Hurtigruten - The Classic Roundtrip Voyage - Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

    Often called "the world's most beautiful voyage", Hurtigruten voyages traverse Norway's western and northern coast between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes, deep in the arctic north.


    • Discover our entire original coastal route with 34 ports of call, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains
    • Cross the Arctic Circle and hunt the Northern Lights in winter, or enjoy 24 hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun in summer
    • Spring and Autumn voyages showcase the brilliant colours, magical light and fascinating culture of Arctic Norway
    • Wide choice of optional excursions and onboard Hurtigruten Guides who lead included activities and interpret the cultural and natural treasures on your voyage


    Did you know? A straight line along Norway's sea borders (the coastal perimeter) is 2,650 kilometers (1,650 mi) long. Along the coast there are many fjords, islands, and bays, resulting in a low-resolution coastline of over 25,000 kilometers (16,000 mi).



    DAY 1 : Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords


    Your voyage starts in the lovely city of Bergen. Before departure, you may want to explore this colourful gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains a great deal of its character, charm and history. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

    You may enjoy a stroll in the cobblestone alleyways, a bite at an outdoor café or restaurant, a trip on the Fløibanen funicular or a visit to the famous fish market. 

    Enjoy a tasty dinner buffet made from fresh coastal produce. We sail north from Bergen along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or in our panorama lounge. 

    Our ships along the Norwegian Coast have Hurtigruten Guides. You are welcome to join them on hikes during many of our port stays or enjoy onboard lectures and activities. 

    Don´t forget that you can explore even more of Norway before your sea voyage starts with our pre- and post cruise programmes, like the famous Norway in a Nutshell. 

    TIME IN PORT:

    Bergen: 14:45 - 20:30

    Optional excursions

    Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikes

    During summer, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in three optional ports along the coast– which gives you a unique possibility to really explore even further. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors with all your senses and being completely in the moment.

    Summer Outdoor Activity Pass - Full Package

    During summer, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in 7 ports along the coast– which gives you a unique possibility to explore even further on your journey. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors - feeling, smelling, listening and being completely in the moment.

    Winter Outdoor Activity Pass - with 4 hikes

    During winter, the Outdoor Activity Pass includes activities in ports along the coast – which gives you a great chance to explore even further. Experience what the Norwegians call “friluftsliv”. Enjoy the sensation of being outdoors with all your senses and savoring each moment.

    DAY 2 : Florø - Molde - Architectural and Natural Masterpieces


    Photo: Orjan Bertelsen

    Enjoy early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. We then sail past West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

    Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and famed Atlanterhavsparken aquarium. Our tour to the aquarium includes a visit to see resident penguins before we continue to nearby Mount Aksla for an amazing view. 

    In the summer, we set our course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing sheer, 800 metre-high cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord in the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. The fjord’s pristine natural landscape of steep rock walls, lush green meadows, lonely mountain farms and tiny villages is unforgettable. 

    Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ because of its lovely municipal gardens. This attractive coastal town has an amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ‘the Molde Panorama’.

    TIME IN PORT

    Florø: 02:45-03:00

    Måløy: 05:15-05:30

    Torvik: 08:20-08:30

    Ålesund (01.11-31.05): 09:45-20:00

    - Ålesund (01.06-31.10): 09:45-10:00

    - Geiranger (01.06-31.08): 14:25-14:45

    - Ålesund (01.06-31.08): 19:00-20:00

    - Urke (01.09-31.10): 12:15-15:45

    - Ålesund (01.09-31.10): 18:00-20:00

    Molde: 22:35-23:05

    Optional excursions

    A Taste Of Norway (Urke, Hjørundfjord)

    A beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, historic hotel and tiny village – join us for an unforgettable journey through amazing Norwegian nature.

    Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord

    The Hjørundfjord is one of the most distinctive and magnificent fjords in Norway. Experience one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain regions in western Norway from above.

    Geiranger With Trollstigen Pass

    Experience the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, a ferry ride across beautiful Norddalsfjorden, and an exciting drive down 11 hairpin turns on the famous Trollstigen (The Troll´s ladder) pass – all in one excursion.

    DAY 3 : Kristiansund - Rørvik - History and Charm


    Charming Trondheim is home to great history and a rich cultural life.

    Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is a unique mix of the ancient and modern. Join our optional excursion to the soaring Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s only gothic cathedral and the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason). Marvel at the cathedral’s exquisite works of art, architectural details and medieval statues.

    In spring and summer, we continue to Ringve Museum of Musical History, where Norwegian music´s past is brought to life in a grand manor with a fantastic view.

