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Smoking is forbidden inside the ship, but is...
Smoking is forbidden inside the ship, but is possible outside. About everywhere outside, as far as I know, but I'm also very incommodated by cigarette smoke and I don't recall it has ever been an...
I haven't send postcards from that specific base...
I haven't send postcards from that specific base (I didn't even know you could land there!) but I have sent postcards from various places in Antarctica and most have taken several months to arrive...
As digitl said, internet altogether is poor...
As digitl said, internet altogether is poor around Svalbard (has to do with the orientation of the various satellite in relations to this very polar area, I think). However a cruise around Svalbard...
The wifi itself is allright, although I don't...
The wifi itself is allright, although I don't think it's working in the cabins, only in the public areas (my last experience is a few years back though, so they may have changed the system). However...
Forum: Hurtigruten
Posted By SarniaLo
How do you define "unusual assistance"? I do...
How do you define "unusual assistance"? I do think Norwegian people might get offended if you offer a reward when they offer a service in good grace. Also, I don't think it's a good idea to make...
Forum: Hurtigruten
Posted By SarniaLo
You usually don't have a butler appointed to your...
You usually don't have a butler appointed to your cabin (I don't know what happens in the suites). And there is no necessity (nor requirement) to tip. People on board are working under Norwegian laws...
There is very little you actually need. Upon...
There is very little you actually need. Upon embarking in Bergen I was just asked for my passport (not my booking number or anything). Everything else (including excursion information) you can get on...
I'm not sure I quite understand the question. The...
I'm not sure I quite understand the question. The whole list of excursions is here : https://www.hurtigruten.com/excursions/ (filter by "Norway" and then by season). I think the description makes it...
It should be green in the South, but winter-like...
It should be green in the South, but winter-like conditions are still possible in the North. Depending on the year, the spring starts around that time above the Arctic circle so you could already...
I am confused because now you mention Harstad and...
I am confused because now you mention Harstad and in your original message you say Hammerfest. Which are you actually considering?
If you feel like spending the night awake, in June you have the...
Entering Trollfjord is possible in October but it...
Entering Trollfjord is possible in October but it will depend on weather conditions on the day, and also on whenexactly in October because I think that by late October it is already dark when you...
You have asked the same question on TripAdvisor...
You have asked the same question on TripAdvisor (it's fine!) and here what I answered regarding the Hammerfest to Svolvaer part :
I don't think you need to go as far North as Hammerfest for the ...
On the Northbound trip, it is after Svolvaer. It...
On the Northbound trip, it is after Svolvaer. It will be late at night at that point, but usually the ships will go at the entrance of the Trollfjord in that direction and lit up the entrance (to be...
I think NL tend to appear in the Northern...
I think NL tend to appear in the Northern direction, but if the display is strong, they can be seen from many directions at once (and above your head also). I cross my fingers for a good show for...
Don't worry about Trollfjord (the place), it is...
Don't worry about Trollfjord (the place), it is fun to sail in but I don't think it's the highlight of the trip and you can have a great time even if you don't sail into Trollfjord.
Be aware that...
Very unlikely to enter Trollfjord mid-March. The...
Very unlikely to enter Trollfjord mid-March. The main problem at this season is snow falling off from the cliffs (and subsequent avalanches) which could fall directly on the ship because the fjord is...
The atmosphere on board is very casual and you...
The atmosphere on board is very casual and you can wear whatever you like and feel comfortable in (as long as you are decent, I guess). I have even seen people come in sportswear and trainers for the...
From my experience, Hurtigruten policy is...
From my experience, Hurtigruten policy is actually going more and more towards favoring "full trip" passengers (in either or both directions) over port-to-port travellers. It is becoming increasingly...
That's pretty much it, I think, particularly in...
That's pretty much it, I think, particularly in winter. In addition, there are plenty of public lounges on the ship so you will always be able to find a quiet spot for yourself. People who sleep in...
You can book in NOK, but you need to book on the...
You can book in NOK, but you need to book on the Norwegian website (hurtigruten.no) which is in Norwegian (you can use Chrome, or open the English site in parallel as they both have similar layouts)....
The odds are good but still keep your...
The odds are good but still keep your expectations low. If the NL are the main priority of your trip, then a cruise may not be the best option. On a ship you are stuck to where the ship is, and if...
I don't know if it's discontinued, but I think...
I don't know if it's discontinued, but I think anyway it was a very misleading offer. If you look at the fine print, what qualifies as a sighting is decided by the bridge. If they see a very faint...
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog....
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. There are (many!) things I don't know about the itinerary though, and among those, I actually have no idea how the "theme" cruises work. I think you may...
Yes, the ships enter Trollfjord in the Southbound...
Yes, the ships enter Trollfjord in the Southbound voyage whenever the weather conditions allow. In winter, it is usually dark by the time the ship arrives in Trollfjord anyway. In March it can be...
Because in summer and autumn, the ships are...
Because in summer and autumn, the ships are sailing into Geirangerfjord (summer) and Hjorundfjord (autumn) from Alesund on the second day. The earlier departure from Bergen and a shorter stay in...