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  1. With Hurtigruten Coastal voyage return from Bergen to Kirkenes or expedition Cruise from Dover, you are within the Arctic Circle for five or six nights, which gives really good chances of seeing the northern lights if the sky is clear - September and March have the most intense northern lights while January to March has the best chances of a sky without too many clouds - there is a chance of northern lights every night, but the intensity varies. As mentioned, solar activity is increasing until 2025.
  2. The explorer lounge will be quiet during evening and night - no music. Note that on Svalbard the sun does not set between 20 April and 22 August. You can’t miss the view of the landscape passing by under the midnight sun.
  3. I have not sailed with MS Spitsbergen and the answer may depend on the destination, but I have never experienced music or noise in the explorer lounge on a Hurtigruten ship - most people enjoy the view or read a book. I will not be nervous about booking a U2D cabin on deck 6. I do not know if it is a ‘European trip’ or if your trip goes to Svalbard, it is not certain that you will get to bed early - one of the attractions if going north is either the midnight sun or northern lights. I enjoy sitting in the explorer lounge at 01am and watching the landscape pasning by in the midnight sun or w
  4. I'm happy to help. I myself have received a lot of inspiration and good help through CC when I have planned my cruises in ‘foreign areas’
  5. No - I’ll just generally answering the price on taxi from Airport to hotel Ann to the pier.
  6. Please note that price is based on day of week and time - also depend on taxi company. The price from airport to hotel is approximately DKK 200. My calculations are weekday - more expensive weekend and evening.
  7. the price will be approximately DKK 165 depending on the day of the week and time. All prices in Denmark include service fee (tip) and VAT.
  8. Hurtigruten also offer the ‘Northern Lights Promise’ as expedition cruises from Dover and Hamburg - pretty good chances for Northern Lights - in particular in January to March - where better chances for clear skies. Still the compensation is only a “6 or 7 days Classic Voyage in an unspecified inside twin cabin on a full board basis. A choice of departure dates will be given. Offer excludes flights, transfers, all on board expenses, excursions, luggage handling.”
  9. Best option is Northern Norway or Iceland - several cruise lines are offering northern Lights cruises along the Norwegian coast at locations as Lofoten, Tromsø, Alta, Andenes or Honningsvåg. Northern Lights are visible from September through March when dark and clear skies. One option is Hurtigruten - either the traditional Coastal Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes or expedition cruise from Dover. Here is a link to my last Hurtigruten Northern Lights Voyage
  10. Yes, should not take more than an hour to get the luggage. Is it a direct flight to FCO. I normally calculate two hours.
  11. No passport stamps - we will see a new system put in place for travelers who currently do not require a visa to enter Europe - The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being implemented by the European Union - scheduled to become available late 2022. Also passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering the Schengen area.
  12. Correct - if all ports are in Schengen Area you’ll be in Schengen for the entire cruise.
  13. Agree. Geiranger is also nice - scenic fjord sailing and scenic views from the mountains. Lofoten at midsummer and possibly Honningsvåg (North Cape) with midnight Sun.
  14. Solar storms occur at all times of the year and at all times of the day, but to see the Northern Lights, it must be dark and clear skies. However January to March are probably the three most popular months for Aurora hunting because they bring long dark nights and of the clear skies. Spring and autumn Equinoxes (around 20 March and 20 September) is told to have greater chances for Northern Lights, 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. Keep an ey
  15. Should be possible - sunset in Honningsvåg is at 8 pm beginning of September - you should be able to see Northern Lights within the Arctic Circle ( down to Lofoten and Bodø)
  16. Excellent point - not all ships are allowed into the heritage fjords today (depending on age) - originally from 2026 only electronic propulsion will be allowed in the fjords - might be postponed to 2030.
  17. We went with Royal Caribbean for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Copenhagen (also possible from Southampton) We have also done the Norwegian Coast from Bergen to Kirkenes with Hurtigruten. Hurtigruten from Bergen to Kirkenes is a coastal passenger and cargo service with 34 ports along the route in six days - they do also offer Norwegian Fjords expedition cruises from Dover (and possibly from Bergen post COVID-19). Summer for Midnight Sun and Winter for Northern Lights.
  18. No chances in May At no time is it possible to see the northern lights in Copenhagen. You have to go much further north - within the Arctic Circle. Northern Norway and Iceland are good opportunities, but it is too bright at night in May. The Northern Lights can be seen near dark from September to early April I have a blog with one of my ‘Northern Lights cruises’ in Norway
  19. Yes, usually savings when booking at the .no web - but please also note possible differences in terms and conditions.
  20. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. Travel advice is valid until April 15, 2021.
  21. Jewel of the Seas is currently scheduled for sailings from Copenhagen from May. My best guess is that travel restrictions for entry into Denmark will still be imposed by May and June - it will probably not be possible to enter without restrictions as for example quarantine. However much can change but I sense it might not be to the better.
  22. Currently no travel into Norway allowed. Not likely for March or April. Norway has introduced the strictest entry rules since March 2020. As a general rule, only foreigners residing in Norway can enter Norway. The government will re-assess whether to extend the measures Monday 15 February. My best guess is that travel restrictions will be extended into at least May.
  23. If you’re booked at a current coastal sailing it will probably not be cancelled - currently Hurtigruten is serving five out of eleven sailings until end of June. The reason for sailing is primarily to serve passengers, cars and goods along the coast. More unlikely that you’re are able to travel into Norway and join your voyage - when and which ship?
  24. The problem is that they, like other companies in the leisure industry, lack the capacity to answer the many inquiries and that they certainly do not currently know the answers to your questions. Right now, Hurtigruten sails with 5 out of 11 departures on the coastal route - hardly because there are many guests but because they are obliged to operate the route with local passengers, cars and goods. Expeditions' voyages from Bergen are primarily targeted at foreign tourists and when Norway will again allow overseas tourists without quarantine is an open question. The pandemic
  25. I have not visited Iceland by ship but been in Iceland several times. Iceland is primarily nature experiences - a diverse and distinctive nature. It often requires long driving distances. Golden Circle with Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss is a must - and then there is the thermal bath the Blue Lagoon. In addition many other beautiful places. Personally, I would choose a Scandinavian Cruise - Norwegian fjords or Baltic Sea with St Petersburg from, for example, Copenhagen or Southampton. Fly Icelandair via Keflavik to either Copenhagen or Southampton and make a stop over in Reykjav
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