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The Roundtrip Cruise

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The coast of Norway is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Discover the full range of this natural treasure on our 12-day roundtrip cruise. Call on 34 ports, sail world-famous fjords, and encounter unforgettable scenery all along the way. Learn from our complementary lectures and onboard activities led by our Hurtigruten guides and choose from 90 exciting optional excursions.
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Lonely Planet describes Hurtigruten’s the roundtrip cruise as “The world’s most beautiful voyage.” We take you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. See 34 ports and journey more than 2,500 nautical miles, allowing you to explore every inch of Norway’s coastal magic. At any time of year, it’s a cruise like no other. The drama of the scenery and wildlife is simply breathtaking. Twenty-two of the ports lie north of the Arctic Circle – and you have the opportunity to join excursions that match your interests and activity level. Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing at night you can see during the daytime on the southbound sailing.

 

Iconic travel routes

The Hurtigruten cruise duly earns its place among iconic travel routes, along with the Orient Express, the Amazon River, and the revered Route 66. Visit cities such as Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim before crossing the polar circle and sailing into the Arctic. Southbound, you see Lofoten and the Trollfjord in daylight before sailing along the Helgeland coast and passing the Seven Sisters mountains. Admire the stunningly beautiful west coast of Norway on the way to our final destination, Bergen.

Spectacular seasons

No matter what time of year you travel with Hurtigruten, you are surrounded by beautiful nature at every turn. And every season has its own charm.

Three seasons in one journey (March – April)

Spring heralds the return of warmth and daylight, kick-starting life along the Norwegian coast. The migratory birds return and fill the skies and rocky coastal headlands with life. Spring is also a time of celebration. May 17 is Norway’s National Day, and the coastal communities become a blaze of color and tradition. Hurtigruten also visits the beautiful Lyngenfjord, with its majestic mountain backdrop and unique nature. Sail from summer temperatures in Bergen to the Arctic, where you can still participate in our winter excursions.

The season of eternal sun (May – August)

Summer is the most popular time of year for exploring Norway’s coast. The long, bright days during summer seem to energize both nature and people. Even as far south as Bergen, you can experience 19 hours of daylight. Flowers bloom, rivers fill with fish, and giant waterfalls cascade toward the ocean, creating a scenic setting for a summer holiday. This is when we sail into the Geirangerfjord on the northbound cruise. North of the Arctic Circle you can experience the midnight sun. Daylight in the middle of the night is an intense experience, and you may have to force yourself to go to sleep!

 The season of colors (September – October)

Our autumn sailings include a visit to the incredibly beautiful Hjørundfjord. Majestic mountains surround this narrow fjord, and we offer several excursions that help you explore this spectacular area. Enjoy a splendid cruise during fall, as fresh, clear coastal air enhances the intense red and yellow leaves that fill the mountainsides, hilltops, and woods. From on deck, you can see the highest peaks sprinkled with the first snows of the season against the backdrop of an ice-blue sky. Gradually, the evenings become darker and the days shorter. With any luck, the northern lights will appear and dazzle you with their magical majesty.

Northern lights season (November – February)

Winter is perhaps the most special time to explore Norway’s pristine, wild landscapes. The ground is covered in white snow and the air is fresh, crisp, and pure. Clusters of cozy houses glow on the shores like embers. Stunning backdrops of snowy mountains reflect the polar twilight. Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway’s far-northern reaches is to experience a magical winter wonderland, and hopefully the mesmerizing aurora borealis! For thousands of years, locals, visitors, artists, and scientists have marveled at these spectacular displays that occasionally light up the night sky. Sailing with Hurtigruten provides the best chance to see this mystical, colorful light show flickering across the Arctic sky.

