HIGHLIGHTS Embark on a nostalgic cruise along the Norwegian coast up to the edge of the world, all the way to the Svalbard archipelago in the High Arctic, then back. Enjoy life aboard the exception MS Trollfjord, freshly renovated in 2023 with the finest materials and craftmanship. Visit a range of charming coastal communities on mainland Norway and on Svalbard and take your pick from authentic, locally run optional excursions. Experience variations of summer along the entire length of Norway, including 24 hours of daylight from the glorious Midnight Sun at the height of the season.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Polar Inside||Polar Outside|
|Jun 02, 2023||Jun 17, 2023||4,300||N/A|
|Jun 17, 2023||Jul 01, 2023||5,006||N/A|
|Jul 01, 2023||Jul 15, 2023||5,006||N/A|
|Jul 15, 2023||Jul 29, 2023||5,006||N/A|
|Jul 29, 2023||Aug 12, 2023||4,702||N/A|
|Aug 12, 2023||Aug 26, 2023||4,702||N/A|
|Aug 26, 2023||Sep 09, 2023||4,632||N/A|
|Sep 09, 2023||Sep 23, 2023||4,582||N/A|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jun 02, 2023||Jun 17, 2023||4,300||N/A||N/A|
|Jun 17, 2023||Jul 01, 2023||5,006||N/A||N/A|
|Jul 01, 2023||Jul 15, 2023||5,006||N/A||N/A|
|Jul 15, 2023||Jul 29, 2023||5,006||N/A||N/A|
|Jul 29, 2023||Aug 12, 2023||4,702||N/A||N/A|
|Aug 12, 2023||Aug 26, 2023||4,702||N/A||N/A|
|Aug 26, 2023||Sep 09, 2023||4,632||N/A||N/A|
|Sep 09, 2023||Sep 23, 2023||4,582||N/A||N/A|
For the modern traveler, we revived our historic voyage from 1968, when
we sailed to the edge of the world. Travel in comfort aboard the
beautiful MS Trollfjord, sailing along the scenic Norwegian coast north
to Spitsbergen, the largest of Svalbard’s islands.
Day 1 Bergen
Day 2 Bergen
Day 3 Åndalsnes
Day 4 Træna
Day 5 Stokmarknes
Day 6 Tromsø
Day 7 Honningsvåg
Day 8 At sea around Bjørnøya
Day 9 Longyearbyen
Day 10 Ny-Ålesund
Day 11 At sea
Day 12 Tromsø and Senja
Day 13 Svolvær
Day 14 Brønnøysund
Day 15 Ålesund and Urke
Day 16 Bergen
DAY 1 : Bergen
On your way to Norway
Welcome to Norway! You’ll arrive in Bergen, a beautiful city
on Norway’s west coast. Admire views of the majestic peaks
that famously surround the city, earning Bergen the nickname of
‘The City of Seven Mountains’. After collecting
your baggage, an agent will meet you at the arrivals gate and take you
to the hotel in Bergen.
King Olav Kyree transformed this small village through development in
1070 AD. It is now Norway’s second-largest city. Nestled in
the center is Vågen Bay, the historic core of the city, and
home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen quarter. There, you can wander down
charming cobblestone streets and peruse local boutique shops. Across
from Bryggen, you’ll find the fish market, which cooks up
fresh and delicious seafood dishes.
In summer, the days are long, so you’ll have more hours of
daylight to explore this historic city. One of the seven mountains in
Bergen’s nickname is Mount Fløyen, which you can
access on foot or by taking the Fløibanen funicular. At the
top, enjoy stunning views of the city and nearby peaks.
Reward yourself and your thirst with some local 7 Fjell beer before
heading to the hotel to get some rest. The next day, it’s
time to embark on your Svalbard Express cruise.
DAY 2 : Bergen
Sailing the Svalbard Express
After you wake up in your hotel, enjoy some time in the early morning
to further explore Bergen before your transfer arrives at the hotel to
bring you to our comfortable guest lounge at the Bergen Terminal.
Bergen has been the starting point for many Norwegian Coastal Express
cruises for generations, and the stylish guest lounge here is exclusive
for our guests. Sample finger-food from our Norway’s Coastal
Kitchen or talk to staff about securing a spot on any optional
excursions still available.
Once we’ve welcomed you aboard, talk to your ship’s
Coastal Experience team, who will be your hosts and guides to the
Norwegian coast and Svalbard. Meet your shipmates and take some time to
settle in to your new home-away-from-home.
