Our starting point, Bergen, is a harbour town established by the Viking King Olav Haraldsson lll more than nine hundred years ago. Today it is a central point for Norwegian travel, yet has retained a great deal of local character and history. As you walk along the Bryggen quay side you will discover buildings with seaward-facing gables dating back to the fourteenth century.
As you sail from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, your on board lecture programme will include themes such as:
- Who were the Vikings?
- The Vikings and their gods
- Viking ships and navigation
- The Viking Warrior
- The Vikings at home
- The Viking North Atlantic Saga
The historian on your voyage: Dr John Haywood
Wake up to the breathtaking beauty of Norway in its autumn colours as we cross the open west cape and head for Torvik. Heading further inland, we will visit the stunning Hjørundfjord. This fjord’s seclusion and unspoiled natural features; steep rock walls and green meadows are interspersed with mountain farms and small villages. After a call at the beautiful Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, we continue to Molde with its magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps - probably covered by the year’s first snow.
We'll follow the regular Hurtigruten route, calling at the old Viking capital, Trondheim. Here, you will join our Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion (included in your voyage) taking you under the skin of this charming city and its magnificant Gothic house of worship.
Founded around 997AD by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim has grown to be one of Norway's largest cities but has retained the charm and warmth of a provincial town with its handsome civic architecture, colourful wooden wharfs and the wooden royal palace of Stiftsgården.
Nidaros Cathedral is the final resting place of King Olav who was later canonised and is now Norway's patron saint.
This morning we cross the Arctic Circle. Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism. In the evening we reach Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands.
An area rich with sagas of the Norsemen, Lofoten is a must-see on your trip to Norway. It is here that you can enjoy our Viking Feast excursion (this is not included in the price of this voyage, be sure to add this excursion during the online booking process for the complete Viking experience).
Join the chieftain and his wife in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever discovered. Here you will be regaled with stories and given traditional Viking food & drink.
Experience classic Arctic excursions in Tromsø like dogsledding and snowshoeing. Or enjoy a pint of Nordic craft beer in the Ølhallen pub.
Breathe in the crisp, clean air while watching a landscape that is austere in its beauty. After an early stop in Hammerfest, we arrive in Honningsvåg. This is the gateway to the spectacular North Cape which rises 300 metres from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” N puts you a mere 2 000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. In the evening we will pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkirka.
The last port on the northbound voyage is Kirkenes, and at 30° E you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. Due to its location close to the border with Russia and Finland this little town is quite lively.
Start the day with breakfast at the North Cape (optional excursion). After calling at Honningsvåg and Havøysund, we stop in Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town. We continue south to Øksfjord, where a glacier calves directly into the sea, and after crossing open water, we will stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. We dock in Tromsø just in time to savour its nightlife.
The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during your coastal voyage. Enjoy the shallow waters of the Risøyrenna Channel where sand banks are visible through the clear, green water. The ship will then negotiate the narrow Raftsund. If time and weather permit it, we’ll take a detour into the spectacular Trollfjord where sheer cliffs hug the ship’s sides, before heading on to Svolvær.
When we get to Harstad on day 9, our classic Taste of Vesterålen excursion is also included.
From Ørnes we sail through crystalline waters framed by a landscape that is preparing for winter. Crossing the Arctic Circle once more, we pass the charming port of Sandnessjøen, and on the approach to Brønnøysund you can see the mythical Seven Sisters Mountains.
Today gives you another opportunity to see the sights of Trondheim including the Nidaros Cathedral, Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses,’ you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps glinting in the sun.
During the night, the ship will call at Torvik, Maløy, and Florø as the ‘world’s most beautiful voyage’ starts to draw to a close. Yet, ahead we still have plenty of west Norway’s spectacular scenery to enjoy. You will disembark from your Norwegian Coastal Voyage in Bergen, taking with you memories of a unique autumn journey.
Included in your voyage
- Voyage in cabin category of your choice
- All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Half day sightseeing in Trondheim including Nidaros Cathedral & NTNU Museum
- Viking expert who will give a minimum of six lectures and be on the tour for the full duration
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The historian on your voyage: Dr John Haywood
- Born and brought up in the north of England, Dr John Haywood studied medieval history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge, and Copenhagen. A full-time historical writer, Dr Haywood has written over 20 books, with his main interests the Vikings and maritime history. John has worked as a tour leader and ship’s lecturer since 2012, mainly in the Baltic, Norway, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland.
Read our interview with Dr Haywood here.
Not included in your voyage
- Flights and transfers
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Luggage handling
- The optional excursions Meet the Vikings and A taste of Vesteralen will be accompanied by the Lecturer and Tour Escort and form part of the tour programme. However, it is necessary to manually add to the booking at the standard price. Please add these in during the booking process or request reservations to do so.
- 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
MS Kong Harald
|Year of refurbishment||2016|
|Ship yard||Volkswerft (Germany)|
Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.