Astronomy Cruise

Hurtigruten CruiseNorway

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From $2,358 USD
September 17 - December 6, 2020
12 Days / 11 Nights

12-day voyage along the mesmerizing Norwegian Coast, learn about the Arctic sky and magical light show, the Aurora Borealis, from experienced astronomer.

Overview

Join our 12-day Astronomy cruise at the height of Norway's Northern Lights season, learn about the cosmos from an onboard astronomy expert who shares his in-depth knowledge for the Arctic sky. Voyage along the mesmerizing Norwegian Coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes and return to Bergen. Enjoy this limited voyage, accompanied by special lecturers, experts on astronomy to see the Northern Lights, and an exclusive visit to the planetarium in Tromsø.

Operation

September 17 - December 6, 2020

Departure

  • September 17, 2020, MS Trollfjord
  • October 12, 2020, MS Midnatsol
  • November 11, 2020, , MS Trollfjord
  • November 14, 2020, MS Midnatsol
  • December 6, 2020, MS Midnatsol

Price

  • from $2,358 Polar Inside, no window, December 6, 2020

Rates are in USD, per person in double cabin
Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.
Any available discount will be applied to your booking!
Please request your choice of cabin category

Included

  • 12-day Bergen - Bergen round-trip cruise
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
  • Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned astronomer
  • Exclusive excursion to the Planetarium in Tromsø

Not Included

  • International Airfare (please request)
  • Airport taxes
  • Transfers
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Luggage handling

Please note

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
All prices are shown in USD ($) per person based on two people traveling together sharing an inside cabin

Tour Options

  • Optional excursions

Practical information

On Board information

Itinerary:

Day 1 Bergen
Day 2 Ålesund
Day 3 Trondheim
Day 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Day 5 Stokmarknes
Day 6 Honningsvåg
Day 7 Kirkenes
Day 8 Hammerfest and Tromsø
Day 9 Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Day 10 Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters
Day 11 Trondheim and Kristiansund
Day 12 Bergen

Day 1 EMBARKATION BERGEN (D)

The Hunt Begins
The adventure begins in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and take the opportunity to meet your fellow astronomers.

Day 2 ÅLESUND (B, L, D)

A Day for Masterpieces
An early arrival at the Art Noveau town of Ålesund gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

  • Optional Excursions
    A Taste of Norway
    Discover a beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, a historic hotel, and a tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.
  • Mountain Hike in the Hjørundfjord
    The Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in all of Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above on this mountain hike.
  • Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    Experience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across the beautiful Norddalsfjord, and an exciting drive with 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll's ladder) Pass – all on one excursion.
  • Hjørundfjorden, Geiranger and Ålesund
    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
    Join 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
    Join us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant city of Ålesund and hear colorful local stories, including why it is built in the Art Nouveau style.
  • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
    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
    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
    Dating back to the Viking Age, today Ålesund is best known for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.

Day 3 TRONDHEIM (B, L, D)

The Royal City of  Trondheim
Continuing north you head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.

  • Optional Excursions
    Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum
    Encounter the majesty of Trondheim's medieval Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's only church built in the Gothic architectural style. Then explore the Norway's musical history at the Ringve Museum.
  • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Explore Norway’s first capital, Trondheim, founded in 997 by Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who brought Christianity to Norway and gave Trondheim its original name: Nidaros.
  • Trondheim City Walk
    Join a walking tour through the medieval city of Trondheim, which has become a major modern academic and technology research center.
  • Cycling in Trondheim
    Join us for a leisurely paced bicycle tour through one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Norway – Trondheim.
  • The Northernmost Tramride in the World
    Experience Trondheim in the vintage carriage of the northernmost tram in the world! Enjoy a spectacular view of the city's colorful houses, before we take you to new highs at the ski jumping hill of Granåsen. The excursion ends in the city center of Trondheim with a photo stop at the marvelous Nidaros Cathedral.
  • Kayaking On The River Nid
    Discover a completely new perspective of Trondheim on an urban kayak expedition along the River Nid that winds it way through the historic city.

Day 4 ARCTIC CIRCLE - LOFOTEN ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Welcome to the Arctic!
Crossing the Arctic Circle you continue to the modern town of Bodø. After crossing the Vestfjord you are amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvær.

  • Optional Excursions
    Svartisen Glacier
    Experience an up-close and personal visit to Svartisen, Norway's second-largest glacier and the southernmost glacier in mainland Europe.
  • Arctic Coastal Walk
    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 Saltstraumen
    The giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.
  • Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
    Join us for a coach tour of the second-largest city in Northern Norway, Bodø, and then see the world's largest tidal current, the legendary Saltstraumen.
  • Meet the Vikings
    Travel back more than 1,000 years in time and experience how the Vikings lived at Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg, Lofoten, where the largest Viking building ever found 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 Lofoten
    The Highlights of Lofoten excursion takes you to the Lofoten archipelago's many picturesque fishing villages and towns, surrounded by spectacular backdrops of sea and mountains.
  • Lofotpils Brewery
    Meet local Svolvær brewmaster at Lofotpils Bryggeri (brewery), established in a fish-landing depot dating back to the 1930s along the waterfront in Svolvær.
  • Farm Visit in Lofoten
    Experience life on a diverse working farm, Aalan Farm, in Lauvdalen, Lofoten, renowned for its herbs and organic cheeses.

