Well after this crazy pandemic subsides things goes back to normal (or “new normal”?) hopefully, you are welcome to visit Norway.
When you are retired what is holding you back? (Except maybe the cost?)
If you want to see coastal Norway the best way is by the Coastal Express that operates daily from Bergen to Kirkenes v.v. on 12 day roundtrips, with 34 stops each way. Most of the route are in protected inshore waters, with a few open water crossings and the last bit along the arctic coast of Finnmark, from the North Cape to Kirkenes.(There are 6 ports of call on this stretch.
PS> Ports visited during the night one way are daytime ports the other way.
These are working ships, not cruise ship. There are no entertainment, except the nature that they sail thru and the activity in the ports, with cargo being discharge and loaded and local passengers leaving or joining. Some are going just to the next port, others may be going longer distances.
The big attraction during the summer season is the Midnight sun, since more than half the route is north of the Arctic Circle.
In the winter season it is the Northern Lights, the Polar night and the blue light in the short time there are any “daylight”.
In the Autumn and Spring seasons it is also the great difference between north and south. In the autumn the trees may be still green in the south, while it is full winter in the north. In the spring it is the opposite, with snow still on the ground in the north, while people are mowing their lawns in the south.
From 01.01.2021 there will be two companies on the service, Hurtigruten with 7 ships and Havila Kystruter with 4 brand new ships that will cover some of the daily sailing.
Here are links to their websites.
PS> Hurtigruten as a company also offer cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic with other ships in their fleet :
PS> Initially they will be chartering ship to fulfill their obligations, until their newbuilt ships are ready.