Astronomy Cruise

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Discover and gain unique insights into the starry Arctic sky and mysterious northern lights on this 12-day astronomical adventure along the stunning Norwegian coast.

  • See the magical northern lights
  • Guidance by an experienced astronomer who holds lectures
  • Experience the beautiful Norwegian coastline
  • Exclusive visit to the planetarium in Tromsø

Overview

Witness the magic

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 onboard lectures and join exciting excursions to see the northern lights with your own eyes!

This cruise follows Hurtigruten's 12-day coastal route, except on Day 5, when guests on the Astronomy Cruise are taken on an exclusive guided tour of the planetarium at the science center in Tromsø. Click here for a detailed itinerary and the full description on everything you will experience on this journey.

Northern Lights Promise

We are so confident that the northern lights will occur during your 12-day cruise, that we have made you a Northern Lights Promise. Read more here.

Your astronomy lecturers on board

DR. JOHN MASON, MBE

On the MS Trollfjord:
Departing Bergen on Oct 3, 2018; Nov 5, 2018; Dec 30, 2018; Feb 1, 2019; Mar 28, 2019

An applied physicist, Dr. John Mason's main interests are astronomy, astrophysics, and space technology. He is principal lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, UK, has been a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union.

IAN RIDPATH

On the MS Finnmarken:
Departing Bergen on Dec 31, 2018; Mar 1, 2019

Ian Ridpath is a full-time writer and broadcaster about astronomy and previously worked at the University of London Observatory. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Society of Authors, and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. He is also the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas.

GRAHAM BRYANT

On the MS Finnmarken:
Departing Bergen Dec 3, 2019

Graham is Chairman of the Clanfield Observatory in Hampshire – the largest amateur observatory in the UK. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a part-time presenter at the South Downs Planetarium. Graham also mentors the final year astronomy module at the University of Portsmouth.

Price Includes:

  • 12-day Bergen - Bergen roundtrip cruise in the cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis  
  • English-speaking tour leader on board
  • Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned astronomer
  • Exclusive excursion to the Planetarium in Tromsø

Not Included:

  • International flights and transfers - you can book these with Hurtigruten during the booking process
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • Travel insurance 

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Please Note:

  • All prices are shown in USD ($) per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside cabin, double occupancy
  • Suites are available on request

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Northbound Excursions

These are the available excursions for this Voyage. We recommend that you add them to your voyage during the online booking process, but you can also book the excursions on board the ship if the excursion still has capacity.

Northbound Excursions 2018/19

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions available on the northbound sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes. These excursions are available between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Southbound Excursions

These are the available excursions for the Classic Southbound Voyage. We recommend that you add them to your voyage during the online booking process, but you can also book the excursions on board the ship if the excursion still has capacity.

Northbound Excursions 2018/19

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions on the southbound sailing between Kirkenes and Bergen. These excursions are available between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019.

Ports

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Articles

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Attractions

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Videos

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Extend Your Voyage

Flight Packages

Please contact us if you want to add on a flight between the US and Bergen. All flight packages include transfers. We also have arrival and departure packages that include transfers and overnight hotel stays in Bergen and a departure package that includes transfers, an overnight hotel stay in Bergen, rail from Bergen to Oslo, and an overnight stay at a hotel in Oslo.

Pre and Post Programs

Enhance your vacation in Norway with an extension program in Bergen before or after your voyage.