Refurbished in 2016; MS Kong Harald features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. The ship has its own on-board Expedition Team to make each cruise an exciting and educational journey by interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter ashore. Tasty local cuisine and a warm friendly atmosphere along with comfy cabins and suites and a variety of on-board facilities enhance your cruise experience. Spend your days afloat relaxing: enjoy the views from one of the two Jacuzzis on deck or the observation saloon, work out in the fitness room, or kickback in the sauna. The large compass area where the reception, a tour guide, conference room and shop can be found is the hub of the ship.
Dine in one of the ships three restaurants and experience first class service. Taste a wide range of international cuisine from the a la carte menus while you admire the panoramic views from the windows. Indulge in snacks from the Multe bakery and ice cream bar and enjoy in the panoramic lounge.
Explorer Roald Amundsen lends his name to the café, which serves hot and cold drinks throughout the day. The comfortable bar at the front of the ship is named after the famous Norwegian polar pioneer Fridtjof Nansen and is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-dinner gin and tonic.
The entertainment on-board MS Kong Harold is relaxed and low-key. The Expedition Team host a lecture programme and daily evening gatherings. Step out on deck as they guide you through the points of interest, nature, culture and other phenomena along the ever-changing coastline. Enjoy ambient background music in the evening as you socialise with your fellow guests in the lounge.
Day 1: Fly from the UK to Bergen
Your 12-day Classic Round Winter Voyage starts when you land in the charming port city of Bergen. Framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore; Bergen is famous for its bustling waterfront, narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses, and a proud musical and maritime heritage. Make yourself at home in your cabin before joining your fellow guests for a tasty buffet-style dinner made from locally-sourced ingredients. The ship sets sail north along the Hjeltefjord.
Day 2: Floro – Molde
Before breakfast, why not head up on deck and admire the serene beauty of the Nordfjord? The cruise continues on past the West Cape and out into the open sea towards the charming town of Alesund. This fishing town is spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Alesund was re-built in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Why not join an optional excursion to the Atlanterhavsparken to get up close to the resident penguins, followed by a trip up Mound Aksla to take in the panoramic views?
Day 3: Kristiansund - Rørvik
Today the cruise continues north to Trondheim, Norway's third largest city. Step ashore and join an optional trip to the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral, followed by a stop at Ringve Museum of Musical History to explore the country's musical heritage. In the afternoon, the cruise continues northwest past the Kjeungskjaer lighthouse, charming islets and rocky outcrops, and through the Stokksund towards the port town of Rorvik on the Vikna Archipelago.
Day 4: Brønnøysund - Svolvær
Today you finally cross the Arctic Circle - the best place to see the Northern Lights - which will be celebrated with a daytime Arctic Circle Ceremony on deck. Travel on past Ornes and the Svartisen glacier to Bodo, where you can take a challenging guided winter hike through the beautiful woodland of Bodosjoen or enjoy a leisurely tour of the city. Step back on board ship as she sails past the 1000m-high Lofoten Wall and picturesque fishing villages to Stamsund. Here you can join an optional trip to Lofotr Viking Museum and enjoy an authentic meal with the Chieftain and his lady in the banquet hall. As you travel between Stamsund and Svolvaer, why not visit a working herb and cheese farm or Lofoten's only craft brewery? Back on board; film shows and talks bring the Northern Lights and the Battle of Trollfjord to life at you enter this mighty stretch of water.
Day 5: Stokmarknes - Skjervøy
This morning the ship docks briefly at Risoyhamn, Harstad and Finnsnes and then continues to the 'Capital of the Arctic', Tromso, where it drops anchor for a day of adventure. If you're feeling active, join the Polar History Walk, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or meet the indigenous Sami reindeer herders and take a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen for amazing views, admire the artworks at the Art Museum of Norway, or step back in time at Perspektivet Museum. Taste authentic local brews on a tour of Mack Brewery or get up close to local fish and bearded seals at Polaria Arctic Aquarium. When the day draws to a close, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky from the best vantage point - the ship's top deck.
