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  1. A number of cruis Lines does offer Northern Light cruises with overnight stop in Tromsø or Alta in Norway - Viking Ocean P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen are examples. Another alternative is Hurtigruten from Bergen to Kirkenes - not a cruise line - more a working ship/ expedition - 34 short stops along the coast. - Link to Hurtigruten Northern Light UK site. Just note that it can be very, very cold being outside during night in winter - can be -22 degrees Fahrenheit in January, Also the sea can be rough during winter. Going north you’ll have polar night - no sun the entire day - however twilight at noon. January to March are probably the three most popular months for Northern light hunting because they bring long dark nights. In the Arctic, January is a time of renewal as the sun reappears above the horizon but it can be very, cold. Aurora might more likely appear in colder nights. In February the weather is improving and in March, the temperatures begin to rise. It can however still be cold at night. There might be less clouds to obscure the Northern lights. Spring and autumn Equinoxes (around 20 March and 20 September) is told to have greater Northern Lights activity, not because there are more solar activities during this period, but due to the Earth's angle relative to the Sun the magnetic field does not protect the Earth quite as well. Also the intensity of northern light will increase the next three years due to increased solar activities. Keep an eye on the lunar phases, when the Moon is full, it will be difficult to watch the Northern Lights. planning is extremely important - just ask all your questions. I have a Hurtigruten review with more details. Also on clothing for the winter.
  2. A rental car is definitely the best solution - will also make it possible to experience some of northern Iceland. Just be aware that some roads in northern Iceland are very poor and it can be very difficult to calculate driving times - especially if you plan to visit the Goðafoss waterfall you have to calculate extra driving time.
  3. Welcome back - certainly hope for ‘normal time’ by 2022 - Denmark population should be fully vaccinated by then and hopefully the pandemic history.
  4. Assuming port is Oceankaj - quite remote location and no wine shops nearby. If you start your cruis in Copenhagen you’ll probably arrive at least a day early - there might be better options nearby your hotel.
  5. Might very well be that the Cruise Line is blocking use of VPN or that particular VPN is not working properly at the cruise ship. My recommendation is to use VPN - might not be that critical at a cruise ship however VPN should always be used for security reasons at public WiFi. If OP has a specific cruise line in mind ask at that cruise line forum.
  6. Depending on your requirement for bandwidth- I have successfully worked from a cruise ship using VPN - primary email and SAP applications. Sometime the problem has been WiFi accessibility in the Cabin - and from time to time not network not reliable - but if no tight deadlines and requirement of high bandwidth certainly doable.
  7. if anyone ask me “are you finish” I always answer “no- I’m Danish”
  8. Your friend should definitely be able to help with your post stay in Copenhagen. unfortunately my English is not good enough to ‘interpret the following .. I can only say that we really enjoyed the balcony at our 12 night TA crossing.
  9. Thank you - excellent cruise - you should have nice and warm weather at least until the day after the stop in the Azores. I’ll be happy to help with you day in Skagerrak and your (hopefully) post cruise stay in Copenhagen!
  10. Checked itinerary for April 9 - Day 8 is Ponta Delgada, Azores and day 11 is Brest, France. Should be possible to enjoy sun at the balcony to at least day 9. Temperature in Brest in April is ranging between 43°F and 56°F.
  11. I assume that the Atlantic crossing will be south of the Azores towards Spain and then heading North towards Copenhagen. I did an Atlantic crossing March last year and were using the balcony each day until we reached Spain - if balcony make sure to get a cabin at the starboard side - facing south when crossing the Atlantic. Temperature in Copenhagen in April is more like 50F - but at the majority of the cruise it will be 75 to 80F. Day 9 at sea.
  12. Sailing the fjords are very smooth - but where does the cruise start. The answer very much depends on from which port your cruise is starting - Also time of the year. North Sea can be quite rough even during summer but in general not very different from an Alaska cruise.
  13. Norway in a Nutshell is a much more active tour than a cruise - Train from Oslo to Myrdal - change to Flåm train - boat trips on the fjords, bus and overnight stay in the area before continuing to Bergen by bus or train. You can buy a ‘Norway in Nutshell’ package by most people are booking train, hotel, bus and boat trips separately. Flåm is primarily know from the train and possible a bike back downhill from Myrdal - from a cruise perspective Geiranger is much better - long scenic sailing and then multiple view points with an amazing views - several bus options in Geiranger for the view points. Ålesund is a very picturesque city. I’ll suggest the cruise from Amsterdam - Geiranger is a worthy substitute for Flåm. You must be up early to enjoy the scenic sailing through the fjords into Geiranger. As I mentioned in another post (other subject) Hurtigruten from Bergen to Kirkenes in combination with the train ride Oslo to Bergen might be an alternative. A different experience.
  14. Norway in a Nutshell is not just the train from Oslo to Bergen - also the detour to Flåm. Plan boat trip through Nærøyfjorden and Aurlandsfjorden and stay overnight in either Flåm, Myrdal or Gudevangen before continuing to Bergen. You might consider to combine the train and stay in a Bergen with 7 night voyage with Hurtigruten (or Havila Kystruten) from Bergen to Kirkenes and fly back to Oslo from Kirkenes. Just note that Hurtigruten is very different from a ‘normal’ cruise - 34 short stops (one longer stop each day) along the Norwegian coast including Geiranger fjord. The voyage along the coast is very beautiful and during summer you’ll have Midnight sun at North Cape.
  15. @MDTrip - I’m not Capt_BJ but in order to provide a qualified answer please provide full Itinerary of your 7 day cruise - Flåm is not the only port of interesse at a Norwegian Fjord Cruise - However important that some of the deep fjord ports like Geiranger and/or Olden are included - Oslo is not normally included in a Norwegian fjord cruise. Difficult to directly compare Norway in a Nutshell and a cruise.
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