Northern Lights Cruise

Combine the Northern Light city of Tromsø with a 3-day cruise with Hurtigruten; Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø. Visit the North Cape and join exotic winter activities including dog sledding, snowmobile safaris and more. Possibility to break the tour in Kirkenes to include the Ice Hotel.


6 days





Tour Type


Itinerary - Day by day

  • Arrival in Tromsø according to your own itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Arrival in Tromsø according to your own itinerary. 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 the city’s location right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Light’s belt, Tromsø offers the world’s best chances of spotting the Northern Lights. During your stay in Tromsø you can choose from a wide selection of optional winter activities, including dog sledding, Northern Lights observations and snowmobile safaris. Accommodation in Tromsø.

Add extra nights in Tromsø - From EUR 65 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Tromsø.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Arctic Cathedral
    • Polar Museum
    • Tromsø Gondola lift
    • Polaria Arctic Aquarium
    • Mack brewery
  • Hurtigruten cruise departure:
    • Embarkation/check-in commences at 14:30 hrs
    • Check-in at least 30 minutes before departure
    • Departure from Tromsø at 18:30 hrs
    • Dinner onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Shore excursions can be booked in advance.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten (unspecified cabin category).

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore Tromsø. Sights of interest include the Polar Museum, Arctic Cathedral, Polaria Arctic Aquarium, Mack brewery and more. Today you will also have the possibility to join one of the optional winter activities, before embarking on your winter cruise with Hurtigruten at 6.30 pm. Dinner and accommodation onboard. Read more about the Hurtigruten cruise.

Cabin types included during the cruise

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The North Cape (only on shore excursion)
    • Fishing station
    • Sværholdtklubben, bird cliffs
    • Finnkjerka, mountain formation
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation on-board Hurtigruten.

Breakfast on-board. 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.
Dinner and accommodation onboard.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise arrival in Kirkenes at 09:00 hrs.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Kirkenes, the turning point of the journey
  • Departure from Kirkenes at 12:30 hrs
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Vardø, Norway’s most easterly town.
    • Vardøhus Fortification
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • None
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

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 toward Tromsø.
Dinner and accommodation onboard.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Hammerfest
    • Tromsø by night
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Arrival in Tromsø at 23:45 hrs.
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Arrival in Hammerfest the next day. Hammerfest was 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 cruise continues south-west towards Tromsø. Dinner onboard Hurtigruten before arriving in Tromsø just before midnight. Accommodation in Tromsø.

Add extra nights in Tromsø - From EUR 65 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Tromsø according to your own itinerary.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Tromsø according to your own itinerary, or perhaps you would like to combine your Northern Lights Cruise with an Oslo city break?

Tour category

Thon Hotel Tromsø


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

Clarion Hotel The Edge


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: 

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast.
  • 3 nights onboard Hurtigruten Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø. Accommodation in unspecified inside cabin (twin beds).
  • 3x breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food, usually served between 07.00-10.00
  • 4x dinner onboard Hurtigruten. 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:
  • Category GOLD hotels (accommodation in standard rooms)
  • Unspecified outside cabin (twin beds)

Due to the planned docking of several ships, Hurtigruten will not have daily departures. In addition, capacity for cabins for the shorter stretches is often first bookable closer to departure. 

This tour is available from October 1 since chances for seeing Northern Lights are good (weather depending) but please be aware that the optional winter activities mainly start from (middle of) November.

Hurtigruten is moored in a harbour for some hours in the afternoon and evening on December 24th and until after midnight on New Year's Eve. This means that the normal schedule changes slightly and some of the following, smaller ports will be passed by to catch up on the lost time (usually stops during night time). A special Christmas / New Year's dinner will be included; the additional cost will be EUR 35 per person.