A Taste of the Arctic: Northbound

Bergen - Tromsø

Go on an adventure from the spectacular fjords to the Arctic wilderness of northern Norway on this 6-day sailing from Bergen to Tromsø. Challenge your inner explorer and join us for thrilling excursions in snow-covered scenery - the perfect break from daily life in a winter wonderland.

  • Discover the majestic Norwegian coastline and cross the Arctic Circle
  • Spend a night in Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic, and explore the city on your own
  • Sail through the stunning Lofoten Islands and the local fishing villages
  • Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land based winter excursions


On A Taste of the Arctic - Northbound you can experience many of the highlights of a Classic Round Voyage, including sailing through the beautiful Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands, the Seven Sisters mountains and visits to fascinating towns such as Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund and Trondheim.

You can take part in optional, exclusive winter excursions along the way, making this voyage an ideal short break in a winter wonderland.

Experience stunning shades of light all over the coast, when sailing with us during wintertime. The southern parts of Norway will have purple, yellow and warm glowing skies as far south as Bergen. As you reach Trondheim, the Lofoten Islands and Tromsø, you have a chance to experience the Blue Hour when the indirect sunlight creates a soul stirring blue light every morning and evening. So on our winter voyages, you can experience a great variety of beautiful types of light.

Price includes

  • 5-day voyage from Bergen to Tromsø in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a half board basis
  • One night at a centrally located hotel in Tromsø including breakfast Ship to hotel transfer in Tromsø

Not included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • All prices are shown in GBP per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside twin cabin
  • Suites are available on request
  • Other cabin grades available at a supplement

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The itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on A Taste of the Arctic. The day-by-day program will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

November 2016 - March 2017 and December 2017 - March 2018

Departs from Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

The journey begins

Location: Bergen

Your 6-day Taste of the Arctic coyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords by hiking up the famous Mount Fløien or exploring the city by segway.

After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces

Location: Florø - Molde

If you wake up early the next day you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching the Art Noveau town of Ålesund, giving you an opportuniy to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

In the footsteps of the Vikings

Location: Kristiansund - Trondheim - Rørvik

Today you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or by bicycle through the Bakkland district. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Crossing the Arctic Circle into Northern Lights territory

Location: Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, Crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Tromsø, the Gateway to the Arctic

Location: Stokmarknes - Tromsø

A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic. From the port we transfer you to your hotel in Tromsø.

Your ship
Things to see and do


Learn more about the experience of sailing the beautiful Norwegian coast


Immerse yourself in the adventures you can experience on a voyage in Norway.

Extend your holiday

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add on return flights and airport transfers to Bergen and Tromsø.