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  1. The possibilities to see the northern lights from a balcony are quite limited - it is best seen from the upper open decks. It is often announced from the bridge when there are Northern Lights. Several cruise lines have an overnight stay in Tromsø or Alta with the option of shore excursions. It increases the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights as you are brought to an area by bus with the best possibilities (cloudless). I was on a Nordlys voyage with Hurtigruten and in all cases it was necessary to go to the outer deck to get the full benefit - remember warm clothes - it is very, very cold on the outer deck at night in wintertime in Northern Norway at sea. Personally, I would not book a cabin with a balcony - limited use when it is windy and cold. Northern lights are seen from September to March (early April)
  2. These are two good itineraries - Flåm and Geiranger are two iconic deep fjords. Immediately, second option with Stavanger and Trondheim and another deep fjord to Olden is the best itinerary, but in August there is no midnight sun - there is in June - Cruising Arctic circle in August doesn’t make sense. If you want to experience the midnight sun, itinerary one is the way to go. In option one Ålesund is also a nice coastal city. Both Haugesund and Molde are less interesting ports.
  3. It is a short 500m walk from the cruise terminal to the Geiranger ferry. I think it is advisable to book tickets for the ferry - there are probably many cruise guests who want to sail to Geiranger - a beautiful sailing and there are not many activities in Hellesylt.
  4. The challenge will be to get from Hellesylt to Geiranger - from the Port of Geiranger it takes 30 minutes to walk to the Zip Park. Best option is ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger - it takes an hour and a half. I do not know if there is public transport or taxi available from Geiranger to the Zip Park. You can try to ask at post@exploregeiranger.no
  5. Personally, I do not have experience with sailing the deep fjords in September/October - it will depend on the time of passage of The fjords and arrival - highlights are sailing through the deep fjords - and it is best experienced in daylight - in September / October the days are short in contrast to summer where the fjords can be experienced early in the morning and late in the evening. Hellesylt is only partially through the fjords towards Geiranger - here it will be possible to sail through the spectacular Geirangerfjord on an excursion from Hellesylt. There may be snowy days so it is not possible to visit the viewpoints in Geiranger. One of the highlights in Flåm is the railway - the experience here is the same regardless of the time of day.
  6. As janetcbl writes - you have to go further north to see the Northern Lights - within the Arctic Circle - places like the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, Alta and Honningsvåg are popular Northern Lights destinations. Besides, it must be from September to March - maybe early April - from April to August it is far too bright during night to see the light.
  7. Unfortunately I don't have any recommendations though in Copenhagen you can find a fairly large selection - more limited in Gothenburg and Stavanger and none in Skagen. I'm sure a search on the web will turn up some good results depending on your interests. You will be able to find Guided fishing tours in all four locations.
  8. I answered you question in this topic - same answer!!!
  9. The Harbor bus (Ferry) is from Orientkaj - you must take bus 25 or 164 (or walk 2 miles) from Oceankaj to Orientkaj (assuming your ship will dock at Oceankaj). If you purchase a two zone ticket for the bus the same ticket is valid for the ferry - public transportation. Alternative to ferry from Orientkaj is metro M4 to Kgs. Nytorv (Nyhavn) - also same ticket - cost for two zones is DKK 24 ( cash or DOT App).
  10. Here some DIY options: Copenhagen is very walkable - the center is compact and it is safe to walk around.Good sights are Rosenborg Castle, the Royal Castle Amalienborg - guard change at noon and museums. Christiansborg Castle (The Parliament). Nyhavn and canal tour. Tivoli Gardens. Also HoHO bus. A good museum is Glyptoteket. Also good shopping options - Illum, Illums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen Store and George Jensen - all located at Amagertorv (pedestrian street - Strøget). And some more inspiration in this topic:
  11. Great Dane Tours / Copenhagen Tours Booking Office: Nikolaj Plads 34 – 1067 København K Phone: +45 2064 9664 Email: info@greatdanetours.com https://greatdanetours.com
  12. It is an arctic cruise but in August there is no midnight sun. Honningsvåg has North Cape. Tromsø and the Lofoten islands are nice locations. Also Ålesund and Trondheim are fine ports, but I miss the deep Norwegian fjords to Geiranger, Flåm or Olden.
  13. When you have good experience with NCL and they have a good itinerary it will be a good choice. Personally, I use RCCL. in the Mediterranean I will avoid MSC and Costa - can be a bit too 'local'.
  14. The answer depends on whether your port of call is Ålesund or Geiranger. Geiranger Fjord is impressive but if you call Geiranger the ship sails through the fjord and then I would suggest you go to the viewpoints. I definitely think you should prioritize a trip around Bergen over a boat trip.
  15. Yes, that information was previously available in the Flåm port of call list, as was the case in 2023 - however, I cannot find that information in the port of call list for 2024. some Cruise Lines will include the information in The Cruise docs
  16. price depends on the day of the week and time of day - NOK 150 to 235.
  17. Always check prices at the Norwegian HX site in Norwegian Krone
  18. I think you are asking your question in the wrong Forum - Hurtigruten and Havila sail with a fixed schedule along the Norwegian coast with relatively short stops - the stop in Tromsø is too short for a visit to the Tromso Ice Domes Hotel. Maybe the Hurtigruten Nordkap Expressen with MS Trollfjord has a longer stay in Tromsø, but I'm not sure. I think you should look for one of the 'ordinary' cruise lines - perhaps Viking Ocean, Fred Olsen, Cunard, or P&O
  19. Welcome to Cruise Critic. That's a good question and it would be a great service if the cruise lines could provide this service. Unfortunately, this is not a realistic expectation. There are many different countries and nationalities and requirements for visas can be different from country to country and requirements are often changed. The cruise lines will not have the resources to continuously keep up to date with the many frequently changing requirements. You can try asking here in Cruise Critic, but you cannot expect to get a definitive answer - you must do your own research and you will get the best answer from the consulates and embassies of the individual visiting countries. If they say you need a visa, that is correct. You just have to be aware of multiple entry visas if you travel back and forth between countries.
  20. Yes, it's a big loss for Copenhagen and Denmark - the building turns 400 years old here in 2024. Right now the mood is for a rebuild including the dragon spire, but it's too early to say if that will happen.
  21. Since OP is from Cyprus your situation might be different from his. You’ll not need a Turkey visa but I strongly believe you’ll need a multiple entry visa for Schengen. If you do not have the correct visa the risk is that you must disembark in the last Schengen port before Turkey end then travel to the Schengen port after the port in Turkey - might be expensive. You need to check with the authorities issuing your visa.
  22. You can safely book Stromma - reputable Swedish company.
  23. Cruising offers a blend of convenience, variety, and luxury. You unpack once and wake up in a new destination each day. There's also a wide range of activities onboard to suit everyone's interests, from entertainment and dining to relaxation. Plus, it allows you to visit multiple destinations without the hassle of coordinating travel between them.
  24. My plan for Stavanger is to walk around the old town with the beautiful houses and narrow streets. Old Stavanger (‘Øvre Strandgate’). ‘Nedre Strandgate’ 17 and 19 houses the Stavanger Maritime museum. The Norwegian Canning Museum is also located in the area From there to Bryggen and ‘Skagenkaj’ and ‘Øvre Holmegate’ (Fargegaten) and Valberget viewpoint. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is also located in the area Visit Stavanger Town Center, The Cathedral, City Park and Breiavatnet.
  25. It is too cold to sit on the balcony in the evening. If the itineary includes the deep fjords, my recommendation is to enjoy the view from the upper decks, as the view from a balcony is limited to one side. For that matter, I always have a balcony cabin - also on Norway's fjord cruise.
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