Essential Norway Cruise

Be amazed by the dramatic coastline of Norway with this spectacular cruise. Discover the charming coastal cities of Bergen, Alesund and Tromso, witness the stunning landscapes of the Lofoten islands

A 10 day cruise to see Norway

Highlights

  • Explore the Norwegian coastline, fjord villages, and Arctic region
  • Experience the world-famous journey aboard the Flam Railway
  • Cruise through the craggy peaks of the stunning Lofoten Islands
  • Taste regional dishes on revolving menus that reflect the part of the coast you are sailing in
Essential Norway cruise map
Outline
Play Video

A boat cruise to see Norway

This popular cruise in Scandinavia where you will be amazed by the dramatic coastline of Norway with this spectacular cruise. Discover the charming coastal cities of Bergen, Alesund and Tromso, witness the stunning landscapes of the Lofoten islands and journey along the Norway in a Nutshell route – a must do experience any time of the year.

DAY 1 OSLO

Welcome to Oslo! On arrival make your way to your hotel followed by the remainder of your day free to explore the Norwegian capital.

Stay: Comfort Hotel Borsparken (3 star) or Clarion Hotel the Hub (4 star)

DAY 2 OSLO – MYRDAL – FLAM

This legendary tour takes you through Norway’s breathtaking fjord and mountain scenery. The Flam Railway is regarded as one of the highlights of Norway, taking you from the mountain station of Myrdal to Flam, deep into the fjords, giving you views of the magnificent mountains and thundering waterfalls.

Stay: Flamsbrygga Hotel (3 star) or Fretheim Hotel (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 FLAM – GUDVANGEN – VOSS – BERGEN

Today starts with a cruise along the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe, to Gudvangen. From Gudvangen take a drive up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva for wonderful views of the Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls before arriving in Voss. Continue your journey by rail to Bergen. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel.

Stay: Augustin Hotel (3 star) or Bergen Bors Hotel (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 BERGEN

Enjoy a full day to explore Bergen, the stunning capital of the fjords surrounded by its famed seven mountains. We recommend to explore the cosy, narrow cobblestone alleys and quaint old wooden houses of Bergen’s famous Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf. A ride on the Floibanen cable car will take you to the top of Mount Floyen for magnificent views of Bergen and the surrounding mountains, for those feeling more energetic we recommend walking to the top of Mount Floyen.

This afternoon, please make your own way to the port to board your Havila Voyage. This evening as the ship sets sail, enjoy a tasty dinner based on the best ingredients from the coast. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in the panorama lounges.

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5 FLORO – ALESUND – MOLDE

After the first night on board, you can start the day by waving to Havila Kystruten’s head office near Torvik. In Ålesund, a rare harmonious Art Nouveau town awaits with beautiful brick houses and sea stalls, and in the summer season you can continue on to the world heritage fjord Geirangerfjorden with its steep mountain sides and wild waterfalls.
*Geiranger is visited 01.06-31.08 / **Hjørundfjorden/Urke is visited 01.09-31.10

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6 KRISTIANSUND – TRONDHEIM – RØRVIK

Today wake up near beautiful Trondheim, founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason over a thousand years ago. The landmark in the city is the Nidaros Cathedral; Norway’s national shrine and one of Northern Europe’s largest cathedrals. In the afternoon the ship heads out of the fjord into a teeming archipelago and towards northern Norway.

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 7 BRØNNØYSUND – LOFOTEN ISLANDS

On this stretch, we mark that you cross the Arctic Circle and travel into the Arctic realm. That means summer with the midnight sun, while winter has night-black days – and evenings with the northern lights. Nature here is powerful with Northern Scandinavia’s largest glacier, the world’s strongest tidal current and encounters with the majesty of the air; the sea eagle. In the evening Lofoten awaits with fishing villages, steep mountains and Vikings.

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 8 STOKMARKNES – TROMSO – SKJERVØY

The voyage continues through narrow fjords and wild mountains to Tromsø, a city characterised by fishing culture, polar expeditions and daring. It is also the land of the Sami, Norway’s indigenous people and blends with its modern status of the Paris of the North. Tromso has a range of restaurants and shopping, along with many natural and cultural attractions.

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9 HAMMERFEST – HONNINGSVAG – BERLEVAG

After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund you will arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. There is lots of traffic in the harbour in Honningsvåg with fishermen who come here to deliver the catch, and tourists come to experience the North Cape. In the evening, pass the rock landmark Finnkirka (“The Finn Church”) on the approach to Kjøllefjord, the innermost part of the fjord which has been a safe haven for fishermen, Sami and traders for the last 500 years.

