Built in 2002, the MS Finnmarken is one of Hurtigruten’s newest ships, guaranteeing passengers the most up-to-date features as they cruise in comfort up the Norwegian coast. The perfect summer liner, she boasts a swimming pool and Jacuzzis on deck, which means guests can soak up rays during the day and enjoy a warm and luxurious spot from which to watch the northern lights at night.
Dining on the Finnmarken is just as pleasurable, with menus based on fresh, healthy and modern Norwegian cuisine, as the ship stocks its supplies from local fisherman and traders at the ports it encounters along the way. The ship’s sixth deck allows access right up to the bow, while the art nouveau décor recalls the golden era for liners. The first Hurtigruten ship to bear the MS Finnmarken name was launched in 1912, and her stylish successor, has been designed to reflect the elegance of the past.
Food & Drink
1 restaurant, 3 bars and 2 cafes
1 outdoor pool
2 Jacuzzis, fitness room, sauna
The ship’s only restaurant offers a smorgasbord of typical breakfast options before switching the eggs, bacon and cereals for soups and salads at lunchtime. The real treats come at dinner, when a set menu provides beautifully presented gourmet Norwegian specialities, with the emphasis on fresh seafood, local cheeses and seasonal berries.
This casual option on Deck 4 offers 24-hour service to passengers feeling hungry outside usual dining times, and provides sandwiches, burgers and other simple fare.
A tempting bakery offering tarts, pastries, cakes and more, with lashings of fresh coffee.
On its route, the Finnmarken has no sea days and therefore entertainment provision is limited, with passengers busy exploring destinations and with activities on land. The Panorama Lounge does feature a dancefloor should guests wish to let off steam after dinner, and small ceremonies involving ice and a tot of warming liquor take place when the ship crosses the Arctic Circle.
There is no spa on board, but in addition to the swimming pool and Jacuzzis, there is a fitness room for guests to keep active while afloat, and a sauna to relax in afterwards.
The conference rooms are used for talks and films, which typically focus on Norwegian culture and the surrounding scenery.
A variety of activities are available at the stop-off destinations, dependent on weather and location, these can include anything from dog sledging to hiking.