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Voyage to the Northern Lights

From the maze of myriad inlets forming Bergen’s busy bays, to the top-of-the-world wilds of Nature at the North Cape, this classic Norwegian Hurtigruten cruise visits very varied ports of call as it follows Norway’s spectacular coast in search of the Northern Lights

Two seas, the Norwegian and Barents, in two oceans, the Atlantic and Arctic, have crashed against Norway’s ragged rocks to create its ravishing coastline, deeply indented, and liberally sprinkled with islands large and small. Cruising north from Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen, the shoreline reveals the graceful spires and gables of Alesund, the islets forming stepping-stones for Molde’s Atlantic Ocean Road, and Trondheim’s fjords, forestry, and painted waterfront warehouses. Sailing from these Viking haunts to Sámi homelands, Arctic ports include Ørnes, surrounded by 700 islands; Bodø, a favoured roost for sea eagles and the end of the line for the railway; Harstad, the ‘cultural capital of the north’ on Hinnøya, Norway’s biggest island; lively Tromsø, with its iconic cathedral and historic wooden houses; and Honningsvag, to tour the Nordkapp (North Cape). With haunting sights of the Northern Lights and an aura of snowbound seclusion, journey’s end is the tiny town of Kirkenes, bringing ‘remote’ to a whole new level. Throughout the cruise, the Hurtigruten ship is never out of sight of land and, while some longer visits are made, a feature of the journey is the many short stops of 15-45 minutes at small ports.


  • Days 1 & 2  - Bergen
  • Day 3  - Ålesund
  • Day 4  - Trondheim
  • Day 5  - Bodø
  • Day 6  - Tromsø
  • Day 7  - North Cape
  • Day 8  - Kirkenes
  • Day 9  - Return Flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Natural Wonders
  • UNESCO Site: Bryggen
  • Expedition Team on Board
  • Jules Verne Representative

From the maze of myriad inlets forming Bergen’s busy bays, to the top-of-the-world wilds of Nature at the North Cape, this classic Norwegian Hurtigruten cruise visits very varied ports of call as it follows Norway’s spectacular coast in search of the Northern Lights


Some walking on snow-covered terrain is involved and visits are subject to local conditions and weather.
Excursions are pre-bookable, with only remaining spaces bookable on board. Please check that your travel insurance covers winter activities. The optional dog-sledding excursions is not available for Nov 5 cruise.
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Viewing of the Northern Lights is not guaranteed.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


Zander K Hotel - Bergen

Comfortable, modern 4-star hotel next to Bergen railway station. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 25 rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Thon Hotel - Kirkenes

Modern 4-star hotel on the shore of Bøkfjorden, close to the Hurtigruten Terminal. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 143 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.


MS Kong Harald

Hurtigruten vessels, registered in Norway, combine commercial functions (linking the small ports of Norway) with comfortable cruising. The crew is mainly Norwegian and English is an official language on-board. Enjoy Norwegian cuisine in the main restaurant in multiple sittings. Breakfast and lunch are a served buffet and dinner is waiter service. The vessel sails at night. MS Kong Harald was built in 1993 and refurbished in 2016. They have expedition teams on board, often made up of local experts who add to the itinerary with extra insights. The vessel has two restaurants, panorama bar, lounge, bar, outside and inside viewing areas, gym, sauna, WiFi (chargeable/limited) and 221 cabins with private facilities. Inside cabins (cat. I/K) have two separate beds (between 53 – 107 sq. ft.). Outside cabins with limited views (cat. J/L) have either a double bed or two separate beds and a window with limited view or a porthole (between 53 – 139 sq. ft.). Outside cabins (cat. N) have either a double bed or two separate beds and a window (between 53 – 139 sq. ft.). Arctic superior cabins (cat. P/U) have a double bed, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, a window and are on the Upper Decks (between 53 – 139 sq. ft.).

Extension Options

Norway in a Nutshell Extension

Add a two-night pre-tour stay in Oslo before joining the Bergen Railway on its scenic climb to Finse and on to Myrdal. Change to the picturesque Flåm Railway down to Flåm for overnight. Rejoin the railway to Bergen. Breakfast daily.


This extension is self-guided, we have provided the route and amenities and you will be responsible for following the arrangements.
On Day 3, main luggage is transported to Bergen so an overnight bag is needed for the stay in Flåm.

Oslo Comfort Borsparken - Oslo

A comfortable 3-star hotel close to Oslo Central Station and Karl Johans Gate. Breakfast room, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 248 rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Fretheim Hotel - Flåm

A traditional 4-star hotel in a refurbished 1800s manor house, close to Aurlandsfjord. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 122 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Art Nouveau Walk

Let’s take a trip around the beautiful town of Ålesund and its captivating architecture. After a fire devastated the town in 1904, it was completely rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style, which is characterised by highly ornamental decoration.
We’ll begin at the pier, where our guide will lead us on a stroll through the streets of this enchanting town. You’ll visit the picturesque fishing harbour of Brosundet and Apotekertorget Square where a bronze statue of a fisher boy stands proudly.
From the attractive shopping street, take a moment to stop at the gallery of talented local born artist, Helge Bjørnsen. Select one of his complimentary signed prints to take home with you.
It’s then time to call in at the museum and national centre for Art Nouveau, Jugendstilsenteret. An eclectic collection of interiors, furniture, and other Art-Nouveau inspired objects will give you a fascinating insight into the history of this unique style of art.

