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Sail Date: March 2019
We went to try and see the northern lights which luckily for us did make an appearance on at least 2 nights of our trip. Embarkation and disembarking work really well especially embarkation. The expedition team on board were fantastic. ... Read More
We went to try and see the northern lights which luckily for us did make an appearance on at least 2 nights of our trip. Embarkation and disembarking work really well especially embarkation. The expedition team on board were fantastic. Bjørn, Robin and Caterina worked well together and Caterina is very knowledgeable, the Norwegian way times were informative interesting and amusing with Bjørn and Robin having laugh with the passengers. The food in the dining room is outstanding. Very impressed with the level and quality of the food served. The service in the restaurant with drinks could be improved. We found it hard to even get water on a few occasions as at lunch and dinner drinks are brought to you and not available for self serving. Most of the excursions we did were nice. The Vesteralaen tour was the outstanding tour for us. Fantastic scenery, although the scenery throughout the cruise is great. If you miss one scenic view in just a minute or two another fantastic scenery sight comes into view. You could take photos all day long if you wanted to and I’m sure some probably did. I would not hesitate to go again given the chance in a different season although I would thoroughly recommend going at the time of year we went. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this due to fantastic marketing by Hurtigruten but the reality does not live up to the marketing. The Norwegian coast is not how it's portrayed in promotional material and the towns are not quaint fishing village types but ... Read More
Chose this due to fantastic marketing by Hurtigruten but the reality does not live up to the marketing. The Norwegian coast is not how it's portrayed in promotional material and the towns are not quaint fishing village types but industrial towns. Not very attractive. The food was OK and varied choices buffet style for breakfast and lunch. Set dinner served most nights, portion size small. Buffet became boring during the trip as it was always basically the same. The excursions are expensive and disappointing in content. We took the Northernmost Tram Ride, which was good but that part was approximately one third of the excursion time. The rest was taken up by driving around on a coach and the guide pointing out housing areas built, say, in the 90s. We then went to the Ski Jump Arena where nothing was happening, then the cathedral for a toilet stop. There was actually a Tram Museum which would have been more appropriate to include. We saw the Northern Lights north of Tromsø but be aware you need to be this far north to have a chance of seeing them. I would advise you to book a Northern Lights viewing trip in the Tromsø area and go straight there. Then you don't have to suffer the Hurtigruten journey! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
we wanted to see the northern lights unfortunately we didnt get to see them except for a tiny wisp which really didnt live up to expectations , very dissapointed we didnt receive free cruise as the tiny spotting by the captain negated ... Read More
we wanted to see the northern lights unfortunately we didnt get to see them except for a tiny wisp which really didnt live up to expectations , very dissapointed we didnt receive free cruise as the tiny spotting by the captain negated it.. the cruise its self was wonderful.the cleaning stuff very efficient and respectful. no tea or coffee facilities in room but you are able to take a travel kettle to use in your room.crossing the artic circle was fun as the team laid on a crossing ceremony to and back over.very entertaining . over all i would recommend it as it is an enjoyable relaxing cruise . the excursions are very expensive i would recommend the marble mine trip well worth it ,best trip we had.the food was wounderful i will say for the evening meal its a set sitting so if there are things you do not like inform staff as soon as possible in the restaurant as they will sort out something different for you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords but this line gives you a journey where you are immersed in them as well as the remote and wild nature western Norway the entire trip. Hurtigruten has been servicing western Norway since the ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Norwegian Fjords but this line gives you a journey where you are immersed in them as well as the remote and wild nature western Norway the entire trip. Hurtigruten has been servicing western Norway since the 1800’s. The ship never stops more than a couple of hours and often only 15 minutes to transfer freight and autos at remote towns along the coast. Each stop is unique and interesting and the scenery between mesmerizing. We even were able to see the Northern lights a few of the evenings. Excursions requiring time onshore transport you to a stop made later in that day by the ship. The food service, rooms and public areas are excellent considering you aren’t on a huge liner. Our room while small was quiet, very comfortable and maintained well. If you are looking for a truly unique experience in a unique part of the world I highly recommend booking on this line. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise (Bergen to Kirkenes, Sept 2018) as there really isn't any other total Coastal cruise. It was suppose to be her dream cruise, as she is of Norwegian heritage. First, the best fjords are in the Bergen ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise (Bergen to Kirkenes, Sept 2018) as there really isn't any other total Coastal cruise. It was suppose to be her dream cruise, as she is of Norwegian heritage. First, the best fjords are in the Bergen area, and do not require a Hurtigruten cruise. You can take a nice fjord day cruise (Sognefjord) as part of the Norway-in-a Nutshell (Oslo to Bergen, Flam train and all that .. enjoy the mobs) without Hurtigruten or one of the tour package outfits (ours was Nordic Visitor in Iceland). You can do expanded day cruises beyond the Nutshell thing. After seeing the impressive fjords in the Bergen area, the "fjords" along the entire coast are very mundane. It's all downhill after Bergen. Some nice scenery at first, but the same, day after day after day . . .. The idiotic and ridiculously overpriced shore "excursions" are