Your winter expedition cruise starts in Bergen - a beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains. The ideal way to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords is by foot. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains much of its character, charm and history. Stroll in the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.
Take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen to soak in the sweeping views of the city, fjords, islands and distant North Sea. Back in town, spend some time in one of many cafés and restaurants, or visit the famous fish market.
After embarkation, sit down to a tasty dinner buffet featuring fresh coastal produce. We sail north along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once plied.
Spend the rest of the evening getting to know the Expedition Team and fellow passengers, relaxing in the lounge, or soaking in the hot tub on deck.
Today we dock in Ålesund, renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. A devastating fire in 1904 burned most of the town down and it was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau.
Feel like an invigorating hike? Climb the 412 steps to the top of Mount Aksla. Along the way, see two statues, one of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the other of the Viking Gange-Rolv, or Rollo, who is reputedly the forefather of William the Conqueror. At the summit, take in great views of Ålesund’s charming city centre and surrounding islands stretching into the Norwegian Sea.
Visit the Norwegian Aquarium. Built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is another of Ålesund’s architectural wonders. Observe native fish species, octopus, seals and penguins.
IncludedÅlesund - The Norwegian AquariumNorway is known for its strong connection to the sea, and Ålesund is one of its fishing capitals. Take in the striking coastal landscape and learn about the local sea life at the Norwegian Aquarium.
Brønnøysund is a pretty little town of 5,000 that marks the halfway point along Norway’s long coastline and is known for the dramatic Torghatten – a mountain with a huge natural tunnel in its centre.
You can join a walk around town, visiting the fishing boat docks and the beautiful parish church from the 19th century.
Brønnøysund is also known as the gateway to Vega Islands – a treasured UNESCO-listed archipelago.
As we leave Brønnøysund, we will sail up along the coast of Helgeland – passing the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, thus creating the seven beautiful peaks.
In the evening, we sail past the small islet of Vikingen, through which the Arctic Circle passes.
IncludedBrønnøysund Town Walk and ConcertThis is a special opportunity: an invitation to get to know the tiny Norwegian coastal town of Brønnøysund, from its history to its modern day life. Grab a map and stroll at your leisure from the port into town. Guides will be available along the way to offer local insight and stories.
Lofoten´s dramatic snowy peaks, hidden coves and pristine beaches are world famous. It is also is known for excellent fishing and picturesque villages.
You will never forget your first approach to Lofoten, seeing the massive wall of mountains rising out of the sea.
We dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Red and white fishermen’s huts dot the shoreline and surrounding snow-capped peaks shoot out of the sea here. It’s no wonder Reine is one of Norway’s most frequently photographed landscapes.
Care to discover the region’s history and culture? Join us on an included excursion to the time-honoured fishing village of Å to visit the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum and Lofoten Stockfish Museum. You can also join other optional excursions in Lofoten.
After a lovely morning in Reine, we sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are preserved. Solvær’s shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants provide a number of in-town activities.
After departing Lofoten, we sail to incredibly beautiful and narrow Trollfjord, where mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it’s not possible to sail into the fjord, so we will marvel at this unique natural wonder from its entrance.
IncludedReine - The Fishing Village of ÅLocated at the western tip of the archipelago, Å is a unique historical attraction. Here, you’ll find one of the best preserved old fishing villages in Norway, offering a variety of opportunities to experience life in the Lofoten fisheries through the last 250 years.
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland with plenty of adventure, Tromsø is the perfect destination.
Tromsø’s many winter activities include dog-sledging, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. You can also explore the city’s fascinating history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a definite highlight, featuring an enormous stained-glass mosaic and late-night Northern Lights concerts until the end of March.
Today we dock at the small fishing town of Honningsvåg - the gateway to spectacular North Cape. This is also where the ship turns around and heads back south.
You start your day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, and crossing a mountain plateau before arriving at North Cape. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole.
Stand at the edge of the 300 m high cliff gaze across the Barents Sea. Only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the North Pole. The views here surpass the horizon and feel like the end of the world. It’s a great place to take stunning photos. Enjoy an informative short film and exhibits at the North Cape Hall.
Back at Honningsvåg, you take a stroll past charming houses, stop into nice shops and see a church that was the only building left standing at the end of World War II.
IncludedHonningsvåg - The North CapeThe North Cape lies far above the Arctic Circle at the northern tip of Europe. No matter the season, arriving at this dramatic plateau 300-meters above the Arctic Ocean is the experience of a lifetime.
