Natural Treasures of Northern Norway

Tromsø – Narvik – Tysfjord – Tranøy – Lofoten – Vesterålen – Senja – Lyngen - Tromsø

This is an unforgettable expedition to the best of the natural treasures of Northern Norway. Join us as we sail through deep fjords past stunning mountains in a beautiful winter landscape. Our friendly Expedition team will bring you even closer to the history and culture of the area by giving expert talks and leading activities as we explore the hidden gems of the area.

  • Explore the very best of Northern Norway in beautiful winter scenery
  • Discover Hamarøy/Tranøy, Lofoten, Senja, Tysfjord and other gems
  • Learn more about the culture and history of Northern Norway
  • Interact with our knowledgeable Expedition team


Explore the beauty of Northern Norway

On this expedition, you will explore a truly unique natural world. Northern Norway is wild, rugged and like nowhere else on Earth. The landscape is ceaselessly varied, unspoiled, magnificent, awe-inspiring, beautiful... you will run out of adjectives to describe this unforgettable place.

Fascinating history and culture

The settlements and villages we visit are rich with fishing traditions, Sami history, polar expedition heritage and important World War II sites. This is a journey that will deepen your knowledge with the help of our friendly Expedition team.

Discover the islands

Lofoten, Senja and Tranøya are fascinating island worlds, with soaring mountains, serene fjords and verdant farmland, surrounded by the blue waters. Discover the magical beauty of these isolated isles.

Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

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The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the Captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure 18.03, 25.03, or 29.04.2018

Departs from Tromsø, Norway
Day 1
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The Gateway to the Arctic

Location: Tromsø

When Roald Amundsen recruited crew for his famous expeditions, he travelled to Tromsø to find men with the skills to survive with minimal means in the icy polar regions. The Arctic hunters and trappers of this northern city fit the bill.

Today, Tromsø is the refined version of itself 100 years ago. There are still some of the most skilled people for Arctic operations in the area, as well as academics investigating climate change and the polar environment. Tromsø is still the ideal Arctic gateway and a natural starting point for many expeditions – like yours.

Enjoy discovering Tromsø before you embark on MS Nordstjernen in the afternoon.


Day 2

Dramatic History

Location: Narvik

Flanked by islands to the west and surrounded by mountains in every other direction, Narvik occupies a truly beautiful setting.

Narvik was the first industrial town in northern Norway and was given town status in 1902, when the construction of the Ofoten Railway was completed. The settlement provided an ice-free harbour in the North Atlantic for iron ore transported by the railway from Kiruna in Sweden. Both sides in the Second World War had an interest in securing this iron supply for themselves and denying it to the enemy, setting the stage for one of the biggest battles since the Invasion of Poland.

You can visit the modern and interactive Narvik War Museum and take the cable car to a mountain top for breathtaking views over Narvik City, Ofotfjord and the surrounding mountains!

Another option is to spend the day in the world's northernmost wildlife park, and which is home to bears, foxes, lynx, wolves, moose, muskox and other Arctic animals.

Day 3

The Realm of Knut Hamsund

Location: Hellmobotn and Tranøy

Tysfjord is the deepest fjord in Northern Norway, and you awake in the innermost part of the fjord – in Hellmobotn, home to a Lule Sami settlement. The area hosts important cultural monuments from early Sami life and is currently on the UNESCO tentative list.

Large, smooth, polished slabs of rock dot the mountainsides, which are pocked with caves. Spend the morning admiring this very special and nearly untouched area.

As we sail out of Tysfjord, we will pass the majestic mountain of Stetind, Norway's national mountain. Since ancient times, the mountain has served as a guiding landmark for sailors along the Norwegian coast.

In the afternoon, we will arrive at the homestead of the author and Nobel Prize laureate Knut Hamsun (1859-1952). Use the afternoon to trace his footsteps at the Hamsun Center and at his childhood home, or visit the charming Tranøy lighthouse.

Day 4
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The Beauty of Lofoten

Location: Reine

Lofoten´s distinctive scenery of dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and untouched beaches is world famous. You'll never forget your first approach to Lofoten Island. We will dock at beautiful Reine, which a perfect spot to start your exploration of the area.

Day 5
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Exploration of Natural Wonders

Location: Reine and Svolvær to Stokmarknes

Today we will continue exploring wonderful Lofoten, known for its excellent fishing, rugged natural beauty and picturesque villages. Enjoy the view as MS Nordstjernen sails along the Lofoten mountain wall to Svolvær.

After spending the whole day here, we will sail to the impressive, narrow Trollfjord, where vertical mountain walls rise right out of the sea. In winter, it is not possible to sail to the innermost part of the fjord, so we will admire this special formation at its opening. We end the day sailing through breathtaking Raftsundet, before arriving in Stokmarknes in Vesterålen during the evening.

Day 6

A Hidden Gem of Coastal Norway

Location: Hamn (Vesterålen and Senja)

We start the day sailing through Vesterålen en route to Senja.

At lunch time, we arrive in Hamn, where we will spend the day exploring the area that hosts Norway´s second-largest island. Knife-ridged peaks rise directly from the Arctic Ocean here, casting shadows on beautiful and isolated fishing villages. 

Day 7

Spectacular Lyngen Alps

Location: Lyngseidet and Havnnes

This famed mountain range is 90 kilometres long and 15-20 kilometres wide. The Lyngen Alps are known for dramatic peaks and steep mountainsides that plunge into the fjord, conditions that create a true winter sports paradise. The area also boasts the world's northernmost whiskey distillery and an old NATO base.

In the afternoon, we will visit the charming fishing village of Havnnes, Norway's northernmost operating trading centre. Stock and salt fish are produced here in the traditional way, and most houses in the village are historically protected.

Day 8
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Lively Tromsø

Location: Tromsø

Our expedition ends in Tromsø. Take the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the city or participate on exciting excursions before you fly home.

Arrival 25.03, 01.04, or 06.05.18.

Location Tromsø, Norway
Your ship

Our ship and ports on this route

MS Nordstjernen holds the status as one of the most cherished ships in the fleet thanks to her nostalgic and classical charm combined with modern comfort. On this voyage, she will sail between Tromsø and Bodø.

Things to see and do

Excursions on your voyage

Explore all the treasures of northern Norway with our range of optional excursions. These can be pre-booked or bought on board if there is still capacity.

Contact us

Contact us

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