rushed, and there is little time in any of the "ports" to really do much on your own. Do not expect Hutigruten to be in any sense of the word luxury, fine dining, or things to do on the ship .. it's a "wham bam, we take you up the coast so you can check your box" no-frills cruise. Just a waste of time. Do Nutshell, maybe expanded, and save your time and money for something more worthwhile. (It is interesting -- Asians seem to out number everyone on the Nutshell thing, but not a one got on the Hutigruten ship in Bergen -- they must do better homework than we did). If you insist on going, take your own wine along, and do not be shy about buying it in a "port" along the way and bringing it back onto the ship . . . IF you can find where it is sold -- that seems to be a state secret in Norway. You will pay dearly for wine and beer on the ship -- like $15 for a small beer. Oslo and Bergen are good visits. But when you read on Trip Advisor about all the wonderful things to do in the Hurtigruten "ports" itinerary - forget it, there simply isn't enough time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The staff of the MS Nordnorge really made the difference from literally the moment we embarked; from the reception team to housekeeping, from the captain to the maintenance crew - all amazingly friendly, helpful, polite, even funny - do I ... Read More
The staff of the MS Nordnorge really made the difference from literally the moment we embarked; from the reception team to housekeeping, from the captain to the maintenance crew - all amazingly friendly, helpful, polite, even funny - do I need go on? The stunning beauty of the dramatic Norwegian landscapes and fjords is absolutely breathtaking (especially Trollfjord), and the expedition itinerary is extremely informative and interesting. We didn't make many of the excursions, but those we did take were well organised, informative and fun. The Midnight Concert in a beautiful church is a tremendously moving experience. Onboard entertainment is fairly minimal, but well organised and very much fun to take part in. For us this is perfect, but we neither need nor want 24/7 nannying by entertainment staff. The ship is delightful, with much character and is maintained to the highest standard. The cabin (Arctic Superior) is roomy (for a ship) and immaculate. As for food - well, soooo much of it and soooooo good, if you gain weight easily; lookout!!! Or check out the gym ;) I haven't waxed too lyrical here (though I could write to rival "War and Peace" for longest book EVER), suffice it to say that for us, there is absolutely nothing they could improve. We cannot recommend Hurtigruten, the ship MS Nordnorge, the Captain and his entire staff highly enough - just please do yourself an enormous favour and GO!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Always wanted to do this trip. Slightly disappointed with the ship and cabin as used to cruise ships. Wasn't expecting that level of luxury obviously but still disappointed. Cabin spartan and very small. Ridiculous amount of space to ... Read More
Always wanted to do this trip. Slightly disappointed with the ship and cabin as used to cruise ships. Wasn't expecting that level of luxury obviously but still disappointed. Cabin spartan and very small. Ridiculous amount of space to get around the bottom of the bed. Not enough tea\milk etc. Got fed up with asking for more. Food lovely. If you don't like the dinner menu you can change it. Alcohol. Forget it unless you have no concept of the value of money! Excursions were a bonkers price. Only one we did was the RIB adventure in the Lofotens which was excellent. Don't be panicked in to booking trips before you travel. Trondheim Tromso and Svolvaer were lovely. Other ports very industrial and utilitarian but that's the nature of the ship. If you're doing one way and staying overnight be warned that Kirkenes is a dump! Best bit is clearly the scenery and seeing places hard to reach by road. We were lucky enough to see sea eagles and whales. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I was going to start my review with the comment, "I read somewhere that $20 Billion of Internet business was lost due to bad, slow, incomprehensible websites, and I was sure that Hurtigruten was included" They had the ... Read More
I was going to start my review with the comment, "I read somewhere that $20 Billion of Internet business was lost due to bad, slow, incomprehensible websites, and I was sure that Hurtigruten was included" They had the worst website in the world Wonder of wonders, the website has changed completely, Its now one of the best Even with the old website, if you followed through you ended up with the holiday of a lifetime. It was on my wife’s bucket list and this year we made it. Much more expensive than when we started off, but once you have invested in the airfare and the boat, go for every excursion you can afford, and some you can’t. It’s a one off. Norway suffers because it exports oil and salmon and as a result it currency is way over valued. Typical is the cost of wine and beer. The wine package is a bottle of own label at £45 per day per person and beer is £10 a bottle. It’s all taxes I’m afraid. We decided to go teetoal and spend the money on more excursions and have to admit we felt better for it. The food is fantastic. Everything is locally sourced and the chef buys 250 to 300 kg of fresh salmon each trip. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, unfortunately the basics are the same every day so after 11 days you feel like a change. Diner changes and the menu tells you where the ingredients came from (again all local). The food overall is excellent. On one occasion, taking a clean shirt from the suitcase and putting it on, I was unable to do the buttons up. I think I put on about 4 kg. The boat is very informal, with a mixture of nationalities. Quite a few Americans who had come to see where their grandparents had emigrated from. The boat had an expedition team who were excellent and had perfect diction in all languages. My wife’s german has definitely improved. They not only run the excursions but also gives short talks on deck pointing out points of interest. The book says that excursions cannot be changed, but our team was very understanding and happily swapped trips for us. The scenery is fantastic, We did not have midnight sun, but you could read a book at midnight. The light colour is more like winters in the south of France, and coming south I was amazed at how dark it was at 3 in the morning. I just wasn’t used to it. Just check out www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/norway/?tab=ships%20&%20ports "£$3£$ Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Wanted something different for my 60th and a journey but with ease. This did it in spades. Not a typical cruise as working boat but still good food, good lectures/info, fun expedition team to help and point everything out for you to ... Read More
