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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here’s what you can do with your two hours in Hammerfest.
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!