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Varied and often spectacular scenery takes center stage on coastal voyages

Norwegian city and town visits are close-up and personal

Relatively small size engenders camaraderie among passengers

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11 Night
Norway Cruise

Leaving:
Bergen
Visiting:
Floro, Kristiansand ... see more
Ship:
Polarlys
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  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Floro
  • Day 2
    Maloy
  • Day 2
    Torvik
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Molde
  • Day 2
    Kristiansand
  • Day 3
    Trondheim
  • Day 3
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 5
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 5
    Sortland
  • Day 5
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 5
    Harstad
  • Day 5
    Finnsnes
  • Day 5
    Tromso
  • Day 5
    Skjervoy
  • Day 6
    Hokkaido
  • Day 6
    Hammerfest
  • Day 6
    Havoysund
  • Day 6
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 6
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 6
    Mehamn
  • Day 6
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Vadso
  • Day 7
    Kirkenes
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 7
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Mehamn
  • Day 8
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 8
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 8
    Havoysund
  • Day 8
    Hammerfest
  • Day 8
    Hokkaido
  • Day 8
    Skjervoy
  • Day 9
    Finnsnes
  • Day 9
    Harstad
  • Day 9
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 9
    Sortland
  • Day 9
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Bodo
  • Day 10
    Ornes
  • Day 10
    Nesna
  • Day 10
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 10
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 10
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 11
    Trondheim
  • Day 11
    Kristiansand
  • Day 11
    Molde
  • Day 12
    Alesund
  • Day 12
    Torvik
  • Day 12
    Maloy
  • Day 12
    Floro
  • Day 12
    Bergen
  • Day 12
    Bergen
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Polarlys - Hurtigruten

One of six of Hurtigruten's "Contemporary Ships"

Explores Norway's coastal communities and fjords

Sister ship to Nordnorge

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Polarlys Reviews

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0.0/5

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5 Night
Norway Cruise

Leaving:
Kirkenes
Visiting:
Vardo, Batsfjord ... see more
Ship:
Midnatsol
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  • Day 1
    Kirkenes
  • Day 1
    Vardo
  • Day 1
    Batsfjord
  • Day 1
    Berlevag
  • Day 2
    Mehamn
  • Day 2
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 2
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 2
    Havoysund
  • Day 2
    Hammerfest
  • Day 2
    Hokkaido
  • Day 2
    Skjervoy
  • Day 3
    Finnsnes
  • Day 3
    Harstad
  • Day 3
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 3
    Sortland
  • Day 3
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 3
    Lofoten
  • Day 3
    Lofoten
  • Day 3
    Tromso
  • Day 4
    Tromso
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 5
    Trondheim
  • Day 5
    Kristiansand
  • Day 5
    Molde
  • Day 6
    Alesund
  • Day 6
    Torvik
  • Day 6
    Maloy
  • Day 6
    Floro
  • Day 6
    Bergen
Ship Details

Midnatsol - Hurtigruten

Attractive Norwegian art and sculpture in public areas

Fun to watch the cargo handling

Year-round sailings, so pick your season

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Midnatsol Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining3.0
Service3.0

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11 Night
Norway Cruise

Leaving:
Bergen
Visiting:
Floro, Molde ... see more
Ship:
Polarlys
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  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Floro
  • Day 2
    Maloy
  • Day 2
    Torvik
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Geiranger
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Molde
  • Day 3
    Kristiansand
  • Day 3
    Trondheim
  • Day 3
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 5
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 5
    Sortland
  • Day 5
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 5
    Harstad
  • Day 5
    Finnsnes
  • Day 5
    Tromso
  • Day 5
    Skjervoy
  • Day 6
    Hokkaido
  • Day 6
    Hammerfest
  • Day 6
    Havoysund
  • Day 6
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 6
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 6
    Mehamn
  • Day 6
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Vadso
  • Day 7
    Kirkenes
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 7
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Mehamn
  • Day 8
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 8
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 8
    Havoysund
  • Day 8
    Hammerfest
  • Day 8
    Hokkaido
  • Day 8
    Skjervoy
  • Day 9
    Finnsnes
  • Day 9
    Harstad
  • Day 9
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 9
    Sortland
  • Day 9
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Bodo
  • Day 10
    Ornes
  • Day 10
    Nesna
  • Day 10
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 10
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 10
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 11
    Trondheim
  • Day 11
    Kristiansand
  • Day 11
    Molde
  • Day 12
    Alesund
  • Day 12
    Torvik
  • Day 12
    Maloy
  • Day 12
    Floro
  • Day 12
    Bergen
Ship Details

Polarlys - Hurtigruten

One of six of Hurtigruten's "Contemporary Ships"

Explores Norway's coastal communities and fjords

Sister ship to Nordnorge

Reviews

Polarlys Reviews

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0.0/5

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6 Night
Norway Cruise

Leaving:
Bergen
Visiting:
Floro, Maloy ... see more
Ship:
Kong Harald
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  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Floro
  • Day 2
    Maloy
  • Day 2
    Torvik
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Geiranger
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Molde
  • Day 3
    Kristiansand
  • Day 3
    Trondheim
  • Day 3
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 5
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 5
    Sortland
  • Day 5
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 5
    Harstad
  • Day 5
    Finnsnes
  • Day 5
    Tromso
  • Day 5
    Skjervoy
  • Day 6
    Hokkaido
  • Day 6
    Hammerfest
  • Day 6
    Havoysund
  • Day 6
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 6
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 6
    Mehamn
  • Day 6
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Vadso
  • Day 7
    Kirkenes
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Batsfjord
Ship Details

