Coastal Kitchen Norway - Kirkenes, Bergen with flights from London
MS Nordkapp, MS Trollfjord
8 nights

Kirkenes, Bergen – Norway Food & Drink Voyage

Price from
£ 2426
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Sail through Trollfjord, one of the most breathtakingly stunning sights on the Norwegian coast
Departures 10th September 
  • Experience Norway with a gastronomic focus as you explore the spectacular natural beauty of Northern Norway on our Classic Voyage South from Kirkenes to Bergen, including a memorable breakfast at the North Cape
  • Enjoy two nights in charming Oslo and one night in beautiful Bergen, where you’ll savour the best of Norwegian cuisine at two of Norway’s best restaurants, with a seafood dinner in Bergen and a more traditional meal in Oslo
  • Sample Norway’s famous local delicacies on our gourmet tours in Oslo with a choice of either food or drink tasting
  • Relax completely as your dedicated Tour Leader will be with you every step of your gastronomic travel adventure

Itinerary

This gastronomic tour combines the sights of northern Norway, Bergen and Oslo with a tasty introduction to Nordic cuisine. Spend two days in Oslo with a beer or food tasting and dine at the city’s oldest restaurant. Fly to Kirkenes for a 5-night cruise to Bergen, with breakfast at the North Cape. Your trip ends in Bergen with a fabulous seafood dinner.
Day 1
London - Oslo
Your gourmet travel adventure begins in Oslo
Elegant modern buildings  mark out the Oslo skyline
Elegant modern buildings mark out the Oslo skyline

From London, you will fly to Oslo, Norway’s capital. On arrival, you will be greeted by your Tour Leader and taken to the Clarion The Hub Hotel to freshen up.

The rest of the day will be spent exploring the city at your leisure. Ask your Tour Leader for their favourite spots in the city. Oslo is an intimate and charming city and perfect to stroll around. Enjoy a casual or gourmet dinner at one of the city’s many cafés and restaurants.

Elegant modern buildings  mark out the Oslo skyline
Elegant modern buildings mark out the Oslo skyline
Take a tour of Oslo's microbreweries and sample local craft beers
Take a tour of Oslo's microbreweries and sample local craft beers
A traditional dish of freshly handpeeled Norwegian prawns
A traditional dish of freshly handpeeled Norwegian prawns
Day 2
Oslo
A gastronomic journey through the capital
Take a tour of Oslo's microbreweries and sample local craft beers
Take a tour of Oslo's microbreweries and sample local craft beers

After breakfast at your hotel, you will join the included 3-hour guided walking Oslo Beer Tour. Your guide will not only share fun facts and history about Oslo but they will take you on a tour of Oslo’s most fashionable district visiting unique bars and breweries, offering 8-9 beer tastings and a few snacks.

For foodies who are passionate about Scandinavian cuisine, you can upgrade to the Taste of Oslo food tour for just £18pp. This 4-hour walking tour showcases the best of Norwegian delicacies like salmon, reindeer, waffles, local cheeses, cured meat and fish as well as

aquavit and beer. As you explore the city, you will stop at various culinary points of interest where a host will give a short talk about the local products you’re tasting.

This evening, you and your group will enjoy a traditional Norwegian dining experience at Oslo’s oldest restaurant, Engebret Café, that has played host to dignitaries and celebrities for well over a century.

Day 3
Oslo – Kirkenes - Berlevåg
Welcome to Arctic Norway!
On board ship, you'll dine like royalty from our delicious Coastal Kitchen menus
On board ship, you'll dine like royalty from our delicious Coastal Kitchen menus

After breakfast, you will head to the aiport with your Tour Leader for your flight to Kirkenes and the second part of your ‘gastroNordic’ adventure. On arrival in Kirkenes, which lies further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg, you will be transferred to your ship, where you can freshen up.

As the ship departs, enjoy a buffet lunch inspired by our Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept, surrounded by Arctic seascapes and prepare yourself for fjords, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers, combined with visits to historic cities and cosy coastal towns along the way.

Our first stop is Vardø. From here, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. Be sure to get some rest as you will be up early in the morning.

