Hurtigruten – Classic Coastal Voyage North, 7 days

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From $977 USD
January 1 - December 31, 2018
7 Days / 6 Nights

Hurtigruten, Norwegian Coastal Voyage, 7-day Northbound begins in Bergen, ends in Kirkenes. Visit many ports of call and enjoy optional shore excursions.

Overview

Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, is considered the "World's most Beautiful Sea Voyage". The 7-day northbound journey begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes. Visit many ports of call, from Ålesund, Trondheim to Bodø and the spectacular Lofoten Islands. Cruise through the narrow Raftsund Strait and the Trollfjord to Tromsø, the "Paris of the North". Enjoy optional shore excursions to Geirangerfjord, the Nidaros Cathedral, North Cape and more.

Operation

January 1 - December 31, 2018

Departure

daily, January 1 - December 31, 2018

Price

  • from $977 per person in double, PolarInside, MS Lofoten

Included

  • 6 nights Hurtigruten cruise north, Bergen-Kirkenes
  • Cabin category of choice
  • Full board during cruise
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Cruise taxes and port charges

Not Included

  • Transatlantic airfare
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Cruise fuel surcharges
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional shore excursions

Please note

  • All above rates are in USD per person based on double occupancy. Rates include cruise transportation, stateroom accommodations, three meals daily, cruise taxes, and port charges.
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Tour Options

  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Additional nights in Bergen
  • Norway in a Nutshell Tour, Pre/Post Cruise:
  • Oslo - Bergen / Bergen - Oslo

Practical information
On board information

Day 1 BERGEN
The Journey Begins at the Gateway to the Fjords

Your 7-day expedition to the high north 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 colorful 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.

Day 2 MALØY - TØRVIK - ÅLESUND - MOLDE - KRISTIANSUND (B, L, D)A Day for Architectural and Natural Masterpieces

If you wake up early the next day, you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we enter the open ocean before navigating through skerries and islands to reach Ålesund. Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers, and ornate buildings, Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned a large proportion of the city to the ground, and it was 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 saltwater aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onward and upward to Mount Aksla, where you get an amazing panorama view of the area. You also have the opportunity to explore this charming Art Nouveau city from a sea kayak.

In the summer months, we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing steep, 2,500 ft cliffs and impressive waterfalls along the way. In autumn, we explore the Hjørundfjord, situated amid the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Far from the tourist hustle and bustle, its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character We take our guests past steep rock walls that you can nearly reach out and touch, emerald-green meadows, lonely mountain farms, and small villages. 

Optional excursions on this day in the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
12:00am - 2:15pm, A taste of Norway (Hjørundfjorden) - available 2 Sept - 1 Nov
11:45am - 2:30pm, Mountain hike in the Hjørundfjord - 2 Sept - 1 Nov
11:45am - 2:30pm, Hike with a visit to a shieling - 2 Sept - 1 Nov
1:45pm - 9:15pm, Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass (Geiranger - Molde) - 02 June - 01 Sept
12:30am - 2:30pm, Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund) - 2 Nov - 1 June
5:15pm - 6:45pm, Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund) - 2 Sept - 1 Nov
12:30am - 2:30pm, Atlanterhavsparken aquarium and mount Aksla (Ålesund) - 2 Nov - 1 June
All times are estimates and subject to change.

Day 3 TRONDHEIM - RØRVIK (B, L, D)
Discover Medieval Spirit in the Old Capital

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 in 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 (Tryggvason), Norway's patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite artwork. 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 on the world’s northernmost cable car for a unique sightseeing experience. You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid throughout the year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September. Or, 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 islets and rocky reefs. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads toward charming Rørvik.

Optional excursions on this day in the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
08:50am - 11:50am, Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum - Available 3 Apr - 2  Sept
08:45am - 10:45am, Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral - 3  Sept - 2  Apr
08:45am - 11:45am, Trondheim city walk - 1  Jan - 31  Dec
09:00am - 11:30am, Kayaking on the river Nid - 3  Jun - 31  Oct
09:00am - 11:45am, Cycling in Trondheim - 1  Apr - 31  Aug
All times are estimates and subject to change.

Day 4 ØRNES - BODØ - STAMSUND - SVOLVÆR (B, L, D)
Welcome to the Arctic Region!

Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees, 33 minutes North and demarcates the Arctic region. In summer, this means enjoying 24-hour daylight and the midnight sun. During winter, this latitude provides the best chances to experience the northern lights. Even if you aren’t awake when we cross the Arctic Circle, the captain will make sure that the occasion is memorable: If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony out on deck.

Near the village of Ørnes is Svartisen, Norway's second-largest glacier. Join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Center in summer and admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world. Afterward, the excursion continues along the beautiful Helgeland coastline to Bodø, where you rejoin the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles, and the deep blue sea. The excursion heads to Saltstraumen in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat), where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. There is also a good chance you’ll observe sea eagles on this exciting journey through wild landscape.

Later the same afternoon, we spot the 3,000 ft high Lofoten Wall on the horizon. Tucked between tall mountains, majestic granite cliffs, and white-sand beaches, seeing beautiful Lofoten is a truly extraordinary experience. The additional charm of the Lofoten Islands is revealed in its small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and traditional fisherman’s huts called 'rorbuer'.

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 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 an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, situated in an old fish-landing facility in Svolvær.

In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when our hunt for the northern lights 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 the 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.

