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mheslop
May 17th, 2008, 09:28 PM
anyone have any info? itineraries good? cabins - any singles?

glgolfer
May 18th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Any specific itineraries you're looking for?

We did the 17 day Grand Norway in 2005 on the MS Midnatsol. Here's our review:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=189561&highlight=Hurtigruten

I'll try to answer any questions you have.

Druke I
May 18th, 2008, 09:51 AM
We sailed on Nordnorge from Kirkenes to Bergen, 7-00. Great trip, nice little ships with almost cruiseliner cabins and comforts.

Host Sharon
May 18th, 2008, 10:20 AM
Even better - no single supplements for some voyages. Bear in mind these are the Norwegian coastal post boats - not cruise liners. You will get more than one port a day in some cases, and many through the night - although I believe what you miss going north, you see coming back south. It is a fabulous journey - very special.

Gordita
June 4th, 2008, 01:10 AM
I just attended a great TA seminar on this cruise line. They have a new series of theme cruises, one for just singles! Take a look on their web site. Even though it's during the Fall months, it looks like a lot of fun and the price is right!

Bruton Branch
June 4th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Greetings:

We are scheduled on the Finnmarken in Nov.'08 for the round trip 11 nites 12 days. As others have stated this is not your "normal" Caribbean cruise ship.

You might want to read other post on CC about the Hurtigruten line.

Have a great trip.

Bruten Branch

NanciEA
July 24th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Just wanted to post a few thoughts about our recent trip on the Nord Norge. We did not do a "complete" voyage, as we were just on two nights from Bergen to Trondheim, so this review will not be the usual. Folks on the one way or round trip version would probably have a different view. We walked from our hotel (The Augustin) a few blocks to the dock. Check in was easy and we took our luggage to our cabins. We had two cabins - one in category N and one in L. The cabins are small, but fine for two nights. One pet peeve, the website and the information I was sent said they had TV's and refrigerators in the cabins, but they do not. We did not need really need these, but it is not right to advertise them when they are not provided. There was a place for the TV's, but they had been removed. (Same for the fridge.) The also advertised two hot tubs. The hot tubs were there but had no water! We paid (a lot) and ate the buffet for breakfast and it was very ample. (The first night we ate dinner in Bergen before boarding.)

The second day we signed up for the Geiranger fjord excursion. It was seven and a half hours, but we all enjoyed it. We were on and off the bus a lot. We were on the English/French bus, and our guide was good. There was a stop for tea and snacks, and the tour ended in Molde were we had a fish dinner at the Rica Hotel before getting back on the ship. The scenery was amazing, especially the Trollsteign Road. The next morning we did the Trondheim tour to the cathedral and the musical instrument museum, and again it was good. We tipped the bus driver and he took us and our luggage on to the train station, which was very helpful. We enjoyed our brief time on the ship, but wondered if we had done the six nights we would have been bored? Probably not on the six (or seven) night, but definitely on round trip. Just us. One further thought. The scenery is why you do this voyage, but their is limited inside seating to view. (Outside, there is plenty.) We could never find a window seat for viewing inside. Many seats in the lounge were taken by backpackers who did not have a cabin.

gaelsail
July 24th, 2008, 12:27 PM
We paid (a lot) and ate the buffet for breakfast and it was very ample..
I think it is very important to make sure that all meals are included when you take a cruise on the Hurtigruten ships. It keeps the costs down!

but wondered if we had done the six nights we would have been bored? Probably not on the six (or seven) night, but definitely on round trip.
We did the round trip and found it relaxing rather than boring. Scenery was great and we just walked around the towns and villages where we docked- didn't take any excursions.

NanciEA
July 25th, 2008, 05:53 PM
Hurtigurten will not allow you to include any meals if you are a "port to port" passenger. I had asked to have at least breakfast included when I reserved and they said "no". All meals are included if you are on the six, seven, or round trip voyage.

CT Granny
July 26th, 2008, 12:09 PM
In May 2007, on the Kong Harald, port to port passengers were eating in the dining room. Whether it is permitted or not, may depend upon how full the trip is.

Barbara

MMDown Under
July 26th, 2008, 01:15 PM
Port to Port Passengers can buy their meals. However, the cost of meals aren't included in their fare.

glgolfer
July 26th, 2008, 04:18 PM
If you do the round trip, I would recommend doing so on one of the newest ships: Midnatsol, Finnmarken or Trollsfjord. They have 2 forward observation decks with all glass and many seats. There were very few commuters on the round trip we took on the Midnatsol.

MMDown Under
July 26th, 2008, 04:37 PM
We did the Bergen to Kirkenes one way north, but we thought the local commuters added to the voyage atmosphere.

lulutoo
August 15th, 2008, 01:42 PM
I am so happy to have found these posts as we are considering one of teh Coastal Cruises- we like the ferry/mailboat aspect , but do appreciate the "heads up" about the indoor seating possibly being occupied by day trippers.


I was wondering if any US cruisers could give us any idea what is involved in getting transport to /from Bergen and the smaller northern towns if one takes a one way cruise. Is there a train option , and air option etc- I suspect we would spend as much getting to and from the cruise ports as we would taking the cruise. Just wondered how you handled it- both in time and in cost?
I think we will have lots of little questions as we are deciding between this and a larger ship that round trips from Copenhagen- probably a little easier to make arrangements, but we think we would like the aspect of the multiple stops at many small towns.

glgolfer
August 21st, 2008, 05:10 PM
Hi Lulutoo: If you see this, email me at firstparty@bellsouth.net
Put Hurtigruten in the subject.

I'll be glad to answer any questions I can.

MMDown Under
August 22nd, 2008, 01:47 AM
Words can't express just how much we enjoyed the Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes. We were fortunate with long sunny days late May. We enjoyed the spectacular views from the glassed in observation decks.

I made all travel arrangements on behalf of my daughter and myself. I flew to Bergen, via Copenhagen. My daughter flew to Bergen, from London. We both flew from Kirkenes, via Oslo, to London (on different flights).

