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Hurtigruten Cruise Round-Trip Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen

hurtigruten_in_bodoThe most famous Norwegian cruise, voted the most beautiful sea voyage in the world by National Geographics, this Hurtigruten cruise is definitely one of the things you should do before you die.

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Duration: 14 days/13 nights

Prices start from: £1,978(LS)/£2,945(HS) - subject to currency fluctuations

Season: Daily departures all year round. (Flights to/from Bergen not included)

Travel Agent: Nordic Visitor. About Nordic Visitor.

Highlights:

  • Bergen
  • Tromso
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Northern Lights (season and weather permitting)
  • Midnight Sun (season and weather permitting)
  • North Cape

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The Hurtigruten coastal cruise is what everybody´s talking about if they have been to Norway.

 

On this two week holiday you will complete the full journey from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, seeing all the best of sights Norway has to offer, including the fjords, the Lofoten Islands, the North Cape as well as all the stunning scenery along the way.

 

With plenty of stops and shore excursions available, Hurtigruten lets you see the best of Norway from the “best seats in the house”.

 

Onboard the Hurtigruten ships you will have access to the very best facilities, excellent restaurants serving local specialities as well as international favourites. Enjoy the midnight sun from the top deck – perhaps in the jaquzzi? Or relax with a book in the panorama lounge as the northern lights dance outside. (Midnight sun and northern lights are season and weather permitting)

bryggen_in_bergenDay 1 – Arriving in Bergen – The Fjord Capital

You will be met on arrival at Bergen airport by a NordicVisitor rep, and taken to your accommodation in Bergen city centre. (Flights to Bergen not included, but you can compare and book cheap flights using the Skyscanner box on the left)

 

Depending on your time of arrival, you will have time to explore the historical city of Bergen at your own leisure.

 

Stroll the cozy cobbled streets and take in the lively student feel, see the UNESCO listed Bryggen port area and the famous Bergen fish market.

 

Spend the night in a hotel in Bergen centre.

Day 2 – Exploring Bergen and Boarding the Hurtigruten

Today is the day you will board the famous Hurtigruten cruise, but as departure is not until the evening you get the whole day to explore Bergen.

 

Included in the price is a one hour tourist train tour, taking you through the most important sights in this historical city.

 

Make sure you take the cable car up to the city mountain, Floyen, for great views of Bergen and its surroundings, as well as access to a vast network of hiking/cross country skiing trails.

 

In the evening it is time to board the Hurtigruten ship from the town centre pier. Settle in to your comfortable private cabin and your home for the next 2,000km of Norwegian coast.

cruise_ship_in_aalesundDay 3 – Fjords and Art Nouveau Aalesund

Hurtigruten is still an important part of Norwegian infrastructure, like it has been for over 100 years serving the Norwegian coastline.

 

The ship makes several stops every day, connecting the cities and towns along the coast making the experience very different than “normal cruises”.

 

Today, the ports of call will be: Maloy – Torvik – Aalesund – Molde – Kristiansund.

The city of Aalesund is one of the biggest highlights of today, with its remarkable Art Nouveau architecture.

 

The city burned to the ground in 1904, and was rebuilt completely in this fairytale style making it a very cozy place to take a stroll around.

 

The Hurtigruten is also sailing through some of Norway´s most impressive fjord scenery. Snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and narrow fjords are some of the sights you will enjoy today, particularly in the famous Geirangerfjord.

nidaros_cathedralDay 4 – The Viking Capital Trondheim

Early in the morning Hurtigruten docks in the medieval city of Trondheim, also known as the Viking capital of Norway.

 

The ship stays here for about 3.5 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore Trondheim either on your own or as part of one of the optional shore excursions.

 

See the famous Nidaros Cathedral, the largest building in Scandinavia from the Middle Ages.

 

The ship continues north in the afternoon, passing more stunning scenery.

Day 5 – Crossing the Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands

Today is one of the BIG days onboard the Hurtigruten. As you pass the Arctic Circle the event will be marked in style on deck.

 

You are also entering northern lights/midnight sun territory (season depending) as you get further north reaching the amazing Lofoten Islands.

 

Another UNESCO listed area, the Lofoten Islands with its rugged mountains, small fishing villages, birds, whales and skerries, truly is an amazing sight.

 

Join one of the many shore excursions in Svolvaer or enjoy the amazing place at your own leisure.

 

In the evening make sure to look out for the northern lights (September-April), or enjoy the midnight sun on deck in summertime.

 

Ports of call: Ornes – Bodo – Stamsund – Svolvaer

Midnattsol_FjellheisenDay 6 – Paris of the North – Tromso

Before reaching Harstad, Hurtigruten passes the beautiful medieval church at Trondenes.

After Harstad, the journey continues north through stunning landscapes.

 

Hurtigruten reaches the city of Tromso in the afternoon, and you will have time to explore this city at your own leisure or as part of one of the many shore excursions available.

 

Also dubbed Paris of the North, Tromso is a lively student city with a rich trading and Arctic explorer history. Learn more about this past and present at the Polar Museum or at Polaria.

 

Make sure to look out for northern lights or the midnight sun in the evening. (season/weather depending)

Ports of call: Harstad – Finnsnes – Tromso – Skjervoy

Day 7 – The North Cape

As the ship sails even further north, to its most northern point, enjoy the scenery and birdlife living in the cliffs along the coast.

 

In Honningsvaag you will catch a bus to the North Cape plateau, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Here you will receive a certificate stating you have in fact been here “at the top of the world”.

 

Afterwards the ship continues past the North Cape and further east, towards the Russian border, past fishing villages like Kjollefjord and Berlevaag.

