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CNCS02 - Norwegian Coastal Voyage South with Hurtigruten

Go from the wilderness of the Arctic to the fjords in the south on a 6 day voyage with Hurtigruten.

Join us for the Classic Voyage South along the spectacular Norwegian coast. Travel with Hurtigruten along the beautiful coast of Norway from Kirkenes to Bergen, and get to experience the world's most scenic sea voyage. The 6 day voyage south calls at over 30 ports, clinging close to the coast as you weave through the legendary Lofoten Islands famous for stunning nature and idyllic fishing sites.

This trip suits a stay beforehand in the Kirkenes Showhotel. Likewise, arriving in Bergen at the end, you have numerous possibilities to extend your holiday to see more of this spectacular country.

Highlights

  • Experience Norway's beautiful fjords, charming ports, and rare wildlife under the Midnight Sun or spectacular Northern Lights
  • Be accompanied by an expert Expedition Team. The Expedition teams are present on 9 of the 11 Hurtigruten ships along the Norwegian coast (all except MS Lofoten and MS Vesterålen), and are included in your voyage
  • Expedition with likeminded adventurers who value personal growth and exploring over luxury

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Overnight in comfortable & central hotel in Kirkenes & Bergen (1 night pre and 1 night post voyage), Superior rooms with a fjord view in Bergen.

  • Voyage from Kirkenes to Bergen 5 nights in a twin outside cabin with toilet & shower. Arctic Superior U package which includes the water package, an amenity set, kettle, tea & coffee making facilities and a TV. Priced with the Select Fare.

  • Full board on board the Hurtigruten ship, other meals as per itinerary. Full board includes buffet breakfasts & lunches and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening. You are presented a menu when you check in. Visiting 34 ports, Hurtigruten have an exceptional opportunity to get fresh produce from local suppliers everyday. This means delicious new and fresh ingredients, both from coastal and inland areas.

  • 24-hour emergency service

  • Taxes and service fees

Rates fluctuate daily and we can often find discounts up to 25% depending on departure date and proximity to travel. Please ask us for a specific quote for your preferred dates.

Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $2,223
Start Location
Kirkenes, Norway
End Location
Kirkenes, Norway
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Polar
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Dec 201831 Mar 2019On requestAUD $2,223
01 Apr 201930 Apr 2019On requestAUD $2,991
01 May 201914 May 2019On requestAUD $3,492
15 May 201931 Aug 2019On requestAUD $3,945
01 Sep 201930 Sep 2019On requestAUD $3,427
01 Oct 201920 Dec 2019On requestAUD $2,612
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Arrive Kirkenes

Arrive in Kirkenes airport, and make your way to your hotel in Kirkenes, a small Northern Norway town. The rest of your day is at your leisure and if you wish to add some activities to your day, please let us know.

Kirkenes has a very interesting war museum - the Borderlands - with a quaint cafe to sit back in. The king crab safari is not to be missed this afternoon or a visit to the Russian border. Your ship leaves in the morning so this is your time to explore this outpost township.

Day 2 - Step (or swim) into the Arctic - Kirkenes, voyage departure point

Ports visited today: Båtsfjord, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes, Berlevåg.

Join your voyage in Kirkenes as the ship turns around to travel southbound (the ship arrives at 9am, embarkation from 9.30am & leaves Kirkenes approx. 12.30pm). In the afternoon, the ship docks at Vardø, Norway's easternmost port. Weather permitted, you may be invited to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during the winter season. In spring, there will be a presentation on board about the birds of the Nordic coast and in winter, local Arctic divers will give a presentation about life in the ocean.

Day 3 - Welcome to the extreme North - Hammerfest and Tromsø

Ports visited today: Mehamn, Kjøllefjord, Honningsvåg, Havøysund, Hammerfest, Øksfjord, Skjervøy, Tromsø.

In the middle of the night, we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas.

At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.

We continue south to Øksfjord. After crossing open water, we make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy. In spring, we sail through the beautiful Lyngenfjord, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps: Here, you might get a taste of fresh locally-caught prawns.

We then dock at Tromsø, just in time to enjoy a magical midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. In summer, you can join a midnight excursion, under the Midnight Sun, to explore Tromsø by sea in a RIB boat. Alternatively, a walk around the town provides you the chance to enjoy a local brew at one of the city´s many friendly pubs.

Continuing south to Øksfjord, in winter, the crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly-caught shrimp.

From here, your next major stop will be Tromsø where you are invited to take part in a very special musical experience, The Arctic Cathedral Midnight Concert. Or why not head to one of the town’s many friendly pubs and sample the local brew, Mack’s Arctic Beer.

Optional Excursions depending on the season: Snowmobile trip in the Polar Night, Breakfast at the North Cape, the Northernmost Town in the world Hammerfest, Into the Ice - Stories of a Polar Hero, Mountain Hike in Hammerfest and Midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral.

Day 4 - Lofoten and the Vesterålen Islands, majestic peaks and crystal clear waters.

