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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise for my birthday as I had always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately we didn't see them but the cruise was really good. The places we visited were unique and the people were so friendly. The snow was amazing and the views from the ship really spectacular, even at 3 in the morning! We would like to do a cruise again maybe in the springtime to see the difference a warmer climate can bring. We also enjoyed the lectures and learned a lot about Norway and the people. The food on board was excellent and a complete change from what you usually get on a cruise. Perhaps a cooking demonstration could be organised in the summer or springtime when the seas are calmer! A quizzes are also a way to get people together too, especially those travelling on their own. We both enjoyed the cruise immensely and as it was our first ever cruise to a colder climate we were a little apprehensive. We need not have worried, everything was taken care of with efficiency and humour. Thankyou all for a wonderful birthday cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little ... Read More
I recently went on the Hurtigrutem MS Finnmarken for an 11 night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and then back to Bergen, stopping at 34 ports. It was amazing, the scenery and excursions offered were fantastic. The ship while a little tired looking and not a luxury cruise liner, was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. I shared a outside basic cabin with my Mother and although we had portholes instead of windows, we coped fine. The cabin did have a bar fridge, but we didn't use it. The food was abundant, fresh, and well stocked with local delicacies. For those of us not familiar with the offerings or with food intolerances/ allergies, dishes were reasonably well labelled. Each night dinner showcased food from the local area. If you weren't keen on eating cod tongues or Rudolph the Reindeer, you could request an alternative (usually fish or beef). Excursions were plentiful and while expensive (it's Norway and everything is expensive) were well paced with abundant information from local guides and bus drivers. If the excursions didn't appeal then there were the options of taking yourself for a walk through the towns you dock at, or just sitting in the lounge and watching the ship be loaded and unloaded. Daily review talks by the expedition team, as well as a few activities such as a ceremony when crossing the arctic circle and guided hikes, provided pretty much all of the ship's entertainment. There were no cabarets or night shows. While the weather was bad for the majority of our trip, cloudy skies and at times rough seas (when in the open water), you soon got used to the ships motion. When the Northern Lights made their appearances - announcements were made so you could go out on deck and admire the spectacle. This was the cherry on the very top of the experience and not seeing them would still have meant a fantastic trip. As a once in a lifetime trip, the Arctic and the Northern Lights cruise didn't disappoint and I'd recommend this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were ... Read More
Saw the most amazing aurora, it was visible on 6 of the 7 possible nights. Great food on board with a nice selection and a very nice sized cabin. All the staff were extremely friendly and very helpful. Although some of the stops were very short it provided a great opportunity to see Norway and sailing so close to land all the time the journey was very smooth most of the time. Would definitely go again, I didn't go any of the excursions so can't comment on them. When an aurora was visible an announcement was made, and at times the ship slowed down and the lights were turned off where it was visible so we had a great opportunity to see it. Being out at sea you are treated to very dark skies so its a perfect viewing location for the aurora and night sky. I went to see the aurora and I was not disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
One of the most exhilarating experiences in my life, this cruise was our perfect honeymoon gift to each other. We didn't get the time to explore Bergen, but had no issues with embarkation & disembarkation. We were thoroughly ... Read More
One of the most exhilarating experiences in my life, this cruise was our perfect honeymoon gift to each other. We didn't get the time to explore Bergen, but had no issues with embarkation & disembarkation. We were thoroughly impressed by the courteous staff, who gave us a free upgrade, & also took care of my wife when she felt sea sick during mild rolling. The spread of food during all the meals was impressive. Even the shop on board had a nice variety of souvenirs for us to bring back. Our shore excursion to Trondheim was a memorable one. We were also fortunate enough to sight the Aurora Borealis from the observation deck. Although I was denied a visit to the Engine Room by the Chief Engineer despite me being a marine engineer by profession, I would definitely go again, after a few years, if I get a good discounted deal. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted an experience that was less commercial than other large cruise lines and one which would allow us to truly experience all tha the Norwegian coast has to offer. We got exactly what we wanted and wouldn’t have changed a thing. ... Read More
We wanted an experience that was less commercial than other large cruise lines and one which would allow us to truly experience all tha the Norwegian coast has to offer. We got exactly what we wanted and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Beautiful spacious accomodations (we stayed in a quad), ample lounge areas and high quality, delicious food. The service was impeccable and we became very friendly with all service staff. Our kids were invited to the Young Explorers program which enriched their understanding of the Norwegian culture and environment. The food was fresh and delicious, and there was a story that accompanied each dish we were served. While this cruise is not for everyone in the fact that there was no formal entertainment, it was exactly what we were looking for. It was an experience we will cherish forever and truly feel like any other vacation would be unmatched! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We (2 people) always wanted to do this. We have read about this trip and seen reports on TV. The entire trip was perfectly organised and everything went out as planned. We did the 12 day Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen cruise. The Cabin ... Read More
We (2 people) always wanted to do this. We have read about this trip and seen reports on TV. The entire trip was perfectly organised and everything went out as planned. We did the 12 day Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen cruise. The Cabin ((Arktis Superior) was OK and functionable. We have spend there almost only time for sleeping. The food was fantastic and we both have gained weight because we were so much tempted to eat too much (But it was worth it) We have gone on several excursions; - RIB Boat Safari Saltstraumen - Visit of the Huskys - Birdwatching Safari at the Northcape - Boat Safari to the Russian Border - Breakfast at the Northcape - Seaeagle Safari at the Lofoten - RIB Speedboat Safari at the Lofoten and all were really good and we enjoyed them very well. We can recommend each one of them. The lectures we attended were also all very good, informative and not too long. We would definately recommed the cruise. Maybe we do it again in Winter one day. And if you do not want to spend that much money or have less time available, we would recommend to do the trip going north from Bergen to Kirkenes. The part of the journey going south was also good, but the other one was better. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise was all about the scenery which was made even better by the near perfect weather. The food was quite good. They offer buffet breakfast and lunch. Dinner is table service with a fixed menu. They offer an a la carte service in a ... Read More
This cruise was all about the scenery which was made even better by the near perfect weather. The food was quite good. They offer buffet breakfast and lunch. Dinner is table service with a fixed menu. They offer an a la carte service in a different dining room for an additional 500 - 800 NOK. I could never get an adequate explanation for what the value was for a different meal service. As best I could determine the difference was that you get to choose from a menu of three or four selections and you get to pick your dining hour. Except for the full board meals, everything is extra and expensive, even water. Be careful when one of the staff offers a “tasting” of some native fare. It appears that it’s a complimentary offer. When you accept they ask your Cabin number and a €20 charge appears on your bill. The cost of excursions is outlandishly expensive. For example, the 45 minute bus ride to Northkapp was €180 per person. That was just the bus ride. Admissions to the museum were extra. That was more than I paid to fly from Kirkenes to Oslo. For the most part the staff were peasant and efficient except for the man at the excursion desk who was downright rude and condescending. Twice when I asked a question, he would point to one of the information sheets and snap back with, “you should have read it.” I did, but it wasn’t clear. Would it have been too much for him to simply smile and answer the question? That experience was a complete turn off to Hurtigruten for me. Now that we’ve seen this part of the World, we probably won’t come back. But if we do, it won’t be with Hurtigan. Their annoying service and people are not worth the experience. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to ... Read More
3rd time for us and as soon as we got to the Pingvinen bar in Bergen we got onto the wifi and got down to planning the 4th one. The views are nothing less than staggering. Utterly breathtaking. No words or photos will ever do justice to the Norwegian fjords. You need to see them with your own eyes. We embarked at Svolvær for a three-night cruise south to Bergen. A quick treat for us for various reasons. My partner's in an electric wheelchair and the MS Finnmarken had a nifty device where the steps to the foot-passengers' door flattened-out into a lift. When we sailed on the MS Trollfjord in 2013 we boarded via the vehicle ramp and up a cargo lift. Although we couldn't get an accessible cabin this time we managed fine with the standard cabin. We stowed the electric wheelchair in the luggage compartment each night where it could be plugged in too to charge. In fact we upgraded when we boarded as we had originally booked an unspecified outside cabin which turned out to be on the promenade deck (5) with a restricted view (lifeboat). Didn't bother me but upgrades were available so my partner did the deed. We got 705 - another outer cabin and also much nearer the amidships lifts. If you are happy with an outer cabin on deck five please remember to close the curtains when it gets dark! I could see in in the split-second I walked by from the corner of my eye. The MS Finnmarken is a perfectly comfortable and unpretentious ship. Loads of wonderful art to look at on board and we especially enjoyed the cartoons around the two staircases. There are three lifts, two amidships and one aft and my partner got around just fine in the wheelchair. The food is amazing. Traditional Norwegian fair mixed with the usual north European goodies. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is usually a set menu although we were surprised that on our first evening dinner was also a buffet. One downside is that breakfast and lunch are really too close together - just over two hours apart. I over-ate on the first evening, wasn't hungry the following morning but ended up stuffing myself anyway. Just managed to hold back come lunch time. But not really. And it was a blessed relief when dinner turned out to be a set menu. The dinners can seem quite light after the buffets but really the portions are just right. I managed to properly pace myself the other two days. Getting rid of those calories is easy enough. There's a pretty cool gym on board. I looked but didn't touch. I don't do gyms. It was busy though. There appears to be dance classes - see below. The small swimming pool was out of action for some reason - I didn't get around to finding out why. The two outside jacuzzis were on though and I rarely saw them unoccupied. I opted for walks around the promenade deck on five interspersed with strides up and down the outside steps to deck eight. With my mobile, the complimentary wifi, and a few BBC iPlayer radio programs, and the ever changing totally stunning views, I managed nine miles on one day! I also scampered onshore whenever I could. I managed a brisk walk through hilly Molde and was treated to the privilege of visiting the beautiful MS Lofeten in Rørvik. Onboard entertainment is minimal. As Hurtigruten's blurb says, the views provide the entertainment. And they ain't wrong. There were some fun and informative talks by the onboard expedition team and I did see and hear music and dancing involving the more mature passengers. On the last day we were treated to a surprise concert with piano and two opera singers performing works by Grieg. Listening to them while watching the majestic fjords roll by was truly magical. And very relaxing. On this trip we purposely didn't do any excursions. They are expensive but the ones we've been on previously we're worth it for the memories they've created. Also expensive is the alcohol. I chose to drink very little, just two glasses of wine, but my partner likes his beer so paid the nearly £10 a pop for a large Mack. About three or four a day. Eye-watering. But that's Norway. I made use of the complimentary coffee supply for full-board passengers. The crew are great. They all speak English and only a couple of them were a bit brusque in that charmingly Scandinavian manner. Disembarkation went smoothly with ramps everywhere. One bonus of upgrading was we were among the first passengers to disembark. Busses to the centre of Bergen and the train station were available but we chose to walk/trundle to the Pingvinen bar were we planned next year's Hurtigruten holiday. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Dining Breakfast A wide variety of food some of it appetizing and some of it not. Lunch Towards the end of the trip it was a little repetitive for the smorgasbord at lunch.I think they tried hard for variety but I guess it ... Read More
Dining Breakfast A wide variety of food some of it appetizing and some of it not. Lunch Towards the end of the trip it was a little repetitive for the smorgasbord at lunch.I think they tried hard for variety but I guess it depends on whats available. There was some attempt at providing for gluten and lactose free diets. There was always some alternatives just not a lot of choice.Dessert was particularly repetitive with a lot of cream based desserts and always a stewed fruit. Dinner You have a set time which you can change with the head waiter. Three courses - small meals. if you don't like what's on offer you can talk to the Head Waiter for a substitute. Excursions Choose carefully. Do one or two. These are not good value but some are a very enjoyable experience. Their success highly dependent on the weather. Dog Sledding- better to do earlier in the month/year when there is more snow. Very bumpy. A lot of standing around and patting the dogs. a half hour ride which was great with beautiful scenery.I would recommend this. Fishing Village from Tromso-Great scenery but the villages were a non event. e had seen so many from the boat and other stops already. These were just smaller. The Christmas Shop was unappealing though a nice morning tea. The Artist Gallery was different and interesting but small. I would not recommend this. I heard that the Bird Watching Excursion from Tromso was excellent. Midnight Concert in the Arctic Cathedral This was 40 min. Lovely singing and a flute playing but not unusual. I would not recommend this.The large stain window can not be seen at night. The Atlantic Road Excursion. This was great and we had a stop for lunch with a traditional fish dish. Plan ahead maybe and mention this if you don't want it.The scenery was lovely. We met the ship at Molde. I would recommend this. Laundry- Level 3 and FREE! Most of the staff were lovely and helpful.The ship's decor was pleasant and comfortable. Deck 8 was popular with it's scenic windows. There was a little entertainment. this trip is about the views not the boat and with lovely weather most people were glued to the scenery, knitting or meeting new people. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Cruising the fjords of Norway has been a long time ambition of mine. I chose Hurtigruten because of reports that I had heard and their 100 year plus of experience of working in these waters. I say working because their ships do work ... Read More
Cruising the fjords of Norway has been a long time ambition of mine. I chose Hurtigruten because of reports that I had heard and their 100 year plus of experience of working in these waters. I say working because their ships do work with cargo as well as passengers this all adds to the interest. Something like 32 ports of call o the round trip from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Some with only a 15 minute stay but other with several hours stopover. A large number of excursions are organised and I found the ones I went on were very good. They are graded in fitness levels with those numbered 1 for old fogeys like me and those graded 3 for the fitter of us, I had a mini suite cabin which was excellent including a television connected to a camera on the bow of the ship so you missed little of the scenery. The TV can pick up BBC worls service TV as well as other English speaking stations. The suite had twin beds, a 2 seater settee, 2 armchairs and a large double wardrobe. Hurtigruten operate a Coastal Kitchen concept so much of the food on board is picked up from ports of call on the cruise. This provides a great variety of food and helps local farmers. Food on boardwas very good. An extensive breakfast and lunch buffet and a waiter service dinner which was nuovaue ciusine style but excellently done. There is also a a la carte restaurant if the fixed m,enu option is not to your liking. You can buy a wine or beer package for the cruise but this means you will have to drink every night. There are talks on board about the Artic and other related issies. I found these excellent. Bot too long, informative without being too heavy. Read Less
Finnmarken Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 2.0 2.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.3
Family 1.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 3.0 4.3
Value For Money 2.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 3.9

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