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25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Just returned from a trip on MS Finnmarken, Bergen to Kirkenes to Trondheim. Our second Hurtigruten Voyage. The ship was delayed for 2 days due to a technical fault but Hurtigruten put us up in a hotel in Bergen, and arranged meals and a ... Read More
Just returned from a trip on MS Finnmarken, Bergen to Kirkenes to Trondheim. Our second Hurtigruten Voyage. The ship was delayed for 2 days due to a technical fault but Hurtigruten put us up in a hotel in Bergen, and arranged meals and a coach tour while we were waiting for the ship repair. We set off at 9.30am on day 3 and pushed ahead without stopping until we caught up with the schedule early on day 5. During our voyage the captain made several (safe) diversions from the regular route to show us extra sights, maybe as a compensation for missing our first few days. What a happy ship - all so friendly, with excellent restaurant service where the food was great. There is a lot of fish on the menu, but always alternatives available. You could help yourself to as much as you wanted for breakfast and at the buffet lunch, and the desserts were amazing. I would recommend buying the ships mug to get free tea and coffee. And do take part in the Crossing the Arctic Circle ceremony performed by King Neptune! There was no formal entertainment on board as this is a working ship, connecting isolated coastal towns, but the ship is elegant and comfortable. Excursions are available on most days. The concert at Tromso gave us the opportunity to experience the midnight sun - opposite to our last trip in midwinter where we enjoyed the Northern Lights. We took the train from Trondheim to Oslo on the Dovre Railway, an extra recently added by Hurtigruten. Lovely train, comfortable, roomy and clean. Beautiful inland scenery. Would recommend this. Great trip. Looking at booking another. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2012
Having won a 4 day trip with hurtigruten on travelchannel-my wife and i had booked a voyage on M/S polarlys and on the 5 th of march flew from Copenhagen to Tromso to catch her,arrived at Tromso airport two hours prior to Polarlys arrival ... Read More
Having won a 4 day trip with hurtigruten on travelchannel-my wife and i had booked a voyage on M/S polarlys and on the 5 th of march flew from Copenhagen to Tromso to catch her,arrived at Tromso airport two hours prior to Polarlys arrival in Tromso-so we went to the harbor and saw the Hurtigruten ship come in-but something was wrong-Finnmarken was her name-so i got hold of a couple of guys who worked on the dock,and asked about Polarlys?-she sailed last night!!OMG there we were my wife and stranded..Then one of the guys said that it was not unusual for this to happen-so we went onboard an waited for all the others to check in and then went to reception to inform them of our plight.We then got a first glimpse of Hurtigruten service,the nice lady laughed and set about finding us a cabin which was,nt a problem-we could even have an upgrade,but since it was a price in a competetion,and we had only won an inside cabin-we settled for that.. So we got an iside cabin on Finnmarken and it was cosy-we didnt spend much time there,as there were more important things outside-The next day i broke a tooth and our trip looked like it was ruined-i had incredible pain and couldnt eat any of the excellent food-then we went to reception to ask if there was a dentist in the next port of call-i was asked to come back in 15 minutes,after 10 minutes i was asked to go to recepetion-in the next port a cab would be waiting,a dentist had been informed and the driver knew the adress,and they had had instructions,that there was only 1 hour till the ship would leave,the whole thing was completed in 50 minutes.. The reason i write such a long story is to show the level of service on Hurtigruten-My wife and i may not be seasoned cruisers,but do recognise good service when we see it. Anyway Finnmarken is a beautiful ship,with and oldfashioned feel about her,which is not surprising as she is modelled on an older ship-interiorwise mind you-We got to experience allkinds of weather on our trip-especially the last 18 hours-Full storm was impressive,nature at her finest. The ship in general is clean all over and the food,whether it was buffet or The set evening dinner was really nice,price of beer and wine-AAAHH-my wife and i come from Denmark and are used to paying a lot money for everything-but no were near these prices-still this did not detract much from the overall experience(we had 2 bib of wine in the cabin,so we could take a drink before and after dinner and up to the panoramalounge) Now the prime reason for taking a trip with hurtigruten is the nature,and it is stunning-the fjords and mountains are fantastic(especially when you come from Denmark)but also the food and service onboard is fantastic. Dont expect luxury-fancy entertainment and so on onboard-this is a domestic route,that gets you into ports you would never see on a larger ship-nature and the people of Norway is the experience in our opinion-we have only travelled aboard the Finnmarken but we can highly recommend this ship.. Tak til Hurtigruten for en uforglemmelig tur-Thank you to Hurtigruten for a memorable voyage. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2011
