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28 Hurtigruten Nordkapp Cruise Reviews

This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because our previous cruises to Norway with P&O had not gone as far north. Booking direct with Hurtigruten meant that we were covered by their travel arrangements eg charter flight to Bergen from the UK and transfer to the port. The ship is a working fast ferry that carries goods and post. However, the public areas are furnished to a high quality. The ship stops at many ports including at night mostly for a short time - 15 to 20 minutes. As the ramps for loading are on the port side it might be worth if you book for the lower decks in the hull to book the starboard side. Also, there are a number of times when the ship traverses open sea. In winter, these can be interesting. The posh cabins higher up in the ship and often more to the front being more susceptible to extreme movement. You get a nice certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle. The cabin was good except only 2 x single beds which were fixed to the walls. One became a couch / settee in the day time. The bathroom was very good with an excellent shower and hair dryer. Body wash / shampoo and conditioner are in bottles fixed to the shower and there is a soap dispenser above the sink.. Enough wardrobe space. There is a system that allows the cabin not to be cleaned every day which creates points to a 'green' fund. The food was the pleasant surprise. The quality was excellent especially fish. Breakfast which were self serve included hot dishes including porridge and there was fruit juices, tea / coffee, cold cheeses and meats and fish. There was always a queue around the toaster. Lunch was again buffet style with an amazing selection of hot & cold dishes. The evening meal was a set three course menu showcasing Norwegian food. Four dining times - 1800, 1830, 2000 and 2030 hours. Portions were not as immense as you could have for lunch but that was no bad thing. Throughout all meals cold water was available. If you wanted water / coffee etc out of meal times you needed a package but these can be purchased beforehand NB the water in the cabins is of a very high quality and cold. Intoxicants such as beer, wine and spirits are very expensive as they are throughout Norway. You are not allowed to bring duty free purchases on board for consumption in the public spaces. There was no entertainment as such but there were talks from the Expedition team which were very good. They are experts in wildlife, marine ecology etc. WE only went on one expedition to the Russian border which we greatly enjoyed. One of the best films was on 'Norwegian stereotypes' eg Norway is not the capital of Sweden. Throughout the staff were tremendous. Almost all have real competence in English. Some port stops at places like Trondheim and Tromso are long enough to allow excursions. On the return journey, one of the two engines failed (gear box overheated) a rare occurrence which meant our voyage finished in Trondheim. However, it also meant we had a full day there. Booking through Hurtigruten then showed its benefits. A flight was arranged from Trondheim to Bergen to connect with our return charter flight at Bergen. Ship staff came to Trondheim to smooth our journey. A USB can be purchased showing the highlights of the voyage. To sum up, this 'cruise' was totally unlike any other we'd been on previously. It is a working ship and often stops are short. The scenery was magnificent and the Expedition staff were excellent. The food was of a quality not found on normal ferries and as good as the best dedicated cruise ships. WE'd love to do it again but probably in summer just to see the contrasts with our winter journey. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The cruise was informal; great food; friendly, attentive & knowledgeable staff; variety of ports & excursions With less passengers than the larger ships, people could get to know each other and the staff which led to a friendly ... Read More
The cruise was informal; great food; friendly, attentive & knowledgeable staff; variety of ports & excursions With less passengers than the larger ships, people could get to know each other and the staff which led to a friendly atmosphere The food was good quality, with something for everyone (although it did include a lot of fish - but I expect there were vegetarian / meat options if required) The excursions ranged from hikes with experienced guides, some of which would need a good level of fitness to bus tours, kayaking, horse riding, dog sledding and quad bikes Being smaller, the ship could go into smaller fjord, so scenery was lovely. The expedition team organised a variety of activities on board which were interesting and gave good local flavour. Nothing was compulsory but I'm sure most people found something they enjoyed The staff were lovely and happy to help in any way they could. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were very pleased we chose this trip, which did not disappoint and in the main was above expectations.The ship was in excellent condition and kept very clean. We were impressed by our accommodation (suite 502) which was large (two ... Read More
We were very pleased we chose this trip, which did not disappoint and in the main was above expectations.The ship was in excellent condition and kept very clean. We were impressed by our accommodation (suite 502) which was large (two rooms), very comfortable and spotless. We enjoyed some excellent and interesting excursions, although one of the highlights, a trip on a snowmobile, had to be cancelled due to poor weather. Other passengers also experienced cancellations of other excursions due to poor weather, but it must be realised this is a working ferry as well as a cruise ship and winter weather can occasionally lead to missed ports and cancelled excursions. Nonetheless, this did not detract from our overall satisfaction and overall experience. The food was excellent and the catering staff too. They were always helpful and always seemed cheerful. AND we saw the Northern Lights on more than one occasion! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a ... Read More
