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Hurtigruten Cruise

  • Hurtigruten Classic Cruise Tour | Photo: Willy Skogly/Hurtigruten USA | Scandinavian American World Tours
    Navigating the waters of Norway's beautiful coastline

Norway’s Classic Hurtigruten Cruise

For over 120 years, Hurtigruten Cruise (‘hurtigruten’=“the fast route”) has been conveying passengers between the southernmost region of western Norway’s coast—starting in Bergen—and the last port town before the Norwegian-Russian border far in the north: Kirkenes. One of the top-ranked small cruise lines in the world and truly the best way to visit Norway’s infinite landscapes, ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’ is also a great way to meet and learn about Norway’s people and its unique Scandinavian culture.

The Classic Cruise Route

The full, roundtrip Classic Hurtigruten Cruise begins in Bergen and travels up the coast in the direction of the North Cape, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, stopping at 34 ports in total. On the way, it takes in some incredible sights—white sand beaches and spectacular mountain ranges, the rocky Trollfjord, and the wild landscape of Finnmark: Sámi territory.

In summer, the Midnight Sun lights up the night and illuminates all the cities north of Nesna, including some of the more intriguing ports: Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands, the ‘Paris of the North’—Tromsø—and of course Kirkenes, home to Norway’s famous SnowHotel in the winter. During the cold months the Northern Lights dance over these same regions, and truly give voice to the astounding beauty that Norway’s ever-changing landscape of sapphire fjords and snow-capped peaks holds.

Join us and discover why this classic Hurtigruten Cruise heads Lonely Planet Guide’s Blue List for classic voyages!


Day 01: Bergen

Bergen is the capital of Norway’s fjord district. We recommend you arrive a couple of days prior to your cruise to allow time to enjoy the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’.

You board the Hurtigruten Cruise ship this evening, and accommodation is on board for the rest of the journey.


Day 02: Maloy – Torvik – Ålesund – Molde – Kristiansund

When you wake, the ship will be crossing the open Stadthavet and heading for Torvik. En route, you’ll stop in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. (Between April 15 and September 14, all ships call at Geiranger in the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the beautiful Brudesloret, Friaren, and the Seven Sisters waterfalls.) After a call at Molde the ship will navigate the Hustadvika, a belt of islets and skerries, before docking at Kristiansund.

Optional northbound shore excursions available:

  • A taste of Norway, Hjorundfjord – Ålesund area: 9/02 – 11/01, From $118
  • Geiranger – Molde: 6/02 – 9/01, From $275
  • Art Nouveau Tour (walking tour of Ålesund): 1/01 – 6/01 & 11/02 – 12/31, $55


Day 03: Trondheim – Rorvik

The ship arrives early this morning in ancient Trondheim, where you’ll have time to explore this jewel of a city, Norway’s first capital. Walk the charming streets, sit by the peaceful harbor, or cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings and the great gothic cathedral of Nidaros. From Trondheim, the ship sails on to Rorvik, where the southbound and northbound coastal ships meet.

Optional northbound shore excursions available:

  • Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve (Trondheim City Sightseeing): 4/03 -9/02, From $85
  • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral: 1/01 – 4/02 & 9/03 – 12/31, From $77
  • Kayaking on the river Nid, Trondheim: 6/03 – 9/02, From $157
  • Cycling in Trondheim: 4/03 – 6/02, From $70


Day 04: Ornes – Bodo – Stamsund – Svolvær

Today you’ll cross the Arctic Circle. On your portside, the globe on the island of Vikingen serves as a marker. There are spectacular sites ahead: islands and skerries with majestic rock formations, whose origins are the stuff of legend. After Bodo, the ship heads out to open sea for the Lofoten Islands with their picturesque cabins on stilts and weathered wooden racks with drying cod. In the evening, she’ll navigate the narrow Raftsund Strait, passing the looming crags of the Trollfjord.

Optional northbound shore excursions available:

  • Glacier Adventure (Svartisen) 6/04 – 9/03, From $283
  • Saltstraumen Safari 3/15 – 11/03, From $175
  • Meet the Vikings 1/01 – 12/31, From $163


Day 05: Harstad – Finnsnes – Trømso – Skjervoy

This morning you’ll pass the medieval Trondenes Church before calling at Harstad for breakfast. Afterward, you’ll sail across the Vagsfjord past the great island of Senja with its diverse countryside of farmland, pine trees, and plunging peaks. Later you’ll stop at Trømso, the ‘Paris of the North’.

Optional northbound shore excursions available:

  • The Arctic Capital Trømso (City Sightseeing, including Polaria): All Year, From $97
  • Dogsledding, Trømso: 1/01 – 5/04 & 11/05 – 12/31, From $248
  • Scenery & Huskies, Trømso: 6/05 – 9/04, From $85
  • Polar History Walk: 1/01 – 4/04 & 11/05 – 12/31, From $75
  • Kayaking: 5/01 – 8/31, From $215


Days 06–07: Hammerfest – Havøysund – Honningsvåg – Kjøllefjord – Mehamn – Berlevåg – Kirkenes

Finnmark’s landscape is austere in its beauty, teeming with wildlife. Watch for rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of orca hunting for herring. After calling at Honningsvåg, the capital of the North Cape, the ship heads east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, and Berlevåg. On the seventh day, you’ll arrive at Kirkenes, the journey’s northern terminus and turning point.

Optional northbound shore excursions available for both days:

  • North Cape Tour: All year, From $192
  • Birdwatching Safari: 4/06 – 9/05, From $208
  • A Taste of Lapland: 5/06 – 9/05, From $188
  • Russian Border Trip: All year, From $85
  • Riverboat Safari: 6/01 – 10/06, From $188
  • Snowmobile Safari: 1/01 – 5/15 & 12/06 – 12/31, From $258

NOTE: If you are taking the northbound cruise only, 7 days/6 nights, disembarkation is in Kirkenes.


