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Preparing for your Hurtigruten voyage

If you're looking for advice on how to prepare for your Hurtigruten voyage, please take a look at the relevant handbook below

Formalities for your Hurtigruten cruise

When checking in on your Hurtigruten voyage, at the terminal or ship, all passengers are required to present a valid Passport, please keep your Passport to hand when embarking. Embarkation will be denied if you are unable to provide a form of identification at check-in.

It is a requirement of most countries that your Passport be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the  country you will be visiting. If you required further information, please contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. For European holidays you should obtain a completed and issued form EHIC prior to departure.

If you're looking for up to date travel advice, please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here. If you are a Non-British passport holder, you can obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

ROL Cruise and Hurtigruten cannot accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse Hurtigruten in relation to any fines or other losses which they will incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

The Arrival-Departure Information guide for your voyage can be downloaded here (if transfers have been booked): click here.

For Northern Lights Promise terms & conditions, please click here.

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Frequently asked questions about your Hurtigruten Ship

 

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Can we pay with cash and credit card on board?

You can pay as you go on board Hurtigruten ships with cash or credit card on Coastal voyages. They will accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that their system does not support Maestro Card. 

Only credit cards are accepted on Explorer voyages however, MS Nordstjernen does not accept American Express. The credit card must be valid for more than three months after your stay on board. Please note that when using your credit card on board the ship, your account will be debited in NOK. The rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company. 

For your convenience, Hurtigruten also offer a Cruise Card system on board all their ships. This system allows you to charge all on board purchases to your cruise card. Cruise card accounts can be created at all points of payment on board the ship. They accept VISA, Master Card, Diners, American Express or cash (NOK, EUR, GBP, USD) as deposit. The itemised statement will be sent by email. Please contact the reception If you require a printed version. The cruise card account needs to be settled by 22:00 on your last night on board. For your convenience, your cruise card charges will be billed automatically to your credit card. The credit card must be valid for at least another three months. Any discrepancies must be reported before disembarkation. This also applies if you want to pay part cash and part credit card. The currency used on board is Norwegian Kroner. Exchange rates are similar to those in a hotel. Please check with the reception for methods of payment. Please note that a PIN code is required when paying with your personal credit card on board.

A woman using her phone and laptop with a graphic over the top

Is WiFi accessible on all ships?

Yes, WiFi is available on all ships at a fee. If you have booked a SELECT* or PLATINUM package, WiFi is included in your cruise.

Please note depending on the vessel’s location, internet connectivity and telephone usage may be out of range or limited due to the remote locations in which Hurtigruten sail.

Midnatsol cruise ship at night

Are Hurtigruten's ships wheelchair accessible?
Hurtigruten are happy to welcome guests who are not fully mobile and all ships (except MS Lofoten) have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair.

A couple using a hot tub at sunset

Which ships have fitness rooms and Jacuzzis?

Hot tubs can be found on MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fram,  MS Spitsbergen, MS Midnatsol, MS Trollfjord, MS Polarlys, MS Kong Harald (please note the hot tub is currently not in use), MS Nordkapp and MS Finnmarken (MS Finnmarken has a pool as well). All ships with the exception of MS Lofoten have fitness rooms. 

A girl sat at a table in a creche

Which ships have children’s playrooms?

MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol have a play corner. MS Finnmarken, MS Nordnorge, MS Nordlys, MS Richard With and MS Vesterålen have playrooms. 

The inside of a cabin that is pet friendly

Which ships have pet cabins?

All Norwegian coastal ships have pet cabins with the exception of MS Nordlys, MS Midnatsol and MS Kong Harald. Unfortunately, Hurtigruten Explorer ships (MS Midnatsol, MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen, MS Nordstjernen and MS Roald Amundsen) don’t have pet cabins.

 

A bathroom on board the Nordnorge cruise ship

Will I have my own bathroom and WC?

In almost all cases, yes. The only exceptions are a few cabins on board the classic ships MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen where guests have use of a wash basin in the cabin and share facilities with a few other guests.

A lady in a coat and sunglasses reading a book on a cruise ship deck

Will I need to share a cabin with a stranger if I am traveling alone?

No, Hurtigruten do not book passengers individual beds but rather, entire cabins. If you are travelling alone, you would be booking a whole cabin for yourself. 

 

Nordlys

Frequently asked questions about Norwegian Coastal Voyages

 

The Nordkapp boat docked on a cloudy day

Can you go on shore in every port?

Yes, with some recommendations. If the ship is in port for 30 minutes or longer, we encourage guests to take a look around all of the ports. However, in some ports your ship will only stop for 15 minutes. In this case, we ask that guests continuing their voyage stay on board, just to avoid any risks.

Bergen in Norway

When do I have to meet up at latest at the different ports?

Please be at the port 15-20 minutes prior to departure. For Bergen departures however, the latest check-in time is 30 minutes before ship departure. 

The terminal in Bergen is open for luggage check-in from 13:00 until 14:30, and passenger check-in begins from 15:00 and embarkation from 16:00. Check in at the terminal is possible until 19:30 all year, after that the check in will take place on board. Cabins are available from 18:00 hrs.

People in the snow on snowmobiles

How are the excursions organised when the ship is only in port for a short time and sails on?

If guests have booked excursions through Hurtigruten, then their excursion includes transfers to and from the ship. If during the time you are on the excursion, the ship has moved on to another port in keeping with the sailing schedule, the return transfer will be arranged to re-join the ship wherever it is currently docked. This allows guests to fully immerse themselves in enjoying their excursion stress-free. 

Lofthus village in Norway in the sun

Will it be cold in Norway?

Norway is home to the most northern city in the world. Guests should therefore be aware that temperatures may be much chillier than they are used to.  

For weather reports on Norway, we recommend YR.no.

Clothes that have been rolled up to be packed into a suitcase

What clothes should I pack for travel to Norway?

The best approach is to bring multiple layers of comfortable, durable, and warm wear which can be piled on or stripped off depending on the weather. 

During summer, we encourage guests to make the most of the sunshine to participate in hikes and city walks. Reliable walking shoes and a light jacket are therefore good items to include if travelling in the Midnight Sun season.  

Winter is a spectacular time with the Northern Lights often appearing in the arctic skies above. Guests should be fully kitted out for cold weather with a water and wind-resistant/proof winter coat, thermal clothing, sturdy boots with a good sole, a scarf, gloves and a hat. 

As in many other countries, autumn and spring in Norway are a mish-mash of rain and sun. The sensible among you will bring a few different types of clothing in expectation of diverse weather that can be hot and then cold, dry and then wet. 

The Hurtigruten experience is about exploration and relaxation. There is therefore no dress code or formal attire on board. Keep the tuxedo and evening gown at home and just enjoy the voyage!

 

The midnight sun shining through a globe sculpture

What is the best time to travel if I want to see the Midnight sun?

Above the Arctic Circle you can experience the Midnight Sun season from May till end of July, depending on where you are. You can find dates and times of Midnight Sun in Norway below:

LOCATION

FIRST DAY

LAST DAY

North Cape

13 May

31 July

Hammerfest

16 May

28 July

Vardø

16 May

28 July

Tromsø

20 May

25 July

Harstad

24 May

20 July

Svolvær

28 May

17 July

Bodø

03 June

11 July

The Northern Lights over Tromso in Norway

What is the best time to travel if I want to see the Northern lights?

The Northern Lights season runs from October to the end of March, when there is the least amount of sunlight. The Northern Lights appear mostly above the Arctic Circle, so the more time you spend far in the North, the better your chances to seeing the lights.