We have chosen this cruise in Winter to see the arctic and the northern lights. We did the Route Bergen - Kirkenes - Trondheim. Embarkation in Bergen was easy and it had a luggage service. The ship is not to big and for our opinion a good decision to travel. We had a cabin with a king size bed. The crew is very friendly and helpful. The dining is very good. At Breakfast and Lunch is served a buffet. You can book some excursions, but it´s not cheap. We did three excursion. An Arctic coastal walk, Dogsledding and Midnight concert. All are amazingly. The Ship has an Expedition Team on board. The Team give very interesting informations about the excursions, the historic and life in Norway. You can do excursions at several ports by your own, because the ports mostly directly near the city center. If you travel in Winter you need good clothing. We will do the cruise in winter again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We haven't done a cruise before but have always wanted to do a "Small Ship" cruise as the thought of a 1,000+ ship fills us with horror! My father did this cruise 3 years ago & he is so fussy , so when he recommended ... Read More
We haven't done a cruise before but have always wanted to do a "Small Ship" cruise as the thought of a 1,000+ ship fills us with horror! My father did this cruise 3 years ago & he is so fussy , so when he recommended it we knew it was a safe choice. The whole experience from booking to finish was professional & smooth. We stayed in Bergen for a couple of days before embarking, this was also organised for us by Hurtigruten, I would say to anyone considering this cruise to do the same. It added value to the whole holiday. Our cabin was an "Arctic Superior" & was exactly the right size, with a large comfortable bed, porthole ( a must) & ingenious storage. It was cleaned daily by a lovely lady called Gina. The restaurant with it's friendly staff & excellent choice of food daily was a delight to visit. Be warned... you may put on weight ! The staff were a constant delight & we were very sad to leave them. Christine, Gustav, Mathais, Pernilla & Tom were extra special going the added mile to make sure our dining was great. We went Dog Sledding & did a night trip on a Snowmobile over the mountains, both were expensive, but a once in a lifetime experience. Probably the only downside was the price of alcohol, but Norway is dear so we did expect this. However... our livers thanked us ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We got a Valentines offer on the website for the 2nd person to go for £199 and ended up with a room on floor 3 with 2 portholes and twin beds. The cabin was cosy and a bit noisy at night when the ship stopped, but with earplugs in we ... Read More
We got a Valentines offer on the website for the 2nd person to go for £199 and ended up with a room on floor 3 with 2 portholes and twin beds. The cabin was cosy and a bit noisy at night when the ship stopped, but with earplugs in we got used to this quickly and it kind of added to the experience. We were very lucky with weather and it was sunny and warm with calm seas almost the entire time. The food was excellent with the best buffet I’ve ever seen each breakfast and lunch, and at night a posh gourmet meal made by the chef. The dinner was made of local produce and had stories about where it was from and the suppliers, and one night there was fully vegetarian (which anyone could request a meat version). The boat had one long stop per day, and we decided not to do any paid excursions, but we’re really happy to find you could get off for up to 6 hours each day and hike up a mountain to see an incredible view and explore small towns. We hopped of at even the shortest stops and it was cool to see what they all had to offer. Tromsø and Trondheim were particular favourites. The views from the boat were spectacular and big points of interest along the way we’re announced on loudspeaker or there was an activity/talk with the expedition team out on the deck so you could take it in. We loved standing out the front and watching the boat wind through narrow bits especially at night when it didn’t seem like the sun went down fully. We even got taken to the mouth of the Trollfjord one evening, which was expertly manoeuvred so we could take in this famous landscape. There were lots of comfy places to sit indoors to watch it all go by too, although the swivel chairs right at the front were hotly contested. Sometimes the best view was in the jacuzzi at the back. Even when it was absolutely freezing and the coldest, the jacuzzi was shielded enough to take in the views while bubbling away. You could even sit above the tub and it was refreshing. Before the journey I was worried that not opting for the excursions would mean our experience wouldn’t be so great, and that our cabin would be tiny and confining. However I absolutely loved every minute and was sad to get off! Word to the wise - don’t bother rushing on at Bergen early. Your cabin is already decided and upgrading you can ask about on the ship for a price. You might as well check in around 6pm and enjoy Bergen a little longer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Seen a lot and had great food. Never a bored moment. Nice meetings with the expedition team with interesting information and stories about Norway. Deck 6 Is a nice place for your cabin. On deck 5 you can walk around the hole ship and ... Read More
