Hurtigruten - Minutt for minutt
People have travelled along the Norwegian coastline with “Hurtigruten” since 1893. The journey is known as “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”. Now everybody can travel along in the world’s longest TV program! Spectacular fjords, midnight sun and genuine Norwegian scenery make the setting for a trip from Bergen to Kirkenes. You can watch the entire 134 hour long journey right here!
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Bergen - Florø
From the capital of Western Norway we go into Herdlefjorden, then we pass Fedje, Mongstad and go through Steinsundet. Then we pass the landmark Alden and the characteristic Stabben lighthouse and finally arrive at the Florø pier.
At harbor inFlorø
Norway's westernmost town, the administrative centre in the Flora municipality, has 8500 inhabitants. Founded during the days of glory of the herring fishery.
Florø - Måløy
Crossing Frøysjøen, Bremangerlandet, the sailing mark Hornelen, Nordfjord, under the Måløy bridge and then come alongside the quay in Måløy.
At harbor inMåløy
Måløy is one of the country’s most important fishing harbours. It is also the town centre in Vågsøy municipality with approx. 3000 inhabitants.
Måløy - Torvik
First Sildagapet (“the herring mouth”) with the island Silda and the old monastery island Selja, then around Stad past Sandøya between Herøya and Moltustranda in Torvik.
At harbor inTorvik
Torvik is a place in the Herøy municipality with 8383 inhabitants.
Torvik - Ålesund
We sail on the outside of Hareidlandet, past Ulsteinvik and Runde and into Breidsundet towards Ålesund.
At harbor inÅlesund
Ålesund city and municipality has one of the world’s largest harbours for dried and salted cod (“klippfisk”) and has 42.982 inhabitants.
Ålesund - Geiranger
"We sail around Sula into Storfjorden towards Geirangerfjorden, which is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Then we past the waterfall ”Dei sju systrene” (The Seven Sisters) og ”Friaren” (The Suitor). On the way we see farms ""where nobody should believe that anybody could live” (a word play based on a popular tv series)."
Geiranger – Ålesund
Back on the same track: The famous waterfalls is now on starboard. Do they look different from this angle? After this long voyage we are very often a bit delayed on our way back to Ålesund.
At harbor inÅlesund
Ålesund is well known for its architecture in Jugendstil. The city was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904.
Ålesund - Molde
We pass through the Lepsøy reef, past Brattvåg and Otterøya, into Romsdalsfjorden to ”The City of Roses”.
At harbor inMolde
Molde is the administration centre in the county of Møre and Romsdal. It’s a city and a municipality with 24.795 inhabitants. We dock together with the southbound ship.
Molde - Kristiansund
We sail pass Aukra with the natural gas field called “Ormen Lange”. Then we cross Hustadvika, one of the most dangerous stretch of open sea along the Norwegian coastline. The crossing takes two hours.
At harbor inKristiansund
Kristiansund is a city and a municipality, well known for its production of dried and salted cod (“klippfisk”), but the industry today is based on oil and gas. The municipality has approx. 25.000 inhabitants.
Kristiansund - Trondheim
We leave one of the finest harbours that ”Hurtigruten” visits. Soon we’ll get a glimpse of the island Grip in the distant. We sail on the inside of Smøla, past Tjeldbergodden and Hitra. Then we sail Trondheimsleia past Brekstad, and around Agdenes and into Trondheim.
At harbor inTrondheim
Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. Here we find the Nidarosdome and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The municipality has 174.161 inhabitants. We dock together with the southbound ship.
Trondheim - Rørvik
We see the little island Munkholmen when pass through Trondheimsfjorden. Killer whales occasionally swim in this fjord. We sail through Bjugnfjorden with Kjeungskjær lighthouse, pass the narrow Stokksundet and cross the stretch of open sea called Folda - ”the graveyard of the sea”. There’s a multitude of islands, amongst them are Sør-Gjæslingan. In the horizon we can see Nordøyan where St. Svithun went down, out of course, in 1962. We continue through Nærøysundet to Rørvik.
At harbor inRørvik
Rørvik is the village and the administration centre in Vikna municipality. It has 4.122 inhabitants. Here we meet the old ”Nordstjernen”, which is southbound. “The day of the Hurtigruten” is going to be celebrated today.
