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    12 days - Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage with an Astronomy expert.

    Voyage the beautiful Norwegian Coast from Bergen to Kirkenes return. A spectacular voyage examining the inseparable links between Norway's rich heritage and the sea, the Classic Round Voyage is the ultimate way to experience the full majesty and culture of Norway's coastline.

    Highlights include

    • Go hunting for the Northern Lights, the elusive winter phenomenon
    • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
    • Learn more about the Northern Lights, the Arctic sky and the solar system in lectures on board from renowned astronomers
    • Visit the Northern Lights Planetarium in Tromsø
    Day 1
    Arrive Bergen
    Day 2
    Ålesund and Nordfjord
    Day 3
    The Royal City of Trondheim
    Day 4
    Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
    Day 5
    Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic
    Day 6
    Honningsvåg and the North Cape
    Day 7
    Kirkenes, the Voyage turning point
    Day 8
    Hammerfest and Tromsø
    Day 9
    Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
    Day 10
    Arctic Circle & Seven sisters
    Day 11
    Trondheim and Kristiansund
    Day 12
    Rocky Islands, and disembark in Bergen
    Start/End Place
    Bergen, Norway tours
    Country Visited
    Norway tours
    12 Days
    Group Size
    100 - 400
    Easy independent voyage suitable for singles & couples



    Norwegian Ferry boat

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    • 12 day Bergen - Bergen Round Voyage in the cabin grade of your choice
    • Full-board (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
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees

    Not Included

    Flights, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions.


    Day 1 - Arrive 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. Be sure to visit the new Bergen Fish Market - a fantastic modern architectural designed building.

    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.

    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.

    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins

    Day 2 - Ålesund and Nordfjord

    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 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.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Ålesund Art Nouveau Walk
    Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla

    Day 3 - 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. After passing through Stokksund, the ship will arrive at Rørvik.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Trondheim City Walk
    Kayaking on the River Nid
    The Northernmost tramride in the world

    Day 4 - 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. 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. In the evening you reach Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands. 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.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Experience Bodø and Saltstraumen
    Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)
    Rib-Safari to Saltstraumen
    Meet the Vikings - Winter
    Lofotpils Brewery

    Day 5 - Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic

    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.

    ON THIS SPECIAL VOYAGE, You will spend time at the Science of Northern Norway visiting their exhibits and installations on the Northern Lights. The Planetarium, part of the Science Centre, is the northernmost planetarium in the world and the largest in Norway. It has a full dome ceiling offering 360 degree views, with room for 100 visitors, and high quality digital projectors showing daily films about 'Experiencing the Aurora' and the constellations.

    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.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Optional Add Ons
    The Arctic Capital Tromsø
    Dog Sledding
    Tromsø Scenery and Huskies
    Polar History Walk
    Silent Whale Watching
    Cross-Country Skiing (Tromsø)
    Snowshoeing In Tromsø
    Fishing in Tromsø

    Day 6 - 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. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Honningsvåg: Fishing Village Visit
    The North Cape, Honningsvåg
    Snowmobile Trip in Lapland
    Sami Autumn

    Day 7 - Kirkenes, the Voyage turning point

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

    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. Being at the north-easterly terminus of Hurtigruten, the only choice from here is to set south again but spending a few days in Kirkenes offers you the opportunity to take part in some of the adventurous Arctic activities available nearby.

    On 1 October 1908 the Hurtigruten route was extended from Vadsø to a small settlement with a church (Norw. kirke) on a promontory (nes), or Kirkenes. For the 3,500 inhabitants, the main sources of income are fishing and tourism. More recently, jobs have been made available at the re-commissioned iron ore mine. As you turn south, the northbound ports previously visited by night are now seen by day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. You continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

    Optional excursions depending on the season: The Russian Border, Riverboat Safari, Snowmobile Safari, King Crab Safari, Kirkenes Snow Hotel, ATV/Quad-Safari to the Russian Border and Husky Adventure.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    The Russian Border
    Snowmobile Safari
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    Husky Sledge Adventure
    King Crab Expedition

    Day 8 - Hammerfest and Tromsø

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

    Breakfast at the North Cape including a visit to a Sámi family form part of an early morning excursion (at extra cost). Your next stop, Hammerfest, was a settlement back to the Stone Age and is still playing an important role as a fishing port. Founded in 1789 to develop trade with Russia, Hammerfest reconfirmed its position as Norway’s Polar capital of its time, acting as a base for hunting expeditions to the High Arctic. In Hammerfest the Meridian Column, erected in 1854, commemorates the first precise measurement of the globe, an achievement so important that it’s become a UNE SCO World Heritage Site. As early as 1891, wave energy provided power to the first electric street lighting in Northern Europe, and energy innovation is still a signature for Hammerfest with its large Liquid Gas Plant just outside town.

    From here, your next major stop will be Tromsø where you are invited to take part in a very special musical experience, The Arctic Cathedral Midnight Concert. Or why not head to one of the town’s many friendly pubs and sample the local brew, Mack’s Arctic Beer.

