Learn more about what you will experience on the Classic Voyage North. The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
DAY 1 : Bergen
Gateway to the Fjords
Your voyage starts in the lovely city of Bergen. Before departure, you may want 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.
Spoil your taste buds
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.
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.
Don´t forget that you can explore even more of Norway before your sea voyage starts with our pre- and post cruise programmes, like the famous Norway in a Nutshell.
TIME IN PORT:
- Bergen: 14:45 - 20:30
- Want to know when the different ships are in port? See the complete sailing plan here
Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikesDuring summer, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in three optional ports along the coast– which gives you a unique possibility to really explore even further. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors with all your senses and being completely in the moment.
Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - Full PackageDuring summer, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in 7 ports along the coast– which gives you a unique possibility to explore even further on your journey. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors - feeling, smelling, listening and being completely in the moment.
Winter Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikesDuring winter, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in ports along the coast – which gives you a great chance to explore even further. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors with all your senses and savoring each moment.
Winter Outdoor Activity Pass - Full PackageDuring winter, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in 8 ports along the coast– which gives you a unique possibility to really explore more. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors - feeling, smelling, listening and being completely in the moment.
DAY 2 : Florø - Molde
Architectural and Natural Masterpieces
Enjoy 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.
Into the fjords
In the summer, we set our course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing sheer, 800 metre-high cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord in the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. The fjord’s pristine natural landscape of steep rock walls, lush green meadows, lonely mountain farms and tiny villages is unforgettable.
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: 02:45-03:00
- Måløy: 05:15-05:30
- Torvik: 08:20-08:30
- Ålesund (01.11-31.05): 09:45-20:00
- Ålesund (01.06-31.10): 09:45-10:00
- Geiranger (01.06-31.08): 14:25-14:45
- Ålesund (01.06-31.08): 19:00-20:00
- Urke (01.09-31.10): 12:15-15:45
- Ålesund (01.09-31.10): 18:00-20:00
- Molde: 22:35-23:05
A Taste Of Norway (Urke, Hjørundfjord)A beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, historic hotel and tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.
Mountain Hike In The HjørundfjordThe Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above.
Geiranger With Trollstigen PassExperience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across beautiful Norddalsfjorden, and an exciting drive down 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll´s ladder) pass – all in one excursion.
Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund (2019/20)Explore the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, see some of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes and enjoy a visit to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Hike With A Visit To A Shieling (Urke, Hjørundfjord)Join us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås where we learn about farming in the past and taste local delicacies.
Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)Join us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant city of Ålesund and hear colourful local stories, including why it is built in the Art Nouveau style.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount AkslaJoin us to see what life is like under the sea and then get a bird´s eye view of the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund)Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund)Dating back to the Viking Age, Ålesund is best known today for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
DAY 3 : 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.
In spring and summer, we continue to Ringve Museum of Musical History, where Norwegian music´s past is brought to life in a grand manor with a fantastic view.
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. Be sure to ride the world’s only bicycle lift, near the quaint Bakklandet neighbourhood, from April to September. 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 that we head towards charming Rørvik.
TIME IN PORT
- Kristiansund: 02:45-03:00
- Trondheim: 09:45-12:45
- Rørvik: 21:40-22:00
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumEncounter the majesty of Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in the Gothic architectural style. We then journey through the history of music at Ringve Museum.
Trondheim With Nidaros CathedralDiscover Norway’s original capital, Trondheim, founded in 997.
Trondheim City WalkJoin us for a walking tour of this medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technology research centre.
Cycling In TrondheimJoin us for a leisurely paced bicycling tour through one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Norway – Trondheim.
Kayaking On The River Nid (Trondheim)Discover a completely new perspective of Trondheim on an urban kayak expedition along the River Nid that wends its way through the historic city.
DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Welcome to the Arctic!
Today we cross the Arctic Circle, marking your best chance to see Northern Lights in winter and experience the Midnight Sun in summer. 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. In summer, join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre to admire this enigmatic world of ice, and visit a moose farm.
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.
Hunting the Northern Lights
In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle means an intensified hunt for the Northern Lights, and we present a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’.
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: 01:35-01:45
- Sandnessjøen: 04:35-04:50
- Nesna: 06:00-06:10
- Ørnes: 10:00-10:10
- Bodø: 13:05-15:20
- Stamsund: 19:15-19:40
- Svolvær: 21:20-22:15
Svartisen GlacierDiscover Svartisen - Norway’s second-largest glacier and the lowest glacier in mainland Europe - up close and personal.
Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)Join us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.
RIB Safari To SaltstraumenThe giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join us on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenJoin us for a coach tour of the second-largest city in northern Norway, Bodø, and then out to see the world´s largest tidal current, the legendary Saltstraumen.
Meet the vikings - winterExperience how the Vikings lived at Lofotr in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever discovered has been replicated.
Meet the vikings (summer)Join us on an authentic journey through Lofoten´s ancient past at the Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg.
Highlights of LofotenThe Highlights of Lofoten excursion takes you to Lofoten's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, surrounded by a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains.
Lofotpils BreweryCome along and meet local Svolvær beer avatar Thorvardur at Lofotpils Bryggeri, which he established in a fish-landing depot dating back to the 1930s along the waterfront in Svolvær.
Farm visit in LofotenExperience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm at Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.
DAY 5 : 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
In winter and spring, you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling dog-sledge 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.
Get close to marine wildlife
Want to experience serenity on the sea? Join us for a kayaking excursion in summer along Tromsø’s coastline - a great way to get close to marine wildlife.
Sailing from Tromsø, we continue to search for the Northern Lights from September to March.
TIME IN PORT:
- Stokmarknes: 01:30-01:40
- Sortland: 02:55-03:10
- Risøyhamn: 04:35-04:50
- Harstad: 07:10-07:45
- Finnsnes: 11:00-11:30
- Tromsø: 14:15-18:15
- Skjervøy: 22:10-22:25
The Arctic Capital TromsøJoin us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
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.
Scenery & Huskies (Tromsø)Experience North Norwegian nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre on Kvaløya Island near Tromsø.
Polar History Walk (Tromsø)Experience the same polar frontier environment as the famous polar explorers on this historic polar walk through Tromsø.
Kayaking in TromsøReady for a little adventure? Join us as we head out to the nearby island of Håkøya for a sea kayak expedition along the Tromsø-area coastline.
Cross-Country Skiing (Tromsø)Experience the thrill of gliding along in the snow on skis. This tour is a fantastic introduction to cross-country skiing for beginners.
Snowshoeing In TromsøSome call this Tromsø excursion `childhood revisited´ because it is so carefree and liberating.
DAY 6 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg
Top of the World - North Cape
Enjoy magnificent landscapes as we sail to the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of reindeer and small camps of indigenous Sámi people in the area.
Experience the North Cape
After a brief stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Havøysund. Join a small boat excursion here to see the North Cape from the sea, visit the world’s northernmost fishing village and ride by bus to North Cape plateau.
The ship continues to Honningsvåg, from where you can join a bird-watching excursion to Gjesværstappan, home to millions of birds during nesting season.
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).
Adrenaline and Northern Lights
In winter, you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip across snowy plains and perhaps spot the Northern Lights in the starry sky.
'Sámi Autumn' is a fall excursion to learn about the Arctic natural 'pantry and pharmacy', sampling dried-reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (nettle) and roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Sámi shaman, Noaidi.
TIME IN PORT:
- Øksfjord: 01:50-02:00
- Hammerfest: 05:05-05:45
- Havøysund: 08:30-08:45
- Honningsvåg: 10:55-14:30
- Kjøllefjord: 16:40-17:00
- Mehamn: 18:55-19:15
- Berlevåg: 22:00-22:10
The North CapeEncounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey towards North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent.
The North Cape ExclusiveNorth Cape has drawn adventurous souls from around the world for centuries. Come along on this scenic three-hour tour and see why. Reserved only for our Platinum guests.
Birdwatching SafariFascinated by multitudes of birdlife? Come join us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near North Cape.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a tour to visit two small fishing villages and discover Christmas year round at the very top of Norway.
Sami CultureExperience the Sámi people of far-northern Europe and their remarkable native culture.
Sami AutumnLearn about the natural medicines and mystical cultural facets of the indigenous Sámi people living in far northern Europe.
Snowmobile Trip In The ArcticJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural Arctic regions.
RIB Expedition on 71 degrees north (North Cape)Discover the North Cape like a true explorer and enjoy views from Europe's northernmost point.
DAY 7 : Båtsfjord - Berlevåg
Russian Border and Turning Point
There are a number of fascinating things to do and see in Kirkenes, which is located on the Russian border. You’ll notice the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.
There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier, depending on the season. You can take a bus year-round, and join a riverboat safari, canoing, border hikes or ATV/quad-bike adventure in summer.