Rørvik - Brønnøysund
We pass through the narrow Dolmsundet on the inside of the island Leka. We’re approaching Torgfjorden with its famous Torghatten before the ship arrives in Brønnøysund.
At harbor inBrønnøysund
Brønnøysund is the city and the administration centre in Brønnøy municipality with 7.660 inhabitants. It’s called ”The coastal city in the middle of Norway”, but it’s perhaps mostly known for Brønnøysund Register Centre, which is a Norwegian government agency that is responsible for the management of numerous public registers.
Brønnøysund - Sandnessjøen
"The ships passes Ylvingen, famous from the drama series ”Himmelblå” (based on the BBC series “Two Thousand Acres of Sky”), and Vega, the island municipality which is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. We pass the Alstahaug, where the poet and minister Petter Dass worked around 1700 BC. The mountain range “De syv søstre” (The Seven Sisters) is popular with hikers and offers scenic views over the surrounding area. On clear days visitors can truly understand why the surroundings are called ""The kingdom of the thousand isles"" by the local populace."
At harbor inSandnessjøen
Sandnessjøen is the centre of the Alstahaug municipality with 7.196 inhabitants.
Sandnessjøen - Nesna
The ship continuous along the island municipality Dønna located on the beautiful coastal line of Helgeland.
At harbor inNesna
The village and the administration centre in Nesna municipality with 1.786 inhabitants.
Hurtigruten18: Nesna - Ørnes
The island Lovund is in the distant. The island municipality Træna and the wrapped in legends Rødøysløva can be seen on this stretch. We also see The Artic Circle Monument on the islet Vikingen.
At harbor inØrnes
Ørnes, the centre in Meløy municipality, has 6.639 inhabitants.
Ørnes - Bodø
We sail through Fugløyfjorden, past Gildeskål, and then through Saltfjorden and into Bodø.
At harbor inBodø
Bodø is the city where the Norwegian Aviation Museum is located. It is also the administration centre in the county of Nordland. It is Northern Norway’s second lagest city with 47.282 inhabitants. Maybe we have time for a excursion to the famous Saltstraumen, which is a sound with the world’s strongest tidal current.
Bodø - Stamsund
Past Kjerringøy and the sailing mark Landgode, and then over Vestfjorden. In good weather we can see Lofotveggen for a long time.
At harbor inStamsund
Stamdsund is a village in Vestvågøy municipality in Lofoten with 1.016 inhabitants.
Stamsund - Svolvær
Over Henningsværstraumen, past Rødholmen on the outside of Henningsvær and then into Svolvær.
At harbor inSvolvær
Svolvær is a town with 4.167 inhabitants and the administration centre in Vågan municipality. The Svolvær goat is a land mark.
Svolvær - Stokmarknes
We pass the Moldøra sound and into the narrow and famous Trollfjorden, and pass equally famous Raftsundet.
At harbor inStokmarknes
Stokmarknes is the centre of the Hadsel municipality with 3.148 inhabitants. Here the old MS Finnmarken is displayed on land at the Coastal Express Museum (Hurtigrutemuseet), also known as the birth place of Hurtigruten.
Stokmarknes - Sortland
Through Hadselfjorden and into Sortland – ”The Blue City”.
At harbor inSortland
Sortland is a city and a municipality with 9.819 inhabitants. It is also the regional centre in Vesterålen.
Sortland - Risøyhamn
Sortlandsundet and the beginning of the shallow Risøysundet.
At harbor inRisøyhamn
Risøyhamn is a village in the Andøy municipality with 211 ihabitants.
Risøyhamn - Harstad
We sail through the dredged Risøyrenna and over Andfjorden, between Hinnøya and Grytøya. We can see Trondenes church just before we arrive in Harstad.
At harbor inHarstad
Harstad is a city which is located on Hinnøy - Norway’s biggest island. There are 23.257 inhabitants in the municipality, it’s a traffic junction for Southern Troms and it’s called the ”Cultural City”.
Harstad - Finnsnes
Over Vågsfjorden we sail along the inside of Senja to Finnsnes on the mainland.
At harbor inFinnsnes
Finnsnes is a town in Lenvik municipality with approx. 4.000 inhabitants.
Finnsnes - Tromsø
Out the bent og narrow Gitsundet, on the inside of Kvaløya and into Tromsøysundet, and towards the city that is called «The Paris of the North».
