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Coastal history with Hermes II and Finnkroken

Set aside time for a rich experience in the old trading village Finnkroken. This trip is ideal for those who love history, are curious about what life was like here in earlier times, or those who simply want to enjoy a longer boat trip.

On board Hermes II, this beautiful wooden vessel from 1917, it feels like travelling back in time. And in a way we really do. Finnkroken has been a registered trading post for more than 200 years, and the Reinøy island has been inhabited for almost 10.000 years.

We start out from Tromsø with a two hours sailing in beautiful scenery. On the way you may explore the old boat as much as you want, and lears about Hermes II’s exiting history. When we arrive in Finnkroken local hosts will 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.

And if you prefer; feel free to walk around on your own between old buildings, on the quay or into the nearby woods and hills. Reinøy has lots of nice hiking trails that are easily accessable.

The Quay-café will be open for light service and has some local produce for sale.

Duration: 6,5 hours
Capacity: Up to 35 guests
Explore Finnkroken: Saturday 5 August & 2 September at 10:00
Christmas Market: 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.

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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.


The serving concepts vary on the different trips. On the short trips we have some selected local specialities for sale. Hot drinks are included, and if you like, you may purchase alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

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. Contact us, and we will find a menue that suits your wishes and needs.