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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 experience coastal Norway than on board a cruise ship.

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

It’s a floating hotel, giving you all the comforts of home, while gliding past 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 wildlife along the coast...

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

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

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 in a relaxing hot tub...

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

...or seek out new adventures on land when the ship is in port!

There are lots of activities to try, including dog sledding and sightseeing tours!

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

Welcome to a unique, Nordic coastal experience

Want to experience the most beautiful highlights of the Norwegian coast 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 a lot of unpacking and repacking, and give you 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 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 use cutting-edge technology, running purely on electric and LNG power, 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

Havila and Hurtigruten both offer a variety of trips. Travel along the whole coastline – one way or return. A classic round trip takes about eleven or twelve days (six to seven days per leg). Bear in mind that the ships dock at different times depending on whether they are heading north or south, so the return journey can offer a very different experience.

It's 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 may experience from the comforts of a cruise ship include the northern lights (if you're lucky) and the midnight sun. You can spot eagles soaring in the sky, and often also see 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

A cruise ship for the future

The new Havila Voyages cruise ships are some of the world's most environmentally friendly coastal ships. Equipped with LNG (Liquefied natural gas) engines and some of the world's largest battery packs, the ships can sail through the world heritage fjords with lower emissions than vessels that use traditional fuel. NOX emissions are reduced by 90 per cent and CO2 is reduced by 25 per cent on hybrid vessels.

The food served aboard Havila ships is made with fresh ingredients, sourced from local suppliers along the route. Enjoy delicious food that reflects the 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 have the chance 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 trips provide passengers with ample time to experience the most interesting cities and towns along the coast.

If you feel extra adventurous – join a package deal with Hurtigruten to experience dog sledding tours and other guided trips. You can also explore on your own, of course, 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 outside the summer season

The busiest time to visit the famous fjords is during summer. If you want a calmer and more serene adventure – travel out of season instead! 

In fact, the mountains and nature are even more majestic in winter, with frosty fjords, icy waterfalls, and snow.

A cruise is also magical in spring when melting snow in the mountains makes the waterfalls extra powerful and the plants awaken, or in autumn as you glide past vibrant autumn colours.

Combine a cruise with a train journey, and experience the 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 .
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com
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 international cruise lines that depart for Norway from a variety of European ports. This makes it easy to get here with minimum hassle and maximum comfort. 

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

In Norway, there are over 50 ports along the coastline, but not all of them are reachable by international ships. This is a result of strict rules that have recently been introduced to limit emissions in UNESCO World Heritage fjords.

International ferries

Four car ferry operators sail daily from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany to several destinations in Norway. There is also a popular cruise ferry sailing from the Netherlands several times a week.

Most operators offer package deals for cars with passengers and discounts for seniors, students, and children. Some vessels are more focused on transportation, while others are more like regular cruise ships, offering cabins, entertainment, spas and multiple dining options. 

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

Cruise destinations in Norway

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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
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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
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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
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
Although it's the second-biggest city in Norway, Bergen is packed with small town charm. 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
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Oslo
The charming little coastal town of Kragerø is set in beautiful surroundings in Eastern Norway. Discover a fabulous cluster of islands in… 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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