Day 1 London – Bergen
You will be greeted at the airport in London for check in. You will then fly to Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords, where you will be met by your Tour Leader and transfer to your ship.
Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. This historic city, surrounded by seven mountains, is home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharves that date back to the 14thcentury. If theres time, take a stroll around the old quarter, ride the Flibanen Funicular or visit the famous fish market.
After embarkation, its time to relax and enjoy our tasty buffet dinner, based on the freshest ingredients from our Norway Coastal Kitchen. We set sail from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord towards the high north and the Arctic Circle. Spend the rest of the evening enjoying the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.Your Tour Leader will be on hand if you have any questions.
You will be sailing on MS Trollfjord.
Day 2 Flor – Molde
Wake up to the breathtaking sight of rural Norwegian landscapes as we cross the open west cape and head for Torvik. We make a port call in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of lesund, before continuing to Molde with its magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps.
In the summer months, we visit the spectacular UNESCO-listedGeirangerfjordpassing sheer, 800-metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn, we exploreHjrundfjord in the majestic Sunnmre Alps. Its secluded, unspoilt landscapes give this fjord its special character: far from the tourist bustle, past steep rock walls, green meadows, isolated mountain farms hamlets.
Day 3 Kristiansund – Rrvik
Following the iconic Hurtigruten route, we call at the old Viking capital and royal city of Trondheim. Founded in 997AD by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim is Norways 3rd largest city but retains the charm and warmth of a provincial town with its handsome civic architecture, colourful wooden wharves and royal palace of Stiftsgrden. There is plenty to see and do in Trondheim and we offer a great selection of optional excursions. Just ask your Tour Leader for more information.You can join the excursion to Norways national shrine,Nidaros Cathedral, the countrys only Gothic-style cathedral built over the burial place of St Olav, Norways patron saint. During spring and summer, theres a chance to visit the Ringve Museum of Musical History, where Norways musical heritage is brought to life. This beautiful manor house is surrounded by a wonderful botanical garden, with fantastic views of the city and the fjord.And from September to May, you can experience Trondheim in a vintage carriage on the worlds northernmost tram for a unique sightseeing tour, or for those desiring something more active, you can see Trondheim by kayak along the river Nid, or explore the city on a bicycle.
Day 4 Brnnysund – Svolvr
We cross theArctic Circle and mark the occasion with a fun ceremony on deck.On todays sailing, you will see for yourself why this is known as one of the most beautiful voyages in the world. Along this stretch of coastline is some of the most captivating scenery Norway has to offer and your Tour Leader will be on hand to share special points of interest.As you enter Arctic waters, we sail towards rnes, near Norways second-largest glacier,Svartisen. In summer, join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre to admire this impressive ice formation and visit a moose farm.We then sail along thebeautiful coast of HelgelandtoBod, where you can experienceSaltstraumen, the worlds most powerful tidal current in a RIB. Look up and you may catch sea eagles swooping.
In the afternoon, magical Lofoten awaits. Feel the awesome power of nature as you sail towards the 1,000 metre-highLofoten Walllooming on the horizon, majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches.AtStamsund, you can visit theLofotr Viking Museum and get a taste of Viking life as the chieftain and his wife welcome you to their long house for a true Viking feast.
Food lovers can discover some of the raw ingredients that make up Norways coastal kitchen on a visit to an organic herb and cheese farm, or sample Lofotens craft beer in Svolvr.To top off a beautiful days adventure, we sail through the narrowRaftsund, stopping at the entrance toTrollfjord, a dramatic natural wonder.
Day 5 Stokmarknes – Skjervy
Get ready for an exhilarating day in Troms! During the morning hours, we briefly dock at Risyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes. The ship then continues toTroms, the polar capital, where well stay to explore a while. In the summer and autumn months, you can join theExpedition teamfor hikes and discover more of Troms and its surroundings.Or if you want to experience peace and tranquillity on the sea, why not join our popularkayaking excursion? Glide through the pristine waters off the Troms coast, observing local marine life, with the mountains as a stunning backdrop.
Day 6 ksfjord – Berlevg
After a brief stop inHammerfest, we arrive inHavysund. This is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape which rises 300 metres from the ocean, and is a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Join a small boat excursion to see the North Cape from the sea, visit the worlds northernmost fishing village and ride by bus to North Cape plateau. In summer, you may see herds of reindeer and small camps of indigenous Smi people in the area.InHonningsvg, you can join a bird-watching excursion to Gjesvrstappan, home to millions of birds during nesting season. The ship continues north into the heartland of theSmi people. VisitKjllefjord, where you can learn about the Smi way of life and hear traditional joiking (song). ‘Smi Autumn’ is a fall excursion to learn about the Arctic natural ‘pantry and pharmacy’, sampling dried-reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (nettle) and roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Smi shaman, Noaidi.In the evening, we sail past Finnkirka, a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Smi people.