Enjoy your first meal aboard the ship, and watch the row of colorful
buildings on the seafront get smaller behind you as you sail into the
DAY 3 :
Alpine village by the fjord
Our first port of call is Åndalsnes, located along Isfjord at
the end of Romsdalfjord. After docking in the morning in the town
center, you can explore this picturesque coastal town, home to about
From 1838 until 1964, the village of Åndalsnes served as the
administrative center of the old municipality of Grytten and was
completely rebuilt after an attack during World War II.
Åndalsnes is now a modern town (it even has its own
newspaper) in one of Norway’s most stunning natural locations.
The highlights (literally) of Åndalsnes are the mountains
that tower over the town. Experience the Norwegian concept of
friluftsliv (a love of the outdoors) through a variety of activities,
such as hiking to the Rampestreken viewpoint.
For a calmer way to take in the sights, sit back on the relaxing
Romsdal Gondola or travel the winding Trollstigen Pass by bus.
Whichever activities you choose, today will bring you the best views of
Isfjord, Romsdalfjord, and the surrounding peaks.
DAY 4 : Træna
Norway’s oldest fishing community
We’ll sail along the coast of the Helgeland region in the
morning. When you see islands rising out of the water in the distance,
you’ll know we’re almost at our next destination.
Træna is an archipelago that sits at the edge of the Arctic
Circle, 33 nautical miles northwest of the mainland. Made up of around
500 islands, islets and skerries (only four of which are inhabited
year-round), Træna is a quiet municipality, with birdlife
thriving on the mostly uninhabited isles.
Though small, this archipelago has a long history. Archeological finds
indicate that the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age. Some
of these ancient relics have been found in a cave on the island of
Sanna, which is now used as a venue for an annual music festival.
Spend the afternoon in one of Norway’s oldest fishing
communities. Weather permitting, you may be able to enjoy activities
like hiking and biking, or even island-hopping.
With a large population of sea eagles, birdwatching is another activity
you won’t want to miss. For a truly authentic experience,
step into the age-old shoes of a Norwegian fisherman and cast a line
under the summer sun.
When it’s time to leave in the evening, take some time to
rest and unwind on board. We’ll cross the Arctic Circle as we
continue heading north, commemorating the moment with a little
DAY 5 : Stokmarknes
Birthplace of the Norwegian Coastal Express
Spend a full day in Vesterålen, an archipelago just northeast
of Lofoten. This island chain is the namesake of our very first Coastal
Express ship to sail Norway’s rugged coastline in 1893.
We’ll dock in the historic town of Stokmarknes. This town
holds a special place in our hearts, being the birthplace of
Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express. Today, we go back to where it
In 1893, in this very town, shipping pioneer Richard With founded the
Original Coastal Express, revolutionizing both coastal passenger travel
and Norwegian shipping. Hurtigruten quickly became a lifeline for
Svalbard and Norway’s remote communities and boosted their
economies by carrying exports to and from the ports.
Stokmarknes is therefore a fitting location for a museum that
immortalizes our inspiring legacy. Hurtigrutemuseet can be found along
the waterfront, where our retired 1956 ship, MS Finnmarken, proudly
stands encased in a glass building. Here, you’ll find
archives, photographs, and artifacts displayed in a range of
interactive exhibitions. A guided tour will immerse you in the
atmosphere of a different era as you explore the retired vessel.
Besides visiting the museum, you may be able to enjoy hiking and other
activities on the islands. Go on a RIB tour to Raftsundet, or a sea
eagle safari in the fjord that gave MS Trollfjord its name.
DAY 6 : Tromsø
Gateway to the Arctic
Tromsø is Northern Norway’s urban Arctic hotspot,
boasting impressive architecture, hip restaurants, and the
world’s northernmost university. Rich in polar history, it
makes for a natural stopping point before we go farther north into the
This modern city has a long legacy, with artifacts found that date back
to the Ice Age. The city grew in importance after being declared a
kjøpstad, or ‘market town’ in 1794,
despite only being home to 80 people. It became a center of Arctic
hunting in the mid-1800s. By the end of the 19th century,
Tromsø was an established Arctic trade center.
We aim to dock here in the morning, giving you a whole day to explore
this historic Arctic city and its surroundings. Take your pick from a
number of optional excursions. Learn more about the culture and polar
history of Tromsø on a city walk. Or go see seals at the
Polaria center, one of the world’s northernmost aquariums.
