Norwegian Coastal Expeditions - Engage in a True Adventure

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Expedition ships are the ideal choice when you want to explore the coast in an active way.

  • Travel with an expedition team, modern-day explorers who love sharing stories, interpreting what they see, and leading you to all the best spots that most travelers miss
  • Choose from a wide range of optional excursions
  • Add a Hiking Pass to your booking and join our knowledgeable expedition team on incredible hikes
  • Enjoy the true taste of nature with fresh produce from local suppliers

Overview

Active Adventure & Discovery

Enjoy the sight of crystal-clear waters stretching out down the fjord, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. Then, the expedition leader welcomes you ashore, and your adventure begins. With Hurtigruten, you can now join expeditions along Norway’s rugged coast on our ships. On our expedition ships you will find skilled expedition team members who are dedicated to giving you the most exciting experiences. They host lectures and presentations, lead special activities, and guide you on excursions and scenic hikes.

Expedition Team

Hurtigruten’s expedition team will present lectures on subjects such as biology, history, and geology. However, they are not just skilled lecturers; they are also your hosts on board and on land. They are hand-picked for their local expertise and specific knowledge in relevant fields. They are also known for their enthusiasm, curiosity and love for the areas we visit. Our expedition team consists of modern-day explorers who love sharing stories, interpreting what they see and leading you to all the best spots that most travelers miss.

Special Hikes & Norwegian ‘Friluftsliv’

We Norwegians are known for our obsession with the outdoors. The term ‘friluftsliv’ reflects our longing to be outside as a way of life and is part of our cultural identity. It is in our blood. We offer a Hiking Pass to inspire this same feeling in our guests. The focus on these hikes is not to be lectured on local history and other facts. The focus is on the hike itself, and the journey to reach a scenic viewpoint or another point of interest. We focus on the quiet ambience of being outdoors, the sights and the smells, and simply living in the moment. Some of these hikes are physically demanding, so good physical condition is required. The terrain will be variable, sometimes slippery and uneven.

Choose an expedition ship on any of our 6-, 7-, 11-, or 12-day itineraries and you’ll be part of an expedition cruise. Expedition Cruises are priced in the same way as all our Norwegian Coastal Cruises – there is no premium charge for booking one of our Expedition Cruises.

Expedition Cruise Highlights

Our Expedition Cruises have everything our Coastal Cruises have – with additional opportunities to explore the spectacular coastline and culture in a more active and informative way. For these special Norwegian Coastal Cruises, we’ve leveraged our vast knowledge and experience operating polar expeditions in Antarctica and the polar north to satisfy the ‘inner explorer’ in all of us. At the heart of your voyage will be an expanded onboard expedition team who will lead your daily adventures, direct route diversions, and lead select hikes and excursions in pursuit of special discoveries to make you feel like a real explorer in the Arctic wilderness.

  • Unique excursions for more active travelers
  • Additional ‘expedition’-style onboard activities
  • Access to specialty hikes with expedition team
  • Expert lectures and daily discussions
  • Feel like an explorer in the Arctic wilderness
  • Seasonal variations of excursions, activities, and lectures

Recommended equipment:

When going on hikes you should choose your equipment based on the weather and the season. As a general rule of thumb, you should remember to pack good shoes for walking, such as boots for rainy and muddy conditions. A wind and water proof jacket, preferably with a hood and free hiking trousers, gloves, a hat, water bottles and sunglasses are also recommended. It’s also a good idea to bring a pair of lightweight binoculars and a camera.

Languages

Our activities and lectures will be mainly offered in English. A written summary will be handed out before the lecture starts in Norwegian, German  and French. When we have German-speaking
staff members, we will do our utmost to offer parts of the program in German.