On board ship, you'll dine like royalty from our delicious Coastal Kitchen menus
On board ship, you'll dine like royalty from our delicious Coastal Kitchen menus
Bordering Russia, Kirkenes is further east than St Petersburg
Bordering Russia, Kirkenes is further east than St Petersburg
Admire the seascape as you breakfast at the North Cape
Admire the seascape as you breakfast at the North Cape
Stop for a Mack beer at the local pub Ølhallen in Tromsø
Stop for a Mack beer at the local pub Ølhallen in Tromsø
Day 4
Mehamn - Tromsø
Breakfast at the top of the world
Admire the seascape as you breakfast at the North Cape
Admire the seascape as you breakfast at the North Cape

As we reach Honningsvåg first thing, you can look forward to a dramatic and scenic breakfast at the North Cape, overlooking the top of the world.  

Next stop is Hammerfest: here, you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, commemorating the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. For a brisk mountain hike, join a guided walking tour  up to the top of Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.

We continue to Øksfjord with a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. We dock at Tromsø late in the evening, where you can take in a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral or take a walk through the town, and stop by the cosy pubs and sample the local brews.

Day 5
Tromsø - Stamsund
Devour the beauty of Lofoten
Charming rorbuer (fishing huts) in Svolvær
Charming rorbuer (fishing huts) in Svolvær

On arrival at Harstad, you’ll have the chance to join our popular A Taste of Vesterålen excursion. Experience history, beautiful scenery and breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, Norway's oldest church from the late Middle Ages. The tour rejoins the ship in Sortland.

For those who opt to stay on board, the daytime sailing route through Lofoten and Vesterålen is a real highlight as the region is renowned for its stunning natural beauty.

If you’re in luck, our chef may give an on-deck demonstration of how to fillet a salmon. From Risøyhamn, we continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Here, you can go ashore and visit the Hurtigruten museum. As we set sail again, birdlovers can join an excursion to search for majestic eagles on our popular Sea Eagle Safari.

As we approach the narrow Raftsund channel, it appears as if we will sail straight into the mountain wall, but once we enter the 20-km passageway, we are greeted with the magnificent view of 1,000 metre high mountains emerging straight up from the sea.

At Svolvær, you will have a chance to enjoy one of several exciting excursions, including visiting a traditional fishing village.

Charming rorbuer (fishing huts) in Svolvær
Charming rorbuer (fishing huts) in Svolvær
Discover the rural way of life on a mountain hike in Lofoten
Discover the rural way of life on a mountain hike in Lofoten
Mark your Arctic Circle crossing with a local tradition
Mark your Arctic Circle crossing with a local tradition
At Brønnøysund, you can visit a local aquaculture centre
At Brønnøysund, you can visit a local aquaculture centre
Torghatten, the mountain with a hole
Torghatten, the mountain with a hole
Day 6
Bodø - Rørvik
A ‘tasty’ Arctic Circle tradition
At Brønnøysund, you can visit a local aquaculture centre
At Brønnøysund, you can visit a local aquaculture centre

As you cross the Arctic Circle, we celebrate the event on deck with a memorable rite of passage tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil. As we sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore.

One highlight along our route is the Seven Sisters mountain range, seven mountains that define the Helgeland coast. These ‘sister’ mountains are part of local folklore, and their story involves troll kings, princesses and their suitors.

After a short stop at Nesna, we sail to Sandnessjøen. From here, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands on an optional excursion to witness the unique interaction between eider ducks and the island’s farmers. Learn how it contributes to eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets.

In the afternoon, we dock at Brønnøysund, a vibrant and pretty little fishing town with a bustling marina. It’s also a strategic point for Norway’s fishing trade, one of the nation’s biggest exports. If you’re interested in learning more about sustainable and responsible modern aquaculture, join our fascinating Visit the Salmon tour of the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre with a chance to taste some fresh local salmon (April to October).

As we set sail again, be sure to head on deck, where you’ll see Mount Torghatten, easily distinguishable by the giant hole in the middle of the mountain.

Day 7
Trondheim
Trondheim and the dried cod capital of Kristiansund
Join a bike tour of the royal city of Trondheim
Join a bike tour of the royal city of Trondheim

Today, you have a chance to explore the royal city of Trondheim. A visit to the gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral is highly recommended.

Along this stretch of coastline, you will notice the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities. As we approach Kristiansund,  Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’, so-named for its long-time export of salted dry fish, you can see large pyramid drying racks of cod.

