Using Hurtigruten as a basecamp gives you the best possible starting point for exploring everything the Norwegian coast has to offer – from fjords and iconic towns to northern lights and midnight sun.
More than simply a cruise, a voyage with Hurtigruten might very well be the most authentic Norwegian experience there is. Since 1893, the Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life, carrying local passengers, visitors and freight between cities and islands.
If you wish to create your own voyage in Norway, you can select which ports you want to travel from and to.
Life on board, with beautiful and majestic nature waiting around every corner, is undoubtedly an incredible experience. But if you really want to experience the Norwegian coast, the excursions are what makes the journey unique.
With 34 ports to visit and more than 60 excursions to choose from, you never have to worry about being bored on your journey in the Arctic.
Join us for a king crab safari or an adventurous quad bike drive to the Russian border in Kirkenes. Experience standing at the end of the world on the North Cape, look a sea eagle in the eye while exploring the Trollfjord, or feel the pulse rising as you hike the tall mountain tops in the Lofoten islands.
Norway’s culinary traditions have a lot in common with the nature along the coast: fresh, characteristic and full of variation. On board Hurtigruten you will experience Norway’s Coastal Kitchen, a food that cooperates with local suppliers who provide fresh produce of the highest quality every day.
In late 2016, Hurtigruten won the prestigious Matmerk award for “Norwegian on the menu”: “None of our big tourist operators have put local Norwegian food on the menu to such a degree. The fact that you can eat your way through the Norwegian coast, presented with good language, great stories and amazing imagery, is something any food and language enthusiast will appreciate.”
The chefs on board are very creative when composing variations of both new and traditional Norwegian dishes. With this concept, Hurtigruten and its guest are not only supporting local fishermen, farmers and other suppliers along the coast – you are also bound to have unique culinary experiences to tell your friends and family about.
Photo: Stephan Bauer
During the winter season from October to March, you can see the northern lights dancing across the Arctic skies. Those who have never seen the northern lights have missed out on an experience which mere words cannot really capture. And those who have seen it will always want to see it again, drawn to the lights’ magnetic attraction and mesmerizing combination of greens and purples.
The phenomenon occurs when the solar wind is stronger than normal, and electrically charged particles form the sun hurtle towards Earth. The particles, electrons and protons form a magical light when they collide with the gasses in the earth’s atmosphere. How you want to see the light is up to you. We recommend a snowmobile excursion with Hurtigruten into the eternal darkness of the night, when the northern lights dance like there’s nobody watching.
Discover your inner explorer on an active journey along the Norwegian coastline, guided by Hurtigruten’s true adventure experts.
The Classic Round Voyage with Hurtigruten is a 12 day journey, but there are also shorter options available.
Hurtigruten’s voyage along the Norwegian coast not only offers a whole host of incredible experiences and wondrous scenery, but is also a culinary journey.
They come in busses, they come in cars, and they come in campers, on bicycles and on foot. Thousands of people want to experience the North Cape.
Take an excursion with Hurtigruten and see something new: Ride a four-wheel drive ATV to the Russian border in Kirkenes.
Sailing the Norwegian coast is like navigating in a big box of chocolates. There are tasty bites everywhere. For many, the Geirangerfjord is the best of the lot.
Combine a 5-day voyage in search of the mystical northern lights. Sail through beautiful Vesterålen and the Lofoten Islands and stop in scenic towns such as Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund and Trondheim.
Experience the northern coastline in the footsteps of the early arctic explorers.
Find out what to expect on a Hurtigruten trip, including cultural highlights this spring and what you may see on the menu to news about the refurbishment and the brand new ship MS Spitsbergen.
Planning your trip well helps you get what you want and find the experiences you wish for, without risking your hard-earned days off. And if you don't know what you want, we're happy to help you find some ideas.
According to ancient legend, the name Norway comes from the old norse word Norðrvegr, which means “the way north”, a name given to this long and craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in the wintertime.
Hurtigruten’s new environmentally sustainable ships can give tourism a new dimension, according to the environmental organization Bellona.
Known for their coastal steamers and Arctic exploration voyages, Hurtigruten now embark on a range of exotic adventures.