Season 2022-2023

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Flights Included

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Flights Included

Season 2022-2023

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Flights Included

Follow the Lights | Northbound | Flights Included

Travel information 18 days
Departures September 2022 - March 2023
Price from
£ 4597
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Voyage north along Norway's coast under the dancing skies of the Northern Lights, passing through quaint ports and communities, more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains.
  • Journey through a Norwegian winter wonderland onboard, one of the worlds most scenic railway trips, The Flam Railway from Oslo to Bergen via Flam and Voss.
  • Learn about the local Sami culture and how they lived and thrived in the Arctic wilderness, with visits to SIIDA Museum, a Husky sledge ride and Reindeer Safari.
Follow the Lights | Northbound | Flights Included

Itinerary

Start your search for the Northern Lights in Oslo onboard the infamous Flåm Railway, before joining our coastal voyage north to Kirkenes. Visit charming hamlets, sail through picturesque fjords and see the magnificent Northern Lights on this journey into the heart of Norway.

After Kirkenes, head into the winter wonderland of Finland's Lapland for a range of authentic experiences including a night under the stars from inside your glass igloo. End your journey in Helsinki with just enough time to explore neighbouring Tallinn, Estonia.

DAY 1 : Oslo

Arrive in Oslo

The Holmenkollen ski jump in the snow Oslo, Norway.
The Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway.
Photo: Hurtigruten

Arrive in Oslo and spend the day exploring the historical and beautiful Norwegian capital.

For the cultural loves, the Bydgdøy peninsula is home to several museums like the outdoor museum, Folkemuseet and the Viking ship museum. Downtown Oslo, is bustling with trendy restaurants, bars, cafes and green open spaces such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Ekeberg Park. At the heart of the city is the Royal Palace, home to the Norwegian Royal family since work began in 1814. 

The Holmenkollen ski jump in the snow Oslo, Norway.
The Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Red skies over the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway
Vigelandsparken, Oslo, Norway
Photo: Hurtigruten

DAY 2 : Oslo

Discover Norway's capital

Red skies over the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway
Vigelandsparken, Oslo, Norway
Photo: Hurtigruten

On our first full day, we will take a walking tour of the city to learn more about this vibrant European city and due to its compact size this tour is ideal to discover and experience the best, the city has to offer. Our tour takes you on a journey through the history of Oslo, from the worlds largest sculpture park by a single artist - Vigeland Sculpture Park to the site of the 1952 Winter Olympics and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. 

DAY 3 : Flåm

Norway In a Nutshell

A group of people sitting at a train station
Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho

After breakfast, make your own way to Oslo Central Railway Station to commence your ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ adventure by boarding the train to Myrdal. Enjoy one of the world's most scenic rail journeys as you travel from Oslo through farmland, past lush green forests and majestic peaks.

At Myrdal join the famous Flåm Railway - a marvel of railway engineering, descending more than 900 metres to the town of Flåm. Take time to explore at your the town and even a visit to the local brewery or the Flåm railway museum.

A group of people sitting at a train station
Photo: Gjertrud Coutinho
A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

DAY 4 : Bergen

Train ride to Bergen

A narrow street in front of a house
Explore Bergen’s charming cobblestone streets during the laid-back winter season.
Photo: Lucija Ros/Unsplash

After breakfast, board the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen, enjoying the spectacular views as you pass through the narrow Nærøyfjord. Known for extensive mountain peaks, deep valleys, fast-flowing rivers and thunderous waterfalls, the journey along the valley from Gudvangen to Voss is as beautiful as it sounds. 

Once you arrive in Bergen, take the afternoon to explore this colourful gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and retains a great deal of its character, charm and history. Visit the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs dating back to the 14th century.

You may enjoy a stroll in the cobblestone alleyways, a bite at an outdoor café or restaurant, a trip on the Fløibanen funicular or a visit to the famous fish market

DAY 5 : Bergen

Gateway to the Fjords

A large building with a mountain in the background
Step back into the Mid Ages along Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest

(Day 1 of the voyage)  
After a relaxing morning we take a walking tour of Bergen, including St Mary’s Church, Håkon’s Hall and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bryggen, before heading to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The tour ends at Bergen pier, where we board our Hurtigruten ship. Overnight on board our ship.

A large building with a mountain in the background
Step back into the Mid Ages along Bergen’s Bryggen waterfront.
Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest
Kayak paddling in Ålesund
Experience wintertime Ålesund on a peaceful kayak tour through the harbour.
Photo: Uteguiden.com

DAY 6 : Ålesund

Architectural and Natural Masterpieces

Kayak paddling in Ålesund
Experience wintertime Ålesund on a peaceful kayak tour through the harbour.
Photo: Uteguiden.com

(Day 2 of the voyage)  

Enjoy the early morning in the breathtaking Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. We then sail past West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and famed Atlanterhavsparken aquarium. Our tour to the aquarium includes a visit to see resident penguins before we continue to nearby Mount Aksla for an amazing view. 

