Norwegian Discovery Voyage

Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim

If you have always wanted to see the fjords, the amazing wilderness of the Arctic, and encounter wildlife – such as sea eagles or whales – then the 11-day voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes to Trondheim is essential.

  • Cross the Arctic Circle under the Midnight Sun (summer) or Northern Lights (winter)
  • Enjoy local and authentic Norwegian food from our renowned Coastal Kitchen
  • Complete your journey in Trondheim, a bustling city boasting a rich culture and long history
  • Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land based excursions

Overview

THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL COASTAL VOYAGE
The Hurtigruten ships sail calmly along the Norwegian coastline on a daily basis, calling on remote small ports where many larger vessels are unable to enter. Due to our knowledge, experience, and flexible fleet, we are able to sail closer to land, on the inside of islets, reefs, islands, and through narrows and straits. We also call on all the big cities. This journey is said to be the best way to explore Norway. Every time of year offers a spectacular and unique experience, from the Midnight Sun in summer to the Northern Lights in winter, making a Norwegian holiday an attractive prospect any time of year.

AN ABUNDANCE OF CHOICES
Visit 34 ports, where 22 are north of the Arctic Circle, see unparalleled natural wonders, and experience what fresh food from local suppliers tastes like. You can take part in an extensive excursion program, including kayaking, mountain hiking, whale watching, a Viking feast, an RIB safari, and a sea eagle safari. Or go on one of the three dedicated coastal expedition ships for an even more active journey.

Your voyage prices includes 

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

Not included 

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

Please note

  • Prices are in USD per person based on two people travelling 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.

Other Classic Voyages in Norway:

Itinerary

Voyage Itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Voyage of Discovery. 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

Varies by Season, Year-Round

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1

The Journey Begins


Location : Bergen, Norway


Hurtigruten’s Classic Roundtrip Voyage lasts 12 days and starts in our southernmost port, Bergen. Before your departure, why not take some extra time to explore one of Norway’s most beautiful and distinctive cities? Bergen has always considered itself to be a distinct region within the Kingdom of Norway.

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. You do not travel via Bergen – you travel either to or from 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.

Day 2

A Day for Masterpieces


Location : Florø - Molde


If you wake up early you’ll have the opportunity to see Hornelen before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Rising 2,820 ft. high to the west, this is the mountain that according to the ancient Norse saga was climbed by Viking King Olav Tryggvason.

On this day you will experience a rare venture into open ocean as we sail past the West Cape, where the Norwegian Sea opens up to the North Atlantic Ocean. We then set course toward what is often considered to be Norway’s jewel in the crown, Geirangerfjord. This is the day for spectacular fjord experiences. In the summer months, we sail into Geirangerfjord, which is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. In the fall, we explore the idyllic Hjørundfjord, where only Hurtigruten ships sail.

Day 3

In the Footsteps of the Vikings


Location : Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik


Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason back in 997 A.D. Trondheim’s architecture and surroundings create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere for any outing.

Whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or bicycle ride among the beautifully restored wooden buildings in the Bakklandet district.

Day 4

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location : Brønnøysund - Svolvær


On this day we cross the Arctic Circle. This invisible border at 66° 33’ North marks the southernmost point for the midnight sun, which shines 24 hours a day in the summer. North of this line, you will see the midnight sun in summer and the magical northern lights in winter. This is where the Arctic begins.

Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, is located near Ørnes, the old trading village and port of call. The journey continues along the beautiful Helgeland coast, considered by many to be just as spectacular as Lofoten. In the afternoon, we sail from Bodø across Vestfjord. Then the 3,280-ft high mountain of Lofotveggen will appear on the horizon, marking our arrival to Lofoten.

Day 5

Into the Wild


Location : Stokmarknes - Skjervøy


Today, the Hurtigruten ship approaches Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with exciting activities, no matter what time of year you travel.

Join in whale watching, dog sledding, hiking and learn about the country’s fascinating polar history. Or join us for a kayaking excursion, where you can admire this beautiful Arctic city from a different perspective?

Day 6

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location : Øksfjord - Berlevåg


Enjoy the magnificent landscape as we continue our journey toward the North Cape. In Honningsvåg, you can join us for a cultural walk through the town and be charmed by the colorful buildings. We will then sail through the heart of the Sámi homeland to the port of Kjøllefjord, an area famous for its rich birdlife.

Enjoy the sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel north, and be sure to take this opportunity to experience the North Cape - the northernmost point on the continent.

Day 7

To the Top and Back Again


Location : Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg


Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents Region and is the gateway to the east. The town is also Hurtigruten’s easternmost port and turning point. You will notice that the landscape and sea along the coast of Finnmark becomes ever more dramatic the closer we get to Kirkenes, which is located just a few miles from the Russian border.

If you are here in winter, we recommend a visit to the Kirkenes Snowhotel. The snow hotel first opened in 2006 and is built from over 15 metric tons of snow and ice. Snow is actually a very good insulator, so even if it is -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior at the snow hotel remains at a stable 25 degrees.

Day 8

The Extreme North


Location : Mehamn - Tromsø


We now bid Finnmark farewell, and along the journey you will see some of the world’s northernmost fishing villages. Sailing past Fruholmen, you will see Europe’s northernmost lighthouse; on Hjelmsøy, you will have a great view of Europe’s largest colony of guillemots and razorbills.

In Hammerfest, you can join in a mountain trek or a guided tour of the town. In short: You are far north, in an inhabited but also quite unspoiled part of Europe. Consider a hike up the Lyngen Alps, a popular destination for mountaineers from all over the world.

Day 9

Welcome to Lofoten


Location : Tromsø - Stamsund


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. We end the day with activities in Lofoten’s principal city of Svolvær: Choose from a sea eagle safari, a fishing excursion, a RIB boat ride, horseback riding and more.

Day 10

A Date with the Seven Sisters


Location : Bodø - Rørvik


Even as you reluctantly tear yourself away from Lofoten, the rest of the journey will help to soothe your loss with more magnificent sights. 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 11
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

The end of one adventure, the beginning of another?


Location : Trondheim

The ship heads slowly into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometres long and up to 25 kilometres wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep - up to 577 metres at the most. As we sil along the coast and into Trondheim, it becomes apparent how important the fishing industry is to the Norwegian coastal communities.

Our arrival in Trondheim sees the end of this voyage, but that doesn't mean that the adventure is over. You can explore the city on your own, and discover the city's 1000-year long history by visiting the Nidaros Cathedral - Norway's national monument and only Gothic cathedral.

You can also extend your holiday with our post programme in Røros before flying home, or jump on the incredible Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Arrival Varies by season

Location Trondheim, Norway
Your ship

Ships Sailing the Norwegian Coast

These are the ships that sail the Classic Voyage North. Each of our ships has a different atmosphere, style, and identity, so you can choose how you want to experience the Norwegian coast.

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

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 Trondheim.

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

Pre and post programmes

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

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 Trondheim, as well as a departure package that includes transfers, an overnight hotel stay in Oslo, rail from Oslo to Bergen, and an overnight stay at a hotel in Bergen.