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Hurtigruten Ports of Call – And What to See

hurtigruten_in_bodoHurtigruten calls at a total of 34 ports on its way from Bergen to Kirkenes, and there is lots to see and do in every place you come to.

Here is a guide to what not to miss when you are on the Hurtigruten.

Check the schedule for when and how long Hurtigruten is in each port.


Hurtigruten Ports and Sights

Hurtigruten's journey starts in the historical town of Bergen on the west coast of Norway and follows the rugged coastline north and east all the way to Kirkenes, a small town on the Russian border.



Hurtigruten docks right in the middle of this lively student town which is also the second largest town in Norway, with about 250,000 inhabitants.


Founded all the way back in 1070 under the name of Bjorgvin, which means “the field between the mountains” it has been an important trade town in both Norway and Europe since medieval times.


The old port area in Bergen, Bryggen, is on the UNESCO world heritage list with its old colourful warehouses dating back to when the town was an important hub in the Hanseatic trading league.


Bergen was the capital of Norway until 1314, and was the largest city in Norway until the 1830s.

Read more about Bergen.

Find out about available shore excursions on Hurtigruten.



Next stop on Hurtigruten's journey north is the most western town in Norway, Floro.


It is a cozy town with cobbled streets and a lively cultural scene, but Hurtigruten only stops here for about 30 minutes so unless you are getting off here there is no opportunity to really get off the ship and have a look around.


Floro is an old fishing community with herring as their main export, and it is well worth sampling some herring delicacies if in town.



Next port of call is the island of Maaloy, one of the most important fishing ports in Norway.


Its history goes all the way back to viking times, when the island community was one of the most stubborn to let themselves be ruled by a Norwegian king.


Hurtigruten only stops in Maaloy for passengers joining and leaving the ship, but the scenery around this area is well worth an early morning stroll on deck.



Next up is the small port of Torvik, another fishing hub along the western coast.


Like Maloy and Floro, Hurtigruten only docks here for a short time.


geiranger_peGeiranger – Summer Northbound Only

In the summer months (15.April-14.September) Hurtigruten goes via the most famous fjord in Norway, the Geirangerfjord, on its way north.


In 2005 the fjord was listed on the UNESCO world heritage list and is the absolute “must see” of the Norwegian fjords.


The small village of Geiranger is surrounded by steep mountains on both sides and the vista is one of the most popular postcard motifs from Norway.


Every year no less than 700,000 tourists descend on the village, which only has about 240 inhabitants.


There are several shore excursions available in Geiranger. Find out more.



Aalesund is the next port of call along the western coast, and here the ship will stay for some hours, enabling you to get off the ship and have a look around this unusual city.


Aalesund burned to the ground in 1904 in a terrible city fire. Afterwards the whole town was rebuilt following the Art Nouveau style with its elaborate facades, spires and towers.


A guided tour of the town is available as an optional shore excursion on the northbound Hurtigruten. Read more about available shore excursions.



Next up is the town of Molde, where the ship will dock for an hour or so.


Molde is known for its herring and timber exports, roses and for being the birthplace of one of Norway's wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs, Kjell Inge Rokke, who owns Aker ASA.



The small fishing town of Kristiansund is the next port of call for Hurtigruten.


It is known for its post-war architecture, as large parts of the town was bombed during the second world war.


Hurtigruten only stops here for a short while.



The viking capital of Norway, Trondheim is a city full of history.


The city was founded way back in year 997 by viking king Olav Tryggvason and was the capital of Norway from 1030 until 1217.


In town you will find a lively cultural life and the famous Nidaros Cathedral, the largest medieval building in Scandinavia.


There are several optional shore excursions in Trondheim and the Hurtigruten ship will spend all morning in town, so there is time to have a good look around all its sights.



Sailing further north Hurtigruten will make a short stop in the small town of Rorvik, where the northbound and southbound ships will meet.



Entering what is known in Norway as the Nordland, Bronnoysund is the southernmost town of the North.


The scenery here is stunning, with small islands, inlets, bays and reefs.


The mountain of Torghatten can be seen from town and the area is a favoured spot for outdoor activities.


Hurtigruten will only stop briefly in Bronnoysund.



Next along the coast is Sandnessjoen, where the Hurtigruten will stop for a short while. (Northbound this stop is in the middle of the night)


This little town's history goes all the way back to viking times and has been a community since then.


Along the coast you can see the famous Seven Sisters mountains.



The next stop is Nesna, where Hurtigruten will make a very short stop.


Nesna is a really small place, where Hurtigruten's daily visits are crucial to the village's survival.



Another such small place is the small hamlet of Ornes, where Hurtigruten calls next.


These two short stops prove how important Hurtigruten is to the people living along the coast in Norway.



Further north, the city of Bodo is the largest city in the Nordland region.


But before docking in Bodo it is time for the Hurtigruten to cross the Arctic Circle.


The event is marked in usual Hurtigruten style on the top deck and is not to be missed.


Hurtigruten will stay in Bodo for a couple of hours enabling people to get off and have a look around.


There are optional shore excursions in Bodo, including a visit to the Black ice glacier and whale safaris to Saltstraumen. Find out more about Hurtigruten shore excursions.



Hurtigruten now enters one of its most scenic parts on the route – the Lofoten Islands.


The westernmost Hurtigruten port in Lofoten is Stamsund, a small fishing village with a rich artistic life.


Artists have been drawn to the Lofoten area because of its dramatic scenery, mountains, fjords, islands, light and villages. Onboard the Hurtigruten you will be able to take all this in from the 'best seats in the house'.


There are many optional shore excursions available in Lofoten. Read more about Hurtigruten excursions.



