Norway Photography Voyage

If you’re a photography enthusiast with a penchant for travel and nature, then our new escorted tour with celebrated travel and landscape photographer, Matthew Williams-Ellis is a must for you. From land and seascapes, fjords, Arctic tundra, mountains and birdlife to historical buildings and rural idyll, the spectacular coastline of northern Norway provides an endless stream of breath-taking subjects to capture on film.

Our 12-day escorted tour gives you the chance to capture the spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery, wildlife and culture of this amazing country. On hand with helpful hints and tips to ensure that you get that perfect shot, you will also have the opportunity to learn new techniques in our onboard workshops.

Gateway to the Fjords and The Northern Lights

Flying from London to Bergen, your journey of discovery starts in the historic city of Bergen, where you’ll be met by your tour leader. Once onboard, you’ll then meander through breathtakingly beautiful fjords and natural valleys, sailing past the West Cape and crossing the Artic Circle onto the North Cape, one of the northernmost points on the European continent.

  • Discover fjords, mountains, islands and waterfalls that will take your breath away
  • Cross the Arctic Circle and enjoy around the clock daylight under the Midnight Sun
  • Take part in adventurous and exciting land and sea excursions
  • Glean new techniques from our on-board photographer, Matthew Williams-Ellis

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to see and do on your coastal voyage but bear in mind that this is just an indication of what you can experience.

Day 1: London - Bergen

The Start Of Your Adventure

You will fly to Bergen where you’ll be met by your Tour Leader. This lovely city, surrounded by mountains, was founded in 1070 AD and is steeped in history. Retaining much of its charm and character, it’s home to the UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and is one of the most photographed and recognisable areas in Norway.

Once onboard, it’s time to kick back, relax and meet your fellow photography enthusiasts as you are welcomed by our Tour Leader and Matthew Williams-Ellis. Our Tour Leader will also be on hand to answer any questions as we sail north from Bergen along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord.

Day 2: Florø - Molde

Getting the Angle

Crossing the open west cape and heading for Torvik, you’ll be exposed to the mind-blowing sights of rural Norwegian landscapes. Making a port call at Ålesund we then continue to Molde with its magnificent views of the Romsdal Alps. Passing sheer 800-metre cliffs and impressive waterfalls, we pay a visit to the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord.

Matthew will lead an excursion here which includes an extra stop at Molde Varden Viewpoint – a special site of interest famed for its incredible views, that regular visitors are not generally privy to.

Day 3: Kristiansund - Rørvik

Gothic Charm from the Old Viking Capital

Home to Norway’s only gothic cathedral and the burial place of St Olav, Trondheim, founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997, is a unique mix of the ancient and modern. Although it’s Norway’s third largest City, Trondheim’s handsome civic architecture and colourful wooden wharves still retains the charm of a provincial town and offers plenty of photo opportunities.

Having spent a relaxing morning at Tronheim, we set sail in the afternoon towards Rørvik passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and charming islets through the narrow Stokksund en route.

Day 4: Brønnøysund - Svolvær

Some Would Call it Paradise

Join us on deck for the Arctic Circle ceremony as we cross the Arctic Circle on course to Ørnes the site of Norway’s second-largest glacier known as Svartisen. This stretch of coastline has some of the most charismatic scenery Norway has to offer. To help you shoot this captivating scenery, our team will be on-hand to offer advice and to point out special points of interest. And for those interested in ice photography, we also offer an excursion to see the Svartisen Glacier up close.

In the afternoon, we sail towards the 1000 metre high Lofoten Wall. The majestic granite cliffs looming on the horizon, coupled with the sandy white beaches offer some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.

Day 5: Stokmarknes - Skjervøy

Arctic Exposure

A busy but exciting day, the ship docks briefly at Risøyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes before docking for a prolonged stay at Tromsø. Dubbed the ‘Capital of the Arctic’, Tromsø is often described as the ‘Paris’ of the north. It really is something out of the ordinary and offers something for everyone.

‘Back in the day’ it was the starting point for several Arctic expeditions – today the Polar Museum, set in a traditional wharf house dating back to the 1830s, recounts the polar history.

There’s a noticeable change in scenery, which is best discovered on land. To get a better perspective, why not join our expedition team for a hike?

Day 6: Øksfjord – Berlevåg

The North Cape

The majestic North Cape is the northern tip of Europe and is the heartland of the Sámi people – perfect if you’re interested in capturing a taste of Norway’s culture.

During nesting season, the cliffs are also home to millions of birds. If you’ve ever dreamt of getting that perfect shot of a bird as it swoops to catch its prey then join us for our birdwatching excursion to Gjesværstappan for techniques on photographing wildlife.

In summer, you may see herds of reindeer and small camps of indigenous Sami people in the area.

Day 7: Båtsfjord – Berlevåg

The Russian Border

The vista becomes more dramatic and wilder as we approach Kirkenes. Located in the extreme north-eastern part of Norway and just a few kilometres from the Russian border, it is the final stop before the ship turns back for the return journey. The area around Kirkenes was a common Norwegian-Russian district until 1826 when the present border was settled. Although renamed Kirkenes after the Church that was built in 1862, there are still strong bonds and cultural influences from Russia today.

