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Classic Round Voyage for RSPB members

Sail the famous 12-day voyage with award-winning RSPB Photographer Ben Andrew. This birding adventure departs 17th May 2020.

12 days | Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen | 17 May 2020

Our signature route is a journey up into the Arctic Circle and back, passing the fjords, mountains, and islands Norway is famous for. You will visit 34 ports, immersing yourself in all that Norway has to offer.

Accompanied by RSPB Photographer Ben Andrew for 6 days of the voyage, you will receive exclusive talks and photography lessons from the award-winning photographer, as well as joining him for two included excursions!


  • 11 nights full board on newly refurbished ship MS Richard With
  • Two exclusive photography lessons and one exclusive talk with Ben Andrew
  • RIB Safari to Saltstraumen on Day 4, accompanied by Ben Andrew
  • Birdwatching Safari on Day 6, accompanied by Ben Andrew
  • A dedicated Tour Leader for the full duration of the voyage

Price from £ 2158 per person. Call us on 0208 846 2633 to book.


See the full itinerary for the Classic Round Voyage here.

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Meet Ben Andrew

Ben Andrew is an award-winning photographer and a columnist for Nature’s Home, the RSPB’s member magazine.

His first success in photography came when he won the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Photo of the Year competition with a picture of a Grey Heron. Since then, Ben has gone on to win several other competitions.

Ben’s work has now led him to become the RSPB’s picture researcher, managing the RSPB Images - the organisation’s photographic library, also working closely with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the Wildlife Trust.

His love of photography and wildlife has taken him around the world, including on trips to Borneo, Australia, Kenya, Canada and the USA. Norway is next on his list and he is thrilled to be going on this adventure with like-minded RSPB members.


The exciting wildlife is one of the main reasons why so many people travel to Norway. As a result of its varied geography and climate, Norway is home to a wide range of wildlife – from the deepest seas to the highest mountains.

With an abundance of cliffs and fjords, Norway is a great place to spot a wonderful assortment of birdlife. On this voyage with Hurtigruten, you will get a unique look at the avian species along the rugged coastline of the country as you sail from north to south.

The Runde and Remøya islands are arguably the best places in the country to appreciate birdlife, and you will discover both on your voyage. Whilst Runde only has 100 inhabitants, more than 500,000 birds gather on the island from February to August every year. About 230 species have been identified here, with more than 80 species laying nests in the area. The most famous species at Runde is the puffin. Puffin season starts at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of July, so you can hope to see plenty on this RSPB voyage.

Situated in the region of Romsdal, Molde is another hot spot for bird lovers. It is billed as the only location where you can catch a glimpse of northern goshawks, white-tailed eagles and golden eagles in a single day. Other birds include whitebacked woodpeckers, treecreepers, wrens and nuthatch. From puffins and sea eagles, to king crabs and whales, the breathtaking Norwegian coast has it all.


Your ship: MS Richard With

Recently refurbished and proudly carrying the name of Hurtigruten’s founder, MS Richard With has been well-equipped with new technology, more comfort and better views of the spectacular Norwegian coast.

This ship boasts two restaurants, a café and an explorer lounge, providing front row seats for the all the incredible scenery and wildlife this stunning coastline has to offer.

Additional adventure with Hurtigruten

Our range of exciting excursions are carefully chosen and curated to enhance your experience even more. To travel with Hurtigruten is to journey into the heart and soul of the Norwegian coast. We have been exploring its length for 125 years, in all seasons and in all weather. An integral part of our voyages are the excursions we offer throughout the year, each memorable and special in their own way.

You already have two excursions included on your exclusive voyage with Ben Andrew, but why not take a look at what else you can book that will take you closer to the charming culture, wildlife and stunning landscapes Norway is famous for. 


How to book

Call us on 0208 846 2633 to book. RSPB members get a 5% discount, while Hurtigruten donates 10% to the RSPB. This voyage is not bookable online. 

Departure date: 17 May 2020.

Terms and conditions

The dedicated number for this RSPB voyage is monitored Mon - Fri from 9 - 5.30. All offers apply to new bookings only. RSPB members discount and donation applies to direct bookings only. 5% discount off voyage price only. Prices quoted are in GBP and are per person, based on full occupancy of a two-berth unspecified cabin with basic pricing. Hurtigruten operates a flexible pricing system and prices are capacity controlled, confirmed at time of booking and correct at the time of printing. Not included: international flights (unless specified otherwise), travel insurance, luggage handling, optional excursions or optional gratuities. Any flights booked with Hurtigruten are ATOL protected (ATOL 3584), economy, and include all current taxes and charges. Cabins and excursions are subject to availability. All itineraries are subject to change due to local conditions.