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“Hurtigruten - Passenger/Working Ship Amidst Stunning Scenery”

Hurtigruten Day Trips
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Wife and I sailed 2 nights aboard MV Lofoten from Hammerfest to Bodo, then after train travels south picked up Spitsbergen from Molde to Bergen (1 night). The March winter scenery was spectacular. It included northern lights which are another story (the naked eye's cones don't pick up color in the dark... shhh! don't tell anyone). The ships were well kept and staffed but couldn't have been more different. Lofoten being a very small ship of yesteryear (tiny cabins), Spitsbergen a modern more 'cruise' like vessel with surprisingly large cabins. But pax go for the scenery and it doesn't disappoint, particularly the Lofotens.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

What a terrific trip. Twelve days sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Twenty something stops, some short, some longer, with opportunities to go dog sledding, snowmobiling and more. Excellent food, friendly and helpful staff. Our cabin, an Arctic Superior, was small, but comfortable.
But bear in mind, this is not a “cruise”. It’s a journey on a working boat. I watched the forklifts buzzing about in some of the ports, unloading and loading. That in itself was an entertainment.
I can’t recommend this trip highly enough.

4  Thank leedsbees
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Fabulous cruise. Superior room - adequate size with enough storage and big, comfortable bed with lovely soft pillows. Food was excellent - courses could be changed if requested (evening meal). Buffet for lunch and breakfast with lots of choices and good vegetarian selection. Staff were all lovely - friendly and helpful. Day trips on pricey side and would have been nice to spend more time on shore. Scenery spectacular and northern lights seen!

2  Thank Bernice N
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We have just returned from 11 nights aboard the M/S Nordlys. Our outside cabin was on Deck 5 on the port (loading) side. We have had the most amazing trip of a lifetime! The cabin was small but perfectly formed with en suite facilities. We were not disturbed by noise or vibration when the ship docked, unlike some other folk. The ship is well appointed and very comfortable with many different places to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. The dining room is large and can be busy but the staff are very helpful and kept everything moving without being too obtrusive. The food was delicious and so much choice! We like fish so were in heaven but one of our party did not like fish and, having notified the staff when first on board, had delicious meat based meals throughout the voyage. Dinner is a set meal which is always interesting and a reflection of the areas the ship is passing through. The onboard Expedition Team worked so hard to keep the passengers informed about various points of interest, information and wonderful photographs of the hikes they led, and the amazing Northern Lights. They produced daily sheets with all ports and activities itemised.
This is a working boat, which for us was important. All the ports were very interesting to see and made us feel connected to Norwegian life. For the longer stops, excursions were organised. We chose two, one of which was to the North Cape. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to an unexpected temperature rise following 24 hours of snow, giving an extreme risk of avalanche at Honningsvåg and beyond. When we arrived the whole town was isolated and all the roads blocked ... thank goodness for Hurtigruten! The other excursion was a husky adventure in Kirkenes. This was wonderful. I have written about it elsewhere. We thought that all the excursions seemed very expensive but Norway is a very expensive country. There are many to choose from so something for everyone. Equally, just the voyage and occasional foray ashore made an unforgettable and relaxing trip.
Thank you to the Captain and all his crew, both seen and unseen. We hope to return for another voyage some day!

6  Thank JennyClive
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We just came home from visiting Northern Norway, including Svalbard. It was amazing. Kudos to Hurtigruten. We took their newly refurbished (2016) M/S Polarlys from Bergen to Tromso, and it was terrific. 4 nights, five days with stops in Alesund, Trondheim, and a few smaller towns. The staff was great; the cabin very comfortable, and the food terrific. The ship is lovely, with a fantastic lounge up front on the top deck. We are both vegan, and they accomodated us beautifully. Our cabin had a queen size bed, but I believe some have bunks, so if that matters, be careful when you book. The entire cruise is 12 days, Bergen to Kirkenes, then\ back, but we opted for just the short version and then flew to Longyearbyen/Svalbard. There we stayed at Hurtigruten's newly refurbed (Feb. 2018) Funken Lodge which was great. This is a magical place that defies description. All in all, an amazing vacation (albeit cold!).

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