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Svolvaer, Norway

Havila Voyages: Classic Coastal Explorer

14-day coastal cruise from £3,760 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore iconic fjords and pretty coastal towns along Norway's magnificent coast


  • Sail the magnificent Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and back
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Visit Tromso, the Lofoten Islands and far-flung North Cape
  • Enjoy a full programme of optional excursions
  • Dine on menus inspired by the seasons and route

In Brief

  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 1 Night Geirangerfjord
  • 1 Night Trondheim
  • 1 Night Lofoten Islands
  • 1 Night Tromso
  • 1 Night North Cape
  • 1 Night Kirkenes
  • 1 Night Tromso
  • 1 Night Lofoten Islands
  • 1 Night Bodo
  • 1 Night Ålesund
  • 1 Night Bergen


Recommended for:
Ocean cruise

On this round-trip voyage, you’ll explore Norway’s spectacular coast in its entirety. Travelling in summer, you’ll witness the unique phenomenon of the Midnight Sun as you set sail from Bergen, crossing the Arctic Circle to visit pretty villages framed by spectacular islands and majestic fjords. With seasonal dining and a selection of finely curated optional excursions, this is one of the best ways to experience coastal Norway.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Bergen

Enjoy included airport lounge access, then fly to Bergen where an included transfer will see you to your chosen hotel in the city's World Heritage-listed centre. Settle into your hotel with your afternoon at leisure to explore the colourful Hanseatic harbour front. If time permits, take a ride up the Floibanen funicular, with panoramic views across town and the fjord and mountains beyond.

Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Thon Orion or Opus XVI (Superior)

Day 2
Board Havila & overnight on board

After breakfast, your morning and afternoon is at leisure, allowing you the perfect opportunity to further explore this beautiful town before beginning your coastal voyage later this evening. Perhaps take a stroll around town and visit the famous fish market for a taste of local seafood delicacies or visit one of a number of cultural museums in this historic town. After boarding and settling into your stylish cabin this evening, you'll be welcomed to the ship's main restaurant for a delicious dinner as you begin navigating north along the rugged Norwegian coast. Make sure you upgrade to Havila Gold for a 5-course fine dining evening on a day of your choosing, extra choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as tea and coffee package and an exclusive lounge service.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B D

Day 3
Ålesund & Geirangerfjord

After your first night on board, wake up to a delicious and varied breakfast as you sail towards Ålesund. Famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund is the cultural centre of the Sunnmøre region. During the summer months, you can hop off for an optional trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, marvelling in its steep mountainsides, dramatic waterfalls and deep blue waters. Further optional activities include kayaking in Ålesund, e-biking in Norangsdalen or a glass canoe paddling experience in Hjørundfjord. Back on board, you'll continue up the coast, passing the likes of Molde and Kristiansund as you enjoy another night on board this beautiful vessel.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 4

This morning, you'll dock in the historic city of Trondheim. Founded by the Vikings over a thousand years ago, Norway's third largest city is perhaps the country's most historically significant. Boasting the likes of the Kristiansten fortress, Nidaros cathedral and the Bakklandet neighbourhood along the Nidelva river, these historic sights offer a glimpse into Trondheim's rich well-preserved past. To make the most of this wonderful city, we recommend taking up one of the optional excursions on offer; perhaps discovering the city by vintage tram, or exploring its hidden corners through an immersive walking tour. Enjoy dinner back on board as you continue out into the stunning coastal archipelago, heading for northern Norway.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Enter the Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands

Enjoy breakfast as you pass small villages, towards today's first stop, Bronnoysund, situated on a narrow peninsula connected to the mainland. After further stops at Sandnessjoen and Nesna, passing along thousands of small islets and skerries through the ultra-scenic Helgeland coast – Norway's best kept secret – on board celebrations will mark the crossing of the Arctic Circle. There will be a chance to experience local culture with an optional excursion in Stamsund featuring a Viking banquet. This evening, the Lofoten Island's sleepy fishing villages and pointy mountain peaks await, with a notable visit to Svolvaer – the capital of this stunning archipelago – where you'll have the option of a brewery visit with local beer tasting. If you are travelling in summer, you'll be treated to your first glimpse of the Midnight Sun.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 6

The voyage continues this morning through narrow fjords and wild mountains to the "Paris of the north" Tromso, a city characterised by hunting, fishing and historic polar expeditions. This is truly where your arctic adventure begins. For panoramic views of the city, a ride up the cable car to Mount Storsteinen is a must. But, Tromso is also famous for being the biggest settlement in the land of the Sami people, with ancient traditions still practiced in the city and the wider region. Perhaps opt for an optional tour of this lively city and discover its rich culture, history as well as notable architecture such as Ishavskatedralen, the eye-catching Arctic Cathedral. You'll also have the option to meet Sami locals and their reindeer while hearing about their unique culture and how they not just survive but thrive above the Arctic Circle.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 7
The North Cape

Having left the lights of Tromso behind, today you'll venture as far north as you can get by land, to the North Cape. We recommend disembarking at Honningsvåg for a chance to stand on the European Continent’s most northerly point. Up here in the polar landscape, nature is at its harshest, though during the summer it is possible to catch a glimpse of reindeer herds grazing the barren plateau. Why not make the most of another of the optional excursions on offer, with a king crab fishing experience including a chance to taste your catch.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 8

The scenery becomes increasingly dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, an incredible 400km above the Arctic Circle, and the furthest point of the voyage. As a frontier town further east than Istanbul, Kirkenes enjoys the Midnight Sun for more than 2 months a year. During the summer, we recommend taking the option of a RIB boat fishing trip for a chance of catching some king crab fresh from the Barents Sea. Further options include a tour of this small but intriguing town.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Southbound towards Tromso

The polar landscape changes once more as you sail towards the west and south. The great expanses are replaced by steep peaks, as you pass through the towns of Mehamn, Kjollefjord, Honningsvåg and Hammerfest before sailing into Tromso this evening. Why not experience a midnight concert in Tromso's Arctic Cathedral, or take a stroll along the city's colourful streets under the Midnight Sun.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Towards Svolvaer & the Lofoten Islands

This morning, enjoy breakfast as you sail south, back through the wilds of the Lofoten Islands. Beneath the jagged mountains lie chalky white sand beaches and fishing villages with a vibrant fishing industry. If the weather permits, we will enter the narrow Trollfjord. There is a strong possibility of spotting sea eagles here. Hiking and horse-riding along the fjords are further highlights possible to book here.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Bodo & beyond

Having sailed through the scenic Lofoten Islands through the night, this morning you'll pass Bodo and then across the Arctic Circle once more. You'll sail past a myriad of small islands, with your route then taking you past the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vega Islands which is possible to explore on one of the optional excursions. You'll also pass the notable Torghatten mountain. Rising 258 metres vertically from the sea and featuring a small distinctive hole straight through the middle, it plays a heroic role in the Nordland fairy tale of trolls and is said to be the ancient Brønnøy King’s hat. If you wish, it is possible enter the hole on a short hiking excursion.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Trondheim to Ålesund

Today, you'll sail through the vast Trondheim fjord that is surrounded by pretty rolling farmland on both sides, returning to the coast and the open Atlantic. Why not disembark in Kristiansund on one of the optional excursions and be driven along the Atlantic Ocean Road, which has been dubbed the world's most beautiful drive. Meandering through a series of small islands and islets via a set of bridges, it connects the mainland with the municipality of Averoy. Afterwards you can re-embark in Molde, sailing on towards Ålesund.

Stay: Havila

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Ålesund to Bergen

Wake up to your last day onboard Havila. Today, you sail through a diverse coastal landscape of bare rocky mountains and waterways between many islands. The great fjords and glaciers are situated just inland. The colourful town of Bergen awaits at the end of the voyage. On arrival this afternoon, disembark and head to your chosen hotel in the centre of town with the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Thon Orion or Opus XVI (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Fly back to the UK

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning followed by another day to enjoy Bergen, before your shuttle transfer takes you back to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK.

Meals: B



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

Accommodation rating: Superior

14-day coastal cruise
from £3,760 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £3,760 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,580 pp. incl. flights

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Bergen including hold luggage
  • Return airport shuttle transfers in Bergen
  • 1 night pre & 1 night post accommodation at the Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret, Bergen including breakfast and light supper served between 18:00-20:00 daily.
  • 11 night sailing with Havila Voyages in a superior seaview cabin on a full board basis

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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