    From September to May, experience Trondheim with a unique carriage tour on the world’s northernmost tram line. You can also explore Trondheim by kayak on the River Nid or experience the city by bicycle. Be sure to ride the world’s only bicycle lift, near the quaint Bakklandet neighbourhood, from April to September. You can also join the Hurtigruten Guides for a hike to discover more of the area.

    In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the Kjeungskjær lighthouse, islets and rocky reefs. After that we head towards charming Rørvik.

    TIME IN PORT

    Kristiansund: 02:45-03:00

    Trondheim: 09:45-12:45

    Rørvik: 21:40-22:00

    Optional excursions

    Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve Museum

    Encounter the majesty of Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in the Gothic architectural style. We then journey through the history of music at Ringve Museum.

    Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral

    Discover Norway’s original capital, Trondheim, founded in 997.

    Trondheim City Walk

    Join us for a walking tour of this medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technology research centre.

    DAY 4 : Brønnøysund - Svolvær - Welcome to the Arctic!


    Photo: Simon Vogele

    Today we cross the Arctic Circle, marking your best chance to see  Northern Lights in winter and experience the Midnight Sun in summer. We mark the occasion with a fun Arctic Circle ceremony on deck. 

    Ørnes is the site of Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. In summer, join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Centre to admire this enigmatic world of ice, and visit a moose farm.

    We then sail along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, where you can experience Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom, by small boat. 

    That afternoon, the 1,000 metre-high Lofoten Wall looms on the horizon, ushering us towards majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches.

    At Stamsund, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are welcomed into the chieftain’s house for a real Viking feast. 

    Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you can experience life on an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, in Svolvær.

    Hunting the Northern Lights: In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle means an intensified hunt for the Northern Lights, and we present a multimedia show, ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’.

    As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord, a dramatic natural wonder that should not be missed.

    TIME IN PORT

    Brønnøysund: 01:35-01:45

    Sandnessjøen: 04:35-04:50

    Nesna: 06:00-06:10

    Ørnes: 10:00-10:10

    Bodø: 13:05-15:20

    Stamsund: 19:15-19:40

    Svolvær: 21:20-22:15

    Optional excursions

    Svartisen Glacier

    Discover Svartisen - Norway’s second-largest glacier and the lowest glacier in mainland Europe - up close and personal.

    Arctic Coastal Walk (Bodø)

    Join us for a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn why devotion to nature is integrated in the Norwegian culture.

    RIB Safari To Saltstraumen

    The giant maelstroms of Saltstraumen have captured the imagination of artists and authors for generations. Join us on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari to witness these wondrous forces of nature.

    DAY 5 : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy - In the Footsteps of Polar Heroes


    Photo: Ole C Salomonsen

    We briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes in the morning.

    We then sail to the Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Join our `Polar History Walk´ in winter to learn more about explorers and Arctic hunters, and taste beer from the world’s northernmost brewery. 

    In winter and spring, you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling dog-sledge ride, as huskies pull you over the frozen landscape past stunning views of the snowy plateaus. The only light during the polar night comes from headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical Northern Lights.

    Why not have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure, or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord? All year, you can join the Hurtigruten Guides for hikes and discover more of the Tromsø area. 

    Want to experience serenity on the sea? Join us for a kayaking excursion in summer along Tromsø’s coastline - a great way to get close to marine wildlife.

    Sailing from Tromsø, we continue to search for the Northern Lights from September to March.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Stokmarknes: 01:30-01:40

    Sortland: 02:55-03:10

    Risøyhamn: 04:35-04:50

    Harstad: 07:10-07:45

    Finnsnes: 11:00-11:30

    Tromsø: 14:15-18:15

    Skjervøy: 22:10-22:25

    Optional excursions

    The Arctic Capital Tromsø

    Join us for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world with a population over 50,000.

    Dog Sledding (Tromsø)

    Join us on a mini polar expedition across the snowy Arctic landscape just a half-hour drive from Tromsø on the island of Kvaløya.

    Scenery & Huskies (Tromsø)

    Experience North Norwegian nature at its best on this excursion to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre on Kvaløya Island near Tromsø.

    DAY 6 : Øksfjord - Berlevåg - Top of the World - North Cape


    Photo: Filip Hoel

    Enjoy magnificent landscapes as we sail to the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of reindeer and small camps of indigenous Sámi people in the area.

    After a brief stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Havøysund. Join a small boat excursion here to see the North Cape from the sea, visit the world’s northernmost fishing village and ride by bus to North Cape plateau.

    The ship continues to Honningsvåg, from where you can join a bird-watching excursion to Gjesværstappan, home to millions of birds during nesting season.

    The ship continues north into the heartland of the Sámi people. Visit Kjøllefjord, where you can learn about the Sámi way of life and hear traditional joiking (song).

    Adrenaline and Northern Lights: In winter, you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip across snowy plains and perhaps spot the Northern Lights in the starry sky.