Seen a lot and had great food. Never a bored moment. Nice meetings with the expedition team with interesting information and stories about Norway. Deck 6 Is a nice place for your cabin. On deck 5 you can walk around the hole ship and people can look into your cabin. No luxury cruise things like swimming pools, big shows and entertainment but just the way I like it. Nice and easy relaxed atmosphere. The short stops in harbor’s are long enough to get a taste of that town. For some excursions you leave the ship in one town and board it in another town again. I loved the excursion to the marble mine. Very interesting to see how they work over there and deal with the changing demand of marble. You don’t have to do all the excursions. Some walks you can do on your own. The Hurtigrutten Museum is interesting manly because of the first ship that you can see there. Easy to get in contact with other travelers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. The ship, the crew and the service they provided and food were ALL fantastic. Impossible to overstate the quality of the crew, in particular the hotel, catering and restaurant staff. Well done to Jan Erik and the ... Read More
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. The ship, the crew and the service they provided and food were ALL fantastic. Impossible to overstate the quality of the crew, in particular the hotel, catering and restaurant staff. Well done to Jan Erik and the head chef. Special dietary requirements were taken in the stride. All staff we met were fluent in English and apparently in German too. When I was told this is a 'working ship' running a local service along the Norwegian coast I expected a more basic standard of accommodation and overall experience; the long queue for check-in did not bode well, but I could not have been more wrong. The lounges were very comfortable and never too crowded. Already thinking about booking another voyage on Nordkapp. Cabin, not the most expensive by any means, was comfortable and perfectly satisfactory. The on-board presentations and briefings were very interesting and informative ... thanks to Eldrun and Marten; a few more on aspects of Norse culture, history and contemporary language would have been welcome. Or some short videos..? WiFi worked well enough. Sauna was fine; didn't use the jacuzzi or the fitness room. Only down-side was the on-board prices, e.g. drinks at the bar and cost of the shore excursions, probably reflecting the high cost of living in Norway generally. Choose the shore excursions carefully as many seemed to involve several hours on a coach/bus. More opportunities for self-guided trips would be good but it must be acknowledged that this would jeopardise the tight timetable of port calls. This was our first cruise holiday and it ticked all of the boxes; Northern Lights, sea eagles, huskies, reindeer and of course the dramatic scenery. What's not to like??? Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
A great trip for geographer - fjords, northern most point in mainland Europe, crossing the arctic circle and northern lights. Great ship, i was in one of the non-refurbished rooms but that wasn't an issue, they were all clean and ... Read More
A great trip for geographer - fjords, northern most point in mainland Europe, crossing the arctic circle and northern lights. Great ship, i was in one of the non-refurbished rooms but that wasn't an issue, they were all clean and well cared for. i liked being able to not have it cleaned and the money going to the Hurtigruten foundation for conservation work. Food was great, plenty of it and a wide variety to cater for all tastes. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style, the range and quality of food was amazing. A set evening dinner was lovely and sitting in the same seat was good as we got to know those at the next table and the waiting staff. Having an expedition team on board was great and well worthwhile, with updates on the trips the next day to getting to know Norway. There is no 'entertainment', and it was great, watching the world go by. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Like to see coast and fjords of Norway, North Cape and like to travel with a special type of cruiseship (more a ferryboat than a cruiseship). Organisation was perfect. Hurtigruten offers to skip cleaning the cabin, therefor 5 NOK ... Read More
Like to see coast and fjords of Norway, North Cape and like to travel with a special type of cruiseship (more a ferryboat than a cruiseship). Organisation was perfect. Hurtigruten offers to skip cleaning the cabin, therefor 5 NOK will be payed to hurtigruten foundation - great idea. Dining concept is great: Breakfast and lunch as buffet, dinner served. Expedition team offers a lot of Information in form of activities on board and on land, as well in form of show/theater. Team for serving meals and fill the buffet, and the cook as well were excelent. While traveling the coast of Norway, weather can change quickly and you not allways have best conditions to take pictures or see all of the landscape, but this is very authentic for this area. The team is very good informed, we allways felt that they like the job and during the cruise one is gettzig closer to team members in the way, that passengers become something like a part of the crewfamily. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Excellent trip, all staff were friendly, chatty and ready to answer any question anytime. The food was excellent with great variety. I am Coeliac and my needs were met excellently. The expedition team of Elizabeth and Marie definitely ... Read More
Excellent trip, all staff were friendly, chatty and ready to answer any question anytime. The food was excellent with great variety. I am Coeliac and my needs were met excellently. The expedition team of Elizabeth and Marie definitely added to my enjoyment of trip. They were great always bubbly when dealing with guests. I opted for an upgrade on day one and felt I got good value there. Only downside of trip was the dirty windows in the Explorer bar as it was designed to take in the wonderful panorama of the fjords. Nobody wants photos with streaks of dirt. The captain announced when the Northern lights were visible this was great as it was in the night so guests could go out to see them. Overall I would highly recommend this trip to young and old and there were a variety of each on board. I hope to travel this same route again in a different season. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Northern Lights was on my bucket list. Went in January, Totally expected the trip to be quiet if not a bit boring but the time was filled with fun-filled educational presentations, story-telling and was fabulous. The crew were all ... Read More
