Hurtigruten Winter Norway Coastal Voyages – 6, 7, 11 and 12-days
Choose from 12 Exploration ships
20% Off December Departures now.
7-day cruise fares from $780 per person
ALSO AVAILABLE: 7-day cruise package including pre-hotel + post-hotel + all transfers + air on select ships/dates from $2,540pp
*Fares subject to change daily by ship, departure date and cabin.
2018/19 Winter Voyages from $880* per person
Special offers – 25% Early Booking Savings. Hurtigruten’s loyalty discount: 5%
*Based on 6-day Basic Cat. I November 2018 departure. Fares change daily by ship, departure date and cabin.
Winter Departures Nov 1 – Mar 31
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For thousands of years, people in the northern parts of the world have marveled at the spectacular displays that light up the night sky. Sailing with Hurtigruten will provide the best opportunity to experience this magical, colorful light show, from light green to dark purple, flickering across the Arctic sky.
Northern Lights Promise*
Hurtigruten is so confident that the northern lights will make an appearance during your Classic Roundtrip 12-day voyage in Norway that they’ve created the Northern Lights Promise. If the northern lights don’t appear during your Classic Roundtrip 12-day voyage, they will give you a 6- or 7-day Classic Voyage free of charge for the following winter seaso
(Days 1-7 Represent the 7-day Northbound Voyage: Bergen – Kirkenes)
Day 1: Embarkation in Bergen
Bergen is the bustling capital of Norway’s fjord district. If you arrive a few hours before departure, stroll around the old wooden buildings at the Bryggen Wharf, remnants of Bergen’s Hanseatic past. Your Hurtigruten voyage begins in Bergen, a harbor town established by the Viking King Olav more than nine hundred years ago. It quickly became the center of Norway’s vibrant commercial trade with northern Europe and the British Isles, especially in dried cod. By the late Middle Ages, the Hanseatic League had set up a trading post on the Bryggen waterfront. Some of the buildings you’ll see along the wharf date back to the 14th century! You can board the Hurtigruten ship as early as 4pm. In the evening, your Hurtigruten voyage sets sail through the Hjeltefjord, following in the wake of the Vikings who ventured from here to the Shetland Islands and beyond.
Day 2: Ålesund
Enjoy the nature of the coastline as you sail toward Ålesund, a city renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. We recommend the excursion to Mount Aksla for a perfect panoramic view.
Day 3: The Royal City of Trondheim
The ship arrives early this morning in ancient Trondheim, where you’ll have time to explore this jewel of a city, Norway’s first capital. Did you know that the first Viking sale of goods from ‘the new found land’ took place here about 1000 A.D.? Timber from Lief Eriksson’s Vinland estate was sold to a Bremen merchant. The storehouses built on wooden stilts along the river are a colorful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter. Walk the charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet and the great Gothic cathedral of Nidaros, where the new kings of old Norway once received their official blessing. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.
Optional shore excursions:
Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
Day 4: Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
As we cross the Arctic Circle the hunt for the Arctic light begins. This occasion is marked with an Arctic Circle baptism on deck. You have the opportunity to learn more about the northern lights and to experience an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast. Later this day, you enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund. If the weather and ice conditions allow it, the ship sails into the entrance of the famous Trollfjord, where you can enjoy freshly made fishcakes on deck.
Day 5: Tromsø, Gateway to the Arctic
After a morning stop in Finnsnes, you continue to the Arctic capital Tromsø. Perhaps take part in a polar dog sledding excursion or a trip to the Polaria science and educational center. As you sail along the coast there is an opportunity to see the northern lights. We gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomena.
The Arctic Capital Tromsø
Polar History Walk
Wilderness Adventure Camp
Day 6: Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Honningsvåg is the nearest port to the North Cape. An excursion to this breathtaking site puts you at 71° 10’ 21” N, only 1,243 miles from the Geographic North Pole. Join the presentation about Sámi culture, and history in pictures, words, and music. Later this day you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the Sámi people: Finnkirka. Enjoy the spectacular lighting on this famous rock. At the next port, Kjøllefjord, you can join a snowmobile trip to Mehamn (*Available from March 1), where you might see the northern lights in the clear, starlit sky.
The North Cape
Snowmobile Trip in Lapland
Day 7: Kirkenes, the voyage turning point
The turning point of our Coastal Voyage is just over 6 miles from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snowhotel and the base for several exciting excursions, including dog sledding and king crab fishing. Kirkenes also has several fascinating small museums, recounting the history and heritage of this remote frontier. The polar nights extend from November 21 to 21 January 21. It is not completely dark during this time; the light and color in the sky are amazing when the weather is favorable.
Kirkenes is known as the ‘Capital of the Barents Region’ and the ‘Gateway to the East’, with people here speaking Norwegian, Sámi, Finnish, and Russian. As you head south, the northbound ports visited by night are now visited during the day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø. Depending on the weather conditions, we may invite you to take an ice dip in the Arctic Ocean!
Day 8: Hammerfest and Tromsø
Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to Melkøya – the northern- most natural gas terminal – on board. Our next major stop will be Tromsø, where you have the option to take part in a very special musical experience, the Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral.
The Northernmost Town in the World
Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral
Snowmobile Trip in the Polar Night
Day 9: Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Enjoy the stunning views of sheltered bays and glorious mountain landscapes wrapped in the cloak of a polar winter. We stop at Stokmarknes – home to the Hurtigruten Museum, before continuing through the Raftsund, a picturesque and narrow channel between the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. As a tribute to the fishing history in Lofoten, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day out on deck.
Day 10: Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters
As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you can enjoy views of myriad islands, fertile farmlands, and lush meadows. From Ørnes, you’ll travel through crystalline waters and see lush, agricultural fields. Nearly every towering peak you’ll see is associated with a local legend. Crossing the Arctic Circle once again, you’ll pass the idyllic island of Sandnessjøen. On the approach to Brønnøysund, which you’ll reach this afternoon, you’ll pass the mythical Seven Sisters mountain range. Make sure you’re on deck when the ship departs Brønnøysund. You’ll be impressed by the captain’s steady hand! Today’s last port of call will be Rørvik. The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be explored during the optional excursion.
Optional shore excursions:
Visit the Salmon
Day 11: Trondheim and Kristiansund
Today you have the opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim again. Nidaros Cathedral, where three queens and seven kings were crowned, is Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. Later, on your way to Kristiansund, you will see the steep, pointed, snow-covered peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Optional shore excursions:
Day 12: Bergen, disembarkation
During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Måløy, and Florø. The ‘World’s Most Beautiful Voyage’ is drawing to a close, but miles and miles of spectacular scenery is still to be seen: Holly trees on Svanøya island, the mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach to Bergen. Our arrival in Bergen sees the end of this magnificent winter journey.
Bergen City Sightseeing