Astronomy Cruise

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Get unique insight and knowledge about the Arctic sky and the greatest light show on Earth, the Aurora Borealis, on this popular voyage along the mesmerizing Norwegian Coast. This limited voyage is accompanied by special lecturers - experts on astronomy and expeditions to see the Northern Lights.

  • 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:

  • October 03, 2018
  • November 05, 2018
  • December 30, 2019
  • February 01, 2019
  • March 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 Finnmarkendeparting Bergen on:

  • October 31, 2018
  • March 01, 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 on:

  • December 03, 2018

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 traveling together sharing an inside cabin, double occupancy
  • Suites are available on request

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Astronomy Voyage. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

October 2017 - March 2018 and October 2018 - March 2019

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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The Hunt Begins


Location : Bergen

The adventure begins in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and take the opportunity to meet your fellow astronomers.

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A Day for Masterpieces


Location : Ålesund

An early arrival at the Art Noveau town of Ålesund gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

The Royal City of Trondheim


Location : Trondheim

Continuing north you head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location : Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Crossing the Arctic Circle you continue to the modern town of Bodø. After crossing the Vestfjord you are amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvær.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Expand your Northern Lights knowledge


Location : Stokmarknes

A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the Capital of Arctic Norway. Here a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour. 

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location : Honningsvåg

Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape (optional excursion).

Day 7
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

To the top and back again


Location : Kirkenes

The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border, and you can join one of our exciting excursions here. As you return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.

Day 8
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The Extreme North


Location : Hammerfest and Tromsø

Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø.

Day 9
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location : Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast for many it is the most stunning part of your journey south.

Day 10
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A date with the Seven Sisters


Location : Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters

Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore.

Day 11
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

The old cities and the sea


Location : Trondheim and Kristiansund

An early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you have time to explore the city.

Day 12
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The final chapter of the fairytale


Location : Bergen

A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close. 

October 2017 - March 2018 and October 2018 - March 2019

Location Bergen, Norway
Your Ship
Experiences

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.

Southbound 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

Discover the natural wonders, ports, and wildlife you may come across during your Cultural Voyage in Norway.

Articles

Learn about the experience of sailing in beautiful Norway, get tips from insiders, read about Norwegian culture and etiquette, and find out what to pack for your journey.

Attractions

Discover the natural wonders, ports and wildlife you may come across during your voyage to Norway.

Videos

Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a Cultural Voyage.

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.