Norway 12 Day Boat Cruise

Join and experience the world’s most beautiful costal voyage in Norway. Visit some of the world’s most gorgeous fjords, cross the Arctic Circle twice and sail around the very top of Europe.

A 12 day cruise to visit Norway

Highlights

  • See the UNESCO-listed colourful warehouses in Bryggen, Bergen
  • Wander in some of Norway’s most charming cities, towns, and villages
  • Cross the Arctic Circle into the polar region
  • Enter some of the world’s most beautiful fjords
  • Taste regional dishes on revolving menus that reflect the part of the coast you are sailing in
  • Get a chance to experience the golden glow of midnight sun in summer and the spectacular northern lights during winter
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A boat cruise to see Norway

Embark on an unforgettable voyage with Beyond Travel’s Complete Coastal Journey, a 12-day round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. This meticulously crafted itinerary offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore Norway’s spectacular coastline, a place where dramatic landscapes meet rich cultural heritage. This popular cruise in Scandinavia is an unforgettable journey around Norway Join and experience the world’s most beautiful costal voyage. The return trip offers you the chance to see the ports that you sailed past at night on your journey north. You will visit some of the world’s most gorgeous fjords, cross the Arctic Circle twice and sail around the very top of Europe. 

Begin your journey in Bergen, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen. Wander through the historic wharf, a maze of wooden houses dating back to the Hanseatic League era, and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant maritime history. As you set sail, prepare to be awed by the sheer beauty of the Norwegian fjords, where towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls create an idyllic backdrop.

A highlight of this adventure is crossing the Arctic Circle, a magical milestone marked by an enchanting ceremony on deck. This unique experience signifies entry into the land of the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. The cruise’s timing offers the best chances to witness these natural wonders, providing memories that will last a lifetime.

The Complete Coastal Journey ensures your comfort with a range of cabin options, from cosy inside cabins to spacious suites. Suite guests enjoy additional perks such as a private dining experience and exclusive excursions. Regardless of your choice, all passengers benefit from full-board meals, friendly service, and an array of onboard amenities designed to enhance your voyage.

Extended stops along the way allow you to explore the towns of Alesund, Trondheim and Tromso. Whether you’re marvelling at the midnight sun, capturing the northern lights, or simply relaxing on deck as the stunning Norwegian landscape unfolds around you, the Complete Coastal Journey promises an unparalleled travel experience. Perfect for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking a unique cultural adventure, this cruise is more than a trip – it’s a journey into the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating regions.

DAY 1 BERGEN

Your coastal adventure begins in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords by wandering the cobblestone alleyways, visiting the fish markets or ride the funicular up Mt Floyen for magnificent views over the city. 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.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 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

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 7 BATSFJORD – KIRKENES – BERLEVAG

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast the ship arrives in the small and multicultural town of Kirkenes. You are now as far east on your voyage as you can go with the border of Russia only a few kilometres away. While here, Kirkenes offers many great arctic experiences. The voyage back south will have short stops in Vardø, Batsfjord and Berlevag. If it’s a Monday, listen carefully as you arrive into Berlevag in case you can hear the famous male choir of local fisherman practicing.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 8 MEHAMN – TROMSO

Stop in Hammerfest today, founded in 1789, over time it became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the high Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise, geographic measurement of the globe. Continue south towith a brief stop at the old trading post ofSkjervøy. Around midnight, dock at Tromsø which is specal in both seasons – winter this is one of the best places to view the Northern Lights, and in Summer the Midnight Sun is the perfect setting for a middle of the night city walk to explore this charming Arctic city.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9 FINNSNES – LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Sail through the island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen offering some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage. Beneath the jagged mountains lie chalky white sandy beaches and fishing villages with a vibrant fishing industry and locals using the coastal ships for everyday trips and transport. 

Make a short stop in Risøyhamn, a small village with only 200 inhabitants, to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. Continuing southwards, it looks like you are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but inevitably the ship will slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund to reach the spectacular Trollfjord*, only 2km long and 100m wide, surrounded by majestic mountains. If the weather and time permit, the captain makes a detour into the fjord. Steep cliffs hug the ship´s sides and the dramatic landscape conjures fairy tale images of an imaginary land of trolls. 

To exit the fjord, the ship will rotate 180 degrees on the spot, then sail back out. Remember to look out for sea eagles here too. In the evening, arrive in Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten, home to one of the world’s largest cod fisheries.
*Possible in summer only – for the ship to enter the Trollfjord and it is dependent on the right weather conditions.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10 BODO – BRØNNØYSUND – RORVIK

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. As you sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle and the Seven Sisters mountain range. Stop this afternoon is in Brønnøysund, located in the middle of the Helgeland Archipelago it is the half way point of the Norwegian coastline, As the crow flies, it is equidistant from here to Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape in the north—840 kilometres each way and is the half way point of the Norwegian coastline.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11 TRONDHEIM – MOLDE

This morning provides an opportunity to explore the picturesque city of Trondheim with its colourful warehouses and the historic Nidaros Cathedral. Back on board, the ship sails along the coast to Kristiansund whose location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Experience the ship´s crossing of the open sea on the way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12 ALESUND – BERGEN

During the night, the ship calls at Alesund, Torvik, Maloy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. Before the ship docks in Bergen, there are some nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, including the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal Glacier. In the morning, call at Floro, a modern coastal seaport that is very much alive with a charming high street and good selection of shops. 

A few nautical miles south of Floro, the ship navigates the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord, and you will get to enjoy superb views of this magnificent island studded coastline en route. Finally, disembark in Bergen, taking with you memories of a unique journey filled with unforgettable experiences and meetings with local people, wildlife and stunning nature. After disembarkation your cruise concludes.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Every day there are shore excursions befitting the season of travel, that you may join. We recommend these experiences which will enhance your coastal journey as you interact more closely with the culture, nature and people of Norway. 

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Why do people choose a boat cruise around Norway?

People choose to do a boat cruise around Norway for several compelling reasons:

  • Stunning Natural Scenery: Norway’s coastline is renowned for its breathtaking fjords, majestic mountains, and picturesque islands. A cruise offers unparalleled views of these natural wonders, often inaccessible by land.
 
  • Unique Experiences: Travellers can cross the Arctic Circle, witness the midnight sun in summer, and see the northern lights in winter. These phenomena create unforgettable memories.
 
  • Cultural Immersion: Cruises provide stops at charming coastal towns and cities, offering a glimpse into Norwegian culture, history, and cuisine.
 
  • Convenience and Comfort: Modern cruise ships offer luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, and comprehensive amenities, making the journey both relaxing and enjoyable.
 
  • Wildlife Watching: Norway’s coastal waters are teeming with marine life, including whales, seals, and seabirds, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

A Norwegian coastal cruise combines adventure, relaxation, and cultural discovery, making it a popular choice for travellers seeking a unique and enriching holiday experience.

What is included on a cruise?

  • 11 night Norwegian Coastal Cruise in cabin of your choice (Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen)
 
  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (all categories except Junior Suite)

  • Full-board meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS Additional Benefits* (only in Junior Suite and Lighthouse Suite)

Additional Benefits include:-

  • Welcome package in your cabin upon arrival
  • Fitjar gift-set of creams & soaps in the bathroom
  • Access to Hildring Restaurant for breakfast and lunch (subject to availability)
  • No service charge for food & beverage room service when using the QR code
  • Daily evening cabin turndown service
  • Early access to your suite in Bergen from 17:00hrs (normally access is from 18:00hrs).
  • Late check out (12:00hrs) on day of departure

What meals do you get on the cruise?

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

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