Kirkenes offers a wide range of classic winter activities but your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to an Arctic Ice Dome. And as you head back on board, remember you’ve only seen half of Norway’s coastline. More delights await as the ship starts its voyage south for the return journey.

Day 8: Mehamn – Tromsø

Amazing Lyngenfjord

The spectacular North Cape sits at the very top of Europe. At Honningsvåg there’s the opportunity for you to join an excursion to discover the hidden parts of Finnmark. Captured in different lights and weather, this beautiful spot can take on an ethereal quality.

As we continue south to Øksfjord we sail through the stunning Lyngenfjord. Surrounded by the Lyngen Alps, there’s a plethora of lakes (ideal for fishing enthusiasts), or if you prefer, you can take a gentle hike or cycle ride. With the potential to see wildlife such as reindeer, elk and wolverine, it’s truly is nature at its finest.

As we dock at Tromsø once again, you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral, or explore this magical city by boat under the Midnight Sun.

Day 9: Tromsø – Stamsund

Quite Simply Nature At Its Best

The islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen, renowned for their steep mountains, sandy beaches, wild nature and picturesque fishing villages, offer some of the most natural and stunning scenery of the entire voyage. And they’re a must for landscape lovers!

After a short stop at Risøyhamn, we continue to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded over 125 years ago. As we set sail, birdlovers will have a chance to take advantage of our popular Sea Eagle Safari. Leaving the ship by tender boat we go in search of these majestic eagles.

Day 10: Bodø – Rørvik

Mountain Landscapes

Join us as we celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle in true Arctic tradition – a fun ceremony highlighted by a spoonful of Cod Liver Oil. Not for the faint hearted!

As we continue to sail, we reach the Helgeland coast. Peppered with mountains, it’s home to Torghatten and the Seven Sisters mountain ranges. Torghatten, famous for its 160m long, 35m high and 20m wide distinct hole was created during the Ice Age. The Seven Sisters mountain range though is the stuff of true legend. The story goes that seven beautiful troll sisters got caught out at sunrise and turned to stone creating the beautiful peaks known as the Seven Sisters mountain range.

If you fancy something completely different, why not enjoy the stop and go ashore when we reach Brønnøysund. With a charming high and marina, there’s plenty to explore in this pretty little town.

Day 11: Trondheim – Ålesund

Rich in History

Our penultimate day takes us once again to Trondheim, before moving on to Kristiansund, a city spread across four islands with a harbour that has been active since the Stone Age! Renowned for its centuries-old export of dried fish, today it is known as Norway’s ‘Cured Cod Capital’.

You can also join an excursion here along the famed Atlantic Road, a National Scenic Route. A remarkable opportunity to capture Norway’s wonderful rolling scenery from land, the 8km stretch of winding highway spans eight bridges, crosses picturesque landscapes and is surrounded by open sea.

Day 12: Bergen – London

Last Chance to Snap

Before we dock in Bergen you get to create some final and long-lasting memories, with a chance to photograph the picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. A few nautical miles south of Florø we cross the mighty Sognefjord, taking in the superb views of the magnificent island-studded coastline.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Return flights from London
  • Stunning 12-day, 11-night coastal sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes and back to Bergen, full board, select package
  • Photography workshops and advice from travel and wildlife photography expert Matthew Williams-Ellis
  • Welcome drinks on board
  • A dedicated Tour Lead to accompany you for your entire trip (starting and ending at the airport in Bergen)
  • Geirangerfjord excursion led by Matthew Williams-Ellis
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Free Wi-Fi on board

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Photography equipment

Please Note:

  • The Geirangerfjord excursion is included on this tour. You will be accompanied by the photography expert and the Tour Leader
  • Your return flights from London are included. Regional flights are available to book on request at a supplement.
  • Prices are in GBP per person based on two people travelling together sharing a twin cabin. Single occupancy available at a supplement.
  • All prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability
  • Some J, A and L cabin categories have a limited view

Life On-Board

The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult. Even though there are now alternative means of transport, the Hurtigruten line still runs, calling at 34 ports along the Norwegian coastline.

They are though, not traditional cruise ships and life on board a Hurtigruten ship is vastly different to what you might expect onboard a traditional cruise liner and offers less in terms of entertainment. However, as a majority of their ships are much smaller than traditional cruise ships (150 – 500 passengers as opposed to 1000s) it means that they can enter the fjords in both winter and summer. And because they stop at so many ports, you will get to see more of the Norwegian coastline as opposed to just the ‘highlights’.

They also don’t fall short when it comes to comfort and amenities. The cabins are all elegantly furnished with a choice of cabin to suit all budgets. One of the most popular ships, the MS Polarlys, was refurbished in 2016. Featuring a modern, Arctic-inspired interior, there are three restaurants offering a range of different cuisine, a Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. On deck you can while the time away and take in the view from one of the two hot tubs, or if you prefer, enjoy a drink at the bar at the front of the ship.

But Hurtigruten really does come into its own with its on-board Expedition team. Passionate and experienced about all things ‘Norwegian’, the team host lectures, presentation programmes and activities on a regular basis.

Features at a glance:

  • Expedition Team
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Hot tubs
  • Fitness room
  • Conference room
  • Lift
  • Car deck

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