Wanted something different for my 60th and a journey but with ease. This did it in spades. Not a typical cruise as working boat but still good food, good lectures/info, fun expedition team to help and point everything out for you to ensure you see the most. Each cruise in different seasons will see something different. e.g. we couldn't go into the fjords because of avalanche risk so didn't see the beautiful scenery you get in them, but we were possibly the last to see the northern lights as it was getting too light as it changes into spring. You pay your money and makes the choice - or go again! Cabin was on small side - we wanted double bed not twins but adequate. Upgraded to silver package to get coffee and tea making facilities and free wifi was worth it. but generally agreed not worth further upgrades to platinum Norway scenery stunning, air is clear and pure so very nice to see it as we passed it by. especially with sunny weather gorgeous scenery. I liked stopping at all the ports ( 34 inclusive) and weaving in between the islands, with the boat stopping at landmarks to see the fjords entrance or to look at the porpoises for example. and getting off on the longer stops (3-4 hours), partner felt we might have been better on traditional cruise which sails more out at sea and comes into much fewer ports but you get longer to look round - and easier to go round yourself. It was my trip so i won and i am pleased with it. Because of time constraints we did take quite a few trips no point in not seeing everything you want having gone so far. 1) we enjoyed the snow hotel a lot - v impressive and with huskies to pet and reindeer too. and excellent guide. 2)Enjoyed the Tromso trip which included the cable car - reopened after maintenance - brilliant views, the guide whistled "ave maria" in the cathedral which demonstrated the entrancing acoustics - haunting and special and showed us some special bits of the amazing modern stained glass window which helped it be less overwhelming. he was v enthusiastic when we arrived at the polar centre and this was excellent and a surprise great pleasure - seeing the seals fed just amazing. 3)enjoyed the journey to the north cape which was and education. 4)The viking house meal was a good journey and we all liked the views and twighlight over it when we came out. Not so good was marble mine, unnecessarily too short at the Trondheim cathedral - have fed that back though was beautiful to see. Good ship, pleasant size small enough but big enough. very clean and airy. I liked the food. would have liked the wine package but just too much money for me but the wines chosen to fit the menu and i always find that a treat but also I am not a great drinker. We were allocated the 8pm sitting. this was late for us - 6 sittings starting at 6 pm. And initially partner not sure re sharing table with others but we were well matched and enhanced out trip. I liked the balance of buffet for breakfast and lunch with sit down in evening. a few wished buffet all the time as quite fussy. Expedition team of three taking on general translating duties, pointing out places/sights of interests ensuring things running well, giving general chats about Norway - v jolly format as well as lectures on history, geology, industry etc sometimes from vising lecturer - e.g. on vikings and sometimes their own research on Norway - which was often better than what i could find on the internet- experts aren't always the best explainers. But the expedition team made it for me as well as the food. I left feeling well informed, I like learning a lot and it helped me relax and take my mind off the real world. Not everyone went to the events and they still enjoyed themselves. Next time i might have gone a day early and had a look round Bergen - a lovely city and worth the time. I would have also had a couple of days in Oslo. Would I have have done the whole round trip if I had my time again or just one way?. Of the six on our dinner table, i was the only one who might not have. Not doing both would have missed a good viewing of the northern lights which were good to see ( but not my imperative but was for many others). I think I would have wondered what i had missed if i hadn't done both ways as would others. The others liked the trips on the way back, or just relaxed into the cruise by then and so enjoyed just watching the world pass. All the crew were lovely. summary - a well organised trip, which i thoroughly enjoyed and was sad to see come to an end. Good varied climates and terrains from spring thaw down south to arctic north, lots to learn about a country that has reinvented itself and modernized - reasons you will find out on the cruise!! Very glad i went - wouldn't have missed it. It was memorable. Worth the money and Norway isnt cheap! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This voyage is not made for you that seek entertainment like casinos and evening shows. This voyage is for you that seek something that will move your heart with spectacular views, nice staff, very good food, which is purchased from ... Read More
This voyage is not made for you that seek entertainment like casinos and evening shows. This voyage is for you that seek something that will move your heart with spectacular views, nice staff, very good food, which is purchased from small and local farms. The staff was just fantastic, even if we were many travelers I felt like a was "seen" all the time. Always a question if everything was ok and what else can we do for you. On my stay I came in contact with other travellers that came from South-Africa, Japan, Germany, UK and France. They were all very impressed by the total "package" like my self. The atmosfare onboard gives you a very good oportunity to relax and calm down from the busy life on land. Leaving the ship after 2,5 days felt kind of sad since the experience was so moving. I will remember this stay as one of the best holidays I ever had. Best regards JanP...:-) Read Less
Nordnorge Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment N/A 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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