Trollfjord Review

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MS Trollfjord as seen in Lofoten, Norway (Photo: Jason Gordon)
Upper level of 1893 Bar aboard MS Trollfjord (Photo: Jason Gordon)
Snowy walk to Torghatten Mountain in Brønnøysund in Norway (Photo: Jason Gordon)
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Refurbished in 2023, MS Trollfjord is a small-sized cruise ship which offers its guests a casual, yet classic, elegance experience that doesn’t require formal wear at dinners. Its thoughtfully designed deck plan helps you navigate most of the ship with ease.

One key benefit to its size: You’re not overwhelmed with a high number of fellow passengers clamoring at meal times. Every restaurant on-board offers a fulfilling dining experience, while also mindfully minimizing food waste. Suite guests receive complimentary access to the newly added and upscale Røst Artic fine dining restaurant.

Additionally, the added 1893 Bar is a two-story panoramic lounge that’s located on the top forward decks of the ship which specializes in Nordic-themed cocktails. Rooms and suites have been thoughtfully designed and anticipates the needs of guests. While the ship doesn’t offer a swimming pool, it does have gender-specific saunas and a fitness center.

While Trollfjords standard staterooms are diminutive, this ship appeals to singles and couples who are active but have no desire to “rough it” when it comes to turning in for the night.

While sailing the Norwegian coastline, MS Trollfjord is also used as a coastal ferry where people and their cars get on and off in different ports at various times of the year. Of note: Hurtigruten offers a Northern Lights Promise on Select Norwegian Coastal Voyages of 11 days or more. If the Northern Lights do not occur within sight of your ship during your voyage, Hurtigruten will give you a complimentary 6-day southbound or 7-day northbound Coastal Express voyage (restrictions apply).

Trollfjord’s Deck Plan is Designed to Maximize Views

Despite its small size, this ship packs a punch when it comes to creature comforts and living space. Here’s what you can expect while on-board:

Deck 9’s Observation space occupies considerable outdoor real estate with the ship’s saunas, fitness room and the upper-level of 1893 Bar are all located in the forward section of this deck.

Deck 8 is home to twelve Expedition Suites and fourteen Arctic Superior cabins, with a small lounge, library, Coastal Experience Team (tour desk) and the recently added Røst Arctic Fine Dining are placed midship. The lower level of the new 1893 Bar is located in the forward section of this deck..

Deck 7 is comprised of mix of five Expedition Suites, thirty-two Arctic Superior staterooms, one Artic Superior outside stateroom and thirty-nine Polar Inside staterooms. Cozy indoor hideaway areas can be found throughout so you can sit and read while also enjoying breathtaking views. As this deck has a bit more public traffic, more noise should be expected if your stateroom is located here.

Deck 6 is home to the ship’s full circle outdoor walking deck. Four Expedition Suites are located on this deck as well as fifty-five Polar Outside staterooms, thirty-seven Polar Inside staterooms and Sixteen Artic Superior outside stateroom. As this deck has a bit more public traffic, more noise should be expected if your stateroom is located here.

Deck 5 is a dedicated public space that has a spacious layout. MS Trollfjord’s main restaurant Flora Restaurant is in the aft of the ship where scenic outdoor views can be enjoyed throughout your dining experience. Midship, the ship’s gift shop sits on the port side while Brasserie Árran’s dining space sits starboard side with outside views and the combined Lecture Hall and Lecture Room are located forward.

Deck 4 is where ship’s Reception space and main gangway are located. Forty Arctic Superior outside staterooms, twenty-eight Polar Outside staterooms as well as eighteen Polar Inside staterooms are located on this deck. . As this deck has a bit more public traffic, more noise should be expected if your stateroom is located here.

MS Trollfjord Cabins: Designed to Impress, with Several Suite Options

While MS Trollfjord also serves as a coastal ferry during various sailing periods each year, guests are able to select from she ship’s impressive Expedition Suites section which include: Owners suite, Grand suite, Suite and Mini suite which is inclusive of all dining within Røst Arctic Fine Dining. The Arctic Superior category of cabins is premium while the Polar Outside cabins have slightly less space while maintaining comfort for all occupants. Polar Inside cabins are the entry level cabins and have even less space from the Polar Outside cabins and no views.

The best and/or most well-liked rooms on-board MS Trollfjord include any of suites within the Expedition Suites category. The suites are welcoming with real wood flooring within entry foyers, upgraded bedding, ample lighting and power outlets on each side the bed (European and USB) and throughout the suite, large bathroom (some with separate tub and shower) with heated flooring, as well as the stunning views from either an private balcony or a cantilevered bay window make these suites favorites.

