Join us in Norway!
We organise knitting trips to Norway several times every year onboard Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Express) or Havila (The Norwegian Coastal Route).
The Most Beautiful Sea Voyage in the World
Hurtigruten and Havila are the only operators allowed to cruise the historical Norwegian coastal route from 1893 (see video below), which is owned and subsidised by the Norwegian government. The Norwegian coastal route is the lifeline of the north of Norway. It is essential to connect the isolated northern part of our country with the more populated southern part of Norway. There is a daily departure from Bergen 365 days every year shared between Hurtigruten (5 departures per week) and Havila (2 departures per week). The ships stop in 34 ports on their northbound and southbound journeys, linking small towns north of the Arctic Circle together and helping those living in isolated communities to receive goods and mail and to travel to larger cities. The classic roundtrip journey takes 12 days and is considered the most beautiful sea voyage in the world.
The ships function as cargo ships, car ferries and passenger ships and are tiny (maximum 400 passenger capacity) compared to the massive, 4000+ passenger cruise ships of which we strongly disapprove. They also operate as the official carrier of the Royal Norwegian Post. Life onboard is very relaxed and comfortable. There are large glassed panoramic lounges to make the most of the gorgeous views. An expedition team is at hand to organise excursions (at an extra charge) and host lectures on local life and culture, ecosystems, wildlife etc. (free of charge). Food is farm-to-table, and both Hurtigruten and Havila focus on serving the best Norwegian cuisine based on healthy, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Both operators are putting massive efforts into becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly: Havila’s ships are loaded with the world’s largest battery packs and can sail without noise or emissions through vulnerable fjords for four hours at a time. The batteries are recharged with clean hydropower at the shore, and when the batteries are low, the ships switch to natural gas, which cuts CO2 emissions by 25%. Excess heat from cooling water and sea is used for heating onboard.
Knitting Under the Aurora Borealis
Typically, we offer our “Knitting under the Aurora Borealis (northern lights)” experience, which consists of two nights in Oslo, one night in Bergen and the 12-day classic roundtrip journey onboard one of the coastal ships. We also include, among many other things, a visit to our favourite Norwegian yarn factory, the oldest yarn producer in our country, still owned by the same family – and a great partner of ours for the past ten years.
The Aurora Borealis can only be seen in the darkness, which means that in Norway, it is only visible from mid-September to mid-March. So this is also, in our opinion, the best time to travel onboard the coastal ships and enjoy our country’s stunning and magical scenery. Life onboard will combine fun knitting activities, that ever-changing but always gorgeous view, and visits to our largest cities (Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø), small local communities, and lots of yarn stores along the way!
And What About Non-Knitting Spouses?
This trip is on many bucket lists, so non-knitting spouses are welcome to join! There is plenty to do onboard or on land during all 34 stops to stay busy. However, because our knitting concept is so relaxing and casual, the non-knitters tend to hang around the group and enjoy themselves even though they are not knitting! Pricing is the same regardless of knitting status.
Why Cruise With Us?
When you undertake this breathtakingly beautiful journey in our country together with us, you are supporting local businesses. We are Norwegian, live in Norway, speak the language and know every aspect of the Norwegian culture. We have travelled the coastal route since 2007 and know it by heart. The travel agency we work with is also from Norway, and our tour leader has organised trips on Hurtigruten for the past 20 years, so they also know this product better than most. We work with local suppliers and choose to include guest lectures with some of our country’s most excellent experts to give you the most authentic Norwegian experiences while on our cruise. We also know the best times to travel in Norway within the period when the Aurora Borealis is visible (not all months were created equally). We have made this journey so many times that we know where all the yarn stores along the entire coast (including the hidden ones) are located!
We have been travelling on Hurtigruten since 2007. Do we ever get tired of it?
Absolutely not! Hurtigruten is deeply embedded in our culture, and all Norwegians have a special and loving relationship with the ships and the coastal route. It is a vital part of our cultural identity. We have spent a lot of time in Northern Norway, and it always fills us with joy when we see the ships arrive and depart. Also, the most beautiful journey in the world is always beautiful, regardless of the time of the year. We have experienced it during all four seasons, and it is always absolutely stunning, regardless of the weather, and every time, we see new things that we haven’t seen before.
Get on our Journeys List!
Get on our Journeys list to become eligible to register for our cruises! Once on it, you will be notified when a trip opens for signups. Our Journeys list is by request only. Please use the link below to get on it.
Pricing for the 11-night sea journey plus two nights in Oslo and 1 Night in Bergen (a total of 14 nights) starts at 5.200 USD per person in a shared Seaview Superior double/twin cabin and is subject to change in 2024.
The price includes premium accommodation plus all meals onboard the ship and most meals in Oslo/Bergen plus city tours in both cities, the equally stunning train ride from Oslo to Bergen, a visit to our favourite yarn factory, the KAL, interesting lectures by other local experts and us, all other knitting activities onboard and an excursion to the North Cape. Airfare from your destination and to Norway is not included in the price. Gratuities are not included and not customary nor expected in Norway.
Priority Registration for our YouTube members.
Become a member of our YouTube channel and you will be eligible for pre-registration.
Tier 1 members (USD 4,99 per month) get to pre-register two days before we open general registration.
Tier 2 members (USD 9,99 per month) get to pre-register five days before we open general registration.
In addition to this perk, you also get custom emojis to use for comments and chats, discounts of yarns and needles, weekly updates on everything that is going on and monthly Q&As with knitting help!
We hope to see you here!
ARNE & CARLOS x
Check out this video that explains the history behind the Norwegian Coastal Express. Subtitles in English are available:
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