In Search of the Northern Lights

Bergen – Tromsø or Tromsø – Bergen

Join us as we hunt for the northern lights on a cruise between Tromsø and Bergen. Whichever direction you choose to sail, this trip is great for spending time in the Arctic, as well as visiting charming towns at the southern end of our route, including Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim.

  • Offers the best chances to see the northern lights
  • See the stunning scenery in Lofoten
  • Visit charming cities along the coast
  • Take part in exciting excursions


Imagine a landscape covered in pure white snow and a clear night sky. Suddenly a colorful explosion erupts above you. When this silent light show in the sky begins, it's impossible to look away. The northern lights are truly mesmerizing – and your chances to see them are best on this cruise! To make the cruise even more exciting, we visit beautiful cities along the way, making this an incredible experience.


  • Bergen to Tromsø: Nov 11, 22, 27 and Dec 3, 8, 14, 19
  • Tromsø to Bergen: Nov 18, 29 and Dec 4, 10, 15, 21, 26 

2018 DEPARTURES (Call for Nov. & Dec. Dates):

  • Bergen to Tromsø: Jan 5, 10, 16; Feb 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 26 and Mar 1, 2, 5, 7, 9
  • Tromsø to Bergen: Jan 12, 17, 23; Feb 20, 22, 25, 26 and Mar 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16

Exclusive Excursions

Dog Sledding at the Wilderness Center - from $322* per person

Join a thrilling ride on a husky dog sled across the open plains of Tromsø. Eager huskies are harnessed to your sled, waiting to transport you across the frozen landscape. At the end of the trip a warm Sámi meal followed by coffee and homemade cake will be served around an open fire in a traditional Sámi ‘lavvo’ (tent).

  • Excursion Code: CENTOS1AM / CENTOS1PM
  • Duration: 4–5 hours
  • Period: Dec. 01 – Apr. 30
  • Included: Transport from Tromsø (25 minutes each way), dog-sledding ride, English-speaking guide, meal & outdoor clothes

Reindeer Sledding, Sámi Culture, and Tromsø Lapland - from $333* per person

Join a real Sámi guide for an unforgettable experience reindeer sledding and discover Sámi culture in Tromsø. During your visit you'll experience: Reindeer sledding, lasso throwing, sightseeing at the camp, Sámi food, and much more.

  • Excursion Code: CENTOS2AM / CENTOS2PM
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Period: Dec. 01 – Apr. 30
  • Included: 4-hour excursion with transfers (30 min. each way), warm clothes, sledding ride, English-speaking guide, hot meal and hot drink.

Snowmobile Safari, Lyngen - from $375* per person

This tour takes you from Tromsø via road and ferry to the Lyngen Alps - great ways to experience the wonderful and varied scenery to be found here. We will drive on easy terrain on good snowmobiling trails and make stops along the way for photos. We will also stop, drill holes in the ice on a frozen lake and taste cold, pure, clear glacial water.

  • Excursion Code: CENTOS5AMTW / CENTOS5PMTW
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Period: Dec. 01 – Mar. 31
  • Included: Transportation (45 min. one way), incl. ferry, warm suits, snowmobile ride, English-speaking guide, hot meal and drinks.
  • Important: Driver's license is required
  • NOTE: Excursions in Tromsø must be pre-booked.

Your Package Price Includes:

  • Voyage from Tromsø – Bergen or Bergen – Tromsø in an unspecified cabin, on a full-board basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Transfer from the ship to the hotel 
  • Tromsø – Bergen voyages: One night at Bergen Clarion Hotel Admiral, including breakfast
  • Bergen – Tromsø Voyages: One night in Tromsø standard-class hotel, including breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Bergen or Tromsø 

Not Included:

  • Flights from the US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Optional Excursions
  • Luggage Handling

Please Note:

  • Prices are in USD per person, valid on listed departure dates
  • Listed dates are departure dates, the ships depart Southbound at 1:30am the following day. However, guests can begin boarding at 11:45pm. Northbound ships depart at 10:30pm.

