Day 1 Hamburg, Germany
The second-largest city in Germany is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River and is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Before embarking on your ship, you may want to enjoy a tour on a harbour barge and explore some of the citys canals.
Day 2 At sea
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards the beautiful Norwegian coast. Take in the panoramic views from one of the many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
Day 3 Bergen
Norway has many beautiful cities and Bergen most certainly rates highly amongst them. Explore the harbour area, fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300s. Stroll through the alleyways or take a trip up to Mount Flyen. The Flibanen Funicular takes you to the top in just six minutes to enjoy amazing views over the city which is spectacularly situated between seven mountains and the sea.
Join the optional City Sightseeing excursion or explore the town on your own.
Day 4 Geiranger and lesund
Geirangerfjord features stunning and idyllic villages along its 100 km stretch. You can disembark in Geiranger to join our optional overland excursion that meets up with the ship in lesund. The fjord here is world famous for its beauty, and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy magnificent views along the road route, which features 11 hairpin turns as you descend the Trollstigen Pass.
For those who stay on the ship, our next port of call is lesund, where you will have time to explore the city on your own or with our optional excursions. This Art Nouveau town seems to have been taken right out of a fairy tale. After a disastrous fire, the majority of lesund was rebuilt in 1904 in spectacular Art Nouveau style. Today, you can visit the Art Nouveau Centre, which traces the citys fascinating history or take a walk up the 418 steps to the top of the Aksla Mountain (well worth it for the unforgettable panoramic views!).
Day 5 Trondheim
Trondheim was founded by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997 and was the capital of Norway for 200 years. It has a rich cultural life with an international flavour and is said to have the most restaurants and cafes per person in Norway. There is plenty to take in as you wander through this historic city, taking in the architecture and surroundings which create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere. Take in the Nidaros Cathedral, kayak on the river Nid or explore the beautifully restored wooden buildings of the Bakklandet district either by foot or on a bicycle ride.
Day 6 Bod and Svolvr
After crossing the Arctic Circle in the morning, (an event that will be celebrated in the traditional Hurtigurten way) we arrive in Bod.
Surrounded by sea and fjord, Bod is a city bathed in magical light. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, this is where we enter the land of the Midnight Sun. Join our optional excursion to take in the world’s strongest tidal current or explore the Bod on your own.
In the heart of Lofoten, the picturesque town of Svolvr is a fishing village where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced. Hike in the mountains here, or join a historical journey to the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited into the Chieftain’s House, a full-size reconstruction featuring relics dating back to the Viking Age.
From here, we sail through the Raftsundet Strait while keeping a sharp eye open for white-tailed sea eagles. We then enter the magnificent Trollfjord, surrounded by mountains that stretch up to 1,200 metres above sea level in a narrow passage that slices deeply and dramatically into heart of the island. We navigate carefully far into the fjord to marvel at mountain walls that rise directly out of the sea. This pristine channel is at times so narrow it feels as though you can reach out and touch the side of the fjord.
Day 7 Troms
Troms brims with culture and history in a magnificent landscape. The city is often described as the Paris of the North, and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. The Arctic Cathedral is a highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass mosaic. Theres also the Arctic Aquarium, the worlds northernmost Botanical Garden and the Fjellheisen Cable Car, affording breathtaking views across the city, mountains and fjords.
Enjoy an exciting excursion to meet the huskies, do some city sightseeing, go kayaking or take a scenic hike with the Expedition team.
Day 8 Kirkenes
This is Hurtigrutens classic turning point for the return journey southwards. Kirkenes lies some 400 kms north of the Arctic Circle. Just miles from the Russian border, there are strong bonds and cultural influences from Russia that become obvious as you explore the town. There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier. Travel by bus, enjoy a riverboat safari, or join an action-packed trip on ATV/quad-bikes to the limit of Norway. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.
Day 9 Honningsvg og Hammerfest
Honningsvg is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 7110’21N, only 2,000 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Standing on top the 307 metre high North Cape plateau imparts a profound sense of being at the end of the world, and it is a great place to take some stunning photos.
Other excursions you may enjoy here include a fishing village visit, hiking, and birdwatching. You can also explore the town on your own.
As the northernmost town in the world, Hammerfest’s latitude is similar to the northernmost parts of Siberia and Alaska. This historic town has many gravesites dating back to the Stone Age and was an important fishing and Arctic hunting settlement long before it was given market town rights in 1789. It was here that the popular myth began of polar bears roaming the streets of Norway. There is usually an enormous example of this great mammal outside one of the shops (a perfect photo opportunity). Hammerfest is also home to one chain of the UNESCO listed Struve Geodetic Arc a chain of survey triangulations stretching to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km’s.
Day 10 Reine
A true gem of Lofoten, Reine is an added highlight to this twist on our classic coastal voyage. The iconic image of a Norwegian fishing village, Reines beauty inspired artists like Gunnar Berg since the 1880s. Red and white traditional fishermans cottages – known as Rorbuer – perch on stilts over the waters edge with a background of granite spires jutting skywards. Take your time here to truly soak in the deep serenity of this place.
Day 11 Brnnysund
This pretty little fishing town is rich in history and maritime atmosphere. Ambling through the vibrant marina, take in the fleet of small fishing boats and bustling life of the archipelago. Or visit the Brnny Church, a Neo-Gothic style stone structure which dates back to 1870 but preserves elements from medieval times. There will also be an option to come close to the iconic Mount Torghatten, the famous mountain with a distinctive hole right through it.
Day 12 Kristiansund and Molde
As we sail along the coast, you will see the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansunds location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norways dried cod capital because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norways most-visited tourist destinations. It is 8.2 km long, spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.
Those choosing to stay on board in Kristiansund will experience the ships crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norways City of Roses. Along the way you will see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.
Molde is also home to one of Norways largest folk museums, Romsdalsmuseet, a cultural and scientific institution established in 1912, which displays buildings and interiors from the region. The citys scenic viewpoint, Varden, affords glorious views across Molde, local fjords and archipelagos and an astonishing variety of snowy peaks.
Day 13 Flor
This charming town is surrounded by a series of pristine archipelagos. Join an excursion for a lighthouse safari, kayaking or a coastal hike. 11,000 people make Flor home and the majority are connected to the large fish farming industry.
Day 14 At sea
On our final day at sea, relax in one of the comfortable lounges or out on deck and be sure to join the Expedition team as they review the highlights of the voyage.
Day 15 Hamburg, Germany
After breakfast this morning, its time to leave your home of the past 14 days. Head ashore in Hamburg for a final bit of exploration before you make your way home.