Hurtigruten Winter Cruise, Southbound

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.

Duration

6 days

Transportation

Cruise

Season

Winter

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • 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
  • Dinner onboard.
  • It is recommended to pre-book shore excursions.
  • Accommodation on board Hurtigruten.

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 on board, 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 on board the ship.

Cabin types included during the cruise

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Hammerfest
    • Tromsø by night
  • Optional Shore Excursions.
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

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.

  • 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.
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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).

  • Hurtigruten Cruise. Arrival in Bergen at 14:30 hrs.
  • Breakfast buffet on board.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The archipelago and entrance to Bergen
    • Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords
  • Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary.

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.

Tour category

Hurtigruten – Polar Inside Cabin

Silver

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard.

Inside cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Silver accommodation

Hurtigruten - Polar Outside Cabin

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included:

  • 5 nights onboard Hurtigruten from Kirkenes-Bergen.
  • Accommodation in unspecified 2-berth polar inside cabin with shower/WC (twin beds, category D, B, I or K). Basic service level (see description below).
  • Full board during the cruise: 
    • Breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food, usually served between 07.00-10.00
    • Large lunch buffet with hot and cold dishes and dessert, usually served between 12.00-14.30.
    • 3-course dinner, usually served between 18.30-21.00
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.
  • Additional services included for Tour Category GOLD only:
    Unspecified polar outside cabin (twin beds, category J, A, L, AJ, N or O – some cabins might have limited view). Basic service level, cabin on middle or lower deck.

Important information regarding prices:

Kindly note that Hurtigruten uses dynamic pricing; instead of offering set prices Hurtigruten will decide the price for the cruise based on the capacity level on board each ship/departure at the time of booking. The price for the cruise can therefore vary from full price to a price reduction of up to 25% (starting price). Early booking is recommended. 

Different service levels:

From April 1 2017 Hurtigruten has introduced three different service levels:

  • Basic (unspecified inside or outside cabin, full board).
  • Select (specific cabin category, full board, choice of dining time, free WiFi and more).
  • Platinum (as select, plus transfers, choice between buffet dinner and a la carte, exclusive shore excursions and more). Please contact us for a full overview of the services included in the tree services levels.
    Please note: If you choose to upgrade from basic to a higher service level after a booking has been confirmed you might not get the same price level.


Please contact us for best available 2018 rates

(when going through the booking process the price shown will be the starting price for the selected departure - we will get back to you with the best available rate).

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