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14 days - Norwegian Coastal Voyage and Finland with 50DN escort

Join our 50 Degrees North exclusively escorted voyage & tour of Norway and Northern Finland. One of our Scandinavian staff will host this journey, taking care of all services throughout the tour program and providing insight into the local culture and history.

With just 10 - 16 passengers, be assured that you will be travelling as a small like-minded group.

Highlights include:

  • Oslo to Bergen scenic train journey
  • Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage - P or U class (Arctic Superior)
  • Bergen fishmarket & harbour
  • Overnight stay in snowrooms at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes
  • Guided King Crab Safari
  • Snowmobile, reindeer & husky safari in Finnish Lapland
  • Cosy log cabin stay in Kakslauttanen with your own private sauna
  • Stay in a Glass Igloo
  • 9 days within the Aurora Zone

Our experienced host & thoughtful itinerary will provide the perfect balance between structure and freedom to explore on your own. All travellers, whether travelling solo or as a couple, will enjoy social get togethers and dinners at night around the fireplace, sharing the day's stories.

See other Northern Lights tours here. 

Day 1
Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
Day 2
City tour of Oslo: Vigeland Park, Viking Ship, Fram and Folklore museums
Day 3
Oslo to Bergen train journey
Day 4
Bergen - fish markets & Bryggen Harbour walking tour
Day 5
Winter Journey on the Hurtigruten
Day 6
The Royal City of Trondheim
Day 7
Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands
Day 8
Tromsø - Gateway to the Arctic
Day 9
Honningsvåg and the North Cape
Day 10
King Crab Safari & Snowhotel stay
Day 11
Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen via Inari by bus - check into your Glass Igloo
Day 12
Reindeer Safari & Snowmobile Safari
Day 13
Husky Safari and meet Santa
Day 14
Departure day
Start Place
Oslo, Norway
End Place
Ivalo, Finland
Countries Visited
Norway
Finland
Duration
14 Days
Group Size
10 – 16
Suitability
Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples
Code
N4S001

Details

Transportation

Train from Oslo to Bergen, Hurtigruten ferry from Bergen to Kirkenes and group private transfers.

Click here to see the Hurtigruten fleet - Norwegian Coastal Voyages

Included
  • 50 Degrees North escort throughout the voyage & tour: Part tour guide, part confidant, part concierge, and part friend, our professional escorts are with you throughout your travel experience.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Oslo to Bergen train with seat reservation
  • Walking tours of Oslo and Bergen
  • Oslo & Bergen city pass valid 24-hours
  • Overnight in comfortable hotels in Oslo, Bergen (Superior room with harbour view)
  • Welcome dinner in Oslo
  • Overnight in a snowroom at the Kirkenes Snowhotel including dinner
  • Two nights in a traditional log cabin with your own sauna including dinner
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo
  • Farewell dinner
  • Voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes 6 nights in a **twin superior U or P Class (Arctic Superior) **outside cabin with kettle, water package, amenity kit, TV, toilet & shower (Pre-booked cabin upgrades available on request subject to availability)
  • Full board on board the Hurtigruten ship (buffet breakfasts and lunches, tea & coffee with meals, and a 3 course sit down dinner in the evening + water package)
  • Transfers: Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen via Inari, Kakslauttanen to Ivalo Airport
  • Winter activities included: King Crab Safari, Guided tour at the Sami Siida Museum, Reindeer Safari, Snowmobile Safari, Husky Safari and visit to Santa's Resort. (Please note that the Hurtigruten optional activities are not included.)
  • Warm outer gear for the King Crab Safari, Snowmobiling Safari and Husky Safari
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

International flights, airport transfer in Oslo, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions onboard Hurtigruten voyage.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area - check in will be between 10am - 3pm. Close to the hotel; climb the new Opera House for a chance to orient yourself to this small capital. Within 20 metres of the hotel reception, is the super helpful Oslo tourist information booth with maps and information for your exploration. Snuggle up in some of the lovely cafes, try ice skating or visit the art museums close by.

Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby at 6pm and then enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Comfort Hotel Grand Central

Day 2

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour including some of the Oslo highlights: the local harbour, the distinctive town hall, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

The afternoon is free in Oslo, and you will still have a valid Oslo Card on hand to catch the sights you haven’t already experienced.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Comfort Hotel Grand Central

Day 3

After breakfast walk to the Oslo Central Railway Station and depart Oslo by train across the Hardanger Plateau, with its highest point at Finse (1222m), and then travel down to the Western fjords & Bergen.

The journey is considered one of the most picturesque in Europe - 7 hours of beautiful scenery. Starting through gentle snow covered countryside landscapes dotted with quaint farmhouses, the journey just keeps getting better with fjords, waterfalls, barren mountain peaks and classic Norwegian forests. Comfortable classy trains with free Wi-Fi, free coffee & tea and large seats will make the day comfortable. There is a small cafe on board or bring your own pack lunch (like the locals do).

Arrive in Bergen and transfer to your hotel on the wharf.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel Admiral

Day 4

After breakfast enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack-houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter.

The afternoon is free in Bergen - be sure to enjoy the indoor & outdoor fish markets with their platters, sushi & paella options. Ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Keep an eye out for your Hurtigruten vessel that arrives into Bergen during the afternoon.

In the early afternoon you will transfer to the Hurtigruten terminal for check-in. Settle into your cabin & then meet your escort for your first meal on-board the Hurtigruten ship.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway

Day 5

A winter expedition along the coast of Norway is a beautiful experience. The landscape is covered in pure white snow; the air is fresh, pure and crisp. Clusters of cosy houses glow on the shores like embers, and the stunning backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar twilight.

Voyage Highlights:

  • Cross the Arctic Circle and hopefully see the Northern Lights.
  • Explore the gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø.
  • Enjoy a wide selection of exciting and interesting excursions, like the Husky Adventure, Lofotr Viking Feast, dog sledging, Snow Hotel and Wilderness Adventure Camp.
  • As a part of our winter programme you can enjoy several on board actvities and excursions where the Arctic light is the main element.

Today we navigate through the skerries and islands further north before reaching the town renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, Ålesund. Join an optional excursion to Mount Aksla for a perfect winter panoramic view or explore the town on a city walk.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
2C & 2E Ålesund Art Nouveau Walk
2D Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla

Day 6

Ports visited today: Kristiansund, Trondheim, Rørvik.

When visiting the old royal city of Trondheim, be sure to get a good view from the Gamle Bybrua (“Old Town Bridge”). Dating from 1861, this neo-gothic wooden bridge used to be the only way into the town centre. Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300, is Norway’s largest Gothic religious edifice. In the neighbouring Archbishop’s Palace, the Norwegian Crown Jewels are kept. In Trondheim itself, the Hanseatic, waterside storehouses built on wooden stilts are just as charming as the Rococo-style Stiftsgården, the largest wooden building in Norway and residence for the Royal Family when visiting Trondheim. You then set a course for the northwest, past the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and thousands of little islands and picturesque rocky outcrops. After passing through Stokksund, the ship will arrive at Rørvik.

Optional Excursion available for this voyage: Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
3B Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral

Day 7

Ports visited today: Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Ørnes, Bodø, Stamsund, Svolvær.

This morning, between Nesna and Ørnes, you pass a globe on a small islet which heralds your crossing of the Arctic Circle. Passengers sailing in Arctic waters for the first time are given an Arctic Circle baptism by Njord, the ruler of the Seven Seas. This comes in the form of an ice cube down your front or back, but is entirely optional. In the evening you reach Svolvær, the main settlement on the Lofoten Islands. These islands are renowned for their small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere surrounded by majestic granite cliffs and white sandy beaches. Complete your visit with a stroll between the stockfish racks and ‘rorbuer’, the traditional, red fishermen’s residences. The Lofoten Islands are a truly extraordinary experience.

Optional Excursion for today: Meet the Vikings in Lofoten

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
4E Lofotr Viking Feast

Day 8

Ports visited today: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy.

