Norway and Hurtigruten escorted small group tour, reviewed by Paul, May 2016
"I was a passenger on your recent Norway in Spring & Hurtigruten Escorted tour in May. Firstly, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this trip. The whole trip was fantastic from beginning to end. I have travelled to over 100 countries with many different tour companies, but this would have to be up there as one of the best trips I have ever done. I think it is a really interesting and diverse itinerary and I can't believe this tour had so few people - it should be fully booked out with people on a waiting list, in my opinion.
The Hurtigruten cruise itself as incredible, but all the other aspects of the trip were great too. The choices of accommodation were wonderful - the Hotel in Oslo was a funky place to stay and perfectly situated for sightseeing being only a few minutes walk from most of the interesting sights in central Oslo; absolutely loved the location of the apartments in Flam with the most incredible view of Sognefjord from your own private balcony - so much better than staying at the big hotel nearby, as a big cruise ship that moored later totally obstructed the view from the hotel, whilst our view remain unimpeded ; well situated hotel in Bergen, again with a the most magnificent view and balcony overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage listed Brygge area; and finally the wonderful cabins in Kirkenes which are really beautiful and in a great relaxing setting.
I also want to commend the local guides that we had in Oslo, Bergen and on the Crab Safari in Kirkenes - all were incredible friendly, attentive and informative and added so much to whole experience.
Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to commend and thank our wonderful tour leader, Mari Rasanen (sorry Mari, but I don't know how to the put the double dots above the a's in your surname!). Mari is an absolute credit to your company, and I believe was the main reason why I enjoyed this holiday so much. She was always friendly, smiling, positive and happy, and always went that extra mile to make sure we got the most out of our holiday. After only a day or so, I felt like I was travelling with a longtime friend, rather than a tour leader. I really can't praise her enough.
So, thank you once again for such a great holiday.
P.S Loved spending National Day in Bergen - it was one of the highlights of the trip, and an experience not to be missed."