At harbor inTromsø
Tromø is a municipality with approx. 64.000 inhabitants. It is the largest city in Northern Norway. The well known Ishavskatedralen (The Cathedral of the Artic Sea) is located here, and we can get an excellent panoramic view from the mountain Fløya.
Tromsø - Skjervøy
We sail under the bridge Tromsøybrua, then through the sound Kvalsundet. In the distance the majestic mountains Lyngsalpene get into sight. We pass the little island Karlsøy with its small hippie community. Then we pass Lyngfjorden and Nord-Fugløy, with Norway’s biggest bird cliff, and finally to the island Skjervøy.
At harbor inSkjervøy
Skjervøy is the administrative centre of the municipality with the same name, which has approx. 2.900 inhabitants. It’s also the maritime centre of Northern Troms.
Skjervøy - Øksfjord
We cross Kvænangen, Lopphavet and sail around the mountain Silda.
At harbor inØksfjord
Øksfjord is the administrative centre of Loppa municipality with approx. 1.100 inhabitants.
Øksfjord - Hammerfest
We pass the little island Håja in the sound Sørøysundet. There is a large colony of seagulls on the island. We dock in the city of Hammerfest.
At harbor inHammerfest
Hammerfest has recently become the gas city of the Barents Sea because of the newly opened natural gas field Snøhvit (Snow White). The municipality has approx. 10.000 inhabitants.
Hammerfest - Havøysund
Further out at sea we can see the enormous natural gas field on the island Melkøya. Then we pass the sound Rolvsundet. We can see the windmill park Havøygavlen. We dock in Havøysund.
At harbor inHavøysund
Havøysund is a village and an administrative centre in Måsøy municipality, which have approx. 1.000 inhabitants.
Havøysund - Honningsvåg
Måsøysundet then Magersundet, which separates the island Magerøya from the peninsula Porsangerhalvøya.
At harbor inHonningsvåg
Honningsvåg is a town on Magerøya and the centre of the Nordkapp municipality. It’s among the five largest cruise ship harbours in Norway. While the tourists take the bus to North Cape there is a rescue rehearsal for the crew on board.
Honningsvåg - Kjøllefjord
We cross Porsangerfjorden and see the characteristic stone formations Store- and Lille Finnkjerka (literally meaning The Big- and Little Chuch of the Sami) and then we dock at Kjøllefjord.
At harbor inKjøllefjord
Kjøllefjord is the administrative centre in Lebesby municipality with approx. 1.300 inhabitants. It’s among the biggest fishing villages in the county of Finnmark.
Kjøllefjord - Mehamn
We round Kinnarodden, which is Europe’s northernmost point on the mainland. Then we sail to Mehamn.
At harbor inMehamn
Mehamn is the centre of Gamvik municipality with approx. 1.000 inhabitants. In the past it was a whaling station, but today it’s most renowned for the huge Alaskan king crabs.
Mehamn - Berlevåg
Past Slettnes lighthouse, over Austhavet towards Berlevåg.
At harbor inBerlevåg
Berlevåg is a municipality with approx. 1.000 inhabitants. Berlevåg is located just as far east as Istanbul, and it has a famous mole and men’s choir.
Berlevåg - Båtsfjord
We are crossing over Kongsfjorden and into Båtsfjorden to dock.
At harbor inBåtsfjord
Båtsfjord is a municipality with approx. 2.000 inhabitants. It’s considered to be Norway’s biggest fishing village.
Båtsfjord - Vardø
We’re passing Makkaur with its Greek inspired light house. We sail past Syltefjorden and towards Vardø.
At harbor inVardø
Vardø is Norway’s easternmost town and it’s called “The Gateway to the Barents Sea and The Northern Sea Route”. The municipality has approx. 2000 inhabitants.
Vardø - Vadsø
The sailing continues around the peninsula Varangerhalvøya and towards Vadsø. Here we find mooring masts to the airships “Norge” and “Italia” which the explorer Roald Amundsen used in the 1920s.
At harbor inVadsø
Vadsø is a city and the administrative centre in the county of Finnmark. There are approx. 6.000 inhabitants in the municipality. Vadsø is also called ”The Capital of the Kven people in Norway”.”
Vadsø - Kirkenes
We cross the Varangerfjord, Norway’s easternmost fiord, to Hurtigruten’s easternmost harbour and this voyage’s end: Kirkenes.
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