Astronomy Voyage | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen
Astronomy Voyage | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen
Astronomy Voyage | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen
Astronomy Voyage | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen
2023 | October - December
2024 | January - March
- Discover more about the magical Northern Lights, the Arctic sky and the solar system with our onboard lectures from renowned astronomers; Ian Ridpath, John Mason, Sadie Jones, Tom Kerss and Darren Baskill.
- Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium in Tromsø with our astronomy experts.
- Voyage along Norway's coast under the dancing skies of the Northern Lights, visiting 34 ports, more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains.
- Northern Lights Promise – see the Northern Lights or we’ll give you a FREE 6 or 7-day cruise for the next Northern Lights Season – T&Cs apply
Get unique insight and knowledge about the Arctic sky and the greatest light show on Earth, the Aurora Borealis, on this popular voyage along the mesmerising Norwegian Coast. This unique voyage is accompanied by special lecturers - experts on astronomy and expeditions to see the Northern Lights.
Through the series of lectures and a guided tour of the night sky from the deck of the ship, your lecturer will bring our galaxy’s stars, planets and meteors closer whilst also exploring the numerous myths and legends linked to the constellations in our skies.
DAY 1 : Bergen
Your astronomy adventure begins in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords and the second-largest city in Norway. If you’ve time before your ship departs, visit the UNESCO-listed wharfs of the colourful Bryggen district with its artisan shops and cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous Fish Market which serves delicious seafood or venture to the Fløibanen funicular which whisks you up Mount Fløyen for breath-taking views of the city.
Make yourself at home onboard the ship and enjoy the relaxed ambience, taking the opportunity to meet your fellow guests and astronomers.
DAY 2 : Ålesund
A day for masterpieces
Arrive at the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, renowned for its stunning and picturesque architecture. Take time to explore the city and its rich Norse history or visit Atlanterhavsparken, one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Northern Europe. You can also make your way up to small Mount Aksla for a panorama of the town and its picturesque position surrounded by islands.
In the afternoon, we reach the port of Molde and the amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called the ‘Molde Panorama’.
A Taste of NorwayA beautiful fjord, narrow valleys, an ancient settlement, historic hotel, and tiny village – join us for this highly popular journey through spectacular Norwegian nature.
Mountain Hike in the HjørundfjordAdmire the spectacular views of the Hjørundfjord, the Sunnmøre Alps and even the charming villages of Sæbø and Urke on this mountain hike. There’s even time for a midway coffee break.
Geiranger With Trollstigen PassA scenic bus journey from Geiranger village brings you to Eidsdalsvatnet Lake and continues to the Norddalsfjord for a ferry ride. We rejoin the bus and travel to Gudbrands Gorge and down the winding Trollstigen Pass to Molde.
Hjørundfjord, Geiranger, and ÅlesundThis excursion takes you through Norangsdalen valley, on a ferry ride on UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, up steep Eagle Road, and then to the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund.
Hike with a Visit to a ShielingJoin us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås where we learn about traditional farming and taste local delicacies.
Kayaking in ÅlesundJoin us on a guided kayaking tour through the elegant town of Ålesund and learn more about its history and Art Nouveau influence.
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount AkslaGet a bird´s-eye-view of the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund from a nearby mountain before visiting the expansive saltwater Atlanterhavsparken aquarium.
Art Nouveau Walk (Spring & Winter)Join us on a guided walking tour through Ålesund and discover the history and culture of this elegant Art Nouveau town.
Art Nouveau Walk (Ålesund)Dating back to the Viking Age, Ålesund is best known today for its modern Art Nouveau architecture. Join us on a walking tour to discover both the overt and hidden charms of this lovely Norwegian coastal city.
DAY 3 : Trondheim
The Royal City of Trondheim
As we journey north, we reach the medieval city of Trondheim, a vibrant mix of historic civic architecture and a bustling student population. Nidaros Cathedral is considered one of the most sacred buildings in all of Norway and rightly nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’. Whilst here, take the time to visit the Archbishop’s Palace to view Norway’s crown jewels.
Not far from Nidaros Cathedral is Gamle Bybro, a charming wooden bridge that sits over River Nid and marks the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. This neighbourhood features colourful wooden wharves that stand on stilts and host some of the city’s most trendy eateries, making Bakklandet a key destination for all foodies.
Nidaros Cathedral & Ringve MuseumEncounter the majesty of Nidaros Cathedral, the only church in Norway built in the Gothic architectural style. We then journey through the history of music at Ringve Museum.
Trondheim with Nidaros CathedralLearn more about Trondheim by visiting one of its most famous landmarks, Nidaros Cathedral. Take in the whole city from the famous Utsikten viewpoint and enjoy a bus tour of the city.
