Tromso, Norway

We woke to a rainy day in Tromsø with low cloud cover, after breakfast at the Blu Radisson hotel we decided to scrub the cable car ride up to Storsteinen for a fabulous view over Tromsø, as it was shrouded in cloud. We caught up our work online with the free wifi in the hotel, before venturing outside. It was grey, wet and very slippy underfoot. The rain had partially melted the snow and ice which made walking somewhat difficult.…

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Hurtigruten – Mike’s Thoughts

You can read the full story of our trip here, but these are my own observations and highlights from it. I really didn’t know what to expect of this trip. We’re not experienced cruisers, and anyway, Hurtigruten were at pains to point out their ships are not cruise ships! MS Finnmarken is about the size of the largest car ferries you see around the world. Indeed, she carries cars, and plenty of cargo as well. But the passenger decks are…

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Hammerfest, Norway

We had 3.5 hours to explore Hammerfest, which is the world’s most Northern town and was raised to the ground by the Germans during the second world war. My first port of call was “Isbjørnklubben”, The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, where I was registered as member no 258291 on behalf of Hurtibear, our furry stowaway. This is an interesting shop will reasonably priced gifts and polar bear museum, entry is free of charge. The membership costs 200 NOK,…

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Hurtigruten Arctic Highlights

To witness the Northern Lights was on our bucket list, so when we saw a UK package offer for a 3 night cruise and 1 night hotel in Norway including flights from London Gatwick, we booked the Arctic Highlights offer with Hurtigruten. This is our first experience of a cruise, and Hurtigruten are quick to point out that their Norway Coastal Routes are a scheduled ferry service, they are working vessels, which for us added to the attraction. If you’ve…

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Honningsvag, Norway

The MS Finnmarken docks for 3.5 hours at Honningsvag on the winter 2016/17 schedule. There were two excursions available, but we decided just to have a wander around the town. Honningsvag is situated on the island of Mageroya, and 34 km from the North Cape. The Nordkapp community has approximately 3,300 inhabitants. I had researched things we could do during our walk about, top of my list was the Artico Icebar. We found the Icebar easily as it’s situated on…

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Husky Sledge Adventure & Snow Hotel, Kirkenes

We booked this excursion in advance on our Hurtigruten Arctic Highlight tour of Norway, it’s a good job as it was sold out with a waiting list on arrival at the ship. Having chatted with a Hurtigruten representative prior to departure, I was convinced that this was the best excursion of our trip, and was looking forward to the experience of sledging with husky dogs and a chance to explore the coolest hotel in the world. This excursion is available…

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Arctic Highlights Expedition With Hurtigruten

We’ve booked our next adventure, this time we’re off to colder climes on a cruise expedition to discover the Arctic in December. The Northern Lights were definitely on our travel bucket list, so when an opportunity arose to take a 4 day cruise along the coast of Norway and spend a night in Tromsø “The capital of the Arctic”, where we are likely to encouter the fabulous Aurora Borealis, we didn’t hesitate. We are travelling with Hurtigruten, who are an…

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