Bergen - North Cape - Bergen – White Winter Expedition

Duration: 12 days

Departures: 2021:  7 Mar / 12 Mar / 18 Mar / 23 Mar / 29 Mar / 3 Apr / 9 Apr / 14 Apr / 20 Apr / 25 Apr
2022:  5 Mar / 10 Mar / 16 Mar / 21 Mar / 27 Mar
 
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$ 5399 per person
  • Explore Norway’s famed coast during its most beautiful winter season
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities in the far north
  • Visit fascinating coastal cities and snow-dusted remote villages
  • Benefit from cruising with the true Norway experts
Get acquainted with champion sledge dogs at local kennels.
Photo: Gian Rico Willy
Bergen - North Cape - Bergen
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Conor-Sheridan / Unsplash
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Spot the hole through the centre of snow-cloaked Torghatten mountain.
Photo: Terje Solbakk

Itinerary

Experience an early spring Norwegian Arctic expedition to lovely Honningsvåg and the legendary North Cape. Enjoy exciting winter activities under snow-clad peaks and skies that shift from brilliant blue to all colours of the rainbow. As we sail south to Bergen, enjoy the melting snow, powerful waterfalls, and the season’s first wildflowers on this unforgettable journey.
Day 1
Bergen
The Gateway to the Fjords
A view of a snow covered mountain
Take a cable car to the summit of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken.
Photo: GettyImages

Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen - a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. The ideal way to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords is by foot. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains much of its character, charm and history. Stroll in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

Take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen to soak in the sweeping views of the city, fjords, islands and distant North Sea. Back in town, spend some time in one of many cafés and restaurants, or visit the famous fish market.

After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. We sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.

Spend the rest of the evening getting to know the Expedition Team and fellow passengers, relaxing in the lounge, or soaking in the hot tub on deck.

A view of a snow covered mountain
Take a cable car to the summit of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken.
Photo: GettyImages
A large building with a mountain in the background
Step back into the Mid Ages along Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
A group of people riding on the back of a boat in the water
A large body of water with a city in the background
View Ålesund’s charming city centre and surroundings from atop Mt. Aksla.
Photo: shutterstock
A diver feeding a fish in an aquarium while people are watching.
Visit the remarkable Norwegian Aquarium.
Photo: Roger Engvik
Day 2
Ålesund - Half day
Art Nouveau City
A large body of water with a city in the background
View Ålesund’s charming city centre and surroundings from atop Mt. Aksla.
Photo: shutterstock

Today we dock in  Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned most of the town down and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau.

Feel like an invigorating hike? Climb the 412 steps to the top of Mount Aksla. Along the way, see two statues, one of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the other of the Viking Gange-Rolv, or Rollo, who is reputedly the forefather of William the Conqueror. At the summit, take in great views of Ålesund’s charming city centre and surrounding islands stretching into the Norwegian Sea.

Today’s included activity is visiting the Norwegian Aquarium. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund’s architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals and penguins.

You can also join other interesting optional excursions.

Day 3
Brønnøysund - Half day
Home of the Famed Torghatten
A couple of people that are standing in the snow
Join local guides to explore quaint Brønnøysund by foot.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline and is known for the dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its centre.

You can join local guides here on an included walk around town, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century.  

Brønnøysund is also known as the gateway to Vega Islands – a treasured UNESCO-listed archipelago. Join an optional excursion here to explore how generations of fishermen and farmers have maintained a sustainable way of life for centuries based on tradition of eider duck farming.

As we leave Brønnøysund, we will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful peaks.

In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.

A couple of people that are standing in the snow
Join local guides to explore quaint Brønnøysund by foot.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
A close up of a snow covered mountain
Pass the iconic Arctic Circle at Vikingen.
Photo: Alfred-Astrid Held
A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A house covered in snow
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Conor-Sheridan / Unsplash
Join members of our Expedition Team for various guided excursions around Lofoten.
Join members of our Expedition Team for various guided excursions around Lofoten.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 4
Reine and Svolvær - Full day
Magical Lofoten Archipelago
A house covered in snow
Visit Reine, one of the most photographed places in Norway.
Photo: Conor-Sheridan / Unsplash

Lofoten´s dramatic snowy peaks, hidden coves and pristine beaches are world famous. It is also is known for excellent fishing and picturesque villages.

You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea.

We dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Red and white fishermen’s huts dot the shoreline and surrounding snow-capped peaks shoot out of the sea here. It’s no wonder Reine is one of Norway’s most frequently photographed landscapes.

Care to discover the region’s history and culture? Join us on an included excursion to the time-honoured fishing village of Å to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum. You can also join other optional excursions in Lofoten.

After a lovely morning in Reine, we sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. The surrounding islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and sheltered bays offer many exciting winter activity opportunities like snowshoeing, skiing and even surfing (at Unstad). Solvær’s shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants provide a number of in-town activities.

After departing Lofoten, we sail to incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we will marvel at this unique natural wonder from its entrance.

Day 5
Tromsø - Full day
Arctic Winter Adventures
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
Photo: Shutterstock

If you’re looking for a winter wonderland with plenty of adventure, Tromsø is the perfect destination.

Tromsø’s many winter activities include dog-sledging, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. You can also explore the city’s fascinating history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a definite highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass mosaic and late-night Northern Lights concerts until the end of March.

Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride in the sky on the Fjellheisen Cable Car, taking in breathtaking views across the city, mountains and fjords, and possibly, the Northern Lights.

You also can join in other optional excursions like nature hikes with our Expedition Team, fjord boat trips and scenic bus rides.  

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
Photo: Shutterstock
A group of people on a beach
Ride the Fjellheisen cable car for winter activities and a sky-high view of Tromsø.
Photo: Getty Images
A group of clouds in the sky over a body of water
Take stunning photographs at North Cape.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A group of people standing on top of a snow covered bridge
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Moreau Pascal
Explore the wintry waterfront of charming Hønningsvåg.
Explore the wintry waterfront of charming Hønningsvåg.
Photo: Stefan Della Torre
Day 6
Honningsvåg - Full day
Edge of the World
A group of people standing on top of a snow covered bridge
Stand at the edge of the world atop North Cape.
Photo: Moreau Pascal

Today we dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg - the gateway to spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads back south.

You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole.

Stand at the edge of the 300 m high cliff gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape Hall.

Back at Honningsvåg, you take a stroll past charming houses, stop into nice shops and see a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II.

Day 7
Alta - Half day
Adventure in Aurora City
A large ship in the snow
Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral and learn about the Aurora Borealis.
Photo: Carina Dunkhorst

This is a perfect outdoor adventure destination, combining a wide range of winter activities with a personal, non-touristy vibe. You may join several optional excursions, like visiting a Sami family and an ice hotel or going dog-sledging.

Alta started out as a small Sami settlement some 500 years ago and is now the largest city in this part of Norway.

Did you know that Alta is the epicentre for groundbreaking research on the Northern Lights? This amazing phenomenon has amazed and frightened people for thousands of years. Alta lies directly under the Northern Lights oval and stable weather creates good viewing conditions. The Aurora is frequently seen here during winter. Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland even built an observatory near Alta, which led to his discovery of what causes the natural phenomenon.

Hurtigruten invites you to learn about this mystical light show during today’s included activity - an interactive exhibition revealing the truth about the Aurora Borealis at the Northern Lights Cathedral.

Alta is also a big dog-sledging town. Many of the dog-sledge teams competing in the annual Finnmark Race are located here, and some of those kennels can be visited.

A large ship in the snow
Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral and learn about the Aurora Borealis.
Photo: Carina Dunkhorst
Meet and learn about the indigenous Sami people of Alta.
Meet and learn about the indigenous Sami people of Alta.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Ride a cable car to a mountaintop for spectacular views and fun winter activities.
Ride a cable car to a mountaintop for spectacular views and fun winter activities.
Photo: Narvikfjellet
A wolf in the snow
Visit the world’s northernmost wildlife park with wolves, bears, foxes, lynx, moose and musk ox.
Photo: Eckhoff
Explore Narvik’s rich history and nature.
Explore Narvik’s rich history and nature.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 8
Narvik - Half day
Snow-covered Wilderness and History
A wolf in the snow
Visit the world’s northernmost wildlife park with wolves, bears, foxes, lynx, moose and musk ox.
Photo: Eckhoff

Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car to a mountain summit for breathtaking views and good alpine and cross-country skiing! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox and other Arctic animals.

Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik is as rich in nature as it is in history.

A fierce naval battle was fought here in 1940. Today we invite you to learn about it at the Narvik War Museum – a modern facility with architectonic and interactive experiences. You can also take a trip on the Ofoten Railway. 

