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Finnmarken Review

2019 Best for Shore Excursions
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Finnmarken
4.0 / 5.0
68 reviews

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About

Passengers
628

Crew
70

Passenger to Crew
8.97:1

Launched
2002

Shore Excursions
29
Sails To
British Isles & Western Europe
Sails From
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Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Contributor

Finnmarken Overview

If a cruise along the coast of Norway is on your bucket list, there's no better line to sail with than Hurtigruten. Norwegian to the core, it started out as a line that carried people and freight between various ports in Norway, but it has since evolved into a type of cruising hybrid that an increasing number of Americans find downright intriguing.

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Although it's one of just four vessels in the Hurtigruten fleet to be built after the turn of the 21st century, Finnmarken is still a working ship, carrying cruisers, cargo, mail, cars, daytripping backpackers and other passengers who might only be onboard for a couple of days (or hours) as they travel between ports along Norway's coast -- both northbound and southbound. There are constant comings and goings, with several port calls taking place in the dead of night, sometimes for as little as 15 minutes until something (or someone) is brought onboard or offloaded.

You won't find a spa to pamper you, a kids club to keep your children occupied or enough entertainment options to make your head spin. (In fact, there are no entertainment options at all.) But a sailing on Finnmarken will leave you feeling like you've explored a fair portion of Norway in elegant surroundings, at a reasonable price, without exhausting yourself. (After all, what's the point of needing a vacation after your vacation?) Food onboard is excellent -- even if the offerings are limited and somewhat repetitive -- and the line's new Coastal Kitchen menu provides a great way to get a taste of fresh, local fare.

You'll pay a hefty sum for a cruise on Finnmarken, and you'll receive fewer onboard bells and whistles for the price. But, overall, the cost is nothing compared to what you'd pay for a land-based stay in Norway, which is one of the priciest countries to visit. If it's a peek at breathtaking scenery you're after, you'll get it in spades, along with exciting cuisine, elegant accommodations and a friendly environment where nearly everyone speaks English.


Top Finnmarken Itineraries

Finnmarken
5 night norway cruise

Tromso, Tromso, Trondheim, Molde, Alesund, Bergen

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Fellow Passengers

The passenger mix is an international one, with the largest contingent hailing from Germany, followed by Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the U.K., America, France and Japan. The overall makeup varies by season, however. Because of the cost of cruising with Hurtigruten, passengers are generally affluent, and they fall within the 50-and-older age bracket. We also saw several multigenerational family groups onboard; we found that generally, they were English-speakers with Norwegian roots.


Hurtigruten Finnmarken Dress Code

The dress code is casual. There are no sea days on Finnmarken's itinerary, which means much time is spent ashore. Because the weather in Norway can be fickle, even from port to port on the same day, it's best to dress in comfortable layers that make it easy to adjust to varying temperatures and conditions. During the day, that means jeans or other outdoor-appropriate pants or shorts with basic shirts layered under sweatshirts and some sort of outerwear (fleece, windbreaker, etc.). It's also helpful to pack an umbrella or poncho in case of rain, and bring at least one pair of sturdy shoes for exploring in port or going on shore excursions.

At night, many passengers opt to stay in the same clothes they wore ashore, which is perfectly acceptable, even in the dining room. More common, however, are dress pants (rather than jeans) and slightly more dressy shirts, with or without blazers. We didn't see a single person dressed to the nines, though, so definitely leave your formalwear at home if you don't want to feel out of place. (There are no formal nights onboard.)


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Finnmarken Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment2.02.8
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation3.03.3
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.03.6
Service3.04.2
Value For Money2.03.7

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Where does Hurtigruten Finnmarken sail from?

Hurtigruten Finnmarken departs from Bergen

Where does Hurtigruten Finnmarken sail to?

Hurtigruten Finnmarken cruises to Tromso, Trondheim, Molde, Alesund, Bergen and Geiranger

How much does it cost to go on Hurtigruten Finnmarken?

Cruises on Hurtigruten Finnmarken start from £1,199 per person.

Is Hurtigruten Finnmarken a good ship to cruise on?

Hurtigruten Finnmarken won 1 award over the years, including Best for Shore Excursions in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions

Hurtigruten Finnmarken Member Reviews

silvercruiser1952
Sail Date: Apr 2019
I have just returned from the round trip on Finnmarken. Hurtigruten provides an excellent voyage and some stunning scenery. Much has been said about the trips so I will not add to the many reviews.... Read More
JPJ01
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Earlier this month we eventually boarded the Hurtigruten, Finnmarken and was pleasantly surprised.... Read More
arctic ozzies
Sail Date: Jan 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.... Read More
SilentWings
Sail Date: Feb 2019
The MS Finnmarken is a combination of a cargo/post ship and a cruise ship.... Read More

Hurtigruten Fleet

Midnatsol
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

82 reviews

Midnatsol is a luxury cruise ship, cargo vessel, car and passenger ferry, and expedition vessel. It sails year-round up and down the west coast of Norway.

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Nordnorge
4.0 / 5.0
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Norway's 1,250-mile coast attracts traditional cruise passengers to a Nordnorge voyage. Meanwhile, young European backpackers use the ship as a means of transportation between towns.

Fram

Fram was designed for expedition cruises to some of the most remote places on the planet. The ship spends ample time in Arctic waters.

Trollfjord
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Trollfjord joined Hurtigruten in 2002 and is one of the most modern ships in the fleet. Trollfjord sails Baltic Sea voyages year round from Bergen.

Finnmarken
4.0 / 5.0
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Finnmarken is just one of four vessels in Hurtigruten's fleet to be built in the 21st century. It carries cruisers along with cargo along Norway's coast.

Polarlys

Polarlys, built in 1996, sails voyages that explore Norway's coastal communities and stunning fjords as part of Hurtigruten's fleet of "Contemporary Ships."

Nordkapp
4.0 / 5.0
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Nordkapp, meaning North Cape, links Bergen to some 35 ports along the Norwegian coast as far north as Kirkenes, a mining town near the Russian border.

Nordlys

One of Hurtigruten's six "Contemporary Ships," Nordlys sails voyages that explore Norway's coastal communities and fjords. Full cruise passengers are primarily 50-plus and European.

Richard With
4.0 / 5.0
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Like the rest of Hurtigruten's Norwegian coastal fleet, Richard With is a working ship that makes calls around the clock, picking up passengers and goods.

Vesteralen

Hurtigruten's Vesteralen was built in 1983 and overhauled in 1995. The vessels sails Scandanavian itineraries, focusing on the spectacular Norwegian Fjords and offering regional cuisine.

Lofoten
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

MS Lofoten, named after the island chain off the northern Norway coast, was one of the last ships designed for Hurtigruten as a break-bulk cargo passenger ship.

Kong Harald
4.0 / 5.0
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Kong Harald is the first of Hurtigruten's ships to have undergone a total ship refurbishment. The line hopes the refreshed look will attract a younger crowd.

MS Spitsbergen
4.5 / 5.0
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Hurtigruten's 335-passenger Spitsbergen launched in 2016 in the Arctic Circle before heading to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe and Shetland Islands and Arctic Canada.

MS Roald Amundsen
4.0 / 5.0
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The world's first hybrid powered cruise ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, is named after the pioneering Norwegian-born polar explorer who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest passage in 1911. 

Fridtjof Nansen
4.5 / 5.0
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the second of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition ships, which is scheduled to launch in 2019. The first is MS Roald Amundsen, which is scheduled to launch in May 2019.

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