 

Make sure to look out for northern lights or the midnight sun in the evening. (season/weather depending)

 

Ports of call: Hammerfest – Honningsvaag – Kjollefjord – Berlevaag

snowmobiling_in_finnmark2Day 8 – The Russian Border - Kirkenes

You will reach the turn-around point of your journey, Kirkenes, in the early morning.

 

The ship will stay here in this small town on the border to Russia for a few hours before again heading south, giving you time to explore this mystical area of Norway.

 

Join a shore excursion king crab fishing or snowmobiling (winter only), or learn more about Sami culture.

 

IN the afternoon, Hurtigruten heads out to sea again, passing some of the ports it passed during the night, including the beautiful Varangerfjord.

 

After stopping in Vardo, the ship navigates around the Varanger peninsula where people have been found to live since 9000BC!

 

Make sure to look out for northern lights or the midnight sun in the evening. (season/weather depending)

 

Some ports of call: Kirkenes – Vardo – Baatsfjord – Berlevaag

Day 9 – Hammerfest and Lively Nightlife in Tromso

Continuing south, Hurtigruten will again call at Honningsvaag and in Hammerfest.

 

Hammerfest was the first city in Norway to get electrical street lighting – handy for those long winter nights. You will have time to explore the city on your own.

 

Further south, the ship will pass Oksfjord and its magnificent glacier.

 

Back in Tromso for the evening you will have the chance to explore some of its famous nightlife. Tromso has more bars and restaurants per capita than any other city in Norway, and lives up to its lively reputation.

 

Make sure to look out for northern lights or the midnight sun in the evening. (season/weather depending)

Some ports of call: Honningsvaag – Hammerfest – Tromso

Lofoten_stockfish_truckDay 10 – The Magic of Lofoten and the Trollfjord

Back towards Lofoten, the ship will navigate a different route, taking you through some really narrow straights and past absolutely jaw-dropping scenery.

 

You will really understand why this region receives so much praise from photographers, holidaymakers, artists, journalists and thrill-seekers alike.

 

Make sure to look out for northern lights or the midnight sun in the evening. (season/weather depending)

Some ports of call: Harstad – Sortland – Svolvaer – Stamsund

Day 11 – Mountain Peaks and Coastal Sceneries

Crossing the Arctic circle again going south, you will pass famous landmarks such as the Seven Sisters Mountains and Torghatten.

 

In Rorvik, you will pass the northbound Hurtigruten ship, and have the chance to visit its award winning museum.

 

Some ports of call: Ornes – Sandnessjoen – Rorvik

Day 12 – Trondheim and the Nidaros Cathedral

Again you will have the chance to visit Trondheim, and see its famous cathedral if you didn´t get the time last time.

 

Alternatively, just stroll the cozy streets lined with old wooden housing.

 

In the afternoon, the ship continues south, out the Trondheimsfjord, past Hitra island and docks in a couple of more places before nightfall.

 

Some ports of call: Trondheim – Kristiansund – Aalesund

fishmarket_in_bergenDay 13 - Fjords and Inlets Towards Bergen

During the night, the ship will navigate through fjords and inlets, making its way to Bergen.

 

Enjoy breakfast onboard whilst taking in the scenery one final time.

 

Hurtigruten docks in Bergen in the early afternoon, giving you time to enjoy your final afternoon and evening in this beautiful city.

 

Sample some of its lively student nightlife and many excellent restaurants.

Day 14 – Heading Home

You will be taken to the airport for your flight back home.

(Flights to/from Bergen not included, compare flights using the Skyscanner search box on your left)

 

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What will it cost and what is the accommodation like?

Price:

The travel agent for this package is Nordic Visitor, prices in this article is taken from their website and were originally in Euros, so they will be subject to currency fluctuations. Go through to the booking process at NordicVisitor for updated prices.

Guide Prices:

High Season (1 April - 30 September):

Simple Accommodation:

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£5,873 £3,489 £2,945 £2,962

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Comfort Accommodation:

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£6,113 £3,498 £2,973 £2,972

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Quality Accommodation:

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£6,267 £3,552 £3,031 £3,024

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Low Season (1 October – 31 March):


Simple Accommodation:

1 person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£3,009 £2,314 £1,947 £1,964
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Comfort Accommodation:

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£3,073 £2,323 £1,973 £1,972

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Quality Accommodation:

1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
£3,227 £2,377 £2,031 £2,026

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Accommodation:

On this holiday you have the options if Simple, Comfort and Quality hotel accommodation.

 

Simple:

These are budget hotels and well appointed guesthouses. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and breakfasts are included in the price. Bed linen is also included, but in some cases the beds will not be made.

 

Comfort:

This means all hotel rooms/cabins are well-appointed and comfortable. All rooms have en-suite toilet and shower or bath facilities . Breakfasts are always included in the price. Many hotels have restaurants on site.

 

Quality:

Quality accommodation are in 4-star hotels or the best hotels available at each location. All rooms are with private shower or bath and WC. All include breakfasts and have their own restaurants.

 

What is included in the price?

 

  • 2 nights accommodation in Comfort hotels, with breakfasts

  • Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, with outside en-suite cabin for 11 nights

  • Full board onboard the Hurtigruten cruise

  • Meet and Greet transfer from Bergen airport to your hotel

  • Map of Norway and full itinerary

  • 24-hour emergency service

  • All taxes and service fees

 

What´s not included?

  • Flights to/from Norway (find cheap flights in the search box on the left)

  • Meals and drinks at restaurants, unless otherwise stated

  • Entrance fees, optional shore excursions and activities, unless otherwise stated

  • Drinks onboard Hurtigruten

  • Personal travel insurance

 

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