Here, you can see various species of Arctic marine life up close.
There may also be an option to visit the striking Arctic Cathedral,
which has an enormous and colorful stained-glass window. Storsteinen
Mountain Towers over Tromsø and the Fjellheisen Cable Car
takes you up for exceptionally beautiful views of the city, mountains,
DAY 7 :
At the top of Europe
Around mid-morning, we arrive at Honningsvåg, the
northernmost city in mainland Norway. Honningsvåg is a fairly
young city, having only been declared as such in 1996, and it remains
one of Norway’s smallest.
You have several optional excursions to pick from here. These could
include king crab fishing, meeting an indigenous Sámi
family, birdwatching, or a guided tour of what life is like at
Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the North Cape, the famed
‘northernmost point of Europe’. The plateau stands
1007 feet above the sea, and is just over 1,000 miles south of the
geographical North Pole. Take a moment to gaze out across the sea from
the soaring cliffs while you watch the waves crash against the rocks
An iconic globe monument stands atop the cliffs, which is perfect for
snapping a quick selfie. Afterwards, visit North Cape Hall, which hosts
a variety of exhibits and a short film that tells the Cape’s
Sailing away from Honningsvåg, enjoy dramatic views of the
plateau from the sea. The ship will head further into the Barents Sea,
leaving mainland the Norwegian coast behind.
DAY 8 : At sea around
Between Norway and Svalbard
The southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago,
Bjørnøya, sits just past the halfway point
between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen. We’ll be viewing
this inaccessible land from the ship in the afternoon, so think of this
as the prologue to your Svalbard adventure.
Upon seeing the island, you might notice the lack of
trees—there are hardly even bushes. Very little grows here,
with the land partly being covered only by a layer of moss and lichen.
Whatever grows here is fertilized by the abundant birdlife that nests
on the sea cliffs. Get your camera ready to capture little auks,
puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, and northern fulmars flying over
dramatic cliff tops and steep slopes, alongside many other seabird
Contrary to its name, which means ‘Bear Island’,
the only native mammals are Arctic foxes. The island was named after a
polar bear was spotted swimming in the waters nearby, but this is an
unlikely sight this far south.
Aboard the ship, learn about Bjørnøya’s
history through polar history lectures. You might find out about the
historic expeditions that led to its discovery and the subsequent
claims that various countries have attempted to make over the island.
Discover the strategic importance of this unreachable sanctuary, and
the role Bjørnøya played in World War II.
Sailing on from Bjørnøya, unwind in MS
Trollfjord’s sauna, fitness room, or outdoor hot tubs. There
will also be a photography workshop today to get your camera eye and
lens in focus to capture the wildlife and wilderness awaiting us in
DAY 9 : Longyearbyen
At the edge of the world
Today, we arrive at the Svalbard archipelago and make our way up to
Spitsbergen, the largest of the three main islands. Magnificent brown
and green mountains rise and ripple up from the High Arctic tundra
while rivers of snow-melt trickle through the valley plains, glistening
under the summer sun.
Spend a moment just taking in Svalbard. You’re at a latitude
more than 78°N and less than 820 miles from the North Pole. The
air of this Arctic desert is fresh and pure. Temperatures in summer
average between 32ºF and 46ºF, thanks to a warm
northern branch of the Gulf Stream.
Longyearbyen is nestled on the banks of a sweeping fjord. It is the
biggest settlement in Svalbard and pegged as the world’s
northernmost settlement with a population over 1,000.
Home to some 2,000 inhabitants from across the world, it originally
sprang up as a coal mining colony in 1906. Today, it is a hub for
adventure travelers and scientists and engineers attached to local
research projects, like the famous Global Seed Vault.
Spend time strolling around town. Admire its collection of galleries,
pubs, restaurants, brewery, and the notable North Pole Expedition
Museum. You can also choose from a number of optional excursions that
bring you into the awe-inspiring landscapes surrounding Longyearbyen.
Ever tried dog sledding without snow? This is your chance.
DAY 10 :
Science on the Arctic frontier
As we sail from Longyearbyen, you’ll want to wake up early to
enjoy impressive views of Kongsfjord, one of the largest fjords in the
area. Its entrance is guarded by two colossal creaking glaciers that
regularly deposit ice into the fjord.
This stretch is great for spotting walrus basking on shore and for
spotting different species of migrating birds, including puffins, king
eiders, pink-footed geese, and guillemots.
Arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer can sometimes be spotted on land,
while the white beluga whale has also been known to surface in the
waters here. If we’re very lucky, we might even see a polar
bear prowling the coast for bearded and ringed seals.
At the tip of Brøgger peninsula, on one of
Kongsfjord’s shores, is Ny-Ålesund. Like
Longyearbyen, it began as a coal mine, but transitioned into a host for
scientific stations from the mid-20th century. During the summer, there
are over a hundred researchers based in the town, representing 20
glaciology and climate institutes from more than 10 countries.
Wander around what is one of the northernmost settlements in the world,
drop in at the local bar and souvenir shop, or send a far-flung
postcard back to friends and family from the small post office.
You can also take a guided tour of the Amundsen monument, erected in
honor of the great Norwegian explorer’s record-breaking
flight to reach the North Pole in 1926. Amundsen flew the airship Norge
from Ny-Ålesund and landed in Alaska three days later,
successfully doing so via the North Pole.
DAY 11 : At sea
Unfortunately, it’s time for us to say farewell to Svalbard
and to Spitsbergen. If time allows, as we sail south back to mainland
Norway, we could detour to Recherchefjord, a small fjord to the south
Use this day to relax aboard the ship. If the skies are clear, enjoy
some summer sun on deck and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, and
porpoises. Or if it’s not too warm out, head to the sauna for
Catch a lecture from the Coastal Experience Team for fascinating
insight into local history and wildlife. They may also offer a
photography workshop to help sharpen your eye to capture stunning shots
in the days to come.
Enjoy the sumptuous food and drinks on board, courtesy of our
Norway’s Coastal Kitchen concept that features the most
flavorful local Norwegian produce. Treat yourself to tastings of
regional specialties or demonstrations by our skilled onboard chefs in
the show kitchen.
You could also curl up with a good book in the lounge or chat with
new-found friends in the bar while reminiscing about your favorite
experiences of the cruise so far.
DAY 12 :
Tromsø and Senja
Exploring ‘Little Norway’
We’ve arrived back to mainland Norway and our first stop of
the day is Tromsø. The ship will drop off cargo from
Svalbard and pick up cargo bound for ports to the south.
Calling back into Tromsø after reaching Svalbard follows in
the footsteps of history. Most explorers and sailors returning from
their Arctic expeditions would stop back in the city. The fashion and
food they found there seemed so stylish and refined compared to the
stark frontier towns that they nicknamed Tromsø
‘the Paris of the North’. Maybe you’ll
have a similar impression?
From Tromsø, the ship will continue south to the fairytale
island of Senja, one of Norway’s largest islands.
You’ll be able to embark on optional excursions in
Tromsø that will then meet up with the ship in Senja. We
recommend the scenic tour that traverses the island of
Kvaløya leading to a ferry ride to Senja, before a
rendezvous with the ship on the island’s west side.
Senja is an increasingly popular destination in Northern Norway, as
you’d expect for a place ranked among CNN’s top ten
most beautiful islands in the world. Locals proudly describe it as
‘mini Norway’. The island seems to have a
concentration of landscapes inspired by different parts of the
You’ll have a range of optional excursions in Senja, showing
you the best the island has to offer. These could be hikes to
distinctive peaks for enviable views, fishing trips, or kayaking on the
waters of a tranquil fjord.
DAY 13 : Svolvær
Fall in love with Lofoten
Today is all about exploring the Lofoten archipelago. As you see its
jagged green cliffs rise dramatically from the ocean, you’ll
see why it is hailed as one of the most spectacular areas in all of
See pretty fishing villages made up of red-roofed houses on stilts that
cling to the edges of mountainous islands. Here and there, single
fishermen huts known locally as rorbuer dot the
islands—specks of red amidst a ceylon blue sea and the lush
You’ll find that life in Lofoten is supremely calm and
peaceful. Time seems to stand still here, as if it trapped in the sheer
beauty of the islands.
The beating heart of the archipelago is the town of Svolvær,
where the ship will be based for most of the day. There are shops and
restaurants to enjoy, and you can spend hours exploring and getting to
know the town.
You have a variety of handpicked Lofoten excursions to experience the
mountains, islands, and villages around Svolvær.’
Take an optional hike to a white-sand beach, where you can help in a
beach clean-up before going for a swim. Don’t worry about
having to choose between a mountain hike and kayaking either. With the
long summer days, you might be able to do both, giving you the best of
sea and summit.
