Christmas & New Year's | Norway

Christmas & New Year’s Celebrations in Norway

Prices starting from $2,099 per person


Norway is renowned for its Christmas traditions, steeped in the origins of countless legends of trolls and yuletide tales and of sleighs and magical reindeer. And because of Hurtigruten's unique and authentic brand of travel, you'll experience the traditions of another culture in a way that will stay with you for a lifetime.

  • Make Christmas decorations together with fellow guests and crew
  • Learn Norwegian Christmas carols as we practice and sing together
  • Decorate gingerbread houses together with fellow guests and crew
  • Enjoy traditional Norwegian 'Julegrot' (Christmas porridge). Find the almond in the porridge and win a prize!
      • Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen (12-days)
        Dec. 23 - 31, 2015 

December 24, 2015 - Christmas Eve

The ship will have a 24-hour stay in port to celebrate Christmas. Guests may attend church services in ports where arrival and departure time permits it. Christmas evening is celebrated on board according to Norwegian traditions. Passengers and crew will celebrate together with a lovely Christmas buffet, singing Christmas carols, and opening presents. Santa Claus pays us a visit.

December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day

Guests may attend church services in ports where arrival and departure time permits it. Christmas Day brunch and buffet. Coffee and cake buffet in the bar.

December 26, 2015 - Boxing Day

Christmas buffet in the restaurant, Boxing Day dance after dinner.

December 31, 2015 - New Year’s Eve

New Year's banquet and dancing in the bar after dinner. At midnight there will be fireworks and a toast for the New Year.

Voyage Itinerary

Experience the Classic Voyage North (7 days), the Classic Voyage South (6 days), the Norwegian Discovery Voyage (11 days), or the Classic Roundtrip Voyage (12 days, as shown below) to see it all. Whichever trip you choose, you will experience Norway and its unique Christmas traditions.

Day 1:Bergen

The 12-day Classic Roundtrip Voyage starts in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains. Before your departure, you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords.

Day 2:Florø - Molde

We continue north to Ålesund, a beautiful town filled with perfect examples of Art Nouveau architecture. If you travel in summer or fall there, is a fjord experience to behold. During the winter, we fascinate you with our expert-led lectures about the aurora borealis, the northern lights.

Day 3:Kristiansund - Rørvik

The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost-mythical setting, whether you are exploring the city by foot, bike, or boat. Kayak on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or take a guided tour to discover the city’s most striking features.

Day 4:Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border of the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘midnight sun.’ During fall and winter, being above this degree of latitude gives you the best chance of experiencing the northern lights.

Day 5:Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

Get ready for a day full of exciting activities, whatever the season! Visiting Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, and the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø, you can join several excursions such as whale watching, Husky dog sledding, polar history walks, mountain hikes, and kayaking.

Day 6:Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. In winter, experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air, and your best chances to see the mesmerizing northern lights.

Day 7:Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg

The vistas become more dramatic as we approach Kirkenes, just a few miles from the Russian border. This is Hurtigruten’s turning point. Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents region and the gateway to the east.

Day 8:Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. Experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air, and a chance to witness the mesmerizing northern lights in the clear, starry sky.

Day 9:Tromsø - Stamsund

The daylight sailing through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight for many Hurtigruten guests. The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature, and small, picturesque fishing villages. This day also offers several exciting excursions that will make you feel like a natural-born explorer.

Day 10:Bodø - Rørvik

The Helgeland coast, with its hundreds of islets, fertile farmland, and steep granite walls, is rich in local lore. Legends include how an arrow fired by the Hestmannen troll formed the hole in Torghatten Mountain.

Day 11:Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. Passing the islands of Munkholmen, Hitra, and thousands of islets and skerries, we stop in Kristiansund and then cross the open sea on our way to Molde.

Day 12:Ålesund - Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik, and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. Make the most of your final impressions of Norway. 

All Norway Coastal voyages that include December 24 will have an additional cruise night. All Hurtigruten ships will stay overnight in their respective ports on December 24 and resume sailing on December 25. The rate increase due to the extra cruise night will be confirmed at the time of booking and included in your invoice.