Day 07: Kirkenes – Vardø – Båtsfjord – Berlevåg

NOTE: If you are taking the southbound cruise only, 6 days/5 nights, embarkation is in Kirkenes.

After a few hours docked at Kirkenes, the ship will depart upon the southbound half of her voyage, calling during the day at ports passed at night on the trip northward. Crossing Varangerfjord, Norway’s only east-facing fjord and a fabled bird-watching site, you’ll arrive in Vardø, the easternmost point of the country.

Next the ship will round the Varanger Peninsula, where archaeologists excavated a community believed to date from 9,000 BC. In the evening, the ship calls at Båtsfjord, which also boasts the remains of a Stone Age settlement, and Berlevåg. Look out for Tanahorn Mountain, which long ago was a Sami sacrifice site.


Day 08: Honningsvåg – Havøysund – Hammerfest – Øksfjord – Skjervoy – Trømso

The ship arrives at Honningsvåg in the early morning. After calling at Havøysund, she will stop for 1.5 hours in Hammerfest, the world’s most northerly town. Despite its remote location, it was the first Norwegian town to have electric street lighting and its own power station. The ship then heads south to Øksfjord, whose glacier calves directly into the sea. After crossing open water, the ship calls at the old trading post of Skjervoy. You’ll dock in Trømso just in time to savor its nightlife.

Optional southbound shore excursions available:

  • Breakfast at North Cape: 5/08 – 10/07, From $258
  • The Northernmost Town, Hammerfest: 1/01 – 3/15, 5/01 – 9/15 & 11/01 – 12/31, From $58
  • Midnight Concert Tromso: All year, From $88


Day 09: Harstad – Risøyhamn – Sortland – Stokmarknes – Svolvær – Stamsund

The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen have some of the most stunning scenery on this journey. Before your arrival, you’ll see the captain skillfully maneuver the ship through the shallow waters of the Risoyrenna Channel, where sand banks are visible through the green water on both sides of the channel. The ship will negotiate the narrow Raftsund Strait leading into the breathtaking Trollfjord, before arriving in Svolvær and Stamsund. Later, the ship heads east across Vestfjord toward Bodo.

Optional southbound shore excursions available:

  • A Taste of Vesterålen (Harstad to Sortland): All year, From $130
  • Lofoten Islands (Svolvær-Stamsund): 4/09 – 8/31, From $132
  • Sea Eagle Safari: 3/24 – 10/15, From $165
  • RIB-Adventure in Lofoten: 6/09 – 9/08, From $165


Day 10: Ornes – Nesna – Sandnessjøen – Brønnøysund – Rørvik

From Ornes, you’ll travel through crystalline waters, filled with spawning cod from January to April, and go by lush agricultural fields. Nearly every towering peak you’ll see is associated with a local legend.

Crossing the Arctic Circle once again, you’ll pass the idyllic island of Sandnessjøen. On the approach to Brønnøysund, which you reach this afternoon, you’ll spy the mythical Seven Sisters Mountains. Make sure you’re on deck when the ship departs Brønnøysund—you’ll be impressed by the captain’s steady hand! Today’s last port of call will be Rorvik.

Optional southbound shore excursions available:

  • UNESCO Islands Vega: 6/10 – 9/09, From $257
  • Visit the Salmon: 6/10 – 9/09, From $97


Day 11: Trondheim – Kristiansand – Molde

Arrive in Trondheim early, with time to visit Norway’s largest medieval church, Nidaros Cathedral, and the restored Archbishop’s Residence. You’ll then sail out through the beautiful Trondheimsfjord, past Hitra, island of deer, and lonely Grip. At day’s end, you’ll call at Molde, before arriving in Ålesund late in the evening in time for a stroll on shore.

Optional southbound shore excursion available:

  • Trondheim With Nidaros Cathedral (Trondheim City tour): All year, $77
  • Trondheim City Walk: All year, From $58
  • The Atlantic Road: 4/11 – 9/10, From $175


Day 12: Torvik – Måløy – Florø – Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Maloy, and Florø. The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage is drawing to a close. Yet still ahead lies mile after mile of spectacular west Norway scenery: holly trees on Svanøy, the mouth of Sognefjord, and the beautiful archipelago on the approach to Bergen.

NOTE: The Geiranger Fjord is ONLY visited on departures from Bergen (northbound) in period 4/15 – 9/14. Please contact us for pre- and post-tour hotel and fjord tour options & rates.


Additional Information

Classic Norway Hurtigruten Cruise Sailing Schedule
If no arrival/departure time is listed below, then port call is approximately 45 min. or less. Sailing schedule is subject to change without notice.

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NOTE: All info subject to change. Not all cabin categories are available on all ships – please contact us for details. Though payment processing is in USD, some credit card companies may charge a Foreign Transaction fee. Make sure you check with your credit card company for rules and fees before providing us with your card. Hurtigruten cannot reverse charges once processed.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Hurtigruten Cruise / Independent Tour
Price: from $879
Duration:6 - 12 days
Cities Visited:Bergen - Maloy - Torvik - Ålesund - Molde - Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rorvik - Ornes - Bodø - Stamsund - Svolvær - Harstad - Finnsnes - Tromsø - Skjervoy - Hammerfest - Havoysund - Honningsvåg - Kjollefjord - Mehamn - Berlevag - Kirkenes - Vardo - Batsfjord - Oksfjord - Risoyhamn - Sortland - Stokmarknes - Nesna - Sandnessjoen - Bronnoysund - Floro
Departures: All Year Round

Tour Map

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