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Sail Date: December 2017
The Hurtigruten ships carry freight and passengers daily between many little towns along the coast of Norway. I travelled northbound, from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter and it was a beautiful trip. The days got shorter and shorter until the ... Read More
The Hurtigruten ships carry freight and passengers daily between many little towns along the coast of Norway. I travelled northbound, from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter and it was a beautiful trip. The days got shorter and shorter until the last day only had one hour of shimmering daylight. The whole coast was snowy white but the water doesn't freeze due to the warm gulf stream. The weather was really quiet and so was the sea. Due to it being cloudy I only saw a little bit of Northern Lights, twice. But I really loved standing out on the deck in the dark, looking for the lights. (and the meteorshower was also a great sight!) MS Lofoten is a beautiful old ship and I really loved being on board. There's always something to do or see so no chance to get bored. Daily programs are available at the reception and they follow it almost to the minute! The trip is full-board and all the meals were excellent, with lots of fresh salmon prepared in all sorts of manners, and local specialities like herring and cheeses. Also fresh breads and fresh fruits at breakfast. You can order wine per glass. Prices are quite high but similar to those on land. This is due to Norwegian taxes and not because the company is overpricing. Shared showers are kept clean and the water is always warm. The tapwater is drinkable and it tasted good and fresh. An extra bonus are the meetings with the tourleader. They are adding extra value because you get a lot of information about all things concerning the voyage such as the ship, the fleet, the weather system and the preparing of local foods. So if you hear an anouncement about something happening in the bar or on the flightdeck you should definately join! Books in different languages can be found in both panoramalounges, in a big wooden box or in a crate. Wifi worked fine most of the time. You can get off the ship and have a look in the villages as long as you're back onboard 10 minutes before departure. At many times the streets were covered in ice so don't forget to pack icegrips to put under your shoes. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
The Lofoten is a proper ship and there isn't the usual "floating hotel" level of activities and facilities. But there is a bar, a cafe, a very good restaurant and the scenery is outstanding. As she's a small vessel ... Read More
The Lofoten is a proper ship and there isn't the usual "floating hotel" level of activities and facilities. But there is a bar, a cafe, a very good restaurant and the scenery is outstanding. As she's a small vessel there is a lot of noise. I had one of the 400-cabins on the saloon deck and still had some engine noise and vibrations. I'd stay away from the rearmost cabins on the 100- and 200 decks as the noise was extremely loud in the corridor. Unfourtantly I got sick on the second day and spent most of my cruise in the cabin, but it seemed as most of the other passengers made a lot of new friends. The majority were older people 50 years old an above, but also a few younger. Most were German or American. The food is great and stepping on the scale once I got home it seems like I have to go on a diet. There are plenty of excursions to take part in, but to me most of them seemed pretty overpriced. I had intended to take part in at least one, but as I got sick I never did. Read Less
Lofoten Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 2.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 1.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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