Lonely Planet describes this ultimate Hurtigruten cruise as "The world's most beautiful voyage." We take you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. See 34 ports and journey more than 2,500 nautical miles, allowing you to explore every inch of Norway's magical coast.
At any time of year, it's a cruise like no other. The drama of the scenery and wildlife will stir the explorer in you. 22 of the ports lie north of the Arctic Circle – and you have the opportunity to join excursions tailored to match your activity level. Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing at night, you can see during daytime on the southbound sailing.
In a League of Its Own
The Hurtigruten cruise duly earns its place in the hall of fame of iconic travel routes, with other classics such as the Orient Express, the Amazon River, and the revered Route 66. Visit cities such as Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim before crossing the Arctic Circle and sailing into the Arctic. Southbound, you see Lofoten and Trollfjorden in daylight before sailing along the Helgeland coast and passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Admire the stunningly beautiful west coast of Norway on the way to our final destination, Bergen.
No matter what time of year you travel with Hurtigruten, you are surrounded by beautiful nature at every turn. But every season has its own special charm!
Three Seasons in One
Spring heralds the return of warmth and daylight, which is like an infusion of vitamins kick-starting life along the Norwegian coast. The migratory birds return and fill the skies, and the rocky coastal headlands are teeming with life. Spring is also a time of celebration. May 17 is Norway's National Day, and the coastal communities become a blaze of color and tradition. In the spring, Hurtigruten also visits the beautiful Lyngenfjord, with its majestic mountain backdrop and unique nature. Sail from spring temperatures in Bergen, to the Arctic, where you can still participate in our winter excursions – all during one cruise.
The Season of Eternal Sun
Summer is the most popular time of year for exploring Norway's coast. The long, bright days during the summer seem to energize both nature and people. Even as far south as Bergen, you can experience up to 19 hours of daylight. Flowers bloom, rivers fill with fish, and giant waterfalls cascade towards the ocean, creating a scenic setting for an incredible summer vacation. In summer, on the northbound cruise, we sail into the Geirangerfjord. North of the Arctic Circle you can experience the glorious midnight sun. Daylight in the middle of the night is an intense and exhilerating experience, and you may have to force yourself to go to bed.
The Season of Colors
Enjoy a splendid cruise during fall, as fresh, clear coastal air enhances the intense red and yellow leaves that fill the mountainsides, hilltops, and woods. Our autumn sailings include a visit to the incredibly beautiful Hjørundfjord. Majestic mountains surround this narrow fjord, and we offer several excursions that let you explore this spectacular area further. From the deck, you may see the highest peaks sprinkled with the first snowfall of the season, against the backdrop of an ice-blue sky. Gradually, the evenings become darker and the days shorter. With any luck, the northern lights will appear and dazzle you with their majestic, magical glory.
Northern Lights Season
Winter is a special time to explore Norway's pristine, wild landscapes. The ground is covered in pure-white snow and the air is fresh, crisp, and pure. Clusters of cozy houses glow on the shores like embers. You'll relish the stunning backdrops of snowy mountains against the polar twilight. Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway's far-northern reaches is to experience a magical winter wonderland – and hopefully the mesmerizing aurora borealis. For thousands of years, locals, visitors, artists, and scientists have marveled at these spectacular displays that occasionally light up the night sky. Sailing with Hurtigruten provides the best chances to see this mystical, ethereal light show flickering across the Arctic sky.
Expedition Teams On board
Onboard you will meet our dedicated experts with a single mission: to enhance your experience by leading activities and interpreting the cultural and natural treasures you encounter during your cruise. When you travel with us, you not only observe – you have the opportunity to truly interact with the landscapes in which we sail through. Not only do you experience some of the most beautiful places on Earth, you have the chance to taste fresh, local specialties prepared by creative, culinary experts. Guests from Norway and abroad want the 'original' experience. They want to go where no one else goes, with a crew and ship that belongs there. They want to experience and learn from guides who truly know this coast, who have Norway not only in their DNA, but in their souls. We invite you to join our Expedition Team on outdoor activities and hikes in Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, Kirkenes, Lofoten, Brønnøysund, and other sites.
*Only available on selected ships in 2017: MS Nordkapp, MS Nordlys and MS Nordnorge, MS Richard With, MS Kong Harald, MS Polarlys and a limited program on MS Spitsbergen. Starting April 1, 2018 available on 9 of 11 ships (all except MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen).