Arctic Norway and the northern lights
We took a five day holiday with Hurtigruten boarding the MS NordNorge in Tromso, well inside the Arctic circle. The flights (charter) from and to Gatwick and also organised by Hurtigruten were effortless and on time. We actually spent only three nights on the ship with the fourth night in a hotel in Tromso. This last night was necessitated by the fact that we arrived back in Tromso very late and the flight home was not until the next afternoon. So the morning of that last day was spent walking around Tromso. The cabins were small but functional. The food on board very good with half board provided. Cabin service was basic but efficient. This trip is excellent for those persons wishing to (hopefully) glimpse the northern lights and also have a taste of the wonderful landscapes but who are otherwise short of vacation time. Clearly you need to bring with you very warm clothing preferably in layers as air temperature and wind chill factor could be and were very marked. The ship is in fact a large ferry stopping and servicing various small isolated hamlets, but also with tourists carried on board . The staff provided interesting lectures about Norway and her peoples and there were many on-land excursions available to sample at some of the stops en route. We chose a snowmobile excursion on a frozen lake and also a visit to some very remote fishing villages. The only real drawback is how expensive items were to buy for example wines on board and the excursions themselves. This probably reflects Norwegian mainland prices but be warned as items were very costly. for example some of the excursions were about 90 each and a basic bottle of wine 50. The superior rooms did provide tea and coffee making facilities
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