Expedition teams on board

On board you will meet our dedicated experts with one single mission: to enhance your experience by leading activities and interpreting the cultural and natural treasures you encounter during your cruise. When you travel with us, you not only observe the incredible scenery – you have the opportunity to truly interact with the landscapes we sail through. Not only do you experience some of the most beautiful places on Earth, you have the opportunity to taste fresh, local specialties prepared by culinary artists. Guests from Norway – and beyond – want to go where no one else goes, with a crew and ship that belong where we are going. They want to experience and learn from guides who truly know this coast, who have Norway not only in their DNA but in their soul. We invite you to join our expedition team on outdoor activities and hikes in Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, Kirkenes, Lofoten, and Brønnøysund.


      Discover our entire original coastal route with 34 ports of call, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains.
      Cross the Arctic Circle and hunt the northern lights in winter, or enjoy 24 hours of daylight under the midnight sun in summer.
      Spring and autumn cruises showcase the brilliant colors, magical light, and fascinating culture of Arctic Norway.
      Wide choice of optional excursions and onboard Hurtigruten guides who lead included activities and interpret the cultural and natural treasures on your cruise.

  • Voyage in the cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking tour leader on board

Engaging onboard activities and lectures:

  • Onboard lectures and presentations on history, biology, geography, geology, and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Introductory photo presentations, camera adjustment, and tips & tricks, as well as photo and film footage from the voyage
  • Opportunities to casually engage with the Hurtigruten guides and other guests, including a welcome event, and daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Excursion presentations
  • Point of interest presentations out on deck
  • Loan of trekking poles, snowshoes, head lamps, and crampons needed for optional hikes depending on the season and conditions
  • Captain’s dinner and a farewell event  

 


  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Hikes with our Hurtigruten guides
  • Travel protection plan
  • Prices are in USD ($) per person based on two people sharing a cabin, double occupancy. 
  • Not all categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Sailing Plan

Your voyage prices includes

  • Voyage in the cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking tour leader on board

Not included

  • Flights and transfers
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in USD ($) per person based on two people sharing a cabin, double occupancy. 
  • Not all categories are available for all departures
  • Single cabin pricing available on request
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.

Sailing Plan

The full roundtrip voyage with Hurtigruten takes you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, showing you all that the Norwegian coastline has to offer. This is truly one of the world’s most spectacular journeys, at any time of year.

Itinerary

  1. Gateway to the Fjords - Bergen

    Your cruise starts in the lovely city of Bergen. Before departure, you may want to explore this colorful gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 A.D., and retains a great deal of its character, charm, and history. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

    You may enjoy a stroll in the cobblestone alleyways, a bite at an outdoor café or restaurant, a trip on the Fløibanen funicular or a visit to the famous Fish Market

    Spoil your taste buds
    After we depart, enjoy a tasty dinner buffet made from fresh coastal produce. We sail north from Bergen along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or in our Panorama lounge. 

    • Want to know when the different ships are in port? See the complete sailing plan here.

    Time in port:

    • Bergen 2:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. all year

     

  2. Architectural and Natural Masterpieces - Florø - Molde

    Enjoy early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord - followed by a delicious breakfast. We then sail past West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

    Art Nouveau city

    Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and famed Atlanterhavsparken aquarium. Our tour to the aquarium includes a visit to see resident penguins before we continue to nearby Mount Aksla for an amazing view

    Into the fjords

    In the summer, we set our course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, passing sheer, 2,625 foot-high cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. In autumn, we explore Hjørundfjord in the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. The fjord’s pristine natural landscape of steep rock walls, lush green meadows, lonely mountain farms, and tiny villages is unforgettable. 

    Mountains and roses

    Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ because of its lovely municipal gardens. This attractive coastal town has an amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ’the Molde Panorama.’

    Time in port:

    • Florø 3:30 a.m. –  3:40 a.m.
    • Måløy 5:40 a.m. –  5:50 a.m.
    • Torvik  8:30 a.m. –  8:40 a.m.
    • Ålesund (summer/autumn)  9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    • Geiranger (summer) 2:15  p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Hjørunfjorden/Urke autumn 12:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ålesund 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m./5:50 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.*
    • Molde 10:15 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. **

    * Ålesund winter and spring 9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    ** Molde winter and spring 4:15 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

  3. History and Charm - Kristiansund - Rørvik

    Charming Trondheim is home to great history and a rich cultural life.

