Northbound sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes on Hurtigruten

Northbound sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes on Hurtigruten
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Our photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing north on Hurtigruten's ship MS Finnmarken, which is one of the three millennium-category ships. Here is a brief outline of the day-by-day itinerary.

Hurtigruten’s ships make 34 ports of call (35 in the summer when Geiranger is visited). Year round, there are daily departures from Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north (see day-by-day, port-by-port map above). Read more about Hurtiguten.

Day 1

BERGEN is an international city full of history and tradition, a city with small-town charm and atmosphere. Bergen offers the ideal combination of nature, culture and exhilarating city life.

Bergen’s first buildings were erected along the old, Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen, which has been a lively and important part of the city through the centuries. This site, which features on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, comprises the remains of the old harbor buildings and is one of the best known medieval city settlements in Norway.

Day 2

FLORØ is a town and the administrative centre of Flora municipality in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. The town was founded by royal decree in 1860. In 2009, the city of Florø had 8,448 inhabitants. Florø is Norway’s (and thus the Scandinavian Peninsula’s) westernmost town, west of Amsterdam, Brussels and Nice. It is the most western town on the mainland in the Nordic countries.

The basis for the foundation of the town was the rich herring fisheries, symbolised by the three herrings in the municipality’s coat of arms. Fishing is still an important part of the economy, in addition to shipbuilding and service industries. After the discovery of petroleum in the North Sea in the 1960s, Florø has been used as a supply base for the petroleum industry.

MÅLØY is a town and the administrative centre of the municipality of Vågsøy in Sogn og Fjordane county.

TORVIK is a village in Leinøy in the municipality of Herøy in Møre og Romsdal county.

ÅLRDUND. The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps.

GEIRANGER is a small tourist village in Geirangerfjord, Sunnmøre. The Geirangerfjord is unique and exceptionally beautiful – which is why this fjord landscape is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The MOLDE area is known for the Trollstigen Mountain Road, Molde International Jazz Festival and the 222 mountain peaks of Molde Panorama.

Day 3

KRISTIANSUND is a city and municipality on the western coast of Norway, in the Nordmøre district of Møre og Romsdal county. It was officially awarded township status in 1742.

TRONDHEIM is Norway’s third largest city, and has managed to preserve both the charm and intimacy of a small town. The cathedral in Trondheim is the national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav. Work began in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence date from the middle of the 12th century. In 1869 extensive restorations started, and more than a century later, Nidaros Cathedral is yet to be completed.

RØRVIK is a port town in the Vikna archipelago on the Norwegian coast. Rørvik has 2,609 inhabitants as of January 2006, and as of January 2007 there are 4,019 inhabitants in the municipality.

Day 4

BRØNNØYSUND is a town and former municipality, and center of Brønnøy municipality, Nordland county.

SANDNESSJØEN is the centre of the municipality of Alstahaug in the county of Nordland with a population of 5,716.

NESNA is a municipality in Nordland county. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Nesna.

ØRNES is a small village in the municipality of Meløy. Its population is 1,538. It is a station on Hurtigruten between Nesna and Bodø.

BODØ is a city and a municipality in Nordland county. It is part of the Salten region. Bodø is surrounded by a beautiful coastline that offers ample opportunities for exploration. You can go kayaking under the midnight sun, take a tour on a fast passenger boat through the impressive archipelago, walk along the shore with a rucksack or fishing rod, feel your heart beat in step with the engine on an old fishing smack, or squeal with delight as the rubber dinghy bounces from wave to wave.

Stamsund is a village in Vestvågøy municipality in Lofoten in Nordland county.

SVOLVÆR is the administrative centre of Vågan Municipality (9,200 inhabitants) in Nordland county. The town itself has a population of 4,378 as of 1 January 2006.

Day 5

STOKMARKNES is a small town on the island of Hadsel in Nordland.

SORLAND is a town and municipality in Nordland county. It is part of the Vesterålen traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Sortland.

ROSØYHAMM is a village on the island of Andøya in the municipality of Andøy.

HARSTAD is the second largest city and municipality by population in Troms county – the city is also the third largest in North Norway. Thus Harstad is the natural centre for its district. Harstad has a mix of contemporary and old architecture which, in combination with its waterfront location, provides a good atmosphere. Facing the sea, Harstad provides the perfect setting for the annual Festival of Northern Norway, a wide-ranging cultural festival and celebration.

FINNSNES is a small town located in the municipality of Lenvik on the mainland near the island of Senja, in Troms county. The population (2009) is 4,185. The municipality is well provided with kindergartens and a decentralized school system on both primary and secondary level.

TROMSØ is located beside the mighty Arctic Ocean, surrounded by towering mountains. It is the 7th largest city in Norway. Tromsø’s numerous sights offer history, daring architecture, wildlife, science, culture and impressive vistas. The city centre of Tromsø is the largest wooden city north of Trondheim, and has a rich neoclassic architectural inheritance, richly interspersed with both beautiful and not so nice buildings from later periods.

SKJERVØY is a municipality in Troms county. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Skjervøy on the island of Skjervøya, where most of the inhabitants live.

Day 6

ØKSFJORD is the administrative centre of Loppa municipality. Its population (2006) is 510.

HAMMERFEST is a city and municipality in Finnmark county. The municipality encompasses parts of three islands: Kvaløya, Sørøya, and Seiland. Hammerfest was established as a municipality on January 1, 1838.

HAVØYSUND is the administrative centre of the Måsøy municipality. Its population in 2006 was 1,125.

HONNINGSVÅG at 70° 58′ N, in Nordkapp municipality, claims to be the northernmost city in Norway and even in the world, although the title is disputed by Hammerfest; Barrow, Alaska; and Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

KJØLLEFJORD is the largest village in the northwestern part of Nordkinn Peninsula in the municipality of Lebesby.

MDHAMN is a village in the Gamvik municipality in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway.

BERLEVÅG is a municipality in Finnmark county. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Berlevåg.

Day 7

BÅTSFJORD is a municipality in Finnmark county. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Båtsfjord.

VARDØ (also Finnish: Vuoreija or Vuorea, Northern Sami: Várggát) is a town and a municipality in Finnmark county in the extreme northeast part of Norway.

VADSØ (Čáhcesuolu in Northern Sami or Vesisaari in Kven/Finnish) is a city and municipality in Finnmark county. The city is the administrative center of the municipality and the county of Finnmark.

KIRKENES (Finnish: Kirkkoniemi, Sámi: Girkonjárga) is a town in the municipality of Sør-Varanger in the county of Finnmark in the far northeast of Norway. The small town of Kirkenes is known as the capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the East.

Kirkenes is situated between two timezones; Helsinki and Moscow. In Kirkenes, which lies in the municipality of Sør-Varanger, people speak Norwegian, Sami, Finnish, and Russian. The small mining town has approximately 3,300 inhabitants.

The Russian czar, the Russian Revolution, Finnish immigration, and World War II made their permanent tracks here.

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