Svolvaer is known as the 'capital' of Lofoten, and is a beautiful little town nestled in between mountains and fjords.


It is one of the most important artistic centres in Norway, with many galleries and exhibitions.


Lofoten is a favoured spot for mountain climbers, extreme sports fanatics, fishing enthusiasts and cyclists alike. The beautiful scenery - secluded white sand beaches, rugged mountains and quaint villages - is not to be missed.


Lofoten is also a great place to see the northern lights when in season, or the midnight sun in the summer months.


Find northern lights cruises on Hurtigruten.

Read more about Hurtigruten's shore excursion in Lofoten.



Stokmarknes is the birthplace of Hurtigruten and is also where you will find the Hurtigruten museum.


Read more about the history of Hurtigruten.



Further north, Hurtigruten sails into the small town of Sortland, where the ship will dock for about 30 minutes.


The town is also called “the blue town” because most of the town's houses are painted in various shades of blue.



Risoyhamn lies on the southeastern tip of Andoya, and Hurtigruten will dock here for a short while before continuing on its journey.



On the northbound journey there will be time to have a quick look around the town of Harstad, also dubbed “the pearl of the Vaagsfjord”.


It has been a busy fishing port since the 1800s and is the second largest town in the Troms region.



Another short stop in Finnsnes, a small town surrounded by fjords.


Hurtigruten will only make a short stop here before continuing north or south.



Hurtigruten will stay in Tromso for quite a few hours, enabling you have good look around or take part in one of the many available shore excursions. Read more about Hurtigruten's optional excursions.


Tromso is the largest city in Northern Norway and has a lively student life, and cultural scene.


Tromso lies on an island surrounded by mountains, and there is a cable car on the mainland side which is a great way of getting an overview of the area.



Next stop along the coast is the small town of Skjervoy, and the cruise here is a scenic one.


Skjervoy also has a fast boat connection with Tromso, making dinner cruises from Tromso to Skjervoy a popular choice for Christmas parties and other festive events.



Oksfjord is a small hamlet in Finnmark popular with outdoor activity fanatics.


The glacier, Oksfjordjokulen, is reachable by foot, skiing or by seaway, and the area is a favoured spot for hunting, fishing and glacier walking.


Hurtigruten only stops here for a short while.



At 70 degrees north, Hammerfest in the northernmost city in the world.


It was the first city in Northern Europe to get electrical street lighting already in 1891, perhaps not so odd considering the sun does not rise above the horizon here between 21st November and 21st January.


In recent years Hammerfest has flourished with the new gas plant Snohvit, and the city is now one of the fastest growing cities in Norway.


On the southbound Hurtigruten you will have some time to get of the ship and have a look around town.



The next stop along the Hurtigruten route is the small village of Havoysund on the western coast of Finnmark.


Havoysund has become a landmark for seamen after a large wind farm was built on the island some years back.


Hurtigruten only makes a short stop here in this quaint little village.



Honningsvaag also bears claim to the title of northernmost city in the world.


The city received its city status in 1996, but the decision has caused much controversy, particularly after a new law only accepting places with 5,000 or more inhabitants to be able to become a city. Honningsvaag only has just over 3,000 inhabitants.


Nonetheless, the place gets busy – mainly because of its close proximity to the northernmost point of mainland Europe, the North Cape, at 71 Degrees North.

In Honningsvaag you can join the shore excursion visiting the famous North Cape plateau, which is a must do for most visitors.


Hurtigruten stays here for a couple of hours, although for the northbound ship this is very early in the morning.



Kjollefjord is a small fishing village at the end of the beautiful Kjollefjord in Finnmark.


Hurtigruten only stops here for a short while.



Mehamn is the northernmost port on the Hurtigruten journey, and the ship continues east from here towards the Russian border.


The ship only stops here for a short while.



Berlevaag is a pretty little fishing village with a dark war history.


When the Germans pulled out of Finnmark towards the end of the second world war, they decided to burn everything in Berlevaag, and much of Finnmark, leaving thousands of families homeless.


Berlevaag is also known for having some of Norway's best salmon fishing rivers.


Hurtigruten only stops here a short while.



At the end of the Baatsfjord you find the busy fishing village with the same name.


Baatsfjord is one of Finnmark's largest fishing ports with over 10,000 ships arriving here every year.


Keep your eyes out for sea eagles, as the Stauran mountain is known all over the world for its large colonies of sea birds and eagles.


Hurtigruten only makes a short stop here.



Vardo means Wolf Island in old Norwegian, and was a hub for Pomor trade (trade with Russia) in the 1800s.


It is also known as the Mecca of the North, and sees a stream of pilgrims visiting this little town because they believe the place is holy.


In fact German Canadians built a circle of rocks on the Barvik marshes to mark a point where one of the earth's alleged energy points can be found.


Hurtigruten only stops briefly here.


Vadso (only northbound ships)

Vadso is one of the larger towns along the Finnmark coast, with over 5,000 inhabitants.


It is a well known spot for both fishing and hunting enthusiasts, and the town hosts a yearly blues and jazz festival as well as a king crab festival.


Hurtigruten only stops here briefly.



This border town is the final stop on the northbound Hurtigruten journey, and the ship will stay here for a few hours before turning around starting the journey south.


The E6 road also ends here, and the town has a 10% population of Russians.


Kirkenes was heavily bombed during the second world war, because of its strategically important position by the Russian border.


After Malta, Kirkenes is said to be the most bombed place during the second world war – with over 300 air strikes.


In Kirkenes you can join several exciting excursions, such as a snowmobile safari, king crab fishing or a visit to the Snow Hotel. (season depending)

Read more about Hurtigruten excursions.


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