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Bergen - Kirkenes - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard MS Nordlys
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Explore the stunning fjords of Norway on this 7-day expedition cruise. Begin in Bergen and travel north, cruising through remote fjords, stopping in pristine coastal villages, and navigating through off-the-beaten-path destinations. Adventure awaits as you sail to Trondheim, cross the Arctic Circle, and continue to the northernmost tip of the European continent.
Charming port cities of the Norwegian fjordsA local man in traditional norwegian dress and his reindeerView the colorful houses of BergenThe mystical northern lights dance over a small Norwegian townView the colorful houses of Bergen
  • Cruise through scenic Geirangerfjord
  • Cross the Arctic Circle en route to the Land of the Midnight Sun
  • Explore small fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands
  • Meet and interact with a local Sami family
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Bergen | Embark

Begin your cruise in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and a gateway to the fjords. Founded in 1070 A.D., Bergen boasts architecture influenced by the prosperous 14th-century German trading organization, the Hanseatic League. If time allows before your ship departs, explore the UNESCO-listed wharfs in the colorful Bryggen district, now a neighborhood with artisan shops, complete with cobblestone streets. Just across the street is the famous fish market, where you can indulge in delicious seafood. Don't miss the opportunity to take the Floibanen funicular up to the top of Mount Fløyen for breathtaking city views.

Before boarding, unwind in our comfortable guest lounge at the terminal. Once you're aboard, savor the first of many delicious meals made from fresh coastal produce as we set sail from Bergen and navigate the old Viking route along the Hjeltefjord. You'll have the chance to meet your ship’s Coastal Experience Team, who will serve as your guides as we explore Norway’s coastline. They'll arrange lectures, onboard activities, and optional hikes to enhance your journey.

Day 2: Floro - Molde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your day by savoring the early morning in the Nordfjord, near Torvik. Then, as we sail past the West Cape, prepare for our approach to Ålesund.
Alesund beckons with its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and Atlanterhavsparken, one of northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. If you’re traveling with us in spring or winter, seize the opportunity to explore this picturesque town to the fullest.

During the summer months, from June to August, our course is set for the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord*. This preserved piece of paradise boasts towering mountain cliffs and iconic waterfalls like the famous Seven Sisters cascading into the fjord. In the spring months of April to May* and during fall from September to October, your ship will journey to Hjørundfjord, tucked away in the Sunnmore Alps. You'll also have the chance to visit the scenic village of Urke, offering stunning views of thousand-year-old farms, the fjord, and lush mountainsides.

*Only on voyages departing in 2025-26.

Concluding our day's voyage is Molde. In the summer, catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring view of the 222 mountain peaks across the fjord, known as the ‘Molde Panorama’. And from mid-June to late August, immerse yourself in the streets and gardens adorned with roses of all shades and scents, solidifying Molde’s nickname as the ‘City of Roses’.

Day 3: Kristiansund | Rorvik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This voyage section brings you to the Trondelag region of Norway, marked by crumpled hills, fields dotted with farmsteads, and low-lying coastal settlements.
Trondheim, founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D., awaits you as Norway’s third-largest city. It features a mix of historic buildings and a lively student population.

You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its various highlights, either on your own or on one of our optional excursions. A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’ for its Gothic architectural style. It is considered the most sacred building in all of Norway. Next door to the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace, where Norway’s crown jewels are on display. Nearby, the old city bridge Gamle Bybro sits over Nid River, marking the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. The neighborhood’s colorful wooden wharves, propped up on stilts by the river’s edge, now house various restaurants. From Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort, which offers beautiful panoramic views of the city and fjord.

The ship will sail northwest in the afternoon, passing the ochre-colored Kjeungskjaer Lighthouse, islets, and rocky reefs. After that, we’ll head towards charming Rorvik.

Day 4: Bronnoysund - Svolvaer

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We cross the Arctic Circle early in the morning, beginning your Arctic tour of Norway. We mark the moment with a traditional ceremony that will wake you up. Above the Arctic Circle in summer, you can enjoy the sun 24 hours a day, while in winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights greatly improve.