Molde is known as the ‘City of Roses’ because of its lovely municipal gardens. This attractive coastal town has an amazing view of 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, called ‘the Molde Panorama’.

DAY 7 : Trondheim

History and Charm

The river Nid in front of the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway on a nice winter day.
The river Nid in front of the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway.
Photo: Hurtigruten

(Day 3 of the voyage)  
Founded by Viking king Olav Tryggvason in 997, Trondheim today is a unique mix of the ancient and modern. Join our optional excursion to the soaring Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s only gothic cathedral and the burial place of St. Olav (Tryggvason). Marvel at the cathedral’s exquisite works of art, architectural details and medieval statues.

Explore Trondheim by kayak on the River Nid or experience the city by bicycle, for something truly unique, be sure to ride the world’s only bicycle lift, near the quaint Bakklandet neighbourhood. You can also join the Hurtigruten Guides for a hike to discover more of the area.

The river Nid in front of the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway on a nice winter day.
The river Nid in front of the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway.
Photo: Hurtigruten
Beautiful Northern Lights dancing on the sky above the city of Tromsø and the Arctic Cathedral, Norway.
Northern Lights above the city of Tromsø and the Arctic Cathedral
Photo: Mike Hill
The tower of the city

DAY 8 : Tromsø

Welcome to the Arctic!

Beautiful Northern Lights dancing on the sky above the city of Tromsø and the Arctic Cathedral, Norway.
Northern Lights above the city of Tromsø and the Arctic Cathedral
Photo: Mike Hill

(Day 5 of the voyage)  
After a brief dock at Finnsnes in the morning, before continuing to the Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, and famed as a viewing point for the Northern Lights.

Here, you can taste beer from the world’s northernmost brewery or visit the 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.

 

DAY 9 : Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

(Day 4 of the voyage)  
As we cross the Arctic Circle in the morning, the hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins. Prepare for some amazing scenery as we sail through the world-famous islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen. Lofoten is known for its natural beauty, steep mountains, wilderness and picturesque fishing villages. Our daylight route through the region is the voyage highlight for many of our guests.

Continuing south, it will look like we’re headed straight into a mountain, but don’t worry, we are in fact sailing through a passage into the narrow Raftsund, flanked by peaks rising 1000m out of the sea. If conditions allow, we will sail between sheer cliffs of Trollfjord, that seem close enough to reach out and touch. It’s an unforgettable experience!

A large body of water
Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland of Lofoten.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over the North Cape, Norway
Northern Lights over the North Cape
Photo: Even Mathisen
A lit up city at night
Photo: Ulrich Dajek

DAY 10 : Honningsvåg

Top of the World - North Cape

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) over the North Cape, Norway
Northern Lights over the North Cape
Photo: Even Mathisen

(Day 6 of the voyage)  
After a brief stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Havøysund the world’s northernmost fishing village.

One of the most popular excursions is a visit to the North Cape. Gaze in awe at the stark yet beautiful scenery as you stand at continental Europe’s most northerly point, marked by the photogenic globe monument, casting your eyes over the sea towards the North Pole.  Be sure to book early! 

DAY 11 : Kirkenes – Saariselkä

The Sami capital

A person riding a horse
Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi joiking (song).

We arrive early into Vadsø before docking in Kirkenes - where we leave behind the ship and continue on our journey towards Finland. The Russian border is a just few kilometres from Kirkenes and you’ll notice local road signs in both Norwegian and Russian. 

As we begin our journey south towards Finnish Lapland. After breakfast, we continue our journey north through Finnish Lapland. Arriving in Inari, the Sami capital (traditional nomads of Scandinavia, reindeer herders), hear stories about the local Sami culture alongside a visit to the local Reindeer Safari. We continue to the newly-renovated SIIDA museum including a guided tour of the open-air exhibition. This museum is home to a collection featuring the spiritual and material culture of the Finnish Sami presented to the public through exhibitions and publications.

 

A person riding a horse
Learn about Sámi traditions and their way of life, and hear traditional Sámi joiking (song).
A car covered in snow
Photo: Tamara Van Hasselt

DAY 12 : Saariselkä

Arctic dogs

A car covered in snow
Photo: Tamara Van Hasselt

Following breakfast at your hotel, we head out for our first authentic experience, a meeting with the cute locals at the husky farm. Learn about how the local Sami people, worked with these iconic arctic heroes to survive in this rugged landscape, before enjoying a sled ride (Weather depending) with your new furry friends. 

After spending the day living like a local, warm up with a hot drink at Lappish Kota, a traditional wooden hut dawned with reindeer hides and a roaring fire. 