Day 5 STOKMARKNES - TROMSØ (B, L, D)

Expand your Northern Lights knowledge
A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the Capital of Arctic Norway. Here a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour. 

  • Optional Excursions
    The Arctic Capital Tromsø
    Join us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.
  • Dog Sledding
    Join a mini-polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.
  • Scenery and Huskies
    Experience North Norway's nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Center on Kvaløya Island.
  • Polar History Walk
    Experience the same polar frontier environment as the famous Arctic explorers on this historic polar walk through Tromsø.
  • Kayaking
    Ready for a little adventure? Join us as we kayak to the nearby island of Håkøya along the Tromsø area's coastline.
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    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 Tromsø
    Some coin this snowshoeing excursion in Tromsø 'childhood revisited' because it is so carefree and liberating.

Day 6 HAMMERFEST - HONNINGSVÅG (B, L, D)

The Northern Lights and the North Cape
Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape (optional excursion).

Optional Excursions
  • The North Cape
    Encounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
  • Birdwatching Safari
    Fascinated by multitudes of birds? Come along on this excursion to see one of Norway's largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near the North Cape.
  • Sami Culture
    Encounter the Sámi people of far-northern Europe and learn about their remarkable culture.
  • Fishing Village Visit
    Join us on a fascinating tour of two small fishing villages and discover Christmas year round at the very top of Norway.
  • Snowmobile Trip in the Arctic
    Join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most exciting and extreme natural Arctic regions.
  • Sámi Autumn
    Learn about the mystical cultural practices and natural medicines of the indigenous Sámi people living in Europe's northernmost region.
  • RIB Expedition on 71 degrees North
    Journey to the North Cape like a true explorer - approach by RIB boat and hike up the mountainside to the famous plateau.

Day 7 KIRKENES

To the top and back again
The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometers from the Russian border, and you can join one of our exciting excursions here. As you return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.

  • Optional Excursions
    The Russian Border
    East 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 the Russian Border
    Explore the river that divides Norway and Russia, two distinctly different, yet strangely similar, countries.
  • Snowmobile Safari
    If you like the idea of racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting people who live in this extreme region, then this excursion is for you.
  • Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    Visit 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 reindeer and huskies that live close to the hotel.
  • ATV/Quad Safari to the Russian Border
    Discover Kirkenes and its surrounding nature, historical sights, and the Russian border on this motorized ATV (all terrain vehicle) quad bike adventure.
  • Husky Tour
    Experience a thrilling dog-sledding adventure across the frozen Arctic wilderness.
  • King Crab Experience
    Join 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.

Day 8  HAMMERFEST - TROMSØ (B, L, D)

The Extreme North
Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø.

  • Optional Excursions
    The Northernmost Town in the World
    Join a bus tour to explore Hammerfest and learn about the events that have shaped this unique town at the top of Europe.
  • Snowmobile Trip into the Polar Night
    Join an unforgettable snowmobile journey into the polar night, and across one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural environments.
  • Breakfast at North Cape
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.
  • Mountain Hike in Hammerfest
    Join 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 Hero
    Go on a 'mini-expedition' and discover one of the greatest figures in polar history during this excursion from Hammerfest to nearby Mount Salen.
  • Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral
    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
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tromsø’s famous sights from the seaside.

Day 9 VERSTERÅLEN - LOFOTEN (B, L, D)

Welcome to Lofoten
Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast for many it is the most stunning part of your journey south.

  • Optional Excursions
    A Taste of Vesterålen
    A Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion program. Come along and experience its history, beautiful scenery, and many breathtaking sights.
  • Lofoten Islands
    Join us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on Earth.
  • Sea Eagle Safari
    Join us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.
  • Lofoten by Horse
    Imagine horseback riding along a remote beach and terrain once inhabited by Vikings. Join us for this excursion along the shoreline of Gimsøy on the open Norwegian Sea.
  • RIB Adventure in Lofoten
    Join us on this exciting sea excursion in open RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) on the waters of the fantastic Lofoten archipelago.
  • Discover a Fishing Village
    Join us on a guided walking tour to the quaint old fishing village of Svinøya adjacent to the Lofoten town of Svolvær.

Day 10 ARCTIC CIRCLE - SEVEN SISTERS (B, L, D)

A date with the Seven Sisters
Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore.

  • Optional Excursions
    UNESCO Vega Archipelago
    Take a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local eider duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.
  • Visit the Salmon
    Fascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.

Day 11 TRONDHEIM - KRISTIANSUND (B, L, D)

The old cities and the sea
An early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you have time to explore the city.

  • Optional Excursions
    Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Join us on a coach tour of this holy medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technological research center.
  • The Atlantic Road
    Ride along on what The Guardian ranked as the world´s best road trip, and was awarded the "Engineering Feat of the Century" prize in 2005.
  • Bergtatt - Magnificent Marble Mine
    Enjoy a guided bus tour to Bergtatt, and visit a working marble and limestone mine on the bank of an illuminated subterranean lake deep inside a mountain

Day 12 BERGEN - DISEMBARKATION (B)

The final chapter of the fairytale
A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close. 

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