Select Arctic Superior outside cabins are also some of the most favored accommodations for those on a budget due to larger space (when compared to the Polar Outside and Polar Inside cabins) and the ability to view the outdoor scenery via larger windows within the cabin.

The rooms/cabins to avoid include the Polar Inside cabins due to the very tight living spaces and lack of views.

MS Trollfjord’s Food: A Fresh and Regionally Mindful Experience

As an ambassador for Norway, Hurtigruten is hyper-focused on its goal to provide an accurate representation of its home country through its specially curated Norwegian culinary offerings which are locally sourced. Guests sailing aboard MS Trollfjord can expect to have enjoy a unique dining experience that focuses on Norwegian cuisine, which is heavy on sustainably sourced fish and seafood as well as regionally available vegetables.

Norwegian wines, teas and other regional beverages are available throughout your sailing and sustainably sourced Norwegian still and sparkling waters are available (you won’t find single use plastic bottled water provided onboard Trollfjord, which is in line with Hurtigruten’s sustainability mandate).

Pros

Understated upscale environs with comfortable living spaces, amiable service and delicious culinary offerings.

Cons

Outdoor decks can be a hazard in cold conditions.

Bottom Line

MS Trollfjord is a hidden gem for those seeking an adventure cruise experience that doesn’t scale back on service.

About

Passengers: 500
Crew: 75
Passenger to Crew: 6.66:1
Launched: 2002
Shore Excursions: 50

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • All meals in Flora and Brasserie Arran (non-suite guests)

  • All meals in Flora, Brasserie Arran and Røst (suite guests)

  • Beverage package, including selection of wine, beer, soft drinks, and select spirits in restaurant and bars (non-suite guests)

  • Premium beverage package, including selection of wine, beer, soft drinks, and select spirits in restaurant and bars (suite guests)

  • Afternoon snacks in Panorama Bar

  • Afternoon tea with sparkling wine in Røst (suite guests)

  • Visit to the bridge, on request


  • Daily enrichment with lectures, photo guidance, arts & handicrafts


  • Culinary demonstrations and food tastings


  • Activity equipment

  • Access to fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi

  • Movie nights and Music entertainment

  • DIY laundry

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Wi-Fi access (non-suite guest only)

  • Excursions (two optional excursions included for suite guests)

  • Hurtigruten seasonal clothing package including shell jacket, wool sweater, wool hat (free for suite guests only)

  • Pre-cruise hotel in Oslo and transfers (complimentary for suite guests only)

Fellow Passengers

Hurtigruten is presently expanding the range of guest types for its sailings - however, the cruisers aboard its MS Trollfjord sailings are currently 60+ years old on average. It's considered a must for most Norwegians to cruise aboard Hurtigruten on the coastal route at least once in a lifetime. You'll see many older Norwegian couples celebrating big anniversaries, such as 25 and even 50 years.

On most sailings, you’ll find the following countries being represented while onboard: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, France, UK and the US. All announcements onboard are made in Norwegian and English, and they're sometimes repeated in German and French, too.

When MS Trollfjord sails along the coast, guests (mainly local Norwegians) can drive on and off in different ports; there is space for 20 cars. Specifically, for Svalbard Express (the summer itinerary) it's mainly cars as cargo, otherwise only Svalbard-registered cars. However, for the North Cape Express, Trollfjord does not take any cars onboard.

The ship has considerable mobility access on-board as well as anti-slip countermeasures within the public spaces. However, during sailings where cold and snowy conditions are evident, the outdoor deck areas tend to be extremely slippery due to ice formation in between manual ice removal processes.

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Hurtigruten Trollfjord Cruiser Reviews

Blown Away by Crew and Vessel

I sailed from KKN to TRD with MS Trollfjord and at first thought i booked too many excursions and would not be able to enjoy the vessel. But my god I was wrong.Read More
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Judgerson

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 30s

Outstanding

A massive variety of food catering for all tastes and diets with nothing being too much touble for the staff.Reception staff are very knowledgeable and happy to help.Read More
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VMP

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Fantastic opportunity to visit ports along the coast of Norway.

The scenery along the coast was beautiful and at times breath-taking.We had the opportunity to disembark at certain ports for varying amounts of times.Read More
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ronniec0922

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Great experience with outstanding staff

They also had a good sense of humour and seem proud to talk about aspects of the trip, Scandinavian culture and everyday life in Norway, Unusually the weather was also fantastic, Choose excursions carefully as some are probably not worth the money, We did a full 11 days from Bergen all the way north and then returned to Bergen.It is important to recognise if you want a traditional cruise do not blindly go for this trip but if you really want to find out about Norway and the fjords then this needs serious consideration.Read More
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frank eade

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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