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Review of my 7 days Northern Lights Voyage with Hurtigruten's MS Trollfjord, January 2019. Northbound from Bergen to Kirkenes - Arctic Circle crossing, Polar night, Northern Lights, North Cape, Dog Sledding, and Kirkenes Snowhotel. Hurtigruten is operating 11 vessels along the Norwegian West Coast - daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return (total of 11 nights). It was not a Hurtigruten astronomy voyage but rather a Northbound 'Scouting after the Aurora' and sailing into the Polar Night. We did stay one day pre-cruise in Bergen and two more days post-cruise in Kirkenes. Direct flight from Copenhagen to Bergen the day before the cruise - Took the light rail from the airport to the city Centre, where we had booked 'The Hanseatic Hotel' which is located in one of the old houses at Bryggen Warf (UNESCO Heritage Site). Some claim that it always rains in Bergen. It's just almost right. It at least rains slightly in 242 of the year's 365 days,- from September to March it’s raining between 15 and 21 days per month. Our day in Bergen were one of these 'wet days'. Did visit the major sights including Bryggen Wharf. Day 1 - Departure from Bergen We did go to the terminal when check-in started at 4:00 pm - already a very long queue. Did queue for an hour. Cabins were ready at 6:00 pm. Open seating for dinner buffet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Long queue for the restaurant until 8:30 pm - when we finally got a table the plates at the buffet were empty and staff did start to clan the buffet. Managed to get some smoked salmon, herrings and cheese - not the best start of the cruise. Departure at 10:00 pm - nice views from the upper deck. Day 2 - Ålesund For the day's route we were in open waters twice with quite high sea - we had to secure everything that could overturn. In the morning when we passed Stadthavet Sea from Måløy to Torvik - considered the most dangerous area along the coast of Norway, and again in the evening when we passed Hustadvika between Molde to Kristiansund. At noon we did have a long stop in Ålesund - a small and very picturesque city. Due to the bad weather conditions, dinner time was two hours earlier so dinner could be finished before we got out into the open water after Molde. The rest of the sailing was sheltered by islets and small islands. Each day the expedition team gave interesting lectures and presentations with a main theme each day related to the areas we passed by - presentation were in English and German (separate presentations). Day 3 - Trondheim During the night the sea was very calm. We docked in Trondheim at 6 am in pouring rain. The long stop of today where it was possible to visit the city. At noon we left Trondheim - we followed the Sail Away through the panoramic windows in the panorama lounge in the bow. At 7:00 pm time dinner in the restaurant. The food on Hurtigruten cruises is amazing. Each day has a theme from the areas we are passing - Fish, meat, vegetables and ingredients are fresh and loaded at one of the ports of the day. Breakfasts and lunches are buffet style during pre-scheduled time. with open seating. Hours can shift to accommodate time for excursions. Dinners are sit-down meals with assigned tables. Prior to departure you are assigned for a table for the entire voyage. If you want to move or combine with another people, just ask and you’ll be accommodated. Dinners on your Hurtigruten cruise in Norway are pre-set – no choice, except for the buffet dinners. If you don't like the food or have some food allergies, then just ask for an alternative. Wine are sold by glass (NOK 100 to 130 ), by bottle or wine packages. At 8:45 pm we arrived in Rørvik and sailed again at 9:15 pm. We got a cup of tea while we watched the sail away from Rørvik. Day 4 - Bodø and Lofoten and Arctic Circle Crossing January 13, 2019 at 07:10 am MS Trollfjord crossed the Arctic Circle. The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed; as of 13 January 2019, it runs 66°33′47″ north of the Equator. At 10:15 am the crossing was celebrated on the open deck in snow and cold weather by the captain and Njord (The Nordic version of King Neptune). Njord, Ruler of the sea and winds in Norse mythology blessed all the passengers "May good luck and happiness follow you on the voyage and forever after". This tradition involves the captain of the ship ladles ice water down the back of the passengers. We all got certificates confirming the Arctic Circle crossing. Long stop at 12:30 - 3:00 pm in Bodø. Just after Bodø a very nice sunset and we entered the Polar Night. Northern Lights At 8:40 pm it was announced that there was observed Northern Lights from the bridge. We hurried to put on the warm clothes and went on deck. It lasted about 40 min while we were at the quay in Svolvær and were very nice with high snow-covered mountains as a background. We sailed through the beautiful and narrow strait of Raftsundet. At 11 pm as MS Trollfjord entered the 100m-wide mouth of Trollfjord, while spotlights picked out the 1,000m-high cliffs that soared into the Arctic darkness. A very spectacular view with the snow and the steep rocky walls illuminated by the ship's spotlights. 10 minutes past midnight there was again reported Northern Lights. We stood in the bow in biting cold weather about 45 min and saw the northern lights come undulating and evolve from almost nothing to very, very nice. We finished the day with a cup of tea in the bar lounge to get worm again. Day 5 - Tromsø and Dog Sledding Tired after the nightly experiences with Northern Lights, we decided to drop off breakfast and get up a little later and have lunch already at 11:30 am. We made it in Finnsnes at 11:00 am - sunrise at 11:16 and already sunset again at 12:37 am - a very beautiful sight - then we sailed into the polar night. At 2:15 pm we arrived in Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic Ocean - today's long stop. Dog Sledding Excursion After a short bus ride of 30 minutes we were out in the open landscape where the adventure had to begin. In the past few days, some snow had fallen, it was almost windless and about 8 degrees frost - the best possible conditions for a dog sled ride. We got waterproof warm boots and a windproof suit and were quickly assigned a sledge driver with a 10-dog bucket - Alaskan Huskies. Day 6 - North Cape and Northern Lights Brunch was served from 10:30 am - lunch was cancelled due to early start of the excursions. At 11:15 am we arrived in Honningvåg - a long stop. Just after arrival our excursion to North Cape started. It's polar night - the sun doesn't rise - it wasn't quite dark, but almost twilight at lunchtime. We drove through a very beautiful snow-covered landscape - everything was white - no gravel / salt cars had been "destroying" the impression. The road turned upwards - a total of 330 meters above sea level lies North Cape on a plateau. We walked around in the area about one and a half hours - the snow was fresh and about 40 cm deep. Back at the bus at 01:45 pm it was now much darker. At 3 pm we departed from Honningsvåg. Northern Lights was announced 10 pm. We quickly put on the warm clothes, mounted the camera on the tripod and went up on the open deck 9. The ship was in port at Berlevåg. The Northern Lights were almost in zenith, were very nice and with great activity. When we were to photograph we were a little "bothered" by the moon and the smoke from the ship's chimney. Day 7 - Final destination Kirkenes - the 'Church on the Peninsula'. We checked out of the cabin at 8 am and went for breakfast. Gave us plenty of time, as we had to leave the ship at 9 am. Timely arrival to Kirkenes. Disembarkation was a little slow - we had to wait and at 9:30 am we could leave the ship. The suitcases stood on the quay and we decided instead of the Hotel transfer bus to take a taxi to the Scandic hotel. Here we got our room and then went for a walk in the city - it was quickly overlooked. The day we arrived into Kirkenes, sunrise at 10:39 - the first sunrise after 50 days with Polar night. We stayed for two days in Kirkenes - booked three excursions - 'Aurora Express Bus', 'Snowmobile and King Crab Safari' and 'Visit to the Snow Hotel with Dinner.

