes: 09.45 – 09.55
- Bodø: 12.40 – 15.00
- Stamsund: 19.00 – 19.30
- Svolvær: 21.00 – 22.00
Arctic Coastal WalkJoin us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenAfter a tour of the town of Bodø, visit the strongest tidal current in the world at the Saltstraumen maelstroms.
Meet the Vikings (Winter)Step back in time and experience life in the Viking Age at the Lofotr Viking Museum. Enjoy an authentic Viking meal and watch your hosts perform traditional rituals.
Lofotpils BreweryIf you’re a beer enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this tour of Lofoten’s first craft brewery. Meet the owner of Lofotpils and learn how they brew the perfect beer.
DAY 9 : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
In the Footsteps of Polar Heroes
Polar history and beer
We then sail to the Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Join our `Polar History Walk´ in winter to learn more about explorers and Arctic hunters, and taste beer from the world’s northernmost brewery.
Beyond your imagination
Throughout the winter, complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling dog-sledding ride, as huskies pull you over the frozen landscape past stunning views of the snowy plateaus. The only light during the polar night comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights.
Why not have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure, or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord? All year, you can join the Hurtigruten Guides for hikes and discover more of the Tromsø area.
Sailing from Tromsø, we continue to search for the Northern Lights.
TIME IN PORT:
- Stokmarknes: 01.00 – 01.15
- Sortland: 02.45 – 03.00
- Risøyhamn: 04.15 – 04.30
- Harstad: 06.45 – 07.45
- Finnsnes: 11.00 – 11.30
- Tromsø: 14.15 – 18.30
- Skjervøy: 22.30 – 22.45
The Arctic Capital TromsøTour the city’s best spots from the Arctic Cathedral to the world’s northernmost aquarium, including taking the cable car up for mountaintop views over Tromsø.
Dog Sledding (Tromsø)Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.
Polar History WalkGo on this guided walk through the city of Tromsø and learn about the Arctic capital’s fascinating history. Visit the Polar Museum and taste local beer at Tromsø’s oldest pub.
Cross-Country SkiingWith fluffy, soft snow each winter, it’s no surprise that skiing is a popular pastime in Norway. Enjoy an introductory skiing lesson, before going for a gentle cross-country skiing trip.
Snowshoeing In TromsøMake your way across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, exploring Tromsøya Island in a unique way. End the visit with a toboggan ride and a relaxing break by the bonfire.
DAY 10 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg
Top of the World - North Cape
Experience the North Cape
After a brief stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Havøysund the world’s northernmost fishing village. One of the most popular excursions is a visit to the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent marked by the photogenic globe monument.
Sailing north and Northern Lights
The ship continues north into the heartland of the Sámi people. Visit Kjøllefjord, where you can learn about the Sámi way of life and hear traditional joiking (song).
In winter, you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip across snowy plains and perhaps spot the Northern Lights in the starry sky.
TIME IN PORT:
- Øksfjord: 02.00 – 02.15
- Hammerfest: 05.15 – 06.00
- Havøysund: 08.45 – 09.15
- Honningsvåg: 11.15 – 14.45
- Kjøllefjord: 17.00 – 17.15
- Mehamn: 19.15 – 19.30
- Berlevåg: 22.00 – 22.15
The North CapeCross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
The North Cape ExclusiveThis private tour of the North Cape with your own guide is an exclusive experience reserved for our Platinum fare guests.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a tour to visit two colourful fishing villages and discover Christmas, whatever the time of year, at the very top of Norway.
Snowmobile Trip In The ArcticDrive your own snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape from one port to the next, hopefully under the Northern Lights.
DAY 11 : Båtsfjord - Berlevåg
Russian Border and Turning Point
Streets with Russian names
The Russian border is a just few kilometres from Kirkenes and you’ll notice local road signs in both Norwegian and Russian. There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier: canoeing, hiking or bus.
Kirkenes offers a wide range of classic winter activities, like dog-sledging, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and visiting an Arctic Ice Dome.
Southbound and down
As the ship starts its voyage south, remember that you’ve seen only half of what Norway’s coastline offers. The ports we visited by night going north are now seen by day.