Cruise Itinerary

Prepare for the hunt! When the Northern Lights appear, the polar sky materializes in all its beauty as a canvas of light being pulled across the sky - all while sailing through snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and the clear, starry sky.

Nov-Dec & Feb-Mar, 2016/17

Departs from Tromsø, Norway
Day 1

The Northernmost City in the World

Location : Tromsø

Our Southbound Voyage departs from Tromsø. Take part in one of our optional winter excursions, or visit the northernmost brewery. After embarkation in the late evening, the ship will travel toward the Lofoten islands.

The journey past the beautiful Vesterålen Islands toward the spectacular Lofoten Islands is for many the highlight of the trip. Between Sortland and Stokmarknes, you can see the famous Møysalen mountain, which has inspired numerous artists over the years. As we sail south through Vesterålen, we seemingly head straight toward a mountain wall, but there is an opening there: Raftsundet, which leads to the bewitchingly-narrow Trollfjord.

Day 2

Open Seas and Sheltered Bays

Location : Vesterålen & Lofoten Islands

Passing through the Lofoten Islands, the ship negotiates a stunning network of inlets and isles. We will also pass through the narrow channel between vesterålen and the Lofoten Islands known as the raftsund.

In fact, there are still many Norwegians who have never been to this region, as the archipelago west of Bodø is admittedly somewhat remote. Yet thanks to the fisheries and the European cod trade, Lofoten is now actually one of Norway’s more cosmopolitan areas. But in recent years, more and more Norwegians have realized why international magazines, newspapers and visitors are so fascinated by, and enamored with this area.

Day 3

Date With the Seven Sisters

Location : Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters

In the morning, we cross the Arctic Circle. Now we head for the Helgeland coast with its abundance of islands, islets, reefs and steep mountain walls. This is the home of the unique rock formations of Hestmannen; Torghatten, with its distinctive hole; and the spectacular Seven Sisters mountain range.

All seven mountains are more than 2,950 ft high, and according to local legend, the seven sisters were turned to stone because they forgot to hide from the sun.

Day 4

Medieval Kings & Saga Narratives

Location : Trondheim and Kristiansund

Arriving at Trondheim in the morning, you'll have the opportunity to visit the famous Nidaros Cathedral or take a stroll through the old town with its picturesque wooden buildings.

The ship will then head slowly out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord past Munkholmen, Hitra and thousands of islands and islets before docking in Kristiansund, often referred to as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’, because of its longtime export of the salted, dried fish. From Kristiansund, we cross the open sea on our way toward Molde.

Day 5

The City of Seven Mountains

Location : Bergen, Disembarkation

Today your journey with Hurtigruten will come to an end, but there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating winter scenery ahead of us. We reach Bergen in the afternoon, where you disembark.

Bergen is the start and end point for the traditional shipping lanes across the North Sea, both for Hurtigruten and other cruise ships, ferries and cargo ships. Even the railway from continental Europe ends here in the city of the seven mountains. Eventually, transfer to your Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6

At Journey's End

Location : Bergen

Bergen is the start and end point for the traditional shipping lanes across the North Sea, both for Hurtigruten and other cruise ships, ferries and cargo ships. Even the railway from continental Europe ends here in the city of the seven mountains. 

There was a time when traveling from Bergen across the sea to the UK or the Netherlands was far easier than trekking across the mountains to Oslo. Spend the morning in beautiful Bergen before your transfer to the airport and flight towards the next adventure.

Arrival Nov-Dec & Feb-Mar, 2016/17

Location Bergen, Norway
Your Ship Pre and Post Experiences

Choose Your Pre or Post Extentions

Enhance your voyage by choosing one of our flexible pre or post voyage programs. Spend a day or two in Oslo and then board a scenic train ride to Bergen, or fly to Tromsø and explore this charming town prior to boarding the ship. You may also extend your stay in Bergen and make this journey as flexible as you wish.

Southbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions on the southbound sailing between Kirkenes and Bergen.

Flight Packages

Arrange Your Flights with Hurtigruten

All our voyages offer you the opportunity to add flights from a selection of major airlines and regional departure airports. Call our Customer Sales Center for more information.