Hurtigruten cruises – General information

Unlike any other Norway cruise, the Hurtigruten ships are combined cruise ships, working ships and public transport for the locals. During the cruise the ships sail into fjords, through narrow passages and make calls at tiny fishing villages and coastal cities all the way along the extensive Norwegian coastline.

Enjoy the midnight sun and the bright nights during a summer cruise or the spectacular Northern Lights during an exotic winter cruise!

We offer a wide range of Hurtigruten cruise packages. You choose between an extensive program of interesting and adventurous optional excursions en route; most of them can be booked in advance, but also on board, provided they are not booked up in advance.

Hurtigruten ship In the Trollfjord. Photo By ToFoto, Hurtigruten

Cruise into Trollfjord


Dress code and clothing:
There is no formal dress code on board.
Summer season: Make sure to bring a windproof jacket – preferably with a hood, eventually a woolen hat and mittens for views from the deck. Good walking shoes for some of the optional land excursions.

There is normally no entertainment on board.

Norway´s Coastal Kitchen by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Norway´s Coastal Kitchen on board Hurtigruten

Shop on board MS Richard With by Agurtxane Concelon, Hurtigruten

Shop on board

Common areas & panorama lounge:

There are several lounges, bar areas, library room and a panorama lounge on board. The views are best seen from the common areas and from deck, while the cabins are mostly for sleeping, apart from the grand suites.

There is a dining room and a self-service cafeteria. The dining room serves buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and 3 course dinner at fixed hours, depending on the port arrivals. If your cruise package does not include meals in the dining room, you can call at the dining room desk and book a table for lunch and dinner. The cafeteria is open throughout the day for light meals.

There is a tiny shop for souvenirs, some Norwegian clothes and other things you may need during the cruise.
A tiny playground for children on most of the ships. Small fitness centre on most ships. Outdoor tub on a couple of the ships.

Standard outside cabin by Agurtxane Concellon, Hurtigruten

Standard outside cabin

Cabins & suites:
All the standard cabins have separate beds (sofa and bunk bed). All cabins have private shower and toilet, with towels, hairdryer, soap and shampoo.
The 3 newer ships have grand suites with balcony or bay window (MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol & MS Finnmarken), while the other ships have suites & mini suites with normal ship windows. The suites have double beds/queen size beds.

Breakfast Hurtigruta HGR 118727 Foto Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoying the food on board

Credit cards & payments on board:
You can use your Visa & Mastercard in the shop & in the cafeteria. For the dining room and bars you should arrange for a cruise card when you check in on board; you use the cruise card for all transactions during the cruise, and then the final bill will be charged to your Visa or Mastercard when you check out.

Winter cruise Arctic Coast by Jan Holthe, Hurtigruten

Winter on Hurtigruten


Climate & clothing:
The temperature normally varies between +5 and -10 degrees Celsius depending on the latitude. The mean temperature in Tromso in January is only -3 degrees Celsius, due to the coastal climate. In Bergen the mean temperature in January is above zero.
For the outdoor sightseeing/activities make sure to bring a warm sweater, windproof & warm outer jacket with a hood, windproof & warm trousers, warm & waterproof winter shoes, mittens and a woolen hat.
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What our customers say:

  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States