    Magical, medieval, and modern

    Founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is a unique mix of the ancient and modern. Join our optional excursion to the soaring Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s only Gothic cathedral and the burial place of St. Olav. Marvel at the cathedral’s exquisite works of art, architectural details, and medieval statues.

    In spring and summer, we continue to Ringve Museum of Musical History, where Norwegian music´s past is brought to life in a grand manor with a fantastic view.

    Excursions for every taste

    From September to May, experience Trondheim with a unique carriage tour on the world’s northernmost tram line. You can also explore Trondheim by kayak on the River Nid or experience the city by bicycle. Be sure to ride the world’s only bicycle lift, near the quaint Bakklandet neighborhood, from April to September. You can also join the Hurtigruten guides for a hike to discover more.

    Back on board

    In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the Kjeungskjær lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After sailing through the narrow channel of Stokksund, we head toward charming Rørvik.

    Time in port:

    • Kristiansund 2:15 a.m. –  2:30 a.m. winter and spring 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
    • Trondheim 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    • Rørvik 10:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

  4. Welcome to the Arctic! - Brønnøysund - Svolvær

    Today we cross the Arctic Circle, increasing your chances to see the  northern lights in winter and experience the midnight sun in summer. We mark the occasion with a fun Arctic Circle ceremony on deck. 

    Forces of nature

    Ørnes is the site of Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. In summer, join us for a trip to the Svartisen Tourist Center to admire this enigmatic world of ice, and visit a moose farm.

    We then sail along the beautiful coast of Helgeland to Bodø, where you can experience Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom, by small boat. 

    Majestic Lofoten

    That afternoon, the 3,300 foot high Lofoten Wall looms on the horizon, ushering us toward majestic granite cliffs and white-sand beaches.

    Meet the Vikings

    At Stamsund, visit the Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are welcomed into the chieftain’s house for a real Viking feast. 

    Going organic

    Between Stamsund and Svolvær, you can experience life on an organic herb and cheese farm, or visit the Lofoten’s only craft brewery, in Svolvær.

    Hunting the northern lights 

    In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle means an intense hunt for the northern lights, and we present a multimedia show, “The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis.”

    As we sail through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to Trollfjord, a dramatic natural wonder that should not be missed.

    Time in port:

    • Brønnøysund 01:45 – 01:55
    • Sandnessjøen 04:35 – 04:45
    • Nesna 05:55 – 06:05
    • Ørnes 09:45 – 09:55
    • Bodø 12:40 – 15:00
    • Stamsund 19:00 – 19:30 
    • Svolvær 21:00 – 22:00

  5. In the Footsteps of Polar Heroes - Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

    We briefly dock at Risøyhamn, Harstad, and Finnsnes in the morning.

    Polar history and beer

    We then sail to the Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Join our ’Polar History Walk’ in winter to learn more about explorers and Arctic hunters, and taste beer from the world’s second northernmost brewery

    Beyond your imagination

    In winter and spring, you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling dog sled ride, as huskies pull you over the frozen landscape past stunning views on the snowy plateaus. The only light during the polar night comes from our headlamps, the starry sky, and, if we’re lucky, the magical northern lights. Why not have some winter fun by joining a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure, or go deep-sea fishing on an Arctic fjord? All year, you can join the Hurtigruten guides for hikes and discover more of the Tromsø area

    Get close to marine wildlife

    Want to experience serenity on the sea? Join us for a kayaking excursion in summer along Tromsø’s coastline - a great way to get close to marine wildlife.

    Sailing from Tromsø, we continue to search for the northern lights from September to March.

    Time in port:

    • Stokmarknes  1:00 a.m. –  1:15 a.m.
    • Sortland  2:45 a.m. –  3:00 a.m.
    • Risøyhamn  4: 15 a.m. –  4:30 a.m.
    • Harstad  6:45 a.m. –  7:45 a.m.
    • Finnsnes 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Tromsø 2:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Skjervøy 10:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

  6. Top of the World - North Cape - Øksfjord - Berlevåg

    Enjoy magnificent landscapes as we sail to the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent. In summer, you may see herds of reindeer and small camps of indigenous Sámi people in the area.

