Voyage of the Vikings
MS Kong Harald
12 days

Norway – Voyage of the Vikings

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Viking feast Norway
  • Enjoy on board lectures
  • Experience history on land in Trondheim
  • Hear the sagas of Norsemen in the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands
  • Join the chieftain in a Viking longhouse for a traditional Viking feast

Itinerary

Sail the classic Hurtigruten round voyage, and learn about the Vikings and together with an expert in medieval history. Three excursions are included in this 12-day voyage.
Day 1
Bergen
The adventure begins
A house that has a sign on the side of a road
Bryggen in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson

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

A house that has a sign on the side of a road
Bryggen in Bergen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo: Mark and Anna Wilson
A large ship in a body of water
Sailing to Molde and the Romsdal Alps.
Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo
Day 2
Ålesund
Autumn colours and Art Nouveau
A large ship in a body of water
Sailing to Molde and the Romsdal Alps.
Photo: Tim Couttreel / Guest Photo

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.

Day 3
Trondheim
The Royal City
A house in the middle of a body of water
Trondheim is full of history.

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.

A house in the middle of a body of water
Trondheim is full of history.
A close up of a rock mountain with Lofoten in the background
Visit the spectacular Lofoten Islands.
Photo: Kochneva Tetyana
Day 4
Lofoten Islands
Crossing the Arctic Circle
A close up of a rock mountain with Lofoten in the background
Visit the spectacular Lofoten Islands.
Photo: Kochneva Tetyana

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.

Day 5
Tromsø
Gateway to the Arctic
A person riding on the back of a boat in a body of water
Go kayaking in Tromsø.
Photo: David Gonzalez

Experience classic Arctic excursions in Tromsø like dogsledding and snowshoeing. Or enjoy a pint of Nordic craft beer in the Ølhallen pub.

A person riding on the back of a boat in a body of water
Go kayaking in Tromsø.
Photo: David Gonzalez
A large body of water
Join an excursion to the magnificent North Cape.
Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko
Day 6
Honningsvåg
71° 10’ 21” N
A large body of water
Join an excursion to the magnificent North Cape.
Photo: Kateryna Moskalenko

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.

Day 7
Kirkenes
The turning point
A group of people riding on the back of a crab
King crabs in Kirkenes.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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.

A group of people riding on the back of a crab
King crabs in Kirkenes.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
A couple of people that are on a grassy hill
Hammerfest offers great hiking opportunities.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen
Day 8
Hammerfest
Savour the nightlife
A couple of people that are on a grassy hill
Hammerfest offers great hiking opportunities.
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

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.

Day 9
Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands
Stunning scenery
A group of people standing in front of a body of water
The narrow Raftsundet.
Photo: Nina Helland

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.

A group of people standing in front of a body of water
The narrow Raftsundet.
Photo: Nina Helland
A small boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Vega islands near Sandnessjøen.
Day 10
Arctic Circle
Crystalline waters
A small boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Vega islands near Sandnessjøen.

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.

Day 11
Trondheim
City of roses
A long bridge over a body of water
Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo

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.

A long bridge over a body of water
Photo: Jan Menge / Guest Photo
A boat sitting on top of a mountain
View of Bergen.
Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo
Day 12
Bergen
The final chapter of the fairytale
A boat sitting on top of a mountain
View of Bergen.
Photo: Dave Derbis / Guest Photo

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.

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.

What's included

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

Notes

  • 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
A large ship in a body of water
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen/Hurtigruten

Your ship

MS Kong Harald

Year built 1993
Year of refurbishment 2016
Ship yard Volkswerft (Germany)
Passenger capacity 590
Beds 498
Gross tonnage 11,204
Length 121.8 m
Beam 19.2 m
Speed 17 knots
A large ship in a body of water
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen/Hurtigruten

Norway's reigning monarch, a seasoned sailor, lends his name to this remarkable vessel.

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