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Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten Cruise

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Special fly-cruise fares

Summary

Short description

Trace the Norwegian coast taking in epic fjords, fishing villages and historic towns under the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun

Highlights

  • Take in spectacular fjords, mountains and glaciers on an ultra-scenic route
  • Winter's Northern Lights Promise – spot the aurora or travel again for free
  • Stand at the end of the world on North Cape
  • Stop at historic Trondheim and Ålesund
  • Season dependent, explore with optional snowmobiling and hiking

In Brief

  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 1 Night Ålesund
  • 1 Night Trondheim
  • 1 Night The Lofoten Islands
  • 1 Night Tromsø
  • 1 Night The North Cape
  • 1 Night Kirkenes
  • 1 Night Tromsø
  • 1 Night The Lofoten Islands
  • 1 Night The Seven Sisters
  • 1 Night Kristiansund

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Wildlife | Winter

Sweeping through epic fjords and in between cragged islands, this exploratory, full-board cruise showcases the sheer geographic drama of the Norwegian coast, from giant peaks to colossal glaciers. Along the way, you’ll stop at fishing villages and remote frontier towns alike for the chance to explore on summer hikes, winter dogsledding and tours of Art-Nouveau Ålesund and Gothic Trondheim. And, over the warmer months it's all backdropped by the Midnight Sun or, come the longer nights, spectacular Northern Lights displays. But, if the aurora doesn’t make an appearance on winter sailings, you can travel again free of charge.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Bergen

Beginning your trip with complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly out to Bergen’s beautifully timber Hanseatic wharf and spectacular ring of seven mountains. Be sure to ride the funicular up Mt. Fløien for the best views. An included transfer and the first of your full-board dining will then greet you at your Hurtigruten ship. Throughout your sailing, you’ll enjoy menus that showcase the best in fresh ingredients from the coast. Today, you’ll follow the Viking route along the green-clad Hjeltefjord – scenic views that are best taken in with the sun deck and pair of observation lounges. Further facilities include a bar, café, library and fitness centre, while destinations are brought to life by a superb lecture programme.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: D

Day 2
Ålesund

Waking early, you’ll be treated to the snow-peaked beauty of Nordfjord as the ship navigates past skerries and islands to arrive at Ålesund. Entirely rebuilt at the turn of the century, it’s an Art Nouveau gem of spindling spires, imposing towers and highly ornate buildings. There’s also the option of visiting the resident penguins at the Atlanterhavsparken – one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. Then, after perhaps taking in the sweeping overview from Mt. Aksla, you’ll set sail again. Winding through the Hjørundfjord, you’ll be treated to giant views of the Sunnmøre Alp as you pass green meadows dotted with lonely farms and small villages.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Trondheim

Today you’ll arrive in Trondheim, an ancient city founded by a Viking king. Its Nidaros Cathedral is a particular highlight, a lesson in Gothic architecture complete with spectacular views over the city. There’s also the superb Ringve Museum of Musical History. This manor house and botanical gardens hosts yet more pretty vistas. Back on board, you’ll set sail northwest, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse among countless charming islets and rocky outcrops. Then, after navigating the narrow Stokksund strait, you’ll pause at Rørvik, a delightful port town with an architecturally delightful sailing museum.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
The Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands

Crossing into the Arctic Circle, you’ll be entering into Midnight Sun and Northern Lights territory. And, if you're travelling over winter, you can request a wake-up call if the aurora's dance makes an appearance. Your days will be action-packed too, with this morning begun with Svartisen – Norway’s second-largest glacier. Then, optional RIB safaris will see you witness sea eagles and the world’s most powerful tidal current. The kilometre-high mountains of the Lofoten Islands then usher in the afternoon. These granite giants look down white sandy beaches and cute villages alike where you’ll stroll among stockfish racks and rorbuer fishermen huts. You can also visit Lofotr Viking Museum’s traditional banquets and chieftain’s house before ending the day with deckside fishcakes and views of the mighty Trollfjord.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Tromso

Short stops at remote towns will then see you to the ‘Polar Capital’ – Tromso. The base for many an Arctic expedition, it’s the perfect launchpad for a range of wintery fun, from dogsledding and snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and whale-spotting cruises. Otherwise, if you travel over summer, you'll find the snow melted into spectacular hiking trails. But, whichever season you set sail in, there's the chance to meet the Samí – the region’s indigenous reindeer herders. Then, as you continue north, the captain will invite you to taste stockfish on deck, as you look skywards for the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
The North Cape