As most people speak excellent English, it is an easy relaxing country to visit.

Norway is lucky it doesn't have Australia's weather or it would be standing room only!!

glgolfer
August 22nd, 2008, 10:03 AM
We want to win the lottery here in Florida so we can stay in Norway in the summer and in Florida in the winter. Hard to decide between Oslo and Bergen as a place to live.

Wendy The Wanderer
February 15th, 2009, 11:18 AM
Just bringing this thread forward. There was a two-page spread in the Sunday NY Times today (Feb.15/09) on the Hurtigruten, a November trip on the Vesteraalen. Sounded lovely, although I doubt I would go in the winter (we're Canadian, we get enough here!) I'm wondering if the folks who were going in December want to tell us about their experience.

I admit the size of the standard outside cabins has me somewhat dismayed--I'm spoiled in that regard, but am also cost conscious. Anybody tried a mini suite?

If we do this some day, I'm thinking May. Anyone have experience with the weather in the spring? Even April, if it meant saving a huge amount of money. I'd like to have as much light as possible I think, but would probably avoid the June high season just to save money.

I'm also thinking of the larger more modern ships, but interested in hearing about others as well. It sounds like the Vesteraalen has a certain intimacy, I'm wondering if there's a happy medium.

monstermom
February 16th, 2009, 06:13 PM
I am planning trip for fall of 2009 . Want to go after Sept 15th to get the 2 for 1 fare. How much day light are we loosing by going mid Oct as opposed to mid September. What are the best cabins to not have bunkbeds? What is the issue with TV's. Inside cabins and suites only???
The reviews here have been wonderfully helpful.

engineer38
February 17th, 2009, 09:17 AM
At the equinox (around 21 Sept) there is twelve hours daylight & twelve hours darkness. The length of the day the reduces quickly. The ships call at the same ports north & southbound but many of those by day in one direction will be by night in the other.

On Midnatsol the type N cabins have 2 lower berth beds in a L shaped formation, the one by the window can become a sofa by day. The shower room has a heated floor...

No TVs in N type cabins; believe there are TVs in suites and (some?) inside cabins. However at latitudes around 70 degrees north satellite reception can be difficult! I enjoyed a 12 day vacation from TV.

Don't negelect the winter. The ships are quieter (in Jan/ Feb this year 50% full northbound and 30% full southbound.) The arctic twilight is surprisingly light. We were very lucky with the weather clear and calm, but nobody can predict this. Also there is a greater chance of seeing the northern lights. (we saw them on 5 out of 11 nights)

The special offers tend to be on the newer bigger ships as ther is more spare capacity.

Norway is very expensive, especially for alcohol, so drink water, everybody else does.

Breakfasts and lunches, served buffet style, are the best; dinners (set meal) are adequate, fish is the speciality.

Mjollnir
February 18th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Well- My wife and I have decided we are going to do this 'cruise' RT from Bergen and need to decide between a Nov '09 and a March '10 departure.

Anyone have any insight on differences on the sightseeing related to weather?

Or for that matter, anything that might make a difference in the decision.
Thanks!

A Big Guy
February 22nd, 2009, 11:44 AM
My wife and I are thinking of taking one of the cruises out of Bergen next year. As you can see from my user name, I am a big guy, really. I'm 6-foot-7, but spent more than 3 years bouncing around the North Atlantic in a destroyer during the 1950s. I've spent most of my life with my feet sticking over the foot of the bed.

I am wondering about the inside cabins. From the virtual tours on the Hurtigurten web site, it appears the group of ships built in the early 1990s, such as the Kong Harold et al, could accomodate me. Does anyone have any insights that might be helpful. I have not ruled out an outside cabin, which is obviously more spacious. However, my experience on a destroyer has shown sleeping fore and aft is much easier during rough weather. There are a handful of inside cabins with a fore and aft alignment. Not having a porthole or window is not a handicap. In fact with the midnight sun, it might be an asset.

In 2001, my wife and I went to Alaska on the ferry system and had a very enjoyable time. We had a very comfortable, but simple cabin with an upper and lower berth and attached shower with wc. We spent most of the time in the forward observation lounge gawking at the scenery. The mail boats sound like a similar experience although one friend claims the scenery is superior. We're not particularly fans of large cruise ships. We did the Baltic on one of the Costa liners with casinos and discos. Not our cup of tea. Besides Alaskan ferries, another favorite was a barge on the Burgundy Canal. That was top drawer. We do prefer smaller vessels with fellow passengers who are really interested in observing the countryside.

Bruton Branch
February 26th, 2009, 03:19 PM
We did the Hurtigruten r/t Bergen-Kirkense-Bergen in Nov,08 and really enjoyed it. Friends of ours did it oneway n/b in April,08. More of the ice/snow on the ground in the April trip vs the early Nov. trip. The daylight is a big issue for some travelers. On the Nov.,08 trip of course the further north you go the shorter daylight hours you have.

We also used the two for one rate and had a cabin on the seventh deck. It was a great location since there were less than 250 passengers n/b and less than 200 going back s/b. One floor up to the observation area. The seventh deck also had lounge areas that no one used and of course the two hot tubs and pool on the Finnmarken. Our cabin did have a tv and refrigerator.

Take plenty of enjoyment and good attitude with you as this is a major plus on this National Geographic type visual journey. You will really enjoy the journey - we did even with two days of 35 foot seas for a few hours.

Enjoy.
Bruton Branch

hanne42
March 1st, 2009, 04:40 PM
Hi

I am Norwegian and although I haven't taken the Hurtigruten cruise I enjoy reading this thread and what you think about the ship and the Norwegian landscape. If you have any questions about the Norwegians or Norwegian culture I'd be happy to try to answer them.

Hanne

RBob
March 6th, 2009, 02:30 PM
No TVs in N type cabins; believe there are TVs in suites and (some?) inside cabins. However at latitudes around 70 degrees north satellite reception can be difficult! I enjoyed a 12 day vacation from TV.

