Hurtigruten is the name of the world-famous shipping route between Bergen and Kirkenes and has been described as the ‘world’s most beautiful sea voyage’. The Hurtigruten ships trace the dramatic Norwegian coastline from Bergen and the southern fjords, up across the Arctic Circle, all the way to Lofoten and the top end of Europe. You can choose to join the full route or parts of it and in winter, it provides ample opportunities for spotting the spectacular northern lights.
- Northern lights 'alert system' onboard
- Good choice of onshore excursions throughout
- Stunning fjord, mountain and Arctic scenery
- Comfortable accommodation and spacious communal areas onboard
Hurtigruten Coastal Voyages operate year round and in the winter, as well as offering a variety of daytime activities (through shore excursions) and sights, the northern lights prove a big attraction - huge sweeping vistas provide the canvas for often spectacular displays of the aurora.
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels which call in at different ports throughout the day and night, transporting goods and passengers. More than just a means of travel for the locals between remote ports, this route and the ships that sail up and down it year round, have become a popular way for visitors to explore the region. One of the draws of travelling this route is that you are always in eyeshot of the remarkable scenery of coastal Norway. You can choose to cover the full route or just a section and enjoy a traditional, informal and very different kind of cruising.
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The Hurtigruten fleet consists of 13 ships, with 12 operating on these winter voyages. The ships vary from older, beautifully authentic vessels to larger and more modern ships. Although cabins have private facilities, berths may be either twin or bunk. You will be advised the name of the ship at the time of booking, however this will be subject to change. The standard of onboard accommodation and facilities is consistently high and the atmosphere informal and relaxed. The large, comfortable lounges offer excellent views through enormous windows and there is ample deck space so whether you're admiring beautiful untouched scenery by day, or watching surreal dancing lights at night, you'll have plenty of room to manoeuvre.
An excellent choice of shore excursions is available. Although they can be booked onboard, it is strongly advisable to do this at the time of booking your holiday to ensure availability.
Chat through the various options with our Norway Travel Specialists who will also be able to advise on any pre or post voyage accommodation as well as flights.
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Classic Round Voyage (11 nights)
Day 1: Arrive Bergen via Oslo
Fly to Bergen, join Hurtigruten sailing at 22:30.
Day 2: Bergen - Kristiansund
Travel through Floro, Maloy and Torvik before arriving in Alesund at midday. Time to explore this beautiful Art Nouveau town at your leisure, or perhaps join one of the organised excursions with Hurtigruten. At 15:00 the ship continues to Molde and Kristiansund.
Day 3: Trondeim - Rorvik
Early morning arrival in Trondeim and time to explore this former capital of Norway, either at your leisure, or join one of the Hurtigruten excursions. Depart Trondheim at midday and continue to Rorvik, where the ship arrives in the evening.
Day 4: Bronnoysund - Svolvaer
Sail through the night and make brief stops at Bronnoysund, Sandnessjoen, Nesna, Ornes and then cross the Arctic Circle just before reaching Bodo around midday, with some time to explore this charming town. Continue to the Lofoten Islands and enjoy the dramatic scenery before making a brief visit to Svolvaer, where you will have enough time for a brief evening walk around the colourful town.
Day 5: Harstad - Tromso
Early morning arrival in Harstad, where there is time to experience the mix of contemporary and old architecture which, in combination with its waterfront location, provides a welcoming atmosphere. Time to explore Tromso - the ship departs at 18:30.
Day 6: Hammerfest - Berlevag
Sail overnight through Skjervoy and Oksfjord. Early morning arrival in Hammerfest. Continue to Havoysund and a midday arrival in Honningsvag, from where you have the opportunity to visit the famous North Cape (Nordkapp) before returning to the ship. Once back onboard, head to Kjollefjord, Mehamn and Berlevag.
Day 7: Vadso - Berlevag
Overnight sailing through Batsfjord and Vardo. Reach Vadso early morning before arrival in Kirkenes at 09:45. Time to explore Kirkenes, or perhaps take an optional excursion to visit the Snowhotel and have a short husky sledge trip. Return to the ship by 12:30, ready for the sailing at 12:45. The next port of call is Vardo, where you will have some time on shore before continuing to Batsfjord and Berlevag.
Day 8: Hammerfest - Tromso
Overnight sailing through Mehamn, Kjollefjord, Honningsvag and Havoysund before mid-morning arrival in Hammerfest, where you will have a short time go ashore. Continue through Oksfjord and Skjervoy for a late evening arrival in Tromso at 22:45.
Day 9: Harstad - Svolvaer
Depart Tromso at 01:30 and sail overnight through Finnsnes before a morning arrival in Harstad, where the ship stops for just half an hour. Enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten sailing through Risoyhamn, Sortland, Stokmarknes before an evening arrival in Svolvaer, where you will have some time to go ashore to explore this traditional fishing town.
Day 10: Ornes - Rorvik
Overnight sailing through Bodo. The first port of call this morning is Ornes and the ship then continues to Nesna, Sandnessjoen, Bronnoysund and Rorvik. It is not possible to disembark the ship at these ports.
Day 11: Trondheim - Alesund
Early morning arrival in the historic city of Trondheim. Time at leisure, or perhaps take an excursion to the famous Nidaros Cathedral. Continue to Kristiansund, Molde and Alesund.
Day 12: Bergen
Sail through the night to Torvik, Maloy and Floro, arriving in Bergen at 14:30. Make your way to the airport for your return flight or perhaps extend your stay in Bergen.
- Shorter Classic Round Voyages (5 or 6 nights)
Alternatively you can choose from either of the shorter voyages:
Classic Voyage South (5 nights) | Kirkenes - Bergen
See days 7-12 of Classic Round Voyage
Classic Voyage North (6 nights) | Bergen - Kirkenes
See days 1-7 of Classic Round Voyage
Prices & Dates
The prices below are a guideline only. Hurtigruten has adopted a dynamic pricing policy which means that the price may change according to time of booking and popularity of the voyage - early booking is therefore recommended. And to ensure you always receive the best value, special offers promoted directly by Hurtigruten are also available when you book your voyage through us. Your final price will be confirmed at the time of booking.
The voyages featured here are the classic sailings, but it is also possible to book shorter port to port journeys, please call our team for further details and quotation.
Prices from per person
- Classic Round Voyage 11-nights from £1170
- Classic Voyage North 6-nights from £833
- Classic Voyage South 5-nights from £763
Prices include Hurtigruten voyage with an unspecified inside cabin on a full board basis (supplements apply for cabin upgrades). Prices based on winter departures.
Prices exclude flights, hotels, transfers and meals other than those mentioned; shore excursions and personal expenses.
- For the Classic Voyage Bergen to Bergen and Voyage of Discovery Bergen to Kirkenes and Trondheim voyages and all suite bookings you may be able to choose a cabin number at no extra charge (subject to availability). For all other voyages 5 nights or longer you have the option to choose a cabin number for a fee subject to availability. For all other voyages and if you decide not to pay the fee, your cabin number will be assigned upon embarkation. Specific cabins and any relevant fee are on request basis upon booking.
- it is possible to extend your stay at the beginning and / or at the end of each voyage or book shorter port to port journeys – simply call us to discuss your options
- some outside cabins on certain vessels may have a porthole closed during winter
How to book
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