Trondheim City WalkExplore Trondheim while learning about its history and culture from a local guide. See all the best sights of the city, from Stiftsgården to the bridge that locals call “The Portal of Happiness”.
Cycling In TrondheimThis is Norway’s most bike-friendly city, so it’s time to go for a bike ride! Enjoy the fresh air as you cycle through the city, taking in the sights and the beautiful scenery.
Kayaking on the River NidSee the city’s main attractions from water level inside a kayak. Paddle down Trondheim’s waterways and get some exercise while taking in the scenic views of this exciting city.
DAY 4 : Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Welcome to the Arctic!
In the early hours of the morning, the ship crosses the Arctic Circle and enters the Arctic. Join us out on deck to mark the moment with a traditional ceremony that will be sure to wake you up fully! Above the Arctic Circle, your chances of spotting the majestic Northern Lights increase.
As we call into the northern city of Bodø, gaze up at the snow-capped Børvass peaks before experiencing the fabulous street art this city has to offer. From here, we continue across the Vestfjord and towards the Lofoten archipelago which greets you with the stunning sight of the 1,000 metre-high Lofoten Wall
Svartisen GlacierEnjoy a bus and boat ride to the visitor centre for Norway’s second-largest glacier: Svartisen. Look out for sea eagles and pass the world’s strongest tidal current.
Arctic Coastal WalkEnjoy a guided walk along the coast in Bodø and learn how a love of nature and the outdoors is an integral part of Norwegian culture.
RIB Safari To SaltstraumenJourney by boat to Saltstraumen, home to the world’s strongest tidal current. Learn more about the history and geology of this fascinating area during the boat ride.
Experience Bodø and SaltstraumenAfter a tour of the town of Bodø, visit the strongest tidal current in the world at the Saltstraumen maelstroms.
Meet the Vikings (Winter)Step back in time and experience life in the Viking Age at the Lofotr Viking Museum. Enjoy an authentic Viking meal and watch your hosts perform traditional rituals.
Highlights of LofotenThis excursion takes you to see Kabelvåg, one of Lofoten's most important historic fishing villages, all the while surrounded by a stunning backdrop of sea and mountains.
Lofotpils BreweryIf you’re a beer enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this tour of Lofoten’s first craft brewery. Meet the owner of Lofotpils and learn how they brew the perfect beer.
Farm Visit in LofotenLearn about life on a working farm at Lauvdalen, Lofoten. Aalan Farm is renowned for its herbs and organic, award-winning cheeses.
DAY 5 : Stokmarknes and Tromsø
Expand your Northern Lights knowledge
Welcome to the historic Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø, a hive of culture, history and Northern Lights knowledge.
Today you will visit the Science Museum of Northern Norway, learning more about the Northern Lights through a range of exhibits and installations. As part of this trip, you’ll stop at The Planetarium and its full-dome ceiling offering 360-degree views and high-quality digital projectors showing daily films about 'Experiencing the Aurora' and the constellations. Our expert astronomers will be joining you on the trip so make sure to ask them lots of questions!
The Arctic Capital TromsøTour the city’s best spots from the Arctic Cathedral to the world’s northernmost aquarium, including taking the cable car up for mountaintop views over Tromsø.
Dog Sledding (Tromsø)Enjoy sliding through the snowy landscape on an exhilarating sled ride, being pulled by a train of husky dogs and expert mushers.
Scenery & HuskiesGet close to huskies and their pups during this visit to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre. Go on a guided nature walk and learn about the sport of dog sled racing.
Polar History WalkGo on this guided walk through the city of Tromsø and learn about the Arctic capital’s fascinating history. Visit the Polar Museum and taste local beer at Tromsø’s oldest pub.
Cross-Country SkiingWith fluffy, soft snow each winter, it’s no surprise that skiing is a popular pastime in Norway. Enjoy an introductory skiing lesson, before going for a gentle cross-country skiing trip.
Snowshoeing In TromsøMake your way across the snow on a pair of snowshoes, exploring Tromsøya Island in a unique way. End the visit with a toboggan ride and a relaxing break by the bonfire.
DAY 6 : Honningsvåg
The Northern Lights and the North Cape
As we reach Honningsvåg, at the top of the European mainland, be sure to visit the globe monument at the North Cape. This is a popular excursion, so make sure you book early!
From Honningsvåg, look out for the striking rock formation called Finnkirka near the entrance to Kjøllefjord village. The building-like pillars were once an ancient sacrificial site for the indigenous nomadic Sámi people who still inhabit and herd reindeer in the region today. As we continue north towards Kirkenes, we sail past Slettnes Lighthouse, the northernmost lighthouse in continental Europe.
The North CapeCross the 71st parallel and visit North Cape, the northernmost point on the European continent, marked by the photogenic globe monument.
