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Sail Date: January 2019
I only had time for the 'half cruise' but enjoyed every minute. Nordlys is showing her age a little with some frayed carpets and furnishings in public areas but is shiny, clean and comfortable. She will be refitted later this ... Read More
I only had time for the 'half cruise' but enjoyed every minute. Nordlys is showing her age a little with some frayed carpets and furnishings in public areas but is shiny, clean and comfortable. She will be refitted later this year. Embarkation in Kirkenes, northern turnaround port, took three minutes as my taxi took me directly to the gangplank. Buses from the airport and local hotels are also available. Kirkenes deserves a day before you embark. Go to the Russian border, see the Snowhotel, fish for King Crabs or try snow activities. My cabin (353) was one of the cheapest with a port hole and fine for one or two, although not luxurious. Cabins on the port side, like mine, are closer to the cargo bay where goods are unloaded and loaded during the many stops day and night. I was fine with this but it meant a little extra noise which may annoy others. Pick starboard and you'll be fine. Whichever you choose, it's stunning scenery from beginning to end. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, always plenty of choice with lots of fish. Evening meals are usually three course sit-down affairs. Excellent food always with local produce in sensible quantities and swiftly-served. It's a Norwegian ship in Norwegian waters so alcohol is expensive but there's a good selection (don't miss beer from the northernmost brewery Mack brewed in Tromso) There were only 360 passengers on my cruise but sometimes it was a challenge to find a seat/table in the public areas. No entertainment as such but fascinating daily talks by the cheerful Expedition team, and a small library. Brilliant staff all round, well-led by Captain Johannes. There's a varied range of excursions and hikes to suit all levels of fitness. Again not cheap but high quality and good value. I enjoyed the bus/ferry tour A Taste of Vesteralen, well-organised with plenty of interesting stops, and a magical midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral, Tromso. I also sampled a short twilight hike in Bronnoysund, crunching through the snow. Disembarkation in Bergen was fine and speedy. Again, there were buses (extra charge) to the airport, rail station and local hotels but I happily towed my little suitcase into the town for an extra night after a very enjoyable short break in Norway. Thanks Hurtigruten! I am now planning to visit Svalbard in 2020 but would be delighted to take this trip again - maybe north-south next time? Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
To see auroras. We saw auroras in 5 nights with changing colours n it was intense. Dog sledding was fun. Polar excursion was not fun for me. But rest was excellent. Restaurant staff was awesome. They were funny , witty, ... Read More
To see auroras. We saw auroras in 5 nights with changing colours n it was intense. Dog sledding was fun. Polar excursion was not fun for me. But rest was excellent. Restaurant staff was awesome. They were funny , witty, friendly, approachable. We made some good friends n met new people, they were good. We went to see the northern lights and yes we did see them. It was uthe hirusin, dazzling, dancing. It is something to watch n watch again. You gotta be lucky to see it more than once and we were lucky. Announcement is there so you cant miss it. One thing for those who want to book cabins that sometimes it's not a bad idea not go for rich cabins because you will be out a lot but it's personal preference. If i was not working and I had lot of money I would go with their ship various destinations. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We went to enjoy a voyage on the grand old lady (MS Lofoten) of the Hurtigruten again. The combination of the ship, crew, food, fellow passengers, weather, scenery, excursions, and overall ambience would have been great even without five ... Read More