Northern Lights was on my bucket list. Went in January, Totally expected the trip to be quiet if not a bit boring but the time was filled with fun-filled educational presentations, story-telling and was fabulous. The crew were all helpful, efficient and knowledgeable, the cabin was roomier than expected although we did have a view of the lifeboat, however we were informed beforehand that this was a possibility. We had control of the cabin heat which was a boon in the Minus degrees. The Northern Lights we saw 6 times - but that is luck of the draw - apparently the last trip only saw them once but the weather cannot be controlled. All in all a fabulous experience that has travelled home with me when I see the night stars. There was lots of different choices on the buffets. The Chef coped perfectly with my husband's fussy eating once he was aware of it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
To see the Northern Lights was top of my bucket list and what better way than from the deck of a ship travelling along the coast of Norway into the Arctic Circle . Hurtigruten is the excellent coastal shipping service offering this golden ... Read More
To see the Northern Lights was top of my bucket list and what better way than from the deck of a ship travelling along the coast of Norway into the Arctic Circle . Hurtigruten is the excellent coastal shipping service offering this golden opportunity between November and March. This line is a working ferry-service which also offers `cruise accommodation' but don't expect non-stop entertainment ,the singing, dancing, magic shows and room service common to most cruises these days. We embarked in Bergen on a cold , sunny November afternoon. From the moment I stepped into the terminal , everything went like clockwork , with friendly and efficient service . The trip was everything I had hoped for and more. We saw the Northern lights on 6 of the 11 nights and the voyage was packed with so many other wonderful experiences , too many to list. We had an expedition team on board , four enthusiastic , energetic young people who kept us busy , interested and laughing. Every afternoon there is a ` gathering' where the expedition team give information on the next port of call , teach some Norwegian words and phrases , show some movie clips and play some music. I was travelling alone, but had no problem meeting people and making friends although there is no official plan to introduce `single travelers ' to each other as some cruise lines have. The cabins are not fancy , but comfortable and warm (there are individual temperature controls).I recommend an outside cabin because the scenery is spectacular all the time. My package included free Wi-Fi , a must if you want to keep in touch with home from your cabin. The food on board was plentiful and delicious with an amazing variety of fresh local produce , and healthy cooking styles. There are very many excursions on offer , however in most places it is possible to walk into the town or village , with a map ( provided) and explore without a guide , personal choice. There is the possibility to go ashore at every place the ship docks , even if it's just for 10 minutes walk or jog along the harbour , but don't miss the boat! Because the schedule is so tight , the ship WILL leave without you if you're late , no question. From experience , I would say that the excursions not to miss are The North Cape, the Midnight Concert ( Tromso Arctic Cathedral) , ` A taste of Vesterallen ' and The Hurtigruten Museum , and I was told that the horse riding ( Svolvaer) which in the winter is in the dark , was a wonderful experience. This voyage is an experience of a life time so whatever you do ` DON'T MISS THE BOAT' Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Ancestors came from Norway so it was good to reconnect with my heritage. The scenery was magnificent and the weather was very mild. We were surprised to have no snow during our whole trip in the beginning of November. Commentaries on shore ... Read More
Ancestors came from Norway so it was good to reconnect with my heritage. The scenery was magnificent and the weather was very mild. We were surprised to have no snow during our whole trip in the beginning of November. Commentaries on shore excursions were very informative and pertinent to the location. The buses used for some of the shore excursions were very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed the midnight concert at the Cathedral in Tromso and the fashion show aboard the ship was very interesting. The daily house keeping service for our stateroom could not have been better. The table service for the evening meals was excellent because the waiters were very attentive to our needs. Sometimes the rooms were a bit on the chilly side. The stories that were read were extremely interesting. It was interesting to watch cargo being loaded on and off the ship and all the activity in the ports. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My father had taken the cruise north to Kirkenes from Bergen with my mother and he wanted to share the experience with my adult sisters and me. We went as a family group and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We loved that the cruise is ... Read More