During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad, situated on the largest island of Norway, Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point; the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.

Ishavskatedralen, the Arctic Cathedral, is the most famous landmark with its modern design and extraordinary stained glass window. Tromsø is also home to the world’s northernmost university and the large number of people arriving here has created a vibrant cultural scene with numerous restaurants and cafes constantly teeming with life.

Optional Excursion for today: the Arctic Capital Tromsø walk, Dog Sledding, Polar History Walk & Wilderness Adventure Camp.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
5A The Arctic Capital Tromsø
5B Dog Sledding
5D Polar History Walk

Day 9

Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.

Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole. If you decide to decide to take the optional tour, standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland. This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

Optional Excursions depending on the season: The North Cape (highly recommended).

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hurtigruten Norway
Optional Add Ons
6A The North Cape, Honningsvåg

Day 10

Ports visited today: Båtsfjord, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes, Berlevåg.

The last port on the Voyage North is Kirkenes. And at longitude 30 east, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The well-policed Russian border and the Kola peninsula are close by which explains why the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.

Disembarked the Hurtigruten ship and get ready for a totally unforgettable experience on the frozen fjords of Kirkenes. This is your chance to catch, learn how to cook, and most importantly eat the Arctic King Crab.

The Arctic King Crab is one of the most sort after meals in top restaurants, and yet here, you get to eat the best and the freshest, pulled from the fjord in front of your eyes. You all take part in helping to saw the hole in the ice and bring up the catch. You will see how the crab is prepared by your master guide, and you will be taken by snowmobile sled (an experience in itself) to a beautiful farmhouse by the lake.

It is here by a cosy log fire that your King Crab meal awaits. Although presentation is simple, the superb, white leg meat and claws with their particularly juicy and naturally sweet taste make this meal in a league of its own.

Warm clothing and a helmet is provided. Please note: This tour is done by snowmobile (the fisherman drives the snowmobile with you in a sled behind the snowmobile), and not by divers or in a boat.

Tonight you will sleep in one of the cold snow rooms at the Snowhotel. Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night in the somewhat extreme conditions. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be to cold and to hard for your back. The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees celcius. However, snow is a very good insulator, so even when it's -35 degrees outside, the Snowhotel remains a stable -4 degrees.

Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snowbar, made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to make the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around!

Your evening will then progress to a delicious 3 course dinner. The food served is charmingly traditional and locally sourced. Your guide will be available to help you prepare for the evening ahead, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. After dinner you will have the opportunity to walk around the snowhotel and say hello to our resident reindeers, and with any luck, catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Day 11

After breakfast, transfer by bus to Inari. This 200 kilometre drive skirts lakes and snowclad forests.

In Inari we will have lunch and a guided tour at Sami Siida Museum - the national museum of the Sámi and a national special museum in Finland. The guide will help you to have an in-depth view of Siida’s permanent exhibitions. Siida’s exhibition tours cover the permanent exhibitions of the house.

From Inari we will continue to Kakslauttanen, our home for the next 3 nights.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located high above the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland. Surrounded by stunning scenery we will enjoy this rustic wilderness experience in the remote forests of northern Finland, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Check in to your Glass Igloo where you will be spending the last night of the tour.

Glass Igloo provides one of a kind opportunity to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the Igloo always stays at a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Standard igloos are equipped with a toilet, but no shower. Shared shower facilities are available tonight and tomorrow morning.

Dinner at the restaurant.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC

Day 12

After breakfast, move to the traditional log cabin which will be your accommodation for the next two nights. Then head out on a reindeer safari. We will visit a traditional Sami Village and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride.

In the afternoon, join an exciting snowmobile safari. You will be kitted out in warm clothing before leaving. Two persons share one snowmobile and there will be an opportunity to change drivers during the safari.

Afterwards, enjoy the sauna in your cabin and if the skies are clear, head out for a walk to look for the northern lights! Your log cabin built in the traditional Finnish style. Each of these cabins is equipped with a fireplace, shower/toilet, kitchenette and own sauna. The cabins are located far enough apart from each other so that each one has its own peaceful outdoor area.