Day 6: Øksfjord – Berlevåg
Today, your journey continues towards the North Cape. Early stops at Hammerfest and Havoysun are followed by a longer stay at Honnigsvag where you have the opportunity to venture up to the Globe Monument on the North Cape plateau, Europe’s northern-most outpost. Or why not join a fishing village tour to experience local fishing life at Kamoyvaer and Skarsvag? The ship then continues north and passes the Finnkirka rock formation, a sacred site to the local Sami people. Next stop is the fishing village of Kjollefjord - where you can discover more about the local Sami and their traditions. In the winter months, you can go snowmobiling in the Arctic wilderness, explore the local Arctic cuisine and beverages, and maybe catch sight of the Northern Lights.
Day: 7 Båtsfjord – Kirkenes - Berlevåg
Early today, the ship makes a brief stop at Vadso before arriving at Kirkenes - the turning point for the journey south and close to the Russian border, the only town in Norway where east meets west. From Kirkenes you can pay a visit to the Snow Hotel and marvel at the variety of differently themed ice sculptures, explore the frozen wilderness by snowmobile or take an exhilarating dog sledge ride. Step back on board as your journey continues to Vardo for a short stop and maybe the opportunity to go ice bathing in the surrounding Arctic Ocean! Heading south, the ship cruises along the Varanger peninsula to Batsfjord before arriving in Berlevåg in the evening.
Day 8: Mehamn - Tromsø
The ship drops anchor during the night at the fishing village of Mehamn on the small Vedvik peninsula. Here you can join a snowmobile trip to enjoy the snow-clad landscapes and maybe catch sight of the Northern Lights. The cruise continues to Honnigsvag and then onto Hammerfest. Step ashore and admire the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column or join a mini-mountain expedition in the great outdoors and to learn more about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Linstrom. Travelling on through Oksfjord; there is a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervoy, before the ship docks at Tromso - just in time to catch the midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral or enjoy a drink in a local pub.
Day 9: Tromsø - Stamsund
This morning sees the ship’s arrival at Harstad, where you can take an optional excursion to experience the local scenery and history and visit Trondenes Church. Journey on towards Risoyrenna - a shallow seven-metre deep channel than runs between Harstad and Sortland. Admire the soaring mountains, wildlife and picturesque villages as you travel through the Lofoten Islands for a brief stop at Risoyhamn, then on via Sortland to Stokmarknes. Step ashore to explore the Hurtigruten Museum - the cruise company was founded here over 120 years ago. Next stop is Svolvaer - the perfect place to enjoy optional excursions such as a tour through the Lofoten Islands, a horseback ride along the sands or a village walk. The cruise continues on to Stramsund past the dramatic peaks of Lofoten wall, before leaving the islands behind and heading towards the mainland.
Day 10: Bodø - Rørvik
Crossing the Arctic Circle is celebrated with a traditional spoonful of cod liver oil out on deck! Sail alongside the stunning scenery of the Helgeland coast and past the Torgatten Mountain (with its odd-shaped hole) and the Seven Sisters mountains. During a stop at Bronnoysund you can take a guide tour to see the sights of this pretty village and harbour and indulge in some freshly caught seafood.
Day 11: Trondheim - Ålesund
Today you have a second opportunity to explore the central Norwegian city of Trondheim on the shores of Trondheim Fjord. Visit the impressive 11th-century, Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral, explore the Archbishop's Palace Museum and discover all things musical at Ringve Museum. Continue on through Trondheimsfjord to Kristiansund - the 'dried cod capital'. Winter time brings ice fishing and husky dog sledge rides. The ship then crosses open sea past the Romsdal Alps to Molde.
Day 12: Ålesund – Bergen
The ship calls at Alesund, Torvik and Maloy during the night. Cruise through the picturesque Nordfjord and past the Jostedals glacier before a final stop at Floro, the westernmost town in Norway. Then it’s into the Sognefjord and our final destination - Bergen. Your cruise adventure comes to an end here, when you disembark and catch your flight back to the UK.