    'Sámi 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 Sámi shaman, Noaidi.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Øksfjord: 01:50-02:00

    Hammerfest: 05:05-05:45

    Havøysund: 08:30-08:45

    Honningsvåg: 10:55-14:30

    Kjøllefjord: 16:40-17:00

    Mehamn: 18:55-19:15

    Berlevåg: 22:00-22:10

    Optional excursions

    The North Cape

    Encounter magnificent landscapes as we cross the 71st parallel on a journey towards North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent.

    The North Cape Exclusive

    North Cape has drawn adventurous souls from around the world for centuries. Come along on this scenic three-hour tour and see why. Reserved only for our Platinum guests.

    Birdwatching Safari

    Fascinated by multitudes of birdlife? Come join us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs, near North Cape.

    DAY 7 : Båtsfjord - Berlevåg - Russian Border and Turning Point


    Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

    We arrive early today in Vadsø before docking in Kirkenes - the ship’s turning point for the return journey.

    The Russian border is a just few kilometers from Kirkenes and you’ll notice local road signs in both Norwegian and Russian. There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier:

    • Year-round bus tours
    • Riverboat safari
    • Canoe
    • Hiking
    • ATV/Quad-bike trek in summer

    You can also join an excursion to catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea.

    Winter wonder: Kirkenes offers a wide range of classic winter activities, like dog-sledging, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and visiting an Arctic Ice Dome.

    As the ship starts its voyage south, remember that you’ve seen only half of what Norway’s coastline offers. The ports we visited by night going north are now seen by day.

    Docking again at Vardø, we may invite you to swim in the icy Arctic Ocean in winter. We then cruise along Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord and Berlevåg, home to a famous male choir of local fishermen.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Båtsfjord: 00:00-00:30

    Vardø: 03:30-03:45

    Vadsø: 06:55-07:10

    Kirkenes: 09:00-12:30

    Vardø: 16:05-17:00

    Båtsfjord: 20:00-20:30

    Berlevåg: 22:25-22:35

    Optional excursions

    The Russian Border

    East meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.

    Riverboat To Russian Border

    Explore Russia´s frontier with Norway along the river that divides the two distinctly different yet strangely similar countries.

    Snowmobile Safari

    If you fancy racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting the people who live here then this excursion may be for you.

    DAY 8 : Mehamn - Tromsø - Unmatched Arctic Scenery


    Photo: Espen Mills

    Around midnight we dock at Mehamn with the option to join in winter a snowmobile trip to hunt the Aurora.

    We again dock at Honningsvåg, where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at North Cape. The ship continues to Hammerfest, where you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition and learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrøm.

    We continue south to Øksfjord with a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. 

    We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. You can also explore Tromsø under the Midnight Sun by boat in summer. You may want to drop by Ølhallen, a classic pub for a friendly beer.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Mehamn: 01:20-01:30

    Kjøllefjord: 03:25-03:35

    Honningsvåg: 05:45-06:00

    Havøysund: 08:00-08:15

    Hammerfest: 11:00-12:45

    Øksfjord: 15:50-16:05

    Skjervøy: 19:30-19:45

    Tromsø: 23:45-01:30

    Optional excursions

    The Northernmost Town In The World

    Join us on a coach tour that explores and explains the events that have shaped Hammerfest, a town at the top of Europe.

    Snowmobile Trip Into The Polar Night

    Join us on an unforgettable snowmobile tour into the polar night across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.

    Breakfast At North Cape

    Imagine having breakfast at the top of Europe. You enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe.

    DAY 9 : Tromsø - Stamsund - Lofoten, Where Nature Amazes


    We arrive in Harstad, where you can join the excursion A taste of Vesterålen.

    The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning natural scenery of the entire voyage. Lofoten is renowned for its steep mountains, sandy beaches, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages.

    We make a short stop at Risøyhamn, population 200, to deliver passengers, groceries and mail, and then continue to Stokmarknes, whereHurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago.

    Go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten Museum. Continuing south, we slip through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, past peaks rising 1,000 metres from the sea.

    We now reach spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long, 100 m wide and surrounded by majestic mountains. If possible, we sail inside, where the dramatic landscape inspires images of fairy tales and trolls. Just north, you can opt to see sea eagles up close by boat.

    At Svolvær, you can select several excursion options, including a sunset horseback ride on a beach, fast boat ride or a guided fishing village walk. We then proceed to Stamsund along the massive Lofoten wall.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Tromsø: 23:45-01:30

    Finnsnes: 04:20-04:40

    Harstad: 08:00-08:30

    Risøyhamn: 10:45-11:00

    Sortland: 12:30-13:00

    Stokmarknes: 14:15-15:15

    Svolvær: 18:30-20:30

    Stamsund: 22:15-22:30

    Optional excursions

    A Taste of Vesterålen

    A Taste of Vesterålen is one of the classics in our extensive Hurtigruten excursion programme. Come along and experience the history, beautiful scenery and a multitude of breathtaking sights.

