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Oldworldtraveller

Hurtigruten And The Arctic

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If anyone is thinking of going north of the Arctic Circle I would say give Hurtigruten a try. I have just spent 5 days with them and it was without doubt one of the best trips I have ever done. Being pulled across the Arctic wastes in a sledge pulled by Husky's. Fishing for King Crab. Lunch in a log cabin amongst snow covered landscapes, riding snowmobiles, whale watching, visiting the North Cape and much more.

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Very similar excursions were available on P&O Oriana cruise to Northern Lights last March but they were very expensive.

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As far as I am aware P&O only go as far north as Tromso whereas Hurtigruten go to Kirkenes round the top and only about 8 miles from the Russian border. The other advantage is you can visit the North Cape and get a taste of the real Arctic as you look out towards the Barents Sea. To get there you have to go in convoy with a snow plough in the lead and an escort vehicle at the rear. Also at Kirkenes is the Snow Hotel. That was amazing with the 'bedrooms' carved into the ice and the sculptures in each bedroom done by a team of Chinese who are brought in for that specific job each year. 

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As far as I am aware P&O only go as far north as Tromso whereas Hurtigruten go to Kirkenes round the top and only about 8 miles from the Russian border. The other advantage is you can visit the North Cape and get a taste of the real Arctic as you look out towards the Barents Sea. To get there you have to go in convoy with a snow plough in the lead and an escort vehicle at the rear. Also at Kirkenes is the Snow Hotel. That was amazing with the 'bedrooms' carved into the ice and the sculptures in each bedroom done by a team of Chinese who are brought in for that specific job each year. 

You are wrong P&O went last March and spent 2 days in Alta and we had a fantastic excursion and viewing of the Northern Lights. They are also going this March and also March 2016 and once again going as high as Alta and staying there for 2 days.

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Thank you for politely pointing out my mistake Shilly3191. I did say 'As far as I am aware', I didn't realise they went that far north and east, however Hurtigruten continue a further 450 km's passed Alta enabling passengers as I said earlier to visit the North Cape and Snow Hotel which I can thoroughly recommend. How expensive were the P&O trips Shilly3191? The Hurtigruten prices for the various tours are fairly high but there again so are most things in Norway including wages. If anyone wants prices I can supply them as they were part of my press package.

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Hi Oldworldtraveller, I'm off on an artic cruise mid November 2016, on MS Spitsbergen. I've been to Spitsbergan in July but really wanted to do an Arctic trip in the winter months. Obviously I'll need warm clothing and suitable footwear, but do you have any other tips? I've booked the husky sledging and a couple of other trips, as you say expensive but these have to be done if your going that far. Thanks

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Hi,

We've just come back from a trip to see the northern lights, we went as far as Alta. You will need good clothing. I would recommend the thermal hats and coats and the wind proof over trousers from Fjallraven. Also boots from Sorel. They are not cheap but when we were out for over three hours in -15 they were worth every penny. There were lots of people wearing normal jackets, knitted hats and boots/shoes with ordinary soles and they were freezing, many bailed out of the trip when we saw the lights as they couldn't stand the cold, they were taken back to the ship and missed everything.

It's a fantastic part of the world you'll love it.

GiGi

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