Bodo and Saltstraumen

Today’s tour begins in the town of Bodø, just north of the Arctic Circle. With around 50,000 inhabitants, this is the second-largest town in Northern Norway. From there, we’ll continue on to Saltstraumen, passing fantastic scenery on the way.
Saltstraumen has existed for about three thousand years and has never failed to amaze its visitors. Here, the water speeds reach up to 20 knots, and up to 400 million cubic meters of seawater forces its way through the 150 metre-wide-strait every six hours.
After you’ve admired the strongest tidal current in the world, you’ll be given a box of salt flakes produced here. It takes 48 hours to separate the unique minerals from the water. Just like snow crystals, salt crystals are unique, shaped by the combination of water temperature, season, and humidity at Saltstraumen. Take the salt back home with you and impress your friends with an Arctic addition to your cooking.

Polar History Walk

Join us on a walk through Tromsø where a local guide will tell you all about the city’s history. You’ll meet your guide on the pier where the ship is docked and walk along the shore to the Polar Museum. On the way, you’ll pass the statue of famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, a hunting monument, and the market square which offers a clear view of the Arctic Cathedral.
The Polar Museum has made its home in an old customs house from the 1830s, featuring exhibits and artefacts the chronicle Norway’s proud polar history and the many expeditions that ventured north to explore the Arctic.
The tour continues along the main street to Mack Brewery and Ølhallen, Tromsø’s oldest pub. This used to be a popular meeting place for fishermen, hunters, and polar explorers. Taste beer from the world’s northernmost brewery while one of the locals regales you with stories about the old days.

North Cape Tour

We’ll travel by bus above the 71st parallel to North Cape that rises 307 metres from the ocean, right at the top of Europe.

Gaze in awe at the stark yet beautiful scenery as you stand at continental Europe’s most northerly point, casting your eyes over the sea towards the North Pole.

In summer, you might spot herds of grazing reindeer along the nearby clifftop plateaus. In wintertime, the unspoilt white plains and snow-capped mountains will reflect the soft Arctic light.

Don’t forget the obligatory photo or that all-important selfie with the iconic globe sculpture that commemorates North Cape’s significance.

Making a stop at the visitor centre at North Cape Hall, we’ll get to watch an impressive 180° panoramic film about the region through four seasons, learn more about the area’s long history through exhibitions in the underground tunnel, and pop into the world's northernmost chapel. There’s even a small museum and a souvenir shop.

King Crab Safari

On this exclusive arctic excursion​ we aim to give you the best King crab fishing adventure. We will take you out on the fjord ice by snowmobile and sleigh to find the great beast. You will step out on the frozen fjord and help the fisherman pull the traps from the deep through the hole in the ice. The journey will culminate in a warm, rustic farmhouse restaurant by the fjord, where you will enjoy a kingly meal, served the Norwegian way - fresh, juicy and irresistible!

Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral

Welcome to the original capital of Norway! Founded as early as 997, Trondheim has been marked by a variety of eras. As you explore the city, look out for well-preserved colourful wharves and a 19th century wooden bridge with distinctive red archways in the Bakklandet district. Our guide will tell you more about the city’s history as the bus takes us through Trondheim’s streets and boroughs. We’ll make a short stop at Utsikten to admire the city from above.
A trip to Trondheim wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, the construction of this enormous building began back in 1070. After a guided tour around the cathedral, you’ll likely understand why many describe it as the most beautiful religious building in Norway. You’ll receive your own copy of a book about the cathedral to take home as a souvenir.

Snow Hotel and Dinner

On this tour you will get a guided tour of the Snowhotel 365, as well as a three course dinner in our unique Låven Restaurant. Your driver will pick you up in Kirkenes, and after a 15-minute drive we will arrive at Snowhotel Kirkenes. Your guide will escort you to the cozy Gabba café, where you and our overnight guests in the Snowhotel will receive a warm welcome by the fire.
The tour continues through the Snowhotel, where you can admire the ice art and enjoy a welcome drink in the ice bar. Afterwards, it's time to go back up to the warm restaurant to enjoy a 3-course dinner made from local, arctic ingredients.
After dinner, the ice bar is open for a drink and some cool photos before the evening is over. At 20:40 our driver will take you back to Kirkenes. If you want to stay longer in the icebar, or upstairs in the restaurant, you can of course order a taxi later (at your own expense).

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room/outside limited view cabin
Scandinavian Airlines from Heathrow

November 2 (Saturday)
November 24 (Sunday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 2 nights hotel, 6-night cruise, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, Jules Verne representative and local expert guides. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov 02
  • £795
  • 2024: Nov 24
  • £695
  • Outside Twin Cabin
  • £165
  • Arctic Superior Twin Cabin
  • £295
  • Outside Single Cabin
  • £925
  • Arctic Superior Single Cabin
  • £1095
Optional Excursions
  • Art Nouveau Walk
  • £82
  • Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral
  • £90
  • Bodo and Saltstraumen
  • £98
  • North Cape Tour
  • £156
  • King Crab Safari
  • £230
  • Snow Hotel and Dinner
  • £120
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £225
  • Arrival transfer in Bergen
  • £138
  • Departure transfer in Kirkenes
  • £68
Extension Options
  • Norway in a Nutshell Extension (3 nights)
  • £795
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov

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