Alta started out as a small Sami settlement some 500 years ago and is now the largest city in this part of Norway.
Did you know that Alta is the epicentre for groundbreaking research on the Northern Lights? This amazing phenomenon has amazed and frightened people for thousands of years. Alta lies directly under the Northern Lights oval and stable weather creates good viewing conditions. The Aurora is frequently seen here during winter. Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland even built an observatory near Alta, which led to his discovery of what causes the natural phenomenon.
Alta is also a big dog-sledging town. Many of the dog-sledge teams competing in the annual Finnmark Race are located here, and some of those kennels can be visited.
IncludedExperience the Northern Lights CathedralAlta is a city known for opportunities to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Enjoy a short tour through the city on your way to the Northern Lights cathedral, where you’ll have the chance to learn about the cathedral’s distinctive architecture and Alta’s special relationship with the majestic aurora borealis.
Exciting winter activity options in Narvik include a cable car to a mountain summit for breathtaking views! Another option is spending the day at the world’s northernmost wildlife park, which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox and other Arctic animals.
Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik is as rich in nature as it is in history.
A fierce naval battle was fought here in 1940. Today we invite you to learn about it at the Narvik War Museum – a modern facility with interactive experiences.
IncludedNarvik War Museum VisitNarvik was a key location in Norway during World War II, both on land and sea. Today, Narvik War Museum not only tells the story of the Battles of Narvik, but also gathers Northern Norway’s war history under one roof.
As we approach Sandnessjøen, you get a marvellous view of the snow-covered Seven Sisters mountain range. These peaks might be Sandnessjøen's main claim to fame, but the town is also rich in Viking history.
Today we invite you to learn more about the Vikings with a visit to Sandnes, the ancient homestead of one of Northern Norway’s most powerful chieftains. Hear fascinating stories about the Viking Age and leaders like Sigrid of Sandnes, one of the very few women ever mentioned in the Viking Sagas.
You can also join an optional excursion to learn more about the Norwegian poet and priest Petter Dass, with visits to a modern museum and charming medieval church at Alstahaug.
IncludedVisit the Viking ChieftainVisit the Viking chieftain’s house at Sandnes, where you will learn about this region’s history as a center of power during the Viking Age. Here you can participate in a variety of educational activities, including local food tastings.
Kristiansund’s location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea features incredible winter landscapes. Perhaps join a scenic bus ride south along the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s National Scenic Routes and most-visited tourist destinations. The 8.2 km long highway spans a total of eight bridges and is surrounded by picturesque countryside in white and vistas to the open sea. The excursion ends in Molde, where you rejoin the ship.
Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ after the city’s many rose gardens, which may well be covered in snow.
IncludedKristiansund - The Atlantic Ocean RoadKnown as one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the Atlantic Ocean Road is an engineering marvel that zigzags across bridges, from island to island, along the ocean’s edge. This guided coach tour will give you the chance to leave the ship and explore the coast by land.
This morning, we sail into Norway’s longest fjord, scenic Sognefjorden. We cruise deep into the fjord to the little village of Fjærland, an idyllic hamlet of just 300 inhabitants - a delightful place for a stroll.
Nearby Jostedalsbreen Glacier is the largest glacier on the European continent. Get close to two of the glacial limbs - Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen and learn about how they shaped the mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway at the Norwegian Glacier Museum.
In Fjærland, you will also find Norwegian Book Town with several picturesque second-hand book shops housed in unlikely places. Book Town opened in 1996 as the eighth in the world and the first in Scandinavia.
IncludedFjærland: Understanding Norway’s GlaciersNorway’s landscape is defined by its characteristic fjords and the glaciers that created them. On this excursion, you will have the chance to learn about these glaciers and to see one of them up close, as you visit a branch of Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
In the early morning, we arrive back in Bergen. When you disembark, take with you the memories of a unique Norway winter expedition cruise filled with unforgettable experiences and encounters with wildlife, stunning nature and local people.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but we hope to see you on board for new adventures in the very near future.
Included in your voyage
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
Everything you need for an adventure:
- A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of spikes, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
Engaging onboard activities and lectures:
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, selection of photos from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
Premium onboard comfort:
- All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, hot tubs and sauna
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we may sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
Not included in your voyage
- International and national flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners or Expedition Team
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Please note: The voyage departing 18 March 2021 will visit Reine and Svolvær in a different order.
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The ship is named after the spectacular Trollfjord in Vesterålen. Inside she provides spectacular comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
Some expedition cruises include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.