    Experience the North Cape

    After a brief stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Havøysund. Join a small boat excursion here to see the North Cape from the sea, visit the world’s northernmost fishing village, and ride by bus to North Cape plateau.

    The ship continues to Honningsvåg, from where you can join a birdwatching excursion to Gjesværstappan, home to millions of birds during nesting season.

    Sailing north

    The ship continues north into the heartland of the Sámi people. Visit Kjøllefjord, where you can learn about the Sámi way of life and hear traditional joiking (song).

    Adrenaline and northern lights

    In winter, you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip across snowy plains and perhaps spot the northern lights in the starry sky.

    Sámi traditions

    ’Sámi Autumn’ is a fall excursion to learn about the Arctic’s natural ’pantry and pharmacy,’ sampling dried-reindeer meat, crowberry juice, herbal tea (nettle), and roseroot tincture. You may also feel the presence of the Sámi shaman, Noaidi.

    Time in port:

    • Øksfjord  2:00 a.m. –  2:15 a.m.
    • Hammerfest 5:15 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
    • Havøysund  8:45 a.m. –  9:15 a.m.
    • Honningsvåg 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    • Kjøllefjord 5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    • Mehamn 7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Berlevåg 10:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

  7. Russian Border and Turning Point - Båtsfjord - Berlevåg

    We arrive early today in Vadsø before docking in Kirkenes - the ship’s turning point for the return journey.

    Streets with Russian names

    The Russian border is a just few miles from Kirkenes and you’ll notice local road signs in both Norwegian and Russian. There are many ways to visit the Russian frontier: year-round bus tours, a riverboat safari, via canoe, hiking, or ATV/quad-bike trek in summer. You can also join an excursion to catch and eat giant king crab from the Barents Sea.

    Winter wonder

    Kirkenes offers a wide range of classic winter activities, such as dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and visiting an Arctic Ice Dome.

    Southbound and down

    As the ship starts its voyage south, remember that you’ve seen only half of what Norway’s coastline offers. The ports we visited by night on the northbound cruise are now seen during the day.

    Ice dipping

    Docking again at Vardø, we may invite you to swim in the icy Arctic Ocean in winter. We then cruise along Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord and Berlevåg, home to a famous male choir of local fishermen.

    Time in port:

    • Båtsfjord: 24:00 – 00:15 
    • Vardø: 03:15 – 03:30 
    • Vadsø: 06:45 – 07:15 
    • Kirkenes: 09:00 – 12:30
    • Vardø: 15:45 – 16:45 
    • Båtsfjord: 19:45 – 20:15 
    • Berlevåg: 21:45 – 22:00

     

  8. Unmatched Arctic Scenery - Mehamn - Tromsø

    Around midnight, we dock at Mehamn with the option to join in winter a snowmobile trip to hunt the aurora.

    North Cape breakfast

    We again dock at Honningsvåg, where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at the North Cape. The ship continues to Hammerfest, where you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column. You can also join a mini-mountain expedition and learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrøm.

    Amazing Lyngenfjord

    We continue south to Øksfjord with a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the rugged Lyngen Alps.

    Midnight adventures

    We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. You can also explore Tromsø under the midnight sun by boat in summer. You may want to drop by Ølhallen, a classic pub for a friendly beer.

    Time in port:

    • Mehamn 12:45 a.m. –  1:00 a.m.
    • Kjøllefjord  2:45 a.m. –  3:00 a.m.
    • Honningsvåg  5:30 a.m. –  5:45 a.m.
    • Havøysund  7:45 a.m. –  8:00 a.m.
    • Hammerfest 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.*
    • Øksfjord 3:30 p.m. –  3:45 p.m.
    • Skjervøy 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
    • Tromsø 11:45 p.m. –  1:30 a.m.

    *April 1 –  May 31 departure time from Hammerfest will be 11:45 a.m. due to a diversion into Lyngen.

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