The Classic Voyage North

Bergen - Kirkenes

The Classic Voyage North is a journey of cultural exploration as you travel to the major coastal cities and remote communities, continuing north into the Arctic Circle. Explore the rugged coastline as you go face-to-face with natural wonders and experience thrilling excursions.

  • Visit the legendary Geirangerfjord on summer voyages
  • Visit the Hjørundfjord, Norway's most beautiful fjord on autumn voyages
  • Cross the Arctic Circle under the midnight sun (summer voyages) or under the northern lights (winter voyages)
  • Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea- and land-based excursions

Overview

Enjoy the atmosphere and culture in cities like Bergen, Ålesund and Tromsø – all filled with coastal history. We sail from Bergen to Kirkenes on this seven day trip, where you will see one landscape more dramatic than the other. This adventure will give you spectacular experiences you will never forget.

Dense in attractions

The Hurtigruten sets sail from Bergen harbour in the evening, heading for the Arctic. As we sail along the coast, a wealth of experiences await – the Jugend town of Ålesund and a summer detour into one of the world’s most beautiful fjords, Geirangerfjord. We continue north to the medieval town of Trondheim, where the Nidaros Cathedral is a hightlight for many. Experience the exitement as we cross the Polar Circle and visit Tromsø, before we continue even further north and arrive Kirkenes. This city is right on the Russian border. Vi are acctually as far east as St. Petersburg.

Travel through seasons

No matter what time of the year you travel with Hurtigruten, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature wherever you turn. Still, every season has its own charm.

Winter is perhaps the most special time to explore the wild and untamed Norwegian scenery. The landscape is a magical winter wonderland covered in white snow, and perfect for action filled winter excursions like dog sledging, whale watching or snow mobiling. On deck the air is fresh and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers. The stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight. Hopefully you will experiene the mesmerising Northern Lights.

During spring time, the contrast between southern and northern Norway is huge. From Bergen to Trondheim you will sail through a lush and green landscape in blossom in close to summer temperatures. Further north in the Arctic region, winter struggles to maintain its grip. As you cross the Arctic Circle sailing towards the North Cape and Finnmark – it is usually full winter, and from mid May the midnight sun offers 24 hours of daylight, even if the temperature and weather is more like winter. It is just like experiencing three seasons in one journey.

Summer is the most popular time of year for exploring Norway’s coast. The long, light days during the summer months seem to energise both nature and people. Even as far south as Bergen, you can experience 19 hours of daylight. Flowers bloom, rivers fill with fish and giant waterfalls cascade towards the ocean, creating a picture-perfect setting for a summer holiday.

As summer fades, the first cool evenings summon the colours of autumn. The fresh and clear coastal air enhances the intense red and yellow that fills mountainsides, hilltops and woods. From the deck, you may see the sharp profiles of the highest peaks sprinkled with the first snow, against the background of an ice blue sky. Gradually, the evenings get darker and the days shorter. With a bit of luck, the Northern Lights will appear and give you a magic experience.

No matter which season you choose, a trip with Hurtigruten from south no north will create memories for life, and you will most definitely long back for this adventure.

Your voyage prices includes 

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

Not included 

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions 
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in EUR per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Other Classic Voyages in Norway:

Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Classic Voyage North. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience. This is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure Varies by season

All year, daily departures

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

The journey begins


Location : Bergen

Our 7-day expedition to the high north starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Day 2

A Day for Masterpieces


Location : Florø - Molde


If you wake up early you’ll have the opportunity to see Hornelen before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Rising 2,820 ft. high to the west, this is the mountain that according to the ancient Norse saga was climbed by Viking King Olav Tryggvason.

On this day you will experience a rare venture into open ocean as we sail past the West Cape, where the Norwegian Sea opens up to the North Atlantic Ocean. We then set course toward what is often considered to be Norway’s jewel in the crown, Geirangerfjord. This is the day for spectacular fjord experiences. In the summer months, we sail into Geirangerfjord, which is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. In the fall, we explore the idyllic Hjørundfjord, where only Hurtigruten ships sail.

Day 3

In the Footsteps of the Vikings


Location : Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik


Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason back in 997 A.D. Trondheim’s architecture and surroundings create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere for any outing.

Whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or bicycle ride among the beautifully restored wooden buildings in the Bakklandet district.

Day 4

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location : Brønnøysund - Svolvær


On this day we cross the Arctic Circle. This invisible border at 66° 33’ North marks the southernmost point for the midnight sun, which shines 24 hours a day in the summer. North of this line, you will see the midnight sun in summer and the magical northern lights in winter. This is where the Arctic begins.

Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, is located near Ørnes, the old trading village and port of call. The journey continues along the beautiful Helgeland coast, considered by many to be just as spectacular as Lofoten. In the afternoon, we sail from Bodø across Vestfjord. Then the 3,280-ft high mountain of Lofotveggen will appear on the horizon, marking our arrival to Lofoten.

Day 5

Into the Wild


Location : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy


Today, the Hurtigruten ship approaches Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with exciting activities, no matter what time of year you travel.

Join in whale watching, dog sledding, hiking and learn about the country’s fascinating polar history. Or join us for a kayaking excursion, where you can admire this beautiful Arctic city from a different perspective?

Day 6

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location : Øksfjord - Berlevåg


Enjoy the magnificent landscape as we continue our journey toward the North Cape. In Honningsvåg, you can join us for a cultural walk through the town and be charmed by the colorful buildings. We will then sail through the heart of the Sámi homeland to the port of Kjøllefjord, an area famous for its rich birdlife.

Enjoy the sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel north, and be sure to take this opportunity to experience the North Cape - the northernmost point on the continent.

Day 7

The extreme north


Location : Kirkenes

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. This is where your voyage ends. Should you like to have some extra Arctic experiences while you are here, we offer several exciting tours, experiences and excursions in our pre and post programme. 

Arrival Varies by season

Location Kirkenes, Norway
Your Ship

Ships Sailing the Norwegian Coast

These are the ships that sail the Classic Voyage North. Each of our ships has a different atmosphere, style, and identity, so you can choose how you want to experience the Norwegian coast.

Expedition Team

The expedition team members are experts on all things related to Norway, skilled lecturers, and your hosts on board and on land. They are present on select ships in 2016 and 2017. Read more about them below.

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.

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 from the US to Bergen or from Kirkenes to the US. All flight packages include transfers. (We also have an arrival package that includes transfers and an overnight hotel stay in Bergen.)

Pre and Post Programs

Complete your vacation in Norway with an extension program before your voyage in Bergen or after your voyage in Kirkenes. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours that include overnight hotel stays.