Your voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city is a central point for Norwegian travel, and has retained a great deal of local character and history. One example of this is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular or visit the famous fish market.
After embarkation, we invite you to enjoy our 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 plied to the Shetland Islands and beyond. We are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.
- Want to know when the different ships are in port? See the complete sailing plan here.
If you wake up early the next day, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we are out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund.
Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, art nouveau. If you like marine life, join us on a visit to Atlanterhavsparken - one of Northern Europe’s largest salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will get an amazing panorama of the area.
In the summer months, we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800 metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character: far from the tourist bustle, taking passengers past steep rock walls, green meadows, lonely mountain farms and small villages.
Molde is known as the ‘city of roses’. This attractive coastal city also has a wonderful view to 222 mountain peaks, called ‘the Molde panorama’. Enjoy discovering the town on your own or with one of our excursions.
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.
The Romsdal museumVisit the Romsdal Museum, situated a short bus ride from the pier in Molde.
Few large cities have managed to preserve their intimacy as effectively as Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim. Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, founded this ancient city as early as 997. Join our optional excursion to Norway’s national shrine, Nidaros Cathedral, the country´s only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art.
During spring and summer, we continue to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where the history of Norway’s music is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, and provides fantastic views of both the city and the fjord.
From September to May you can experience Trondheim in a vintage carriage on the world’s northernmost tram for a unique sightseeing tour.
You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid all year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September. Join the Expedition team for a hike to discover more of the surroundings of Trondheim.
In the afternoon, the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards charming Rørvik.
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 first capital, Trondheim, founded in 997 by Viking king, Olav Tryggvason, who gave Norway Christianity and Trondheim its original name, Nidaros.
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.
The Northernmost tramride in the worldExperience Trondheim in the vintage carriage of the northernmost tram in the world! Enjoy a spectacular view of the city’s colourful houses, before we take you to new highs at the ski jumping hill of Granåsen. The excursion ends in the city centre of Trondheim with a photo stop at the marvelous Nidaros Cathedral.
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.
Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region. In summer, this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘midnight sun’. During winter, being above this latitude provides the best chances for experiencing the Northern Lights. Even if you aren’t awake to see the Arctic Circle, the captain makes sure that the occasion is a memorable event. If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony on deck.
Near Ørnes, you find Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre in summer, where you can admire the beauty of this enigmatic world of ice and visit a moose farm. Afterwards, the journey continues along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, where you re-join the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles and the deep blue sea. We head to Saltstraumen in a RIB, where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. On this exciting journey through wild landscape, there is also a good chance to observe sea eagles.
Majestic, beautiful Lofoten
Later this afternoon, the sight of the 1,000 m high Lofoten Wall appears on the horizon. Tucked between majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches, Lofoten is an experience that is out of the ordinary. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian ambience. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional fisherman’s huts.
At Stamsund, join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the chieftain’s house, a full-size reconstruction featuring exhibits of finds dating back to the Viking Age. The chieftain and the lady of the house invite you to join them for a real Viking meal in the banquet hall, providing a taste of the Viking Age, complete with traditional food, drinks, costumes, singing and dancing.
Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you have the chance to experience life on a herb and cheese farm in Lofoten, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, situated in an old fish landing facility in Svolvær.
Hunting the Northern Lights
In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Northern Light begins. We celebrate the event by presenting a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, featuring pictures, words and music. As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890. If you look closely, you might see trolls up in the steep mountains. Or you might not.
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.
Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues to Tromsø, `Capital of the Arctic´, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join our `Polar History Walk´ in winter to learn more about the explorers and Arctic hunters, and to taste beer made at the world´s northernmost brewery.
In winter and spring, you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. On this mini polar expedition, the huskies pull you over the frozen landscape while you enjoy stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. During the polar night, the only light comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights. Why not test your coordination skills and 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 Expedition team for hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings.
If you want to experience peace and tranquillity on the sea, why not join us for a kayaking excursion in summer? Paddle in the waters off the Tromsø coastline with the mountains as a stunning backdrop. This is a great way to silently glide through these pristine waters and get close to marine wildlife.
After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into waters where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March. We gather on deck to search the skies for this breathtaking phenomenon.
The Arctic Capital TromsøJoin us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
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.
Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people.
After a brief and early stop in Hammerfest we arrive in Havøysund where you can disembark for an overland RIB expedition, where you will see the North Cape from the sea. Then you go ashore to visit the northernmost fishing village in the world, before a bus takes you to the North Cape where you can enjoy the spectacular view.
The ship arrives in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71°10'21´N, only 2,000 km away from the geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 307-metre high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. Nearby is one of the world's most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join a bird-watching safari to experience Finnmark's largest flock of puffins, as well as large numbers of kittiwakes. During the nesting season, this area is teeming with life, and mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. Meanwhile guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, arctic skuas, northern fulmars, brünnich's guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches.
