Winter cruise with Hurtigruten: Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen. Travel in search of the Northern Lights when the landscape is covered in pure white snow. You will experience a spectacular cruise, and also have the possibility to join optional shore excursions and exotic winter activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the entire cruise.
This tour can commence in: Bergen
Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. Your journey with Hurtigruten/The Norwegian Coastal Voyage begins in the late evening from Bergen, heading north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes and back again to Bergen in 12 days. During the cruise you will experience everyday life along the coast, and the mix of tourists, local travelers and transported goods make this a unique experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the entire cruise, starting with evening buffet in Bergen on day 1 and ending with lunch in Bergen on day 12. During the cruise you can also choose between several optional shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship (please see Add-ons for further information and prices).
Morning cruise arrival in the city of Ålesund, where you will have three hours at leisure. Ålesund burnt down in 1904 and was completely rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. Most of these buildings are well preserved and make Ålesund unique in terms of architecture. Possibility to join a sightseeing tour before your cruise continues to the heart of Romsdalen with its dramatic Romsdal Alps.
Today you will arrive in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century BC) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed. During wintertime Hurtigruten will dock in Trondheim for six hours before continuing along the Helgeland coastline.
Early in the morning you will cross the Arctic Circle, entering the Land of the Northern Light. In Bodø you will have 2,5 hours at leisure before the journey continues across the Vestfjord to the Lofoten Islands. Lofoten stretches like a wall of mountains to the southwest in the sea. The archipelago consists of mountains and peaks, wide open ocean, sheltered inlets, stretches of seashore and large virgin areas. For centuries, catching cod and drying them has been a way of life and Lofoten’s largest industry. Two of the most recognizable sights are therefore the fishermen’s cabins and the Stockfish which is cod that has been hung to dry on a wooden frame. This evening you have the opportunity to join a Viking Feast on the Lofoten Islands (see add-ons).
Your cruise will continue during the night and morning, passing Vesterålen Islands before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs. In Tromsø you will have four hours at leisure, or your can join one of the shore excursions; dog sledding or sightseeing in Tromsø (see add-ons). The arctic city of Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. Due to Tromsø's location right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Light’s belt, the city offers the world’s best chances of spotting the Northern Lights. Sights of interest in Tromsø include the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium and Tromsø Museum. Evening cruise departure from Tromsø.
This morning you will spend at sea before arriving in Honningsvåg around noon. Excursion possibility to the North Cape Plateau where you can admire the panoramic view of the open wide expanse of the Arctic Ocean. Entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included in the excursion. The cruise continues in the afternoon towards Kirkenes.
While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you will pass by Vadsø, the administrative centre of Finnmark. It was from here that the Arctic explorers Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth began their flights over the North Pole in the airship, Norge. At 9:00 am you will arrive in Kirkenes, the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. During the 3-hour stay in Kirkenes you can join a dog-sledding excursion, a visit to the Russian boarder or a visit at the snow hotel. At 12:30 pm your cruise continues, heading back south towards Bergen.
Arrival in Hammerfest, the first town in Norway to have electric street lighting. As early as 1891, residents could enjoy fully lit streets during the winter darkness. The journey continues south-west towards Tromsø, where you arrive late in the evening.
Morning arrival in Harstad before the journey continues along Vesterålen Islands to Lofoten Islands. As an alternative you can join an optional shore excursion across the Vesterålen Islands. Arrival in Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten Islands, before dinnertime. Spend the hour-long stop exploring the quays. The last stop for the day is Stamsund, a fishing station built into the rock, almost in defiance of nature. It is now one of the largest fishing stations in Lofoten.
This morning you will cross the arctic circle once more. This time heading south towards lighter days. Continue the cruise along the Helgeland coastline. Numerous legends and stories are associated with this coastline. One such story is about the Seven Sisters and Torghatten Mountain and how they came to be such unusual shapes.
Early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you will have time at leisure until departure at 10 o’clock. Enjoy a little of the city’s culture, architecture and history. Departure along the Trondheimsfjord and Trondheimsleia channel, before continuing southwards to Kristiansund and Molde. Kristiansund is the home of dried fish production while Molde is known for its breathtaking location with panoramic views of the 222 partly snow-clad mountain peaks (Romsdal Alps).
The last part of the cruise includes magnificent fjord- and archipelago scenery, before the ship arrives in Bergen at 14:30 hrs. Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary, or perhaps you would like to combine the cruise with one of our fjord tours? The fjords are a unique experience during the winter, cruising through the quiet landscape to the sound of the cracking ice.