Day 9
Sandnessjøen - Half day
The Seven Sisters in White
A flock of birds sitting on top of a snow covered field
Wander the snowy streets of charming Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland

As we approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvellous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen's main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.

Today we invite you to learn more about the Vikings with a visit to Sandnes, the ancient homestead of one of Northern Norway’s most powerful chieftains. Hear fascinating stories about the Viking Age and leaders like Sigrid of Sandnes, one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Viking Sagas.

You can also join an optional excursion to learn more about the Norwegian poet and priest Petter Dass, with visits to a modern museum and charming medieval church at Alstahaug.

A flock of birds sitting on top of a snow covered field
Wander the snowy streets of charming Sandnessjøen.
Photo: Erlend Haarberg / visithelgeland
Discover the legendary Seven Sisters mountain range.
Discover the legendary Seven Sisters mountain range.
Photo: Shutterstock
A group of blue water
Enjoy a bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes
Photo: Getty Images
A person standing on top of a snow covered mountain
Admire views of the snowy Romsdal Alps from atop Molde’s Varden viewpoint.
Photo: Shutterstock
Explore the quiet small city of Kristiansund during winter.
Explore the quiet small city of Kristiansund during winter.
Photo: David Watson
Day 10
Kristiansund and Molde
From Bacalao to Roses
A person standing on top of a snow covered mountain
Admire views of the snowy Romsdal Alps from atop Molde’s Varden viewpoint.
Photo: Shutterstock

Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Today’s included activity is a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 8.2 km long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ after the city’s many rose gardens, which may well be covered in snow. Molde’s scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit with glorious views across the city, local fjords and archipelagos and the snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance.

Day 11
Fjærland - Half day
Glaciers and Stunning Scenery
A building covered in snow
Visit the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum

This morning, we sail into Norway’s longest fjord, scenic Sognefjorden. We cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants - a delightful place for a stroll.

Nearby Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the largest glacier on the European continent. Get close to two of the glacial limbs - Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen and learn about how they shaped the mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway at the Norwegian Glacier Museum. 

In Fjærland, you will also find Norwegian Book Town with several picturesque second-hand book shops housed in unlikely places. Book Town opened in 1996 as the eighth in the world and the first in Scandinavia.

A building covered in snow
Visit the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
Photo: Norsk Bremuseum
Follow a mountain trail and touch the icy fingers of a glacier.
Follow a mountain trail and touch the icy fingers of a glacier.
Photo: Shutterstock
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash
Wander the wooden wharves of medieval Bryggen.
Wander the wooden wharves of medieval Bryggen.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
Day 12
Bergen
Final Chapter of the Fairy Tale
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. When you disembark, take with you the memories of a unique Norway winter expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences and encounters with wildlife, stunning nature and local people.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice

Everything you need for an adventure:

  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of spikes, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities

Engaging onboard activities and lectures:

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, selection of photos from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A farewell event

Premium onboard comfort:

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and sauna
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we may sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

Not included in your voyage

  • International and national flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners or Expedition Team 
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling  

Notes

Included excursions

  • Day 2: Ålesund - Visit the Norwegian Aquarium
  • Day 3: Brønnøysund - Historic town walk
  • Day 4: Reine and Svolvær - Community visit to Å
  • Day 5: Tromsø - Fjellheisen cable car ride
  • Day 6: Honningsvåg - The North Cape
  • Day 7: Alta - Visit the interactive Northern Lights Exhibition in the Northern Light Cathedral
  • Day 8: Narvik - Visit the War museum
  • Day 9: Sandnessjøen - Viking Experience Center
  • Day 10: Molde and Kristiandsund - The Atlantic Road
  • Day 11: Fjærland - Glacier visit and museum

Ships

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MS Otto Sverdrup

Year built 2002 (Year of refurbishment: 2020)
Shipyard Kleven Verft (N)
Beds 526
Gross tonnage 15,690 t
Length 138.5 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Otto Sverdrup is designed for exciting, sustainable expedition cruises along the Norwegian coastline

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MS Eirik Raude

Year built 2003 (Year of refurbishment: 2021)
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk (N)
Beds 528
Gross tonnage 16,140
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21,5 m
Speed 15 knots

MS Eirik Raude is designed to explore the magnificent Norwegian coast and polar areas in ultimate comfort, with advanced equipment and a sustainable profile.

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