Hurtigruten is a unique cruise company that encourages all of their guests to have an active holiday, where they can thoroughly explore their destination. On the port stops along the Classic Coastal Voyage, Hurtigruten offer a number of active guided walks and hikes.
Although some of these areas are accessible without guides, their added knowledge of history, wildlife and the cultural significance of certain walks make a guided excursion valuable and well worth your time.
Bodø is often considered to be the gateway to the true North of Norway. It is the end of the railway line and home to the world's strongest tidal current, plus it has plenty of personality. One of it's most charming aspects is its proximity to nature - the beautiful woodlands of Bodøsjøen are just outside the city centre. Surrounded by the sea on all three sides, from Bodøsjøen guests can admire a magnificent view of the breathtaking Børvasstindan Mountains towards the south.
Bodøsjøen has many paths following the small streams and often locals will wander through on a weekend hike. On the guided walk, guests will explore Viking graves, a sombre labour camp for Russian prisoners used in WWII and an outdoor coastal museum.
Bodø was almost completely destroyed when it was firebombed by German fighter jets in May 1940. It was then invaded by an occupation force of Germans - on bicycles! Today, it has an interesting history and there are many stories about life under occupation.
Walking sticks and spikes are provided, while comfortable walking shoes and warm, waterproof clothes are recommended. A moderate level of fitness is required.
Visit the fishing village of Svinøya in Svolvær for a guided tour through the quaint streets. This postcard-perfect village has been doing a vibrant fishing trade since 1828. The walk will take guests amongst the rorbuer (fishermen’s huts) to the fish processing plant, the iconic fish racks and a famous fish restaurant where you can taste the locally caught stockfish.
Svinøya is made up of many small islands with small bridges connecting each one and since the 1930s it has developed into something of an art hub of Norway's Northern and Arctic artists. The tour also encompasses a visit to Gunnar Berg's small art gallery within the North Norwegian Art Centre, with works that reflect the importance of fisheries and in particular, cod fisheries in Lofoten.
This walk is suitable for most people and all ages.
Trondheim is now a cosmopolitan city, albeit small, but was once the capital of the Norse Viking Kingdom. This guided walk takes guests to the city's main attractions including the Royal Residence, the old town bridge and Nidaros Cathedral. The old town bridge was first built in 1681 and is nicknamed 'the portal of happiness' because it was an important link between two areas of Trondheim. Here you will see lines of brightly painted houses propped up on stilts. This is the perfect spot for photo opportunities!
Nidaros Cathedral is the national sanctuary of Norway. Works began there in 1070, built over the grave of Saint Olav, the once King Olav Haraldsson who was killed in the battle of Stilkestad in 1030.