DAY 13 : Sinettä

Santa Claus Village

A santa claus figure.
Photo: Madis Särglepp

On our second day in Sinetta, we pay a visit to the iconic Sant Claus Village. The official hometown of the man himself, get into the festive spirit as you walk around this picture-perfect winter wonderland.  With a range of Christmas spirit activities, from meeting some of the Reindeer and Rudolph to Husky rides or even catching a glimpse of old Saint Nick!

In the evening we spend the night within a glass igloo under the starry Arctic skies. If you are really lucky you might see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed.

A santa claus figure.
Photo: Madis Särglepp
A group of people standing next to a child
Photo: Oscar Farrera

DAY 14 : Rovaniemi

Discover Rovaniemi

A group of people standing next to a child
Photo: Oscar Farrera

As we continue our journey south through Finland, we arrive at the capital of Lapland – Rovaniemi. An urban oasis situated within the spectacular arctic nature, the city boasts vibrant Lappish culture and outdoor activities.

Live like a local as you spend the day exploring the city and its surrounding area. Get under the skin of the local traditions and customs; from mastering the art of ice fishing or pamper yourself with a traditional arctic Sauna.

DAY 15 : Järvisydän

The Finnish wilderness

Sauna written on a wall with lit letters.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

On our second day in Rovaniemi, you have the opportunity to further explore the town and its surrounding area. For those seeking knowledge, the Arktikum is a science centre and museum that lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. Whilst foodies can take experience fresh local produce in one of the many restaurants and cafes dotted throughout the town. 

Before we continue south towards Helsinki, there is one last chance to catch a view of the Northern Lights on an evening safari into the Finnish wilderness. 

Sauna written on a wall with lit letters.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
A group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building
Photo: Heather Poon

DAY 16 : Rovaniemi - Helsinki

Finland’s capital

A group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building
Photo: Heather Poon

In the morning we continue south by train, leaving behind the Finnish Wilderness, for Helsinki, Finland’s capital city. The city is often dubbed one of the world’s most liveable cities due to its vibrant nature and delicate balance of historic architecture and contemporary living.

Live like a local on a walking tour of the city that takes in the sights and sounds of this modern European city. At the heart of the cities historic quarter lies the Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square, this large plaza is one of the most famous and important monuments within the city and a great place to stop and embrace the vibe of the city. Another iconic stop on the tour is a visit to the Tempeliaukio Church, built into the bedrock of the city it has also become known as the ‘Church of Rock’ and a nod to the cities modern culture.

Spend the afternoon and evening uncovering the many hidden gems of the city! With a wide range of bars, restaurants and café’s there is something to satisfy every taste.

DAY 17 : Tallinn

Full day excursion to Tallinn

A church with a large white building with Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn in the background
Photo: Barbera Schoog

It’s an early start on the last full day of our adventure as we head to the medieval city of Tallinn. Jump on the local ferry to the Estonian capital, taking in the spectacular views of both cities.

Our walking tour of the city will take you through the picturesque Kadriorg Park and the seafront district of Pirita. As you meander through the cobblestoned streets of the Old Town, marvel at the impressive Toompea Castle, home to the Estonian parliament.

In the afternoon we take in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church, a reminder of the Russian influence on the city and country. The rest of our time in the city, is yours to explore. With a range of café’s and restaurants dotted around the centre, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace the local customs and culture.

A church with a large white building with Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn in the background
Photo: Barbera Schoog
A street sign on a pole

DAY 18 : Helsinki

Your adventure ends

A street sign on a pole

It is in the morning that we say goodbye as this exciting arctic adventure comes to an end. Depart the hotel with lifelong memories of your time in Finland and Norway with some new friends. 

We transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

The day-by-day programme will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal voyage in Norway, 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 voyage with The Hurtigruten Coastal Express is unique.

What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Full service international return flights
  • 4 star accommodation standard
  • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation (1 night in glass igloo) & 6 nights’ cruise accommodation
  • Luggage service from hotel in Oslo to hotel in Bergen (1 bag per person)
  • Luggage service at all hotels (starting with luggage OUT in Oslo, and ending with luggage IN in Helsinki)
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches
  • 11 dinners & 1 x Viking Plank dinner in Flåm
  • City tours of Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Return Ferry ticket to Tallinn
  • Norway in a Nutshell: Flåm Railway journey and fjord cruise on UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord
  • First class coach from Kirkenes to Helsinki
  • English speaking guide from start to finish
  • Reindeer Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Husky Farm visit (sled ride, depending on weather)
  • Santa Claus Village visit
  • Newly-renovated Siida museum visit
  • Temppeliaukio Church & Dome Church visits

Not included in your voyage

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling other than those specified
  • Beverages with meals

Notes

  • Regional flights available at a supplement. Please call for details.
  • Prices are per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin
  • Not all cabin 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.
  • Northern Lights Promise: If the Northern Lights are not recorded during your Follow The Lights tour, including land component, we’ll offer a free northbound or southbound voyage. T&Cs apply.