Norway is renowned for its Christmas traditions, steeped in the origins of countless legends of trolls and yuletide tales and of sleighs and magical reindeer. And because of Hurtigruten's unique and authentic brand of travel, you'll experience the traditions of another culture in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime.

December 2018

Lonely Planet describes this ultimate Hurtigruten cruise as "The world's most beautiful voyage." We take you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. See 34 ports and journey more than 2,500 nautical miles, allowing you to explore every inch of Norway's coastal magic.

At any time of year, it's a cruise like no other. The drama of the scenery and wildlife will stir the explorer in you. Twenty-two of the ports lie north of the Arctic Circle – and you have the opportunity to join excursions tailored to match your exploration level. Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing at night, you can see during daytime on the southbound sailing.

In the Classics League

The Hurtigruten cruise duly earns its place in the hall of fame of iconic travel routes, together with such global classics as the Orient Express, Amazon, and revered Route 66. Visit cities like Bergen, Ålesund and Trondheim, before crossing the polar circle and sailing into the Arctic. Southbound, you see Lofoten and Trollfjorden in daylight, before sailing along the Helgeland coast, passing the Seven Sisters mountains. Admire the overwhelmingly beautiful west coast of Norway on the way to our final destination, Bergen.

Northern Lights Season

Your winter holiday visit is perhaps the most special time to explore Norway´s pristine, wild landscapes. The ground is covered in white snow and the air is fresh, crisp and pure. Clusters of cozy houses glow on the shores like embers. Stunning backdrops of snowy mountains reflect the polar twilight. Sailing with Hurtigruten to Norway's far-northern reaches is to experience a magical winter wonderland and hopefully the mesmerising Aurora Borealis. For thousands of years, locals, visitors, artists and scientists have marveled at these spectacular displays that occasionally light up the night sky. Sailing with Hurtigruten provides the best chances to see this mystical colorful light show flickering across the Arctic sky.

Expedition Teams Onboard

Onboard you will meet our dedicated experts with one single mission: to enhance your experience by leading activities and interpreting the cultural and natural treasures you encounter during your cruise. When you travel with us, you not only observe – you have the chance to truly interact with the landscapes we sail through. Not only do you experience some of the most beautiful places on earth, you have the chance to taste fresh local specialties prepared by culinary artists.

Guests from Norway and abroad love us - they want the original. They want to go where no one else goes, with a crew and ship that belongs there. They want to experience and learn from guides who truly know this coast, who have Norway not only in their DNA but in their soul. We invite you to join our Expedition Team on outdoor activities and hikes in Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, Kirkenes, Lofoten, Brønnøysund, and other sites.

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Experience the Classic Voyage North (7 days), the Classic Voyage South (6 days), the Norwegian Discovery Voyage (11 days), or the Classic Roundtrip Voyage (12 days, as shown below) to see it all. Whichever trip you choose, you will experience Norway and its unique Christmas traditions.