Activities & Entertainment
This trip is rated Moderate
Most walks on this tour are easy to moderate, with short coach rides for sightseeing at places of interest. As there are busy markets, narrow cobbled streets, and some steps, this program is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.
Your Norwegian cruise tips the hat to land lubbers, too, with plenty of onshore activities, like bicycling. Bergen is the beginning of a famous cycle route to scenic Voss. For a shorter, more leisurely ride, you can also cycle all around the historic Bryggen harbor area. Ask your Cruise Director for ideas.
View the Biking Route Map: Bergen
Let Us Entertain You
Nature, with its ever-changing pageantry of sea, sky, coast, and island, is the real entertainment on this voyage. Your Hurtigruten ship is a local vessel, used by Norwegians for travel up and down the coast, and as such, does not have regular entertainment. However, entertainment is featured in the lounge on occasion. Check with your Cruise Director for specifics.
And, during your two stays at the Superior First-Class Clarion Collection® Hotel Havnekontoret
in Bergen — before and after your cruise — you can sit back and relax with a good book in the hotel's library or enjoy a drink in the lounge.
Enjoy 5 Vantage-exclusive Shore Excursions
Your Norwegian Coastal Voyage itinerary provides you with “up close and personal” encounters with the Norwegian people, as well as exclusive sightseeing tours, adding up to the most comprehensive Norwegian experience on the market.
- Trondheim: Norway’s Historic & Religious Capital
Norway’s original capital, Trondheim, was founded as early as 997 by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, who gave the town its name, Nidaros. During your tour, you’ll see the city’s wooden buildings, red-painted city bridge, and charming streets and boroughs. Make a short stop at Utsikten (“The View”) to admire the city from up high. You’ll also pass by the impressive Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral, which many visitors describe as the most beautiful church in Norway.
- Tromso: Gateway to the Arctic
Located beside the mighty Arctic Ocean, Tromso is surrounded by towering mountains and is the largest town north of the Arctic Circle. During your tour, you will visit Tromso University Museum and learn about the Sami people, their traditional culture, and recent history. You’ll also stop at the Arctic Cathedral, Tromso’s most famous landmark, featuring a colorful glass mosaic.
- The North Cape (Honningsvag)
Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as this shore excursion takes you across the 71st parallel on your journey to North Cape, the northernmost point in continental Europe. Perhaps you’ll spot herds of grazing reindeer and a small camp of indigenous Sami people. Stand and wonder at the view, and don’t forget to take photos. Your tour includes a visit to North Cape Hall, where you can see a film about Finnmark, buy souvenirs, send postcards, or relax with a bite to eat.
- Kirkenes (The Russian Border)
The only town in Norway where East meets West, Kirkenes represents the turning point of your Hurtigruten cruise. Begin with a tour of the town itself, followed by stops in Storskog, the border station between Norway and Russia; the mining town of Bjornevatn; and Pasvikdalen, where lush green landscapes beckon and brown bears roam. Back in Kirkenes, you’ll stop at impressive Prestfjellet Mountain, which overlooks both the town and your awaiting Hurtigruten ship.
- Discovering Vesteralen with a Ferry to Sortland
Harstad to Sortland is one of the real classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion program. You’ll begin with a short sightseeing tour of Harstad before moving on to the Trondeneshalvoya Peninsula to visit the white medieval church, Trondenes Kirke, and a Viking history exhibit next door. Then, cross Hinnoya Island for scenic views before ferrying over to Sortland, in the center of the Vesteralen islands. During your ferry ride, enjoy a hot drink and some freshly baked cakes.