Hurtigruten Cruise: Classic Round Trip Voyage

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At a glance…

Witness the spectacular fjords of Norway and picturesque coastal towns on this scenic cruise

» 12 day cruise

» Price from: £1,395 pp incl. flights

Hurtigruten's ships have long sailed the Norwegian coast, originally to deliver mail and freight to remote outposts far north of the Arctic Circle. It's a truly spectacular journey, passing endlessly rocky coastlines, remote archipelagos, vast mountain ranges and the most northerly point in mainland Europe to reach Kirkenes, just a short hop from the Russian border. On this round-trip voyage, you'll explore some of Norway’s best-loved coastal towns, navigate through world famous fjords and strike out on optional adventures including snowmobiling (from December) and Sami cultural tours. Look out for the Northern Lights in winter, while summer sailings are set aglow by the ethereal Midnight Sun.

Day by day itinerary

  • Day 1 » Bergen

    Arrive in Bergen and board your Hurtigruten cruise ship to begin your voyage north. Your ship won't depart until evening, so take the time to explore the myriad delights of Norway's second city, from its Hanseastic wharf to its famous fish market, You might even have time to ride the Floibanen funicular for sweeping views across town and the fjord and mountains beyond.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2 » Ålesund

    On summer sailings, the ship arrives early into Ålesund, home to a rare concentration of Art Nouveau buildings and stunning views from the top of Mount Aksla. It's then on to Geiranger in the heart of the western fjords – a truly spectacular setting. In winter, you'll have more time to take in Ålesund's architectural wonders, perhaps tagging on a trip to the city's aquarium to meet the resident penguiins before summiting Mount Aksla for more wonderful views. In the evening, you'll sail north to Molde, arriving late in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 » Trondheim

    Arrive in Norway’s former capital and visit its colourful wharves and warehouses, delightful wooden buildings and impressive 14th-century cathedral. In spring and summer, your day her includes a visit to the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where Norway's musical heritage is brought to life in a series of fascinating exhibits all set to a wonderful view. Between September and May, you'll be treated to a ride on the world's northernmost tram line, while there's also the chance to go kayaking on the River Nid or explore the city by bike. Back on board, you'll cruise past rocky islets and the Kjeungskjær lighthouse en route to Rorvik.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 » Lofoten Islands

    Cross the Arctic Circle, marking the moment with an on-deck ceremony, as you head towards the Lofoten Islands where you’ll have the chance to join a Lofotr Viking feast and explore the bustling fishing port of Svolvær. There's also the chance to go organic at a local herb and cheese farm, or visit Lofoten's only craft brewery. Then, in winter, as night descends, keep an eye on the sky for your first glimpse of the Northern Lights. In summer, of course, the magnificent landscapes are illuminated by the Midnight Sun.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 » Tromso

     After brief stops in the ports of Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes in the morning, you'll get a taste for Arctic city life in Tromso, where optional excursions include a guided husky safari in winter and a visit to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre on Kvaløya Island in summer. There's also the opportunity of a kayaking trip along the coast, getting close to local wildlife, or a guided city tour, taking in the pretty harbour and grand Arctic cathedral. From September onwards, don't forget to cast your eyes skywards for the chance to glimpse the Northern Lights. This evening, you'll continue your voyage north, arriving in Skjervoy at around 10:30pm.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 » North Cape & Honningsvag

    Enjoy uninterrupted views of northern Norway's magnificent coast as you sail to the very tip of the continent. Then, having dropped anchor Honningsvåg, you'll stand at the North Cape, looking out across the sea towards the North Pole, just 1,300 miles away. This evening you’ll call at Kjøllefjord, the heartland of the Samí people. Take the chance to learn more of their semi-nomadic existence and hear a traditional song, known as a joik. If you're sailing in autumn, don't miss out on the learning about the region's natural pantry, tasting the likes of dried reindeer meat and crowberry juice. In winter, jump on a snowmobile to chase the aurora's dancing lights.

  • Day 7 » Kirkenes

    The furthest point of your voyage is Kirkenes, where the street names are in Norwegian and Russian and you can explore on all manner of seasonal activities. In winter, perhaps join a snowmobile tour or visit the Kirkenes Snowhotel and its resident reindeer (extra cost), while in summer, there are hikes, canoe trips and riverboat safaris. There's even the chance to catch and eat giant king crabs, fresh from the Barents Sea. Then, as you sail back south, pause a Vardo for the chance to take a bracing dip in the icy waters.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 » Tromso

    Having docked in Mehamn at midnight to chase the Northern Lights by snowmobile, and paused once more at North Cape for breakfast, today's sailing sees you past the magnificent Lyngenfjord and Lyngen Alps en route to Tromso, where you'll be treated to a special midnight concert at the city’s Arctic Cathedral. In summer, there's also the chance for a boat cruise under the Midnight Sun and a chance to visit a pub in Ølhallen to meet the locals and perhaps enjoy a couple of beers.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 » Lofoten Islands

    Sail the ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Sortland as you continue south to Stamsund. Today's voyage is particularly spectacular as you explore the likes of Vesterålen and Stokmarknes, Hurtigruten's birthplace. Finally, you'll make port in Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands where options range from a guided coach tour of the islands to an expert-led excursion to go in search of Trollfjord's magnificent sea eagles.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 » Seven Sisters

    Having retraced your steps south, you'll once again cross the Arctic Circle, accompanied by another fun ceremony, this time involving a spoonful of cod liver oil. Your route then takes you past the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vega Islands, the striking Seven Sisters Mountains and picturesque Helgeland before arriving at picturesque Bronnoysund, where an optional summer excursion will see you to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre for a tour and tasting of the region's famed salmon (April–October).

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 » Trondheim to Ålesund

    Revisit Trondheim today, taking the chance for a guided visit to Nidaros Cathedral. You'll then sail south to the harbour city of Kristiansund from where the ultra-scenic Atlantic Road hopes between tiny islets via a series of bridges that span the wild coastline. Explore its unique beauty in the company of an expert guide, or head the Bergtatt marble museum mine to cruise across a subterranean lake and enjoy a meal in the mine's Great Hall. You'll then sail south via Molde and magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps to Ålesund.

  • Day 12 » Ålesund to Bergen

    The Romsdal Alps provide the backdrop as you sail via Ålesund and Trondheim to Bergen where you’ll disembark.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

To book call us on:

020 7664 2234

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At a glance…

Witness the spectacular fjords of Norway and picturesque coastal towns on this scenic cruise

» 12 day cruise

» Price from: £1,395 pp incl. flights

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