My wife and I did the Bergen-Bergen round trip in May-June '07 on the Trollfjord and are ready to go again.

We took an inside cabin (on deck 7) so we'd have someplace dark to sleep, since the sun was up 24 hours at that time of year. We had a TV in the room but only used it to look at the ship position display in the morning. Otherwise, we were either on deck or in the observation lounge.

MMDown Under
March 6th, 2009, 08:51 PM
In 2001, my wife and I went to Alaska on the ferry system and had a very enjoyable time. We had a very comfortable, but simple cabin with an upper and lower berth and attached shower with wc. We spent most of the time in the forward observation lounge gawking at the scenery. The mail boats sound like a similar experience although one friend claims the scenery is superior. Besides Alaskan ferries, another favorite was a barge on the Burgundy Canal. That was top drawer. We do prefer smaller vessels with fellow passengers who are really interested in observing the countryside.

We have done both the Alaska and Norwegian Coastal ferry trips and, like you, had a most enjoyable time. We found the scenery on the Norwegian route more spectacular because there was often scenery on both sides of the ship - mountains and fjords which come down to the ocean on one side and pictureque little islands with colourful former fishing cottages on the other.

Ferry accommodation was basic, but adequate, as we spent most of our time in the observation/panoramic lounges.

It was so unique and special I'd love to go again.

glgolfer
March 11th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Here's our review

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=189561&highlight=Hurtigruten


and along with a bunch of others, our Norway pics

http://community.webshots.com/user/rcicruisers

Be glad to answer any questions.
We would go again anytime.

Mjollnir
March 12th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Thanks to the folks that replied.

We have taken the leap and November of this year is our date.

If anyone has more thoughts, I would love to hear them.

dellas1000
March 12th, 2009, 06:25 PM
Just wondering what the dress code is on these ships??

glgolfer
March 13th, 2009, 12:35 AM
casual all the way. your main objective is to stay warm, not look pretty.

basically there ain't no code except keep it decent.

dellas1000
March 13th, 2009, 06:01 AM
casual all the way. your main objective is to stay warm, not look pretty.

basically there ain't no code except keep it decent.

Great that suits me fine. :) Thanks for that. Jumpers and dockers it is.

Bruton Branch
March 14th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Yes, very casual. Most people wore the same all day long with generally a slightly different presentation for the evening meal. No tux or evening gown needed. Just be sure you dress in layers and a bring a sweater, rain jacket/coat, gloves and knit hat and scarf - it still gets cool out on the water in the 24 hr daylight!

Have a great trip - it is the journey of a lifetime!

Burton Branch

glgolfer
March 14th, 2009, 06:54 PM
also a good pair of waterproof walking shoes. cabelas has a good selection of gore tex protected shoes.

no caps as i can't use my left hand right now.

dellas1000
March 15th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Thats great . I will be prepared. Certainly looks amazing. :)

dellas1000
March 17th, 2009, 01:06 PM
The Trollfjord has apprantly been taken out of service due to mechanical issues.

janetcbl
March 17th, 2009, 03:10 PM
The Trollfjord has apprantly been taken out of service due to mechanical issues.
I'd appreciate more info on the Trollfjorden being out of service, as we are booked to travel on this ship in the near future. I can find no information in the Norwegian newspaper. Thanks !

dellas1000
March 17th, 2009, 03:33 PM
I'd appreciate more info on the Trollfjorden being out of service, as we are booked to travel on this ship in the near future. I can find no information in the Norwegian newspaper. Thanks !

Thats all I have been told, I dont know any further info. Maybe best to call reservations and ask. I cant find anything in the media either. Maybe its only out of service for a week.

Mjollnir
March 17th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Here is the story. In Norwegian.... I think it is saying that the ship was limited to 7 mph, maybe an engine out, not sure. But I think repairs are underway.

But don't believe my very sad attempt at a translation.

Hurtigruta Trollfjord er midlertidig ute av drift etter at det i går oppsto problemer med det ene giret.
- Problemet oppsto før Skjervøy. Derfra kunne Trollfjord bare gå på den andre maskinen. Dermed var maks hastighet syv knopp, opplyser kommunikasjonsdirektør Ragnar Norum i Hurtigruten.
Trollfjord skulle egentlig forlatt Tromsø natt til fredag, men det skjer tidligst lørdag formiddag. De fleste passasjerene har fått transport videre på annet vis.
- Vi tar sikte på å gå til Bergen lørdag formiddag. En mekaniker jobber med å rette opp feilen, sier Norum.

janetcbl
March 17th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Tusen takk!

dellas1000
March 18th, 2009, 10:35 AM
Thanks for that . Hope all is back to normal soon.

engineer38
March 19th, 2009, 06:54 AM
From the Hurtigruten Norwegian web site:

http://hurtigruten.no/Norge/praktisk/ruter-avvik/Ruteendringer/

"MS Trollfjord ligger ved verft i Harstad for reparasjon av propellsystem. Seiling i ruten Kirkenes – Bergen 22.03 - 27.03.2009 kansellert. Skipet vil gjennoppta ruten fra Bergen 27.03.2007."

Which I understand to mean that Trollfjord will be back in route for the 27 March Northbound sailing from Bergen.

You can check the link for further updates. At the moment her webcam

http://www.bt.no/kamera/article305296.ece

shows she's stiil in Harstad.

Hope this helps and that you are still in luck with your plans. Azipods are wonderful when they work!

engineer38
March 20th, 2009, 01:23 PM
From the HG website today:

MS Trollfjord 27.03.09


Viser til ruteendring for MS Trollfjord sendt 18.03.2009.

På grunn av leveringstid av nye deler til propellsystemet vil MS Trollfjord kansellere seiling i ruten Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen 27.03. - 07.04.2009.

Think this means that they have component delivery problems, but the 27 March departure is cancelled.

Bruton Branch
May 14th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Anyone ..out there on a Hurtigruten journey or who has just gotten back ! Can you give us an update...

Thank you in advance.

