Norway – Exploring the Fjords and North Cape

Join us on a beautiful coastal voyage aboard our new hybrid powered expedition ship. See the best of the magnificent fjords as we cruise remote beauty and stop in charming towns along the way. On board, MS Fridtjof Nansen offers premium comfort and the expert guidance of our Expedition Team to ensure an unforgettable holiday.

  • Discover the less-visited gems of the magnificent fjords with the experts
  • Sail on the cutting edge – hybrid powered expedition ship
  • See the highlights of our traditional Coastal voyage
  • Chance to visit the North Cape

Itinerary

The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 1 April, 15 April, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May & 10 June 2020

Departs from Hamburg, Germany
Overview

World Famous Scenic Beauty

We sail from Hamburg and follow the traditional Hurtigruten coastal route on this extensive Norwegian fjord cruise of unforgettable natural beauty.

Fjords and Cities

Our first stop in Norway is historic Bergen – a city that boasts well-preserved architecture and a waterfront that is ideal for strolling before you re-join the ship to head north. We will cruise the Geirangerfjord and enjoy the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, followed by Trondheim, a great city to explore by foot, then on to Bodø, the home of the dramatic tidal current Saltstraumen.

Lofoten and the North Cape

Next on our Norway cruise is Lofoten and the classic Hurtiguten stop of Svolvær, site of great Viking history. From there, the captain will sail into the magical area of Trollfjorden and Raftsundet.

We continue towards Tromsø – offering rich Arctic exploration history and panoramic views reachable by cable car. Stopping at Honningsvåg and Hammerfest affords you the opportunity to visit Norway´s most northern town and the North Cape.

Southbound Gems

Returning southbound, we sail through the scenic Tjeldsundet before we stop in Reine, a true gem of Lofoten. We will also be calling on the charming and picturesque town of  Brønnøysund, the island city of Kristiansund, and Molde – “the City of Roses”.  Værlandet will be our last port of call before we arrive back in Hamburg.

Day 1: Hamburg, Germany

Canals and Gardens

Embarkation

The second-largest city in Germany is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves.  Before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen, spend some time and enjoy a tour on a harbour barge to explore some of the city´s canals. 

Day 2: At sea
Sunset in the horizon from deck
Sunset in the horizon from deck Photo: Astrid Mergen Photo

Towards the Norwegian Coast

Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards the beautiful Norwegian coast.  Take in the panoramic views from viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard. There will be a short technical stop in Denmark. 

Day 3: Bergen

Beautiful Bergen

Half day

Explore the historic Bergen harbour area, fronted by wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300’s. Stroll through the alleyways or take a trip up to Mount Fløyen. The Fløibanen Funicular takes you to the top in just six minutes to enjoy amazing views over the city.  

Day 4: Geiranger & Ålesund

Fjords and Art Nouveau Highlights

Half day

We sail into the UNESCO-listed beauty of Geirangerfjord for an unforgettable morning.

Our afternoon is spent in Ålesund, an Art Nouveau town which seems to have been taken right out of a fairy tale. Visit the Art Nouveau Centre or take a walk up the 418 steps to Aksla Mountain - well worth it for the panoramic views!

Day 5: Trondheim

The Viking City

Half day

Trondheim was founded by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997 and today boasts a rich cultural life.  There is plenty to take in as you wander through this historic city, enjoying the architecture and surroundings which create a beautiful, almost mystical atmosphere. 

Day 6: Bodø & Svolvær

North of the Arctic Circle

After crossing the Arctic Circle, we arrive in Bodø, a city surrounded by sea and fjord. In the heart of Lofoten, we call on the picturesque town of Svolvær, where age-old seagoing traditions are still being practiced. From here, we sail through the Raftsundet Strait while keeping a sharp eye open for white-tailed sea eagles.

Day 7: Tromsø

Gateway to the Arctic

Full day

Tromsø is often described as the Paris of the North, and boasts friendly locals, wonderful shopping and great restaurants. The Arctic Cathedral is a highlight, as well as the Arctic Aquarium, the world’s northernmost Botanical Garden and the Fjellheisen Cable Car.

Day 8: Honningsvåg

Top of the World

Full day

Honningsvåg is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. An optional excursion to the North Cape plateau puts you at 71°10’21´N, only 2,000 km away from the Geographic North Pole.

Day 9: Hammerfest

The Northernmost Town in the World

Half day

Hammerfest has gravesites dating back to the Stone Age and was an important fishing and Arctic hunting settlement long before it was given market town rights in 1789.  The town is also home to the UNESCO listed Struve Geodetic Arc – a chain of survey triangulations stretching to the Black Sea.

Day 10: Reine

Idyllic Reine

Half day

A true gem of Lofoten, Reine´s beauty inspired artists like Gunnar Berg since the 1880´s.  Red and white traditional fisherman’s cottages - known as Rorbuer - perch on stilts over the water’s edge with a background of granite spires jutting skywards.  Take your time here to truly soak in the deep serenity of this place. 

Day 11: Brønnøysund

Closer to Torghatten

Full day

This pretty little fishing town is rich in history and maritime atmosphere.  Ambling through the marina, take in the fleet of small fishing boats and bustling sailing life. There will be an option to come close to iconic Mount Torghatten, the famous formation with a distinctive hole right through it.

Day 12: Kristiansund & Molde

From Bacalao to Roses

Half day

As we sail along the coast, you will see the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. We continue to Molde, known as the “Town of Roses”

Day 13: Værlandet
Island hopping by bike in the beautiful landcape of Bulandet, Værlandet
Island hopping by bike in the beautiful landcape of Bulandet, Værlandet Photo: Jarkko Laine Photo

To the West

Full day

Værlandet is a small island group situated north of Sognefjorden. This unique place hosts hiking possibilities for all levels of fitness. Maybe jaunt up 481-meter high Mount Alden 481 will tempt you. The view is stunning.

Day 14: At sea

Relax and Unwind

On our final day at sea, relax in our comfortable lounges or out on deck and be sure to join the Expedition Team for one of the many lectures during the day.

Day 15: Hamburg

Return to Hamburg

Disembarkation

After breakfast, it’s time to disembark and leave your base for the past 15 days.  Head ashore in Hamburg for a final bit of exploration before you make your way home.

Arrival 15 April, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June & 24 June 2020

Location Hamburg, Germany
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program 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 boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • 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, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including awelcome event, daily gatheringsto 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
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all 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 panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR VOYAGE:

  •  International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety) 
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling
Life on board