My father had taken the cruise north to Kirkenes from Bergen with my mother and he wanted to share the experience with my adult sisters and me. We went as a family group and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We loved that the cruise is informal, and that the objective is getting to see and know Norway. Hurtigruten isn't going for a "cruise" experience of casino, entertainment, constant activities, etc. This is a cruise where the scenery (always visible because the ship travels up the coast), the towns, and your traveling companions get your attention. We took advantage of the longer stops in towns and enjoyed walking around and enjoying the sites on our own. We appreciated the Expedition crew talks, although we didn't participate in all of them. I loved the fresh food and Hurtigruten's efforts to use fresh, local products all along the route. Having only one dinner option (although allergies were extremely well-accommodated by the staff - my sister experienced this) was never a problem for me since the food was excellent! I shared a cabin on the 5th floor with two of my sisters. It was tight, but comfortable and adequate. We didn't spend a lot of time there anyhow. We (all 4 from 47 - 57 years old) are active and our father (83) is in great shape so we didn't rely on excursions to see the sites during stops at towns. We were among the youngest passengers on board. Excursions were available and we took two, one to the North Cape (couldn't have gone on our own) and the other, Sami Autumn, to learn more about the Sami culture. We were fortunate enough to have great weather and to see the Northern Lights. I hope that I have the opportunity, like another passenger taking the cruise for the 6th time, to experience the trip during other seasons of the year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We arrived the day before our cruise and spent a little time in Kierkenes before getting on the ship the 13th of September. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and we were in our cabins within an hour of getting on board. ... Read More
We arrived the day before our cruise and spent a little time in Kierkenes before getting on the ship the 13th of September. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and we were in our cabins within an hour of getting on board. The seas were rough the first day out, but once we got into the fjords, it was fine. The food was very good and they always had a wide variety to choose from for breakfast and lunch. Dinner was always a surprise, but excellent also. The staff in the kitchen and dining room were always friendly and informative. All in all, it was a great cruise; many shore excursions to choose from and we learned some of Norway's history along the way. I would highly recommend a Hurtigruten cruise to anyone who loves to cruise. I should mention, the boat size was not huge, but the MSNordkapp was just perfect for us. And, no kids! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose MS Nordkapp because of the many popular reviews and the ship size. We had an outer Polar berth and were worried that we wouldn't get a good view out, but the porthole was unobstructed and allowed us to see the coast whenever ... Read More
We chose MS Nordkapp because of the many popular reviews and the ship size. We had an outer Polar berth and were worried that we wouldn't get a good view out, but the porthole was unobstructed and allowed us to see the coast whenever we were in the room. It was a wonderful trip with incredible food (a great introduction to Norwegian food--although we were not thrilled with the cod tongue which we understand is a favorite in Norway!). There was plenty of room to "spread out", with multiple areas of comfortable seating, but we found the "beach towel" phenomena to be alive and well for the favorite indoor lounge chairs at the front of the ship. Many were claimed early and throughout the day, there were multiple chairs "taken" by people at lunch, dinner, smoke break etc. That was something we had experienced at beach resorts, but were disappointed that the management didn't enforce the "rules". We found other areas to relax, particularly on the outdoor protected 7th deck which allowed us to get up and take photos frequently. Most of the wait staff were very friendly, but the excursion team of Toona, Elizabeth and Marie were outstanding, full of smiles and willingness to talk and answer questions. As photographers, we were eager to take photos of the different ports, even if the ship was only scheduled for 30 minutes. We naively thought the ship would come into port "right at the center of town with picturesque buildings" and that we would have great opportunities. In reality, they came into port in the industrial sections to unload goods, and it was sometimes a several block hike to get to good photographic opportunities. We learned to be in line to get off the boat quickly and to make the best use of our time. Before we left, we called Hurtigruten about whether we, as photographers, would find the trip most photogenic from Bergen to Kirkenes (pronounced Cheerkinknees) or from Kirkenes to Bergen. The young man we spoke with encouraged us to start at "the top" and go south because the most beautiful part of the trip in his opinion was Vesterlen and Loften, which were seen in the daytime on the southern journey. We were very thankful for that recommendation since other passengers on the round trip told us they didn't see the coast at that location because they passed through it during the night. We saw very few sunsets and sunrises, but the scenery is so beautiful, even in overcast conditions. And Northern Lights! We were hopeful that we would see them, and when the announcement came to the cabin, we pulled our clothes on and went up to the deck. At first they were faint, but then became shimmering green lights all over the sky. Gorgeous! Be sure and pick up an information pamphlet at the information desk about camera settings to get the best photos--and bring a tripod. All in all--we had a wonderful time, great food, great photo ops, and we were delighted to have taken the cruise. Be sure to bring plenty of warm layers and a windproof jacket for spending the time outside, looking at the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We were looking for a celebratory cruise experience for a first time cruising older couple and the Hurtigruten north Norway expedition cruise delivered big time. We were delighted to be part of a working ferry service in an incredibly ... Read More