We went to enjoy a voyage on the grand old lady (MS Lofoten) of the Hurtigruten again. The combination of the ship, crew, food, fellow passengers, weather, scenery, excursions, and overall ambience would have been great even without five mind-wowing nights with Northern Lights displays. The breakfast and lunch buffets were both full of different varieties of fish - at least seven different varieties of fish at virtually every meal! There were also some very interesting vegetarian options, which I ate out of preference rather than conviction. Even without going on any excursions, one could have a fascinating time. The constantly changing scenery kept ones interest. And in the many ports of call, there was always something of interest in the deck cargo. I loved the Salky (racing chariot) which was carried for about a day, only to be replaced by a speedboat. And the fellow passengers were great! But the icing on the cake came with some of the excursions. Riding on the seashore, in the dark except for the northern lights playing above, with only the sound of the waves and the horses in the snow, was absolutely magical. Just one of many fantastic excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Just returned from a 11 day Northern Lights voyage along the Norwegian coast to Kirkenes and back to Bergen - and it was mind blowing. I've returned relaxed, pampered and looking to book another cruise - with Hurtigurten. Never ... Read More
Just returned from a 11 day Northern Lights voyage along the Norwegian coast to Kirkenes and back to Bergen - and it was mind blowing. I've returned relaxed, pampered and looking to book another cruise - with Hurtigurten. Never will I grace Royal Caribbean, or Princess again No casinos, no spas, no entertainment crews - it was education, relaxing and no hard sell. Cabins were basic, clean and well thought out, Bathrooms small and efficient. Staff were incredibly professional and charming Its a working ship, and the dress code was refreshingly casual..no dressing up for dinner. We loved every minute of it and the food was amazing. Fresh, locally sourced, not a french fry, burger, hot dog, pizza or hot dog in site. Excursions were expensive, but worth every penny - and no more expensive than the private ones which you can arrange independently Yes, alcohol is expensive, but this is Norway, and the prices on the ship were cheaper than the mid range hotels in Bergen. Embarkment and disembarkation were incredibly fast - we were in our hotel in less than an hour of leaving our deck - straight into a taxi. Tips - bring a kettle if you don't buy the premium package - learn how to use your camera for photographing the northern lights ( we had 6 nights of this spectacular) - bring a pair of slippers, good books, knitting/craft/watercolours - something to do when you are sailing along do at least 3 expeditions ( we did dog sledging, the ice hotel and the marble mines. All were incredible) Ignore the moaning minnie reviews. There are hundreds of thousand of people who have done this voyage. final words, don't hesitate book it! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was an excellent way to see much of the Norwegian coast in winter. It does not have the usual entertainment of other cruise ships as the Hurtigruten ships are working ships and we found it fascinating to stop at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was an excellent way to see much of the Norwegian coast in winter. It does not have the usual entertainment of other cruise ships as the Hurtigruten ships are working ships and we found it fascinating to stop at 34 ports in each direction at all times of day and night. The ship was refitted in late 2018 and has a modern airy feel. It could be seen as a little plain compared to some of other ships in the fleet with more opulent décor. WIFI was excellent on board. See below for my cabin review. Breakfast and lunch were both very ample buffets with plenty for all tastes. Dinner was served at a set time with 6 different sittings and your own allocated table. This was an excellent opportunity to try all types of Norwegian cuisine and it was possible to change to a vegetarian option if you preferred. It was not possible to ask for a simpler meal. Few people seemed to be drinking wine at dinner, with the cheapest bottle at almost £50! The waiting-on staff were fantastic, many being trilingual Scandinavians in their 20s. There was no need to dress up for dinner and in fact on the occasions when the Northern Lights were likely to appear, we even wore our warm clothing to the restaurant! The Expedition team were great! They organised talks and demonstrations on-board with plenty of variety to suit most people. The excursions, however, were extremely expensive for the time and content included. We did not join any and preferred to explore the ports we visited with the help of a map and our own research. Had they been cheaper, we would have joined in with some of them. In short...GO if you want scenery and informative talks, peace and a relaxed pace. DON'T GO if you want exciting shows and entertainment, lots to drink and nightlife! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The snow was amazing and the views from the ship really spectacular, even at 3 in the morning! We would like to do a cruise again maybe in the springtime to see the difference a warmer climate can bring. We also enjoyed the lectures and learned a lot about Norway and the people. The food on board was excellent and a complete change from what you usually get on a cruise. Perhaps a cooking demonstration could be organised in the summer or springtime when the seas are calmer! A quizzes are also a way to get people together too, especially those travelling on their own. We both enjoyed the cruise immensely and as it was our first ever cruise to a colder climate we were a little apprehensive. We need not have worried, everything was taken care of with efficiency and humour. Thankyou all for a wonderful birthday cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little ... Read More