Bruton Branch:)

dellas1000
May 14th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Hi I was booked on the Trollfjord but it was out of service a week before we went. We ended up on the older Kong Harold but I have to say it was really nice. Much better than I expected given its age. Food was good and staff nice. Tromso-Trondheim was our route and I loved every minute of it. Norway is just an amazing country.

SfromM
May 15th, 2009, 02:02 PM
Anyone ..out there on a Hurtigruten journey or who has just gotten back ! Can you give us an update...

Thank you in advance.

Bruton Branch:)
Friends of mine have just returned from Norway, they've travelled one-way aboard "Midnatsol" on May 2-May 8.
If you have any specific questions I will be happy to ask them and let you know.

Ryan Wahlstrom
June 7th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Its world "longitudinal" cruise (http://www.cruisemarketwatch.com/blog1/articles/around-the-world-in-80-ways/)caught my attention – goes around a North/South route instead of the traditional East/West. Someday I'll have the time:) Sigh.

Mjollnir
July 8th, 2009, 10:21 PM
We decided that we are taking the RT in mid-November on the Finnmarken. The question I can't seem to research my way through to an answer is weather and clothing. How cold is it going to FEEL \, that is, I know the air temperature, but with wind and the "boat Breeze" what are we going to experience. I intend to spend some time on Deck.

I am presuming layers and waterproofing might be a plus?..

Druke I
July 9th, 2009, 03:07 PM
I'd say layering and perhaps waterproofing are a must.

gaelsail
July 12th, 2009, 12:20 PM
I'd say layering and perhaps waterproofing are a must.
I agree layers of clothes, waterproofs jackets, trousers & hats and waterproof boots for going ashore. The ships themselves are quite warm inside,

JTor
July 14th, 2009, 07:21 PM
We want to do this route but in contrast with "cruises", I gather the ship just carries along on its schedule and doesn't stay in port all day for sightseeing. It sounds like some have taken "excursions" in which they leave the ship at point A and return to it at point B. Are these offered through the ship itself? Is there a guarantee you won't miss the boat? And if you don't take them, what options do you have - how likely is it that you will be in port long enough to sightsee? I realize some folks enjoy just watching the scenery go by their windows but we are very active and would feel we had missed "the whole point" of our trip if unable to explore the ports we "passed by". Thanks for any insights/advice!

janetcbl
July 14th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Check out the website: www.hurtigruten.com, and click on the "Norway" word at the top. The website will tell you all about the ships, the route, the excursions, etc. The ships are not cruise ships as such but were originally mail boats ,deliverying mail, etc. to towns along the coast. The route became popular with tourists, and the smaller boats were gradually replaced by larger ships. There are many excursions from the ship that you can read about on the website. The boat does wait for these excursions if they are delayed, otherwise it leaves promptly at the stated time. In some ports you may have 4-6 hours; others only a brief stop. I have done portions of the voyage a number of times, and am looking forward to the 12 day voyage in a few weeks.

MacMacGA
September 24th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Does anyone know what the smoking policy is for the Hurtigruten Midnatsol? I am allergic to smoke and we are thinking of a 11 day on the Midnatsol in May.
Since there are more Europeans than Americans, I am thinking they allow smoking in the public areas. Please advise.

janetcbl
September 24th, 2009, 11:07 PM
Smoking allowed outside only. This means the sundeck and the outside walkways and decks. Also, if people have booked one of the 5 cabins with a balcony, they are permitted to smoke on their private balcony. Smoke was not a problem on our trip on the Trollfjord, which is a sistership of Midnatsol.

Corinium
October 15th, 2009, 11:46 AM
I'm considering booking with Hurtigruten on their Norwegian Highlights cruise on M/S Fram leaving Dover on April 9th 2010 for 10 days ending in Oslo.
Apparently this particular cruise only sails once a year -- presumably they
are transferring the ship from another location ?

http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/

Can't seem to find any info' about the M/S Fram on this site and not much about how Hurtigruten compares with other lines.

My only previous cruise was with NCL in June on the Jewel to the Baltic Capitals.
-- Good value for money. Nice ship but a bit too big for my liking and didn't appreciate some of the hard sell !

Any suggestions/recommendations/opinions etc about Fram and Hurtigruten would be much appreciated. :) :) :)

gaelsail
October 15th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Apparently this particular cruise only sails once a year -- presumably they
are transferring the ship from another location ?
MS Fram operates in the polar regions and is on transit south to north- but is doing various cruises in Europe on her way north. Look in the antarctic forum for more about this ship.
Look in the N Europe & Baltic forum for more on Hurtigruten.

Hope this helps- too much info to summarise here. Please come back with any specific questions

Corinium
October 16th, 2009, 09:14 AM
Gaelsail, thanks for the helpful info'.

You've given me some more ideas for browsing before cruising :)

Mjollnir
October 29th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Hurtigruten ASA has entered into a contract for the hire of MS Finnmarken as hotel ships at the Gorgon field in Western Australia.
MS Finnmarken is engaged in connection with the development of the Gorgon field in Western Australia.
- We have on several occasions shown that we are competitive, even for missions like this. We have ships, expertise and technical solutions are also well suited to serve this market, "he says.
The agreement has a duration of 18 months, with possible extension for another 18 months and occurs during the New Year. The contract also includes a chartered supply ship and has a total of 697 million kroner.
- This is a large and important appointment for Hurtigruten ASA that will give the company a substantial and predictable income over a long time, "says CEO Olav Fjell.
MS Nordlys will go into the steamer along the Norwegian coast as a replacement for MS Finnmarken, 8 November 2009

It appears as though the intent is to shuffle other ships' schedules and move folks to alternate ships. What is interesting, is that they plan to move a ship into the Finnmarken's slot in the schedule (Nordlys) which has a ripple effect folks other than Finnmarken Passengers.

Good that someone is making money in these times.

Mjollnir
October 30th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Looks like the Nordlys was not scheduled so the only impact should be cabin numbers/assignments

dpro
October 30th, 2009, 06:19 PM
anyone have any info? itineraries good? cabins - any singles?

