Hammerfest, Kingdom of the Polar Bears

Hammerfest Town

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Southbound Journey: Day 8: Mehamn – Kjøllefjord – Honningsvåg – Havøysund – Hammerfest – Øksfjord – Skjervøy – Tromsø. A brief call is made in Havøysund before arriving in Hammerfest at 11.15 a.m. You are now in the northernmost town in the world – Hammerfest is the first town in Norway […]

Kirkenes – the End of the Journey for Some

Kirkenes Reindeer Farm

Kirkenes, a Town Near the Russian Border: Day 7: Båtsfjord – Vardø – Vadsø – Kirkenes – Vardø – Båtsfjord – Berlevåg. The ship sails into Kirkenes where you will have the opportunity to go ashore. You may wish to participate in a shore excursion from Kirkenes to Storskog the Norwegian/Russian border station or you […]

Crossing the 71st Parallel to the North Cape

Nordkapp Road in Winter

Making it to Nordkapp or the North Cape: Day 6:  Øksfjord – Hammerfest – Havøysund – Honningsvåg – Kjøllefjord – Mehamn – Berlevåg. In Finnmark, icebergs, wind and weather have created a harsher, more dramatic landscape. You will see both abandoned fishing stations and lively fishing ports bustling with activity.Havøysund is the next port of […]

Tromsø – Capital of Arctic Norway

Tromso Ishavskatendralen Cathedral

This Gateway to the Arctic is also known as the “Paris of the North”: DAY 5: Stokmarknes – Sortland – Risøyhamn – Harstad – Finnsnes – Tromsø – Skjervøy. You awake to find the ship sailing between Norway’s two largest islands, Hinnoya and Senja. Or perhaps, earlier still, in Harstad. Finnsnes is reached late morning, […]

Making it to the Arctic Circle!

Arctic Coastline

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Arctic Circle, Norway: DAY 4: Brønøysund – Sandnessjøen – Nesna – Ørnes – Bodø – Stamsund – Svolvaer. You will have passed the Arctic Circle before the whole ship is fully awake.  The ship will follow the mighty Borvasstindene Mountains before arriving into Bodo, North Norway’s second largest city at 12.30 […]

Trondheim, a Viking town and Norway’s Coronation City

Trondheim Cathedral

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Trondheim Visit, Norway: DAY 3: Trondheim – Rørvik. Arrive Trondheim at 6.00 a.m. Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, founded by Olav Tryggvasson in 977 AD, has a strong academic flavour and can boast the country’s oldest school, first official theatre and one of the first national newspapers.. (B, L, D) 06:00 – […]