Known as the "gateway to the world", Hamburg is the ideal port to start our adventurous voyage to the stunning Norwegian coast. Located on the Elbe river, Hamburg is a city of strong contrasts, with lush green parks, elegant older buildings and sleek modern architecture.
Norwegian coastal towns
Our first stop in Norway is historic Bergen, which is also the starting point of the classic Hurtigruten coastal voyage. The city boasts wonderfully well-preserved architecture and a waterfront that is ideal for strolling before you re-join the ship to head north. We then sail into the magnificent Geirangerfjord, where you may want to disembark and take part in the overland trip to Ålesund. This journey by road enables you to see more of the UNESCO-listed fjord, with amazing views and photo stops along the way. Come on board the ship in Ålesund, and we will follow the route of the classic coastal voyage as we make our way to Kirkenes, with stops at Trondheim, Bodø, Svolvær and Tromsø enroute.
Trondheim is a great town to explore by foot, and Bodø is the home of the dramatic tidal current Saltstraumen. Next is Lofoten and the classic Hurtiguten stop of Svolvær, site of great Viking history.
From Lofoten, depending on conditions, the Captain will sail into the legendary narrow Trollfjorden, with mountain ranges towering on both sides of the ship.
Colourful Tromsø offers rich Arctic exploration history and panoramic views reachable by cable car or with the Expedition team on a hike.
Kirkenes is an intriguing port with strong Russian ties and you can explore this town or join the Expedition team for a hike before we turn around and make our way south. Stopping at Honningsvåg and Hammerfest affords you the opportunity to visit Norway´s most northern town and the capital of the North Cape.
As we continue southbound, we sail through the dramatic scenery of the Lofoten Archipelago and we have added an extra treat for you: a stop in Reine, a true gem of Lofoten. We will also be calling on the charming and picturesque town of Brønnøysund, for an excursion to Torghatten. The island city of Kristiansund is next where you have the option of taking an excursion to drive along the famous Atlantic Road through stunning coastal landscape to re-join the ship in Molde – "the City of Roses". Florø will be our last port of call before we arrive in Hamburg.