Classic Voyage North

Bergen - Kirkenes

The Voyage North carries a sense of cultural exploration as you travel to the major coastal cities and remote communities, continuing up into the Arctic Circle. Explore the rugged coastline as you go face-to-face with natural wonders and thrilling excursions.

  • Visit the legendary Geirangerfjord in summer
  • Visit the Hjørundfjord, Norway's most beautiful fjord in autumn
  • Cross the Arctic Circle under the Midnight Sun (summer) or Northern Lights (winter)
  • Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land based excursions

Overview

Enjoy the atmosphere and culture in cities like Bergen, Ålesund and Tromsø – all filled with coastal history. We sail from Bergen to Kirkenes on this seven day trip, where you will see one landscape more dramatic than the other. This adventure will give you spectacular experiences you will never forget.

Dense in attractions

The Hurtigruten sets sail from Bergen harbour in the evening, heading for the Arctic. As we sail along the coast, a wealth of experiences await – the Jugend town of Ålesund and a summer detour into one of the world’s most beautiful fjords, Geirangerfjord. We continue north to the medieval town of Trondheim, where the Nidaros Cathedral is a hightlight for many. Experience the exitement as we cross the Polar Circle and visit Tromsø, before we continue even further north and arrive Kirkenes. This city is right on the Russian border. Vi are acctually as far east as St. Petersburg.

Travel through seasons

No matter what time of the year you travel with Hurtigruten, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature wherever you turn. Still, every season has its own charm.

Winter is perhaps the most special time to explore the wild and untamed Norwegian scenery. The landscape is a magical winter wonderland covered in white snow, and perfect for action filled winter excursions like dog sledging, whale watching or snow mobiling. On deck the air is fresh and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers. The stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight. Hopefully you will experiene the mesmerising Northern Lights.

During spring time, the contrast between southern and northern Norway is huge. From Bergen to Trondheim you will sail through a lush and green landscape in blossom in close to summer temperatures. Further north in the Arctic region, winter struggles to maintain its grip. As you cross the Arctic Circle sailing towards the North Cape and Finnmark – it is usually full winter, and from mid May the midnight sun offers 24 hours of daylight, even if the temperature and weather is more like winter. It is just like experiencing three seasons in one journey.

Summer is the most popular time of year for exploring Norway’s coast. The long, light days during the summer months seem to energise 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 towards the ocean, creating a picture-perfect setting for a summer holiday.

As summer fades, the first cool evenings summon the colours of autumn. The fresh and clear coastal air enhances the intense red and yellow that fills mountainsides, hilltops and woods. From the deck, you may see the sharp profiles of the highest peaks sprinkled with the first snow, against the background of an ice blue sky. Gradually, the evenings get darker and the days shorter. With a bit of luck, the Northern Lights will appear and give you a magic experience.

No matter which season you choose, a trip with Hurtigruten from south no north will create memories for life, and you will most definitely long back for this adventure.

Special offers

Single without supplement

Embark on select Norwegian coastal voyages and enjoy no single supplement, if you are travelling on your own. Valid for travel between 1 November - 14 December 2016. Valid on new bookings made from 29 June 2016 until departure. 

Your voyage prices includes 

  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice, on a full-board basis
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board

Not included 

  • Flights & transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions 
  • Luggage handling

Please note

  • Prices are in GBP per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • 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.

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Itinerary

The itinerary

Learn more about what you will experience on the Classic Voyage North. The day-by-day programme 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.

All year

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson Photo

The journey begins


Location: Bergen

Our 7-day expedition to the high north starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. 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 Ålesund.

In the summer months we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. In addition to the excursion “A taste of Norway”, we offer two new mountain hikes here. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape give this fjord its special character. In winter you can enjoy a colourful and enlightening presentation about the Aurora Borealis on board.

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 autumn you can join the trip out to Munkholmen. Originally this was an ancient place of execution, before becoming a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station.

In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. In autumn you can learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain’s talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

Day 4
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Photo: Kochneva Tetyana Photo

Welcome to the Arctic!


Location: Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘Midnight Sun’. During autumn and 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. In spring there will be a presentation on board where your can learn more about the millions of migrating birds returning to the Arctic Coast during the nesting period. 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

Into the wild


Location: Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

In summer, early birds can go ashore in Risøyhamn for our whale-watching excursion. The ship continues to Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquillity of the sea in summer, why not join us on a kayaking excursion, or participate on a mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it.

After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

Day 6
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Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko Photo

The Northern Lights and the North Cape


Location: Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes.

The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, and as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Ever so often local fishermen visit us during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod) with us out on deck. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as exploring the wonderful scenery all year round on our different excursions. In winter you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.

Day 7
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

The extreme north


Location: Kirkenes

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. This is where your voyage ends. Should you like to have some extra Arctic experiences while you are here, we offer several exciting tours, experiences and excursions in our pre and post programme. 

Location Kirkenes, Norway
Your ship

Ships sailing along the Norwegian coast

Sail through narrow fjords and charming ports with our unique coastal ships, designed for true expeditions and personal encounters in arctic waters. Each of our ships have a different atmosphere, style and identity, so you can choose how you want to experience the Norwegian coast.

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.

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

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Extend your holiday

Pre and post programmes

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

Getting you there

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