Stay: aboard Havila Voyages
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10 BATSFJORD – KIRKENES

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast the ship arrives in Kirkenes, where your Essential Norway tour ends. Should you like to have some extra Arctic experiences while you are here, we offer several exciting tours, experiences and excursions in our pre and post programme.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scandinavia Cruise NORWAYSBEST GEIRANGER SOMMER SVERREHJORNEVIK

What is included on a cruise?

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in your chosen category
  • 6 night Norwegian Coastal Cruise in cabin of your choice (Bergen-Kirkenes)
  • 2nd class rail: Oslo – Myrdal, Voss – Bergen
  • Flam Railway (Flamsbana): Myrdal – Flam
  • Fjord cruise: Flam – Gudvangen
  • Coach: Gudvangen – Voss
  • Porter Service: Oslo to Bergen

What meals do you get on the cruise?

  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (all categories except Junior Suite and Lighthouse Suite)
  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS Gold Package* (only in Junior Suite and Lighthouse Suite)

 

Gold Package

  • Welcome package in your cabin upon arrival
  • Welcome drink and snacks in the Havblikk Bar & Lounge
  • Exclusive extra meal choices for breakfast and dinner
  • Optional, free upgrade to our five-course signature dinner-menu in the Hildring fine dining restaurant (one evening)
  • Non-alcoholic beverage package with a free choice of mineral water, soft drinks, and cold pressed juices from all serving points on board (total of 15 units)
  • A rich selection of premium coffee choices such as Café Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino etc. from all serving points on board
  • 20% discount on all profile-products in the Shop
  • Service charge included when using the self-ordering QR while at your cabin

Cabins and features of the boat for this cruise

The internal décor of the cruise ship is inspired by the sea, the sky, mountains and glaciers, and the food we serve are traditional dishes from the local towns and villages along the route. You can view the Northern Lights and the midnight sun while seated in a comfortable lounge chair under the glass roof. Or perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy the views from a jacuzzi that is heated from surplus heat?

There is a choice of spacious cabins with typical Nordic décor are designed for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. On board the coastal cruise ships, the emphasis is on providing passengers with spacious cabins. The cabins are intended to be pleasant places to relax during the day and sleep well at night. The typical Nordic décor reflects the landscape through which you will be sailing. 

Most of the cabins have sea views, while others are located inside the ship. Some of these are small, with just two beds and make an inexpensive alternative if you are not travelling far. The cabins and suites range from 16m² to 45m², and can accommodate up to four people while all cabins have wifi and USB ports.

  • Length: 124.1m
  • Breadth: 22m
  • Speed: 28km/h
  • Crew: 100
  • Passengers: 350 (sleeping passengers)
  • Cabins: 179

Frequently asked questions

Pricing for this cruise-tour is “dynamic”, this means it varies depending on availability aboard the coastal voyage at the time of booking along with your exact departure date and your chosen cabin category. For this cruise-tour you can choose between a Seaview Cabin or an Interior Cabin aboard the Havila voyage.

Please contact us for a quote, the team will be happy to provide you with further details. To accurately quote kindly advise your preferred departure date and cabin category.

Prices are subject to availability on booking, once your booking is confirmed a deposit will be due to secure the services and guarantee the price

See more tours or travel advice

Fjord & Aurora Explorer Cruise 11 days NAEROYFJORDEN
Fjord & Aurora Explorer Cruise

Snow covered mountains, dramatic fjord scenery, amazing arctic skies and friendly huskies are waiting to be experienced on this magnificent winter cruise from Oslo to the heart of the Northern Lights Zone

VIEW >
Scandinavia Cruise Alesund Norway
Essential Norway Cruise

Be amazed by the dramatic coastline of Norway with this spectacular cruise. Discover the charming coastal cities of Bergen, Alesund and Tromso, witness the stunning landscapes of the Lofoten islands

VIEW >
Northern Lights boat cruise 16 days Kvaloya
The Northern Lights cruise

Cruise through the magnificent lands of Finland and Norway, hunting the Northern lights along the way. Starting in the magnetic Capital Helsinki, travel up into the Northen circle

VIEW >

Ask us anything

To get more information or to organise a free consultation just fill in the form below