Birdwatching SafariJoin us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs in the Gjesværstappan islands.
Sámi CultureMeet an indigenous Sámi family in their traditional gamme to learn more from them about their way of life and their remarkable culture.
Fishing Village VisitJoin us on a tour to visit two colourful fishing villages and discover Christmas, whatever the time of year, at the very top of Norway.
Snowmobile Trip In The ArcticDrive your own snowmobile through a beautiful winter landscape from one port to the next, hopefully under the Northern Lights.
DAY 7 : Kirkenes
To the top and back again
By breakfast, we will have reached the top of Norway and the town of Kirkenes, situated just a few kilometres from the Russian border. The area still retains many influences from Norway’s neighbour, from signs in both Norwegian and Russian to a monthly Russian market. There is the option to visit the border town of Storskog for views over both countries.
It is at this point of our coastal voyage that we turn and return south. The ports we visited at night are now seen during the day for a full Norwegian coastal experience.
The Norwegian BorderExplore the area around Storskog, a border station located on Norway’s easternmost edge, and enjoy views over the town of Kirkenes from Prestfjellet Mountain.
Riverboat to the Norwegian Border (Kirkenes)Explore Russia´s frontier with Norway along the river that divides the two distinctly different yet strangely similar countries.
Snowmobile SafariIf you fancy racing a snowmobile across a vast snowy expanse and meeting the people who live here then this excursion may be for you.
Kirkenes Snow hotelExplore the beautifully decorated Snowhotel and Norway’s largest ice bar. Greet the reindeers and huskies that live close by.
ATV/Quad-safari to the Norwegian border (Kirkenes)Discover the town of Kirkenes, the surrounding nature, historical sights and the Russian border on this motorized quad bike adventure.
Husky TourBe immersed in the Arctic wilderness on a husky sled ride that brings you through forests, across plains, and over frozen lakes.
DAY 8 : Hammerfest and Tromsø
Once the northernmost town in the world, (before Longyearbyern, Svalbard) Hammerfest is a key destination for Astronomy lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to trek up Mount Salen, for views over the town and picturesque landscapes. You can also take a moment to see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column which commemorates the first-ever measurement of the globe.
As we sail, keep your eyes open for the Northern Lights, but you might also spot pods of Orcas and Humpback Whales migrating to these waters to feed on herring.
The Northernmost Town In The WorldJoin us on a coach tour that explores and explains the events that have shaped Hammerfest, a town at the top of Europe.
Snowmobile Trip in the Polar NightJoin us on an unforgettable snowmobile tour into the polar night across one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural environments.
Breakfast at the North CapeImagine having breakfast at the top of Europe. You enjoy breakfast and more on this scenic coach tour from the town of Honningsvåg to North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe.
Mountain Hike In HammerfestEnjoy an exhilarating hike up Mount Salen, passing through Hammerfest’s only forest on your way up to the peak for panoramic views.
DAY 9 : Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Welcome to Lofoten
Passing through the legendary Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos, the ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles through one of the most beautiful stretches of the Norwegian coast. From here, the coastal landscape changes from rolling hills to soaring mountains.
Along this stretch of coastline is where The Hurtigruten Coastal Express story began, in the coastal town of Stokmarknes in 1893. Don’t miss the newly opened Hurtigrutemuseet in Stokmarknes, a museum dedicated to The Coastal Express housed in the full-sized and fully restored ship MS Finnmarken from 1952.
A Taste of VesterålenThis popular, classic excursion takes you on a sightseeing tour of Harstad and historic Trondenes. Enjoy the beautiful fjord landscape along Kvæfjord before boarding a ferry across the Gullesfjord.
Lofoten IslandsDiscover the beauty of the Lofoten Islands by visiting one of its fishing villages. Learn more about island life, as well as the nature and history of the area.
Sea Eagle SafariBirdwatchers won’t want to miss this excursion. Travel by boat to Trollfjord for a chance to see sea eagles and gulls up close as they dive for fish.
Lofoten by HorseDiscover the coastline of Gimsøy on horseback. These Icelandic horses are suitable for beginners or experienced riders.
RIB Adventure in LofotenJoin us for a thrilling boat ride in the Lofoten islands. Stop for a snack at a fishing village on the island of Skrova, known for its beautiful weather and views.
Discover a Fishing VillageJoin us on a guided walk through the fishing village of Svinøya. Visit an original rorbu hut to learn about life as a fisherman, and taste locally produced stockfish.
DAY 10 : Arctic Circle, Seven Sisters
Meet local legends
Leave behind the magic of the Arctic Circle and head towards the ports of Bodø and Ørnes. Marvel at the Seven Sisters mountain range where local legend has it seven beautiful troll princesses, fleeing from an unwanted suitor, got caught out as the sun rose, turning them into the seven beautiful mountains you see today.