If you want to learn more about local life in this remote region, join the fishing village visit that takes you through the island of Magerøya´s fantastic scenery to the fishing communities of Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg. Along the way, your guide tells you about the area´s nature, local culture and history.
The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as to explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi joiking (song).
In winter, you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas. Along the way, guides tell you about the Sámi people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilises nature during both the summer and winter seasons. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky. 'Sámi Autumn' is an excursion where you can 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.
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.
The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive in nearby Vadsø early in the morning and just after breakfast, arrive in Kirkenes, at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. This is Hurtigruten’s turning point for the return journey southwards. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway to the east.
The Russian border is a just few miles away. You may find it intriguing that the local road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are many ways to visit the Russian frontier. Travel either by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.
Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in numerous adventurous activities into the Arctic environment. In winter and spring, you can join several activities and excursions, for example, exploring the Arctic wilderness on a snowmobile and driving over a frozen fjord. During the trip, your guides tell you about the history of the region, the extreme Arctic climate and the area´s unique wildlife. On our dog-sledge adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape. In summer, you can join the excursion where you catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea.
Southbound and down
As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, you’ve only seen half of what our voyage along the Norwegian coastline has to offer. Prepare yourself for many new experiences. The ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day.
In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean in winter. On board in spring, there is a presentation about shorebirds residing along the Nordic coastline. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. The latter town is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.
The Russian BorderEast meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.
Riverboat To Russian BorderExplore Russia´s frontier with Norway along the river that divides the two distinctly different yet strangely similar countries.
ATV/Quad-Safari To The Russian BorderDiscover the town of Kirkenes, the surrounding nature, historical sights and the Russian border on this motorized quad bike adventure.
Snowmobile SafariIf you fancy racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting the people who live here then this excursion may be for you.
Kirkenes Snow HotelVisit the coolest hotel in the world! Join a guided tour of the beautifully decorated snow suites, and grab a drink at Norway’s largest ice bar. Also, remember to greet the reindeers and huskies that live close to the hotel.
Husky TourWant to experience a thrilling dogsledding adventure across the frozen Arctic wilderness? Here is your chance.
Husky Tour ExclusiveTake part in an exclusive dog sledding adventure through the vast Arctic wilderness, reserved only for our Platinum guests.
King Crab ExperienceJoin our expert fishermen who will help you to deliver your catch directly to your dinner table. Learn the history, anatomy and then how to prepare and cook this monster of the deep.
In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time. Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.
At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.
We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps: Here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-caught prawns.
We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion, under the Midnight Sun, to explore Tromsø by sea in a RIB boat. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.
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.
Breakfast At North CapeImagine having breakfast at the top of Europe. You enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe.
Mountain Hike In HammerfestJoin a walking tour that follows a path through Hammerfest´s past and up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
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 Cathedral (Tromsø)There is perhaps no more beautiful way to experience Tromsø than by attending a midnight concert at the city´s iconic Arctic Cathedral.
Arctic Midnight Adventure in Tromsø (2019/20)Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tromsø’s famous sights from the seaside.
We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway's premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages.
Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail towards the Risøyrenna, a shallow 7-metre-deep channel made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water.
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests.
Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region´s fishing history, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitably slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20-km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea.
Trollfjord and the Lofoten islands
Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If the weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship´s sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle.
Just north of the fjord, a smaller vessel awaits to take you out to see this magnificent bird up close on an optional sea eagle safari. To join the safari, you transfer to a smaller tour boat before we reach the Trollfjord. If there is time, you will see the Hurtigruten ship turns around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight in its own right! The eagle safari begins after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the sea eagles dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to grab and devour. Be sure to bring a camera!
Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options. Join our Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the fishing communities, beautiful scenery and art from this area. You can join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of our excursions by RIB.
If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides in-depth insights into the history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.
A Taste of VesterålenA Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion programme. Come along and experience the history, beautiful scenery and a multitude of breathtaking sights.
Lofoten IslandsJoin us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth.
Sea Eagle SafariJoin us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.
RIB-adventure in LofotenJoin us on this exciting sea excursion in open RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) on the waters in and around the fantastic Lofoten archipelago.
Vesterålen and Lofoten by ribJoin us for an exciting open boat ride ride through the enchantingly beautiful scenery of Vesterålen and Lofoten.
Lofoten by horseLike the idea of horseback riding along a remote beach and terrain once inhabited by Vikings? Join us for this excursion along the shore of Gimsøy island on the open North Atlantic Ocean.
Discover a fishing villageJoin us on a guided walking tour to the quaint old fishing village of Svinøya adjacent to the Lofoten town of Svolvær.
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age.
Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. The story goes that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens sneaked out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southwards down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue them. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They all became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how it continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets.
