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This sample full roundtrip voyage with Hurtigruten takes you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, showing you all that the Norwegian coastline has to offer. This is truly one of the world’s most spectacular journeys, at any time of year.
Varies by Season, Year-RoundDeparture port Bergen, Norway
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Old Cities and the Sea
Location : Trondheim - Ålesund
After visiting Trondheim in the morning, the ship heads 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’, Kristiansund boasts a longtime history of exporting the salted, dried fish. From Kristiansund, we cross the open sea on our way toward Molde.
The Final Chapter of the 'Ferry' Tale
Location : Bergen, Norway
During the night the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy, and on this day, the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. But before we dock in Bergen, there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous glacier of Jostedalsbreen.
Nordfjord stretches 56 miles inland, all the way to the tiny villages of Loen and Olden. The rugged landscape at the mouth of the fjord is in stark contrast to the fertile landscape found inland. The lush orchards and glacier arms reach out toward sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls. Be sure to make the most of the last hours on board and enjoy these beautiful sights.
Varies by SeasonLocation Bergen, Norway
Kirkenes SnowhotelExcursion Norway (2 hrs 30 mins) From $ 102
Midnight Concert in the Arctic CathedralExcursion Norway, Tromsø (1 hr 15 mins) From $ 88
RIB Safari to SaltstraumenExcursion Norway (2 hrs) From $ 175
The North CapeExcursion Norway, Honningsvåg (3 hrs) From $ 192
KayakingExcursion Norway (3 hrs 30 mins) From $ 215
Fishing in LofotenExcursion Norway, Svolvær (1 hr 30 mins) From $ 132
Arctic BushcraftExcursion Norway (2 hrs 30 mins) From $ 118
Art Nouveau WalkExcursion Norway (1 hr 45 mins) From $ 55
ATV/Quad Safari to the Russian BorderExcursion Norway (2 hrs 30 mins) From $ 188