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An 11-night Hurtigruten winter cruise, taking in Norway's beautiful west coast and Lofoten Islands


  • Visit the beautiful Lofoten Islands and indulge in an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast
  • Search for the Northern Lights from the comfort and warmth of the ship
  • Enjoy a range of optional excursions, from a trip to the North Cape to husky sledding in Tromso


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

Covering more than 2,500 nautical miles and stopping everywhere from Bergen and Ålesund to Trondheim and Tromso, this classic coastal voyage is what winter in Norway is all about. There's also a range of optional excursions, including thrilling snowmobile trips and exciting husky safaris, to help you make the most of your time in this remarkable country.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Norwegian city of Bergen, the starting point of your 12-day Hurtigruten Cruise. Check into your cabin and begin your journey north, anticipating the many winter adventures that lie in wait.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: D

Day 2

Navigate through the skerries and islands of Norway's stunning west coast. Among the ports visited today, the art nouveau city of Ålesund is sure to be a highlight. It's also the gateway to the vertiginous Geirangerfjord, considered by many to be Norway's most dramatic.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 3

There's much to see in the ancient royal city of Trondheim, from Nidaros Cathedral to the wooden houses and narrow streets of Bakklandet. The colourful storehouses that line the river contrast beautifully against the winter snow and make for some wonderful photo opportunities.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands

Today you'll cross the Arctic Circle en route to Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands - a beautiful archipelago known for its granite cliffs, sandy beaches and traditional red rorbu (fishermen's cabins). As you head towards the islands you'll have the chance to learn more about the aurora borealis and indulge in an authentic Lofotr Viking Feast. If the weather permits, you'll also sail to the entrance of Trollfjord, where you'll enjoy more food in the form of freshly made fish cakes.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 5

After a morning stop in Finnsnes you'll continue north to Tromsø, the 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you'll have the chance to take part in an exciting dogsledding excursion, or a trip to Polaria, a fascinating Arctic aquarium (please note these excursions are an additional cost). As you continue your cruise along the coast, gather on deck with your fellow passengers to search for the Northern Lights.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 6
North Cape

Today you'll arrive at Honningsvåg and have the option to take part in an excursion which sets out for the North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Here you'll join a presentation on Sami culture and history, told using pictures, words and music. Later, you'll pass the Finnkirka rock formation, which is sacred to the Sami people, before arriving in Kjollefjord. Here you'll have the chance to enjoy a snowmobile tour (available from 01 March) to Mehamn where you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 7

The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, the voyage turning point, just a few miles from the Russian border. Kirkenes is home to the wonderful Snow Hotel as well as being the base for several exciting winter excursions, including dogsledding, snowmobiling and a guided tour to the Russian border. As your journey turns and heads back south towards Bergen, the nighttime ports on the northbound journey will be visited during the day.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Hammerfest & Tromsø

Today's journey takes you to Hammerfest, arguably the world's northernmost town and one of several stops on the journey back to Tromsø. Stop along the way for an "energy coffee" and a short introduction to Melkøya - the northernmost natural gas terminal - before arriving in Tromsø. This evening you'll enjoy a very special musical experience, the Arctic Cathedral Midnight Concert.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Lofoten Islands

Pass sheltered bays and stunning mountain landscapes, covered in the a thick blanket of snow, as you make your way back to the Lofoten Islands. Stop at Stokmarknes, home to the Hurtigruten Museum, before continuing through the picturesque channel of Raftsund. As a tribute to the region's fishing industry, the ship's chef will show you how to fillet the catch of the day.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Seven Sisters

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters Mountains and the winter scenery of the Helgeland coast on your final day inside the Arctic Circle.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 11

After an early stop at Trondheim, where you'll have the chance to visit Nidaros Cathedral where three queens and seven kings have been crowned, you'll stop at Kristiansund and sail past the snow-covered peaks of the Romsdal Alps en route to Ålesund.

Stay: Hurtigruten Cruise Ship

Meals: B L D

Day 12

Head along the final stretch of Norway's coast, passing more beautiful winter scenery before arriving back in Bergen at the end of your Hurtigruten cruise.

Meals: B




Accommodation rating: Superior

12-day cruise from £1,093

Christmas and New Year's £200 off
Book by: 28 April 2017


Prices from: £1,093 per person (inside cabin)

Offer: Book before 28th April and receive £200 off your voyage - includes Northern Lights Promise!

Selected departures: daily between 15th - 31st December 2017

Package includes: 12-day voyage Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen in selected cabin with meals as indicated and English speaking tour leader onboard 

At each of the 34 ports, you'll see scenes of Christmas markets and lovingly decorated trees and shop fronts. Why not channel your inner Santa and go reindeer sledding in the fresh snow, or take a dog sled ride under the Aurora Borealis.

On board the ship, you'll indulge in sumptuous Christmas dishes and desserts, including specialities of this time of year and region. The staff on board will also lead guests in various activities such as crafting personalised decorations or learning a classic carol for a sing-a-long in the bar.

Please note: Cabin upgrades available on request. There is a wide selection of shore excursions available; please contact our team for prices and options.

Terms & Conditions: 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.

Northern Lights Promise Terms and Conditions:

Northern Lights Occurrence is defined as a sighting from the ship which is recorded by the ship’s deck officers and which is announced to passengers on board. An occurrence can last anything from a few minutes to a matter of hours, and the ships decision as to whether the Northern light occurred is final. We hope that you will experience seeing the Northern Lights whilst on your Classic Round Voyages cruise, although we cannot be held responsible if you don’t. We do however, promise that in the event of there being no Northern Lights Occurrence as defined above on your voyage, we will invite you back to cruise with us once more

Offer valid for UK and Ireland passengers only. You will be able to take a 6 or 7 days Classic Voyage cruise, departing 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019 in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a half board basis, (you may upgrade to another grade of cabin and add meals subject to additional costs and availability). This offer applies to all new bookings on the Classic Round Voyages, departing from 1 October 2017 to 31 Mar 2018. Hurtigruten reserves the right to withdraw or amended the offer at any time . Please check at the time of booking as to current status of offer The offer cruise must be booked within 28 days from your return date. A choice of departure dates will be given. ‘Exclusions’ Offer excludes flights, transfers, all on board expenses, excursions, luggage handling. Offer does not apply to re-scheduled or cancelled cruises. Bookings are non-transferable, non-changeable and have no cash value.

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