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little tired looking and not a luxury cruise liner, was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. I shared a outside basic cabin with my Mother and although we had portholes instead of windows, we coped fine. The cabin did have a bar fridge, but we didn't use it. The food was abundant, fresh, and well stocked with local delicacies. For those of us not familiar with the offerings or with food intolerances/ allergies, dishes were reasonably well labelled. Each night dinner showcased food from the local area. If you weren't keen on eating cod tongues or Rudolph the Reindeer, you could request an alternative (usually fish or beef). Excursions were plentiful and while expensive (it's Norway and everything is expensive) were well paced with abundant information from local guides and bus drivers. If the excursions didn't appeal then there were the options of taking yourself for a walk through the towns you dock at, or just sitting in the lounge and watching the ship be loaded and unloaded. Daily review talks by the expedition team, as well as a few activities such as a ceremony when crossing the arctic circle and guided hikes, provided pretty much all of the ship's entertainment. There were no cabarets or night shows. While the weather was bad for the majority of our trip, cloudy skies and at times rough seas (when in the open water), you soon got used to the ships motion. When the Northern Lights made their appearances - announcements were made so you could go out on deck and admire the spectacle. This was the cherry on the very top of the experience and not seeing them would still have meant a fantastic trip. As a once in a lifetime trip, the Arctic and the Northern Lights cruise didn't disappoint and I'd recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I choose this cruise as it was apart of a bigger tour that I was on, the boat itself is pretty much as I expected from what I read and all the information I had received prior. I am not actually a cruise person I do not enjoy the big ... Read More
I choose this cruise as it was apart of a bigger tour that I was on, the boat itself is pretty much as I expected from what I read and all the information I had received prior. I am not actually a cruise person I do not enjoy the big boats as I feel you never have enough time on land to experience the country you are in. This cruise however was more for the scenery hence why I decided to give it a go. I went in the winter which means it is dark a lot of the time, I still really enjoyed the scenery and after the sun went down it was nice to sit in your room with all the lights of and enjoy the views. I booked a Artic superior room and for the difference in money between the rooms with out and window I would say it was the best thing I have done! It’s well worth the extra money and the window was bigger than what I expected and level 6 was a perfect spot. If you are on level 5 then people are able to see in your room while walking around the balcony so if you would like more privacy I would try requesting level 6. The food is amazing I am actually a vegan and they had plenty of food options for myself and if you eat everything you will be in heaven! The wait staff and general staff on the ship all seemed very nice and polite. I would 100% recommend a cruise ship with an expedition team, they made my trip 10x better then what it would have been with out them. You do have some down time on the ship with not much to do I would advise bringing a book or some card games or something that you enjoy doing to relax. If your ship has a spa GET IN IT when it’s snowing or just in down time it was the BEST. I pre booked some tours as I thought that would be cheaper all so to guarantee spots on the tour but booking on the ship the prices where much the same if not $10 AUD cheaper which you would loose with the exchange rate anyway. We seen the northern lights! Not as much as I expected but I only went North bound and the ship where very informative of when they where out HOWEVER... if you want to guarantee your time of not missing out I would seriously advise having your room temperature set a little cooler and sleeping in most of your clothing meaning all layers you need on except for your outer layers eg. big water