From here, you can join an excursion along the famedAtlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. The 8 km stretch of winding highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea. 

Or you could visit the Bergtatt marble mine, which takes you into an illuminated subterranean lake before serving you a meal in the mine’s ‘Grand Hall’. 

Those who remain aboard at Kristiansund will experience the ship’s open sea crossing towards Molde - Norway´s ‘City of Roses’ from where you can see the distant peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Join a bike tour of the royal city of Trondheim
Join a bike tour of the royal city of Trondheim
Explore Trondheim and its historic folk traditions
Explore Trondheim and its historic folk traditions
Discover the beautiful art nouveau city of Ålesund
Discover the beautiful art nouveau city of Ålesund
Day 8
Bergen
Bergen and a boat trip to seafood heaven
Discover the beautiful art nouveau city of Ålesund
Discover the beautiful art nouveau city of Ålesund

On arrival in Bergen, your classic Hurtigruten sea voyage comes to an ends. Your Tour Leader will take you to your hotel, Clarion Hotel Admiral, to check in and freshen up. You’ll have the afternoon to explore this historic harbour town and its famous UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharves, with their distinctive wooden buildings at your leisure. Your Tour Leader can advise you on where to go.

In the evening, your group will be taken on a marvellous culinary journey by boat to Holmen island to dine at one of Scandinavia’s best seafood restaurants, Cornelius. Here, you will be treated to a seasonal fish and seafood feast, inspired by the fjords and you will hear a talk from the chef about the local fish.

Day 9
Bergen - London
Best of Bergen and back to London
Explore the charming city of Bergen
Explore the charming city of Bergen

Today marks the end of this Nordic gastronomy adventure. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel. If there’s time before your flight, you can discover more of charming Bergen. Once you check out of your hotel, your tour leader will transfer you to the airport and back to London.

Explore the charming city of Bergen
Explore the charming city of Bergen
Relax and take in the bustling harbour action from one of the waterside cafés
Relax and take in the bustling harbour action from one of the waterside cafés
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 Hurtigruten is unique.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

  • Return flights from London
  • Dedicated Tour Leader
  • 2 nights in Oslo, staying at the Clarion The Hub Hotel, B&B
  • Group 3-course dinner at Engebret Café, Oslo
  • 3-hour Oslo Beer walking tour
  • *Option to upgrade to the 4-hour Taste of Oslo food tour for an additional £18pp
  • Stunning 6-day, 5-night coastal voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen, full board, Select package
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Free Wi-Fi on board  
  • Breakfast at the North Cape excursion
  • 1 night in Bergen, staying at the Clarion Hotel Admiral, B&B
  • Boat trip and a 3-course seafood dinner at Cornelius restaurant, Bergen

Not included in your voyage

  • Optional excursions 
  • Travel insurance  
  •  Luggage handling 

Notes

  • The Breakfast at the North Cape excursion will be accompanied by the Tour Leader and form part of the tour programme.  
  • The Beer Tour in Oslo is included in your package. You can upgrade to the Taste of Oslo 4-hour food tour for an additional £18pp
  • A 3-course dinner at Engebret Café in Oslo and a 3-course dinner at Cornelius restaurant in Bergen are included in your tour price. Drinks are not included and will be charged separately.
  • Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking.
  • Your return flights from London are included. Regional flights are available to book on request at a supplement.
  • All prices shown are in £s per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin cabin. Single occupancy available at a supplement.
  • Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Prices may change at any time before departure date, the applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.
  • Some J, A, and L cabin categories have a limited view.

Ships

MS Nordkapp
Photo: Helge Grimsland - Guest Image

MS Nordkapp

Year built 1996
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Kværner Kleven (N)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 480
Car capacity 24
Gross tonnage 11,386
Length 123.3 m
Beam 19.5 m
Speed 18 knots

MS Nordkapp is named after the northernmost point on mainland Europe: North Cape (71ºN) - one of the geographical highpoints you can visit on a Hurtigruten voyage.

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MS Trollfjord

Year built 2002
Ship yard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 822
Beds 576
Car capacity 35
Gross tonnage 16,140
Length 135.75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 18 knots

The ship is named after the spectacular Trollfjord in Vesterålen. Inside she provides spectacular comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.

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MS Trollfjord Hurtigruten
Photo: Stein Bjørge
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