We sail on the Fram departing Nov 27th, Antarctica. We will be posting a "live from" thread from the ship, internet permitting.

Ron & Barbara

uppitycats
November 2nd, 2009, 04:55 PM
I'm considering booking with Hurtigruten on their Norwegian Highlights cruise on M/S Fram leaving Dover on April 9th 2010 for 10 days ending in Oslo.
Apparently this particular cruise only sails once a year -- presumably they
are transferring the ship from another location ?

http://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/

Can't seem to find any info' about the M/S Fram on this site and not much about how Hurtigruten compares with other lines.

My only previous cruise was with NCL in June on the Jewel to the Baltic Capitals.
-- Good value for money. Nice ship but a bit too big for my liking and didn't appreciate some of the hard sell !

Any suggestions/recommendations/opinions etc about Fram and Hurtigruten would be much appreciated. :) :) :)


Have you booked this? We have, and are SO looking forward to our adventure! We've also cruised on NCL..and a couple of other "big ships", and this sounds so much more to our liking!

Corinium
November 3rd, 2009, 05:22 PM
By coincidence, I've just booked today on the Norwegian Highlights cruise on MS Fram, sailing out of Dover on 9th April. Plan to spend a couple of days in Oslo at the end of the cruise before flying back to Blighty, but haven't booked this bit yet. Hurtigruten say they will get back to me later this month with an extended package including Oslo hotel and London flight.

chefess
February 5th, 2010, 07:37 PM
We are sailing on the Hurtigruten NORDKAPP, boarding on May 5, 2010 from Bergen. We booked this cruise through Vantage Travel. Has anyone sailed both North and Southbound and have recommendations for elective excursions?
IS ANYONE ELSE WITH US?

squarevanman
February 6th, 2010, 07:07 AM
We are sailing on the Hurtigruten NORDKAPP, boarding on May 5, 2010 from Bergen. We booked this cruise through Vantage Travel. Has anyone sailed both North and Southbound and have recommendations for elective excursions?
IS ANYONE ELSE WITH US?

2 weeks from today and I am taking the round voyage on Hurtigruten's smallest vessel MS Nordstjernen. I have looked at the excursions and have pre booked Alesund, Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral and Tromso Polar History Walk. Hopefully I can book others on board. As I am going in winter there is a smaller choice of excursions compared to May. I will try and put a report up when I get back which may be of use to you.

chefess
February 6th, 2010, 03:13 PM
2 weeks from today and I am taking the round voyage on Hurtigruten's smallest vessel MS Nordstjernen. I have looked at the excursions and have pre booked Alesund, Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral and Tromso Polar History Walk. Hopefully I can book others on board. As I am going in winter there is a smaller choice of excursions compared to May. I will try and put a report up when I get back which may be of use to you.

Thanks, look forward to your report.

realent
February 22nd, 2010, 02:13 AM
My Mother and I are traveling on the 3/13/10 Southbound trip, Kirkenes to Bergen on the Midnatsol. We are doing both some pre and post trips including dog sledding and the norway in a nutshell trip with an overnight in Flam.

Would love to meet some people before we sail or hear anyone's reviews of the ship or the trip!

richws
February 24th, 2010, 05:05 AM
Hello Realent,

We won't be in the same place at the same time but I shall be a day ahead of you departing Kirkenes (on round trip on Lofoten - the smalles/oldest ship).
I have been on Midnatsol for 3 trips so happy to answer any questions - not sure if you've been on Hurtigruten previously.

A few things that may be helpful that come to mind:
- Midnatsol will be full
- timing is v good for Northern Lights, dependent on weather
- be prepared for serious low temps (it's been -24C on coast in past week)
- additional excursions not on US website (& other new ones now on website) are:-
0100 Mehamn Snowmobile Trip 2.5hrs NOK2450
1130 Hammerfest Arctic Energy 1hr NOK295
0000 Tromso Midnight Concert Arctic Cathedral 1.25hr NOK375 (new in winter)
0715 Trondheim City Walk 2.5hr NOK180

I've done Husky sledging in Tromso - wonderful (on Christmas Day!). Also a longer variant on Norway in a Nutshell - one of best days of scenery ever experienced (In May so very different conditions)

I'd recommend one of the Trondheim excursions as ship departs at 1000 so it's unlikely you'd get to do much/anything in city otherwise. 2.5hr walk might be a bit chilly!

Midnatsol is lovely ship - think you'll have a wonderful trip.

Richard

realent
February 25th, 2010, 02:29 AM
Hello Realent,

We won't be in the same place at the same time but I shall be a day ahead of you departing Kirkenes (on round trip on Lofoten - the smalles/oldest ship).
I have been on Midnatsol for 3 trips so happy to answer any questions - not sure if you've been on Hurtigruten previously.

A few things that may be helpful that come to mind:
- Midnatsol will be full
- timing is v good for Northern Lights, dependent on weather
- be prepared for serious low temps (it's been -24C on coast in past week)
- additional excursions not on US website (& other new ones now on website) are:-
0100 Mehamn Snowmobile Trip 2.5hrs NOK2450
1130 Hammerfest Arctic Energy 1hr NOK295
0000 Tromso Midnight Concert Arctic Cathedral 1.25hr NOK375 (new in winter)
0715 Trondheim City Walk 2.5hr NOK180

I've done Husky sledging in Tromso - wonderful (on Christmas Day!). Also a longer variant on Norway in a Nutshell - one of best days of scenery ever experienced (In May so very different conditions)

I'd recommend one of the Trondheim excursions as ship departs at 1000 so it's unlikely you'd get to do much/anything in city otherwise. 2.5hr walk might be a bit chilly!

Midnatsol is lovely ship - think you'll have a wonderful trip.

Richard

Hi Richard!

Thank you so much for the nice note and suggestions! You will have to leave a breadcrumb trail for us but it is too bad you won't be onboard with us to share your expertise along the way.

