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Voyages in Search of the Northern Lights

Our range of exciting short breaks, longer cruises and themed winter voyages along the Norway coast and across the Arctic Circle to the land of the Northern Lights, have been designed to experience the best of Arctic Norway in winter.

There is the option to cruise from the UK or fly and start your holiday in Bergen, renowned for its Hanseatic wharf, Kirkenes, close to the Russian border, or the Arctic capital of Tromso.

  • Cruise the Northern Lights
  • Northern Lights over mountains

Northern Lights Info

The highlight of winter voyages to Norway is the incredible Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.

Departing between October and March, our itineraries offer the best chance to experience the colourful, ghostly swirls of light in the dark sky. Although sightings of the extraordinary Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed, there are more occurrences in Arctic Norway than anywhere else in the world!

Ports visited on one of these once-in-a-lifetime voyages include the Art Nouveau town of Alesund, the former Norwegian capital of Trondheim with its impressive 14th-century cathedral, and the beautiful Lofoten Islands, dotted with traditional fishing villages.

Optional excursions are the perfect way to enhance your experience, from a thrilling husky dog sledge ride over frozen landscapes to a special midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso. Honningsvag is the starting point for excursions to the dramatic North Cape, while Andalsnes is the gateway to the picturesque Romsdal Alps and winding Troll Path Road.

  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • The Northern Lights over Svolvaer
  • Tromso
  • Trondheim

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    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • Cruise above the Arctic Circle in winter for the best chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights on this superb 3-night cruise with overnight hotel stay in Tromo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Dec
        2017 - Feb, Mar
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • A 4-night voyage from the Arctic capital of Tromso south to Bergen, sailing through the stunning Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands, in search of the Northern Lights

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Dec
        2017 - Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Voyage in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night Arctic Norway holiday including 3-night cruise and 2-night stay in Tromso. Includes direct flights from several regional airports

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Dec
        2017 - Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • An exciting 14-night no-fly voyage from London Tilbury in search of the magical Northern Lights, visiting the Hanseatic port of Bergen, Arctic capital of Tromso and charming Honningsvag, gateway to the dramatic North Cape

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Mar
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    • 2nd Passenger FREE - now from just £905pp!

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Take in the dramatic scenery of the Norwegian coastline on this 14-night no-fly holiday in search of the spectacular Northern Lights

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct
        2017 - Oct
        Included with this holiday ...

    • 2nd Passenger FREE on 2017 dates - now from just £930pp!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • Voyage south from Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle to Bergen along the dramatic Norway coast in winter and look out for the spellbinding Northern Lights on this 6-night cruise

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct, Nov, Dec
        2017 - Jan, Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • Voyage north from Bergen to Tromso in the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night holiday including 4-night cruise and overnight stay in Tromso

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Nov, Dec
        2017 - Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • A unique 6-night cruise north along the dramatic Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter in search of the Northern Lights

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct, Nov, Dec
        2017 - Jan, Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • Cruise the entire length of the dramatic Norway coast in search of the spectacular Northern Lights on this 11-night voyage with daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, calling at 34 ports

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Oct, Nov
        2017 - Jan, Feb, Mar
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    • NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • A unique 7-night Northern Lights holiday with 6-night Arctic voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and an overnight at the exciting Kirkenes Snow Hotel

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2017 - Jan, Feb, Mar
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    • Exclusive £25pp discount!

    • Choice of Hurtigruten Ships
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      • Learn about the night sky and stunning aurora borealis in the company of experts on this 11-night voyage along the dramatic Norway coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return. Includes direct flights from several regional airports

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep, Oct, Nov
        2017 - Jan, Feb, Mar
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    • NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear!

    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • A fascinating 16-night cruise from the UK to the coast of Norway aboard the elegant Minerva with visits to traditional towns and excellent opportunities to see the mystical Northern Lights. Includes shore excursions, guests speakers and gratuities.

      • Discovery Discovery
      • 2017 - Mar
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    • Save up to 20%!

About The Northern Lights

The extraordinary beauty of the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, has mesmerised all who witness them.

‘The Northern Lights are caused when electrically-charged particles spiral down Earth’s magnetic field lines into our upper atmosphere at high speed and cause the rarefied gases there to glow with a green, red or purplish light. They are most commonly seen around the Arctic Circle in the autumn and winter months; hence the need to travel to North Norway at that time of year.’
Dr John Mason MBE, South Downs Planetarium

For the best chance to see this beautiful light show, experts recommend spending as much time as possible above the Arctic Circle, far away from towns and other sources of artificial light.

From your Hurtigruten ship you will see houses on the shore glowing in the dark, becoming tiny harbours as you call to pick up passengers. The snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight, with shades of gold, pink and blue, and also the elusive dancing light of the Aurora Borealis itself.

You can never tell when the Northern Lights will appear and disappear but sailing with Hurtigruten above the Arctic Circle between November and March on our exciting range of Northern Lights voyages gives you a very good chance. Not only that, but if requested, passengers on board can be alerted should the Northern Lights appear at any time of day or night!

As the UK's leading Northern Lights cruise specialists we offer 4-10 night Northern Lights cruises, two with flights direct to Tromso, the capital of Arctic Norway.

  • Early evening Northern Lights show
  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • Winter morning coastal view
  • Svolvaer in winter
  • Northern Lights approaching Trondheim
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • North Cape Excursion
  • Northern Lights above Tromso
  • December sunset
  • Ready for a dog sledge excursion
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Customer Reviews

"Brilliant break" by Jim and Christine5 star
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If you're apprehensive about taking a 'cruise', don't be!

The ship was a great place to be, the atmosphere very informal, our fellow passengers were very friendly and the food was wonderful.

We took the 6 day cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and booked the following excursions: a walking tour of Alusand; the dog sledging; and the North Cape.  All well worth it.

Every day was a pleasure.  A good breakfast (and lunch), magnificent views from the ship, a visit ashore, 3 course dinner and 'hunting the lights'.  The viewing gallery was a great place to be whilst at sea (take a good book too) and we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

"A Taste of the Arctic" by C.Tibbles5 star
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We have just returned from a six day  'Taste of the Arctic' cruise aboard Hurtigruten's MS Finnmarken.

What a superb holiday, it far exceeded our expectations! The Norwegian coastline is a delight and each day we were treated to amazing scenery, viewed alternately through snow storms, then brilliant blue arctic sunlight.

MS Finnmarken is a superb ship, staffed by a brilliant captain and crew. One night the ship glided effortlessly and silently into a dark, narrow fjord and then, above the black outline of steep mountains, the Aurora gave us a wonderful light show. What an experience!

Also worth a mention was our shore excursion to Bodo and Salstraumen. It was excellent, very well organised and informative.

So finally, our thanks to Hurtigruten and Finnmarken and last but not least to staff at Blue Water Holidays for arranging our Arctic Adventure.

Thanks again to all staff at Blue Water Holidays

"Voyage of a lifetime" by bikegirl5 star
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 We booked this voyage hoping to see the Northern Lights - which we did on 6 nights - but all the rest of the holiday far exceeded our expectations.  Our trip included flights from Edinburgh for the Classic Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes to Bergen on MS Trollfjord in March.  The ship was spotlessly clean, warm with a wonderful panorama lounge and plenty of other seating areas.  Our cabin was on deck 4 on the port side so we were able to watch all the comings and goings each time we docked.  There was plenty of opportunity to go ashore and we were given plenty of info from the Tour Guides about where to go and what to do.  We hit some bad weather at Trondheim and our departure was delayed by 8 hours.  Hurtigruten bussed us into the city to see a film at the cinema!  The 3 excursions we went on were Husky Dog Sledging in Tromso, a visit to the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes and the midnight concert in Tromso Cathedral.  All were excellent, well organised and good value for money.  The food was outstanding and plentiful.  We did not buy the coffee deal but instead took a kettle and tea bags for our cabin. As the ship stays close to the mainland the scenery is wonderful, becoming more and picturesque with the snow as we went north.  We did not need to spend much - which was good as Norway is expensive.  Be aware of taking too much Norweigan currency as the buy back price means you may lose a lot of money.  Blue Water Holidays dealt with the booking in a helpful and efficient way.  All in all this was a trip of a lifetime.  Highly recommended.

 

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Fantastic! Holiday of a lifetime.

We took the classic round voyage, Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen, in February aboard MS Trollfjord.  We have always wanted to visit Norway in winter both for the scenery and for a chance to see the Northern Lights.  Having booked a year in advance we had plenty of time for hopes and excitement to build but the trip still far exceeded our expectations.

We were very lucky with the weather having clear skies and calm seas for most of the voyage, except for blizzards around the North Cape which created some excitement and a storm as we approached Bergen on our last day.  The scenery is outstanding, no words can do it justice, and the polar light is beautiful at this time of year.  The ship stays close to shore for most of the voyage and is frequently surrounded by islands that provide ever changing views as you glide between them.  Each hour brings something new, impressive bridges connecting chains of small islands, narrow channels that are skillfully navigated, passing ships including others in the Hurtigruten fleet, eagles over distant hills, we even saw a submarine!  The ship visits a total of 34 ports each way and they are very individual in character, from the grandeur of Trondheim and the beauty of Tromso to the isolation of small communities perched on islands or nestled at the foot of steep mountain slopes.  During the shorter stops we would stand out on deck to watch the bustle of activity as goods are unloaded and to enjoy panoramic views of the town, while other passengers chose to hop off for a quick explore.  For the longer stops we had mostly pre-booked excursions which were thoroughly enjoyable, well organised and good value for money (taking into consideration the prices in Norway).  We did the Alesund aquarium & Mount Aksla which provides spectacular views, went husky sledging in the hills above Tromso at dusk with the city lights twinkling in the distance, visited the remote and windswept North Cape and the Ice Hotel at Kirkenes where we also learned much about the local Sami people, and attended the Midnight Concert in Tromso which is hauntingly atmospheric and not to be missed. 

Our ship, MS Trollfjord, was beautifully decorated with original Norwegian art and a traditional wood and stone finish, not over indulgent but very tasteful.  The cabin, a U grade on Deck 7, was nicely furnished with comfortable beds, adjustable air conditioning and excellent use of space.  The en-suites have under floor heating which is kind on feet and great for drying wet clothes.  The ship felt very stable, in force 7 winds you could certainly feel the swell but our coffee mugs remained firmly on the table.  The public areas were peaceful, spacious and comfortably furnished and we spent many hours relaxing in the main lounge that offers fantastic all round views.  Finding a seat was never a problem even though the ship was fully booked.  When we weren't in the viewing lounge we were out on deck, well wrapped up in thermal and windproof layers which proved to be essential when outside for more than a few minutes.   Deck 9 offers great open views to the stern and sides and Deck 6 has a walkway around the entire ship including the bow, a great place to stand and watch as she pulls in to port.  There is plenty of space out on deck even when everybody has been lured out by the scenery or the northern lights. 

Hurtigruten do not put on typical "cruise style" entertainment which for us was a huge positive and one of the reasons that we selected this trip.  There are some short demonstrations and ceremonies held out on deck, a couple of films on the Northern lights and the Sami people and a pianist plays in the bar each evening.  That's it.  The captivating scenery is entertainment in itself and we appreciated the chance to enjoy it in a peaceful environment.  We were never bored, quite the opposite in fact.

Drinks are expensive as you would expect for Norway.  The tea/coffee deal (250NOK each) was well worth it, providing unlimited tea/coffee 24 hours a day without the hassle of paying each time.  The inclusive thermal mug makes a lovely souvenir and brings back memories of supping hot tea in the viewing lounge to warm up after being out deck.  Alcohol prices are very high, although no more expensive on the ship than the mainland.   We afforded a few drinks in the bar and enjoyed wine in our cabin that we brought with us from the UK (you are allowed to take your own alcohol on board but it may not be consumed in public areas). 

The meals are Norwegian in style and of excellent quality.  Breakfast and dinner buffets have a wide selection of hot and cold meat, fish, eggs, salads and vegetables, a rather too tempting selection of desserts and gluten free options if required.  The evening meal is a set three course menu of good to excellent restaurant standard and the main course alternates between meat/poultry and fish. If there is something you don't like it is very easy to arrange for an alternative by visiting the restaurant manager in advance (don't leave it until you sit down for the meal as they do need some time to prepare it).

Finally, the big question - did we see the northern lights?  Yes!  We saw them on five separate nights including two very intense displays, which fulfilled a life long ambition and left us speechless each time.  We spent many an hour out on deck watching for glimpses and it was really worthwhile, as we were generally among the first to spot the lights rather than waiting for the announcements on board and missing some of the action.

It is easy to believe that this really is the World's most beautiful voyage.  Our huge thanks to Bluewater and Hurtigruten for the trip of a life time.  It was intended to be a one-off but we are now totally hooked and have already ordered the new Hurtigruten brochures to plan our next adventure, Svalbard maybe?

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Had a wonderful trip with two friends on the Nordkapp.  The ship was excellent - clean, helpful staff especially Marco the Tour Leader on board - always helpful and delivered his information well and with a sense of humour.

Scenery spectacular and the viewing lounge on Deck 7 was a lovely place to go after sightseeing.  On the last evening sailing back to Tromso we enjoyed a fabulous display of the northern lights - very lucky as the prediction of a sighting was only at 2 on the display board.  2 nights at the Radisson Blu hotel afterwards were very comfortable - lovely buffet breakfasts.

Visited 2 museums whilst in Tromso the Polar Museum and the University Museum (pay one price and visit both).  Well worth a trip.  Good bus service out to the University area.  Jet2 were also excellent - on time with efficient staff. So, all in all, trip I would thoroughly recommend.

"Winter Voyage North" by K.Gregory5 star
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Wow, what a holiday !

The intrepid Arctic travelers have returned, after a truly memorable and enjoyable cruise experience. The scenery was stunning, the ship exceeded expectations, and we were blessed with a magnificent display of the Lights on two occasions, once when my wife was enjoying the top deck Jacuzzi admiring the stars- how more romantic can you get.

I have only plaudits for you at Bluewater, and all who helped make this such a wonderful holiday.

Your recommendation for the ship Trollfjord was spot on. The cabins were rightly called suites, and extremely well appointed and laid out- I have to say they compared more than favourably with Regent and Silversea, and certainly better than Royal Caribbean. The bay viewing window was a particular beneficial feature.

We quickly warmed to the laid backness of our Norwegian hosts, almost as quickly as adjustment to the cost of food and drink. Fortunately we came well stocked with wine and spirits that served us well for pre dinner cabin drinks and after dinner cards.

The food was adequate without creating any excitement.

It was misty and rained all day in Bergen on the Sunday before departure, and there was a snow storm passing the Northern Cape, otherwise the weather was bright and sunny.

The cruise certainly lived up to its billing, and I am now a Scandinavian convert.

I could on and on as we had so many happy moments. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for allowing us the privilege of holidaying with Bluewater and Hurtigruten.

 

 

"Winter Voyage South" by D.Went5 star
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We did the Hurtigruten Winter Voyage South in February. The main aim was to see the Northern Lights and we were not disappointed. Since there are no direct flights to Kirkenes we flew via Oslo. The airport hotel was very quiet and comfortable and even served full breakfast at 5:30 to enable us to catch the early flight north. However the airport being 50km away from Oslo meant that a visit to the capital was expensive. The Express Train was 190Kr per person each way but only took 20 minutes. The connection with the boat - MS Nordkapp - was made just in time in spite of a 15 minute delay on the flight which actually went via Tromso. Checking in was easy and we were in our cabin within minutes of arrival. The accommodation was quite small with fold down single beds and although larger people may have difficulties, we had no problems changing, showering or sleeping. You only need the cabin as a bedroom/bathroom because there are lounges and bars in which to relax when you are not out on deck. We could connect to the internet for free in certain areas of the boat but coverage was intermittent as was mobile phone coverage but we were there to get away so that was fine. We did not use the hot-tub on deck 7 but were told it was great. The ships Tour Manager, Marco, was very helpful and made tannoy announcements when interesting things were to be seen. You could even choose to hear these in your cabin if you so desired. We booked the "Tromso Midnight Concert" and the "The Taste of Vesteralen". The concert was traditional Norwegian and therefore maybe not to everyone's taste but nevertheless enjoyable. The coach trip across Vesteralen was excellent because it got you off the boat and able to see more of the countryside. 


We saw the Northern Lights on the first two nights. Our first experience was not very dramatic with very thin white streaks across the sky at about 8:30 in the evening. The second night was much better with a good display for about 45 minutes at 9:30. We were very lucky with the weather having clear skies both nights otherwise they would not have been visible. The sea was calm the whole trip with just a hint of a swell from time to time. Not sure if this is normal but it was good for us. Blue skies during the day for most of the time meant we got some stunning views in some fantastic light. I could imagine that if cloudy it may have been a long trip but it went past all too quickly for us.

Breakfast and lunch in the restaurant was very good with a lot of choice, however the evening meal was a set menu and the food quality not quite as good. If you did not like what was on offer then hard luck. Also you were allocated to the same table each night and had no choice about your neighbours (Luckily ours were fine).

The boat does not stop very long anywhere and you are always aware of having to get back otherwise they would leave without you. Most places are quite small and can be explored quite quickly, but this is not a trip to see the towns. As it was still winter the pavements in the towns were sheets of ice studded with grit so you need decent footwear and ice grippers. Apart from the coach trip you are on board for the majority of the time and the outside decks were covered with plastic matting for grip and very clean.

Back in Bergen there was no opportunity to see the town since the prebooked transfer bus took us straight off the boat to the airport.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it met our expectations

 

 

"Astronomy Voyage" by S.Evans5 star
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For our 35th Wedding anniversay we decided to treat each other to a Northern Lights Cruise, and what a treat.

We sailed on the MS Trollfjord a Hurtigruen ship, from the moment the holiday started we were looked after, met at Bergen Airport taken to the cruise ship, had time to walk around Bergen.

The cabin was clean and tidy, and kept that way. The food was fantastic, in fact I had to stop myself from overeating, the crew were most friendly, I had a problem with my mobile phone, they could not have been more helpful. Lots of excusions for those who wanted a trip out.

Would I recommend this cruise to a friend, well YES !!!!

"A Taste of the Arctic" by L.Marshall5 star
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A Taste of the Arctic - Bergen to Tromos

We had a fabulous time on our 'Taste of the Arctic' voyage.

