We will be open at 9:00 am. Call 020 7590 0637

Havila Voyages: Norway winter cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes

9-day coastal cruise from £2,090 pp

Summary

Short description

Discover the winter highlights of coastal Norway with Havila Voyages

British Airways Sale now on

The British Airways Sale is now on, with savings to a wide range of destinations from the USA and Canada to Asia and the Middle East. Book by 3 October 2023.

Highlights

  • Explore the classic coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes in winter
  • Enjoy a full spread of optional excursions and activities
  • Go husky sledding and snowmobiling amid spectacular winter landscapes
  • Search for the Northern Lights
  • Relax onboard with locally inspired dining and modern cabins designed with comfort in mind

In Brief

  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 1 Night Florø
  • 1 Night Kristiansund
  • 1 Night Trondheim
  • 1 Night Svolvær
  • 1 Night Tromsø
  • 1 Night Nordkapp
  • 1 Night Kirkenes

About

Recommended for:
Ocean cruise | Winter

Tracing the Norwegian coast between Bergen and Kirkenes, this cruise explores spectacular winter landscapes, visits some of the world’s most beautiful fjords, crosses the Arctic Circle and sails around the remote North Cape. Your days will be spent navigating small coastal islands, with regular stops to visit a range of towns and villages set against a backdrop of sone of Scandinavia's most spectacular scenery. Special highlights include Geirangerfjord's wintry beauty, the Lofoten Islands' snow dusted peaks and the North Cape's dramatic, desolate terrain. Come the evenings, you'll be drawn to the dark skies above as you search for those fabled Northern Lights. In amongst it all, you'll have a chance to enjoy the thrills of husky sled rides and snowmobile journeys through some of the Arctic's most beautiful landscapes, coupled with Havila's superb onboard comforts and locally inspired dining.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Bergen

Fly to Bergen, where you’ll hop on board a shuttle transfer for the short trip to the city centre and your harbourside hotel. Located just a stone’s throw from the city’s Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – you’ll be perfectly placed to explore all that Bergen has to offer.

Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Bergen (Superior)

Day 2
Depart Bergen

With the ship not departing until the evening, you have another day to enjoy Bergen and discover its interesting sights. Perhaps take the funicular railway, Fløibanen, up to one of the lookout points for a spectacular panorama of Bergen. Alternatively, head to the popular fish market to sample fresh seafood, afterwards taking a stroll through the narrow streets and along the quays of the lively harbour. This evening you'll start your coastal adventure, boarding your Havila ship to begin your voyage north.

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B D

Day 3
Alesund, Geiranger & Molde

Gently travelling north overnight, you'll wake up to views of Havila's headquarters in Torvik shortly before arriving in Alesund, the cultural centre of the Sunnmøre region. The town is particularly renowned for its art nouveau architecture, spread over a multitude of islands extending into the ocean. Take the opportunity to explore this unique port town with an optional cultural walking tour. If you're feeling adventurous, perhaps opt to discover it all by kayak in the sheltered waters of Brosundet instead. There is also a chance to book a winter cruise to Geirangerfjord from Alesund, as you discover the raw nature of this region. Sailing during the winter months means you'll enjoy this UNESCO listed area all to yourself, admiring its beautiful rugged landscapes and snow-topped peaks. Once back on board, continue on towards Molde.

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Trondheim

As you enjoy breakfast on board, you'll dock in the historic city of Trondheim, notable for its food, history, art and culture. Choose between optional walking tours, tram rides or cycling trips as you discover the city's most interesting sights, from Norway's national shrine - the Nidaros Cathedral - to the historic colourful wharf houses along Nidelva river. Rejoin the ship as you sail further north into the neighbouring fjords and on through a spectacular archipelago en route to Rorvik. 

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Crossing the Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands

As you cross the Arctic Circle - a moment marked by a small ceremony - you'll be treated to some of Norway's most breathtaking scenery, passing the small villages of Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen and Nesna on your way to Bodø, the gateway to the Lofoten islands. Join a short optional hike along the shore, across sandy beaches for a taste of the arctic outdoors. As the evening draws in, turn your attention to the dark polar skies for the chance to spot the Northern Lights.

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Tromso

Your voyage continues as you move deeper into the Norwegian Arctic, sailing past narrow fjords and wild mountains, before finally arriving in the city of Tromso. Known as Norway's Northern lights capital, winter provides your best chance of witnessing this spellbinding spectacle. What's more, with plenty of snow covering the city's surrounding fjords and mountains, it is also notable for its adventurous arctic activities. You'll have the chance to pick between optional husky sledding or a more gentle reindeer sled ride. Or, you might choose to simply enjoy the many delights of the town itself, where a seemingly endless choice of bars and restaurants look out across a pretty harbour and fjord.

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Honningsvag & North Cape

Today is a real trip highlight as you reach the most northerly point on mainland Europe – North Cape. Dramatic 300-metre-tall cliffs mark the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the bitterly cold waters of the Barents Sea. Here in the polar landscape, nature is at its harshest and most desolate. Take in the spectacular views on optional trips to the North Cape plateau either by foot or by ATV on a winter safari, or try your hand at snowshoeing and ice fishing in Honningsvag. For a longer trip, there will also be a chance to embark on a snowmobiling excursion under the polar skies in nearby Kjollefjord. 

Stay: Havila Voyages

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Kirkenes SnowHotel

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, it is most notable for its winter activities, king crab safaris and famous snow hotel. The latter will be your next stop as you conclude your voyage. An included transfer will take you on to Kirkenes Snowhotel, where you'll spend a magical night after enjoying a hearty and traditional three-course dinner. Winter offers much to do in the way of activities. There is a further chance to explore the surrounding snowy forests on optional excursions by snowmobile, husky sledding on scenic trails or king crab fishing in the Barents Sea. To top it all off, you'll have a last chance to look out for the aurora borealis this evening before a cosy night spent wrapped up in reindeer hides and blankets on a bed of ice.

Stay: Kirkenes Snowhotel (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 9
Depart for UK

Depart this morning with a transfer to the airport and flight, via Oslo, back to the UK.

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

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

Accommodation rating: Superior

9-day coastal cruise
from £2,090 pp

Meet our experts

Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0637

Meet the team

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0637 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 50 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected