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Polarlys Review

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The whole experience blew my mind!

Review for Polarlys to the British Isles & Western Europe
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2021
Coastal view
South of the Artic Circle
Delicious food
Taste of Vesterålen trip
Kirkenes dog sledding
Lofoten Isle Stop
Northern Lights
Seven Sisters Mountains
Artic twilight nearing Tromsø
Artic blue light
Great scenery
Trondheim old town
Cabin View deck 3
Hammerfest harbour
Ship cafe
Leaving Bergen with Aurora
Trondenes Church
Artic Cathedral, Tromso
Approaching Artic Circle
Christmas decorations
Artic light
Embarking/Disembarking area
Christmas decorations
Great food
Christmas decorations
Wintery scenes
Passengers tree we decorated with our homemade decorations
Wintery scene
Hinnøya/ Vesterålen
Polar light
Polar light
Wintery scene
Hot chocolate in Bar
Norway Troll
Great food
Great food
Gingerbread decorating competition

I will start off by Hurtigruten make it very clear in their advertising the coastal voyage is not a cruise, so if you go with that expectation you have not done your homework properly and might be disappointed.

If you want to have an authentic adventure, voyage to the Artic and back, learn and experience Norwegian culture and coastal life, see the most wonderful scenery, relax and escape the rat race and eat wonderful food then this is a trip for you.

Yes it is expensive but considering what you get fir 12 days it’s actually fantastic value for money….. the food alone was worth it. The good was exceptional and I’m a foodie. It’s Norwegian fare and you learn alot about it if you want yo.

Cabin Review


Clean, comfortable, more spacious than expected, good storage, good bathroom, great shower. Towels changed daily and bedding if you ask the cleaners. Great uninterrupted view from window. Handy for disembarkation. Possibly quieter than higher decks where more tourists seemed to have cabins. You are on a ship so some engine noise but we split ok with earplugs. We used stairs but 2 lifts on every floor.

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