Brønnøysund is a vibrant and pretty little town. Spend some time to stroll around and enjoy looking at the small boats and bustling life of the archipelago. You can also join the excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon from April throughout October, or one of the other excursions we offer here.
UNESCO Vega archipelagoTake a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.
Visit the salmonFascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.
The ship heads slowly into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep - up to 577 metres at the most. As we sil along the coast and into Trondheim, it becomes apparent how important the fishing industry is to the Norwegian coastal communities.
Our arrival in Trondheim sees the end of this voyage, but that doesn't mean that the adventure is over. You can explore the city on your own, and discover the city's 1000-year long history by visiting the Nidaros Cathedral - Norway's national monument and only Gothic cathedral.
You can also extend your holiday with our post programme in Røros before flying home, or jump on the incredible Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Included in your voyage
- 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:
- On-board 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 Coastal Team 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, snowshoes, 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 shore excursions with our local partners
- Hikes with our Coastal Experts
- Travel insurance
- 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.
|Year of refurbishment||2020|
|Shipyard||Kværner Kleven (N)|
MS Finnmarken is designed for exciting, sustainable voyages along the Norwegian coastline.
MS Kong Harald
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.
|Year built||1964 (Mod. 2003)|
|Shipyard||Aker Mek. Verk. (N)|
MS Lofoten - our old-time favourite - was launched in Oslo in 1964. The ship´s classic maritime style and informal atmosphere inspires genuine nostalgia in her passengers.
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
|Passenger capacity||970 (500 in Antarctica)|
The MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is dedicated to the wonders of Arctic summer. The ship sails along the Norwegian coast from May to December, and is part of our global Explorer sailings during the rest of the year.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Kværner Kleven (N)|
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.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Ulstein Mek. Verk. (N)|
Polarlys is Norwegian for `polar light´, and refers to the natural Arctic phenomenon we pursue in winter.
|Year of refurbishment||2019|
Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
|Year of refurbishment||2019|
Both the name and the interior design of this modern expedition ship are inspired by the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
MS Richard With
|Year of refurbishment||2018|
MS Richard With proudly carries the name of Hurtigruten's founder.
|Shipyard||Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)|
The ship is named after the spectacular Trollfjord in Vesterålen. Inside she provides spectacular comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
|Year of refurbishment||1995|
|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.
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Shipyard||Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)|
Our new ship, MS Spitsbergen will take you on a voyage beyond the ordinary.
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.
Urke - A Taste Of Norway
Urke - Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord
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
Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
Ålesund - Art Nouveau Walk
Molde - The Romsdal museum
Trondheim - Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
Trondheim - Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral
Trondheim - Trondheim City Walk
Trondheim - Cycling In Trondheim
Trondheim - The Northernmost tramride in the world
Trondheim - Kayaking On The River Nid
Ørnes - Svartisen Glacier
Bodø - Arctic Coastal Walk
Bodø - RIB Safari To Saltstraumen
Bodø - Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
Stamsund - Meet the vikings - winter
Stamsund - Meet the vikings - summer
Stamsund - Highlights of Lofoten
Svolvær - Lofotpils Brewery
Stamsund - Farm visit in Lofoten
Tromsø - The Arctic Capital Tromsø
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
Kjøllefjord - Snowmobile Trip In The Arctic
Havøysund - RIB Expedition on 71 degrees north (North Cape)
Kirkenes - The Russian Border
Kirkenes - Riverboat To Russian Border
Kirkenes - ATV/Quad-Safari To The Russian Border
Kirkenes - Snowmobile Safari
Kirkenes - Kirkenes Snow Hotel
Kirkenes - Husky Tour
Kirkenes - Dog Sledding Exclusive
Kirkenes - King Crab Expedition
Hammerfest - The Northernmost Town In The World
Honningsvåg - Breakfast At North Cape
Hammerfest - Mountain Hike In Hammerfest
Hammerfest - Into The Ice: Stories Of A Polar Hero
Tromsø - Midnight Concert In The Arctic Cathedral
Tromsø - Arctic Midnight Adventure (2019/20)
Harstad - A Taste of Vesterålen
Svolvær - Lofoten Islands
Sea Eagle Safari
Svolvær - RIB-adventure in Lofoten
Stokmarknes - Vesterålen and Lofoten by rib
Svolvær - Lofoten by horse
Svolvær - Discover a fishing village
Sandnessjøen - UNESCO Vega Archipelago
Brønnøysund - Visit the salmon
Extend your cruise
Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.
Highlights of Oslo (before cruise)
Bergen - Hiking Mount Fløien
Bergen - Island Seafood Dinner & Boat Trip
Bergen by Segway
Norway in a Nutshell
Norway in a nutshell - 3 days self-guided tour
Sognefjord in a Nutshell
Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen
Highlights of Oslo (after cruise)
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
- 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
- Ship schedule