    Optional Excursions depending on the season: Snowmobile trip in the Polar Night, Breakfast at the North Cape, the Northernmost Town in the world Hammerfest and Midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    The Northernmost Town in the World
    Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral
    Snowmobile trip in the Polar Night
    Into the Ice - Stories of a Polar Hero

    Day 9 - Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

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

    The Vesterålen and Lofoten Island are amongst today’s highlights. Before you reach them, you pass through Risøyrenna, a channel that was specially constructed for Hurtigruten, providing the vessels an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland. Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded, is the location of the Hurtigruten Museum. Entry is free for all Hurtigruten passengers. You continue through the narrow Raftsund, the picturesque narrow channel between the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands, where, time and weather permitting, you’ll take a detour into the spectacular Trollfjord where steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides.

    Then it’s on to Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands followed by Stamsund where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed. You leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Optional Add Ons
    Fishing village walk
    A taste of Vesterålen
    Vesterålen and Lofoten by rib
    Lofoten by Horse

    Day 10 - Arctic Circle & Seven sisters

    Ports visited today: Bodø, Ørnes, Nesna, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund, Rørvik.

    The Helgeland coast with hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls is worth getting up early to experience. Today will also be your last one north of the Arctic Circle as you cross it between Ørnes and Nesna. This part of the coast is rich in local lore with stories including the legend of the Seven Sisters, a picturesque row of peaks, and the myth about how the arrow from Hestmannen’s bow formed the hole in Torghatten Mountain. The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is close to our call in Sandnessjøen. The islands were inscribed on this prestigious list due to the unique interaction between man and nature – over centuries the local population have protected the eider duck nests in return for the highly valuable down from the birds.

    Optional Activities depending on the season: Unesco Islands Vega and Visit a Salmon Farm.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Brønnøysund Village Walk
    Visit the Salmon
    UNESCO Vega archipelago

    Day 11 - Trondheim and Kristiansund

    Ports visited today: Trondheim, Kristiansund, Molde, Ålesund.

    Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Nidaros Cathedral, in which three Queens and seven Kings have been crowned, is Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, and Norway’s crown jewels are kept in the adjacent Archbishop’s Residence. Passing the islands of Munkholmen and Hitra you then cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’ due to its lush Gulf Stream location. You will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps glinting in the sun. The town of Kristiansund, located on the scenic Atlantic Road, holds the rather obscure title of Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of the nature of its main export.

    Optional Excursions depending on the season: The Atlantic Road, Nidaros Cathedral and Ringve Museum, Marble Mine tour, Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral, Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum and Trondheim City Walk.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Hurtigruten Cabins
    Optional Add Ons
    Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
    Bergatt Magnificent Marble Mine
    Trondheim City Walk

    Day 12 - Rocky Islands, and disembark in Bergen

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

    Today, your Hurtigruten voyage will come to an end when you arrive in the City of Seven Mountains, Bergen. But before that, you still have a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of you such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedalsbreen glacier, Norway’s longest fjord - the mighty Sognefjord and the picturesque Bergen Archipelago. Take home your memories of the world’s most beautiful voyage and the many seafaring companions and friends you’ve made along the way.

    Enjoy an optional city walk in Bergen.

    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Optional Add Ons
    12A Bergen City Sightseeing

    Important Information

    When securing your cabin with us, please take note of the dimensions of the cabin to ensure that you are satisfied with its 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.

    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.

    NOTE: Hurtigruten offer a Northern Lights promise - that the lights will make an appearance during your 12 day Hurtigruten voyage in Norway, that if they don't, Hurtigruten give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage with half board FREE OF CHARGE *Please consider that the lights can be quite often hard to see or fleeting and not as the photos appear.

    Your lecturers on board:

    Dr John Mason, MBE - On Astronomy Voyages departing:
    17 October 2022
    16 January 2023
    17 March 2023
    8 October 2023
    3 March 2024
    An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr John Mason is currently the Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He has appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on BBC TV's 'The Sky at Night.'

    Ian Ridpath - On Astronomy Voyages departing:
    23 September 2022
    12 March 2023
    7 October 2023
    1 March 2024
    Ian Ridpath is an internationally renowned author and lecturer on astronomy and space. He is editor of the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and author of several widely used night sky guides for beginners. Ian is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society’s team of outreach speakers and has been lecturing on Hurtigruten voyages since 2010. He is a winner of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's award for ‘outstanding ‍contributions ‍to ‍the ‍public ‍understanding ‍and ‍appreciation ‍of ‍astronomy’.

    Dr Sadie Jones - On an Astronomy Voyage departing:
    17 November 2022
    21 January 2023
    6 November 2023
    14 January 2024
    Dr Sadie Jones is the Astronomy Public Engagement Leader at the University of Southampton. In January 2020, she assisted members of the Space Environment Physics group on an expedition to Svalbard, Norway to observe the aurora and collect research data. She also runs talks and school workshops on aurora research to promote ‘The Aurora Zoo’, a citizen science platform where the public analyse short videos of aurora displays.

    Tom Kerss - On an Astronomy Voyage departing:
    12 February 2023
    6 December 2023
    2 February 2024
    Tom Kerss F.R.A.S. is an astronomer, astrophotographer, author and consultant. Having previously worked at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, he is the founder of Stargazing✦London, which delivers world-class online astronomy courses. Tom has authored numerous best-selling astronomy books for adults and children, including Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide to Auroras, which offers a complete introduction to nature's most magical sky-illuminating phenomenon.


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