Hurtigruten – the worlds most beautiful sea voyage.
For 90 years Hurtigruten became the most important communication link between the north and south of Norway, transporting mail, cargo and passenger. Hurtigruten means ‘fast route’ and it was the quickest and most reliable passage into the remote lands of northern Norway, regardless of weather conditions. Indeed it was not until 1983 that the mail delivery was finally entrusted to road and air routes.
Today a cruise with Hurtigruten is a breathtaking experience; a glimpse into the Norwegian coastal life and traditions. On board the ships you will find large lounges with panorama windows so that you have every opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Or why not take a walk on the docs and enjoy one of the many shore excursions?
The complete journey with Hurtigruten takes 11 days and calls on 35 ports along the western coastline of Norway, sailing north from Bergen to Kirkenes and back again.
We offer both the complete cruise and shorter stretches along the Norwegian coast.
The cabins onboard Hurtigruten are basic, but comfortable. All cabins have private shower/WC, with the exception of some inside cabins onboard the oldest ship MS Lofoten s where there is only a sink in the cabin and shared shower/bathroom facilities in the hallway. All cabins have separate beds (twin beds) with the exception of some suites (additional cost applies).
From 2011 it is no longer possible to book a specific cabin category unless one is booked on one of the round trips including full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). By round trip we refer to one of the following stretches: Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen/Bergen-Kirkenes/Kirkenes-Bergen. Please note that our winter cruises with Hurtigruten, where the above mentioned stretches are included, are based on half board (breakfast and dinner) and overnight in an unspecified cabin category. It is not possible to guarantee a cabin on a specific deck.
Our Category 2 includes overnight in an unspecified inside cabin (Hurtigruten’s category D, A, I or J). This includes cabins with no windows or windows with limited or no view (no preferences can be guaranteed). The cabins are located on deck 2-6.
Hurtigruten is served by a fleet of 11 ships. All of them are working ships, transporting goods in addition to passengers. Since the ships will also call to ports during the night, some noise might occur. The facilities provided by the ships are uniform, but the choice of colours, materials and design means that each ship retains its own character.
They have large, comfortable lounges providing good views, fully licensed restaurants, cafés and bars, and souvenir shops that also sell a selection of toiletries. All, but the two oldest ships, have large panorama lounges located on the top deck.
The majority of the ships also have fitness rooms and saunas for passengers. MS Midnatsol, MS Trollfjord and MS Finnmarken have outdoor Jacuzzis. The ships MS Kong Harald, MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp and MS Nordnorge have all been refurbished in 2016, and will have a Jacuzzi.
The very newest ships have several bars, restaurants and cafés with varied menus, extended conference facilities and internet cafés. All the ships, with the exception of MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen, have good facilities for disabled people and have lifts. All ships apart from MS Lofoten can transport cars.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are generally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately (some hotels have double beds though). Unless otherwise specified all rooms have private bathroom facilities, which are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be formed by a double room with an extra bed. As a result space may be restricted.
Unless otherwise clearly specified a standard room/cabin is included in the tour price.