Winter and spring provide you with a wide range of classic wintertime activities to choose from, including dog-sledging, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Like seafood? Join an excursion to catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea.
You may want to spend some extra time exploring this unique region at the top of Europe before returning home. Either way, we hope you will take home lifetime memories of a fascinating northbound voyage along Norway’s coastline.
Welcome aboard again soon!
TIME IN PORT:
- Båtsfjord: 00:00-00:30
- Vardø: 03:30-03:45
- Vadsø: 06:55-07:10
- Kirkenes: 09:00-12:30
Included in your voyage
- 7-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 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
- 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
- Flights & transfers
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- Hikes with our Hurtigruten Guides
- Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin 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.
MS Kong Harald
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Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.
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MS Nordkapp is named after the northernmost point on mainland Europe: North Cape (71ºN) - one of the geographical highpoints you can visit on a Hurtigruten voyage.
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MS Nordnorge is aptly named for northern Norway, most of which lies above the Arctic Circle.
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Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
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|Shipyard||Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)|
Polarlys is Norwegian for `polar light´, and refers to the natural Arctic phenomenon we pursue in winter.
MS Richard With
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MS Richard With proudly carries the name of Hurtigruten's founder.
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|Shipyard||Kaarbø Mek. Verk.|
MS Vesterålen is named after the first Hurtigruten ship that sailed along Norway´s rugged coastline in 1893. She is one of our smaller boats and has an intimate on-board atmosphere.
Find your favourite excursions and make your trip to Norway even more memorable. We recommend booking excursions in advance, but you can also book on board if there's still availability.
Please note that excursions vary by season and are subject to change.
Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikes
Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - Full Package
Winter Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikes
Winter Outdoor Activity Pass - Full Package
HJF2F Urke - A Taste Of Norway
Urke - Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord
AES2B Geiranger - Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass
Urke - Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund (2019/20)
Urke - Hike With A Visit To A Shieling
Ålesund - Kayaking in Ålesund (2019/20)
Ålesund - Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium And Mount Aksla
AES2C Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
TRD3A Trondheim - Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
TRD3B Trondheim - Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
TRD3D Trondheim - Trondheim City Walk
TRD3H Trondheim - Cycling In Trondheim
Trondheim - Kayaking On The River Nid
Ørnes - Svartisen Glacier
Bodø - Arctic Coastal Walk
Bodø - RIB Safari To Saltstraumen
Bodø - Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
STU4E Stamsund - Meet the vikings - winter
Stamsund - Meet the vikings - summer
Stamsund - Highlights of Lofoten
Svolvær - Lofotpils Brewery
STU4I Stamsund - Farm visit in Lofoten
Tromsø - The Arctic Capital Tromsø
Tromsø - Dog Sledding
Tromsø - Scenery & Huskies
Tromsø - Polar History Walk
Tromsø - Kayaking in Tromsø
Tromsø - Cross-Country Skiing
Tromsø - Snowshoeing In Tromsø
Honningsvåg - The North Cape
Honningsvåg - The North Cape Exclusive
Honningsvåg - Birdwatching Safari
Honningsvåg - Fishing Village Visit
Kjøllefjord - Sami Culture
Kjøllefjord - Sami Autumn
KJD6D Kjøllefjord - Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
Havøysund - RIB Expedition on 71 degrees north (North Cape)
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Norway in a nutshell - 3 days self-guided tour
Norway in a Nutshell
Bergen - Hiking Mount Fløien
Bergen - Island Seafood Dinner & Boat Trip
Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen
Sognefjord in a Nutshell
Kirkenes - King crab experience by boat
Kirkenes - Evening tour to aurora camp
Kirkenes - Snowmobile tour
Kirkenes - Dogsledding tour
Kirkenes - Dogsledding tour under the northern lights
Krikenes - Hunt the northern lights on a snowmobile adventure
Kirkenes - Artic Ice Dome
Kirkenes - Catch a night in the artic light
Kirkenes - Artic spa under the stars
Kirkenes - King crab experience
Oslo Panorama Tour
Life on board
- Hosts of the coast – our Expedition Teams
- Young Explorers’ Programme: Bring your kids on board
- Onboard activities and lectures along the Norwegian Coast
- Norway's Coastal Kitchen: A trip through the world’s finest pantry
- Vegan on a cruise? Hurtigruten goes vegan!
- À la Carte Menu
- Travel Information for Norwegian Coastal Voyages
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What to pack for Norwegian coastal voyages
- Flight Information
- Safer together