Hurtigruten – Classic Coastal Voyage South, 6 days

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From $1,091 USD
January 1 - December 31, 2020
6 Days / 5 Nights

Hurtigruten cruise south Kirkenes to Bergen, 6 days. From the Arctic wilderness to the southern fjords, from North Cape to Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands.

Overview

Experience the spectacular Norwegian coastline under the Northern Lights in winter or the Midnight Sun in summer. On our Classic 6-day cruise Southbound from Kirkenes to Bergen, admire landscapes of fjords, mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers, combined with visits to historic cities and quaint coastal towns. Explore the natural beauty of the Lofoten, cruise the narrow Raftsund and the amazing Trollfjord, join exciting sea- and land-based activities.

Operation

January 1 - December 31, 2020

Departure

daily, January 1 - December 2020

Price

  • from $1,091 per person, PolarInside

Included

  • 5 nights Hurtigruten cruise, Kirkenes - Bergen
  • 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
  • land arrangements
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional shore excursions

Please note

  • All rates are in USD per person based on double occupancy.  Not all categories are available for all departures.
  • 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.
  • Single cabin pricing available on request.
  • Hurtigruten reserves the right to decline the sale of a cabin for less than its stated occupancy.
  • All prices are subject to availability and change without notice.

Tour Options

Day 1 Kirkenes - Berlevåg
Day 2 Mehamn - Tromsø
Day 3 Tromsø - Stamsund
Day 4 Bodø - Rørvik
Day 5 Trondheim - Ålesund
Day 6 Ålesund - Bergen

Day 1 KIRKENES - VARDØ - BÅTSFJORD - BERLEVÅG
Capital of the Barents Region and Turning Point

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 before your sailing 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-sled 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 cruise, 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. 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.

Time in Port:
Kirkenes: 09.00 am – 12.30 pm
Vardø: 15.45 pm – 16.45 pm
Båtsfjord: 19.45 pm – 20.15 pm
Berlevåg: 21.45 pm – 22.00 pm

Day 2 MEHAMN - TROMSØ (B, L, D)

Arctic magic and music
North Cape - 71 degrees north
We make a late night stop at Mehamn. During winter, you can join an amazing snowmobile trip here, through the vast Arctic wilderness. Experience snowy plains and valleys, crisp winter air and very possibly the Northern Lights in the starry sky above.

At Honningsvåg, join an overland excursion that crosses the island of Magerøy in time for you to enjoy breakfast atop North Cape (May - October). In Hammerfest, you can visit the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to honour the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. During winter, join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.

Tromsø – Paris of the North
We proceed south to Øksfjord, stopping briefly at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, nestled beneath the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps.

We dock at Tromsø, in time to enjoy a magical Northern Lights concert at the Arctic Cathedral in winter, or Midnight Sun concert during summer. You can join a midnight excursion under the Midnight Sun to explore Tromsø by sea in a small boat. You may want to drop by Ølhallen to enjoy a beer and a chat with friendly locals.

Time in Port:
Mehamn: 00.45 am – 01.00 am
Kjøllefjord: 02.45 am – 03.00 am
Honningsvåg: 05.30 am – 05.45 am
Havøysund: 07.45 am – 08.00 am
Hammerfest: 10.45 am – 12.45* pm
Øksfjord: 15.30 pm – 15.45 pm
Skjervøy: 19.15 pm – 19.45 pm
Tromsø: 23.45 pm – 01.30 am
* 01.04. - 31.05. departure time from Hammerfest will be 11.45 due to diversion into Lyngen.

Day 3 HARSTAD - SORTLAND - SVOLVÆR - STAMSUND (B, L, D)
Lofoten, where nature amazes

History and culture

This morning, we arrive at Harstad, where you can join one of our classic excursions - A Taste of Vesterålen. Discover history, beautiful scenery, and cultural heritage sites on this tour that rejoins the ship at Sortland.

Those who stay on the ship experience our passage through the Risøyrenna, a shallow channel made for Hurtigruten in the 1920s.

Lofoten and Trollfjord

Get ready now for some amazing scenery as we sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages. Our daylight sailing route through the region is the voyage highlight for many.

After a short stop at the tiny village of Risøyhamn, we continue to Stokmarknes - where Hurtigruten began more than 125 years ago. You can visit the Hurtigruten Museum here.

Continuing south, it will look like we're headed into a mountain wall, but don’t worry. We are in fact sailing through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, flanked by peaks rising 1,000 m out of the sea.

