Cultural Voyages - A Voyage Through Norway's History, Music and Art - Roundtrip

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Welcome to 10 special sailings along the breathtaking coast of Norway that focus on Norwegian music, art, culture, and history. With many special onboard activities, events, and exclusive excursions, you will gain in-depth knowledge of Norwegian culture and engage in authentic experiences that no one else can offer.

  • Learn about Norwegian art, music, and history as you travel through the landscape that shaped it
  • Take part in 17 enriching and unique cultural events
  • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords, and more than 1,000 mountains
  • Experience cultural excursions in spectacular and unorthodox venues

Overview

Hurtigruten offers four cultural sailings in spring and six in autumn. Experience Norwegian culture at its best, either when the coastline awakens after a long winter or during the autumn gold. Sailing along the coast, there are several unique and enriching cultural activities to participate in, both on board and ashore.

You are sure to enjoy an eclectic mix of activies: some of our concerts will be set in unusual surroundings and our onboard activities will delight all of your senses, an exciting mix of lectures, concerts, and tastings of delicious specialties from Norway's Coastal Kitchen sourced from the areas in which we sail and visit.

Music to Your Ears

No Norwegian cultural voyage would be complete without concerts celebrating the mesmerizing music of Norway’s famous classical composer Edvard Grieg. Enjoy a series of live concerts featuring Grieg's work and other composers both onboard and ashore in unique venues such as a grotto, a mine, and even an old industrial fish-oil tank!

Insider Insights

We’ve been exploring Norway’s coast and culture since 1893, so the insights we bring to our guests in the form of lectures and presentations are second to none. We'll introduce you to Norway’s traditions, history, industry, and folklore, enlighten you about the the native Sámi people, and share many other gems of knowledge.

Norway’s Coastal Kitchen

The delectable dishes we serve on board our ships are traditional and couldn't be fresher. We take great pride in sourcing our seasonal ingredients straight from the surrounding sea and landscape. Our fjord-to-table dining features flavors that are skillfully prepared, enhanced, and presented by our talented team of chefs, both at the buffet at at the special à la carte dining option.

Easy on the Eyes


You are also sure to enjoy coastal Norway's stunning, breathtaking fjords and mountains. These magnificent views are captured in paintings on display in local art galleries that can be visited as part of the Cultural Voyage. Each ship also has its own collection of artwork on board to further awaken the artist within.

Price includes: 

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
  • Tour Manager and lectures
  • Select onboard activities including a lecture series, concerts, and food tastings

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • International flights and transfers

Please note:

  • All prices shown are in USD ($) per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin cabin
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Some J, AJ, and L cabin categories have a limited view

Included Cultural Events

INCLUDED IN THE NORTHBOUND VOYAGE:

  • Piano concert: Greig at Troldhaugen, Bergen
  • Organ concert: Church of Ålesund
  • Lecture: What Is Norwegian Culture?
  • Soprano and piano concert at Stormen, in Bodø
  • A guided art tour of your ship's artwork
  • Lecture: Norwegian Legends and Myths and from the Area 
  • Grieg concert on board as we sail through the majestic Vestfjord
  • Lecture: Sámi Culture
  • Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

INCLUDED IN THE SOUTHBOUND VOYAGE

  • Lecture: Witch Process in Vardø
  • Excursion to Witch Monument, Vardø
  • Presentation on Norwegian traditions
  • Concert with storytelling at Andergrotta, Kirkenes
  • Concert in an old fish-tank factory in Vesterålen
  • Presentation on the importance of the fishing industry in Norway throughout history
  • Concert in a grotto, Bergtatt
  • Grieg concert on board between Trondheim and Bergen
  • Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Additional Durations for this Voyage:

Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on a Cultural Voyages. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your Cultural 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

Varies by season

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

The Journey Begins


Location : Bergen, Norway

Our expedition 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.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:
- Piano concert: Greig at Troldhaugen, in Bergen before departure 

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A Day for Masterpieces


Location : Florø - Molde

Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. In autumn we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape give this fjord its special character.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Organ concert: Church of Ålesund
- Lecture: What Is Norwegian Culture?

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

In the Footsteps of Vikings


Location : Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik

On this day you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral or a casual walk or bicycle ride through the Bakkland district. On fall voyages you can join the trip to Munkholmen. This was an ancient place of execution before becoming a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. On fall voyages you will also learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the captain’s talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:
- Lecture: Norwegian Legends and Myths from the Area

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Crossing the Arctic Circle


Location : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fishcakes out on deck. You will also hear about the Battle of Trollfjord, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- A guided art tour of your ship's artwork
- Grieg concert on board as we sail through the majestic Vestfjord featuring a piano and a soprano
- Soprano and piano concert at Stormen, a cultural center and architectural masterpiece in Bodø
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Into the Wild


Location : Stokmarknes - Tromsø - Skjervøy

The ship continues to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog-sled ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquility of the area, join us on a kayaking excursion or participate on a mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:

- Lecture on board: 17th of May Traditions. The 17th of May is Norway’s 'birthday'. During this lecture you will learn about this very special Norwegian day and its traditions.

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location : Location: Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey toward the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the birdwatching safari during spring voyages to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins and a large number of kittiwakes. As the Hurtigruten ship continues north, we sail in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation of Finnkirka, as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful scenery on our different excursions. On occassion, local fishermen visit us during our spring voyages to share their catch of the day (king crab and cod) with us out on deck.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:
- Lecture: Sámi Culture

Day 7
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

To the Top – and Back Again


Location : Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg

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. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. As the ship starts its voyage south, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of Arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. On the southbound voyage, the ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen during the day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø again, Norway’s easternmost port. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Lecture: Witch Process in Vardø
- Morning concert with storytelling at Andergrotta, Kirkenes
- Excursion to the Witch Monument in Vardø
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 8
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The Extreme North


Location : Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn. On spring voyages, it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, on board you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to Melkøya, the industrial island that holds the northernmost natural gas terminal. On fall voyages we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guide and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the Earth. Hammerferst is the northernmost town in the world and has an important place in Norwegian polar history. We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord on spring voyages. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Or, a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Presentation on Norwegian traditions
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 9
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location : Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion program: A Taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is only 23 feet deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sandbanks are visible through the clear, green water. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into a mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only a little over a mile long and 328 feet wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits, the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten Wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Concert in an old fish-oil tank in Vesterålen
- Points of interest discussed out on deck bundled with Norway's Coastal Kitchen food tastings

Day 10
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A Date with the Seven Sisters


Location : Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66° 33’ N is an important ‘rite of passage’. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 2,953 and 3,609 feet high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. In Brønnøysund you can take the optional excursion village walk.

Day 11
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

The Old Cities and the Sea


Location : Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577m at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENT:
- Presentation on the importance of the fishing industry in Norway throughout history

Day 12
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Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo Photo

The Final Chapter 


Location : Ålesund - Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik, and Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedals Glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town that is the oldest in Sogn og Fjordane county and the westernmost in Norway. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route. You disembark in Bergen.

INCLUDED CULTURAL EVENTS:
- Opera concert in a grotto at Bergtatt, an old industrial mining cave in the mountains
- Grieg concert on board between Trondheim and Bergen  

Arrival Time: varies by season

Varies by season

Location Ålesund - Bergen
Your Ship

Young Explorers Program

Starting April 1, 2017, children ages 7–13 can partake in our complimentary Young Explorers Program. It is designed for children traveling with adults to magnificent destinations, and the focus is on education, fun, and participation.

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 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.