Dinner at the restaurant.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Traditional log cabin with your own sauna
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC

Day 13

After breakfast, get ready for today's husky safari - an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery.

On arrival to the husky farm we will provide you with a warm outer thermal suit, gloves and hat and then we will present your very own husky team. You will be given a lesson on how to drive the sledge and how to observe important hand signals given by your leader.

Each team consists of about six dogs, you, the driver, and your passenger, who is comfortably seated in the wooden sledge. The driver and the passenger can change places during the safari.

Then it's time to meet the Santa Claus at his house!

In the evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner - toast your trip with your fellow group members.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC

Day 14

After breakfast, transfer to Ivalo Airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Twin/double prices listed are per person sharing. Singles can share with another fellow traveller of the same gender.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
2 Jan 2018
15 Jan 2018
2 Jan 2018
15 Jan 2018
USD 7,629
Fully booked
Standard
2 Jan 2018
15 Jan 2018
2 Jan 2018
15 Jan 2018
USD 2,436
Fully booked
Extra for Single

Important Information

Alcohol can be expensive on board the Hurtigruten ship due to taxes imposed. You can only bring the same amount of alcohol that you can get through customs.

You can pre-book your optional Hurtigruten excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are on board and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions. Our 50 Degrees North escort will also be available to take you on a casual walk through the main cities that you visit during your Hurtigruten voyage.

Be sure to read the trip notes for this tour, which provides additional information about practicalities for your Hurtigruten voyage.

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Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter

Recommended Scandinavian Winter Tour Packing List:

  • Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
  • Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
  • Warm windproof cap/hat
  • Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
  • Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
  • Warm scarf
  • 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
  • 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
  • Woollen or fleece trousers
  • 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
  • Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
  • Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
  • Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
  • Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
  • Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand warmers
  • Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
  • Travel documents (including insurance)
  • Photo ID
  • Note book and pencil
  • Camera, memory cards and charger
  • Chargers for other gadgets
  • Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
  • Adapters

Walking on Ice advice

Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway

Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway:

Budget surprises:

Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.

Alcohol import allowance into Norway:

We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!

As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:

Alcoholic beverages:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*

1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
and
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.

*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.

It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.

Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels

Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels

  • Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
  • It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
  • There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
  • Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
  • Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
  • More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
  • In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.

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Practical Information before your Hurtigruten Voyage

Hurtigruten

Practical information before your Hurtigruten Voyage

Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable, as shown in the Hurtigruten brochure and the above detailed itinerary, carrying goods, vehicles and foot passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life (some noise may be experienced during docking and loading/unloading). It may very occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail stops due to weather or other conditions. Some stops may be very short and some are at night. As Christmas approaches itineraries may change in order for ships to host dinners and celebrations for local communities. Please ensure you are back onboard by sailing time, especially if the ship has arrived late, as it may leave as scheduled to make up time.

The departure time is advertised at the gangway and vessels are NOT able to wait for passengers who are late. If you miss the ship it is your responsibility to make arrangements to rejoin the voyage at the next possible stop or return home.

Hurtigruten

Cafe

This is generally available 24 hours a day serving beverages, sandwiches and a small selection of hot and cold dishes. On some departures the catering service at night will be managed by the reception staff.

Cars

If you are travelling by car further information on vehicles and parking at ports is available from Hurtigruten. Access to the vehicle deck is only permitted when the ship is moored.

Credit cards/currency

We accept VISA, American Express, Eurocard, Diners Club and JBC International, plus most currencies. On board MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen currently only VISA and Mastercard are accepted.

Cruise card

We recommend that passengers acquire a cruise card to make payments on board. This may be obtained from reception onboard and used to make payments throughout the ship. They accept credit cards or cash as a deposit. You need to get the bill sorted on the last night to be sure it is finalised.

Diets

Special diets, such as vegetarian must be ordered well before departure.

Disabled guests

All ships, except MS Lofoten have lifts and cabins for disabled guests. People with severe disabilities or who are unable to take care of themselves must be accompanied by a carer.