    Lofoten Islands

    Join us on a comfortable coach excursion through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth.

    Sea Eagle Safari

    Join us on an excursion into Norway’s spectacular Trollfjord and experience close encounters with magnificent sea eagles.

     DAY 10 : Bodø - Rørvik - Across the Arctic Circle


    Photo: Staib Heiner

    Celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle with a `taste´ of Arctic tradition – a fun ceremony highlighted by a spoonful of cod liver oil.

    As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you’ll see the strange mountain Torghatten, famous for its distinctive hole in the centre. The opening is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age. If the weather allows, join a hike with your guides up the mountain.

    We also sail past the Seven Sisters mountain range – with peaks up to 1,100 m high. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters got caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus the seven beautiful peaks.

    We next make a short stop at Nesna, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. where you can join an optional excursion in summer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vega Islands.

    Brønnøysund is a pretty little town that offers a charming high street and marina. You can join an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre for an interesting tour and taste of fresh salmon from April throughout October.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Bodø: 02:30-03:30

    Ørnes: 06:25-06:35

    Nesna: 10:25-10:35

    Sandnessjøen: 11:45-12:15

    Brønnøysund: 15:00-17:25

    Rørvik: 21:00-21:30

    Optional excursions

    UNESCO Vega archipelago

    Take a step back in time and see how the Norwegian islanders here developed a symbiotic relationship with the local duck population to cultivate a sustainable livelihood.

    Visit the salmon

    Fascinated by fish? Join us on a visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon.

    Visit Hildurs Urterarium

    Don't miss out on this excursion to a unique food and herb farm, where the hosts proudly serves local food and welcome you to their private home.

    DAY 11 : Trondheim - Ålesund - Rich History and Living Culture


    Photo: Nancy Bundt

    We revisit Trondheim to further explore it´s colourful history. Join our excursion Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral to learn more.

    Next is Kristiansund, a city spread across four islands with an excellent harbour that has been active since the Stone Age. Today, it is Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its centuries-old export of dried fish. 

    Join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road - one of the most scenic routes in the world. Another interesting excursion is to Bergtatt marble mine, which includes going inside a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. 

    Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will cross the open sea to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way, you will take in the steep peaks of the Romsdal Alps on the horizon.

    TIME IN PORT:

    Trondheim: 06:30-09:30

    Kristiansund: 16:30-17:30

    Molde: 21:15-21:45

    Optional excursions

    Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral

    Join us for a coach tour of this medieval city that has become a major modern academic and technological research centre.

    The Hidden Rooms Of Nidaros Cathedral

    Explore hidden rooms and secret chambers deep inside Trondheim´s ancient Nidaros Cathedral, the national shrine of Norway. This excursion is reserved only for our Platinum guests.

    The Atlantic Road

    Ride along on what The Guardian ranked as the world´s best road trip, and was awarded the “Engineering Feat of the Century” prize in 2005.

    DAY 12 : Ålesund - Bergen - A Fjord Farewell


    During the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, as our voyage draws to a close. But before we dock in Bergen, there is some fascinating scenery ahead of us.

    We sail through picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. This rugged coastal region features farms with fruit orchards and glacial fingers that stretch towards glistening lakes. In the morning, we call at Florø.

    We navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and enjoy superb views of the island-studded coastline before you disembark in Bergen.

    We hope you will take home memories of stunning nature, wildlife and fascinating culture, and we hope to see you on board again in the near future!

    Enjoy even more of Norway

    To see more of Norway, we highly recommend our excursion Bergen City Sightseeing (only sold on board) or join one of our Post-programmes to experience more Norwegian cuisine, culture and scenery. 

    TIME IN PORT:

    Ålesund: 00:30-01:20

    Torvik: 02:35-02:45

    Måløy: 05:45-06:00

    Florø: 08:15-08:30

    Bergen: 14:45

    Included in your voyage

    • 12-day voyage in cabin category of your choice
    • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
    • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
    • Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
    • Onboard lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
    • Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage
    • Opportunities to casually engage with the guides and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
    • Port presentations providing destination insight
    • Presentation of excursion programmes
    • Point of interest presentations out on deck
    • Loan of trekking poles, snow shoes, head lamps, ice-spikes needed for optional hikes depending on season and conditions
    • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event  

    Not included in your voyage

    • Flights & transfers
    • Travel insurance
    • Optional excursions
    • Luggage handling
    • Hikes with the Hurtigruten Guides

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