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6 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from Bergen

6 Night British Isles & Western Europe Cruise from Bergen

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  • Day 1
    Bergen
  • Day 2
    Floro
  • Day 2
    Maloy
  • Day 2
    Torvik
  • Day 2
    Alesund
  • Day 2
    Molde
  • Day 3
    Trondheim
  • Day 3
    Seven Islands (Svalbard)
  • Day 3
    Kristiansund
  • Day 4
    Kristiansund
  • Day 4
    Bronnoysund
  • Day 4
    Sandnessjpen
  • Day 4
    Nesna
  • Day 4
    Ornes
  • Day 4
    Bodo
  • Day 4
    Lofoten
  • Day 5
    Stokmarknes
  • Day 5
    Sortland
  • Day 5
    Risoyhamn
  • Day 5
    Harstad
  • Day 5
    Finnsnes
  • Day 5
    Tromso
  • Day 5
    Skjervoy
  • Day 6
    Oksfjord
  • Day 6
    Hammerfest
  • Day 6
    Havoysund
  • Day 6
    Honnigsvag
  • Day 6
    Kjollefjord
  • Day 6
    Mehamn
  • Day 6
    Berlevag
  • Day 7
    Batsfjord
  • Day 7
    Vardo
  • Day 7
    Vadso
  • Day 7
    Kirkenes

Polarlys

Polarlys - Hurtigruten

One of six of Hurtigruten's "Contemporary Ships"

Explores Norway's coastal communities and fjords

Sister ship to Nordnorge


Cruise Reviews

I went on this cruise with my brother and his wife. We had always wanted to visit Norway and thought the winter cruise with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights would be a great idea. We were not disappointed - we did see ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my brother and his wife. We had always wanted to visit Norway and thought the winter cruise with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights would be a great idea. We were not disappointed - we did see the lights although personally I was disappointed that they appeared like grey "clouds" and it was only through a good camera lens where the exposure could be left open longer that the colours could be captured. I dont think many people are made aware of that. Apparently you need really dark skies to see the colours, and on board the ship is unlikely to happen. Dont expect entertainment - but the lectures on offer were good as were the excursions. That aside, the food was amazing and plenty of it, we particularly enjoyed the printed menus each day giving us the provenance of the food that was to be served at dinner. Breakfast and lunch were self service, dinner was seated at pre-allocated tables. We were lucky to have the 6.30pm sitting giving us plenty of time to chillout after. The communal areas were good, although there was some seat "hogging" going on. The bakery on the top deck was a comfortable place to spend time reading and knitting. And the panorama lounge (where it was hard to get seats in the day) was pleasant in the evening after dinner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise as it is a ferry and not overally "touristy" as an anniversary and birthday present for us. This was such an experience. The staff are amazing the scenery is fantastic. Normally we never repeat a ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it is a ferry and not overally "touristy" as an anniversary and birthday present for us. This was such an experience. The staff are amazing the scenery is fantastic. Normally we never repeat a holiday BUT this is an exception. We had a partial view cabin which was very comfy as we thought we may spend some time there on the days we had nothing planned, however there is so much room on the ship we could have saved money and been happy with an inside cabin!! However it was still very comfy and nice to retreat every now and then since I have a chronic pain condition. The staff were EXCEPTIONAL they will accomendate wherever they can and also have a smile on their face and they make you feel part of the family (corney I know!!) We did 4 excursions dog sledding at Tromso which is worth every penny!! Snow hotel, which is such an experience but if you want to see snow sculptures the ship stops at a port where there is a place called Magic ice which is the same but cheaper and no dogs or reindeer! We did the polar night snow mobile which was incredible but we had cloudy night but still so much fun! We also did the mines which we loved but not everyone liked, you have a loong coach ride through amazing scenery and a great guide and the mines are fab as is the soup, you will hear local recording of a band (they play Elvis which is a bit odd) but really lovely. My final advice is you can have snow clothes etc but you really dont need it for the excursions as most of them will provide stuff. Have a decent coat, gloves etc and snow spikes if you are walking in town. Hope this helps and enjoy your holiday if you go x Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The Hurtigruten Classic Round Voyage with the Northern Lights Promise, 24 March to 4 April 2019 on the ship Polarlys. Did we see the northern lights? That is a good question! Although we had some good daytime weather, the sky was ... Read More
The Hurtigruten Classic Round Voyage with the Northern Lights Promise, 24 March to 4 April 2019 on the ship Polarlys. Did we see the northern lights? That is a good question! Although we had some good daytime weather, the sky was cloudy for the first nine nights. Since Hurtigruten promise that we will see the lights, I predicted to my wife that on the tenth night (2 April), when the forecast was for partly clear skies but we were already well south, we would see something inconclusive and Hurtigruten would claim that we’d seen them. This is exactly what happened. At about 11 pm the public address system announced weak lights. We went up on deck and at first saw nothing. Eventually we decided that a very dim static grey glow above a big bank of cloud must be what they were talking about. Hurtigruten’s “promise” actually says “100%. That’s how sure we are that the spectacular Northern Lights will make an appearance on your 12-day Hurtigruten voyage. If not, we'll give you another voyage for free”; this under a beautiful photograph of green lights. Accordingly, the next morning, since what we saw had been pathetic rather than “spectacular”, we enquired how to go about claiming our free voyage. They said: “No deal, the Captain says you’ve seen the lights”. The Captain refused to see us and no evidence such as a photograph was offered. But we spoke to others of the crew. They were all evasive and one was very rude. Up to this point we’d been quite happy with Hurtigruten over two trips (the other being a very good summer trip in 2014), but this behaviour, betraying a deep dishonesty pervading the company, really upset us. Initially we intended to complain higher up the company. But eventually we decided that we just couldn’t face the hassle. Life is too short and Hurtigruten have clearly briefed their staff thoroughly in their dishonest response. In any case we might well not have taken up the “free” voyage. The small print is very restrictive: only half the round trip (i.e. just 5 or 6 days), make and fund your own travel arrangements to and from the ports one of which will be Kirkenes in the far north, inside cabin, half board, book it within a month of returning, etc. It was not all a disaster and we enjoyed parts of the trip. We saw some fantastic scenery after new snow and enjoyed the food. Being near the equinox, there were around 13 hours of good daylight. But there were other hiccups beyond Hurtigruten’s control. At the start, the ship couldn’t get down to Bergen because of bad weather; so, having flown into Bergen, we had to fly on to Trondheim the same day, not arriving at the boat till well after midnight. The one excursion that we had booked, to the Northcape, was cancelled because of wind and snow. And I felt seasick a couple of times, not seriously but queasy enough to miss several meals! Friends who did the trip a couple of weeks before us also only saw vague white lights. On the other hand, the internet has many accounts of people who had a great time. So, in conclusion, it’s much more of a risk than Hurtigruten claim that you won’t see anything convincing, and don’t believe their dishonest promise that you’ll get a free trip. But you could well get lucky. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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