Hurtigruten cruises – General information

The Trollfjord by ToFoto

Unlike any other Norway cruises the Hurtigruten ships are combined cruise ships, working ships and public transport for the locals. During the cruise the ships sail into fjords, through narrow passages and make calls at tiny fishing villages and coastal cities all the way along the extensive Norwegian coast line.

Enjoy the Midnight sun and the bright nights during a summer cruise or the spectacular Northern Lights during an exotic winter cruise, or enjoy a traditional Norwegian Christmas onboard!

We offer a wide range of Hurtigruten cruise packages. You choose between an extensive program of interesting and adventurous optional excursions en route; most of them can be booked in advance, but also on board, provided they are not booked up in advance.


Dress code and clothing:
There is no formal dress code onboard.
Summer season: Make sure to bring a windproof jacket – preferably with a hood, eventually a woolen hat and mittens for views from the deck. Good walking shoes for some of the optional land excursions.

There is normally no entertainment on board

Lounge at MS Trollfjord. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

MS Trollfjord

Common areas & panorama lounge:
There are several lounges, bar areas, library room and a panorama lounge on board. The views are best seen from the common areas and from deck, while the cabins are mostly for sleeping, apart from the grand suites.

There is a dining room and a self service cafeteria. The dining room serves buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and 3 course dinner at fixed hours, depending on the port arrivals. If your cruise package does not include meals in the dining room, you can call at the dining room desk and book a table for lunch and dinner. The cafeteria is open throughout the day for light meals.

There is a tiny shop for souvenirs, some Norwegian clothes and other things you may need during the cruise.
A tiny playground for children on most of the ships. Small fitness center on most ships. Outdoor tub on a couple of the ships

Cabins & suites:
All the standard cabins have separate beds (sofa and bunk bed). All cabins have private shower and toilet, with towels, hairdryer, soap and shampoo.
The 3 newer ships have grand suites with balcony or bay window (MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol & MS Finnmarken), while the other ships have suites & mini suites with normal ship windows. The suites have double beds/queen size beds.

Credit cards & payments on board:
You can use your Visa & Mastercard in the shop & in the cafeteria. For the dining room and bars you should arrange for a cruise card when you check in on board; you use the cruise card for all transactions during the cruise, and then the final bill will be charged to your Visa or Mastercard when you check out.

Hurtigruten in Tromso. Photo by Shigeri Ohki

Winter in Tromso


Climate & clothing:
The temperature normally varies between +5 and -10 degrees Celsius depending on the latitude. The mean temperature in Tromso in January is only -3 degrees C, due to the coastal climate. In Bergen the mean temperature in January is above zero.
For the outdoor sightseeing/activities make sure to bring a warm sweater, windproof & warm outer jacket with a hood, windproof & warm trousers, warm & waterproof winter shoes, mittens and a woolen hat.

Christmas Eve: There is no formal dress code for the evenings onboard. As the Christmas Eve (December 24) is the main celebration in Norway, most passengers will dress up a bit for this special occasion.
See our Christmas cruises

See our Northern Lights cruises here

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