This is our first trip on Hurtigurten. My first adventure type cruise of any kind. I have been busy shopping all the winter sales online for clothing even though I am trying to pack light..sort of an oxymoron when it comes to winter/bulky clothes. I am just going to wear the same thing over and over! :D

We are doing the dogsledding in Kirkenes along with a visit to the Ice Hotel and hope to see the Northern Lights that night.

We have a tour A taste of Vesterålen (Harstad–Sortland) (http://hurtigruten.us/norway/excursions/Southbound-excursions2010/Taste-Vesteralen/) and also Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral (http://hurtigruten.us/norway/excursions/Southbound-excursions2010/trondheim-nidaros/) planned.

We are having a 3 hours tour in Oslo when we arrive there. 2 nights in Bergen post cruise then the Norway in a Nutshell back to Oslo with an overnight in Flam.

I am debating on the midnight Catherdral. Have you done that? What do you think? I just want to do everything I can while there!

I know I am going to be freezing. Anything in particular you can recommend that I pack or bring with me? I am sure there are things particular to this type of cruising/traveling that I am not going to think of.

I don't think my Caribbean/Mexico Cruise Packing list is doing me much good this time around! LOL:cool:

What made you decide to sail the Lofoten this time around?

Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate it.

Nancy

richws
February 25th, 2010, 10:24 AM
Hi Nancy,

I'll try & respond to your questions - if you let me have an email address I can mail you a detailed itinerary for the Voyage I originally did for my octogenarian parents when they travelled with me a couple of years ago on Midnatsol.

As for clothes layers are most flexible - Hurtigruten ships & Norwegian Hotels etc are (sometimes very) warm. A Breathable shell jacket & trousers with insulating layers underneath is probably best. An adjustable hood is well worthwhile with either peak on hood or wearing a peaked hat underneath hood. Shoes/boots (would suggest at least a pair of waterproof ankle high boots) with deep treads eg Vibram.
It;s worth remembering that when you're on deck on Hurtiguten you're going to be in a c.20mph wind most of the time due to the ship speed and with wind chill the effective temp. is much lower than thermometer! I'd suggest taking quality sunglasses even in March, as well as swimming costume for the jacuzzis - under the Northern lights?.

I would recommend the Midnight Concert, the church is pretty impressive & well lit at night with a v large modern stained glass window/wall. The concert itself is a mixture of classical, folk etc and I think everyone enjoyed it when I went (in midnight sun in May).

I'm going on Lofoten this time because Midnatsol was almost full when I came to book (fairly late) and I also want to experience the more traditional voyage on an older generation of ship (I sail on yachts so am ok with limited creature comforts & more ship movement.

What grade/cabin number(s) are you in & where are you staying in Bergen? Did you book direct or via an external package?

Last thing that occurs at the moment - if you're not teetotal make use of the duty free allowance (eg 1L spirits + 1.5L wine + 2L beer) as you are officially allowed to bring alcohol on board and use in cabins. Assuming you're entering Norway by air (at Oslo?) you can buy duty-free on arrival which means less to stow on international flights.

Bye for now,

Richard

richws
February 25th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Forgot in my previous mail:

I found the Report and subsequent mails on this link very useful before my first trip:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=189561

Very little has changed, though I think number of sittings has reduced in Restaurant

Richard

squarevanman
March 4th, 2010, 07:21 PM
Just back from the Norstjernen and as promised some information on the excursions taken.
Alesund walking tour. Good value as guide was very informative - a must if you are into Art Deco
Trondheim - Nideros Cathedral. I was not impressed by the guide on the coach however the Cathedral was one of the best guides I have ever experienced. She was so enthusiastic about the history of the Catherdal it was obvious she totally enjoyed her job. If you visit at a time when the Cathedral is open to the General Public go privately.
Tromso Polar History Walk - Not enough people so cancelled
North Cape - A total must in Winter, great artic conditions with heavy snow and thick snow on the ground. In winter you can only get there by coach convoy which follows the snow plough.
Russian Border - Also cancelled due to lack of interest.

Fellow passengers took the Husky sleding, the snow mobile and the stortland trip and all I spoke to said these were really worth the money.

Hope this helps a little for you, have a great holiday.

chefess
March 5th, 2010, 02:09 AM
Squarevanman

Thanks for your quick reply. We will be going the beginning of May, so the weather may be better with fewer trip cancellations.

Thanks again.

Corinium
March 6th, 2010, 09:41 AM
We're booked on the Norwegian Highlights cruise on the MS Fram -- April 9 to 18th calling at Dover, Stavanger, Ulvik, Flam, Alesund, Olden, Bergen, Oslo. Will spend 2 days in Oslo at the end of the cruise.

Haven't booked any excursions yet so would welcome any suggestions,
especially for Bergen and Oslo.

Noted SquareVanMan 's recommendation of Arlesund walking tour so will probably book that. Also Flam Railway to Myrdal looks good.

We're in our early 60's. Reasonably fit and healthy but don't want to tackle anything too strenuous. :)

squarevanman
March 6th, 2010, 02:46 PM
We're booked on the Norwegian Highlights cruise on the MS Fram -- April 9 to 18th calling at Dover, Stavanger, Ulvik, Flam, Alesund, Olden, Bergen, Oslo. Will spend 2 days in Oslo at the end of the cruise.

Haven't booked any excursions yet so would welcome any suggestions,
especially for Bergen and Oslo.

Noted SquareVanMan 's recommendation of Arlesund walking tour so will probably book that. Also Flam Railway to Myrdal looks good.

We're in our early 60's. Reasonably fit and healthy but don't want to tackle anything too strenuous. :)

I am afraid I can only comment on Bergen as I overnighted there at the end of the coastal voyage. As we arrived very early after missing a couple of night stops due to maintainance Hurtigruten laid on a small sightseeing tour as part of the tranfer to hotels and airport. Bergen is fairly compact and with a good map and lack of snow can easily be visited on foot. A must of course is Bryggen which is by the fish market. Some of my fellow travellers took the cable railway which is a block away from this area. Regretably the Flam Railway was out of my reach but I am told it is a must if you are able to do it.

