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Hurtigruten Northbound Cruise - 7 days

Scandinavian Cruises, Start in Bergen

Cruise with Hurtigruten along the coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes. Hurtigruten, the world’s most beautiful sea voyage, is a journey through history and maritime culture. The Northbound cruise is the "cultural" cruise, allowing more time in towns along the coast.

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2018 Early booking discount

Book before October 30 2017 to secure the best possible rates for the Hurtigruten voyages with travel date in 2018. In addition you will get a price reduction of EUR 185,- per person on the best possible rates. The offer is valid for Hurtigruten cruises with a minimum of 5 nights on board and does not apply for existing bookings or for any other services relating to the cruise booking.

Kindly observe 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. When booking early you should be able to secure the best possible price, which is 25% below the full price. The prices specified on our website under price details are according to Hurtigruten’s best possible rates.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Bergen

Day 01: Bergen – evening cruise departure

  • 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 at 20:00 hrs from Mai 1 until October 31
    • Departure at 22:30 hrs the rest of the year.
  • Shore excursions can be booked in advance (see add-ons).
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 02: Cruise to Ålesund/Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord

  • 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
  • Hurtigruten Cruise to Geirangerfjord = no time in Ålesund
    • Available for cruises with start in Bergen between June 1 and August 31
  • Hurtigruten Cruise to Hjørundfjord = no time in Ålesund
    • Available for cruises with start in Bergen between September 1 and October 31
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • A Taste of Norway
    • Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass
    • Art Nouveau Walk of Ålesund
    • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium & Mount Aksla
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 03: Cruise to Trondheim, Norway's first capital

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

Day 04: Cruise across the Arctic Circle to Lofoten

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The Arctic Circle
    • Vestfjorden
    • Lofoten Wall (mountain chain)
    • Svolvær
    • Raftsundet (during the night)
    • Trollfjorden (from April, depending on ice/snow)
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Svartisen Glacier
    • RIB boat safari, Saltstraumen
    • Lofoten Viking Feast
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 05: Cruise Vesterålen Islands to Tromsø

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Gibostad, historic trading post
    • Tromsø
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • Whale Watching (only sold onboard)
    • The Arctic Capital Tromsø
    • Dog Sledding, Tromsø
    • Scenery & Huskies, Tromsø
    • Polar History Walk, Tromsø
    • Kayaking, Tromsø
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 06: Cruise to Honningsvåg/Optional North Cape excursion

  • Hurtigruten Cruise.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • The North Cape (only on shore excursion)
    • Fishing station
    • Sværholdtklubben, bird cliffs
    • Finnkjerka, mountain formation
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • The North Cape
    • Bird Watching Safari
    • A taste of Lapland
    • Snowmobile trip in Lapland
    • Sami Autumn
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet & dinner onboard.
  • Accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 07: Cruise arrival in Kirkenes

  • Hurtigruten Cruise arrival in Kirkenes at 09:00 hrs.
  • Attractions along the coast:
    • Kirkenes, the turning point of the journey
  • Optional Shore Excursions:
    • The Russian Border
    • Riverboat to the Russian Border
    • Snowmobile Safari, Kirkenes
    • Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    • ATV/Quad-safari to the Russian Border
    • Husky Sledge Adventure
    • Arctic Bushcraft
  • Departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Bergen – evening cruise departure

Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. Your journey with Hurtigruten begins in the evening from Bergen, heading north along the western coastline of Norway to Kirkenes in 6 nights/7 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. All meals are included for round trip passengers. During the cruise with Hurtigruten you can choose between a wide selection of optional shore excursions, which can be booked in advance or onboard the ship. Please see Add-ons for further information and prices.

Day 02: Cruise to Ålesund/Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord

Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten. Today you have the choice between exploring the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund or to follow Hurtigruten on a cruise along the well known Geirangerfjord/Hjørundfjord (the detour is possible on cruises starting from Bergen between May 31 and October 30). Ålesund was completely destroyed by a devastating town fire in 1904, and rebuilt again in the Art Nouveau style, making it a truly unique town in Europe. The town centre reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés, and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. Sights of interest are the Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the Sunnmøre Museum, an open air museum with an impressive boat collection and more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings (entrances not included). The beauty of the town can be appreciated from Mount Aksla, with a breathtaking view of the town. If you take the detour to the Geirangerfjord (possible on departures from Bergen between June 1 and August 31) you will cruise along the Geirangerfjord, with its waterfalls and mountain farms situated high up on the mountainsides, in places you will be amazed that people and livestock could survive. The Geirangerfjord has been included on UNESCO's World Heritage list. On departures from Bergen between September 1 and October 31, the detour goes to the Hjørundfjord instead. Surrounded by the majestic Sunnmøre Alps with unpolished nature and steep rock walls, the Hjørundfjord is one of the most long-standing and stunning fjords in Norway. Evening departure from Ålesund. Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 03: Cruise to Trondheim, Norway's first capital

Morning arrival 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.

Day 04: Cruise across the Arctic Circle to Lofoten

Early in the morning you will cross the Arctic Circle and enter the Land of the Midnight Sun; where the sun never sets during the summer. During wintertime you will have the opportunity to experience the Northern Light. 3 ½ hour in Bodø before continuing 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 shacks and the Stockfish which is cod that has been hung to dry on a wooden frame.

Day 05: Cruise Vesterålen Islands to Tromsø

Morning at sea, before arriving in Tromsø at 14:30 hrs where you will have 4 hours at leisure. 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. Sights of interest are the Polar Museum, Northern Light Planetarium and Tromsø Museum.

Day 06: Cruise to Honningsvåg/Optional North Cape excursion

Morning at sea, you will arrive 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, and perhaps have the opportunity to see the Midnight Sun. During the excursion entrance to the North Cape Hall with viewing platform, souvenir shops, cinema, cafeteria and restaurant, is included.

Day 07: Cruise arrival in Kirkenes

While you sleep, the ship continues sailing east along the Varanger peninsula, past Båtsfjord and Vardø. At breakfast time, you arrive in 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. Kirkenes is the last stop on the northbound journey with Hurtigruten. The town lies between two time lines, Helsinki and Moscow. Departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary.

Hurtigruten Northbound Cruise

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