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Thanks to many tips from enthusiastic holidaymakers, we present to you the most beautiful sea voyage in the world! Experience the incredible diversity of the Norwegian coast with us along the traditional post ship route. In 34 different harbours, you will experience spectacular natural and cultural treasures, beautiful cities and enjoy the cuisine of the Norwegian coast, freshly prepared and with regional products. Every season has its own appeal: Enjoy the endless summer days and the bright colours of autumn. You will be delighted!

Day 1: Arrival – Embarkation in Bergen

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Flight to Bergen. Depending on our arrival time we have the opportunity to marvel at this famous ‚gateway to the fjords‘. 7 mountains rise up around the picturesque centre of the venerable former capital city. The old harbour front of Bryggen with its colourful store houses from the 14th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, we will board our legendary Hurtigruten ship, the anchors will be lifted – and our adventure will begin!

Day 2: Ålesund – Geirangerfjord – Hjørundfjord

Hurtigruten ship

Passing the West Cape, the westernmost point in Norway, we will reach the enchanting art nouveau city of Ålesund – with its towers, peaks, gables and ornamentation, it is a spectacle for the eyes! In the period from 1 June to 31 August, we will set course for the breathtaking Geirangerfjord (UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site). In the autumn months, your ship will sail into the 22 miles long fascinating Hjørundfjord. Along the banks, the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps rise up into the sky – it is a magnificent natural backdrop!

Day 3: Trondheim – the royal city

Our day begins in beautiful Trondheim. During an optional city tour, we will experience the old royal city with its colourful wooden buildings, the Ringve mansion and the Nidaros Cathedral. This was built between 1017 and 1300 and is the largest Gothic building in Norway. Then we will travel through Stoksund, a narrow strait, to reach the tranquil coastal town of Rørvik.

Day 4: Arctic Circle – Lofoten

We cross the Arctic Circle. In the summer, the sun does not set here. In autumn, the northern lights shine here. If this is your first time through Arctic waters, the Arctic Circle baptism awaits you – a wet and happy affair! On the way to Bodø, we cross a beautiful labyrinth of archipelagos, these small ice age rock islands. Then the massive Lofoten Wall – a 68 miles long mountain range – rises steeply from the Vestfjord. The island world of Lofoten with its stockfish racks and the ‚Rorbuer‘, the traditional fishing huts, will enchant you.

Day 5: Tromsø – the gateway to the Arctic

We sail through Risøyrenna, a narrow passage between large sandbanks, to Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic. As the former starting point for major polar expeditions, it is considered the ‚gateway to the Arctic Ocean‘. The most famous landmark is the Arctic Cathedral with its unique architecture and the glass mosaics – one of the most northern cathedrals in the world! Those who choose to hike on one of the nearby mountains will be rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view.

Day 6: Honningsvåg – North Cape

Today we reach Honningsvåg, the gateway to the wonderful North Cape plateau. On an optional excursion, you can explore this 1,007 ft tall slate rock rising out of the Arctic Ocean. Here, at the northern tip of Europe, you can enjoy an incredible view, feel the indescribable feeling of standing at the end of the world, only 1,243 miles from the North Pole. Then we will continue to the charming fishing village of Kjøllefjord on the west coast of the Nordkinn peninsula.

Day 7: Kirkenes – the turning point

Kirkenes is known as the ‚Gateway to the East‘ and is the last Norwegian town before the border and at the same time the turning point of our journey. In the evening we will reach the remote village of Berlevåg. The mighty Arctic Ocean stretches north from here.

Day 8: Hammerfest – Tromsø

You will discover Hammerfest today, the northernmost city in the world. It was founded in 1789 for trade with Russia. It is still an important fishing village. In spring, we sail through the rugged scenery of the Lyngenfjord. We then continue southwards until we dock again in Tromsø. There you can explore the typical Norwegian city centre on your own during a walk or enjoy a regional beer in a cosy atmosphere in one of the pubs.

Day 9: Vesterålen – Lofoten

Today our ship sets its course for the fantastic island world of Vesterålen and Lofoten. The trip once again leads through the Risøy channel (Risøyrenna). Travelling through the about 19 miles long Raftsundet – and depending on the weather and schedule through the extremely narrow Trollfjord – we reach Svolvær. From here we will continue to Stamsund where we will once again be able to marvel at the peaks of the Lofoten wall.

Day 10: Arctic Circle – Seven Sisters

We cross the Arctic Circle once again. We celebrate saying farewell to the Arctic on board in the style of Arctic traditions. Another highlight of the day is passing the ‚Seven Sisters‘ mountain formation, the origins of which are the subject of numerous legends and myths. The seven mountains are between 2,953 ft and 3,609 ft high.

