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Hurtigruten Trondheim Reviews
Mix between transport and cruise Apr 05, 2015
Hurtigruten is the Norwegian name of the ferry route going up and down the coast of Norway starting in Bergen and going back to Bergen via Kirkenes up way above the Arctic Circle close by the Russian border. The total trip takes 12 days but you can do one way or different sections of the trip if you are not up for that much sailing. We decided to go for a short trip only taking the 28 hour sail from Trondheim to Bergen – with an hour delay it ended up being a 29 hour trip which wasn’t too bad.
When you book the trip you got a lot of options for departure date since there is a ship going every day or almost every day of the week – so you can just choose the one you prefer or look for the slightly cheaper option for departure days. When you settled on a departure day you will have to decide on an inside or outside cabin – and there are some further upgrade available if you like. If you think you are going spend any significant time in the cabin you might want to go for the outside cabin so you can at least get some sunlight inside and have a look out at the passing landscape. The price for the upgrade was about 100 NOJK per person for the short leg we were doing. Just be aware that many if not all the outside cabins are facing sections of the ship where people can walk by and easily look into your cabin. This sort of destroyed our plan of not drawing the curtain at night so we could get woken up by the sunrise in the morning.
You are staying onboard a ship which mean there are limited space – hence the size of the cabins are naturally limited – but they are big enough to have two (small) beds, a table, a chair and a little desk where you can sit. In addition there were a couple of cabinets where you could put your cloths which would probably be something worth considering if you do the entire 12 days cruise but for us with only one night there didn’t seem much point in unpacking everything. There is no television or radio in the cabin – so you definitely need to bring some books or other entertainment if you go for a longer cruise.
There is private toilet and shower to every cabin and the tap water is drinkable which is a great advantage since it saves you from having to buy water at 25 NOK for a half liter in the restaurant all the time. The shower is small but they provide soap and towels and the water is working well with both hot and cold water available for your shower.
Since the cabin is quite small you will most likely spend most of your time out of the cabin – but even though the ship goes for a fairly long time with the passengers the entertainment options are pretty limited to mainly just the view, eating and a small fitness room where you can burn away a few of the calories you will probably take in if you are enjoying the great buffet lunch or the dinner in the restaurant.
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