Ports visited today: Tromsø, Finnsnes, Harstad, Risøyhamn, Sortland, Stokmarknes, Svolvær, Stamsund.

TWe arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classic Hurtigruten excursion programmes: A taste of Vesterålen. Experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sites that include a visit to Trondenes Church, one of Norway's premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages.

Those who choose to stay on board can admire views of this old church as we sail towards the Risøyrenna, a shallow 7-metre-deep channel made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s to provide an 'inside route' between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks along the Risøyrenna are visible through the clear, green water.

The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many of our guests.

Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. As a springtime tribute to the region´s fishing history, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck. We then continue south via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Go ashore and pay a visit to the Hurtigruten museum here. Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitably slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund. This 20-km passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea.

Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If the weather and time permit – the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship´s sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. Trollfjord is also the realm of the sea eagle.

Just north of the fjord, a smaller vessel awaits to take you out to see this magnificent bird up close on an optional sea eagle safari. To join the safari, you transfer to a smaller tour boat before we reach the Trollfjord. The Hurtigruten ship turns around in the narrow fjord, a magnificent sight in its own right! The eagle safari begins after leaving the Trollfjord, passing through narrow channels flanked by steep mountains where the sea eagles dwell and can be viewed. These beautiful, rare birds of prey circle the boat a few times before we toss fish into the sea for them to grab and devour. Be sure to bring a camera!

Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options. Join our Lofoten Islands tour to learn more about the fishing communities, beautiful scenery and art from this area. You can join a horseback ride and experience a sunset trot through powdery white sand on a beach along the Norwegian Sea. If you want more of an adrenaline rush, join one of our high-octane excursions by RIB.

Lofoten is known for its excellent fishing, and in winter and spring you can join a fishing trip to try your luck at catching cod. If you prefer dry land, a guided fishing village walk provides in-depth insights into the history and culture. From Svolvær, we continue on to Stamsund, where we see the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall. We leave Lofoten during the evening and set course for the mainland.

Day 5 - Bodø and The Vega Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ports visited today: Bodø, Ørnes, Nesna, Sandnessjøen, Brønnøysund, Rørvik.

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. Today we celebrate the event out on deck with a `taste´ of Arctic 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. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258 m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle. The hole is 160 m long, 35 m high and 20 m wide, and was created during the ice age.

Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ influenced ancient myths. The story gs that there were seven troll sisters, the daughters of King Sulis, who kept them under strict control. One night, when the king fell into a deep sleep, the seven maidens sneaked out. Vågekallen, who was eager for a wife, was lying in wait. He pursued the sisters, who fled southwards down the coast. Several other trolls joined the chase to either capture or rescue them. When night turned to morning, the troll sisters and their pursuers were petrified as the sun turns all trolls to stone. They all became the rocks and mountains that today make the Helgeland coastline one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Next we make a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. This unique cultural landscape consists of dozens of islands. The UNESCO designation was awarded due to the unique interaction between the eider duck and island population. Learn how the fishermen and farmers have cultivated a centuries-old symbiotic relationship with the ducks, and how it continues to contribute to a livelihood of eiderdown harvesting and making down-filled duvets.

As we arrive in Brønnøysund, you can join the excursion to visit to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre near Brønnøysund for an informative tour and taste of fresh salmon from April throughout October.

Day 6 - The medieval city of Trondheim and the Atlantic Road.

Ports visited today: Trondheim, Kristiansund, Molde, Ålesund.

Today provides another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Back on board, the ship heads out into the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 km long and up to 25 km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, plunging to 577 m.

As we sail along the coast, you realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long-time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. It is 8.2 km long, built on a total of eight bridges and surrounded by picturesque landscapes and open sea.

Another interesting excursion is to the Bergtatt marble mine, which includes entering a mountain and sailing across an illuminated subterranean lake, before enjoying a meal in the mine´s ‘Grand Hall’. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will experience the ship´s crossing the open sea on our way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’. Along the way you see see the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Day 7 - Travel to Bergen and enjoy city walk

Ports visited today: Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy, Florø, Bergen.

During the night, the ship calleds at Ålesund, Torvik & Måløy, as the world's most beautiful voyage draws to an end.

Today, your Hurtigruten voyage will come to an end when you arrive in the City of Seven Mountains, Bergen. But before that, you still have a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of you such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedalsbreen glacier, Norway’s longest fjord - the mighty Sognefjord and the picturesque Bergen Archipelago. Take home your memories of the world’s most beautiful voyage and the many seafaring companions and friends you’ve made along the way.

Enjoy an optional city walk in Bergen arranged with Hurtigruten or ask us for other suggestions.

This evening you have a night on the harbour watching the comings and goings of ships into Bergen. Wander the outdoor & indoor fish market sampling the fresh sushi or seafood platters. Alternatively, ask us about booking you into some of the lovely seafood restaurants on the waterfront.

Day 8 - Depart Bergen

Our tour finishes after breakfast at your hotel. Make your way to your next destination.