TIME IN PORT:
- Båtsfjord: 24.00 – 00.15
- Vardø: 03.15 – 03.30
- Vadsø: 06.45 – 07.15
- Kirkenes: 09.00 – 12.30
- Vardø: 15.45 – 16.45
- Båtsfjord: 19.45 – 20.15
- Berlevåg: 21.45 – 22.00
The Norwegian BorderExplore the area around Storskog, a border station located on Norway’s easternmost edge, and enjoy views over the town of Kirkenes from Prestfjellet Mountain.
Snowmobile SafariStart your engines and ride your own snowmobile across the icy fjord landscape and deep into the snow-covered wilderness.
Kirkenes Snow HotelExplore the beautifully decorated Snowhotel and Norway’s largest ice bar. Greet the reindeers and huskies that live close by.
Husky TourBe immersed in the Arctic wilderness on a three-hour husky sled ride that brings you through forests, across plains, and over frozen lakes.
DAY 12 : Mehamn - Tromsø
Unmatched Arctic Scenery
Around midnight we dock at Mehamn with the option to join in winter a snowmobile trip to hunt the Aurora.
Following a stop at Honningsvåg, the ship continues then to Hammerfest, where you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition and learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrøm.
With a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy, we return to Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. You may want to drop by Ølhallen, a classic pub for a friendly beer.
TIME IN PORT:
- Mehamn: 00.45 – 01.00
- Kjøllefjord: 02.45 – 03.00
- Honningsvåg: 05.30 – 05.45
- Havøysund: 07.45 – 08.00
- Hammerfest: 10.45 – 12.45
- Øksfjord: 15.30 – 15.45
- Skjervøy: 19.15 – 19.45
- Tromsø: 23.45 – 01.30
The Northernmost Town In The WorldJoin us on a coach tour that explores and explains the events that have shaped Hammerfest, a town at the top of Europe.
Snowmobile Trip in the Polar NightJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile tour into the polar night across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
Into The Ice: Stories Of A Polar HeroGet outdoors and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history on this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
Midnight Concert in the Arctic CathedralStep into the architecturally impressive modern Arctic Cathedral at midnight for a magical classical concert by candlelight.
DAY 13 : Tromsø - Stamsund
Lofoten, Where Nature Amazes
We arrive in Harstad, where you can join the excursion A taste of Vesterålen.
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning natural scenery of the entire voyage. Lofoten is renowned for its steep mountains, sandy beaches, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages.
Go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten Museum. Continuing south, we slip through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, past peaks rising 1,000 metres from the sea.
We now reach spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long, 100 m wide and surrounded by majestic mountains. If possible, we sail inside, where the dramatic landscape inspires images of fairy tales and trolls. Just north, you can opt to see sea eagles up close by boat.
Heart of Lofoten
TIME IN PORT:
- Tromsø: 23.45 – 01.30
- Finnsnes: 04.15 – 04.45
- Harstad: 07.45 – 08.30
- Risøyhamn: 10.45 – 11.00
- Sortland: 12.30 – 13.00
- Stokmarknes: 14.15 – 15.15
- Svolvær: 18.30 – 20.30
- Stamsund: 22.00 – 22.30
A Taste of VesterålenThis popular, classic excursion takes you on a sightseeing tour of Harstad and Trondenes. Top the day off with a hot drink and fresh cakes on Gullesfjord.
Lofoten by HorseDiscover the coastline of Gimsøy on horseback. These Icelandic horses are suitable for beginners or experienced riders.
Discover a Fishing VillageJoin us on a guided walk through the fishing village of Svinøya. Visit an original rorbu hut to learn about life as a fisherman, and taste locally produced stockfish.
DAY 14 : Bodø - Rørvik
Across the Arctic Circle
Celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a fun ceremony highlighted by a spoonful of cod liver oil.
Mountain with a hole
As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you’ll see the strange mountain Torghatten, famous for its distinctive hole in the centre. The opening is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age. If the weather allows, join a hike with your guides up the mountain.
Myths and legends
We also sail past the Seven Sisters mountain range – with peaks up to 1,100 m high. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters got caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus the seven beautiful peaks.
Charming coastal town
Brønnøysund is a pretty little town that offers a charming high street and marina. You can join an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre for an interesting tour and taste of fresh salmon.
