MS Finnmarken - Northern lights - 19/01/2017
The MS Finnmarken was a beautiful ship, spotless, WARM throughout which was a pleasant surprise. We were given a warm welcome and all the information necessary with directions to our cabin where our luggage was waiting for us - that was a real treat, directions to the beautiful restaurant, to reception where we could book trips, we were then at the start of our dream trip. Entering our cabin number 522 just a few steps away from being on deck, again a bonus. The cabin had ample cupboard and shelf space and empty luggage could be stored away below the beds. Now unpacked, time to shower and change into lighter clothes before dinner, the shower provided hot water anytime of the day throughout the voyage, hairdryer provided - brilliant - plenty of bathroom cabinet space for toiletries and towels changed daily. Now we were all set for the spectacular views from our cabin window, but not before visiting the restaurant - wow - it was luxuriously layed out with floor to ceiling windows all round, so we didn't miss a minute of the scenery. the icing on the cake was the 5 star plus food, so much choice, even fruit and nuts after sampling one or two or even three of the scrumptious desserts. Time to relax before spending this and every night thereafter, having peaceful comfortable nights even extra pillows and blanket, the blanket certainly not needed, it is so warm in the cabin with heat control for each individual cabin - that was just another bonus. From here on it was spectacular scenery, our highlight being the husky sleigh ride, that was a dream come true. Loved the Ice Hotel. The coach trips were invaluable giving us the history of the locations and always spectacular scenery. The staff onboard and the guides on the trips made us all feel special. Did we see the Northern Lights - NO NOT ONCE. How sad was that. Otherwise as long as you enjoy relaxing and being thoroughly spoiled, then this trip is for you, A good book, crosswords or sudoku are a must as there is only a few hours daylight per day and if like us you don't know your way around playing games on these handheld technological gadgets !! Then be prepared, I spent a couple of hours each day writing my memoirs that I can now reflect on forever. Thanks to Hurtigruten and especially the Finnmarken for making a trip of a lifetime for us.
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