Hurtigruten (‘the express route’) is a daily passenger and freight shipping service along the western and northern coast of Norway between Bergen and Kirkenes. Cruise passengers complete the round-trip journey in 11 or 12 days, while local car and foot passengers join the ships for short hops between coastal towns and villages – a daily reminder that you’re aboard a working vessel providing vital transport links.
The décor of MS Nordlys (‘Northern Lights’) takes its cue from the shimmering winter sky phenomenon and cabins and public areas are light and airy, with starry motifs a constant reminder to keep watch overhead. Optional excursions vary between the seasons along this pristine coastline of fjords, inlets, glaciers, islands and natural harbours.
In the summer months the Arctic region experiences 24-hour sunlight and midnight whale-watching safaris are a must. Autumn brings spectacular colours and harvest celebrations all along the coast. In the dark winter the magical Northern Lights are the focus of onboard activities and offshore adventures. And spring is a time of extreme contrasts, with snow and ice activities north of the Arctic Circle while the returning sun brings migrating birds and abundant wildflowers in its wake.
Food and Drink
Restaurant, cafe and two bars.
No onboard pool or fitness centre.
Locally sourced ingredients are a vital part of the onboard dining experience, and the chefs make full use of each voyage’s many stops at large and small ports. A rich variety of fresh produce from land and sea is prepared with a modern twist on age-old traditions. Specialities range from Bergen fish soup, baked Arctic char and red king crab to beer-braised beef, reindeer steak, local cheeses with berry compote and milk pudding with sea buckthorn and aquavit ice cream.
There is musical entertainment on some stretches of the voyage in the bar area but no organised entertainment programme. There are no long days at sea away from the coast, and evenings are geared to relaxation and unwinding after daytime activities.
A wide variety of optional guided excursions immerse passengers in the spectacular landscape, culture and wildlife of the region, including hiking around fjords and glaciers, city walks, Sami feasts, island boat rides, husky sledding, snowmobile rides and Northern Lights viewing.