In the morning, we’ll dock in Ornes, near Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. The pier here is popular for the ‘Love Bench,’ where sweethearts declare lasting romance with a padlock. Then, we’ll sail to Bodo, Northern Norway’s second-largest city, overlooked by the Børvass peaks. Admire fabulous street art or join an optional boat excursion to Saltstraumen, the world’s most powerful maelstrom.

Welcome to Lofoten! The ship enters the Lofoten Archipelago in the afternoon. The Lofoten Wall, standing over 3,200 feet tall, is a stunning sight on the horizon. Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands, which is busiest between January and April, when the Arctic cod—known locally as skrei—swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to Vestfjord to spawn. This evening, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the pretty harbor of Svolvaer when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer. This is the main town of the Lofoten Islands.

Day 5: Stokmarknes | Skjervoy

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You dock in Harstad in the morning. Feel free to have a peaceful early morning stroll around town. The ship will then continue to Finnsnes, connecting the beautiful Senja island via the impressive Gisund Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled for various seabirds, including puffins, as several colonies are nearby.

Then we’ll sail to Tromso's historic Arctic exploration capital, where you’ll have four hours to explore the city or join an optional excursion. Along the waterfront, you’ll find Polaria, a center exhibiting environmental research in the Arctic with a small aquarium. Pop into one of the many shops and restaurants in the city center, including Mack Brewery and the Olhallen pub, a favorite local watering hole. There are also cafes offering delicious cinnamon buns where baristas create innovative coffee-foam art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, check out the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

Leaving Tromso in the early evening, you’ll head north for the trading post of Skjervoy, founded in 1622. On your way, you’ll pass the Lyngen Alps, which rise majestically from the sea.

Day 6: Oksfjord | Berlevag

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the ship reaches the town of Hammerfest on the island of Kvaloya early in the morning, you'll notice that in the summer, herds of reindeer migrate to the island by the thousands. You’ll know you’ve reached Havoysund when you see the wind turbines of the landmark Havoygavlen wind farm, which produces enough electricity to power 6,000 local homes.

In the mid-morning, we’ll arrive at Honningsvag, the portal to the North Cape, where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. An optional excursion will take you to North Cape from Honningsvg by bus, passing herds of reindeer, depending on the season.

Near the entrance of the Kjollefjord village, look out for the striking, building-like rock formation Finnkirka, an ancient sacrificial site once used by the indigenous Sámi. You can join an optional summer excursion to meet local Sami, learn about their reindeer-herding life, and listen to joik folk songs.

You'll reach the northernmost port of call, Mehamn, in the evening. If you’re visiting during the months of February and March, you might spot cod drying on outdoor wooden racks called hjell, which are mainly destined for export. The ship then sets off for Berlevag. On the way, you’ll pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the planet’s northernmost mainland lighthouse.

Day 7: Batsfjord | Kirkenes | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
You'll call at Batsfjord and Vardo in the night, before docking at Vadso early in the morning. Looking to the skies, the area around Vadso is one of the most scenic and popular birdwatching spots in the Arctic, lying directly under the migration path of birds flying from east to west. Watch for hooded crows and sea eagles. Near the Norwegian border, Kirkenes is just a few miles from the edge of Norway's territory. This is where your Norwegian coastal cruise ends.


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Outside cabin, 94-121 sq ft. With portholes, separate beds, where one bed can be turned into a sofa, three-berth cabins with additional upper berth, bathroom with shower. Some with limited view.
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Outside cabin, 90-121 sq ft. With limited/no view, J2D cabins with queen bed, J2 cabins with separate beds, bathroom with shower.
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Outside cabin, 181 sq ft. Separate beds, where one bed can be turned into a sofa, bathroom with shower. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Outside cabin, 121 sq ft. Queen bed, some with table, TV, kettle, bathroom with shower.
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Expedition Suite - Q
Mini suite, 183-248 sq ft. One-room suite with queen bed and double sofa bed, seating area, TV, kettle, bathroom with shower. Select cabin with queen bed and accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Suite, 291 sq ft. Two-room suite with queen bed, TV, kettle, bathroom with shower
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Grand suite, 161-215 sq ft. Queen bed with one sofa bed, seating area, TV, safe, mini-bar, bay window with full view, bathroom with shower


  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
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  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • English-speaking tour leader on board
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