The ship was lovely - we spent hours and hours in the lounges - our accommodation was great and the food was absolutely wonderful - as were all the crew; we got to see the lights, a couple of times on board and then I had a good show when I was out on the snowmobile. We saw sea eagles, whales - and a submarine, honestly

Thank you so much once again!

"Classic Voyage North" by S.Machin5 star
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On 2 January my partner and I went on holiday to Norway on the ship Richard With of the Hurtigruten line on the north bound leg of their Northern Lights trip. It had been a short notice decision and we were looking forward to cold days, snow, beautiful scenery and hopefully sights of the Northern Lights. We were aware that the line was not a pure cruise liner but also filled the roll of ferry service up and down the Norwegian coast.

We flew from Heathrow to Copenhagen and onto Bergen with SAS airlines. The online check-in was easy and we did not have to pay for extra leg room seats. The first flight also gave us the transfer details for Copenhagen which made life easier on arrival there.

The transfer from Bergen airport to the ship is by a bus arranged by Hurtigruten for which we had to wait about 30 minutes but as further people joined the queue from later flights the reason for the wait became more understandable. Fortunately it was not too cold though dark at 4pm. The transfer bus was warm and comfortable and the trip took about 20 minutes.

At the terminal check in was straightforward and included and video safety film which was
comprehensive and clear. We then boarded ship and our bags were waiting outside our cabin. We were in a P2 cabin on the 5th floor. Space wise it was fine with two beds one that folds flat to the wall during the day and the other that folds into a sofa. Both were very comfortable and easy to fold away. The ensuite was compact, the shower was good and powerful and there was always hot water available. A hairdryer was in the ensuite. Towels were changed if you left them on the floor (hung up you kept them) and the cabin was cleaned daily. There was plenty of storage and two power points. The phone system doubled up as an intercom for announcements from the Tour leader and you could turn it on or off from inside the cabin. Our cabin was on the opposite side of the ship to the cargo doors and we were not disturbed by the noise of them opening and closing at every port of call. I am sure cabins in their vicinity would have been noisier.

It was too late to visit Bergen itself so we will have to return to do that. Dinner that night was a Buffet feast and set the tone for the high quality food we were to be served for the rest of the week. It also set the tone for the very slow service from the waiting staff who were pleasant but stretched. Drinks on board are very very expensive (40 Kr for a bottle of
Pepsi/Fanta, 19 Kr for filtered water, 60Kr for a bottle of beer) but tap water is free, though you have to ask for it specifically and it only comes one glass at a time. As we had had a very heavy Christmas and New Year we decided to treat the week as detox week and stick with the water. There is a wine deal but I don't know the details. We did join the coffee/tea deal. For 250 Kr you buy a thermos mug and you can then use this anytime for tea or coffee. Tea would be 27 Kr a cup and coffee 30 and it is available free at breakfast lunch and dinner but if you want more than that it may be worth your while. Unlike many
cruise liners you are also free to bring alcohol on board for drinking in your cabin (though I suspect some thermos mugs became used as hip flasks). Breakfast each day was a buffet with cereals, fruit, cheese, meats, yoghurts, eggs.....Lunch too was buffet. A different soup every day (we liked them all) salads, smoked and slated fishes, meats, cheese plus choice of three hot dishes, one fish and two meat, veg, potatoes and a hot pasta or risotto: plus a range of a dozen or so deserts. Over the week we had reindeer, roast beef, lamb and pork,
different types of stew and fish: all cooked and presented beautifully. The evening meal was a set three course meal, though with notification dishes could be altered to accommodate likes and dislikes while special dietary requirements were dealt with sensitively. My partner is coeliac and his dishes were adapted to accommodate this while gluten free bread was available and some gluten free dishes were indicated. Again the quality of food was excellent and we enjoyed every meal. The final night was seafood buffet and the range of food available was quite sumptuous. Fish soup, lobster, crab, mussels, prawns, crayfish, smoked fishes, soused fish, cooked dishes and another dozen delectable deserts. The
photos don't do it justice and we thoroughly enjoyed our repeated trips to the buffet bar. Enough about the food...

The ship was clean and smoothly run. The Tour leader (Laura) and her Trainee (Jo) looked after us well. One of them was nearly always available at the tour desk on deck 4. There was a daily bulletin published showing the ships schedule and detailing activities available to cruisers. There were only about 60 cruisers (mainly Brits, Australians, Germans and (Scandinavians) on this voyage plus the travellers who were using the ferry service also on offer so it was a very peaceful ship. Hurtigruten also provide a very comprehensive guide to the cruise with information about ports and points of interest along the route. They also provided a street map of every town we moored at for a length of time. Each day Laura or Jo hosted a session giving details of excursions, films about the northern lights or the local Sami people: all in English or German. 

Excursions are expensive but (having checked) no more so than if you book them at a port through a tour agent -Norway is just expensive full stop. We would have liked to have gone dog sledging or snowmobiling and hang the expense (£250 plus for 3 hours each) but unseasonable weather has resulted in little snow this year so these excursions were cancelled. However the time in ports can easily be spent by walking into the town and visiting the local attractions.

Our first main port of call was Alesund. The Hurtigruten quay is in the town so a two minute walk takes you there. The architecture is worth seeing as the town was rebuilt in 1904 after a fire and the walk up the Alska Mountain at the back of town is easily doable: though it was incredibly windy at the top for us.

The stop in Trondheim was a whole morning so we walked into town to the Nidaros cathedral and Bishop's house then over the old bridge and back to the ship. It took us 2 ½ hours and was well worth it. There had been a little snow but then rain and frozen so it was very slippery underfoot.

We cross the Arctic circle at just after 7:30 in the morning and at 10:30 there was the ubiquitous crossing the circle ceremony with "Father Neptune" putting ice down people's backs and the winner of the crossing the arctic circle time contest being announced- first prize the flag that was flying when we crossed, second prize - a mug.

Bodo is a small town and good for an hour's stretch of the legs though it was still very treacherous underfoot.

Tromso has an amazing cathedral and is home to the Polar Museum, which we chose to visit. It was excellent and the two hours we spent there flew by. We went to walk over the bridge to see the cathedral but it was so slippery we gave up. Those who slid there way over said it was amazing.

Hammerfest was supposed to be a brief stop but due to a break down we were forced to stay the whole day while a new engine was flown in. This meant when the ferry ship Polarys needed to come into port we were in their berth their Captain had to do some masterful steering to moor his ship at right angles to the Richard With. We visited the Polar Bear Museum which is on the Hurtigruten quay in Hammerfest, was free and of good quality. Due to the time lost by our stay in Hammerfest we went directly from Hammerfest to Kirkenes and made up the lost time.

By the last evening we had given up hope of seeing the Northern lights. Weather conditions were not auspicious as it was warm and cloudy. But at 11:45 the announcement came over the PA system that there was some activity to be observed and for about 20 minutes were we treated to a somewhat subdued display, but a display none the less.

In-between ports we were able to watch the Norwegian coast slip by. The scenery was inspiring. Points of special interest were explained enroute by Jo or Laura and there was always space to sit in comfort in the Panorama lounge and watch the land slide by.

On the night of day 4 we visited the Straight of Raftsund and the captain lit up the entrance to the Trollfjord with the search lights to show the rock formations.

At Kirkenes we saw our first real heavy quantity of snow and those staying were able to join excursions including snow mobiles and dog sledging. Unfortunately for us it was a bus to Kirkenes airport, passing through a beautiful snow covered landscape with frozen lakes and twinkling trees in the early morning twilight.

Our flight to Oslo was full but from Oslo to Heathrow was only about ¼ so there was room to spread out. We didn't get the same information about our transfer at Oslo and though all signs are only in Norwegian we were able to translate and work our way round to the correct departure point, and it's not a huge airport.

It had been a lovely holiday. We weren't expecting a cruise as we knew the Hurtigruten line is a ferry service but it's not like any cross channel ferry I've been on. Would we go again? Yes we hope to- we still want to go dog sledging so next year maybe Feb/March when the snow has had chance to build up and the days will be slightly longer. Or maybe in the summer and go kayaking in a fjord or on a RIB to the Islands?

"Arctic Highlights Extended" by N.Robertson5 star
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My wife and I took this this cruise with a couple of friends at the beginning of December this year. We choose the MS Midnatsol  and we were not disappointed. The ship is well appointed with very comfortable public seating areas and the restaurant serves meals to a very high standard. The seafood buffet one evening was exceptional - I've never seen so many lobsters !!

All the crew are very friendly and helpful at all times. We took three excursions - Northern Cape, Husky Adventure in Kirkenes, and the City tour in Hammerfest. All were first class and well organised. It's amazing how quickly they can dock the ship and get everyone ashore and on to the buses On two of the four nights we were at sea we saw the Northern Lights, one night was particularly spectacular. However for anyone interested in photographing this spectacle, not easy on a moving ship, I would recommend the extended cruise where you have a couple of nights on shore in Tromso.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and I would have no hesitation in
recommending the Hurtigruten Cruise.

"The Sea Provides" by D.Heslop5 star
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An Outward Voyage and an Inner Journey

The views, the sights, the uplifting landscape,
Being constantly at the mercy of sea-dom's vagaries;
Writing about the visceral thrill of venture in these realms -
That's the easy part. The expected holidayness of it all.
 
It is the other aspects that provide the greater essence:
Truly, the geographic travelling makes possible
An inner voyage where profounder truths are to be found,
Of meaning and selfhood and all that matters.
   
Stripped of life's usual carapace of everyday veneer
And all the routines of the ordinary round
That keep us from our other selves,
The cruise can be the ideal locale for a searching soul.
   
Not visible through the lens of any camera,
Nor encompassed by any number of uttered 'wows',
The inward quiet was the place where greater revelations
Visited this traveller, and no doubt others, too.
 
Each their own truths will here find
But a preparedness for this journey - do make;
The greater awareness, the tears of loneliness transformed
Into wholesome joy, fellowship found and treasured -
 
What a weak soul to need a lengthy voyage
To have a heart moved in this way!

"Awesome!" by lilpow5 star
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Just to let you know that we have returned from our Voyage to see the Northern lights on the Hurtigruten boat Polarlys and can only say what an absolutely marvellous time we had from the flights to the boat and the voyage itself.

It was so well organised, the boat was beautiful and VERY clean, the  food was  excellent and on the very last night of the 6 day voyage north the Aurora Borealis appeared from 6.30 pm until we went to bed at 1.30am!!!!

They were awesome!

"Highly recommended!" by mpalmann5 star
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For "not a cruise ship" the Richard With was extremely well equipped and set up for comfort and convenience. The food was absolutely fantastic and the staff were excellent. I would definitely like to go on another Hurtigruten cruise. The many stops along the coast made it fascinating, whether you got off or stayed put. Some of the excursions were pretty expensive but probably no more than if you arranged them yourself. This was a real holiday - when you can do nothing more than sit and watch the fabulous coast go by (because of the horizontal snow outside!) you don't feel in the least guilty about sitting comfortably and relaxing because there is nothing else you can do. This is new to me as I don't do "relaxing", but apparently if I am forced to I can, and enjoy it. Everything food and drink wise was extremely expensive so we did reign ourselves in when it came to the bar and snacks, but the food provided within the package was so ample and so excellent that this was not a problem.

I woud like to give a tip to anyone staying in the snow hotel for the first time! They tell you that you should have the smallest sleeping bag possible for your size because you are the heater and if you try to heat a large space with a small heater it doesn't produce enough heat for the job. They gave me a sleeping bag so small I couldn't get my arms inside without rendering  myself nearly immobile. I spent three hours trying to keep my arms warm with my coat. This does not work at minus 4! Eventually I went and helped myself to the biggest sleeping bag they had in the store! The ability to get fully into it and to move about did the trick. I discovered that I am mildly claustrophobic so if like me you don't appreciate being trussed up like a turkey do stick out for something a little more roomy!

 The scenery was breathtaking and we managed to see the Northern Lights on the last night. This was an amazing experience and well worth the trouble but is not like you see it on tv! Apparently all tv footage is time lapse photography/filming which is a bit of a cheat and makes you think you are going to see swirling green lights. What you do see if you are lucky however is equally impressive and magnificent, just not green and not as swirly!

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Seeing the Northern lights was on my "bucket" list - now ticked off!

The cruise was exactly as advertised and just what I wanted. It was relaxed and informal with beautiful scenery on a comfortable, spotlessly clean ship with a selection of tours available.

I was on MS Trollfjord which has just been refurbished. All the crew were friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was generally good; a buffet breakfast with a vast selection and usually a 3 course set dinner. The only complaint I have was the small portions served at dinner. The buffet dinner nights suited my appetite much better and the desserts were superb.

All the Blue Water staff were very helpful and informative, in fact the most helpful travel agency I have had dealings with.

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My Hurtigruten Northern Lights cruise exceeded all my expectations and proved to be one of the most relaxing holidays I have enjoyed. The ship had so much space so that it was possible to enjoy both solitory time and company. The panorama lounge enabled us to recline in comfortable seats while enjoying the beautiful Norwegian coastal scenery.

We were rarely far from land so that the winter Nordic landscape encouraged photography. The highlights of the trip were the midnight concert in the Arctic cathedral - the music was outstandand and very moving -the trip kto the North cape and of course the sighting of the 'Fairy Dancers' in the sky on 3 different occasions. Woops and cheers were all around as the green colour and shapes moved in the cleary starry sky.
Staff and organisation were first class.

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We sailed from Bergen to Kirkenes, 24-30 January, on board MS Polarlys, and this really was the holiday of a lifetime, the best holiday by far that we have ever had!  The organisation was outstanding throughout - both by Blue Water and Hurtigruten - and we are recommending it to everyone we know.

Everything went extremely smoothly from start to finish.  The ship was a dream - we particularly liked the fact that it was a working boat rather than just a cruise ship - the crew were absolutely amazing, and all the excursions we booked were out of this world.  And, talking of out of this world, yes, we did see the Northern Lights - particularly spectacular at Kirkenes.  In fact, it became almost impossible to avoid them!!

If I had to wrack my brains to come up with a negative point, I'd have to say ...no, sorry: can't come up with a single one!!

"Northern Explorer" by caroline5 star
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I just wanted to let you know what a superb holiday my husband and I had on the Northern Cruise.

It far exceeded anything we could imagine.

All onboard the Nordkapp could not have been more helpful and friendly, especially as I have recently developed an allergy to certain foods and they certainly made sure I was not served any of the forbidden ones.  The cabins were kept immaculately clean, the staff were all polite and friendly.  Peter our Tour Manager was great and kept us all informed of anything going on and certainly gave us the time to make sure any excursions were right for us.  All talks on board were more educational about the area we were visiting and a pleasure to attend.

As we had not been on a cruise before it was difficult to know what to expect, but the relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time to unwind made it enjoyable.  Obviously for the fact we saw the Northern Lights on 3 nights made it for me and I can certainly say this was one of the most exciting holidays I have been on.

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy such a memorable trip.

"Classic Round Voyage" by ladyfromlancashire5 star
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Our cruise to the Arctic Circle with Hurtigruten aboard the Trollfjord was just FANTASTIC. The ship was beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. Although we had the basic cabin it was very comfortable and in a good position on deck 6. The food far exceeded our expectations and one tempting delight after another helped us to gain a few lbs. The crew were a great bunch from "Tom the cabin boy" right up to the captain. We could see that the crew worked very well together as a team and some of the restaurant staff were very entertaining as well as polite and helpful. The excursions were interesting and punctual. Special praise to Magne and Hanne. Especially Hanne who gave us some assistance at the airport even though she was off duty.

The views were breathtaking and we enjoyed the opportunity to explore little villages on our various stops.

The flights worked out well too so thank you to staff at Bluewater for planning our holiday.

"Trip on Nordlys" by Gordon5 star
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The trip on the Nordlys is our second trip on board, we went at the same time in 2010 and enjoyed it so we have come back for another classic round trip. We arrived at the Hurtigruten terminal before the Nordlys came in so it was nice to see her coming in a new experience for us, others walked into Bergen to have a look around. Then when it was time to board we got onto the Nordlys and got the cruise card sorted out while we waited to get into our cabin to get unpacked and sorted out. Then it was down for the first dinner which was a buffet and it was really good, then time for some much needed sleep so that was the first day over.

Got up late this morning after a good sleep but it was in time to get some breakfast, to the start the trip off on the right foot. The weather was really nice and sunny, the sunny weather lasted for 4 days then we got cloudy colder weather but it is mid winter so it is expected, we were in and out of ports as normal going on trips if you wanted to, then into Tromso where first passenger got off so good byes were said and addresses exchanged. More passengers got on so onward with the trip and no northern lights that night but we did on a other nights, then before we knew it we were in Kirknes the turn around point and half the trip over, but we had enjoyed it so far.

We started the trip homeward bound with some new passengers on board. We only had 6 days to go on board before we reached Bergen, but we still had plenty of days left to enjoy. We did hit some very windy days on the way down, the people getting off at Trondheim had to get off at Rorvik (we arrived at about 2030 pm) and travel overnight by coach overland to Trondheim leaving at 00.3Oam, they were given a packed meal to eat on the way, we sat out the storm in Rorvik till the winds dropped and we left about 04.OOam and then headed for Kristiansund to carry on the trip back to Bergen, we did see some more northern lights and I managed to take about 200 shots, but the night I took them it was very cold, (the crew said it was about -30 degrees in the wind) and it was very rough seas but you have to carry on with taking the photos, (I have got the bug) a lot of passenger looked out of windows or portholes to see the lights which brilliant, so I have a lot of memories of the northern lights this trip that will last me for ever.

We arrived back in Bergen on time after a really lovely trip that we will both remember for a long time, and we will also remember the crew that was really so kind and helpful all the time to us and other passengers, so they will be not forgotten. So it was back to the airport, and then home to Gatwick, then to home in Newark, Notts. and when we got home Chris the wife asked can we go again so I said I need to speak to the Bank Manager nicely. So till the next trip. I hope you all enjoy your trips on Hurtigruten. Till we meet again some day on the Nordlys happy sailing.

