Exclusive Norwegian Experience: From Vikings to WWII

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Cruise along the astoundingly beautiful Norwegian coast with a special onboard guest who illuminates two fascinating cultural and historical topics: the Vikings and the history of World War II in Norway. Renowned historian and professor Dr. Terje Leiren shares his knowledge through films, intriguing lectures, and shore excursions during the trip.

  • Attend fascinating lectures and films about the Vikings and World War II2. Join our exciting, exclusive shore excursions along the way
  • See the beautiful Norwegian coast with its charming towns and stunning scenery
  • Learn about Scandinavian culture and history from our onboard expert


Choose the Cruise that Fits You

Choose between a 7-day cruise (The Viking Coast: Bergen - Kirkenes), an 8-day cruise (The Heroes of WWII: Kirkenes - Bergen), or the full,  13-day round trip (Bergen - Bergen) package. Enjoy special lectures, excursions, and films that illuminate and bring to life the history of the Vikings and history of World War II in Norway.

Our Onboard Expert

Dr. Terje Leiren has partnered with Hurtigruten to craft this unique itinerary. He is a professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches courses in Scandinavian history and culture. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of Norway in the modern period and on Scandinavian life in America, and he has published extensively on Norwegian and Scandinavian-American history and culture. Dr. Leiren has appeared on several television documentary programs about Scandinavia, from the Vikings to World War II, on PBS and the History Channel.


The cruise follows the 12-day Hurtigruten coastal route. Select the "Itinerary" tab above to read a detailed 


  • World of the Vikings
  • Viking Religion and Society
  • Norway: Neutral and Invaded
  • Norwegian Resistance to German Occupation


  • Nidaros Cathedral 
  • Kirkenes Historical Tour
  • Hammerfest Museum and Walking Tour
  • Private visit to the Lofoten War Museum
  • Guided tour of Bergen and visit to the defense museum

Your voyage price includes:

13-day package (Roundtrip: Bergen - Bergen)
May 7, 2018
and September 12, 2018

*Includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel, one overnight hotel stay in Bergen, including breakfast, after the voyage, and a transfer from the hotel to the airport.

7-day package ( The Viking Coast: Bergen – Kirkenes):
May 7, 2018
and September 12, 2018
*Includes transfer from the airport to the ship and a transfer from the ship to the hotel or the airport.

8-day package (The Heroes of WWII: Kirkenes - Bergen):
May 12, 2018
and September 17, 2018

*Includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel, one overnight hotel stay in Kirkenes, including breakfast, before the voyage, one overnight hotel stay in Bergen, including breakfast, after the voyage, and a transfer from the hotel to the airport.


Cruise Itinerary

Choose from the full 13-day voyage, the 7-day northbound voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, or the 8-day southbound voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen. The below itinerary shows the full 13-day voyage.

Departure Varies by season

Daily departures, all year

Departs from Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

The journey begins

Location : Bergen, Norway

Spend your day in Bergen prior to embarkation. Board the ship and enjoy the relaxed ambience of life on board.

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces

Location : Florø - Molde

This morning we arrive at the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. Exclusive inclusions: Overview of program and lecture: Who Were the Vikings? Viewing of documentary film: Who Were the Vikings?

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

In the footsteps of the Vikings

Location : Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik

Continuing north we head for Trondheim, where a colorful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture. Exclusive inclusion: Nidaros Cathedral and Museum of Natural History and Archeology excursion.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Welcome to the Arctic!

Location : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

Today we cross the Arctic Circle and then continue to the modern town of Bodø before sailing to the glorious Lofoten Islands. Exclusive inclusion: Meet the Vikings/Lofotr Viking Feast excursion.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Into the wild

Location : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

Tromsø is the capital of Arctic Norway. Explore this lively town on our optional excursion. Exclusive inclusions: Lecture: Viking Religion and

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape

Location : Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the North Cape (optional excursion). Exclusive inclusion: Viewing of the History Channel’s documentary film: Vikings: Fury from the North

Day 7
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

To the top and back again

Location : Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg

The coastline becomes more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes. Exclusive inclusion: Kirkenes Historical Walking Tour excursion, including a visit to the Borderland Museum. This is also the beginning of the 8-day Southbound Voyage option, The Heroes of WWII.

Day 8
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The extreme north

Location : Mehamn - Tromsø

Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town, is our first major stop before we continue to Tromsø. Exclusive inclusions: Hammerfest Museum & Walking Tour excursions.

Day 9
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten

Location : Tromsø - Stamsund

Passing through the Lofoten Islands, the ship negotiates a stunning network of inlets and isles. Exclusive inclusions: Lecture: Norway, Neutral and Invaded, viewing of documentary film: Into the White and Lofoten War Museum excursion.

Day 10
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A date with the Seven Sisters

Location : Bodø - Rørvik

After crossing the Arctic Circle you have the opportunity to see the Seven Sisters mountain range and Torghatten, the mountain with the hole.

Day 11
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

Trondheim and Kristiansund

Location : Trondheim - Ålesund

When we arrive in the medieval city of Trondheim you can visit Nidaros Cathedral. We make brief calls at Kristiansund and Molde before a midnight call at Ålesund. Exclusive inclusions: Lecture: The Norwegian Resistance to German Occupation. Viewing of feature film: Max Manus, Man of War.

Day 12
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Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo Photo

The final chapter of the fairytale

Location : Bergen

Exclusive inclusion: Private Bergen During WWII excursion, including a visit to the Defense Museum in the Sverresborg fortress. Enjoy an overnight hotel stay at your hotel in Bergen.

Day 13
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

Depart Bergen

Location : Bergen, Norway

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Transfer by bus to the airport for your flight departure.

Flight from Bergen

Location Bergen, Norway
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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.