Day 7 Btsfjord – Kirkenes – Berlevg
The views become wilder and more dramatic as we approachKirkenes. Just after breakfast, we arrive in Kirkenes, at 30 E, further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg. You have reached the capital of the Barents region and Hurtigrutensturning point for the return journey southwards. The Russian border is a just few miles away so you may spot local road signs written in both Norwegian and Russian. During summer and autumn, one of our most popular excursions is the riverboat safari to the Russian border. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums recounting the remarkably rich history and heritage of this remote region.Spending time in Kirkenes provides the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities in an Arctic
environment. Your tour leader can tell you about the history of the region, the extreme Arctic climate and the areas unique wildlife. In summer, dont miss a very Norwegian excursion where you catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea.Southbound and beyondAs the ship ventures south, enjoy lunch surrounded by Arctic seascapes and prepare yourself for more new experiences. Well now visit the ports previously seen by night on the northbound journey in daytime.
In the afternoon, you will sail to Vard and cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Btsfjord before reaching Berlevg in the evening, home to one of Norways most famous male choirs, most of whom are local fishermen by day.
Day 8 Mehamn – Troms
AtHonningsvg,you can join an excursion that featuresbreakfast at North Capeand the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October.Next stop is Hammerfest: here, you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. If you feel like a brisk hike in fresh mountain air, you can join a guided walking tour up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
We continue south to ksfjord and then make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervy.
We dock atTroms late in the evening, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join an exhilarating Arctic night adventure by RIB boat under the Midnight Sun. Or discover the town on foot at your own leisure and stop at one of the many cosy pubs and taste a local brew.
Day 9 Troms – Stamsund
We arrive atHarstadthis morning, where youll have the chance to join one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A Taste of Vesterlen. Experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway’s premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. The tour rejoins the ship in Sortland.
For those who choose to stay on board, the daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests, offering some of the most stunning scenery of the entire coastal voyage. Lofoten and Vesterlenare renowned for their natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages.
From Risyhamn, we continue south via Sortland toStokmarknes, whereHurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Here, you can go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten museum. As we set sail again, birdlovers will have a chance to leave the ship by tender boat to search for majestic eagles on our popular Sea Eagle Safari excursion.
The incredible seascapes keep on coming as we sail through the narrow Raftsund channel. As we approach, it appears as if we will sail straight into the mountain wall, but once we enter the 20-km passageway, the view of mountains soaring 1,000 metres straight up out of the sea awaits you.
At Svolvr, you will have a chance to enjoy one of several exciting excursions, including seeing Lofoten on horseback along white sandy beaches.
Day 10 Bod – Rrvik
Crossing the Arctic Circle is a memorable rite of passage. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a tasty Arctic tradition a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along theHelgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore.
One highlight along our route is theSeven Sisters mountain range, seven mountains between 900 and 1,100 m high, creating the distinctive outline of the Helgeland coast. These sisters have been part of local legend since ancient times, involving troll kings, princesses and their suitors. After a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, we sail toSandnessjen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close by and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between eider ducks and the island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how it contributes to the local livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets. In the afternoon, we dock at Brnnysund, a vibrant and pretty little fishing town with a bustling marina. Its also a strategic point for Norways fishing trade, one of the nations biggest exports. If youre interested in learning more about sustainable and responsible modern aquaculture, join our excursion for a fascinating tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre and a chance to taste some fresh local salmon (April to October).
As we set sail again, be sure to head on deck, where youll see MountTorghatten,easily distinguishable by the giant hole in the middle of the mountain. Ask your tour leader about the sagas surrounding this landmark.
Day 11 Trondheim – Oslo
On this final seabound stretch, we make our approach into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide. As we sail along the coast and into Trondheim, it will become apparent how important the fishing industry is to Norwegian coastal communities. Our arrival inTrondheimmarks the end of our sea voyage, but your adventure is far from over.
From here, you and your group will transfer to the train station together with your Tour Leader and board the train down to Oslo. This is an unforgettably scenic journey inland through stunning nature. Enjoy narrow valleys, the beautiful Dovrefjell mountain plateau, the Gudbrandsdalen valley and views along Lake Mjsa, Norways longest lake.
We reach Oslo mid-afternoon, where you will be taken to the Clarion Hotel The Hub where you will overnight. After freshening up, you might have time for a stroll around this cosy yet cosmopolitan capital city before joining a group dinner back at the hotel.
Day 12 Oslo – London
After breakfast at The Hub, you will taken on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of Oslo, included in this package. Today, alongside Oslos main sights, you will visit the Viking Ship Museum and see some of the most impressive Viking artefacts in existence including three Viking longboats Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. After, youll visit the Fram Museum, where youll learn the story of Norwegian polar exploration, a subject very close to Hurtigrutens heart.
The tour marks the end of your great Norway adventure at sea and on land. After the tour, you will be transferred directly to the airport to take your return flight to London and home.