Norway Winter Cruise & Tromsø

Cruise with Hurtigruten along the winter clad coastline of Norway from Bergen to Tromsø, the Northern Lights capital of Norway. Experience the coastal landscape, hunt for the Northern Lights and choose from optional excursions and exotic winter activities like dog sledding and snowmobile safaris.

Duration

7 days

Transportation

Cruise

Season

Winter

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary.
  • Hurtigruten cruise departure:
    • Baggage delivery available from 13:00 hrs
    • Check-in commences at 15:00 hrs (latest 1 hour before departure)
    • Embarkation commences at 16:00 hrs
    • Evening buffet onboard from 18:00-21:30 hrs
    • Departure from Bergen at 22:30 hrs.
  • It is recommended to pre-book shore excursions.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. We recommend combining this tour with our Discover Fjord Norway tour, taking you from Oslo to Bergen via the Bergen- & Flåm Railway and the Nærøyfjord. Your journey with Hurtigruten begins in the late evening from Bergen, heading north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes. During the cruise you will experience everyday life along the coast. The mix of tourists, local travelers and transported goods make this a unique experience. Breakfast buffet and 3-course dinner are included during the trip, starting with evening buffet in Bergen and ending with breakfast before reaching Tromsø. You can also choose between a wide selection of optional shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship. Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Cabin types included during the cruise

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Stathavet, a stretch of open sea
    • Ålesund, the art nouveau town
    • The Romsdals Alps
    • Hustadvika, a stretch of open sea
  • Optional Shore Excursions.
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Morning cruise arrival in the city of Ålesund, where you will have three hours at leisure. Ålesund burnt down completely in 1904 and was 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 it’s dramatic Romsdal Alps. Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Trondheim
    • Stokksundet
    • Kjeungskjæret, Norway’s most charming lighthouse
    • 6000 islands and skerries along this leg.
  • Optional Shore Excursions.
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

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 on its northbound journey along the Helgeland coastline. Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The Arctic Circle
    • Vestfjorden
    • Lofoten Wall (mountain chain)
    • Svolvær
    • Raftsundet (during the night)
  • Optional Shore Excursions.
  • Breakfast buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Early in the morning you will cross the Arctic Circle, entering the Land of the Northern Light. Thanks to the Gulf stream almost all of Norway's coast remain free of ice throughout the year. In Bodø you will have 3,5 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 an optional Viking Feast on the Lofoten Islands. Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Breakfast buffet onboard.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Gibostad, historic trading post
  • Arrival in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Tromsø.
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Your cruise will continue during the night and morning, passing Vesterålen Islands before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs. 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. It is also the undisputed Northern Lights capital of Norway. The city lies between the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life. To increase your chances of Northern Lights observations we recommend joining an evening excursion which will take you away from the lights of the city. Accommodation in Tromsø.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Tromsø.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Arctic Cathedral
    • Polar Museum
    • Tromsø Gondola lift
    • Polaria Arctic Aquarium
    • Mack brewery
  • Recommended winter activities:
    • Sami culture & reindeer sledding
    • Whale Watching
    • Snowmobile Safari
  • Accommodation in Tromsø.

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to experience Tromsø, often referred to as Paris of the North due to its lively atmosphere. Sights of interest include the Gondola Lift, the Arctic Cathedral, Polaria, the Polar Museum and the Northern Light Planetarium. We also recommend joining one of the optional winter activities, i.e. dog sledding, snowmobile safari or reideer sledding. In the evening we recommend having dinner at one of Tromsø’s excellent restaurants. Accommodation in Tromsø.

Add extra nights in Tromsø - From EUR 79 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 this tour with our Short Winter Cruise to Kirkenes where you can spend the night at the Snow Hotel?

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:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast.
  • 4 nights onboard Hurtigruten from Bergen to Tromsø.
  • Accommodation in 2-berth inside cabin with shower/WC (unspecified cabin category, twin beds).
  • Half board during the cruise:
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    • Breakfast buffet with a wide selection of food, usually served between 07.00-10.00
    • 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)
  • Outside (= seaside) cabin with a window 

The additional costs for cabin upgrades are available on request.

Changed schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve:
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.