PS I took about 1800 photos on the trip this time. So plenty to look at on the not so good days. HA HA

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I have longed to see the Northern Lights for many years, and having travelled with Hurtigruten during the Summer months a few years ago, I thought this trip represented an excellent opportunity to see the stunning Norwegian scenery in its Winter guise, as well as giving myself every chance to see the Aurora Borealis in one of the best locations on the planet for this incredible natural phenomenon.

Our ship the MS Trollfjord was very comfortable and spacious, despite being fully booked.

I was extremely satisfied with the accommodation and the food was also excellent - fresh and locally sourced wherever possible, with a strong emphasis on seafood.

It should be clearly understood that this is not a classical cruise. There is no dressing for dinner or onboard entertainment etc - No it's much better than that! There is always something to see and do, from the excellent excursions to the dozens of large and small ports visited. However I could also set my own pace to a large extent and take it easy in the spacious lounges whenever I liked.

I booked a number of excursions, including a Viking Feast in the Lofoten Islands, Snowmobiling near the North Cape and a visit to the Snow Hotel at Kirkenes. All of these excursions were informative, well organised and above all - great fun.

In terms of seeing the Northern Lights we had to wait until our 7th night before the clouds finally cleared, but it was well worth the wait when they finally did appear. We were also very lucky with the weather - lots of snow, but also lots of sunshine and calm seas nearly all the time.

Here I would add that I gained a great deal of benefit from being part of an astronomy themed tour.

Standing on a freezing deck for hours at a time becomes much less of a chore when you are sharing the experience with others, and once the Lights did appear we were able to understand what was happening much better that I would have been able to on my own. Our guest astronomer also gave a number of lectures on a wide variety of topics, all of which were suitable for anyone with an interest in the night sky and space exploration - whether complete novices or enthusiastic amateurs like me.

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My partner and I have just returned from the Venture into the Arctic Cruise 14th - 19th Feb on board the Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp and it was nothing short of fantastic! We had an excellent time.

From the booking with Blue Water Holidays to the flights, transfers and the cruise everything went smoothly.

The team at Blue Water Holidays were always helpful and prompt at answering any queries we had and were truly professional in their approach.

Once in Bergen after the short flight from Gatwick we were transferred by coach to the quay and our check-in was handled efficiently by the Hurtigruten Team. We had some time to explore Bergen before we boarded the MS Nordkapp then had a couple of hours wait until our room was ready but this gave us time to familiarise ourselves with our home for the next few days.

That evening before setting sail we had a safety briefing and were given details of the ships facilities. We were reminded by the crew that we were actually on a ferry which was providing a service to the Norwegian ports along the coast but it still felt more like a cruise.

Our cabin was far better than we had expected. We chose an outside one which was in our minds the best choice. The cabin itself was spotlessly clean and very comfy and there was adequate storage space for the next few days. One of the beds was a sofa which folded down and the other bed was also folded down to make for extra room. Very comfortable night's sleep. We brought our own tea making and drinks for consuming in the room (which is allowed) as the prices on board as in Norway were very expensive. We did have some drinks in the bar area on board but at £7 a glass we would have been bankrupt by the end of the holiday! Our room also had as did the other rooms an en-suite toilet and shower which were clean and compact.

All the ships areas followed in the high level of cleanliness and very pleasing décor. There was plenty of comfortable seating areas on board for you to take in the beautiful scenery. The restaurant provided a buffet breakfast every morning which catered for all you could wish for. The first night of the cruise our dinner was also buffet and for the rest of the trip there were two different sittings at set times and a set menu. The food was excellent and well presented. Dress was casual.

As cleanliness to prevent bugs is of high importance you are encouraged to clean your hands regularly when entering and leaving the restaurant/ship with the dispensers that are provided around the ship.

The ship calls at many ports during the cruise day and night. Some short (around half an hour) and some longer. Each day though there is a major stop for a few hours. We could have booked on sightseeing excursions for these but we chose to do our own touring of the ports. Beware of getting back on time, they won't wait and it could turn out to be an expensive stop for you trying to catch the ship at the next port!

The crew on board were well presented, courteous and helpful and there were regular announcements of forthcoming attractions to view either from inside or outside on deck 5 where you could stroll around in adequate warm clothing.

We tried out the Jacuzzi on deck 6 one afternoon which was fantastic. We spent an hour out there but it was probably because we were afraid of getting out into the sub-zero temperatures afterwards! Brrrr.

Our aim was to see the Northern Lights but unfortunately they didn't appear for us but we still had an excellent time. Before we went we had pre booked the snowmobile trip in Tromso for the last night in the hope of seeing the lights where we were kitted out in a full set of warm clothing from gloves, boots, socks, jumper, suit, balaclava and helmet. As we didn't have the lights to see, our guide gave us time to play on the snowmobile on a frozen lake in the mountains miles away from any civilisation. Real fun! On return we had Reindeer soup in a Sami tent. Our guide told us that he had seen the best show of the lights he had ever seen a couple of nights before. Hopefully you will have better luck!

A truly wonderful trip and we would recommend it.

Chris and Paula

 

"February Cruise" by fred5 star
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Brilliant! We took the full 11 day cruise - the most relaxing holiday ever.

Saw the Northern Lights, whales 20 yds from the ship and even an emergency sea rescue by our crew. The weather was superb - clear blue sky and sunshine, full moon and loads of stars. The Tromso dog sledding is magnificent especially by moonlight when all the lights of Tromso can be seen in the distance and the midnight concert in the Arctic cathedral is an experience not to be missed - the accoustics are very good.

Excellent food and service by everyone.

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We have just returned from Norway on the Arctic Highlights 5 day cruise package (6-11th Nov) and wanted to quickly write in to state how fantastic it was! We were lucky enough to witness the northern lights 3 out of 4 nights but the excursions and scenery alone would still have made for a great trip.

Our excursions were the trip to the North Cape and also to the Russian border from Kirkenes. On both trips the weather held and the scenery was breathtaking. Our tour guides Anya(sp?) and Frank were also informative and entertaining and I would definitely recommend these excursions.

On board (the MS Nordlys) our room on deck 3 was clean and comfortable (as was the rest of the ship) and the crew were helpful and welcoming. The food was good (especially as myself and my partner are both vegetarian) and the views throughout, as mentioned, were spectacular.

I think the 5 day trip was just right for us and would encourage anyone thinking of booking this trip to do so if at all possible. Attached are a few photos from the trip.

Thank you CruisingHolidays.co.uk and Hurtigruten

Glenn and Lucy 

 

 

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Our holiday was truly memorable, a fantastic experience. The travel arrangements were like clockwork and the accommodation both aboard ship and in the hotel in Tromso was very good, as was the food (although the cost of alcohol was eye-wateringly expensive!) November was a brilliant time to go to the Arctic Circle, because although the sun was only above the horizon for a couple of hours around midday, the morning and evening twilights lasted for several hours & the sunrises & sunsets were achingly beautiful.

The star constellations were phenomenal- we couldn't believe how many stars we could see. One of the many highlights was sailing into the Trollfjord at night with the ship's searchlight illuminating the sheer cliffs & then seeing the Northern Lights when we were out on open sea again. Only the freezing temperatures reminded us that it was reality, not a dream!

When we docked on the Lofoten Islands we visited the magical ice-sculpture exhibition on the quayside. Another surreal experience. We were fortunate to see the Northern Lights a second time on our last night in Tromso, when we were driven out to the dog-sledding farm (sadly the snow had not yet fallen, so we couldn't go out on sleds), but we ate delicious traditional reindeer stew in an Inuit round tent and then sat outside on reindeer skins & watched the celestial display in silent awe.

"Our Voyage North" by clive.linda@tiscali.co.uk5 star
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This was our first "cruise experience"...& it won't be our last!

In no particular order,

We thought the decor was lovely, not too over the top but much better than a typical ferry

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, especially the buffet nights!

Our cabin was comfortable & more spacious than expected, with a very nice en-suite.

Tha staff on board were extremely polite & helpful, & our tour leader was  most helpful .

All in all, from a very slick check-in at Bergen, to leaving at Kirkenes we were so pleased that we chose the voyage North for our first sailing experience.

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My husband and I decided to go away for a few days over New Year which is something we hadn't done before. The 5 night trip sailing from Bergen to Tromso was a perfect break and it was a great way to blow the cobwebs away from Christmas and return fresh for the New Year!

The travelling to Bergen was problem free, self service check in, great connections, flights all on time with SAS. We did have to wait a while for our room after we boarded the M/S Trollfjord but we were happy to walk around the decks and explore the viewing areas and the lounge/bar areas. The price or drinks was more than we expected at approx £7 for a glass of wine or a beer. There was a wine & water 'drinks package' which could be purchased but we felt it was too much.

Our cabin was compact but comfy and clean. There were 2 single beds and an ensuite shower/toilet including hairdryer. We paid extra for an outside cabin which was great as we loved being able to look out at the scenery whenever we wanted.

The ship was great, lots of space and seating areas. The panorama lounge was the ideal spot to sit and watch the scenery as we sailed up the coast and between the mountains. There were 2 outside decks for strolling but wear appropriate winter clothing and footwear as it can be quite cold and icey! If you are feeling brave, I would certainly try the open air jacuzzi on the top deck and the 'ceremony of baptism' with King Neptune after you cross over the Arctic Circle!

