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Cruise the Norwegian way

Sailing with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Hurtigruten
Cruising with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Hurtigruten

You won’t find a more relaxing way to see and experience coastal Norway than on board a cruise ship. 

Hurtigruten .
Photo: Oyvind Heen/Visitnorway
Hurtigruten .
Photo: Oyvind Heen/Visitnorway

It’s a mobile hotel room, giving you all the comforts of home, while at the same time letting you take in the delights of Norway’s long coastline.

Bar at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Kristian Dale / Hurtigruten
Bar at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Kristian Dale / Hurtigruten

Watch the everyday life of both locals and nature along the coast...

Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten
Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten

...and enjoy tasty food on your plate, made from fresh ingredients from the local areas you are passing.

Norway’s coastal kitchen at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten
Norway’s coastal kitchen at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten

Experience the fresh arctic air and the rough Norwegian coastline from a warm hot tub...

Hot tub at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten
Hot tub at Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon / Hurtigruten

...or search new adventures on land while the cruise ship is in port!

There are lots of activities to join, like for example dog sledding and sightseeing tours!

Dog sledging with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Hurtigruten
Dog sledging with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Hurtigruten

Welcome to a unique, Nordic coast experience

Wonder how you can experience as many of the most beautiful highlights of the Norwegian coast as possible in a short amount of time? A cruise gives you comfort, stunning views and a chance to see it all in just 11 days. 

A moving base like this will save you from the hustle and bustle of having to unpack and repack your luggage at every destination you reach, and you have ready access to restaurants, bars, and activities.

Don't expect an endless party, though. Most passengers travelling along coastal Norway are looking for tranquillity and relaxation, spectacular scenery and beautiful landscapes, and a taste of some local specialities along the way.

Hurtigruten cruise
Hurtigruten cruise.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
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Two main coastal expresses

In Norway, there are two main Norwegian operators along the coast, Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages. Hurtigruten, which has sailed their routes since 1893, has daily departures and calls at 34 ports on the voyage between Bergen in the west and Kirkenes in the north.

Havila had its maiden voyage on the coast in 2021 and operates the same routes as Hurtigruten, from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. The line's brand-new ships are among the most environmental friendly in the world, and steam so quietly that you experience a true feeling of being in harmony with nature.

Travelling with Hurtigruten
Travelling with Hurtigruten.
Photo: Claire Netting / Hurtigruten

Both companies offer different routes in length and time. Go for short trips or travel along the whole coastline – one way or both. A classic round trip takes approximately eleven to twelve days, and going just one way takes about six to seven days. Bear in mind that the ships dock at different times depending on if they go up or down the coast, so going back again can be a total new experience.

It is also possible to travel all the way to Svalbard with Hurtigruten. 

Northern lights and midnight sun

Norway has one of the longest coastlines in the world, and more fjords than any other place on the planet. In fact, the word "fjord" is Norwegian in origin.

Other amazing natural phenomena you might also experience from the comforts of a cruise ship include the northern lights and the midnight sun If you're lucky, you might also spot eagles soaring in the sky or whales and seals frolicking in the deep fjords.

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Hunting the northern lights with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Arctic Light Production / Hurtigruten
Hunting the northern lights with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Arctic Light Production / Hurtigruten

World's most environmentally friendly vessels

The new Havila Voyages cruise ships are now the world's most environmentally friendly coastal ships. Equipped with the world's largest battery packs, the ships can sail through the world heritage fjords with reduced or no emissions.

The food you get aboard Havila ships is also made as environmentally friendly as possible. With fresh ingredients, sourced from local suppliers along the route, you always get delicious food that reflects the harsh, cool and clean nature of Norway – served by award-winning chefs.

Chefs at Havila Voyages
Chefs at Havila Voyages.
Photo: Tom Haga / Havila Kystruten

Experience life on land

When travelling with Hurtigruten and Havila Voyages, you also get time to make short excursions while your ship is in port, depending on the sailing plan.

Though you might not have time to venture far inland, most ships make sure to give their passengers ample time to experience the most interesting cities and towns along the coast.

If you feel extra adventures – join package deals with Hurtigruten to experience for example dog sledding tours or other guided trips. Of course, you can also explore by yourself, just make sure you're not so mesmerized you forget to return to the ship in time!

Book your trip with Hurtigruten now.

Hurtigruten spring
Hurtigruten spring.
Photo: Hurtigruten ASA
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Travel out of season

The busiest time to visit the famous fjords is during summer. So if you want to avoid long lines of other tourists, packed ships, cities and activities – travel out of season instead!

In fact, the mountains and the nature is even more majestic in the wintertime, with frosty fjords, icy waterfalls and the whole country covered in snow.

It is also magical in the spring when the melting of the snow in the mountains makes the waterfalls extra powerful and the plants wakes up to life, or to watch the thousands of colors of the trees in the autumn. 

Combine the cruise with train, city and fjords on an epic winter journey from Bergen to Flåm.