We were looking for a celebratory cruise experience for a first time cruising older couple and the Hurtigruten north Norway expedition cruise delivered big time. We were delighted to be part of a working ferry service in an incredibly interesting part of the world along the north Norway coast and fjords. Hurtigan combines the working ferry element with excellent cruise service including a great cabin, dining, including locally sourced and inspired fare, and service. The expedition team were informative, engaging, and fun. The working ferry element is fascinating with the ship maneuvering into often tiny and picturesque harbours to load and off load a variety of local passengers, cars, mail and freight. Some stops are just half an hour but you can still walk off to grab a few photos since the terminals are right in the middle of town. At least once per day the ship remains in harbour for several hours and allows for organized shore excursions or more detailed personal exploring -- we did the latter and had great fun. Crossing the Arctic Circle and the Lofoten Islands were the highlights. We embarked at Bergen, which is a terrific destination in itself and well worth an extra night or two, and disembarked at Kirkenes where we flew home with a seamless transition to the airport. Part of the adventure is meeting a variety of Norwegians who were themselves on holiday, or heading to their summer camps or cottages, or travelling to or from their homes on the north coast. You can join or leave the ship anywhere but the six day one way package is excellent for cruising. You can do it in either direction, or stay aboard for 12 days and do both ways. We recommend that prospective cruisers read the Hurtigruten website material carefully to ensure that the combination of a working ship with excellent adventure cruise experience is suitable to you. It worked for us big time as it did for other and much more experienced cruisers who we met. Many thanks Hurtigruten and MS Nordcapp! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Did the round cruise Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen. Weather disappointing as we left and arrived back in Bergen. Further up coast the scenery was magnificent with the snow. Ship very comfortable with good clean cabins. Plenty of room to empty ... Read More
Did the round cruise Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen. Weather disappointing as we left and arrived back in Bergen. Further up coast the scenery was magnificent with the snow. Ship very comfortable with good clean cabins. Plenty of room to empty your entire suitcase and put things away. Crew very friendly and helpful. Food was exceptional, in quality and variety. Breakfast and lunch was buffet, extremely plentiful. Downside was evening meal. It was set dinner and by the time it was served it was barely warm. Waiters were great keeping their balance when the boat was rocking badly! Beware, excursions!! They are extremely overpriced, especially the walking tours, which you can easily find yourself as ship docks in centre of towns and towns are small. One walking tour was £45 for 45 minutes. Main public area was the Kompas Explorer Bar, but even though staff kept saying that the best seats shouldn't be reserved, the Germans thought it didn't apply to them! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We loved every minute of the Hurtigruten Northern Lights cruise and would have done the full 11 day return trip had we known how fabulous it would be. With 2 kids aged 13 and 15 we overnighted at the Hotel Oleana in Bergen to have the ... Read More
We loved every minute of the Hurtigruten Northern Lights cruise and would have done the full 11 day return trip had we known how fabulous it would be. With 2 kids aged 13 and 15 we overnighted at the Hotel Oleana in Bergen to have the whole next day to sight see before embarking between 4-6pm. They happily provided a late checkout and it is a 5 minute taxi ride to the Hurtigruten terminal. Boarding was very straightforward after arriving at 5pm and having a safety demo and luggage was transferred straight to rooms so we could explore and find dinner. We had 2 adjacent minisuites, 602 and 606, giving extras such as earlier room access, wine package, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobe/slippers to keep if you like, 2 large windows per room, excellent wifi and more space than we needed. Pack a nice bottle or two to enjoy in your cabin. Beds were extremely comfortable, temperature good and easily adjusted, heated bathroom floors helped dry out clothes, 606 is bigger with the addition of a sofa bed if you have a bigger family but both have room for a desk and sitting area and a heavy curtain room divider should you want to keep different hours! Dinner is staggered sittings, 6 and 6.30pm as the ship was not at capacity, buffet for breakfast, lunch and first dinner and set 3 course meal otherwise (all good experiences). The menu is out at breakfast so you can request options or choose to pay an upgrade fee and eat at the a la Carte area which was fabulous food, beautifully presented and definitely worth treating yourself to. The Nordkapp was revamped in 2016 and all spaces were elegant, spacious and inviting. Deck five is open right round for doing your laps and the gym looks near new. 2 hot tubs at the rear, a café to play games or listen to evening stories or music selections from Martin or some live music from the multitalented Johann, a viewing deck and bar, a second café, shop, lecture room with daily talks on aspects of the cruise (they could do with making these a little more substantial, we would have loved to have learnt a little more about the ship, the geography, culture etc). Excursions were fun, especially for the kids, (we did the dogsledding, snow mobiling and viking feast-the weakest) but all ports were close to the town centre and maps available on board made it easy to tour around by yourself. The greatest strength of this cruise lies in the breathtaking scenery passing by every window every minute of every day and the lovely snow kissed towns and villages along the way. We can't wait to come back and do it again in summer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We took a 6 days cruise, North from Kirkenes to Bergen. We love it. Saw the "northern lights" and the fjords of Norway. We took the mini-suite and it is the only way to go. The lower cabins are tiny. For the size, it was more ... Read More