The restaurant was lovely, staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. The food was amazing, lots of choice and good quality. Breakfast was buffet style, evening meal was set menu. There is also a small snack bar on board if you want to purchase any other food/snacks. Breakfast was served until 10am and the first sitting for dinner was at 6.30pm.

There was ample opportunities to get off the ship each day to explore the area or go on an excursion. The information and assistance on board was excellent as well.

In the evening there was a singer in the bar area otherwise no other entertainment. The atmosphere was very relaxed and dress was casual except for New Year's Eve where we did take smart outfits. The crew had decorated the ship with balloons and there was a New Year's Eve buffet, complimentary champagne at midnight and a firework display on the top deck.

During the trip we didn't see The Northern Lights at all but it didn't spoil it for us as there is so much to look at from the minute you board in Bergen.  The amazing scenery is enough just to watch as it drifts past during the day and evening. The weather was clear and cold but as long as we were wrapped up it was enjoyable.

On the last day we disembarked in Tromso and stayed overnight at the Rica hotel on the quayside which was very nice. As it was winter, there is only a few hours of daylight and even that is fairly dim so that was an experience. Most of the other people went off on excursions and we would have also gone but we hadn't pre booked there were no places left. I would certainly like to book the dog sledding next time!

The next morning after a wonderful breakfast we joined a walking tour which was led by a local lady called 'Audrey' who was fantastic. Our transfer was at 12 noon and all travel back to the UK went smoothly.

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As a birthday suprise present for my wife Sue I booked a 5 day Northern lights trip departing from Tromso and taking in the North Cape. Our flights from Heathrow via Oslo were on time and we boarded the MS Trollfjord at Tromso. The quay area here is open to the elements but the weather was kind to us (see photo). Once on board we were quickly allocated our cabin (compact but very good). The MS Trollfjord has excellent facilities including fine dining and an excellent bar area. Views from the upper deck were breathtaking but equally good views could be had from a (warmer) vantage point on the ships upper viewing gallery. There were no problems with our voyage and apart from a little rough patch around the North Cape the weather remained mostly calm.

I have included a few photos of points of interest on our trip Hammerfest, the North Cape and passing the MS Lofoten. We had such a good time I would in particular recommend the North Cape Excursion - but make sure you have warm / waterproof clothing for this. Tromso rewarded us with a stunning display of the Northern lights on our return and we have promised ourselves a return trip this year.

Thanks to everyone at Blue Water for an excellent break.

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Although we did not see the Northern Lights, the cruise through the spectacular fjords was worth every penny paid. The weather was a little colder than England. Tronso was clean and friendly and I felt safe walking by myself. However, the walking tour was fun and the group was friendly.

Boarding the ship was quick and efficient, and my single cabin was more than adequate with a good size window. The public areas of the ship were beautifully designed, with marble, artworks and comfortable seating.

I cannot fault any part of the trip. If we had seen the Northern lights, it would have been a wonderful bonus. Next time, I would like to sail from Bergen all the way to the Russian border.

"November in Norway" by Brown5 star
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This was a beautiful way to see some spectacular scenery, the ship was lovely, the food terrific and the views breath taking.  All well organised our flights and transfers were easy.  We stayed an extra night in Tromso to go on the polar evening excursion - a walk with huskies: this was terrific the people at the husky farm were enthuiastic and could not have been nicer and though we did not see the northern lights it was a real pleasure to be up on the hill as far removed from city life as you could imagine. 10 out of 10.

"Tromso to Trondheim" by oz_monkey5 star
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Excellent service from Heathrow to Oslo, I used the fingerprint check-in at Oslo airport, which was great, got to the gate and wandered past the queues pressed my finger as before and I was through and in my seat.

Arrived in Tromso and was pleased to see mountains of snow. Transferred to the dog sledging excursion, which was out of this world. A 45 minute sledge ride with 10 huskies pulling through snow covered hill-tops. Perfect. Our group then went for into the Lavvu (a Norwegian teepee) next to the fire with our lamb soup and lamb broth which was nice and warmed me up. We then transferred to the ship the MS Polarlys and embarked about midnight. My cabin was an L grade on deck 5; it was comfortable and offered a good view out of the window.

The next day i went on the Harsted city tour and through to Sortland, which was very interesting and offered an insight into the vast history of Norway and this section of the coast. The rest of my day was spent in the observation lounge and out on deck taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of the surrounding area. Docked in Svolvaer and visited the ice bar and gallery there, which was amazing, the ice sculptures and ice bar were great to see.

Day 3 was spent simply relaxing and marveling at the coastline and many ports of call along the way, i spent a little time in each port simply having a wander around and seeing the varying towns and villages.

Day 4 was my last onboard the MS Polarlys, we docked in Trondheim at around 9am and i was booked on the Trondheim city tour, lead by another local guide who shared her extensive knowledge about the area and its history, we had a walk through the city and to the magnificent cathedral which was unfortunately closed but it gave us time to look at the many intricate carving and sculptures on the outside. It was then time to say goodbye to the friends we made onboard and travel home via Trondheim and Oslo airports. Back into Heathrow early evening with no trouble.

A fantastic holiday, allowing the option of a relaxing holiday simply watching the world go by or being active and getting off in every port and seeing Norway at its best.

The excursions were well worth the extra, especially the dog sledging which i would recommend to anyone and everyone.

Superb food on the ship, buffet breakfast and lunch giving many choices and also second or third helpings.

Very helpful staff onboard and information on ports can be found from the cruise director and each port embarkation and disembarkation times are announced giving you enough time to get to your cabin, get a warm jacket (which you WILL need.) and be ready to make the most of each port of call.

Thank you.     

"Tromso to Trondheim" by fay58@btinternet.com5 star
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After arriving in Tromso and flying over the beautiful snow covered mountains we met our carriage pulled by 14 friendly huskies. This was a majical experience being taken for miles over the white snow. We met our cruise ship MS Polarlys and set sail.  The food was excellent and lots of choice, even for breakfast. I

t was great just sitting in warmth and comfort watching the  beautiful scenery pass by.  The thing that amazed me was how smooth the ship docked at each port, sometimes we saw children waving from the shore at us. There were lots of opportunity to take a stroll from the ship in the beautiful Norweigian towns to sample the local hospitality. We took a guided tour of Trondheim which is a lovely town viewed from high on hillside with lots of history and culture. well worth a visit.

"Bergan to Tromso" by iggie5 star
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A thoroughly enjoyable experience, from taking off at Heathrow, to touching down again at Heathrow again. Transfers, tickets & information were all perfect, and the ship once we boarded at Bergan was impressively clean, modern & warm, the staff helpfull & polite.  Our cabin, although small, was clean and very neat, with sufficient storage for a weeks clothes, and the large window was nice & clear.

The voyage was enjoyable from start to finish, the scenery like a rolling picture postcard sliding slowly past, and we have some magnificent photographs now to remember Norway by (a good digital camera is a must). Information broadcast over the ship's PA was informative but not boring; enough to let you know what was coming up but without disturbing the peace for too long. Crossing the Arctic Circle was also memorable, King Neptunes ceremony will not be forgotten in a hurry.

The coastal towns and villages visited are charming, even the bigger towns have plenty to see and the excursion into Trondheim was well worth the expense. I was able to visit the Aircraft museum in Bodo, (again well worth the expense and a very interesting place to visit) while my wife toured the countryside around on the coach.

Nights spent on board were quiet, but the occaisional calls into ports provided natural interludes and kept things interesting. Even at night though, the scenery can amaze you, especially when cruising through a narrow fjord, when you as much sense the closeness of the massive cliffs as see them.

Our extra night and day in Tromso were good too; the dog sledding tripwas fascinating, and the town of Tromso fun to explore.

 Overall, nothing dissapointed us, and much exceeded our expectations, and there's not a lot these days that we can say that about; if you are thinking of going, then do it, you won't regret it.

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This was a special holiday to celebrate my 50th birthday. Even though it was the correct time of year and a wb site told us that the Aurora Borialis was around Tromso during our short cruise, it also warned us of cloud cover so we went with the thought that to see the lights would be a bonus.

The flights and conections were executed with perfect precision.

We did not do any excursions so cannot comment.

The staff were very polite and helpful.

The cabin was perfectly adequate and serviced every day.

We could not fault the food and being in just the right area for fresh fish it was high on the menu. As the ship was at full capacity there had to be two sitting for dinner which was a little late for us but we worked around it. Dinner was waitress service apart from one evening which was a buffet, similar to the breakfasts. We were not comfortable with this idea as it tended to be 'all in wrestling' given the number of people there.

We hit some rough sea for a couple of days which affected a few guests but we were fine.

The prices in Norway are just over double the prices in England, but if you go with that knowledge it is fine.

All in all it was a wonderfull, relaxing holiday with spectacular views all the way, despite not seeing the lights.

 

 

 

 

 

"Nordkapp Norway Cruise" by allyhirst4 star
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Superb adventure. A little sea sickness along the way but the weather was particularly rough when we arrived. It cleared and we saw the lights two nights in a row. Food on board was excellent and everyone was very friendly and helpful.A thoroughly enjoyable trip with plenty to see and do.