Flåm in Fjord Norway .
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com
Flåm in Fjord Norway .
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Flåm in Fjord Norway .
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com
Flåm in Fjord Norway .
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com

International cruise lines

You can also travel to Norway with other international cruise ship companies that depart for Norway from many different ports in Europe. This makes it easy and convenient to get here with minimum hassle and maximum comfort. Among the biggest cruise lines are MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and AIDA Cruises.

But to really get a sense of Norway, choose a cruise that starts and stops in Norway. That way, you will get a couple of extra days inland and a chance to explore more of the country.

International ferries

Four car ferry operators sail daily from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to several destinations in Norway. Most operators offer package deals for cars with passengers and discounts for seniors, students, and children. 

There are also a popular ferry sailing from the Netherlands several times a week.

Book your ferry trip to Oslo from Copenhagen and Frederikshavn in Denmark.

In Norway, there are over 50 ports along the coastline, but not all of them are reachable with the international ships. This is because of the new and strict rules that are made to regulate environmental discharges in the UNESCO world heritage fjords.

Cruise destinations in Norway

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Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Bergen
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
The North Cape
Northern Norway
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
The North Cape
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking and kayaking under the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban gem on a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an Arctic city full of life and outdoor adventure. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Trøndelag
The vibrant city of Trondheim is home to some of Trøndelag’s most popular attractions, cosy shopping streets and a myriad of restaurants… Read more
Trondheim
Take a Golden Detour, eat local delicacies and discover the exciting heritage of the Vikings! Plan your trip to Innherred now! Read more
Innherred
Life on the coast of Trøndelag is exciting and relaxing. Visit the famous beach bar at Stokkøya, dive into… Read more
Hitra, Frøya & Fosen
Fjord Norway
Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Bergen
You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life. Read more
The Fjord Coast
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
Hardangerfjord
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Norway’s longest fjord, Sognefjorden, is surrounded by spectacular nature. In this part of Fjord Norway, you can experience fjord safari,… Read more
The Sognefjord area
Explore the charming wooden houses in Gamle Lærdalsøyri. Read more
Lærdal
Experience some of Fjord Norway’s most stunning nature attractions, such as the Atlantic Road, the Romsdalseggen ridge, and the Innerdalen… Read more
Northwest
Feel the forces of nature! In Ryfylke, nature is the main attraction. From Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag to salmon safaris and the… Read more
Ryfylke
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
In Stryn you can go summer skiing, explore glaciers, and a enjoy a fjordside spa – all on the very same day.  Read more
Stryn
Sunnhordland has some of the most distinctive scenery in Fjord Norway. Folgefonna - Norway’s third largest glacier - is the icing on… Read more
Sunnhordland
From soaring peaks and glaciers to deep fjords – nature is the main attraction in Nordfjord. Go hiking, surfing and paddling or relax at a spa.… Read more
Nordfjord
You can go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
Eastern Norway
A 20-minute drive from Oslo takes you to Follo, a region full of fun and excitement. Here, you can scream on the thrilling rides at TusenFryd, visit a… Read more
Follo
Choose between 50 different beaches or try the city's new pride: the diving tower! Discover historical Refsnes Gods or Gallery F 15, one of… Read more
Moss
Sarpsborg was founded 1,000 years ago by Saint Olaf II of Norway, and is situated beside the Sarpsfossen waterfall, which has one of the highest flow… Read more
Sarpsborg
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots and it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Just west… Read more
Fredrikstad
The charming seaside towns of Horten and Åsgårdstrand are rich in history and culture, and offer beautiful coastal and inland nature.… Read more
Horten and Åsgårdstrand
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
The charming little coastal town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings with a fabulous cluster of islands just waiting for you… Read more
Kragerø
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
Sandefjord
Southern Norway
Explore urban beach life in Norway’s southernmost city! Kristiansand also has a vibrant cultural scene and exciting activity parks and museums. Read more
Kristiansand
Street art, the Dutch Quarter, rail biking, and idyllic nature await in Flekkefjord, the westernmost city in Southern Norway. Read more
Flekkefjord
From underwater safari and modern camping to art and a science centre – discover the coastal town famed for its buzzing city centre and idyllic… Read more
Arendal
The seaside town of Risør is famed for its white-painted wooden houses, fun events like the wooden boat festival Trebåtfestivalen and the… Read more
Risør
An old pirate town, thousands of birds, miles of beaches, and a little piece of America – discover Farsund and Lista. Read more
Farsund and Lista
From hiking in the mountains and having fun at the beach to fishing and Viking history – get ready for an outdoor adventure in Lyngdal. Read more
Lyngdal
Get lost in narrow cobblestone streets, find your private island, and let your mind wander as you walk along the seafront. In Grimstad, the atmosphere… Read more
Grimstad
From close encounters with the weather and long forest walks, to the underwater restaurant “Under” and charming white-painted wooden… Read more
Lindesnes and Mandal
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