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Christmas spirit & super-cozy Christmas Market in Finnkroken

Set aside time for a rich experience in the old trading village Finnkroken. This trip is ideal for those who love the vibes of Christmas spirit, a touch of the good old times with a traditional Christmas Market and are curious about life in earlier times.

Our popular Advent adventure gives you the feeling of travelling back in time. And in a way we really do. Hermes II, the beautiful wooden vessel from 1917, is the perfect match for Finnkroken, a registered trading post for over 200 years, and the Reinøy island that has been inhabited for almost 10,000 years.

We start out from Tromsø with a two hours sailing in beautiful winter scenery. On the way you may explore the old boat, visit the captain in the wheel house, learn about Hermes II’s exiting history from our guide or just relax, enjoy yourself and take in the wievs.

When we arrive in Finnkroken the Christmas Market is open with local handcrafted products, local food and much more for sale. The cozy quay-café oozes Christmas and tempts you with hot drinks and different treats. And don’t miss the chance to have a nice rendez-vous with the talkative locals. They love visitors!

Local hosts guide you through the village and invite you to visit The Armauer House from 1802, the church, the museum, the Einar Berger (local painter) exhibition and much more. We recommend you to join the tour – it’s very interesting.

Service on board: Hot fish-cake for «breakfast» and hot drinks are included. Cold drinks for sale the whole trip and you may order a hot meal for the return back to Tromsø. Hermes II is a registered serving establishment with a fully licensed bar.

Join us for a super-cozy Advent adventure 
– a truly memorable experience!

P.S: Read more about Finnkroken & Hermes II further down.

Duration: 6,5 hours
Capacity: Up to 35 guests
Departure: Saturday 2 December at 10:00
Meeting point: The floating pier at Stortorget, 10 minutes before departure.

– The tour might be cancelled or rescheduled due to harsh weather conditions.

Included / Facilities



Join Hermes II on an excursion to an old trading post that has a history as rich as the boat itself. This trip will provide you with a good insight into local culture. If you want to book the boat for a private trip to Finnkroken just give us a call or e-mail us.

About the trip to Finnkroken

When the old meets the new, it can be delightful. When the old meets the old, it becomes historic. This day-trip allows you to experience that exact feeling.

Hermes II is a freighter built in 1917. It was used to carry fish, livestock, building materials and all kinds of goods between the inshore islands. You can now join an authentic freight route to Finnkroken, a place where the boat transported and sold coal in an earlier life.  Step on board and let us take you on an exciting journey through time. To Finnkroken on Reinøya.

On the trip outwards you may listen to the story of the boat’s history and absorb the tranquillity as Hermes II takes you to this extremely well-preserved trading station, a 2-hour trip from Tromsø. Finnkroken has been populated since the Stone Age, and with several hundred years of trade traditions, the place has been an important component of the region’s development and history.

At Finnkroken, you can explore a wonderfully well-preserved house from 1802, visit the wharf and other old buildings and really feel a sense of history. You will hear about the trading station, merchants, fishing and hunting, and about settlements that are 6,000 – 10,000 years old. You can also take a short walk to the church or to the settlement museum, which displays several works by the internationally renowned local artist Einar Berger. Berger was the first Norwegian artist to be exhibited in the Louvre.

Hermes II and Finnkroken both have long histories. Join us and let yourself be fascinated by another point in time.

Safety first

Hermes II is equipped with top-quality modern navigation and safety equipment. On board, you will meet highly qualified and experienced skippers and hosts with safety training. A trip with Hermes II should be a pleasant and safe experience for everyone.


You can wander around on deck and enjoy the atmosphere or relax on the seating. Blankets and seat mats are available when you want to warm up a bit. If it’s still a little too cold for you, we have thermal insulation suits you can borrow.

Below deck you will find a nice and warm lounge with seating, dining table, bunks, bar and toilets. There are also screens that show films about the boats the company owns. From dramatic scenes from deep-sea fishing in the Barents Sea to scenic trips in glorious sunshine with Hermes II. All the screens that the skipper has on the bridge can also be viewed down here. You can follow the boat’s course, observe where other boats are located, check the depth around the vessel and try to see if there are fish nearby.


Hermes II is registered as a restaurant with a serving licence. Therefore we are not able to allow our guests to bring their own food or drinks. Exceptions can be made for small children and allergy sufferers.

On two of our open trips – the 2.5 hour cruise and the fishing trip (4.5 h) alll our guests get a warm fishcake. On the fishing trip we prepare today’s catch and serve fresh fish the traditional northern Norwegian way. Coffee and tea are included. Other hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks may be purchased on board – also on our 1 hour trips.

On some of our SPECIAL SEASONAL CRUISES we offer special food & wine/beer menus. We focus on local produce to give you an exciting culinary experience. E.g: Skriemølje (famous fresh cod dish) in the winter, aquavit & herring dishes for Christmas, beer and seafood-based local street food in the summer or other special events related to food concepts.

We plan the TAILOR-MADE TRIPS in cooperation with you. There are many options, from a pure boat trip without food, to various servings on deck, to multi-course tasting menus in the lounge below deck. On a trip with us you can enjoy a culinary experience with a delicious selection of known – and perhaps unknown – flavours from the best local food producers.

Please contact us, and we will find the best menu for your cruise.