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Hurtigruten Winter Cruise, Southbound - 6 days

Scandinavian Cruises, Start in Kirkenes

Experience a cruise with Hurtigruten from Kirkenes to Bergen during wintertime: Exotic winter activities in the north, beautiful winter scenery during the cruise and the Hanseatic city of Bergen at the end of the cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Kirkenes

Day 01: Cruise departure from Kirkenes

  • Arrival in Kirkenes according to your own itinerary.
  • Hurtigruten cruise departure:
    • The ship arrives in Kirkenes at 09:00 hrs
    • Embarkation possible from 09:30 hrs
    • Departure from Kirkenes at 12:30 hrs
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Vardø, Norway’s most easterly town.
    • Vardøhus Fortification
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • None
  • Dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 02: Cruise via Hammerfest to Tromsø

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Hammerfest
    • Tromsø by night
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Snow mobile trip in the Polar Night
    • Hammerfest, the Northernmost town in the world
    • Midnight Concert at Arctic Cathedral
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 03: Cruise via Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Risøyrenna, narrow channel
    • Vesterålen and Raftsundet sound
    • Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes
    • Lofoten Wall (mountain chain)
    • Vestfjorden
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • A Taste of Vesterålen
    • Fishing village walk
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 04: Cruise along the Helgeland Coastline

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The Arctic Circle
    • The Helgeland coast during daytime
    • Torghatten, the mountain with a cave/hole
    • The Seven Sisters, mountain formation
    • The coastal museum in Nord-Trøndelag
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • None
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 05: Cruise via Trondheim, Kristiansund & Molde

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Trondheim
    • Hitra and Hustadvika
    • The Romsdal Alps
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Trondheim & Nidaros Cathedral
    • Trondheim City Walk
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Cruise arrival in Bergen

  • Hurtigruten Cruise. Arrival in Bergen at 14:30 hrs.
  • Breakfast buffet onboard.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The archipelago and entrance to Bergen
    • Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Bergen City Sightseeing (only sold onboard)
  • Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Cruise departure from Kirkenes

Arrival in Kirkenes according to your own itinerary. We recommend combining the southbound cruise with a stay in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Also recommendable is an overnight at Kirkenes Ice Hotel.
At noon your Hurtigruten cruise adventure will start. The southbound journey will bring you from Kirkenes and along the western coastline of Norway to Bergen. 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. You will spend 5 nights onboard, with breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and dinner included. You also have the possibility to go on shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship. Please see Add-ons for further details.

Day 02: Cruise via Hammerfest to Tromsø

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. Possibility to join the optional Arctic Energy short excursion. The journey continues south-west towards Tromsø, where you arrive late in the evening.

Day 03: Cruise via Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

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 to Sortland. From Sortland the cruise continues through the spectacular Raftsundet sound, taking you from Vesterålen to Lofoten. Arrival in Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten Islands, before dinnertime. Spend the hour-long stop exploring the quays or visit the Magic Ice Museum. Another posibility is to join the optional Viking Feast at Lofotr Viking Museum. 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.

Day 04: Cruise along the Helgeland Coastline

Cruise along the dramatic 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.

Day 05: Cruise via Trondheim, Kristiansund & Molde

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).

Day 06: Cruise arrival in Bergen

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. We recommend the Norway in a Nutshell tour or Nordic Capitals & Fjords.

Hurtigruten Winter Cruise, Southbound

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