Polar Night & Northern Lights - 7 days Northbound

Trollfjord Cruise Review by hallasm

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Review of my 7 days Northern Lights Voyage with Hurtigruten's MS Trollfjord, January 2019. Northbound from Bergen to Kirkenes - Arctic Circle crossing, Polar night, Northern Lights, North Cape, Dog Sledding, and Kirkenes Snowhotel.

Hurtigruten is operating 11 vessels along the Norwegian West Coast - daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return (total of 11 nights).

It was not a Hurtigruten astronomy voyage but rather a Northbound 'Scouting after the Aurora' and sailing into the Polar Night.

We did stay one day pre-cruise in Bergen and two more days post-cruise in Kirkenes.

Direct flight from Copenhagen to Bergen the day before the cruise - Took the light rail from the airport to the city Centre, where we had booked 'The Hanseatic Hotel' which is located in one of the old houses at Bryggen Warf (UNESCO Heritage Site).

Some claim that it always rains in Bergen. It's just almost right. It at least rains slightly in 242 of the year's 365 days,- from September to March it’s raining between 15 and 21 days per month. Our day in Bergen were one of these 'wet days'. Did visit the major sights including Bryggen Wharf.

Day 1 - Departure from Bergen

We did go to the terminal when check-in started at 4:00 pm - already a very long queue. Did queue for an hour.

Cabins were ready at 6:00 pm. Open seating for dinner buffet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Long queue for the restaurant until 8:30 pm - when we finally got a table the plates at the buffet were empty and staff did start to clan the buffet. Managed to get some smoked salmon, herrings and cheese - not the best start of the cruise.

Departure at 10:00 pm - nice views from the upper deck.

Day 2 - Ålesund

For the day's route we were in open waters twice with quite high sea - we had to secure everything that could overturn. In the morning when we passed Stadthavet Sea from Måløy to Torvik - considered the most dangerous area along the coast of Norway, and again in the evening when we passed Hustadvika between Molde to Kristiansund.

At noon we did have a long stop in Ålesund - a small and very picturesque city.

Due to the bad weather conditions, dinner time was two hours earlier so dinner could be finished before we got out into the open water after Molde. The rest of the sailing was sheltered by islets and small islands.

Each day the expedition team gave interesting lectures and presentations with a main theme each day related to the areas we passed by - presentation were in English and German (separate presentations).

Day 3 - Trondheim

During the night the sea was very calm.

We docked in Trondheim at 6 am in pouring rain. The long stop of today where it was possible to visit the city. At noon we left Trondheim - we followed the Sail Away through the panoramic windows in the panorama lounge in the bow.

At 7:00 pm time dinner in the restaurant. The food on Hurtigruten cruises is amazing. Each day has a theme from the areas we are passing - Fish, meat, vegetables and ingredients are fresh and loaded at one of the ports of the day. Breakfasts and lunches are buffet style during pre-scheduled time. with open seating. Hours can shift to accommodate time for excursions.