"Norway Experience" by Nolly4 star
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The Blue Water website is well laid out and booking our first cruise was easy. The trip had a sticky start due to an icy runway at Oslo airport, however a quick phone call to Blue Water reassured us that our connecting flight would be rescheduled and the ship would wait for us at Tromso. We arrived about 6 hours late, but all the rescheduling went very smoothly. The cruise itself was very interesting and relaxing, you could watch the scenery passing by and hop off at the various stops for a quick nose about or a more prolonged excursion depending on the timetable. We did 3 excursions, the Husky Sleigh Ride, North Cape and Midnight Concert - the Husky sleigh ride was good value as we also saw the reindeer park and the ice hotel under construction, but the other trips were also good. Norway is certainly expensive, especially the drinks, but we took a hip flask and went for the Hurtigruten coffee offer which worked out well. The Jacuzzi's on the Nordkapp are outside and we sat out out in them twice in balmy 35oC water watching the scenery which was fun. We would recommend the Huskies, and a visit to Magic Ice at Svolvaer as especially good places to see, also take the Funicular to the top at Bergen for a great view of the city. The Nordcapp was very comfortable, and Hurtigruten did some good educational sessions up on deck showing aspects of the local fishing industry. Our tour guide, Johan got us well organised for excursions and serenaded us in the bar. The food was good - mainly fish but we did have reindeer one evening. I liked the informality, and given that we were told that Hurtigruten did not lay on entertainment like other cruise ships, we actually found plenty to do. I only gave it 4 stars because we did not see the Northern Lights, but otherwise it was great!

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It was my first 'cruise experience but I want to go again. The ship was comfortable, the food excellent, the crew approachable and friendly. The Tour Guides were  very good too. Before you make up your mind about excursions check the time of arrival as there is little point in planning any shopping or museum visits if you are not in port during 'opening time'.  Although much of the voyage is in sheltered waters there are some 'open water' passages so remember travel sickness aids (but they are also available in the 'on-board ' shop if you forget).

 

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I took my 84 year old Father, his friend and my partner on the costal cruise from Bergen to Kirkeness in March of this year on the digital photography themed cruise.  It was brilliant despite the Norkapp breaking down and us being stuck in port for two days.  Our tutor Keith McCelland gave us extra tution to while away the hours.  The crew kept us regularly informed and provided free excursions.  The part for the ship needed to be flown in from Germany so the photography group were expertly transferred to the next ship North which was the Polarlys.  We were automatically provided with upgraded cabins and full board. We had a fantastic time visiting the North Cape, Husky Mushing for 8 kilometers by the lake and standing on the North Cape.  The best bit was seeing the Northern lights for 4 consecutive nights and thanks to Keith' s tution were were able to photgraph them.  I would definitely recommend this trip.  Breathtaking scenery from the comfort of a ship.

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This was my first experience of cruising, and I enjoyed it immensely. I deliberately chose a trip that wasn't too long (this one was about 4 days) and that had things to do. We had three lectures from our "tame" astronomer, and he was also available on deck at night to help us with the night sky and spotting any auroral activity.

The ship, the MS Trollfjord was huge to my eyes, but my more experienced travellers said it was really quite modest as cruise ships go. The ship was clean and well appointed, and ran pretty much to schedule. The crew were very helpful and friendly. The food was fantastic. I had an inside cabin, which was fine for one, but would be a bit of a squash for two. The bathroom facilities were excellent and the cabin itself was clean and well maintained.

Prices were much higher than I was expecting, but that was true of Norway in general. The ship prices were pretty much what you would pay on the shore. I was warned of the high prices before I went, but it was still a shock to pay the equivalent of £6.60 for half a pint of lager - in Tromso.

Our tour guide, Eskil, was very good. I went on one excursion, to the Russian Border at Kirkenes. Again, very good guide and pleasant trip. There were plenty of excursions on offer. I tend to just like to wander round on my own, so one excursion was fine for me.

All in all, a very good introduction to cruising and I would recommend this cruise to anyone interested in astronomy or to anyone who just wants to see a really beautiful part of the world.

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We did the extended itinery (so including the north cape) northern lights voyage.  The first night in the ice hotel at Alta was absolutely spectacular.  The staff were lovely, the food was great and the hotel itself was just amazing.  We were lucky enough to see the northern lights too.

Most of the excursions we did were fabulous, I thoroughly recommend the horse drawn sleigh ride, the dog sledding and the king crab + bathing the barents sea excursions.  They were all brilliant.  Our night in Kirkenes was greta too, lovely rooms and a nice way to end the holiday.

I probably could have done without the night on the boat.  It was noisy and boring but it did get us from A to B.  The North Cape excursion was also a little disappointing but the journey up there was beautiful as long as you could ignore the commentary.   

The good bits more than made up for the bad bits.

"Norway in Winter is Wonderful" by Littleredkelpie4 star
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When family and friends found out we planned to escape the UK winter by cruising up the coast of Norway, in January, they, perhaps understandibly, thought we were crazy. But even we didn't know just how right we were. Norway in winter is beautiful, serene, fresh.

Any fears I had about floating around in perpetual darkness quickly seemed ridiculous as we spent all day everyday sailing up the coast in the soft blue arctic twilight. Our outside cabin onboard MS Polarlys was clean and comfortable with ensuite and plenty of hanging space. The food on board was plentiful, very well prepared and of ample variety ... pre-cruise nightmares of 6 days chewing on herring, herring and more herring quickly became nothing more than something to laugh about later on.

The ship seemed about half full, which suited us perfectly. Most passengers were either European or UK. Go in summer if you prefer Americans.

For five pence of free advice I would advise you to walk right passed the long queue of passengers signing up for unlimited supplies of 'bottled water', at not inconsiderable cost, and simply ask for the 'tap water'. Both 'varieties' arrive at your table in the same style of bottle and both have no discernible taste - typical of water that has passed through a desalination plant.

The highlight for us was a standout. 14 Alaskan Huskies and a sled on the snowy plains out back of Tromso, at night, with the Northern Lights dancing in the sky overhead was as far from winter in the UK as the planet provides. 

 

 

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Fantastic holiday. Excellent food. Helpful staff. Amazing scenery. We had a great Christmas with this cruise

"Trollfjord" by explorers0 star
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We cruised Norwegian fjords on Trollfjord in Feb - Bergen to Kirkness. Excellent cruise, breathtaking scenery, very comfortable boat and fantastic food - including gluten free dishes and bread. We were pleased we had chosen to buy an outside cabin as the porthole window did make a lot of difference. We saw northern lights on our last night in the Arctic Circle so mission accomplished!

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My husband has always wanted to see the Northern Lights and with his 60th birthday this year we decided this was the time to go.  We decided on the Northern Lights Festival cruise to make it more interesting and exciting.  This also meant that there was excellent musical entertainment on board the ship and in Tromso.  We sailed on 20 January which is a good time of year in terms of the hours of daylight; the incredible sunsets and sunrises; and the beautiful snow capped scenery.  The ship (Trollfjord) provided a wonderful (and beyond expectation) environment in which to sail the fjords.  The accommodation; service and food were faultless (the cost of drinks exhorbatant though!).  We had a tour guide who also gave on board lectures that were most interesting.  The two nights in the Rica hotel, Tromso were a brilliant finish to the holiday and we saw the Northern Lights on our last night (sitting on reindeer skins in the snow at the head of a frozen fjord - an experience not to be missed).

Blue Water Holidays arranged everything for us and I cannot fault the service they provided.

A brilliant experience that will stay with us for a lifetime.

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May I firstly congratulate Blue Water Holidays. Each part of their involvement in our Norway Coastal cruise worked flawlessly. They suggested a flight time of 11.30 from our local airport. We opted for a 6am flight, in order to explore Bergen. We arrived Bergen airport at 11.00 and discovered that the first bus to Hurtgruten Quay was 14.30. We could have paid £30.00 to use the airport bus and then a taxi. We therefore missed our Bergen exploration. Our fault.

Once on board the Ms Polarlys, we were issued with a personal boarding card, cabin keys and found our luggage outside the cabin door. All in about ten minutes. We were most impressed with the Polarlys, the efficiency and cheerfulness of all staff.

We were extremely lucky that the weather was pretty good, no storms! A word of warning, a strict diet or fitness regime prior to boarding is recommended, unless you have an iron will. The food and staff are excellent .We found that the ship tour organizer was very good at keeping everyone fully informed about trips, ports of call and films available whilst aboard.

My wife guessed within a few seconds, the time we crossed the Arctic circle. She was the first to meet Neptune and have a soup ladle of iced water down her neck. At least she received a nice prize. Very few English volunteered, quite a few Germans did, strange.

I would point out that the daylight hours are quite restricted during November. When we next go, it will be when there is more daylight. We felt we had missed quite a lot of scenery during the early darkness. We missed out on the booked dog sled trip at Tromso, due to lack of snow. We changed to the trip to the North Cape. We could see very little due to a blizzard, just our luck!

On the return journey we had a terrific coach trip from Harstad to Sortland in the Lofoten Islands. The timing of the coach to cross the bridge with the Polarlys passing underneath was impressive.

The same night we had a tannoy during dinner to let us know that the northern lights had been sighted. The dining room was emptied within seconds. I was fortunate to get several photographs and spent the next few days bragging about them.

In conclusion I would thoroughly recommend the Norway cruise, do not be put off with the 68 ports of call. The ones during the night we were not aware of. At all stops, should you wish, you could get off and have a walk.

