Hurtigruten & Norway's hidden gems
Stay longer along Norway's magnificent coast and explore it's hidden gems.
Hurtigruten (literally "the fast route" in Norwegian) is a ferry line along Norway's jagged coastline. The voyage combines well-known towns and regions like Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Lofoten and Tromsø, with lesser-known coastal secrets like Romsdalsfjorden, Helgeland, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Vega islands, Vesterålen, Senja and Lyngsfjorden.
We have recently created a new range of tours, called the ‘Norwegian Coast’, helping you stay longer along the Norwegian coast. These tours utilise coastal ferries, regional trains, buses and express boats to get you off the beaten track. We can custom-make these new tours to the length you need.
Never heard of these places and wondering how and why to visit these places? Read our short guide to where some of these hidden gems of Norway are along its coast.
Situated at the water's edge overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Steigen archipelago, your stay at Manshausen will bring nature's best, right to your doorstep. Conceived and developed by celebrated Arctic explorer and author Børge Ousland, the sleek and chic waterfront cabins immerses you into the striking beauty of Norway through dramatic and innovative design.
With the most amazing viewpoints and coastal photo spots in Norway, get your camera and outdoor gear ready for this short 4-day break, full of incredible adventures. Hurtigruten ferries arrive into Bodø on Day 5 of our Norwegian Coastal Voyage North and then you can take a local ferry down to Manshausen. This tour is recommended for adventurous & independent travellers as it visits remote Norway.
Photo: Børge Ousland
The road from Tromsø via Sommarøy and Senja to Å in Lofoten can easily be rated as one of the most picturesque summer drives in all of Norway. The stretch is connecting numerous larger and smaller islands of the outer North Norwegian coast, and does not pass over any of mainland Norway. You could call it island-hopping by car. The drive includes two ferry crossings and several bridges and underwater tunnels. Hurtigruten voyages can be added either side of this self-drive tour, Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten.
Hamn i Senja image, Photo: jelorent/Foap/Visitnorway.com
Spending a few days in the Helgeland region means you can include a visit by foot, boat or bike to famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). We offer a new 13-day journey, called Norwegian coast and Helgeland which gives you time to explore this lesser known Norwegian coastal area as well as fabulous fjord scenery. Travelling up from Bergen on Hurtigruten, you depart the ship in Trondheim.
Adventures come in all size and shapes in this region such as boat tours to visit the glaciers, deep sea fishing, bike riding, family friendly fishing and glacier walking.
Photos: Jan Inge Larsen, Visit Helgeland & C.H., Visit Norway