Trip Information

Duration
11 Days
Departs
Multiple Dates
Ship
MS Kong Harald
From
£1399
Offer
Flights Included Exclusive charter flights available from 9 regional airports throughout Winter 2021/2022!

Departure Dates

Sails on multiple dates  from October to March.

This Expedition Includes

  • Return charter flights  from 9 regional airports
  • Full board
  • English-speaking Tour Leader on board
  • Sail onboard one of Hurtigruten’s fleet of ships

Expedition Highlights

  • Claimed to be ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage’ by Lonely Planet
  • Cross the Arctic Circle with excursions available to the North Cape plateau
  • Incredible programme of optional excursions in every port
  • Northern Lights Promise guarantee from October until March

 

Itinerary Summary

This 12-day Classic Round Voyage aboard the expedition ship MS Kong Harald gives you the opportunity to explore Norway’s captivating coastline, cross the Arctic Circle and maybe catch a glimpse of the stunning Northern Lights should you choose a winter departure.

Operating round-trip from the city of Bergen on the southwestern coast, the itinerary will take you on a journey to the town of Kirkenes, situated at the tip of northern Norway, before returning south. Along the way you will visit over 34 different ports of call, cruise through spectacular fjords and stunning mountain ranges and take in beautiful scenic cities including Trondheim and Tromsø.

One of the expeditions many highlights comes at the midway point of the itinerary when MS Kong Harald arrives in Honningsvåg. One of the northernmost cities in Europe, Honningsvåg is also the gateway to North Cape and here you will have the option of joining an excursion bound for the North Cape plateau – an opportunity not to be missed!

Joining you on your voyage will be a highly trained Expedition Team comprised of experts from the fields of natural history, geography and wildlife. While onboard, they will lead a series of informative talks about the places you will be visiting and when ashore, will guide you on a packed programme of shore excursions which include city tours, mountain hikes and thrilling Zodiac rides around picture-perfect fjords.

While traditional cruise ships do operate similar voyages, none will take you on such an all-encompassing journey. If you have ever wanted to immerse yourself in Norway’s true beauty, the Classic Round Voyage is highly recommended the best possible option.

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Trip Schedule

  • Day 01 Bergen
  • Day 02 Florø - Molde
  • Day 03 Kristiansund - Rørvik
  • Day 04 Brønnøysund - Svolvær
  • Day 05 Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
  • Day 06 Øksfjord - Berlevåg
  • Day 07 Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg
  • Day 08 Mehamn - Tromsø
  • Day 09 Tromsø - Stamsund
  • Day 10 Bodø - Rørvik
  • Day 11 Tromsø - Stamsund
  • Day 11 Bodø - Rørvik
  • Day 12 Trondheim - Ålesund
  • Day 12 Ålesund - Bergen

About Your Ship

Named after Norway’s reigning Monarch, Kong Harald is an expedition ship with capacity for 622 guests. Primarily operating along the rugged Norwegian coastline, Kong Harald was refurbished in 2016 and offers a collection of experiences that take in the Northern Lights and the Arctic Circle.

As you might expect for a ship purpose-built for polar exploration, MS Kong Harald is equipped with all the necessary apparatus including Zodiacs, kayaks and walking gear. The ship also has it’s own onboard Expedition Team who lead each excursion and also host a daily onboard lecture programme, with the topics tied neatly into the region you are exploring.

The accommodation aboard MS Kong Harald is spacious, comfortable and provides the perfect base for relaxation after a long day of exploring. The ship’s entry level accommodation categories are classified as ‘Polar Cabins’ and are available both with and without windows. They include all the basic essentials you will need throughout your expedition, including an en-suite bathroom with a shower, a flat-screen TV and a sofa which converts into a bed should 3 of you be travelling.

‘Arctic Superiors’ are the ship’s mid-level accommodation category. Larger than the Polar Cabins, the Arctic Superiors all have picture windows as well as additional tea and coffee making facilities and double beds while the largest of the accommodation grades, the Expedition Suites, boast a separate seating area and come with complimentary bathroom amenities, cabin kits and slippers.

Where dining is concerned, MS Kong Harald has three restaurants. The main dining room is Torget, where breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style and dinner is a three course meal served at your table. The other venues, Brygga and Kysten are more bistro-style, and serve seasonal dishes freshly created using locally sourced fresh fish and meats.

When not exploring ashore or by Zodiac, guests are free to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities and public areas. As is common on the majority of expedition ships, MS Kong Harald does not offer much in the way of late-night entertainment. However, such is the focus on destination-led discovery and shared experiences, the bars can often be lively and post-dinner drinks give guests the opportunity to come together and discuss their adventures in a relaxed setting.

Other facilities on Kong Harald include a sauna, fitness room, conference room and a jacuzzi. WiFi is also available through the ship for an additional charge.

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