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  1. Thank you for sharing full text. This indicates that this information has only been sent to guests who have purchased MS Fram and MS Midnatsol voyages from the North America office - information is only available at hurtigruten.com - not on any other Hurtigruten web.  Probably to meet US / Canarian rules.

  2. 6 minutes ago, jantoby said:

    Nothing's ever straighforward!

    I would assume sea days after a Schengen ports are within Schengen while sea days after a non-Schengen port prior to a Schengen arrival isn’t counted. My assumption!

    Arrival into Schengen area after a non- Schengen port is a new Schengen arrival. If a visa is required for entry to Schengen a ‘multiple entry’ Schengen visa is required in this situation - many cruisers are not aware of this.

  3. 1 hour ago, Aulanis said:

    My guess is there will soon be an evisa for  "short stay tourism"  for europe

    Post #6 “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. 

  4. 19 minutes ago, donaldsc said:

    for just 1 night gives you only a slight chance of seeing aurora. 

    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.

  5. The explorer lounge will be quiet during evening and night - no music. 

    16 hours ago, comcox said:

    We are early to bed types

    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.

  6. 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 waiting for the northern lights in the evenings.

    Please let us know the itinerary.

  7. 56 minutes ago, cruisemom42 said:

    specifically the 10- and 11-day Norwegian coastal R/T, at certain times of the year.

    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.”

  8. 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



  9. 30 minutes ago, wowzz said:

    Does that really happen these days? 

    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.

  10. 7 minutes ago, gerryuk said:

    don't think it matters if you get off the ship or stay on, when in ports of another country. Officials board the ship in each country you visit and stamp your passport. If your cruise is around Europe for 14 days then you will have spent 14 days out of your 90. Don't think getting on or off the ship matters.

    Correct - if all ports are in Schengen Area you’ll be in Schengen for the entire cruise.

  11. 39 minutes ago, sjde said:

    I thought winter was the time to go to see the Northern lights?

    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 eye on the lunar phases, when the Moon is full, it will be difficult to watch the Northern Lights. A Review of a Hurtigruten Northern Lights voyage.

  12. 32 minutes ago, capriccio said:

    think that Norway established some new and stringent rules on what type of ship could sail the fjords and you don't want to miss that scenery!

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 7 hours ago, mpdog42 said:

    Can you see the northern lights in May?

    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


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