Astronomy Voyage

Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen

Get unique insight and knowledge about the Arctic sky and the greatest lightshow on Earth, the Aurora Borealis, on this popular voyage along the mesmerizing Norwegian Coast. This limited voyage is accompanied by special lecturers - experts on astronomy and expeditions to see the Northern Lights.

  • Go hunting for the Northern Lights, the elusive winter phenomenon
  • Discover Norway's entire coastal route with 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1000 mountains
  • Learn more about the Northern Lights, the Arctic sky and the solar system in lectures on board from renowned astronomers
  • Visit the Northern Lights Planetarium in Tromsø

Overview

We are delighted to offer a number of dates for our Astronomy Voyage this winter accompanied by the renowned astronomers Dr John Mason and Ian Ridpath, Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy, and hopefully the Northern Lights. Through a series of lectures and a guided tour of the night sky from the deck of the ship, your lecturer will bring the world of stars, planets and meteors closer whilst also exploring the numerous myths and legends linked to the constellations in our skies.

Your lecturers on board

Dr John Mason, MBE


On Astronomy Voyages departing  20 Nov 2016, 21 Mar 2017, 7 Nov 2017, 12 Jan & 8 Mar 2018

An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr John Mason has been actively involved in Science for over 30 years, with Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Technology as his main interests. He is currently Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He lectures extensively in the UK and overseas on a wide range of scientific topics and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, having appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on BBC TV's 'The Sky at Night.'  

Ian Ridpath


On Astronomy Voyages departing on 13 Nov & 16 Oct 2017, 14 Feb 2018

Ian Ridpath has been a full time writer and broadcaster on Astronomy since 1972 and has previously worked at the University of London Observatory and in publishing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (Council member 2004-07), as well as a member of the Society of Authors and of the Association of British Science Writers. He is also the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton's Star Atlas, a publication now in its twentieth edition since 1910.

Northern Lights Promise

We're so confident that the Northern Lights will make an appearance during your 12 day Hurtigruten voyage in Norway, that if they don't, we'll give you another 6 or 7-day Classic Voyage with half board FREE OF CHARGE*

*Applies on travel between 1 October 2016 - 31 March 2017. Please refer to full terms and conditions.

Price includes

  • 12 day Bergen - Bergen Round Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis on board
  • English speaking tour leader on board
  • Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned Astronomer
  • Exclusive excursion to the Planetarium, Tromsø

Not included

  • Return flights and transfers - you can book these with Hurtigruten during the booking process
  • Optional excursions
  • Luggage handling
  • Travel insurance 

Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

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
Itinerary

The itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Astronomy Voyage. 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 & October - March 2018

Departure port The UK or Ireland to Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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The hunt begins


Location: Bergen

After your flight from the UK or Ireland board in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and take the opportunity to meet your fellow astronomers.

Day 2
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Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo Photo

A day for masterpieces


Location: Ålesund

An early arrival at the Art Noveau town of Ålesund gives you an opportunity to go ashore and explore this pretty town.

Day 3
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Photo: Maggie Strutt / Guest Photo Photo

The Royal City of Trondheim


Location: Trondheim

Continuing north you head for the medieval city of Trondheim, whose colourful history is reflected in its handsome civic architecture.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location: Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands

Crossing the Arctic Circle you continue to the modern town of Bodø. After crossing the Vestfjord you are amidst the glorious Lofoten Islands and their capital, Svolvær.

Day 5
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Photo: David Gonzalez Photo

Expand your Northern Lights knowledge


Location: Stokmarknes

A relaxing morning on board precedes your arrival in Tromsø, the Capital of Arctic Norway. Here a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium is included especially for this tour. 

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location: Honningsvåg

Following an early call at Hammerfest you arrive in Honningsvåg, the portal to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape (optional excursion).

Day 7
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

To the top and back again


Location: Kirkenes

The vistas and sea life become more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, just a few kilometres from the Russian border, and you can join one of our exciting excursions here. As you return south the northbound ports visited by night are now seen by day.

Day 8
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The extreme north


Location: Hammerfest and Tromsø

Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town is your first major stop, before continuing to Tromsø.

Day 9
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Photo: Nina Helland Photo

Welcome to Lofoten


Location: Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands

Passing through the legendary Lofoten Islands the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast for many it is the most stunning part of your journey south.

Day 10
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A date with the Seven Sisters


Location: Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters

Cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters as you enter a world of legends and folklore.

Day 11
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Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo Photo

The old cities and the sea


Location: Trondheim and Kristiansund

An early morning arrival in Trondheim, where you have time to explore the city.

Day 12
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The final chapter of the fairytale


Location: Bergen

A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

November 2016 - March 2017 & October - March 2018

Location Bergen, Norway to the UK or Ireland
Your ship

Young Explorers Programme

From 1 April 2017, kids aged 7-13 can partake in our complimentary Young Explorers Programme. It is designed for children travelling with adults to magnificent destinations where the focus is on education, fun, and participation.

Things to see and do

Northbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions available on the northbound sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes.

Southbound Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Norway has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions on the southbound sailing between Kirkenes and Bergen.

Ports

Learn more about the charming ports and cities you will visit on this voyage.

Articles

Learn more about the experience of sailing the beautiful Norwegian coast

Attractions

Discover the natural wonders, ports and wildlife you may come across during your voyage to Norway.

Videos

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.

Pre and post programmes

Complete your holiday in Norway with a pre or post extension programme. Choose between excursions of several hours and multi-day tours including hotels.