DAY 14 :
Highlights of the Helgeland Coast
The ship continues south and reaches the midpoint of the Norwegian
coast. This is the Helgeland Coast, a well-known stretch full of
distinctive mountains that have inspired charming myths and local
We will base the ship in the town of Brønnøysund,
which features a lovely marina and a Neo-Gothic stone church from 1870.
Spend time exploring the town or join an optional excursion like
kayaking, cycling, or an RIB cruise.
One highlight of the area is visiting the Vega archipelago, a cluster
of some 6,500 islands, skerries, and islets. There’s a UNESCO
world heritage center on the island of Gardsøy which
showcases how highly prized eider down is harvested from the local
eider ducks by providing little huts for them to build their nests in.
Further along from Brønnøysund is the unique
Torghatten Mountain. The first thing you’ll notice about
Torghatten is the hole that pierces right through its center. Legend
has it that a spurned troll fired an arrow at his would-be lover after
she rejected him, and Torghatten Mountain is the fossilized hat of a
Troll King who attempted to block the arrow.
At an easy pace, it takes about an hour to reach the hole in Torghatten
on an optional excursion. The panoramic view of the trees and islands
stretching out before you is well worth it.
DAY 15 :
Ålesund and Urke
Secret of the Sunnmøre Alps
The ship will make a brief stop in the town of Ålesund, known
for its Art Nouveau architecture and picturesque position on a
peninsula below Mount Askla. We’ll offload any cargo here as
well guests who are joining excursions.
The magnificent Hjørundfjord stands some 5,570 feet high
near Ålesund, cutting through the peaks of the
Sunmøre Alps. Its picture-perfect position embedded in the
Sunnmøre Alps means it is the area’s hidden gem
that most other ships never see.
Those who discover Hjørundfjord rank it as a serious
contender for their favorite fjord in Norway. Its deep blue waters and
verdant mountainsides seem perfectly proportionate and aligned, as if
sculpted deliberately by nature’s artistry.
On the banks of one of Hjørundfjord’s branches is
the idyllic village of Urke, made up of less than 40 residents. This is
where the ship picks up the guests who left the ship at
Ålesund for an excursion.
We are fast approaching the last day of our cruise. While bittersweet,
what better way to celebrate our Svalbard Express experience than a
merry farewell dinner on our last night. It’ll also be a
chance to look back at the many highlights of the journey we shared
DAY 16 : Bergen
Back to the beginning
We arrive back in Bergen in the morning. It’s time to
disembark the ship and take a transfer to the airport. Say a fond
farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew of MS Trollfjord, who
made your Svalbard Express journey so comfortable.
You won’t soon forget the slices of paradise you’ve
seen along the Norwegian coast as part of this iconic cruise. If
you’ve taken in optional excursions, you will have photos of
you kayaking, hiking, fishing, or cycling in some of the most beautiful
scenery you’ve ever seen.
We know that your fond memories of the North Cape, Helgeland, Lofoten,
Senja, Hjørundfjord, crossing the Arctic Circle,
Tromsø, Bjørnøya, Longyearbyen, and
Ny-Ålesund will make your friends and family green with envy.
This is the Svalbard Express. We hope to see you back on the Norwegian
coast with us soon.
The day-by-day programme
will give you a few ideas about what you can see and do on your coastal
voyage in Norway, but bear in mind that this itinerary is just an
indication of what you can experience. After all, this is a sailing
where the elements rule and weather conditions might vary, which is why
every voyage with The Hurtigruten Coastal Express is unique.
MS Trollfjord (Expedition, 576-guests)
This ship is named after spectacular Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands, and provides exquisite indoor comfort, modern facilities and interior design that makes extensive use of Norwegian wood and stone.
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Cabin on ship
- Transfers in Bergen (airport – hotel, hotel – ship, ship – airport)
- One night in a four-star hotel in Bergen, including breakfast
Food and drink on board
- Choice of cabin number on MS Trollfjord
- Norway’s Coastal Kitchen welcome basket
Life on board
- Full board with all-day dining
- Drinks package (selected wine, beer, soft drinks) (1)
- Complimentary water, tea, and coffee
- Afternoon tea and cakes
- Complimentary Wi-Fi (2)
- English-speaking Coastal Experience team
- Visit to the bridge (3)
- Only valid in the onboard restaurants during mealtimes
- Guests on the Select fare will need to register on our free 1893 Ambassador loyalty programme to access the Wi-Fi
- At the discretion of the Captain and subject to safety restrictions