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Hurtigruten and the Northern Lights.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Hurtigruten Classic Round Voyage on the MS Finnmarken. The weather and Northern Lights were kind to us. Apart from a couple of overcast days around the North Cape, lots of blue skies and sunny days followed by impressive sunsets. No snow, no rain. The Northern Lights appeared on 9 occasions over 4 nights, the longest lasting over an hour. Our cabin was ideally located on Deck 5 close to an exit door onto the outside deck which on Deck 5 only goes all the way around the ship.
Our favourite excursion was the Husky Dogsledding at Tromso which started just as the light was fading and finished in the dark. The Snow Hotel at Kirkeness was also a great experience.
The Finnmarken is a comfortable ship but don’t expect entertainment. Our cabin forward on Deck 5 was quiet – well away from any noise from the ship’s engines, and only one deck down to the restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are open seating, dinner has 4 sittings from 6pm to 8.30 pm. Your dinner time, table and dining companions are allocated at check-in but could be changed by speaking to the restaurant manager. We got 8.30 pm which is a bit late for us, but on the other hand all the Northern Lights sightings were before our dinner time.
As well as the warm clothing in layers a good pair of snow boots with a good grip sole are essential as the quays, roads and pavements are compacted frozen snow with grit thrown on top from time to time.
We have now done the Classic Round Voyage in both summer and winter, and this time was a completely different experience.

Best Wishes, David


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