Welcome to my guide for the Hurtigruten! On this page, I’ve provided a day-by-day list of activities, walks and sites you can’t miss when you take the famous ferry journey along the coast of Norway. This page is always growing, so check back frequently. If you have any suggestions for articles, please contact me. 

You can use the map if you’re looking for a specific destination, or browse the day-by-day sailing guide below. 

NORTHBOUND SAILING

Day 1: Bergen

Book a private walking tour of Bergen from the Hurtigruten pier before you depart in the evening. 

Day 2: Ålesund & Geiranger

Hjørundfjord & Urke (Autumn Only)

Day 3: Trondheim

You get three hours in Trondheim, and can either take one of the many excursions or take my self-guided walk through Trondheim towards Nidaros Cathedral. 

The History of Trondheim

Table of Contents Pre-historic Times The Early Years & the Battle for Christianity The Reformation & Danish Union Fires of Trondheim 19th Century Industrial Growth World

Read More »

Day 4: Bodø & Lofoten

After crossing the Arctic Circle in the morning (don’t miss the ceremony!) you get a couple hours to walk around Bodø before heading to the famous Lofoten Islands. While many opt to take the excursion to Saltstraumen, Bodø is a fascinating place to walk around!

Bodø

Svolvaer

Day 5: Tromsø

With four hours in Tromsø in the afternoon, you  have plenty of time to walk through the many museums, shops and charming streets this town has to offer. 

The History of Tromsø

Early History It’s believed that the area around Tromsø has been inhabited since the end of the Ice Age. The area around Tromsø became ice-free around

Read More »

Day 6: Honningsvåg & North Cape

Today is the day – you’ve made it as far north on mainland Europe as you can go. Today you have the chance to visit the North Cape, a very popular attraction in Northern Norway, or maybe you’d rather spend the time in charming Honningsvåg?

Day 7: Kirkenes

Here we are – the end of the northbound sailing. Maybe you’ll continue your journey down to Finland or fly to Oslo, or maybe you’re taking the ship southbound as well? Many people also begin their Hurtigruten journey here as they ride it south to Bergen. 

Kirkenes General Information

Today Kirkenes is a proud multicultural town. The majority of people here have a Norwegian background, but there is a considerable Sami population too. Others

Read More »

SOUTHBOUND SAILING

Vardø

Those taking the Hurtigruten southbound will get to enjoy Vardø for one hour in the afternoon. Head to the fortress, the witch memorial, or maybe stroll through the town. Vardø is one of my favourite places to go for a walk, and you’ll see why!

History of Vardø

Vardø was established as an important fortress for Norway and secured Norway’s easternmost position, just kilometres from Russia. Vardø is famous for its witchcraft trials, Pomor Trade, and proximity to the Northeast Passage. Learn about the history of Vardø!

Read More »

Day 8: Hammerfest

Today you’ll get the morning in Hammerfest, which claims to be the northernmost city in the world. Visit the many museums and shops this charming town has to offer, or maybe wander through the streets and discover the fascinating history here. 

Day 9: Vesterålen, Stokmarknes, Trollfjord & Lofoten

This is one of the most popular days on the entire Hurtigruten sailing, and it’s easy to see why. You start the morning with a chance to take the scenic excursion ‘A Taste of Vesterålen’ – one of the most popular Hurtigruten excursions. In the afternoon, you can visit the Hurtigruten Museum at Stokmarknes before the ship spends the afternoon sailing through the famous Raftsundet – scenery overload! If you are on the ship in summer, you’ll go inside the incredibly beautiful Trollfjord. In the evening, spend a couple hours exploring gorgeous Svolvaer. 

Day 10: Sandnessjøen & Brønnøysund

More incredible scenery today, with the Seven Sisters mountain formation in the morning and then Brønnøysund and the possibility of a hike to Torghatten in the evening. 

Day 11: Trondheim

Wake up early to spend a couple hours walking around Trondheim, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on board. 

Day 12: Bergen

Arrive in Bergen in the mid-afternoon and book me for a private tour before you head to the airport or your hotel!