NORWEGIAN NORTHERN LIGHTS VOYAGE
Join us at the height of Norway’s northern lights season and learn about the cosmos from an onboard astronomy expert who shares his in-depth knowledge and passion for the Arctic sky. Hear special on-board lectures and join exciting excursions to see the northern lights with your own eyes!
- This Norwegian coastal voyage takes you from Bergen to Kirkenes or in the reverse direction
- Cruise through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth
- Discover Norway’s entire coastal route with 34 ports
- Named by Lonely Planet as the world’s most beautiful voyage
- Voyage includes a Polar Circle crossing and special celebration
AT A GLANCE
DAY 1: BERGEN – THE HUNT BEGINS
There is a reason famous travel routes are ‘famous.’ Each offers epic landscapes and the distinctive ability to transport the traveller through time and turn fleeting moments into life-long memories. The Hurtigruten Route along Norway’s coastline rightly earns its place in the hall of fame of iconic traveller routes along with other classics like the Orient Express, Europe’s Danube, and the revered Route 66. On this trip you get nothing but spectacular experiences. Visit cities like Bergen, Ålesund and Trondheim, before crossing the Polar Circle and sailing into Tromsø. Southbound you get to see Lofoten and Trollfjorden in broad daylight, before sailing along the Helgeland coast, passing the Seven Sisters mountains. Let yourself admire the overwhelmingly beautiful west coast on the way to the final destination, Bergen.
|Tour: Disembark from Bergen|
Your northbound expedition starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. A pre-cruise city package can be added on to your cruising program, on request and may include airport transfers, accommodation and local sightseeing options.
Sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond, heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes passing by.
DAY 2: ÅLESUND – A DAY FOR MASTERPIECES
Art Nouveau in Norway
If you wake up early today, you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord. As you sail past the West Cape, you experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. An early arrival at this Art Nouveau town gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore.
|Tour: Art Nouveau in Norway|
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 3: TRONDHEIM – THE ROYAL CITY
Today you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral or a casual walk through the Bakkland district. In autumn you can join the trip out to Munkholmen. Originally an ancient place of execution, it became a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwesterly course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. In autumn you can learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Noryougian coast during the Captain’s talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.
|Tour: Explore Trondheim|
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 4: SAY HELLO TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
The Arctic Circle marks the entry into the Arctic region. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. You continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon.
|Tour: Arctic Circle|
Meals: B, L, D
The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. You celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, you stop at the entrance to Trollfjord. Here you are served freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.
DAY 5: STOKMARKNES – NORTHERN LIGHTS KNOWLEDGE
Stokmarknes – Northern Lights Knowledge
The ship continues to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. In winter you can complete our stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sled ride. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, you continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and you gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.
|Tour: Stokmarknes – Northern Lights Knowledge|
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 6: NORTHERN LIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS CULTURE
Honningsvåg – The Northern Lights and the North Cape
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you cross the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund you arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Your ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. You pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka. As you approach your next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord, local fishermen every so often visit the ship during winter and spring to share their catch of the day out on deck, usually King Crab and Cod. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as you explore the wonderful scenery. In winter you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.
|Tour: Honningsvåg – The Northern Lights and the North Cape|
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 7: KIRKENES
Disembark in Kirkenes
After breakfast you arrive in Kirkenes, at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. You can choose to explore the Arctic winter on a snowmobile, driving over a frozen fjord. Or take a husky dogsled adventure – the huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen landscape, taking you through the arctic wilderness. You can also visit the Snow Hotel and meet the reindeer living on the grounds.
The one-way, northbound Norwegian coastal voyage ends in Kirkenes. We can arrange for you to stay on in Kirkenes for the night or for airfare to fly to Oslo, depending on your continuing travel plans.
|Tour: Disembark in Kirkenes|
The Southbound itinerary below can be taken as a stand-along 6 day/5 night journey or as the continuation of a full, coastal round-trip.
If your are doing the full 12-day, round-trip voyage you will stay on the ship and turn back southbound to sail back to Bergen. This is a combination of the Northbound and Southbound voyages which creates an amazing 12-day coastal exploration journey, travelling almost 1,500 miles of some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth, visiting 34 ports along Norway’s coast. Some of the ports of call are different on the southbound journey than those on the northbound route, while some are repeated.
It is also possible to disembark at certain ports along the way for shorter duration cruises. Please discuss with us what you would like to do and we’ll design a program for you.
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Northern Lights Promise: Take a 12-day round-trip Norwegian Coastal Voyage between October and March and, if the Northern Lights don’t make an appearance (as verified by the ship’s captain) during your cruise you’ll receive a 6 or 7-day voyage the following season free of charge. You would be responsible for paying your own airfare to/from Norway as well as any additional hotel accommodation or optional tours booked. Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.