A glorious throwback to the golden age of ocean liners, the Lofoten is the oldest vessel in Hurtigruten’s fleet. This history means that the ship has been granted official protection as a part of Norway’s heritage, and so choosing the MS Lofoten for a cruise around the sublime Norwegian coast will make any trip extra special. The interiors have been refitted at regular intervals since the champagne bottle was smashed, and in April, the ship will emerge from its latest refurbishment offering passengers a chance to enjoy a vintage voyage.
While other, more modern Hurtigruten ships on the route offer larger cabins, Lofoten has a nostalgic charm all its own: the welcoming interior is complete with wood panels and cabins come with portholes rather than windows. This old-fashioned outlook does mean that trips on open sea can be less sturdy as there are no stabilisers fitted, and additionally cargo is loaded by cranes rather than rolling on.
Food & Drink
1 restaurant, 1 bar and 1 café
Lounge, panorama lounge
The ship’s restaurant offers a mixture of Norwegian and international fare at dinner, which is a three-course affair. Breakfast tends to be a selection of cold plates, as is the custom in Norway, but hot food is available at lunch in the form of stew and soups. There is also a 24-hour café serving snacks, tea and coffee.
There is no entertainment on board beyond socialising with fellow passengers, and a choice of board games available in the lounge. However, when two Hurtigruten ships are docked in the same port, passengers may board the other and make use of its facilities.
An announcer remarks on notable landmarks that the ship passes, but other than this there is no formal enrichment.
A large range of activities are available when the ship is docked, from hikes to dog-sledging.