As you sail through magnificent sub-Arctic landscapes, further remote port stops will bring you to Honningsvåg. Here, you’ll have the option of an trip to the  northernmost point in Europe – something included on summer sailings . Other than the chance to stand on the edge of the world, there are also puffin and birdwatching safaris along with fishing-community tours that showcase the local way of life. Continuing north, you’ll pass the Samí’s ancient and sacred rock formation, Finnkirka, before dropping anchor at Kjøllefjord. This colourful fishing village is the backdrop to a spectacularly wild landscape and yet more Samí heritage. Over winter, there's also the exciting opportunity to chase the Northern Lights on a snowmobile.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Kirkenes

The views become increasingly dramatic as you approach Kirkenes. Here, the road signs are in Cyrillic and Norwegian, evidence that the Russian border is just a few miles away. The unique, frontier-town history of this remote outpost is evidenced in a collection of interesting museums, while winter snowmobiling bring you out into its frozen surrounds. You can even catch and eat king crabs or visit the famous Snow Hotel and its nearby reindeer. Alternatively, swap dogsledding for a husky-accompanied hike in summer. You’ll then start the journey back south, docking at the ports you missed the first time round. After perhaps an ice dip at Vardø – Norway’s easternmost port – you’ll cruise along the spectacular Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Hammerfest/Tromsø

Docking at Mehamn in the middle of the night, you’ll have another winter opportunity to hunt the Northern Lights by snowmobile, travelling through snow-clad valleys. Then, in Hammerfest there’s the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column – a 9th-century monument that commemorates the first precise measurements of the globe. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors. Back on board, the crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots before arriving into Skjervøy, an old trading post. Lyngenfjord’s alpine scenery will then see you back to Tromsø where you can enjoy a craft beer at one of the city’s pubs or a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral – an included excursion on summer sailings.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
The Lofoten Islands

Arriving into Harstad, you’ll have the option of heading out to Vesterålen, taking in the island scenery and the Trondenes Church – the world’s northernmost medieval building. Otherwise, you can admire it from the ship as you glide through shallow channels to pair little fishing villages with giant mountains. One such stop is tiny Stokmarknes where you can visit the Hurtigruten Museum. 1,000-metre-high mountains then shepherd you into Trollfjord, its dramatic, eagle-plied cliffs conjuring fairytale images of hunching trolls. Back on Svolvær and the Lofoten Islands you’ll have the option of everything from fishing trips and village walks to RIB excursions and horseback rides on white-sand beaches.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
The Seven Sisters

Steep granite walls, hundreds of islets and fertile farmland will see you to Torghatten, a folkloric mountain famed for its 160-metre-long ice-age hole. The Seven Sisters are a further vertiginous highlight, these kilometre-high ladies dwarfing your exploratory ship. A stop at Nesna, a quintessential trading post, will then bring you to the UNESCO-listed Vega Islands to learn of its traditional down-duvet production. Another optional excursion will bring you to the museum at Alstahaug. Its 18th-century vicarage is dedicated to the life of Petter Dass – a famous Norwegian poet.

Stay: Hurtigruten ship (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Kristiansund

Today, you’ll have a further opportunity to explore Trondheim before sailing through its homonymous fjord. At 170 km long and up to 25 km wide, it’s an impossibly majestic sight. You’ll then arrive into Kristiansund, a thriving port famed for its cod. Other than tasting its dried-fish delicacies, you can also join excursions to a historic stave church or the Atlantic Road, an eight-bridge rollercoaster that hops between open sea and picturesque islands. A visit to the Bergtatt Marble Mine is another option, bringing you by boat into its great, eerily lit caverns. Views of the Romsdal Alps will then see you to Molde’s pretty coastal setting.

Stay: MS Richard With (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Bergen/UK

Overnight the ship will dock at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy before you wake to picturesque views of the Nordfjord, framed by the might Jostedal Glacier. Pretty archipelago vistas will then see you back to Bergen. You’ll be met, on arrival, by an included transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Standard

12-day fly-cruise on board MS Richard With (Hurtigruten) from £1,190 incl. flights

Special fly-cruise fares

  • Return economy flights from Manchester, London Gatwick, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff or Leeds to Bergen
  • Current taxes and charges
  • 12-day Round Trip Voyage on full-board basis
  • Transfers between the airport and ship

Northern Lights Promise

We're so confident that the Northern Lights will make an appearance during your 12 day Hurtigruten voyage in Norway, that if they don't, we'll give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage with half board FREE OF CHARGE*

*Applies on travel between 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018. Please refer to full terms and conditions.

Excursions mentioned in the itinerary are additional and can be booked prior to sailing or on board.

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