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7 days - Classic Voyage up the coast of Norway on Hurtigruten

From the fjords to the high Arctic - The essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

This classic 7-day voyage with Hurtigruten begins in Bergen and calls at all 34 ports as you make your fascinating journey north. After crossing the Arctic Circle, you'll notice the landscape change to suit the cooler climate before reaching your final destination, Kirkenes, a remote outpost of Northern Europe next to the Russian border. With daily departures from Bergen year round and eleven vessels to choose from there will be a Norwegian Coastal cruise to suit your taste, ensuring a unique and memorable experience.

One of our favourite excursions on the Hurtigruten Voyages is the King Crab Safari, video below.

Highlights include

  • Experience Norway's beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the Midnight Sun or spectacular Northern Lights
  • Be accompanied by an expert Expedition Team. The Expedition teams are present on 9 of the 11 Hurtigruten ships along the Norwegian coast (all except MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen), and are included in your voyage
  • Expedition with likeminded adventurers who value personal growth and exploring over luxury
Day 1
Embarkation in Bergen
Day 2
Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
Day 3
Be enlightened by the Medieval Spirit - The Royal City of Trondheim
Day 4
Discover your inner explorer - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Day 5
Excitement in the Arctic - Husky dogsledding, mountain hiking & kayaking.
Day 6
Explore the Northern Soul & Cape - Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Day 7
Disembark in Kirkenes
Start Place
Bergen, Scandinavia
End Place
Kirkenes, Scandinavia
Destinations Visited
Scandinavia
Norway
Duration
7 Days
Type
Touring
Suitability
Easy
Code
CNCN01

Details

Transportation

Norwegian Coastal Voyage

Click here to see the Hurtigruten fleet - Norwegian Coastal Voyages

Included

All prices are for your voyage only, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin cabin. Your Voyage Price Includes: Voyage in a cabin grade of your choice including full board.

Full board includes buffet breakfasts & lunches and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening. You are presented a menu when you check in. Visiting 34 ports, Hurtigruten have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers everyday. This means delicious new and fresh ingredients, both from coastal and inland areas.

We strongly recommend upgrading to an Arctic Superior U package which includes the water package, an amenity set, kettle, tea & coffee making facilities and a TV.

Rates fluctuate daily and we can often find discounts up to 25% depending on departure date and proximity to travel. Please ask us for a specific quote for your preferred dates.

Not Included

Flights, travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Embarkation in Bergen

Ports visited today: Bergen
Welcome to Bergen, once the bustling trading centre of the Hanseatic League in the North. Bergen is the perfect strolling town and a free detailed guide of Bergen is available from the Tourist Office centrally located on Fisketorget. As you explore the historical centre of Bergen you'll be transported back to a time when Bergen was the centre of political power and trade for the entire North Atlantic. It was the Capital of the Kingdom of Norway for a short period, before the capital was moved to Oslo in 1299, and the town grew to become the largest in Scandinavia. The Hanseatic League established itself here in 1350 and had a trade monopoly that lasted 200 years.

While in Bergen you might wish to visit the UNESCO heritage listed historical area around the harbour known as the Bryggen district, and the home of Edvard Grieg, Troldhaugen, Norway's internationally famous composer.

Representative Service in Norway
Hurtigruten's representative service in Norway in based in Bergen and may be contacted on +47 9094 6905
24-Hour Emergency number +61 280 695 866

Getting to your ship:
Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. Telephone +47 5554 3631. Please ask us about the Hurtigruten transfer shuttle.

Embarkation:
The terminal is staffed from 13:00 (1pm) and is open from 15:00 (3pm) for baggage check-in. Embarkation takes place from 16:00 (4pm) and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00 (6pm). Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00 (6pm). There are no restaurant facilities in the terminal, and should you arrive early to the terminal, you are free to explore Bergen independently until embarkation time. Leftluggage lockers are available in the terminal, however, you will need local currency (Norwegian Kroner) to access them. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.

Your ship departs at 20:00 (8pm).

An information meeting is usually held on the evening of departure from Bergen and includes details of safety onboard. There is an information folder in each cabin and safety procedures are illustrated on the back of your cabin door and in public areas. The Tour Leader on board will assist with general information and the shore excursion programme.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
12A Bergen City Sightseeing

Day 2 - Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

Ports visited today: Florø, Måløy, Torvik, Ålesund, Molde.

Your ship navigates the skerries and islands further north before reaching Ålesund. Marvel at the inspiring architecture in the Apotekergate and Kongensgate pedestrian precinct, perfect examples of the Art Nouveau style. Don’t miss out on the view from Mount Aksla but beware, there are 418 steps to the top! In the summer months, the next destination will be the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. En route to the end of this beautiful fjord you pass sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls.

In Autumn, you will explore the Hjørundfjord, amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
2B Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
2C & 2E Ålesund Art Nouveau Walk
2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
2F A Taste of Norway in Hjørundfjord
2G Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
2H Hike with a visit to a Shieling
2J Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund
2K Kayaking in Ålesund

Day 3 - Be enlightened by the Medieval Spirit - The Royal City of Trondheim

Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.

When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Gamle Bybrua (“Old Town Bridge”). Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between1070 and 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop’s Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In Trondheim itself, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as the Rococo-style Stiftsgården, the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim.

You then set a course for the northwest, past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. In autumn, you will learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain's talk. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship will arrive at charming Rørvik.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
3A Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
3B Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
3G Kayaking on the River Nid
3H Cycling in Trondheim
3D Trondheim City Walk
3I The Northernmost tramride in the world

Day 4 - Discover your inner explorer - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær.

This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes, you pass a globe on a small islet, which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle marks the border of the the Arctic reiong. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the 'Midnight Sun'. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chance of experiencing the Northern Lights.

Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down your front or back, but is entirely optional. This ceremony is tremendous fun to watch on the deck.

In the afternoon, your ship gradually closes in on the 3,280 feet high Lofoten Wall towering above the tiny and colourful fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands. This is an extraordinary place to disembark and take a stroll.

These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences. The Lofoten Islands are a truly extraordinary experience.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
4A Svartisen Glacier in Ørnes
4D Rib-Safari to Saltstraumen
4E Meet the Vikings - Winter
4F Meet the Vikings Summer
4B Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)
4C Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
4G Highlights of Lofoten
4H Lofotpils Brewery
4I Farm visit in Lofoten

Day 5 - Excitement in the Arctic - Husky dogsledding, mountain hiking & kayaking.

Ports visited today: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy.

During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad, situated on the largest island of Norway, Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point; the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.

Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral, is the most famous landmark with its modern design and extraordinary stained glass window. Tromsø is also home to the world’s northernmost university and the large number of people arriving here has created a vibrant cultural scene with numerous restaurants and cafes constantly teeming with life.

After Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship now sails inot the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
5A The Arctic Capital Tromsø
5B Dog Sledding
5C Tromsø Scenery and Huskies
5D Polar History Walk
5G Kayaking in Tromsø
5H Whale Watching in Risøyhamn
5K Silent Whale Watching
5M Cross-Country Skiing (Tromsø)
5N - Snowshoeing In Tromsø

Day 6 - Explore the Northern Soul & Cape - Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.

Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.

Standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland, including the ever cute puffins. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sami people. In winter, experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and your best chances to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

During winter and spring, if you are lucky, local fishermen from the village of Kjøllefjord visit us to share their catch of the day (King Crab & cod).

This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
6A The North Cape, Honningsvåg
6B Birdwatching Safari in Honningsvåg
6C Sami Culture
6D Snowmobile Trip in Lapland
6E Sami Autumn
Hurtigruten Platinum Optional Excursions
6H Honningsvåg: Fishing Village Visit
6J Expedition to the North Cape - The Historical Route

Day 7 - Disembark in Kirkenes

Ports visited today: Båtsfjord, Berlevåg, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes.

The last port on the Voyage North is Kirkenes. And at longitude 30 east, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The well-policed Russian border and the Kola peninsula are close by which explains why the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.

There are regular flights connecting Kirkenes to most major cities in Norway. Be sure to consider a longer stay in Kirkenes with a King Crab safari and a visit to the informative war museum.

Information regarding your disembarkation this morning will be provided to you onboard during your voyage. You will be kindly asked to vacate your cabin and check-out no later than 9:00am. On arrival you carry your own luggage ashore with you. Once ashore in Kirkenes there may be a number of buses and other transport on the pier.

If you have a transfer arranged, please take a moment to orientate yourself and ensure you locate the correct vehicle. Taxis are also readily available to get you to your next destination.

Kirkenes
Arriving into Kirkenes, after sailing Bokfjorden, perhaps the first sight you’ll notice are the Russian ships moored at quayside, which is a sign of the most important commercial basis of the area – shipyard services and other commercial trade with North West Russia. Kirkenes and the surrounding settlements is home to approx. 5,000 inhabitants. A short 15 minutes away from the town centre is the Russian border, and only 40kms away you could take a train on the Russian Railway network, where you could journey all the way to Vladivostok on the Northern Pacific coast. It is less than 2km from the ship into downtown Kirkenes. Kirkenes airport is 14km outside of town.

This trip can be combined with the Arctic Snowfun in Northern Norway during the Winter, staying at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

A NOTE ABOUT PRICES

Please note the below prices are indicative only, and are the from prices, per person. Hurtigruten prices may fluctuate daily, so please contact us for any specials, early booking rates and/or specific prices for your preferred date of travel.

Our Scandinavian staff offer expert advice on ships, cabins and routing, as well as the best time to travel.  

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
USD 920
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
USD 1,244
On request
Standard
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
USD 1,314
On request
Superior
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
1 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
USD 2,074
On request
Suite
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
USD 984
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
USD 1,131
On request
Standard
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
USD 1,516
On request
Superior
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
USD 2,614
On request
Suite
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
USD 1,331
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
USD 1,529
On request
Standard
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
USD 2,049
On request
Superior
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
USD 3,534
On request
Suite
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
USD 1,928
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
USD 2,133
On request
Standard
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
USD 2,700
On request
Superior
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
USD 4,656
On request
Suite
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
USD 1,659
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
USD 1,835
On request
Standard
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
USD 1,919
On request
Superior
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
USD 4,006
On request
Suite
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
USD 1,203
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
USD 1,382
On request
Standard
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
USD 1,852
On request
Superior
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
USD 3,193
On request
Suite
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
USD 979
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
USD 1,200
On request
Standard
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
USD 1,607
On request
Superior
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
USD 2,772
On request
Suite
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
USD 2,772
On request
Inside (No Window)
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
USD 1,153
On request
Standard
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
1 Jan 2020
31 Mar 2020
USD 1,497
On request
Superior

Important Information

When securing your cabin with us, please take note of the dimensions of the cabin to ensure that you are satisfied with it's size. There is additional storage room available on board if you wish and you just need to contact staff to request it when you are on board.

Alcohol can be expensive on board due to taxes imposed. There are restrictions on how much you can take on board - similiar to what you can bring into Norway through customs.

You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions.

Just remember that when you are travelling along the coast on the Hurtigruten, you are joining a piece of history and practical everyday life in terms of the boats still operating to support the local vicinities they visit: locals bringing their cars home, post being delivered and supplies being dropped off and collected. When the boats stop for a few hours it is not just to let you have a stroll around the local World Heritage Site.

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