We took a 6 days cruise, North from Kirkenes to Bergen. We love it. Saw the "northern lights" and the fjords of Norway. We took the mini-suite and it is the only way to go. The lower cabins are tiny. For the size, it was more than adequate, better than Princess. The bed was superb. For the price of the mini-suite, you get free wine ( a bottle a day if you want) and mineral water. You also get to take home new robe and wool blanket. You also get late check out. Highly recommend cabin #605 for its location and little noise when they dock. Food is great, much better than Princess and sometimes better than Oceania. Selections for the breakfast and lunch was great norwiegan foods for all tastes, Dinner was one selection, but individual crafted by the ship chef. You can see her work. Did not have a bad meals. They did fish dishes the best. Very little fry dishes, so heallty. The ship did rock a little when it leaves the fjord and get into open seas. But this is only for a few hours. Since it hold only 300 passengers, we have only 150 it was never crowd. Love it. This is a cruise line that is waiting to be discover. Will do it agian in the summer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have cruised on small luxury liners and large. This cruise was so much more. Every minute of the cruise offered spectacular scenery along the west coast of Norway between the barrier islands and the mainland. The ship stops in the towns ... Read More
We have cruised on small luxury liners and large. This cruise was so much more. Every minute of the cruise offered spectacular scenery along the west coast of Norway between the barrier islands and the mainland. The ship stops in the towns and villages from Bergen to beyond the Artic Circle. Hurtigruten is the ferry line that has brought passengers, mail, and cargo up this coast since the 19th century. Today, they are still a ferry line, but about 80% of their revenue is cruise passengers. This trip is not for people who want a party ship, it is for travelers who want to see spectacular scenery, visit charming villages, take hikes with members of the knowledgeable and entertaining exploration team, learn the history and culture of the rugged Norwegian people, see the engineering accomplishments of modern Norway, enjoy local food, see the Nothern lights (we saw them 4 times on our voyage), meet people from around the globe, and actively participate in the experiene. The ship is not fancy, but has recently been refurbished and was very comfortable for a cruise in Northern waters. There are lots of thoughtful choices like comfortable seating next to large windows and heaters and glass covering on parts of the exterior decks. The lectures and activities were fun and informative and always delivered in three languages: Norwegian, German, and English. One of our few criticism is too many public announcements that went on forever as they were delivered in three languages. Most cabins are very small. We elected a larger (twice the size) mini suite with two large picture windows and a comfortable seating area. Bathrooms are small, but few people spend much time I. Their staterooms, the rest of the ship is made for lounging, viewing, and socializing. If you love nature, beauty, and a bit of adventure (although you could just find a comfortable chair by the window and take in the view, then this cruise is for you! PS -- None of the categories below fit this cruise. I'd call it a "cruise of beauty and exploration." Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Having done this voyage over 40 years ago the changes were enormous. The infrastructure (roads, bridges and tunnels) have changed the passenger profile, and the ships are modern and carry far more "tourists". This trip should ... Read More
Having done this voyage over 40 years ago the changes were enormous. The infrastructure (roads, bridges and tunnels) have changed the passenger profile, and the ships are modern and carry far more "tourists". This trip should not be confused with a "cruise", it is a working boat which carries a large number of tourists, and that is its unique attraction, along with gaining access to smaller ports and channels than the cruise liners we saw in Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim and Tromso. The Restaurant staff were very helpful, appropriately attentive to allergies etc. We found the selection at breakfast good, the buffet lunch very generous and the evening meal, although a set menu, very well cooked, varied and well presented. The use of local produce and suppliers was commented on by other passengers. Other reviewers have commented on "re-cycling", which we saw as entirely appropriate and avoiding unnecessary waste. The evening meal portions were not large, but with open access breakfast and lunch that is appropriate (and with the sedentary nature of the trip more than adequate). The allocation of tables had obviously been carried out with some thought, and we found ourselves on a table with other English-speaking passengers. There was no "entertainment" on board, except for a couple of "crossing the circle" sessions on the aft deck, drinks in Trollfjord and a demonstration of Salmon filletting. We have suggested that maybe a couple of "information evenings" would be appreciated. A Couple of evenings there was some "entertainment" in the bar... As we were not expecting any organised entertainment we were not disappointed. Entertainment was created by the scenery, the stops in ports and the opportunities for photography, reading and relaxing .... A large number of passengers were to be seen with their binoculars