Price includes

  • Expedition Cruise in a the cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis
  • English speaking tour leader on board

Not included

  • Flights and transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Hiking Pass 
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in USD ($) per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside cabin, double occupancy
  • Other categories are available at a supplement
  • Not all categories available for departures

Additional Durations for this Voyage:

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on your Coastal Expedition Sailing. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

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

Your 12-day roundtrip expedition cruise starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords by hiking up the famous Mount Fløien or exploring the city by segway.

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
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces


Location : Florø - Molde

If you wake up early the next day you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. In the summer months we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 2,625-foot cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. Depending on the season, you can enjoy a colorful and enlightening presentation about the aurora borealis, a talk about the sagas of the mythical mountain on the island of Sandsøy, or tastings from Norway's Coastal Kitchen on the deck with your expedition team.

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

In the footsteps of the Vikings


Location : Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik

Today 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, kayaking on the river Nid and into the river's smaller channels, or a casual walk (or bicycle ride!) through the Bakkland district. In autumn you can join the trip out 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. In autumn you can 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.

Your onboard expedition team will offer more tastings on deck and present lectures on geology and an introduction to Viking history.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location : Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘midnight sun’. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the northern lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. In spring there will be a presentation on board where your can learn more about the millions of migrating birds returning to the Arctic coast during the nesting period. Later this afternoon the sight of the 3,280-foot-high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words, and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Into the wild


Location : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

In summer, early birds can go ashore in Risøyhamn for our whale-watching excursion. The ship continues to Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, 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 sea in summer, 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. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. 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.

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


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. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief 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 and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, and a large numbers of kittiwakes.

The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Ever so often local fishermen visit us during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (king crab and cod) with us out on deck. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, and explore the wonderful scenery all year round on our different excursions. In winter you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.

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. Depending on the season, there are several ways to make a visit to the Russian border. During spring you may still be able to participate in our winter activities and excursions. You may also explore the Arctic winter on a snowmobile, driving over a frozen fjord. On our dog-sled adventure the huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen landscape, taking you through the Arctic wilderness. You can also visit the Snowhotel and see the reindeer. Our Arctic bush craft excursion in autumn provides you with an insight into this season, and you will discover how people have harvested, stored, hunted, and fished in this region for centuries.

As the ship starts its cruise south, you will first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of Arctic wilderness from the deck or the panorama lounge. The ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø again, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation about 'Life in the Sea' in spring, and in winter local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

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, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya – The Northernmost Natural Gas Terminal’ on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe.

We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. 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, walk around town and try a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs. 

Your expedition team will present lectures on topics such as polar expeditions, Norwegian exploration, and the evolution of modern Norway.

Day 9
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location : Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive in 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 just 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, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries, and mail. From this port you can also join a spectacular whale-watching excursion during wintertime.

Then 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 the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Then we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, which is only a little over a mile long and has majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits, the captain will take a detour here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring, and winter.

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.

During our sailing through the iconic Lofoten Islands, your expedition team will share their knowledge with lectures on fisheries, coastal culture, and Hurtigruten's history since its beginnings in 1893.

 

Day 10
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The Seven Sisters


Location : Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. 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’ inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre. 

As part of your Norwegian Coastal Expedition, there will be an entertaining musical lecture by the expedition team and an evening activity such as folk dancing.

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 106 miles long and up to 15 miles wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep: up to 1,893 feet. As we sail along the coast you’ll discover the importance of the fishing industry 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 longtime export of salted, dried codfish. 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, gray, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

During your sailing, enjoy another onboard lecture about the majestic fjords and their geology.

Day 12
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Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo Photo

The final chapter of the fairytale


Location : Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik, and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful cruise 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 which 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.

The onboard lecture program will comprise of talks about Norwegian legends and Norway's musical heritage – both of which were influenced by Norway's natural beauty. And finally you disembark in Bergen.

Arrival Varies by season

Location Bergen, Norway
Your Ship

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.

Southbound Excursions

These are the available excursions for the Classic Southbound 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

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Articles

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Attractions

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Videos

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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

Complete your holiday in Norway with a pre or post extension program. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.