Kong Harald - Hurtigruten

Spectacular Norwegian coastal scenery from panoramic lounge

Shore tour variety: dog sledding, historic town walks, even a North Cape excursion

Free Wi-Fi access and Internet cafe

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Kong Harald Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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11 Night
Norway Cruise

Leaving:
Bergen
Visiting:
Floro, Kristiansand ... see more
Ship:
Kong Harald
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Floro
  • Day 2
    Maloy
  • Day 2
    Torvik
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Molde
  • Day 2
    Kristiansand
  • Day 3
    Trondheim
  • Day 3
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 5
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 5
    Sortland
  • Day 5
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 5
    Harstad
  • Day 5
    Finnsnes
  • Day 5
    Tromso
  • Day 5
    Skjervoy
  • Day 6
    Hokkaido
  • Day 6
    Hammerfest
  • Day 6
    Havoysund
  • Day 6
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 6
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 6
    Mehamn
  • Day 6
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Vadso
  • Day 7
    Kirkenes
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 7
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Batsfjord
  • Day 8
    Mehamn
  • Day 8
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 8
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 8
    Havoysund
  • Day 8
    Hammerfest
  • Day 8
    Hokkaido
  • Day 8
    Skjervoy
  • Day 9
    Finnsnes
  • Day 9
    Harstad
  • Day 9
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 9
    Sortland
  • Day 9
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Lofoten
  • Day 9
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Tromso
  • Day 10
    Bodo
  • Day 10
    Ornes
  • Day 10
    Nesna
  • Day 10
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 10
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 10
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 11
    Trondheim
  • Day 11
    Kristiansand
  • Day 11
    Molde
  • Day 12
    Alesund
  • Day 12
    Torvik
  • Day 12
    Maloy
  • Day 12
    Floro
  • Day 12
    Bergen
Ship Details

Kong Harald - Hurtigruten

Spectacular Norwegian coastal scenery from panoramic lounge

Shore tour variety: dog sledding, historic town walks, even a North Cape excursion

Free Wi-Fi access and Internet cafe

Reviews

Kong Harald Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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Hurtigruten (meaning "fast route" in Norwegian) began life in 1893 as a scheduled means of transportation between cities, towns and islands along a 1,500-mile coastline between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes some 240 miles above the Arctic Circle. Today the line continues to offer the same coastal itineraries, as well as expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic. The line also offers cruises in and around Greenland, Iceland and the northern most parts of Russia and is one of the few that offers Northwest Passage itineraries.

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Onboard

Hurtigruten ships provide a comfy home whether exploring the rugged shores of Greenland, keeping an eye out for ice floes in the Arctic, passing the charming towns of Norway's coast or braving the choppy waters of the Drake Passage for an adventure in Antarctica.

The cabins, while simply furnished, are comfortable, and the atmosphere is casual. The ships lack many of the trappings emblematic of cruising: casinos, organized activities, entertainment, multiple dining choices, etc. but these attractions are not what people choosing a Hurtigruten cruise are looking for. In Hurtigruten's own words, Mother Nature provides the entertainment, and interaction with fellow travelers and spectacular scenery are the main draws.

An extensive program of tours is a highlight of any Hurtigruten cruise, whether on one of the line's Explorer ships doing expedition sailings or on one of the Coastal ships, sailing up and down the Norwegian coast. In Antarctica, there's even a chance to spend the night onshore, sleeping in two-person tents. (The option is so popular and so limited in capacity, there's usually a raffle to determine who gets to go.)

Onboard activities are limited. On expedition cruises crewmembers give lectures based on their academic specialties: local flora, fauna, history and culture. On coastal voyages, you might find the occasional music group invited onboard, but for those going north enough to cross the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Circle crossing ceremony can be a rousing show for those chosen by King Neptune as victims (ice water initiation) and others watching.

Fellow Passengers

The passenger mix varies depending on whether you're on an expedition cruise or coastal voyage. On the latter, you'll find lots of Norwegians who are mostly aboard to travel point-to-point. On expedition cruises you'll find Norwegians, as well as a mix of Europeans with a large number of Germans in particular. Antarctica cruises tend to attract more North Americans. Most are well traveled and sophisticated, yet unpretentious individuals who are content to enjoy the spectacular scenery and picturesque communities. Many will be able to speak decent English. The average passenger age is around 50, with families few and far between, except on coastal sailings.

Hurtigruten Fleet

Hurtigruten's fleet can be divided into two types: coastal voyage ships and explorer ships. The coastal voyage ships carry freight and vehicles, as well as passengers, and time in port varies, ranging from a half hour (or less) in most small towns up to a few hours in major population centers. The northbound and southbound itineraries are not identical, so a port visited during the night on the northbound route might be visited more conveniently during the day going southbound.

Hurtigruten also operates four explorer vessels as base-camps-at-sea: MS Fram, MS Midnatsol, MS Spitsbergen, and beginning in 2019, the first-of-its-kind, hybrid electric-powered MS Roald Amundsen will join the fleet.

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