Northern Lights

Duration: 12 days

Dates: October 2016 - March 2017

Imagine standing on deck, watching the vivid display of green and purple lights dancing across the clear arctic skies above you. This winter you can experience this truly unique sight on an adventure along the Norwegian Coast with an incredible value for money.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

Cross the Arctic Circle and hopefully see the Northern Lights
Staff on board will be scouring the night skies and announce any sights of the lights
Enjoy a wide selection of exciting and interesting excursions, like the Husky Adventure, Lofoten Viking Feast, dog sledging, Snow Hotel and Wilderness Adventure Camp.

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen (12 days)

This is the ultimate voyage with Hurtigruten. You will get the opportunity to see and experience the fantastic winter nature that Norway has to offer. You visit 34 ports and cover over 2,500 nautical miles. The Voyage hugs the Norwegian coastline from Bergen up to Kirkenes, where it turns around and starts its journey south back to Bergen.

CLASSIC WINTER VOYAGES

A winter expedition cruise along the coast of Norway is a beautiful experience. The landscape is covered in pure white snow; the air is fresh, pure and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers, and the stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar twilight. Enjoy a 6, 7, 11 or 12 day Classic Voyage with us to experience this beautiful season. 

Duration: 6, 7, 11 or 12 days

Dates: 1 Jan - 31 Mar , 1 Nov - 31 Dec 

Ports: 34

Days 1-7 Northbound Voyage

Day 1 Embarkation in Bergen

Our journey starts in Bergen. As we make our way north, you have the chance to enjoy interesting presentations and activities. Many of these activities happen out on deck or on land, so you get the chance to feel the crisp and fresh air. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of life on board and the opportunity to meet fellow passengers as you take in the spectacular winter landscapes.

Day 2 Alesund

We navigate through the skerries and islands further north before reaching the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Alesund. We recommend the excursion to Mount Aksla for a perfect winter panoramic view.

EXCURSIONS

2C ART NOUVEAU WALK

2D ATLANTERHAVSPARKEN

AQUARIUM AND MOUNT AKSLA

Day 3 The Royal City of Trondheim

Trondheim was Norway's first capital. The storehouses along the river built on wooden stilts are a colourful contrast to the pure white snow that covers the city during winter.

EXCURSIONS

3B TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS

CATHERDAL

3F WINTER GAMES

Day 4 Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

As we cross the Arctic Circle the hunt for the Arctic light begins. This occasion is marked with an Arctic Circle baptism on deck. You have the chance to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and to experience an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast. Later we enter the dramatic and narrow Raftsund. If the weather and ice conditions allow it, we also sail to the entrance of the famous Trollfjord, where you can enjoy freshly made fish cakes on deck.

EXCURSIONS

4D RIB - SAFARI TO

SALTSTRAUMEN

4E LOFOTR VIKING FEAST

Day 5 Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic

After a morning stop in Finnsnes, we continue to the Arctic capital Tromso. Perhaps take part in a polar dog sledging excursion or a trip to Polaria. As we sail along the coast there is a chance of seeing the Northern Lights. We gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

EXCURSIONS

5A THE ARCTIC CAPITAL TROMSO

5B DOG SLEDDING

5D POLAR HISTORY WALK

Day 6 Honningsvag and the North Cape

Honningsvag is the nearest port to the North Cape. An excursion to this breathtaking site puts you at 71° 10' 21" N, only 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. Join the presentation of the Sami culture and history in pictures, words and music. Later on we pass a rock formation that is sacred to the Sami people, Finnkirka. Enjoy the spectacular lighting on this famous rock. At the next port, Kjollefjord you can join a snowmobile trip to Mehamn (*Available from 1 March), where you might see the Northern Lights on a clear, starlit sky.

EXCURSIONS

6A THE NORTH CAPE

6D SNOW MOBILE TRIP IN

LAPLAND

Day 7 Kirkenes, the voyage turning point

The turning point of our Coastal Voyage is just 10 kilometres from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the fantastic Snow Hotel and the base for several exciting excursions, including dog sledging and King Crab fishing. Kirkenes also boasts several fascinating small museums, recounting the history and heritage of this remote frontier. The polar nights extend from 21 November to 21 January. It is not completely dark during this time; the light and colour in the sky are amazing when the weather is favourable.

EXCURSIONS

7A THE RUSSIAN BORDER

7C SNOW MOBILE SAFARI

7D KIRKENES SNOW HOTEL

7F HUSKY SLEDGE ADVENTURE


Days 7-12 Southbound Voyage

Day 7 Kirkenes, the voyage south begins

As we turn south the northbound ports visited by night are now visited during the day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardo. Depending on the weather conditions, we invite you to take an ice-dip in the Arctic Ocean!

EXCURSIONS

7G ARCTIC BUSHCRAFT

Day 8 Hammerfest and Tromso

Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an "Energy coffee" and a short introduction to Melkoya - The northern- most natural gas terminal" on board. Our next major stop will be Tromso where you have the option to take part in a very special musical experience, the Arctic Cathedral Midnight Concert.

EXCURSIONS

8B THE NORTHERNMOST TOWN

IN THE WORLD

8C MIDNIGHT CONCERT AT THE

ARCTIC CATHEDRAL

8F SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN THE

POLAR NIGHT

Day 9 Vesteralen and Lofoten Islands

Enjoy the stunning views of sheltered bays and glorious mountain landscapes wrapped in the cloak of a polar winter. We stop at Stokmarknes home to the Hurtigruten Museum, before continuing through the Raftsund, a picturesque and narrow channel between the Vesteralen and Lofoten Islands. As a tribute to the fishing history in Lofoten, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck.

EXCURSIONS

9A A TASTE OF VESTERALEN

9C SEA EAGLE SAFARI

9I WHALE WATCHING WINTER

Day 10 Arctic Circle, Seven sisters

Enjoy a spectacular winter scenery of the picturesque Helgeland coast with its myriad islets and steep granite walls. As we cross the Arctic Circle again and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters we enter a world of legend and folklore.

Day 11 Trondheim and Kristiansund

Today you have the opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim again. Nidaros Cathedral, where three Queens and seven kings have been crowned, is Scandinavia's largest medieval building. Later, on our way to Kristiansund, you can see the steep, pointed and snow-covered peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

EXCURSIONS 

11A TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS

CATHEDRAL

11D TRONDHEIM CITY WALK

11C THE ATLANTIC ROAD

Day 12 Bergen, disembarkation

Today your journey with Hurtigruten has come to an end, but before we reach the finishing line there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating winter scenery ahead of us. 

EXCURSIONS

12A BERGEN CITY SIGHTSEEING