TIME IN PORT:
- Bodø: 02.30 – 03.45
- Ørnes: 06.40 – 06.50
- Nesna: 10.25 – 10.35
- Sandnessjøen: 11.45 – 12.15
- Brønnøysund: 15.00 – 17.30
- Rørvik: 21.00 – 21.30
Visit the SalmonLearn about the salmon lifecycle, as well as salmon fishing and farming in this hands-on tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre in Toft.
DAY 15 : Trondheim - Ålesund
Rich History and Living Culture
We revisit Trondheim to further explore it´s colourful history! Be sure to join our excursion Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral to learn more about one of the most sacred buildings in all of Norway.
Fishing, scenery and excursions
From there we call at Kristiansund, a city spread across four islands with an excellent harbour that has been active since the Stone Age. Today, it is Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its centuries-old export of dried fish. Be sure to join an excursion to Bergtatt marble mine, which includes going inside a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’.
Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will cross the open sea to Molde, known as Norway's ‘City of Roses’. Along the way, you will take in the steep peaks of the Romsdal Alps on the horizon.
TIME IN PORT:
- Trondheim: 06.30 – 09.45
- Kristiansund: 16.30 – 17.00
- Molde: 21.00 – 21.30
- Ålesund: 00.30 – 01.00
Trondheim With Nidaros CathedralTake a bus tour of Trondheim, an ancient city rich in history and culture that also serves as one of Norway’s major academic and research centres
The Hidden Rooms of Nidaros CathedralExplore secret chambers deep inside Trondheim´s ancient Nidaros Cathedral as part of this exclusive tour reserved for our Platinum fare guests.
Bergtatt – Magnificent Marble MineJourney down into Bergtatt, a marble and limestone mine deep inside the mountain and take a raft ride onto the illuminated subterranean lake.
DAY 16 : Ålesund - Bergen
A Fjord Farewell
During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, but before we dock in Bergen, there is some fascinating scenery ahead of us.
Glaciers and lush farmland
We sail through picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. This rugged coastal region features farms with fruit orchards and glacial fingers that stretch towards glistening lakes. In the morning, we call at Florø.
Back to Bergen
We navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and enjoy superb views of the island-studded coastline before you disembark in Bergen.
We hope you will take home memories of stunning nature, wildlife and fascinating culture, and we hope to see you onboard again in the near future!
Enjoy even more of Norway
To see more of Norway, we highly recommend our excursion Bergen City Sightseeing (only sold on board) or join one of our Post-programmes to experience more Norwegian cuisine, culture and scenery.
TIME IN PORT:
- Ålesund: 00.30 – 01.00
- Torvik: 02.15 – 02.30
- Måløy: 05.15 – 05.45
- Florø: 07.45 – 08.15
- Bergen: 14.30
Included in your voyage
- 4 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in 4 star hotels
- Norway in a Nutshell combination ticket including seat reservations if required (train/bus/ferry Bergen-Myrdal-Flam-Gudvangen-Voss-Bergen)
- Hurtigruten shuttle from Bergen railway station to hotel
- Hurtigruten shuttle from Bergen hotel to ship
- Hurtigruten Classic Round Trip voyage in cabin grade of your choice
Everything you need for an adventure (on board the ship only):
- 12-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
- Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
- Onboard 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 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
- Presentation of excursion programmes
- Point of interest presentations out on deck
- Loan of trekking poles, snow shoes, head lamps, ice-spikes needed for optional hikes depending on season and conditions
- Captain’s dinner and a farewell event
Not included in your voyage
- International flights
- Optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Hikes with Hurtigruten guides
- Transfers other than those specified
- During the land tour prior to the voyage only breakfast is included, once on board the ship all meals are included
- The Oslo to Bergen (Norway in a Nutshell) sector of the trip is self-guided and does not have a tour escort. Once on board the ship you have access to our Tour Leaders.
- Prices are in AUD per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
- Not all cabin 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.
Life on board
- Your Coastal Experience Team
- Young Explorers
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- Formalities and Travel Documents for The Coastal Express Voyages
- Frequently Asked Questions: Hurtigruten Cruises
- What to pack for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Flight Information
- Our fares
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