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9 days - Classic Voyage up the coast of Norway.

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 9-day voyage with Hurtigruten begins in Bergen where you stay in a waterfront hotel with lovely views across to the historic Bergen bryggen. After a day of sightseeing, embark on your voyage where you find the wild beauty of the Lofoten Islands and the Lyngen Alps. And there is more than wilderness: you will enjoy the atmosphere and culture of towns like Ålesund, and Tromsø – all steeped in coastal history. The voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes takes you from the 60th to the 70th latitude on a 7-day tour de force. Advancing north, a constantly changing landscape unfolds – one scenery more dramatic than the other. Kirkenes – your final destination – is right on the Russian border where you spend a night in this fascinating & remote town.

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.

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
Arrive Bergen
Day 2
Embarkation in Bergen
Day 3
Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
Day 4
Be enlightened by the Medieval Spirit - The Royal City of Trondheim
Day 5
Discover your inner explorer - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Day 6
Excitement in the Arctic - Husky dogsledding, mountain hiking & kayaking.
Day 7
Explore the Northern Soul & Cape - Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Day 8
Disembark in Kirkenes
Day 9
Depart Kirkenes
Start Place
Bergen, Norway
End Place
Kirkenes, Norway
Country Visited
Norway
Duration
9 Days
Suitability
Easy independent voyage suitable for singles & couples
Code
CNCN02

Details

Transportation

Norwegian ferry boat

Click here to see the Hurtigruten fleet - Norwegian Coastal Voyages

Included
  • Overnight in comfortable & central hotel in Bergen & Kirkenes (1 night pre & 1 night post voyage, superior rooms, fjord view in Bergen)
  • Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes 6 nights in a twin outside cabin with toilet & shower. Arctic Superior U package which includes the water package, an amenity set, kettle, tea & coffee making facilities and a TV.
  • Full board on board the Hurtigruten ship, other meals as per itinerary. 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.
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

Flights, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Bergen

Arrive to Bergen and make your way to your hotel.

Enjoy a day in Bergen. Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. You can visit the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack-houses or the old Hanseatic Quarter. You can also take ride on the funicular up to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below.

Accommodation
Clarion Hotel Admiral

Day 2 - Embarkation in Bergen

Ports visited today: Bergen

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. Be sure to visit the new Bergen Fish Market - a fantastic modern architectural designed building with a great outdoor and indoor dining area.

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

50 Degrees North also has a 24-hour emergency support service and operational office in Norway.

Getting to your ship:

Your Hurtigruten ship will sail from the Hurtigruten Terminalen, located at Nostegarten 30, 5010 Bergen. Telephone +47 5554 3631. We can provide you with the best transport option to get to the ship.

Embarkation:

The terminal is staffed from 13:00 and is open from 15:00 for baggage check-in. Embarkation takes place from 16:00 and your cabin will be available from approximately 18:00. Dinner (buffet style) will be available from 18:00. Please note you carry your own luggage onboard from the pier to your cabin.

Your ship departs at 20:00.

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 3 - Ålesund and Geirangerfjord

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

If you wake up early the next day, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we are out on the open sea. The ship then navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund.

Distinguished by its numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings, Ålesund is a town renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. It owes this to a devastating fire that burned a large proportion of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently 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 salt-water aquariums. The tour includes a visit to the open-air pool to see the resident penguins. After visiting Atlanterhavsparken, we continue onwards and upwards to Mount Aksla where you will get an amazing panorama of the area.

In the summer months, we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800 metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape are what give this fjord its special character: far from the tourist bustle, taking passengers past steep rock walls, green meadows, lonely mountain farms and small villages.

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

Day 4 - Be enlightened by the Medieval Spirit - The Royal City of Trondheim

Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.

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 as early as 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, Norway’s patron saint. Here you can marvel at the cathedral’s incredible architectural details and exquisite works of art.

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 in a vintage carriage on the world’s northernmost tram for a unique sightseeing tour.

You can also explore Trondheim from sea level in a kayak along the river Nid all year, or experience the city on a bicycle and try out the world’s only bicycle lift from April to September. 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 charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stokksund, the ship heads towards 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 5 - Discover your inner explorer - Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

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

Today we cross the Arctic Circle! This invisible line is situated at 66 degrees 33 minutes north and marks the border to the Arctic Region. In summer, this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘midnight sun’. During winter, being above this latitude provides the best chances for experiencing the Northern Lights. Even if you aren’t awake to see the Arctic Circle, the captain makes sure that the occasion is a memorable event. If you are sailing in Arctic waters for the first time, you can participate in a daytime Arctic Circle ceremony on deck.

Near Ørnes, you find Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. Join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre in summer, where you can admire the beauty of this enigmatic ice world. Afterwards, the journey continues along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, where you re-join the ship. In Bodø, you can join an adventure in harmony with nature, eagles and the deep blue sea. We head to Saltstraumen in a RIB, where you witness the world’s most powerful tidal current. On this exciting journey through wild landscape, there is also a good chance to observe sea eagles.

Later this afternoon, the sight of the 1,000 m high Lofoten Wall appears on the horizon. Tucked between majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches, Lofoten is an experience that is out of the ordinary. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian ambience. Take a stroll between stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional fisherman’s huts.

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 the 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 a herb and cheese farm in Lofoten, 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 the hunt for the Northern Light 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 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. If you look closely, you might see trolls up in the steep mountains. Or you might not.

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

Day 6 - Excitement in the Arctic - Husky dogsledding, mountain hiking & kayaking.

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

Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! During the morning hours, briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues to Tromsø, Capital of the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. Many epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point. Join the Polar History Walk 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 husky dog sledge 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 headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights. Why not test your coordination skills and have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord.

If you want to experience peace and tranquillity on the sea, why not join the 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 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
5K Silent Whale Watching
5M Cross-Country Skiing (Tromsø)
5N - Snowshoeing In Tromsø

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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.

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, enjoy a transfer to your hotel.

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Optional Add Ons
Hurtigruten Platinum Optional Excursions

Day 9 - Depart Kirkenes

Our services finish after breakfast. We can arrange a transfer to the airport if you wish.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Prices listed are FROM prices per person twin/double share. Please note the below prices are indicative only. 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. Single cabin pricing available on request.

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

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Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
1 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
EUR 2,551
On request
Superior
1 Oct 2018
31 Mar 2019
1 Oct 2018
31 Mar 2019
EUR 1,609
On request
Superior
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
1 Apr 2019
30 Apr 2019
EUR 1,975
On request
Superior
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
1 May 2019
31 May 2019
EUR 2,695
On request
Superior
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
1 Jun 2019
31 Jul 2019
EUR 3,172
On request
Superior
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
1 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
EUR 2,718
On request
Superior
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
EUR 2,396
On request
Superior
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
EUR 1,653
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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