Corinium
March 7th, 2010, 03:41 AM
Thanks SquareVanMan for your quick reply :)

coleridge
May 1st, 2010, 04:10 PM
Hi, we are going on the Richard Wirth leaving on May 17. We are from the US and wonder what other Americans use to call back home.My cell phone won't work or the phone card I have.Any suggestions ?

Also, has anyone sailed on this ship? I am worried about seasickness to which I am prone.

Thanks for any info. Coleridge:o

coleridge
May 1st, 2010, 06:14 PM
We are sailing on the Hurtigruten NORDKAPP, boarding on May 5, 2010 from Bergen. We booked this cruise through Vantage Travel. Has anyone sailed both North and Southbound and have recommendations for elective excursions?
IS ANYONE ELSE WITH US?
We are going also on the Coastal Voyage with Vantage on May 17th and are DYING to hear from the person who just went with them on this trip.Please let us know how everything worked out in terms of plane connections,Vantage people and guides,everything. We are really nervous as we have not heard great things about them.And so far, we have not been impressed with them at all.

Thanks for any and all info. Coleridge

janetcbl
May 1st, 2010, 10:32 PM
Hi, we are going on the Richard Wirth leaving on May 17. We are from the US and wonder what other Americans use to call back home.My cell phone won't work or the phone card I have.Any suggestions ?

Also, has anyone sailed on this ship? I am worried about seasickness to which I am prone.

Thanks for any info. Coleridge:o
Having made this trip a number of times, I can tell you the trip is usually very smooth and you should have no trouble with seasickness. The ship stays very close to land for most of the trip, and is only in open water for short periods. The only slightly rough period can be a few hours in the morning the day after leaving Bergen, but on the summer cruises this period is so early in the morning most people are asleep.

coleridge
May 12th, 2010, 06:52 AM
Thank you for your reply. I am sorry to have taken so long to thank you but I just saw this. I was glad to hear this,but I believe we leave Bergen in the evening,so hope it is OK.

Did you use the computers on board and if so, was it OK?

Did you bring alchohol on board and if so,from where?

Thanks,Coleridge:o

janetcbl
May 24th, 2010, 09:29 PM
Thank you for your reply. I am sorry to have taken so long to thank you but I just saw this. I was glad to hear this,but I believe we leave Bergen in the evening,so hope it is OK.

Did you use the computers on board and if so, was it OK?

Did you bring alchohol on board and if so,from where?

Thanks,Coleridge:o
We did not use the computers on the shipas they were very slow, but used them in some ports at the town library or tourist office. We did bring wine on board, purchased at the state liquor store in Bergen (in a mall, near the train station).

MacMacGA
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
I used the Hurtigrutin Midnatsol wireless connection with an iPad and iTouch on the May 10 sailing round trip from Bergen. The connection is satellite so it is not as fast as wired cable at home. It works best on deck 8 where all the lounges are located. Don't try it in fjords as the reception is affected by the mountains.

STUR
September 16th, 2010, 07:40 AM
We just booked 6-DAY SOUTHBOUND VOIGE KIRKNES TO BERGAN ON THE MS TROLLFORD SATURDAY JULY 30,2OII TO THURSDAY AUGUST 4,2011

WE LEAVE DAYTON,OHIO JULY 27 BY WAY OF ATLANTA TO AMSTERDAM TO OSLO TO KIRKINES STAYING AT THE RICA ARTIC HOTEL 2 NIGHTS IN KIRKENES

AFTER ARRIVING IN BERGEN AFTER THE CRUISE ONE NIGHT IN BERGEN THAN FLY TO OSLO WITH ONE NIGHT IN OSLO THEN OFF TO COPENHAGEN WITH 3 NIGHTS IN COPENHAGEN TO CATCH THE EMERALD PRINCESS 11 DAY SCANDINAVIA & RUSSIA

RETURNING HOME AUGEST 21,2011

STUR DAYTON,OHIO

taronil59@tiscali.co.uk
October 15th, 2010, 05:02 PM
Hi

I am Norwegian and although I haven't taken the Hurtigruten cruise I enjoy reading this thread and what you think about the ship and the Norwegian landscape. If you have any questions about the Norwegians or Norwegian culture I'd be happy to try to answer them.

Hanne

Hi Hanne I am looking to do a cruise to see the Northern Lights, I can't decide which would be the best month either February or March, can you give me your ideas please? I am worried about things like icebergs, and how cold it will be?
Look forward to hearing from you or anyone else who has done the Acrtic Adventure cruise with Hurtigruten aboard MS Richard With

Regards Lisa

richws
October 17th, 2010, 09:56 AM
Lisa,

Saw your question re best time & "cruise to see the Northern Lights" and thought I would share my experiences.

I've been on 2 Winter Hurtigruten Voyages (round trip - Bergen-Kirkenes- Bergen) and have another booked for next year:
Voyage in Dec over Xmas on Trollfjord
Voyage in early March this year on Lofoten
Voyage booked late March next year on Midnatsol

On first trip saw no Northern Lights - though only minor disappointment with everything else going on (a magical Christmas experience). Last trip & next one planned to maximise chances of seeing Lights. You can never guarentee it tho' - best to be looking forward to other experiences on the voyage as well & there's plenty of them!

In March this year saw Lights 3 times, twice aboard & once on snowmobile excursion near Nordkyn.

Factors to consider for Northern Lights focused voyage:

a) avoid full moon periods - best would be voyage where new moon is in middle of voyage (or moon is not above horizon during evening/early hours)
b) daylight hours: significantly longer in March than Feb (& also in Feb than Jan). Extra daylight allows more of the spectacular scenery to be best seen with (in my opinion) little impact on chances to see Northen Lights during the Jan-Mar period
c) weather: you won't see Northern Lights unless weather is at least partially clear (Lights can be spectacular through partial cloud cover). Weather reckoned to be better generally between Jan-Mar rather than Oct-Dec - the "Northern Lights months".
d) which vessel/type to book on: having travelled on or visited most of the ships the only one I wouldn't book on would be Vesteralen with the newest(Midnatsol/Trollfjord) & oldest (the traditional Lofoten & Nordstjernen) the favorites together with Polarlys.

