The Lofoten is the oldest (1960s) ship of the Hurtigruten fleet & quite a different experience to their modern, cruise ships. It was absolutely beautiful, full of character & charm with the old wood & brass throughout. The smaller ship was extremely friendly, warm & welcoming - both crew & passengers. Please be aware there is "nothing" to do except watch the breath-taking scenery go by & read your book - which was perfect for me! The ship does not have modern cruise facilities (shops, gym, pool etc) but truly doesn't need them. It make short stops along the coast & out into open water & up into the Barents sea with a couple of longer (only a couple of hrs) stops at Alesund, Tromso, Bodo, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Kirkenes. I did the 1 wk journey from Bergen to Kirkenes. The cabins are small but perfectly adequate, well designed & spotlessly clean. The food was excellent with a buffet breakfast, buffet hot & cold lunch & a served set dinner. Please be aware it is a working ship & can be noisy & doesn't have stabilisers so can be rocky but this all adds to its charm. I took the Tromso & North cape excursion which were both excellent but please do check the excursions as many can be done yourself by simply walking into town for a fraction of the price. The weather was variable but again ALWAYS beautiful, & quite changeable, even the snow. (The ship is always toastie warm) We saw the Northern lights 2 evenings. Overall it was absolutely fantastic & I couldn't praise the ship / crew / experience highly enough.

Amazing vintage ship with beautiful character

Lofoten Cruise Review by Oresteia

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The Lofoten is the oldest (1960s) ship of the Hurtigruten fleet & quite a different experience to their modern, cruise ships. It was absolutely beautiful, full of character & charm with the old wood & brass throughout. The smaller ship was extremely friendly, warm & welcoming - both crew & passengers.

Please be aware there is "nothing" to do except watch the breath-taking scenery go by & read your book - which was perfect for me! The ship does not have modern cruise facilities (shops, gym, pool etc) but truly doesn't need them.

It make short stops along the coast & out into open water & up into the Barents sea with a couple of longer (only a couple of hrs) stops at Alesund, Tromso, Bodo, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Kirkenes. I did the 1 wk journey from Bergen to Kirkenes.

The cabins are small but perfectly adequate, well designed & spotlessly clean. The food was excellent with a buffet breakfast, buffet hot & cold lunch & a served set dinner. Please be aware it is a working ship & can be noisy & doesn't have stabilisers so can be rocky but this all adds to its charm.

I took the Tromso & North cape excursion which were both excellent but please do check the excursions as many can be done yourself by simply walking into town for a fraction of the price.

The weather was variable but again ALWAYS beautiful, & quite changeable, even the snow. (The ship is always toastie warm) We saw the Northern lights 2 evenings.

Overall it was absolutely fantastic & I couldn't praise the ship / crew / experience highly enough.
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My cabin was an inside single traveller, small but perfectly adequate, well designed & spotlessly clean. It was warm & cosy & had everything I could need for the wk.