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Wonderful cruise for relaxation and soothing light. Excursions are costly but worth the price. A full moon during the cruise will reduce the likelihood of seeing the northern lights. The ships are great - warm, comfortable, friendly crew, good food, high cleanliness, good cabins. Not a cruise if you are a really bad sailor!!   

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The usual route to Bergen to pick up M/S Finnmarken is via Heathrow but, living in Leeds, we chose to avoid that particular problem and fly from Leeds/Bradford for a nominal amount extra. Transfer to the ship by coach was easy and quick although the location of the stand for the Hurtigruten coach isn't too obvious: it's just to the right of the exit from Arrivals.

Arriving late afternoon in February it was just going dark and so we were unable to see anything of Bergen on the short transfer to the ship. On arrival at the port luggage is left in the luggage hall immediately after alighting from the transfer bus and cabins are allocated once on board the ship. Be sure to ask to be woken should the Northern Lights appear.

Food on board is varied and good but drinks, alcohol in particular, are very expensive. A litre of wine costs in the region of £37. Even with the slightly reduced costs which the drinks package offers you may wish to have a few alcohol free days.

As far as entertainment is concerned, there is none. It's not that kind of cruise. However, having said that, a very competent organists and singer did provide music in the bar during our cruise.

Once you have left port there is always plenty to see. The scenery is beautiful and it's possible to go ashore at several of the stops. If you choose an escorted cruise then you may be lucky and get a guide like ours who will take you on an 'unguided walk' around the towns where an 'official' tour is unavailable.

As far as the Northern Lights are concerned, there are no guarantees. We were lucky and saw them on three nights. Possibly not the best display as, at the time of our cruise, they were close to their minimum, they were never-the-less quite impressive. Photographing them was, at first, a little hit and miss but using a digital camera with exposures of around 30 or 40 seconds at f2.8 with an ISO equivalent of 400 produced some acceptable results. Using an extra wide angle lens and something to keep the camera still improved the results.

Having flown from Leeds/Bradford meant that we automatically had to spend an extra night in Tromso rather than flying back immediately we had disembarked. This wasn't a problem as we wanted to go on the dog sledding excursion. Being pulled on a sledge through the snow covered landscape by 12 huskies in the dark should not be missed: highly recommended.

Overall impressions of the cruise? Not inexpensive, but well worth considering and a very pleasant change from the warmer parts of the world we have previously visited.

 

uperb first cruise experience, would recommend Hurtigruten without hesitation.  When things went wrong (weather) the staff were quick to inform, offer refunds on cancelled excursions and alternative entertainment (free trip to cinema during an enforced stay in port due to weather).  And, the Northern Lights performed on cue so it was all pretty well perfect!

"Winter Round Voyage" by Moxham5 star

This was a holiday of a lifetime and we could not fault Hurtigruten at all. The OK for transfers was due to queueing at Bergen airport for hours.  They knew 300 passengers were travelling on a charter plane but only had 2 check-in desks.  A small point but very tiring at the end of the holiday.

"Arctic Highlights" by D.Cassidy5 star

Had a great time on the dog sledge.  Really enjoyed the whole experience and it exceeded expectations.

Fantastic break - husky sledging and snow scootering were memorable experiences. On board advice and help on the ship was fantastic. A bonus was seeing the Northern Lights from the bow of the ship. Thank you for a memorable holiday experience!

"Winter Round Voyage" by G.Smith5 star

Just a short note to thank you for an excellent holiday experience on MS NORDKAPP.

 We will definitely recommend both Blue Water Holidays and Hurtigruten as world class operators.

"truly arctic wonders" by c mcmahon5 star

 

 

 

 Apart from a rather long wait at Bergan airport for our connecting bus to the ship, the journey out was seemless.  From the induction at Hurtigruten Office in Bergan to the final destination at Kirkenes Snow Hotel we were professionaly cared for and looked after. Our ship MS Trollfjord was spotlessly clean,the crew always cheerful with a ready smile and always pleased to help.The food was superb with a large selection to choose from. Vegetarians like myself and Diabetics were well catered for. The ship itself was beautiful. We sailed past spectaculr scenery and visited lovely places.  Honningsvag was my particular favourite.  Do book yourselves on excursions. Dog sledding and the trip to the North Cape are not to be missed. We were lucky to see the Northern Lights four nights running. Make sure your camera is up to the job as unfortunately ours was not!. This was to be a "once in a lifetime" trip.  We are already making plans to return. We had a wonderful adventure..... cannot wait until the next time. 

 

 

 

 

"really relaxing" by possum5 star

My husband and I did our first ever cruise and didn't know quite what to expect. Everything was better than we dared hope. The Nordkapp is a lovely ship a - lots of wood and brass and immaculately clean. We opted for an outside cabin with window and are so glad we did. It's great to be on a working ship and it was interesting watching the loading and unloading at all kinds of ports in the driving snow! The food was excellent quality and the breakfasts hearty and with lots of choice. I have never felt so relaxed on a holiday -  snoozing in the library was a treat. All the staff were friendly, knowledgable and very smart. We ha the last night in Tromso and had a good time exploring. We didn't see the llights and I as really upset but I know there's no guarantee but being on a ship in a blizzard is rather exciting - you could imaging you're in outer space!!! The whole trip went very smoothly - flights, tranfers and hotel. I would recommend Blue Water Holidays and hopefully we shall be going again with them in a couple of years.

Overall a delighful experience. The ship (Nordkapp) just the rigth size for us. Food excellent. The cabin (external) was adequate - not a place to spend anything other than sleeping hours but then there was no need to.

The staff were excellent - friendly and helpful. Sadly we only saw one appearance of the Northern Lights and that was a very basic display, but it didn't matter.

There was only one 'hiccup' and that was wiating to board the transport bus at Kirkenes. We queued outside the bus whilst the driver tried to sort out his ticket machine to take money from one or two passengers. We FROZE!!

The cruise was a surprise birthday present for my wife and it was exactly as I'd hoped for.

"Winter Voyage North" by T.Putwain4 star

My daughter and I have been on two cruises, one from Bergen to Tromso last year on the Finnmarken, and this year from Bergen to Kirkenes on Nordlys. Both trips were highly enjoyable; the ships are extremely comfortable, the food is excellent, and there is none of the intrusive razzamatazz of a conventional cruise - just a guy noodling away at a piano in the corner of the bar in the evenings.
It was fascinating to wake up and find we had stopped at a small town to load/unload, and exciting to get out and explore during longer stops in the larger places.
I am not very active now, but my daughter loved the dog-sledding expedition, and the Jacuzzi and swimming-pool on Finnmarken. I liked reading on the promenade deck and watching the scenery coming to meet me. We both liked the Ice Magic at Lofoten. We saw the Northern Lights last year - wow!

"Winter Voyage North" by Carolyn4 star

Although we only had a limited experience of the Northern Lights, we enjoyed the excursions very much.  The food was brilliant, and all the staff very helpful.  The young blond lady in the cafe was lovely when I was suffering badly with a cold, and Marco the excursions organiser was always positive and helpful.

"Hurtigruten" by amsellars4 star

 A MS Midnatsol cruise that didn't disappoint, with a well-organised ship and better than expected standard for an everyday-working vessel.  The food was superb, and presented in a Michelin style.  A negative would be that drinks packages were inflated and not good value for money.  Overall, a good value cruise and would recommend - a bonus to actually see the Northern Lights! A must-see in your life-time!

 

 

 

 

We did the round trip to Kirkeness with Hurtigruten.  The ship was lovely particulary the panorama lounge, where we had wonderful views of the scenery.  The food was very good and it was nice to be served at table for dinner instead of the buffet.  The trips although expensive were excellent.   The Northern Lights were visible for 9 nights so we were very lucky. 

My only negative is that the ship doesn't deal with people with mobility problems very well.  It would be an idea for them to allow people with mobility problems to be the first off the ship instead of being pushed by everyone else and when the announcement is made that dinner is served, the doors should be open at that time saving people having to queue for a further 15 minutes after the announcement.

All in all is was a very enjoyable trip and I recommend this trip and Blue Water to others

"we saw the light" by sailor22334 star

Ship was good. We had an inside cabin. Worked well. Top observation deck  comfy, warm and good visibility. Bottomless hurtigruten mugs strongly recommended. Outside is very cold. Captain slowed down for us to minimise wind chill & see the lights. Don't use your camera flash , it doesn't help to capture the lights and annoys everybody because you destroy their night vision. Food brilliant, sea orientated but large range/quantities @ breakfast. Missed excess veg but a pleasure to feast on reindeer, lobster @ dinner. Food gets cold quickly in the low temperatures. Free wifi worked well. Transport & transfers were faultless.

Nice organised surprises on board... Artic twilight is enchanting

Good encounters with sophisticated locals who use the ships like buses & that includes the restaurants/snack bars

Husky dog excursion worth every penny. Norway very beautiful and sea ice free. Don't forget to take all your alcohol & champagne with you because you don't want to buy it there! The prices are breathless.

Beds comfy . Shower plentiful & hot.  Walked every opportunity when ship docked to buy water. A tip happy to pass on. Ship crew very helpful

You need to bundle up big time. Think North Pole. I don't know how the Norwegians stand it 

 

 

 

 

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