Exclusive Norwegian Experience: From Vikings to WWII

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Join us on our Classic 12-day Voyage with an Exclusive Special Guest

  • Join our special guest, Professor Dr. Terje Leiren, an expert in Viking history and World War II in Norway
  • Your choice of a 7-day (Bergen - Kirkenes: The Viking Coast), 8-day (Kirkenes - Bergen: The Heroes of WWII), or the full 13-day package
  • Sail along the astoundingly beautiful nature of the Norwegian coast
  • INCLUDES: The full 13-day pacakage includes 4 special lectures, 6 excursions, and 4 film screenings


Join us on our 12-day Classic Voyage with an exclusive special guest, where you can combine two fascinating cultural and historical topics, the Vikings and the history of World War II in Norway, and history comes to life! Renowned historian and professor Dr. Terje Leiren will share his knowledge of the Vikings and World War II in Norway through films, intriguing lectures, and shore excursions as we sail along the astoundingly beautiful nature of the Norwegian coast.

If you are short on time, experience the 7-day northbound voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, which focuses on the Viking coast, or the 8-day southbound voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen, which focuses on the history of World War II in Norway.


Dr. Terje Leiren has partnered with Hurtigruten to craft this unique itinerary of a lifetime. Dr. Leiren is a Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Leiren teaches courses in Scandinavian history and culture, including the popular ‘History of the Vikings’ and courses in advanced Norwegian literature and culture. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of Norway in the modern period and on Scandinavian life in America and 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.


  • Who Were the Vikings?
  • Viking Religion and Society?
  • Norway: Neutral and Invaded
  • The Norwegian Resistance to German Occupation


  • Nidaros Cathedral and the Museum of Natural History and Archeology  
  • Meet the Vikings/Lofotr Viking Feast
  • Kirkenes Historical Walking Tour
  • Hamerfest Museum and Walking Tour
  • Private visit to the Lofoten War Museum
  • Guided tour of Bergen


  • Who Were the Vikings?
  • Vikings: Fury from the North
  • Into the White
  • Max Manus: Man of War

Your voyage prices includes

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
  • The 13-day package includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel, one overnight hotel stay in Bergen (Oct 4–5, 2017), including breakfast, and a transfer from the hotel to the airport. 
  • The 8-day package (Kirkenes - Bergen: The Heroes of WWII) includes a transfer from the airport to the hotel, one overnight hotel stay in Bergen (Oct 4–5, 2017), including breakfast, and a transfer from the hotel to the airport.
  • The 7-day package (Bergen - Kirkenes: The Viking Coast) includes a transfer from the aiport to the ship and a transfer from the ship to the hotel or to the airport.

Not included

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

Please note

  • Prices are in USD ($) per person based on two people traveling 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.

Voyage 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

Departure port 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
Your Ship

Meet the MS Nordnorge

Built in 1997, MS Nordnorge is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to have this name, and from 2002–2007 it gave guests a memorable experience in Antarctica. Today she is one of our three expedition ships, taking guests on more active voyages along the Norwegian coast. As of 2016, the new, stylish décor, with a modern, Nordic feel, reflects the breathtaking, raw landscape of Arctic Norway. On the top deck you will find a sundeck, an observation lounge, and a panorama lounge, giving guests spectacular views of nature.

Extend Your Holiday

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.