Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and gateway
to the east. The Russian border is a just few miles away. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy lunch followed by views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge. As we depart Kirkenes, prepare yourself for many new experiences.
In the afternoon, the ship again docks at Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean. On board in spring, there is a presentation about shorebirds residing along the Nordic coastline. Heading south, we cruise along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord, before reaching Berlevåg in the evening. The latter town is home to one of Norway’s most famous male choirs, consisting mainly of local fishermen.
DAY2: Mehamn - 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 during winter time.
Experience snow-clad valleys, fresh winter air and perhaps the
mesmerising Northern Lights in the clear, starry sky.
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'.
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-
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
DAY3: Tromsø - Stamsund
The Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands are on today’s agenda. Risøyrenna was constructed especially for Hurtigruten providing the vessels an ‘inside route’ between Harstad and Vesterålen. Stokmarkens, where Hurtigruten was founded, is the location of Hurtigruten Museum.
Continuing through the Raftsundet, which is the narrow channel between Vesterålen and Lofoten we may take a detour (weather
permitting) into the spectacular Trollfjord where steep cliffs hug the ship’s sides. Then we continue to Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands and on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be seen. We leave the islands during the evening and set a course for the mainland.
DAY4: Bodø - Rørvik
The Helgeland coast with hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls is worth getting up an early to experience. Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66 degrees 33 Minutes N we are now leaving the Arctic. Legends and myths are numerous along this part of the coast; there’s the legend of the Seven Sisters, row of mountain peaks and the myth of how the arrow from “Hestmannens” bow formed the hole in the mountain Torghattan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands (excursion available in the Summer period) is close to the port of Sandnessjøen. The islands were inscribed on this prestigious list due to the unique interaction between man and biosphere over centuries the loal population have protected the either duck nests in return for the highly valuable down from the birds.
DAY5: Trondheim - 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.
Make the most of your final day on the board as today we say goodbye. Soon you’ll have to leave the Hurtigruten ship you’ve grown to love. But before that, you still have a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead you; the archipelago en route to Bergen, the city with the seven mountains. Take home your memories of the world’s most beautiful voyage and the many seafaring companions and friends you’ve met along the way.
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