Drinks

The ships are licensed to sell drinks onboard, however please note the price of alcohol in Norway due to heavy taxes. The water package can be included into your voyage at a small extra cost

Electricity

220 V AC 2 pin, and a continental adaptor is required.Hurtigruten

Fitness room/sauna

Available on all ships except MS Vesterålen and MS Lofoten.

Be sure to bring some swimming attire for the jacuzzi!

Internet access

All ships, except MS Lofoten, offer internet access via satellite. In most harbours, mobile/cellular networks (3G) are available if bringing your own PC and a mobile access subscription. The wireless coverage varies from ship to ship and will be improved yearly. The passengers have to contact the reception on board for information on how to get access to the internet (free of charge). No internet access in the cabins (except in some suites). Internet cafe (if present), with minimum 2 PCs.

Itinerary

Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set schedule, carrying vehicles, cargo and foot passengers by day and night (some noise may be noticed during docking or loading). Some stops are short and/or are during the night. It may occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail visits due to weather/local conditions, and you will be notified of this.

Laundry

Most ships have laundry facilities with washing machines and tumble dryers, except MS Lofoten. Tokens may be purchased from reception.

Luggage

A daily baggage service is available in Bergen from the airport and selected city-centre hotels to the Hurtigruten terminal. For groups, luggage handling must be agreed with Hurtigruten prior to travel. This in not included in the price of your voyage.

Meals

Meals are served at set times in the restaurant. In high season, times may vary if there are several sittings. A breakfast buffet (open seating) with a wide selection is served 07.30hrs -10.00hrs. A buffet lunch (open seating) with hot and cold dishes and desserts is usually served 12Hurtigruten Hospitalityhrs-14.30hrs and a three course set dinner 18.30hrs-21.00hrs. In Bergen a buffet is usually served 18.30hrs-21.30hrs. Exact times are given on board. Tea and coffee facilities are only provided in cabins above U Class. Tea and coffee are available free of charge after lunch and dinner but can be purchased around the clock. Please read our news articles about dining on board Hurtigruten. 

Pets

It is recommended that pets are not brought on long journeys and special rules apply to the transport of animals; contact us for further information. We do however welcome guide dogs on board.

Pharmacy/doctor

As there are only short distances between ports there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacy on board.

Playroom

Most ships have a playroom except MS Lofoten, MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord.

Remember

Do not forget to bring your binoculars, camera and/or a video camera. Take practical, warm and windproof clothing for going out on deck. Smart, but casual clothes are recommended on board. Good comfortable footwear is vital for excursions.

Shop

Souvenirs, knitwear, postcards, DVDs of the journey, stamps and a small supply of toiletries are sold on board.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in cabins or public areas. It is allowed up on the open deck but prohibited at all times when the ships are in port.

Safety regulations

For reasons of safety it may sometimes be necessary to keep cabin ventilators/port-holes obscured.

Sick bay

On all ships except MS Vesterålen, MS Nordstjernen and MS Lofoten.

Telephone and fax

All ships have payphones and a fax machine. There is generally good coverage for mobile phones.Hurtigruten Midnight Sun

Tour leader

There is a tour leader on board all year round. On some departures this service is managed by reception. External tour leaders (groups) are requested to contact the reception for information on practical details.

Transfer

We can offer transfers in Bergen, Trondheim and Kirkenes.

Valuables

There is a safe in reception. Hurtigruten accept no responsibility for valuables and money kept in cabins.

Wake-up calls

When arriving at night disembarking passengers are woken between half an hour and one hour before arrival.

Weather and climate

Temperatures usually vary between 2°C and -10°C in winter. Summer temperatures in northern Norway vary between 10°C and 30°C depending on latitude.

End of your voyage

On your final morning of your voyage, be sure to take everything with you when you go for breakfast. The ship gets prepared for the next voyage and your rooms will be cleaned promptly. You may be charged for re-entry.

Optional Activities on board your Hurtigruten voyage

You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions. During quieter months, some excursions may not get the numbers required so please ask us when booking about the minimum numbers needed for each excursion.