The landscapes will continue to amaze you! Don’t miss views of the Torghatten Mountain, with its distinctive hole right through the centre. There is a local legend as to why and how this mountain came to have such a hole. Make sure you ask your Coastal Guide about it!
UNESCO Vega ArchipelagoGo on a boat tour of the UNESCO-protected Vega Islands and learn about the islands’ unique industry of eider duck down harvesting.
Visit the SalmonLearn about the salmon lifecycle, as well as salmon fishing and farming in this hands-on tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre in Toft.
DAY 11 : Trondheim and Kristiansund
The old cities and the sea
An early morning arrival in Trondheim will give you time to further explore the city and discover any sites you might have missed on the northbound section of the journey. Some insider advice: treat yourself to a barista-brewed coffee and Nordic patisserie in one of the many cafés in the Bakklandet district before walking up to Kristiansten Fort for great views over the city.
In the afternoon, we dock at Kristiansund, a quaint harbour town spread over three islands. Meander along the cobbled streets of the old town and be sure to sample the local delicacy of klippfisk, salted cod that’s dried on the surrounding cliffs.
Trondheim With Nidaros CathedralTake a bus tour of Trondheim, an ancient city rich in history and culture that also serves as one of Norway’s major academic and research centres
The Atlantic RoadEnjoy one of the world’s most beautiful drives as we follow the scenic Atlantic Road on this relaxing journey along the majestic coastline.
Bergtatt – Magnificent Marble MineJourney down into Bergtatt, a marble and limestone mine deep inside the mountain and take a raft ride onto the illuminated subterranean lake.
DAY 12 : Bergen
The final chapter of the fairytale
A few nautical miles are left between you and Bergen today as your Astronomy Voyage draws to a close. Before we say our goodbyes, we voyage across the mouth of Sognefjord, the longest and widest fjord in the whole of Norway.
As we arrive in Bergen, it’s time to say goodbye to the Captain, crew and astronomers who have accompanied you on this unique voyage along Norway’s spectacular coastline. However, if you aren’t ready to leave Norway just yet, there are plenty of extension options that will make your trip that extra bit more special.
- 12-day Bergen - Bergen Round Voyage in the cabin grade of your choice
- Full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- English-speaking tour leader on board
- Tour Manager and lectures from a renowned Astronomer
- Exclusive excursion to the Planetarium in Tromsø
Astronomy lecturers on board:
Dr. John Mason, MBE
Voyage(s) departing: 4 March 2024 | 23 September 2024 | 27 October 2024 | 21 February 2025
An Applied Physicist by profession, Dr. John Mason is currently the Principal Lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He has appeared many times with Sir Patrick Moore on BBC TV's 'The Sky at Night.'
Dr. Sadie Jones
Voyage(s) departing: 17 January 2024 | 25 November 2024
Dr. Sadie Jones is the Astronomy Public Engagement Leader at the University of Southampton. In January 2020, she assisted members of the Space Environment Physics group on an expedition to Svalbard, Norway to observe the aurora and collect research data. She also runs talks and school workshops on aurora research to promote ‘The Aurora Zoo’, a citizen science platform where the public analyse short videos of aurora displays.
Voyage(s) departing: 6 December 2023 | 2 February 2024 | 28 September 2024 | 23 January 2025
Tom Kerss F.R.A.S. is an astronomer, astrophotographer, author and consultant. Having previously worked at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, he is the founder of Stargazing✦London, which delivers world-class online astronomy courses. Tom has authored numerous best-selling astronomy books for adults and children, including Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide to Auroras, which offers a complete introduction to nature's most magical sky-illuminating phenomenon.
- Read our interview with Tom, and find out more about Tom's projects and other books at stargazing.london
Dr Darren Baskill
Voyage(s) departing: 23 March 2025
Dr Darren Baskill has over 25 years’ experience of organising and delivering public science events. He is a lecturer and outreach officer for the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex, and typically runs 100 outreach events each year for schools, colleges, and the public. He previously worked at the Royal Observatory Greenwich science centre and planetarium in London, where he initiated the highly successful Astronomy Photographer of the Year public competition and exhibition, and he was a calibration scientist for the European XMM-Newton space telescope at the University of Leicester before that. Darren is also a director of Ensonglopedia, a musical theatre company based in Lewes.
Not included in your voyage
- Return flights and transfers - you can book these with Hurtigruten during the booking process
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- Travel insurance
All prices are shown in local currency per person based on two people travelling together sharing an inside twin cabin
Suites are available on request
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Learn more about the Northern Lights
- Solar Maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights
- The Aurora Chaser
- Scientist and sage of the Northern Lights: Dr John Mason