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Hurtigruten have everything you need for a truly unique cruising experience through the lesser known areas of Norway, Greenland, Europe and Antarctica on quaint ships, enabling guests to discover places not often visited by tourists. While the Hurtigruten Cruises fleet was designed to carry freight and mail between remote regions, and still remain as working mail ships today, the fleet is nevertheless kitted out for comfort with numerous lounges to enjoy, well-equipped gyms, jacuzzis and locally sourced cuisine to give you a taste of each region on your cruise.

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The journey you take on a Hurtigruten cruise doesn't just take you along Norway's amazing coastline, it also takes you on a culinary journey that focuses not only on delicious food, but also on sourcing sustainable, fresh and local ingredients. No matter whether you choose to eat a three course, sit down meal or fill up your plate as many times as you want at one of the buffet, you can expect authentic Norwegian cuisine lovingly prepared by some of the most passionate chefs at sea.

Restaurants

  • Kysten- at this a la carte restaurant, no two days are the same when it comes to sitting down for your meal. Serving everything from free-range reindeer meat to the freshest seafood, your taste buds are in for a treat.
  • Torget- this main restaurant on each ship serves breakfast, lunch and dinner which feature an array of Norwegian specialities.
  • Brygga Bistro- if you're after a café style snack, this bistro-style restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, burgers and steaks, as well as a range of tempting sweet treats.

While there may not be any onboard shows during your Hurtigruten cruise, this doesn't mean that there's no entertainment. With floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ships, guests can sit back with a drink in hand and marvel at the incredible views across the sea and the coastline of some of Norway's most breathtaking locations.

In addition, for those moments when the Northern Lights makes an appearance, the observation deck is the place to be, offering unrivalled, front seat views of one of the world's most beautiful sights.

Although Hurtigruten Cruises are more than happy to welcome cruisers of all ages, they do not provide child care, kids clubs or specific family activities onboard, although much of what is on offer can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Sailing to some of the most fascinating parts of the world, guests can expect to be staring up in awe at the Northern Lights, enjoying the stunning curved landscape of the Fjords or delving into the Drake Passage and down to the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s these sorts of itineraries that make Hurtigruten Cruises such a once in a lifetime experience.

An exploration around Antarctica is a truly remarkable experience as you will come close to some of the world's most endangered species including whales and penguins, while cruising the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland allows you to capture the most incredible views you will ever see, from the Northern Lights to sculptured fjords, be sure your camera has plenty of memory.

Excursions

Not only do Hurtigruten Cruises explore some wonderful destinations, they offer a range of exciting excursions for you to experience. From enjoying the incredible scenery of the Lofoten Islands on a horse to dog sledding through the snow in Norway. Some of the amazing excursions you can experience include:

  • Art Nouveau Walk
  • Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium and Mount Aksla
  • Nidaros Cathedral and Ringve Museum
  • Scenery and huskies tour
  • Whale watching
  • A taste of Lapland
  • Riverboat to the Russian border
  • Breakfast at the North Cape
  • Midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral
  • Lofoten Islands by horse
  • Bergen sightseeing
  • The Snow Hotel

Rather than flashy entertainment, Hurtigruten likes to ensure that guests can choose to enjoy their cruise at their own pace when onboard the ships. During sea days or after a day of shore excursions, onboard activities include ship bridge visits, painting activities and expert talks covering the science and history of the regions sailed. There are also quizzes, a ship library and an opportunity to tour the onboard art.

In addition, guests can choose to let off some energy at the ships' gyms and sweat our their stresses with a trip to the sauna before taking in the incredible ocean views and rugged Norwegian coastline from the warm waters of a hot tub on deck.

Dress code

Onboard a Hurtigruten cruise, the dress code is smart casual, even during the Captain's welcome drink. Comfortable, functional clothing is advised for shore excursions so that guests can be comfortable and able to make the most out of each and every destination.

Customer reviews for MS Nordkapp

  • MS Nordkapp
  • Hurtigruten
  • 30 Mar 2019

Superb cruise. A very slick operation throughout with excellent excursions, wonderful food and most interesting talks. Really couldnT be faulted in any respect. A truly great experience.

  • MS Nordkapp
  • Hurtigruten
  • 10 Dec 2018

Have just returned from the cruise by hurtigruten to Norway. So many stops in 11 days but some were only for 15 minuites so you have to keep an eye on your watch or you are left behind -it is a ferry and supplies a vital service to Norway especially in the winter, Unfortunately we did not see the northern lights it was too cloudy and warm,we have yet to discover how to get the promise of a free short return cruise? The food and service were excellent better than some cruise ships we hav3 been on but the long dark nights and little snow to light up the mountains was disappointing. Also the lighting in the ship was very subdued in areas so take a torch to read in 5he lounge areas. Due to the snow conditions most of the snow excursions were cancelled although we needed the grips on our snow boots in the more northern ports. Unfortuanly there was too much snow at the north cap the town was snowed in and no excursions out! This did not spoil our enjoyment of the beautiful snow tipped mountains in the fiords the interesting museums in ports the locals just going to the next town to shop or delver their goods. It was magical. We should of done more research about these places before we went though. Also beware the costs, the excursions and drinks were very expensive as were the local shops! The same everywhere in Norway, a beautiful friendly country.

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  • MS Nordkapp
  • Hurtigruten
  • 09 Dec 2018

The first 7 days were great x except they cancelled 3 of the 5 excursions we booked x not enough to do during the long dark nights x no choice at dinner x far too expensive x i know it was a working ship but if they are going to attract cruises then you need some kind if entertainment x the le tureswere ok but Norweigen fishing i ended up doing my laundry x would not recommend it to anyone x didnt see the lights x so cost a fortune for not much back The vicking excursuon was a total rip off £139 each for less than 1 hours entertainment and a meal of bread lamb and the tiniest amount of lamb x a total let down x and to say you get a 6 day cruise if you didn't see the lights no thank you x

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