We now arrive at amazing Trollfjord. If conditions allow, we will sail between sheer cliffs that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Next we arrive in Svolvær, where you can choose from several excursion options. Go horseback riding along a beach at sunset, head out on spectacular hikes, join a fast-boat tour on the fjord, or relax in town at one of many cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Time in Port:
Tromsø: 23.45 pm – 01.30 am
Finnsnes: 04.15 am – 04.45 am
Harstad: 07.45 am – 08.30 am
Risøyhamn: 10.45 am – 11.00 am
Sortland: 12.30 pm – 13.00 pm
Stokmarknes: 14.15 pm – 15.15 pm
Svolvær: 18.30 pm – 20.30 pm
Stamsund: 22.00 pm – 22.30 pm

Day 4 ØRNES - NESNA - SANDNESSJØEN - BRONNØYSUND - RØRVIK (B, L, D)
The Seven Sisters

Trolls and mountains
Crossing the Arctic Circle is an important 'rite of passage'. Today we celebrate the occasion on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil.

Sailing along the Helgeland coast, you see the strange mountain, Torghatten (258 m above sea level), famous for the distinctive hole through its center. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was formed during the ice age. Participate on a hike up the mountain.

Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. It is easy to see how the peaks influenced ancient legend. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful mountaintops.

From ducks to salmon
Next, we briefly stop at the idyllic trading post of Nesna before moving on to Sandnessjøen. From here, you can join an optional excursion to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Vega Islands. The UNESCO status is due to the unique centuries-old interaction between the islanders and eider ducks. Learn how the locals sustain a livelihood of making down-filled duvets.

In Brønnøysund, join an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Center for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon, from April through October.

Even though we're south of the Arctic Circle, there are still good chances to see the Northern Lights in winter. The Midnight Sun may not shine, but you still experience seemingly endless daylight during late spring and summer.

Time in Port:
Bodø: 02.30 am – 03.45 am
Ørnes: 06.40 am – 06.50 am
Nesna: 10.25 am – 10.35 am
Sandnessjøen: 11.45 am – 12.15 pm
Brønnøysund: 15.00 pm – 17.30 pm
Rørvik: 21.00 pm – 21.30 pm

Day 5 TRONDHEIM - KRISTIANSUND - MOLDE - ÅLESUND (B, L, D)
Gothic majesty and hidden Lake

Trondheim
Today you have a chance to explore the wooden city of history: Trondheim. Be sure to visit the majestic Nidaros Cathedral, built over the burial site of King Olav II who reigned from 1015 to 1028.

Spectacular scenery and life of the sea
As we sail along the coast, you will realize the importance of fishing to Norway's coastal communities.

Kristiansund is regarded as Norway's 'dried cod capital' because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion along the Atlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8 km stretch of highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea.

Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which takes you inside a mountain and across an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mine's 'Grand Hall'.

Norwegian Alps
Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ship's open sea crossing towards Molde - Norway's 'City of Roses'. From there, you can see the distant pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps across the fjord, called 'the Molde panorama'.

Time in Port:
Trondheim: 06.30 am – 09.45 am
Kristiansund: 16.30 pm – 17.00 pm
Molde: 21.00 pm – 21.30 pm
Ålesund: 00.30 am – 01.00 am

Day 6 TORVIK - MALØY - FLORØ - BERGEN (B)
Final Chapter of the Fairy Tale

Our return to Bergen
Night-time stops
During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as our voyage draws to a close. Before docking in Bergen, there is fascinating scenery to see, including picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. Here the fjord widens to the east and forges 90 km inland.

Approaching Bergen
In the morning, we dock at Florø, Norway's westernmost community.

A few nautical miles south of Florø, we cross the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, taking in superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline en route. Finally, you disembark in the Hanseatic city of Bergen with unforgettable memories of a truly unique part of the world. We hope to see you on board again in the very near future!

More adventures in Norway
If you would like to see more of Norway, we highly recommend our Bergen City Sightseeing excursion (only sold on board), or various Post-programs to experience more Norwegian cuisine, culture and scenery.

Time in Port:
Ålesund: 00.30 am – 01.00 am
Torvik: 02.15 am – 02.30 am
Måløy: 05.15 am – 05.45 am
Florø: 07.45 am – 08.15 am
Bergen: 14.30 pm

Option: Pre or Post Cruise
Norway in a Nutshell tour: Oslo - Bergen or Bergen to Oslo.
Please request

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