Day 11: Homeward journey

Homeward journey

Today it is time to say goodbye, because our journey on the ship is coming to an end. We have spent an exciting time together and made some lasting memories. In the morning we will be transferred to the airport in Trondheim and the return flight.


Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline³
    • United Kingdom – Bergen
    • Trondheim – United Kingdom
    Incl. airport and security fees
    Incl. airport and boat transfers
  • Breathtaking Hurtigruten sea voyage along the picturesque coast of Norway to the legendary North Cape!
    You can look forward to the most beautiful sea voyage in the world, including:
    • Bergen
    • Ålesund
    • West Cape
    • Trondheim
    • Arctic Circle
    • Bodø
    • Lofoten
    • Risøyrenna
    • Tromsø
    • Honningsvåg
    • Kjøllefjord
    • Kirkenes
    • Berlevåg
    • Hammerfest
    • Vesterålen
    • Raftsund
    • Stamsund
    • Seven Sisters
  • 10 nights in a double inside cabin on board our comfortable Hurtigruten ship MS MIDNATSOL
    including luggage transport during embarkation
  • Half board with tasty original Norwegian coastal cuisine on board consisting of:
    – 10× tasty breakfast
    – 10× three-course speciality dinners or a tasty evening buffet
  • Guest support by Hurtigruten or a team of experts (incl. animal observations, lectures and photo course)


On-shore excursions:

The Hurtigruten offer you an abundance of wonderful on-shore excursions at favourable conditions.

Full board:

9× lunch with regional products: only £260 per person.

Look forward to your Hurtigruten ship: MS MIDNATSOL –
modern and legendary at the same time!

Ship description:

The ship offers bright public areas and lounges. A reception, a lift, a restaurant, a fitness room, an onboard shop, the Trollfjord Lounge and their own expedition team, which is available to answer all questions.

Cabin description:

The cabins are modern and comfortably equipped with 2 beds, shower/toilet and hairdryer. The exterior cabins also offer portholes or windows. The standard cabin categories essentially differ when it comes to size, view and deck.

Board information:

Warm, casual, windproof and rainproof clothing is recommended. Board currency: Norwegian kroner, credit cards: MasterCard and VISA.

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General note:

Below is an information overview. The conditions of entry, as well as the political and health situation, can change anywhere in the world at any time. We therefore recommend checking before your trip. Please check the website of the Foreign Office (www.gov.uk) before your departure.

Location and geography:

The western coast of Norway lies on the European North Sea, the north coast on the Arctic Sea and the south coast on the Skagerrak, part of the North Sea separating Norway from Denmark. To the east, the country has its border with Sweden, to the north Finland and at its furthest north-easterly point the Russian Federation. The 1,678-miles-long fjord coastline is Norway‘s ‚trademark‘. The fjords are often very deep, on average between 50 miles and 62 miles long, and surrounded by tall mountains. Further inland, there are vast forests in the south with numerous rivers and lakes, while in the north, within the Arctic Circle, the landscape is a harsh, mountainous one.

Capital:

Oslo

Form of government:

Constitutional monarchy

Religion:

Norwegian Church (Lutheran-Lutheran): 73%; Roman Catholic Church: 2%; Islam: 2.6%; Buddhism: 0.3%; Hinduism: 0.1%; Other/without religion: 17.7%

Language:

The country‘s official language is Norwegian. In the north of Norway, Sami (also an officially recognised language) is also spoken. Many Norwegians speak English, and some also speak German and French.
Note: The languages used on board are Norwegian and English.

Climate:

The Gulf Stream and air flows from the North Atlantic ensure a moderate climate at the coast. Generally speaking, the southern flatlands have warmer summers and colder winters than the coastal regions. Rain falls all year round, and in winter there are heavy snowfalls. Close to the Arctic Circle, there is constant daylight around the midsummer period and constant twilight during the winter months.

Electricity:

The mains voltage is 220 V, 50 Hz. You will need an adapter and voltage converter.

Local time:

Between Norway (UTC+2 hour) and UK (UTC+1 hour) there is the whole year a time difference of 1 hour.

Making telephone calls:

For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For telephone calls to Norway, please dial the country code 0047 first. Omit the first zero in the area code.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals can travel to Norway for up to 90 days without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Norway and less than 10 years old on the day you enter. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Norwegian Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we cannot be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
The EU has a new visa waiver system, called ETIAS, which will be valid for three years. British passport holders travelling to the EU will need to apply and pay for an ETIAS, via an online system (https://etias.com/).
Note: A valid identity card or passport must also be presented when checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board. Temporary identity documents are not accepted here. Entry requirements for British nationals may change at short notice. Legally binding information and/or information on entry requirements that goes beyond these instructions can only be obtained directly from the embassy or one of the consulates general of your destination country.
Citizens of other countries are advised to enquire about the entry requirements applicable to them at the respective embassy. You are responsible for applying for and presenting any necessary visas. RSD accepts no liability if you fail to do so. Please note that entry is subject to authorisation by the immigration authorities.

