7-DAY BERGEN-KIRKENES VOYAGE NORTHBOUND
Every nautical mile on the coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes and back gives you new experiences.
The mountains are set, but the weather and light change and give the landscape constantly new colors and expressions – from crackling green northern lights to radiant golden midnight sun. Along the coast, small fishing villages cling to weather-beaten nature on the narrow strip of land between wild mountains and rolling sea.
Day 1 Port: Bergen
The trip starts in the capital of western Norway with the colorful and Unesco-listed maritime houses on Bryggen. Take the Fløibanen to one of the city mountains, taste the seafood on Fisketorget or stroll through alleys and along quays in the lively harbor. Bergen is the gateway to the Norwegian fjords and the start of your coastal adventure.
- Norway in a nutshell, Bergen
- Experience Bergen by sailboat , Bergen
- Sea kayaking in Bergen , Bergen
Day 2 Ports: Florø-Måløy-Torvik-Ålesund-Geiranger * -Ålesund-Molde
After the first night on board, you can start the day by waving not only to smiling Norwegians along the coast, but also to Havila Kystruten’s head office near Torvik. Next in Ålesund, a rarely cohesive Art Nouveau town with beautiful brick houses and boathouses awaits. In the summer season you can continue on to the world heritage fjord Geirangerfjorden with its steep mountain sides and wild waterfalls.
* Geiranger is visited 01.06-31.10
- Jugendvandring , Ålesund
- Atlanterhavsparken , Ålesund
- Kayak in Ålesund
- Sukkertoppen , Ålesund
- Geiranger with Trollstigen , Geiranger *
- Experience Atlanterhavsveien , Molde
Day 3 Ports: Kristiansund – Trondheim – Rørvik
A new morning and you dock at the historic city of Trondheim which was founded over a thousand years ago. The landmark of the city is Nidaros Cathedral; Norway’s national shrine and one of Northern Europe’s largest cathedrals. After the visit here, the voyage goes out into the fjord, on to a bustling archipelago, and towards northern Norway.
- Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral Northbound
- Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral with veteran tram
- Historic city walk in Trondheim
- City cycling in Trondheim
Day 4 Ports: Brønnøysund – Sandnessjøen – Nesna – Ørnes – Bodø – Stamsund – Svolvær
On this stretch, we celebrate the crossing of the Arctic Circle and travel into the Arctic Empire. With clear skies, it means midnight sun in the summer and Northern Lights in the winter. Nature is king now with Scandinavia’s largest glacier, the world’s strongest tidal current, and wildlife including sea eagles. In the evening, Lofoten awaits with fishing villages, steep mountains and Vikings (dead and alive!).
- Experience Bodø and Saltstraumn , Ørnes
- RIB trip to Saltstraumen and the sea eagle , Bodø
- Brewery visit and beer tasting , Svolvær
- Dinner with the Viking chief , Stamsund
- Meet the Lofoten weather , Stamsund
Day 5 Ports: Stokmarknes – Sortland – Risøyhamn – Harstad – Finnsnes – Tromsø – Skjervøy
The voyage continues through narrow fjords and wild mountains to Tromsø, a city characterized by hunting culture, polar expeditions and daring adventurers. Now you have also come to the kingdom of the Sami, the indigenous people in Norway. An encounter with Sami and reindeer while you learn about the Sami culture is a unique experience you will remember.
- Dog sledding and huskies , Tromsø
- Visit to 300 huskies , Tromsø
- Sledding with reindeer and a visit to the Sami , Tromsø
- Walking theater in Tromsø , Tromsø
- Tromsø – the Arctic capital , Tromsø
Day 6 Ports: Hammerfest – Havøysund – Honningsvåg – Kjøllefjord – Mehamn – Berlevåg
As far north as you can get – both on land and on water. For many, the visit to the North Cape is a highlight and a destination for sailing along the Norwegian coast. In High Arctic nature is at its harshest and most desolate. Between bare plains and rugged cliffs, people hold on and harvest from nature. You can also taste the catch. How about a piece of king crab?
- North Cape Plateau , Honningsvåg
- ATV safari on the North Cape plateau this summer , Honningsvåg
- ATV safari on the North Cape plateau in winter , Honningsvåg
- Snowshoeing and ice fishing in the Arctic , Honningsvåg
- Experience the king crab , Honningsvåg
- Visiting a Sami family , Kjøllefjord
- Autumn visit to the Sami , Kjøllefjord
- Snowmobile trip in the Arctic , Kjøllefjord
Day 7 Ports: Båtsfjord – Vardø – Vadsø – Kirkenes
Now you are as far east as you get on the voyage. The border with Russia is only a few kilometers away and the interaction between the peoples here in the north is so great that street signs in Kirkenes are in both Norwegian and Russian. You can visit the border with one of our excursions, or how you can visit the snow hotel where everything is made of ice and snow.
- Kirkenes snow hotel , Kirkenes
- King crab fishing with snowmobile , Kirkenes
- Dog sled in Arctic , Kirkenes
- Snowmobile safari in the Arctic , Kirkenes
- The Russian border , Kirkenes
- King crab fishing with RIB , Kirkenes
Havila Voyages is a family-owned Norwegian shipping company with headquarters in Fosnavåg in Sunnmøre on the west coast of Norway. The Havila Group dates back to the 1950s when the founder, Peter Sævik, bought his first fishing boat as a teenager.
Currently, Havila Voyages has ordered four identical new-build ships, designed to be the most environmentally-friendly vessels to operate along the coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes.
The first two ships (Havila Castor and Havila Capella) will operate from 2021. Two more ships (Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux) are planned to following in 2022. Each ship will be able to carry 640 passengers (172 day-passengers and cabins for 468 passengers).
Year built: 2021
Operator: Havila Shipping
Length (LOA): 123 m / 404 ft
Beam (width): 22 m / 72 ft