The above photo was taken from a scenic view while in Kirkenes, Norway.
In February 2017 I decided to cruise Norway with Hurtigruten. The ship I was on is named the Finnmarken. This was a 12 day round trip cruise this started in Bergen and ended back in Bergen after making many stops as far north as Honningsvåg and Kirkenes which is not far from the Russian border.
The first thing I should tell you about going on a cruise with Hurtigruten is that their ships are working ships. That is why they make so many stops. It is also more of a ferry. New passengers get on and off the ship in various locations quite frequently. People in Norway use these ships to get from one area the country to another.
I have been on 12 cruises in the past five years. I have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise lines, and Holland America. Cruising with Hurtigruten was such a different experience. Many people go on cruises for the entertainment and to party. I know because I have done so in the past ;) There was no entertainment such as singers, bands, and speakers and t is also very expensive to party as one glass of wine is 14 USD.
In spite at the lack of entertainment on the ship, this was definitely one of the most fun adventures I have ever been on. One of the best things about this cruise was the scenery. The ship is never far from the shore and it makes frequent stops. I also got to see the Aurora Borealis also known as the Northern Lights because of the time of year I went.
I have written three posts about this cruise. Here they are:
I will be writing more in the coming weeks.