Dinners are sit-down meals with assigned tables. Prior to departure you are assigned for a table for the entire voyage. If you want to move or combine with another people, just ask and you’ll be accommodated.

Dinners on your Hurtigruten cruise in Norway are pre-set – no choice, except for the buffet dinners. If you don't like the food or have some food allergies, then just ask for an alternative. Wine are sold by glass (NOK 100 to 130 ), by bottle or wine packages.

At 8:45 pm we arrived in Rørvik and sailed again at 9:15 pm. We got a cup of tea while we watched the sail away from Rørvik.

Day 4 - Bodø and Lofoten and Arctic Circle Crossing

January 13, 2019 at 07:10 am MS Trollfjord crossed the Arctic Circle. The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed; as of 13 January 2019, it runs 66°33′47″ north of the Equator. At 10:15 am the crossing was celebrated on the open deck in snow and cold weather by the captain and Njord (The Nordic version of King Neptune).

Njord, Ruler of the sea and winds in Norse mythology blessed all the passengers "May good luck and happiness follow you on the voyage and forever after". This tradition involves the captain of the ship ladles ice water down the back of the passengers. We all got certificates confirming the Arctic Circle crossing.

Long stop at 12:30 - 3:00 pm in Bodø. Just after Bodø a very nice sunset and we entered the Polar Night.

Northern Lights

At 8:40 pm it was announced that there was observed Northern Lights from the bridge. We hurried to put on the warm clothes and went on deck. It lasted about 40 min while we were at the quay in Svolvær and were very nice with high snow-covered mountains as a background.

We sailed through the beautiful and narrow strait of Raftsundet. At 11 pm as MS Trollfjord entered the 100m-wide mouth of Trollfjord, while spotlights picked out the 1,000m-high cliffs that soared into the Arctic darkness. A very spectacular view with the snow and the steep rocky walls illuminated by the ship's spotlights.

10 minutes past midnight there was again reported Northern Lights. We stood in the bow in biting cold weather about 45 min and saw the northern lights come undulating and evolve from almost nothing to very, very nice. We finished the day with a cup of tea in the bar lounge to get worm again.

Day 5 - Tromsø and Dog Sledding

Tired after the nightly experiences with Northern Lights, we decided to drop off breakfast and get up a little later and have lunch already at 11:30 am. We made it in Finnsnes at 11:00 am - sunrise at 11:16 and already sunset again at 12:37 am - a very beautiful sight - then we sailed into the polar night.

At 2:15 pm we arrived in Tromsø, the capital of the Arctic Ocean - today's long stop.

Dog Sledding Excursion

After a short bus ride of 30 minutes we were out in the open landscape where the adventure had to begin. In the past few days, some snow had fallen, it was almost windless and about 8 degrees frost - the best possible conditions for a dog sled ride. We got waterproof warm boots and a windproof suit and were quickly assigned a sledge driver with a 10-dog bucket - Alaskan Huskies.

Day 6 - North Cape and Northern Lights

Brunch was served from 10:30 am - lunch was cancelled due to early start of the excursions. At 11:15 am we arrived in Honningvåg - a long stop.

Just after arrival our excursion to North Cape started. It's polar night - the sun doesn't rise - it wasn't quite dark, but almost twilight at lunchtime. We drove through a very beautiful snow-covered landscape - everything was white - no gravel / salt cars had been "destroying" the impression. The road turned upwards - a total of 330 meters above sea level lies North Cape on a plateau. We walked around in the area about one and a half hours - the snow was fresh and about 40 cm deep. Back at the bus at 01:45 pm it was now much darker. At 3 pm we departed from Honningsvåg.

Northern Lights was announced 10 pm. We quickly put on the warm clothes, mounted the camera on the tripod and went up on the open deck 9. The ship was in port at Berlevåg. The Northern Lights were almost in zenith, were very nice and with great activity. When we were to photograph we were a little "bothered" by the moon and the smoke from the ship's chimney.

Day 7 - Final destination Kirkenes - the 'Church on the Peninsula'.

We checked out of the cabin at 8 am and went for breakfast. Gave us plenty of time, as we had to leave the ship at 9 am. Timely arrival to Kirkenes. Disembarkation was a little slow - we had to wait and at 9:30 am we could leave the ship. The suitcases stood on the quay and we decided instead of the Hotel transfer bus to take a taxi to the Scandic hotel. Here we got our room and then went for a walk in the city - it was quickly overlooked. The day we arrived into Kirkenes, sunrise at 10:39 - the first sunrise after 50 days with Polar night. We stayed for two days in Kirkenes - booked three excursions - 'Aurora Express Bus', 'Snowmobile and King Crab Safari' and 'Visit to the Snow Hotel with Dinner.
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Cabin 691
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We have booked stateroom 691 - Category Q - Mini Suite at deck 6 - window view (no balcony), with seating area, television, kettle, tea/coffee, internet access, mini bar and sleeping area with double bed - size of 215 sq ft.