Optional excursions on this day in the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
08:45am - 2:45pm, Svartisen Glacier (Ørnes-Bodø) - Available 4 Jun - 3 Sept
12:30am - 2:30pm, RIB-Safari to Saltstraumen (Bodø) - 1 Apr - 3 Nov
12:40am - 2:50pm, Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen - 1 Jan - 31 Dec
7:00pm - 9:50pm, Meet the vikings (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4 Nov - 3 Apr
7:00pm - 9:50pm, Meet the vikings, summer (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4 Apr - 3 Nov
7:10pm - 9:50pm, Highlights of Lofoten (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4 Apr - 31 Aug
9:05pm - 9:45pm, Lofotpils brewery (Svolvær) - 1 Jan - 31 Dec
7:05pm - 9:45pm, Farm visit in Lofoten (Stamsund-Svolvær) - 4 Apr - 30 Sept
All times are estimates and subject to change.

Day 5 STOKMARKNES - SKJERVØY (B, L, D)
Feeling Like a Polar Hero

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 proceeds to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join our Polar History Walk excursion 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 dog sled 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 our headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical northern lights. You can also enjoy some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure, or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord. Throughout the year you can join the expedition team for hikes and discover more of Tromsø and its surroundings. 

If you want to experience peace and tranquility 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 remarkable cosmic phenomenon.

Optional excursions on this day in the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
2:30pm - 6:00pm, The Arctic Capital Tromsø (Tromsø) - Available 1 Jan - 31 Dec
2:30pm - 6:00pm, Dog Sledding (Tromsø) - 5 Nov - 4 May
2:30pm - 6:00pm, Scenery & Huskies (Tromsø) - 5 May - 4 Nov
2:45pm - 5:30pm, Polar History Walk (Tromsø) - 5 Nov - 4 May
2:30pm - 6:00pm, Kayaking (Tromsø) - 1 May - 31 Aug
2:45pm - 6:00pm, Silent whale exploring (Tromsø) - 5 Nov - 14 Feb
2:45pm - 5:45pm, Cross country skiing (Tromsø) - 5 Jan - 1 May
2:45pm - 5:45pm, Snowshoeing in Tromsø - 5 Jan - 1 May
2:45pm - 6:00pm, Sami Adventure in Tromsø - 15 Dec - 1 May
All times are estimates and subject to change.

Day 6 ØKSFJORD - BERLEVÅG (B, L, D)
At the Top of the World - North Cape

Enjoy magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey toward the 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, early stop in Hammerfest we arrive in Havøysund, where you can disembark for an overland RIB boat ride and hike to the North Cape during the summer months. We pass scenic bird cliffs on our way to Hornvika, where we hike the old historical route up to the North Cape plateau.

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 1,245 miles away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing atop the 1,000 ft high North Cape plateau imparts a sublime sense of being at the end of the world. While admiring the view, be sure to take a picture of this amazing place! Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join us for a birdwatching safari to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, and a large number of kittiwakes. During the nesting season, this area teems with life, and mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. 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 a fishing village visit that takes you across 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, its local culture, and history.

The ship then continues north, sailing into the heartland of the indigenous Sami people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sami people, and explore the wonderful landscape in summer and autumn. Learn about Sami traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sami '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 Sami people, the geographic and climatic conditions, life on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population effectively utilizes nature in both summer and winter. Experience snowy valleys, fresh winter air, and perhaps even the mesmerizing northern lights in the starry sky. Sami Autumn is an excursion where you learn about the Arctic's natural 'pantry' and 'pharmacy', and sampledried reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (made with nettles), and a roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Sami shaman: Noaidi.

Optional excursions on this day in the period 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019:
11:30am - 2:30pm, The North Cape (Honningsvåg) - Available all year round
11:30am - 2:30pm, The North Cape exclusive (Honningsvåg) - all year round
11:30am - 2:30pm, Birdwatching Safari (Honningsvåg) - 6 Apr - 5 Sept
12:00am - 1:45pm, Our Northernmost life (Honningsvåg) - 10 Jun - 10 Aug
11:30am - 2:00pm, Fishing village visit (Honningsvåg) - all year round
5:00pm - 7:30pm, Sami Culture (Kjøllefjord-Mehamn) - 6 May - 5 Sept
5:15pm - 7:30pm, Snowmobile trip in the Arctic (Kjøllefjord-Mehamn) - 6 Dec - 15 May
5:15pm - 7:30pm, Sami Autumn (Kjøllefjord-Mehamn) - 6 Sept - 5 Nov
9:30pm - 9:15pm, Winter Expedition in the Arctic Wilderness (BVG-BVG) - 10 Apr - 10 May
All times are estimates and subject to change.

7 HAMMERFEST - HONNINGSVÅG - BERLEVÅG - KIRKENES (B, L, D)
Capital of the Barents Region and Turning Point

The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. We arrive early in nearby Vadsø, and just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes. At 30° East, Kirkenes is farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul! It is also Hurtigruten's turning point for the return trip west southbound along the coast. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east.

The Russian frontier is a just few miles away from Kirkenes. 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 border. Travel either by bus (all year), enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on an ATV/quad-bike. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remote region’s remarkably rich history and heritage.

Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in numerous adventurous activities in the Arctic environment. In winter and spring, you can join several activities and excursions, such as exploring the Arctic wilderness on asnowmobile 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 sled adventures, huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen Arctic landscape. In summer, you can join an excursion where you catch and eat giant king crabs from the Barents  Sea.  

It is here that your Cruise North ends. If you want to see more of Norway, we highly recommend our Land Adventures to experience more Norwegian cuisine, culture, and scenery.

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