proof jacket, pants and shoes! You waste to much time getting dressed and undressed and you miss them possibly so just sleep in everything without the blanket! There is NO entertainment on this ship which was completely fine for me as I’m not into all that but if you cruise a lot this cruise is different and a working ship, I don’t know how many times I was told/read this before getting on the ship and STILL I heard people complaining! This is not a bad thing the cruise was still AMAZING but please don’t expect and circus show or cabaret with 10 martini’s and never actually learning anything about the country you are visiting! The Expedition team did have a few things on each day inregards to information and learning about Norway I would recommend going to all of there sessions because they are fun and happy people with some great stories. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Chose Cruise as norther lights guaranteed viewing at this time of year. Whispy clouds was our view of the lights, a lot of 100% cloud cover nights, obviously nature and not fault of Hurtigruten. The ship it self is outdated and going in ... Read More
Chose Cruise as norther lights guaranteed viewing at this time of year. Whispy clouds was our view of the lights, a lot of 100% cloud cover nights, obviously nature and not fault of Hurtigruten. The ship it self is outdated and going in for a make over, it needs it. But the public areas were clean and plenty of seating. THe coastline of Norway is spectacular at this time of year and somewhat made up for the poor showing of the aurora. Cabin as expected (superior arctic), heated bathroom floor was appreciated. Cabin not vacuumed or sheets changed the entire 11 nights of cruise. EVERYTHING is expensive, "expedition" team were moody and sometimes rude apart from Sven who was a delight and always helfpul and full of information and answered any question. The food was as most people have mentioned, Generally food was cold and boring after 11 days of the same type of menu. No choices for the evening meal, take it or leave it. Excursions were expensive but you pay it because you may not get the opportunity again to experience some things. There are not too many private options either as most port times are very short. We went on bus trips, snowmobiled, sledding and viking visit. All were good fun, expensive but worth the $$ for the unique experience in most cases. Overall we enjoyed the trip, the scenery breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
German / Deutsch: Meine zweite Reise mit der MS Trollfjord begann in Deutschland zunächst mit einigen Umständen, da genau am Anreisetag unser Flug nach Amsterdam Streikbedingt gecancelt wurde. Also erfolgte die Anreise mit der Bahn ... Read More
German / Deutsch: Meine zweite Reise mit der MS Trollfjord begann in Deutschland zunächst mit einigen Umständen, da genau am Anreisetag unser Flug nach Amsterdam Streikbedingt gecancelt wurde. Also erfolgte die Anreise mit der Bahn nach Amsterdam und von dort mit dem Flugzeug nach Bergen. Vom Airport in Bergen erfolgte der Transfer direkt zum Hurtigrutenterminal. Das Einschecken verlief reibungslos und man konnte direkt in die Kabine. Nahezu zeitgleich traf auch das Gepäck ein. Exelenter Service ! Die Reise an sich in den Wintermonaten war sehr beeindruckend, da sich das Landschaftsbild oft verändert. Die ausgewählten Ausflüge u.a. Wikingerfest, Tromso Seilbahn, das Nordkap und ein Besuch im Schneehotel in Kirkenes entsprachen vollständig meinen Erwartungen. Leider war manchmal die Liegezeit in den Häfen etwas zu kurz um entspannt eine Erkundungstour zu machen. Viel Mühe hat sich das Expeditions-Team an Bord gemacht, welches durch Vorträge oder eben die Polarkreis-Zeremonien für gute Unterhaltung sorgte. English-Version: My second trip with the MS Trollfjord started in Germany at first with some circumstances, because exactly on the day of arrival our flight to Amsterdam was canceled due to strikes. So the journey was by train to Amsterdam and from there by plane to Bergen. From the airport in Bergen the transfer took place directly to the Hurtigrutenterminal. The check in went smoothly and you could go straight to the cabin. Almost at the same time arrived the luggage. Exelenter service! The trip itself in the winter months was very impressive, as the landscape often changes. The selected excursions u.a. Viking Festival, Tromso Cable Car, the North Cape and a visit to the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes fully met my expectations. Unfortunately, sometimes the laytime in the ports was a bit too short to make an exploratory trip relaxed. Much effort has made the expedition team on board, which provided by lectures or just the polar circle ceremonies for good entertainment. Read Less
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