Additional packages:

Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing addedextras. We recommend booking the following package:
Full board: 9× lunch with regional products: only £260 per person.

Currency:

The currency is called Norwegian Krone (NOK). 1 crown = 100 Øre. Course (as of January 2024): 1 GBP = 13,18 NOK, 1 NOK = 0.08 GBP. Banknotes are available in the values of 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 NOK, coins in denominations 20, 10, 5 and 1 NOK and 50 Øre.

Banks/Credit cards:

Money can go to the banks, exchange offices, and main post offices are exchanged during opening hours. Bank opening hours: Mon – Wed and Fri 08.15/09.00 – 15.30 (summer until 15.00), Th 08.15/09.00 – 17.00.
Withdrawals: With EC/Maestro Card and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn throughout Europe in the local currency.
Note: No money can be withdrawn on board ship. Payments can be made in cash (the on-board currency is Norwegian Krona). Cashless payment via CruiseCard is the better option, however. To do this, the credit card (must be valid for at least a further 3 months) must be presented at reception and the CruiseCard balance is then automatically deducted from the credit card, or a cash sum can be left at reception and the CruiseCard is then loaded with this amount. On the final evening of the cruise, the CruiseCard is totalled. The final bill will be sent to your cabin and the CruiseCard cannot be used the following day.

Particular customs regulations:

Norwegian customs regulations are very strict. The import of alcohol, but also tobacco, is subject to strict conditions. Even small violations of the limits are severely punishable. High import duties are payable when importing cars.
If you are bringing currency with a value corresponding to more than NOK 25,000 to or from Norway, you have to notify Norwegian Customs.
If you have fished under the auspices of a registered tourist fishing camp, the export quota is maximum 18 kilos of fish or fish products, provided that the organized fishing can be documented.
Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of your destination country. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information.
Important: If you are travelling to Great Britain from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty. If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category. Please inform yourself about the current customs regulations: www.gov.uk/bringing-goods-into-uk-personal-use/arriving-in-Great-Britain.

Conduct on board:

Smoking: Smoking is permitted only in designated areas on deck when the ship is at sea. Throwing cigarettes overboard into the sea is strictly forbidden. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside all cabins. Failure to observe this regulation will incur a fine.
Alcohol: A maximum of two bottles of alcohol (max. 1.5 l) may be brought on board per person. Anything above this amount will be confiscated and returned to you on the final day. Alcohol purchased on land must be reported to reception before departure. The consumption of alcohol that you have brought on board yourself is generally not permitted.
Clothing: Formal clothing or evening wear is not required, however a jacket or blazer is a good idea. The weather in Norway changes quickly, which is why the ‚onion‘ approach is advisable. Breathable but wind- and water-proof clothing should also be brought along, together with a hat, gloves, scarf and functional clothing.

Special criminal provisions:

Drug-related offences and infringements of customs and fishing regulations are prosecuted harshly. The carrying of even the smallest quantities of narcotics will generally lead to arrest at the border, the imposing of an entry ban or imprisonment.
Keen fishers should inquire about local conditions in every instance. Failure to observe the relevant regulations incurs very high financial penalties which must be paid immediately. Fishing near to fish breeding farms is strictly prohibited.

Medical information:

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC – https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries) on the Travel HealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad.
Medical care: Anyone requiring regular medical care should find out about the facilities available in the sparsely populated parts of Norway. There may be problems accessing certain services in different regions. Outside normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 3 / 4 p.m., local emergency centres (Legevakt) can be contacted. The central emergency numbers in Norway are 112 (Police) or 113 (ambulance). For the dental emergency service (Tannlegevakt), payment must generally be made locally in cash.
Note: Due to the short distances between individual ports, there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacist on board. Medical care is available in port and in an emergency a helicopter can be summoned. All ships have a sick bay and personnel specially trained in first aid.
You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date. You can also contact your health insurance company for information on current regulations.
The Foreign Office recommends taking out foreign medical insurance with repatriation cover. In this context, we would point out that the costs of any assistance that may be required will be charged if you do not have additional cover.
No guarantee can be provided regarding the correctness or completeness of the medical information, nor can any liability be assumed for any damages that may arise. You alone are responsible for your health.
Customers must ensure that they are physically and mentally well enough to undertake their chosen trip. They should find out for themselves the physical mobility levels and mental capacity required for the trip in question.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: June 2024