or cameras at all times of the day (there being no night for about half the trip!) The majority of tourists seemed to be from Germany, with many from Norway (most of whom spoke English!) , a few British and a very small number of Australians and Americans. All announcements were therefore in Norwegian, English and German. (and French when the crew were aware of French-speakers among the "tourists". The tour-guide(s) were extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. We went on several of the organised excursions in order to see some of the surrounding country, see wildlife etc., and found them very good (albeit a little contrived at times, but understandably so). Beware that the ferry has a tight timetable to keep to, so if it is due to call at a port for 15 or 30 minutes, it will leave on time even if it arrives late ... and that is with or without passengers (although the tour guides did work hard to account for everyone), and I am not aware that we left anyone behind. The only aspect which we would urge caution on is for those flying to and from Bergen Airport. The airport is undergoing major work and the "bus stop" is some way from the terminal . The buses are scheduled to depart every hour for the town, but the day we arrived there was a wait of 1hr 45mins between buses, with no way of knowing what was happening, and on return Norwegian Air would not allow check-in until 2 hours before scheduled flight time, leaving us with bags and only a small coffee shop for 2 hours. Overall, the trip delivered what the literature said it would, the service was excellent, and to add to it the weather was excellent (although as advised we did need winter wear at the northern extremes). Of course, Norway is an expensive destination anyway Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday chasing the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten it was superb.The weather was super 10 days of sunshine which helped to highlight the magnificent scenery we encountered throughout the ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday chasing the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten it was superb.The weather was super 10 days of sunshine which helped to highlight the magnificent scenery we encountered throughout the cruise.The crowning glory was our sightings of the Aroura Borealis on no less than 5 consecutive nights varying from fleeting glimpses to 2 nights of full blown spectacle a never to be forgotten experience. The ship was beautifully maintained and all the lounges had excellent seating.The cabins were on the small side but comfortable, the food was good with plenty of choices at breakfast and lunch,and evening meals were varied.We read the details of the cruise before we booked and were fully aware that the boat was working boat with frequent ports of call sometimes during the night was meant some noise at times.The staff were really good very pleasant and helpful.I realise that everything was in our favour, but it was a great holiday and would wholeheartedly recommend it.Our only complaint is regarding one of the off boat trips which my wife took which was the sled ride from SoTromso.She found the sled extremely uncomfortable it did not seemto be on runners unfortuneatly following the ride she suffered with her back for a couple of days.When we went on the trip to see the ice Hotel in kirkenes she thought the sleds there were much more substantial. So if people were contemplating a sled ride Kirkenese would be recommended. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We recently returned from a cruise on the Nordkapp, going both north and then south on the ship, beginning and ending in Bergen, Norway. It was a wonderful trip with lots of beautiful scenery. My thoughts on the cruise: next time I will ... Read More
We recently returned from a cruise on the Nordkapp, going both north and then south on the ship, beginning and ending in Bergen, Norway. It was a wonderful trip with lots of beautiful scenery. My thoughts on the cruise: next time I will book a room on deck 3 or 4 in the middle of the ship. We were in a front cabin on deck 5. The outside deck was on deck 5 so there were people walking in front of the stateroom window. When we hit rough seas that cabin had much more movement than other areas of the ship. The rooms are small but clean and adequate. It was fun to stop in all of the little towns but some of the stops were only 15-30 minutes so there was no time to get off the ship. If you want nightlife, shows, casinos then this is NOT the cruise for you. The average age of the people on board was at least 70. The food was good. Buffet breakfast and lunch. Lots of different kinds of fish and lunchmeats and cheeses. Always hard and soft boiled eggs for breakfast. If you like fish and pickled herring then you will love the buffets. Dinner was sit-down....fish one night, meat the next night. We were with a tour group,and the chef was very open to accommodating food restrictions or preferences. Be prepared for very high prices...$10 for a glass of beer or wine with lunch or dinner. Buy the coffee mug for $40 but you get unlimited coffee or tea throughout the day. Otherwise you have to pay for each cup you might want during the day. The prices for the cruises the ship offers seem a little pricey. We went to the midnight concert (well worth the cost $70pp) and took the ATV ride to the Russian Border(lots of fun!). The best part was going through the Troll Fjord. Breathtaking!!!! I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to see beautiful,scenery and who does not care for large cruise ships with lots of people. Bring along books to read. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Nordkapp Ratings
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Cabin 3.5 N/A
Dining 5.0 4.1
Public Rooms 3.0 4.4
Fitness & Recreation N/A N/A
Family 3.0 2.8
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.1
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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