We booked our Hurtigruten cruise with our local travel agent and about 2 weeks before departure, our travel documents arrived. We booked the 12 day round trip from Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen. Our trip started in Oslo. We spent a day of ... Read More
We booked our Hurtigruten cruise with our local travel agent and about 2 weeks before departure, our travel documents arrived. We booked the 12 day round trip from Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen. Our trip started in Oslo. We spent a day of sightseeing but wish we had allowed 2 or 3 days for Oslo. The next morning, took a morning train, the Norway in a Nutshell. This is highly recommended with beautiful scenery seen by trains, boat and bus. It takes all day and we were so glad we did it. We arrived in Bergen in the evening and spent the next day and a half sightseeing. Around 3PM we arrived at the Hurtigruten terminal to board the Nordkapp. After checking our large suitcases we were directed to a large waiting room. After not too long of a wait, we were allowed to board and were told our cabins would not be ready until around 6PM. We were able to get into the cabin and drop off our carry on luggage right before the dinner buffet. We met a lovely couple from Australia and had dinner with them. Our first cabin did not have enough shelves for our clothes, plus a window that was about 2 feet deep, so not too good for seeing out. So after about 5 days were allowed to upgrade to a cabin on the 6th Deck which was really great. The beds are really comfortable and there was plenty of room for our larger suitcases. In case you do not want to keep the large suitcases in your cabin, there is a storage room where you can take them to. The ship has a tour director who announces upcoming ports and things of interest to see. There was a large panorama lounge on the 7th Deck for relaxing and seeing the scenery or for reading. There are buffets for breakfast and lunch, with a set time for dinner. If you do not like a lot of fish (like me) you can ask for a vegetarian meal, as long as you let them know by noon. Each meal had an appetizer, main course and dessert. We never went hungry! We booked three excursions. The first was a Geiranger excursion. The Nordkapp went down the Geiranger Fjord, then we disembarked by tender to the small town of Geiranger. We then boarded a bus that went up into the mountains, where we were able to look down and see our ship heading back to Alesund to pick us up. The scenery was beautiful, with a lot of sheep in the meadows. The second excursion was to the North Cape. At Honningsvag, we boarded a bus that took us through very unusual scenery. We saw a lot of reindeer on the mountain sides. After stopping at the North Cape visitor center, we took a lot of photos. That day the weather was very cold and windy. We then headed to a Sami camp and took photos of a Sami with his reindeer. There was a small souvenir shop there. Our third excursion was a tour of the Lofoten Islands. They are very beautiful with dried fish hanging on people's homes. Also, there are large racks where the villages can dry their fish. Every day, there are Hurtigruten ships leaving Bergen to make the round trip to Kirkenes and back to Bergen. It stops at 34 ports going north, and 34 ports going south. What ports are made during the night, are usually made during the day time on the trip back. Some ports are only for 15 minutes, some 30 minutes, and a few are 2 or 3 hours or more. The ship blows it's horn 5 minutes before leaving. The entertainment is the scenery which is always changing. I took loads of pictures of lighthouses, some are very beautiful, and some are really small. Most people were either out on the decks or in the Panorama Lounge. There was one guitar player in the evening that was really good. There is a small Cafe if anyone would be hungry. It is also for the locals who board the ship from port to port. The Gift shop was small, but held a lot of items and there were always sales going on. There is an internet room, but the connections are really slow. It took us 40 minutes to log on and write one email while we were in Kirkenes! There is also a small kid's play room. Getting off the ship, even if it is for 30 minutes or less and just watching the cargo being loaded and unloaded is very interesting. We saw farm implements, potting soil, frozen fish and even kitchen cabinets! Disembarkation is like most cruise ships, we had to leave our luggage outside our cabin by 9AM, and be out of our cabin by 10AM. So we just stayed in the Panorama Lounge until the ship reached Bergen. Then, we were dismissed by our cabin deck, which we were one of the first. We then caught a taxi to our Bed and Breakfast. This was a great trip and highly recommend it to anyone who does not need to be pampered every day and can be independent. Read Less
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