I see you're from UK (as am I) but am unfamiliar with the "Actic Adventure Cruise" - what's the itinerary of this? To date I've always ended up doing full return voyage on basis of value for money & would recommend this unless time constraints preclude.

There are moon phase calendars for all locations online as well as Aurora forecasts (tho' unfortunately not long range enough to book trips from!)

Hope this is helpful.

Richard

Tess111
November 1st, 2010, 10:08 PM
Just wondering if either the Hurtigurten Nordstjernen or the Kong Harald have shared bathrooms. And if so, which cabin categories do not have shared bathrooms.

Also, as an aside, how busy are these cruises northbound near the end of August?

Thanks.

cally2
November 3rd, 2010, 01:46 PM
we are going on a 12 trip starting april 1, 2011, Bergen to Bergen, anyone else booked on this cruise? We are booked on the MS Polarlys. We have been on many cruises on HAL and the old Rennaisance lines and others too, have been to Antarctica so this will be the other end of the world for us. Anyone on this trip? Cally 2

david737
November 3rd, 2010, 01:59 PM
Just wondering if either the Hurtigurten Nordstjernen or the Kong Harald have shared bathrooms. And if so, which cabin categories do not have shared bathrooms.


Thanks.
The Nordstjernen has shared bathrooms ('D' category cabins) all the other cabins have private bathrooms and all cabins on Kong Harald have private bathrooms. Regard's david737.

richws
November 4th, 2010, 06:12 PM
Tess111,

Hurtigruten Report shows 90% cabin utilisation in August 09 with c.70% in Sept 09.
probably best indication for future. Richws

hrtlnd525
November 5th, 2010, 03:42 PM
Am going on the Hurtigrugen ship Nordnorg next May, 2011. We are traveling from Oslo to Bergen with the Norway in a Nutshell.
Am wondering if anyone has done the Norway in a Nutshell and what did you do with your luggage during that time? We will have 2 large suitcases, plus our carry ons. So do you take them with you during the train,boat,bus and back to train rides? I have heard of Porter Service out of Oslo, but hesitate to hand over all our luggage. Just want to know if everyone else takes their luggage with them. Thanks!

gaelsail
November 6th, 2010, 08:34 AM
Am going on the Hurtigrugen ship Nordnorg next May, 2011. We are traveling from Oslo to Bergen with the Norway in a Nutshell.
Am wondering if anyone has done the Norway in a Nutshell and what did you do with your luggage during that time? We will have 2 large suitcases, plus our carry ons. So do you take them with you during the train,boat,bus and back to train rides? I have heard of Porter Service out of Oslo, but hesitate to hand over all our luggage. Just want to know if everyone else takes their luggage with them. Thanks!
There isn't much storage space on the trains- racks above your head etc. If I did the trip again I'd be much more inclined to use the Porter Service.

richws
November 6th, 2010, 11:02 AM
Am going on the Hurtigrugen ship Nordnorg next May, 2011. We are traveling from Oslo to Bergen with the Norway in a Nutshell.
Am wondering if anyone has done the Norway in a Nutshell and what did you do with your luggage during that time? We will have 2 large suitcases, plus our carry ons. So do you take them with you during the train,boat,bus and back to train rides? I have heard of Porter Service out of Oslo, but hesitate to hand over all our luggage. Just want to know if everyone else takes their luggage with them. Thanks!
Would tend to agree with Gaelsail.
I self-booked Royal Tour (now Sogneford in a Nutshell I think) from/to Bergen so am familiar with what transits at Myrdal and Flam would be like - as well as main Begensbanen and Flam Railway trains.
Certainly plenty of storage on Bergensbanen train (you would usefrom Oslo-Myrdal I think). Myrdal Station no problem - just a walk across a single platform. Limited but manageable strorage on Flam Railiway. Flam is flat, compact and well "paved" so certainly no problem with towable wheeled luggage for the hour? you would be there.
Would expect full touring coach luggage storage on coach link but couldn't confirm. Limited storage on local train probably as Gaelsail says (expect Voss-Bergen would be on one.
With wheeled luggage that any heavy hand luggage would sit on I would stiil go on trip but it will restrict some of your enjoyment/flexibility. Given reasonable cost porterage option I'd take that.
Fjord Tours website confirms you take luggage with you as you describe, states there is sufficient luggage storage and refers to Porterservice option.

STUR
November 17th, 2010, 06:02 PM
am going on the hurtigrugen ship nordnorg next may, 2011. We are traveling from oslo to bergen with the norway in a nutshell.
Am wondering if anyone has done the norway in a nutshell and what did you do with your luggage during that time? We will have 2 large suitcases, plus our carry ons. So do you take them with you during the train,boat,bus and back to train rides? I have heard of porter service out of oslo, but hesitate to hand over all our luggage. Just want to know if everyone else takes their luggage with them. Thanks!
we are booked on the ms trollfjord from july 30, 2011 south bound 6 day kirknenes to bergan and thake the train from bergan to oslo airport hotal
we intend to use the porter service they will take our lugage fron hotel in bergan to hotel at oslo airport the price for 3 suite cases from hotel to hotel is 1450nok ($239.76 us)
they will pick up in the am at hotel in bergan and have our luggage @ the hotel at the airport in oslo by 9:00pm

stur dayton,ohio

TXTraveler2007
December 10th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Anyone been in a Fram suite? I had read somewhere that they had CD players in those rooms. Is it all levels of suites or only the MG suites? Also, in the small on-board laundry, are there laundry soap dispensers available? Is there an iron in the on-board laundry for passenger use?

We are packed and ready to leave for Buenos Aires for our Antarctica cruise next week.

Thanks for any help with these questions. :)

Happy Trails,
TXTraveler

gaelsail
December 11th, 2010, 07:24 AM
I don't think Fram has a laundry for passenger use- but they do run a laundry service.