12 days / 11 nights
Your expedition begins in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven renowned mountains. Before departure, you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords.
Rise early to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, then enjoy a delicious breakfast. After sailing past West Cape, experience a rare venture into the open sea. Next, the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund.
Wake up in beautiful Trondheim. Here, the architecture and surroundings create an almost mythical setting for any outing—whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or bicycle ride through the Bakkland district.
Here, the Arctic Circle marks entry into the Arctic region. In summer, this means 24-hour daylight—otherwise referred to as the “Midnight Sun.” During autumn and winter, this latitude provides the highest likelihood of experiencing the Northern Lights.
In summer, early risers may choose to go ashore in Risøyhamn for a whale-watching excursion. The ship continues to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring, complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sled ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquillity of the sea in summer, join us for a kayaking excursion, or hike one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the city surrounded by impressive mountain ranges. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, continue north.
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as you cross the 71st parallel on your journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund, arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape, you’ll find Gjesværstappan, one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to see Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes.
Early birds can see Vadsø, and after breakfast, you’ll arrive in Kirkenes, which, at 30° East is further east than both Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is not far, and you’ll notice that road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.
In the middle of the night, dock at Mehamn, where in winter it’s possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most dramatic natural areas. In Honningsvåg, enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark.
Arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in a classic Hurtigruten’s excursion: A Taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just seven meters deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an inside route between Harstad and Sortland. The sandbanks are visible through the clear, green water.
Today, crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is a rite of passage. Celebrate with an Arctic traditions tasting out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1100 meters high, and it’s easy to see how these “ladies” have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post, before moving on to Sandnessjøen. Nearby, the Vega Islands UNESCO World Heritage Site can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund, we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre.
Today, you’ll have another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Journey through Trondheim’s 1,000-year history on a city walk. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170 kilometers long and up to 25 kilometers wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords, it is deep, at most 577 meters.
During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik, and Måløy as your exciting voyage draws to a close. Before docking in Bergen, admire a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedals glacier.
Dates & Prices
|Start/End||Nights||Sailing Schedule||Starting From|
|Bergen / Bergen (The Roundtrip Cruise)||11||January - December (Daily Departures, Year-Round)||CAD $2,710|
|Bergen / Kirkenes (The Cruise North)||6||January - December (Daily Departures, Year-Round)||CAD $1,720|
|Kirkenes / Bergen (The Cruise South)||5||January - December (Daily Departures, Year-Round)||CAD $1,450|
*Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.
Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full-board basis
English-speaking tour guide on board
Variety of onboard activities and lectures
The ship is named after the dramatic Trollfjord in Lofoten. Inside she offers comfortable and modern facilities, with extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
On board the MS Finnmarken you will find the relaxed Hurtigruten atmosphere combined with a bit of luxury.
MS Kong Harald
Our dedicated Expedition Teams has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the cruise. MS Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. Onboard are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and a fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. Fancy a drink? Visit our comfortable bar at the front of the ship. The vessel also has a large compass area with reception, the Expedition Team, a tour guide, conference room and shop.
The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.
MS Nordkapp is named after one of the highlights of the Hurtigruten voyage, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, the North Cape (71ºN).
Polarlys is Norwegian for ‘polar light,’ the special Arctic phenomenon we chase in our winter programme “Hunting the Light”.