On Arrival - Hurtigruten Bergen

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Dressing for Norwegian winter - Hurtigruten winter voyages

Dressing for Norwegian winter

In winter, Norway becomes a picturesque world of snow and ice. As beautiful as this is, it's also incredibly cold. Here's how to dress for travel near the arctic during the coldest parts of the year:

Underwear

One of the most effective ways to stay warm in cold weather is to invest in a good set of thermal underwear. This bottom layer helps trap the heat your body produces, and effectively uses your own warmth as a radiator.

When it comes to choosing long underwear, you have to give the material serious thought. Most thermal underwear is made of either wool or high-tech yarn. To be truly warm, you'll want to go for something that's designed with channels that trap your heat while also wicking away any moisture you produce. Damp clothes in the arctic is a recipe for disaster, so focus on materials that will keep you warm and dry.

Your long underwear should cover your entire torso, and your arms and legs down to your wrists and ankles. You might also find versions of this layer that include a turtle neck, which gives you an extra protected area.Winter Clothing

Indoor layers

These are the layers you'll have exposed when you're out of the elements - basically, this layer is your chance to show off your sense of style. Norwegian fashion is the epitome of form meets function, which means that sweaters and other knitwear make up the popular look during the cold season.

Go for choices that reflect your personality while still keeping you nice and warm. If you're a fan of skirts, make sure you've invested in a good pair of knit leggings that will keep you warm. However, it's a better bet to go for pants if you're really focused on comfort. Fleece-lined jeans are a great choice for the coldest time of year.

It might not be a bad idea to have a fashionable short-sleeved shirt between your bottom layer and this one, just in case you go into a particularly warm location. It's easy to end up overheated when you're wearing multiple insulating layers, so you'll thank yourself if you have an opportunity to shed one in a well-heated store or restaurant.

Outdoor layers

Depending on how far north you're heading, you'll want to be well-stocked in outer layers. For your upper half, wear a water and windproof shell or jacket, and then a full winter coat to wear over that. At least one of these should have a hood, but it's better if they both do.

If you're going to be trekking through lots of snow, or if you're just going to be in freezing weather for an extended period of time, you may also want to bring a layer of waterproof pants. Although you may feel awkward shedding and replacing these pants when you transition from indoors to outdoors, your legs will appreciate the extra protection.

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Hands and feet

Your hands and feet are two of the most important parts of your body to protect in cold weather. Along with your ears and nose, these are the parts of your body most likely to end up with frost bite. That's why you need to have good socks, shoes and gloves when you're spending time in or near the arctic.

Wool, moisture-wicking socks are your best bet for keeping your toes warm when walking through snow and sleet. You'll also want to invest in a pair of heavy-duty snow boots. Good waterproof boots will keep your feet from getting soaked, and help you keep traction on slippery surfaces.

When it comes to your hands, you have a couple of good options. Your best bet for warmth is insulated mittens, as these trap the heat from your fingers. However, mittens aren't particularly functional. A good alternative that won't limit dexterity is a good pair of knit gloves. If you can, find a pair that will work with a touch screen. This way, you won't have to partially remove your glove if you need to make a phone call.

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Accessories

In addition to your coat and pants, you're going to want to pack plenty of warm accessories. Knit scarves and hats will help you protect your face and head from the chill. You'll also want to bring a warm pair of ear muffs to keep this sensitive area covered. Remember, your nose and ears are particularly at risk for developing frost bite, so you'll want to take extra care to make sure they're safe and warm.

Other Packing Tips

Consider getting a waterproof lining for your suitcase, since you'll probably be carrying it through snowy or wet conditions. If you have any electronics in your bag, these should absolutely be kept in a waterproof container for protection.

It's a good idea to bring an extra hat, scarf and piece of ear protection when you're out and about. These pieces are easy to drop - you'll appreciate having a spare on hand if your hat ends up covered in snow.

Although for most trips it's best to bring as little as possible, it's not a bad idea to err on the side of bringing too much when it comes to the arctic. You can always remove layers, but you can't add what you don't have.

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