MS Lofoten

MS Lofoten Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Lofoten

Year built1964  /  Age : 54
Flag state Norway
BuilderAkers Mekaniske Verksted (Oslo, Norway)
Classcruise ferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsBergen-Kirkenes
OwnerHurtigruten AS
OperatorHurtigruten Cruises
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)87 m / 285 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage2621 gt
Passengers340
Crew40
Passengers-to-space ratio18
Decks5
Cabins91
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2015

Current itinerary of MS Lofoten

MS Lofoten current cruise is 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim. Prices start from USD 1900 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Oct, 2018 and ends on 26 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Oct      Departing from Bergen, Norway   
17 Oct     Floro, Norway   
17 Oct     Maloy, Vagsoy Island, Norway   
17 Oct     Torvik, Leinoya Island, Norway(Morning)   
17 Oct     Alesund, Norway(Morning)   
17 Oct     Geiranger, Norway(By Tender)   
17 Oct     Alesund, Norway   
17 Oct     Molde, Norway   
18 Oct     Kristiansund, Norway   
18 Oct     Trondheim, Norway(Morning)   
18 Oct     Rorvik, Norway   
19 Oct     Bronnoysund, Norway   
19 Oct     Sandnessjoen, Norway   
19 Oct     Nesna, Norway   
19 Oct     Ornes, Norway(Morning)   
19 Oct     Bodo, Norway(Afternoon)   
19 Oct     Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway   
19 Oct     Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway   
20 Oct     Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway   
20 Oct     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway   
20 Oct     Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway   
20 Oct     Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway   
20 Oct     Finnsnes, Norway(Morning)   
20 Oct     Tromso, Norway(Morning)   
20 Oct     Skjervoy, Norway   
21 Oct     Oksfjord, Norway   
21 Oct     Hammerfest, Norway   
21 Oct     Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)   
21 Oct     Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway   
21 Oct     Kjollefjord, Norway(Afternoon)   
21 Oct     Mehamn, Norway   
21 Oct     Berlevag, Norway   
22 Oct     Batsfjord, Norway   
22 Oct     Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway   
22 Oct     Vadso, Norway(Morning)   
22 Oct     Kirkenes, Norway   
22 Oct     Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway   
22 Oct     Batsfjord, Norway   
22 Oct     Berlevag, Norway   
23 Oct     Mehamn, Norway   
23 Oct     Kjollefjord, Norway   
23 Oct     Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway(Morning)   
23 Oct     Havoysund, Havoya Island, Norway(Morning)   
23 Oct     Hammerfest, Norway   
23 Oct     Oksfjord, Norway(Afternoon)   
23 Oct     Skjervoy, Norway   
23 Oct     Tromso, Norway   
24 Oct     Finnsnes, Norway   
24 Oct     Harstad, Hinnoya Island, Lofoten Norway(Morning)   
24 Oct     Risoyhamn, Andoya Island, Norway(Morning)   
24 Oct     Sortland, Langoya Island, Norway(Afternoon)   
24 Oct     Stokmarknes, Hadseloya Island, Norway(Afternoon)   
24 Oct     Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway   
24 Oct     Stamsund, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway   
25 Oct     Bodo, Norway   
25 Oct     Ornes, Norway   
25 Oct     Nesna, Norway(Morning)   
25 Oct     Sandnessjoen, Norway(Afternoon)   
25 Oct     Bronnoysund, Norway   
25 Oct     Rorvik, Norway   
26 Oct      Arriving in Trondheim, Norway   

Review of MS Lofoten

Launched in 1964, ms Lofoten is the oldest and smallest of all Hurtigruten vessels. The ship was last refurbished in 2015. Together with her fleetmates, Lofoten serves Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyages (NCV) program for cruise and ferry travel by passenger-cargo ships.

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner Hurtigruten is a Norwegian passenger shipping company specializing in cruise and ferry services. The "Norwegian Coastal Express Route" (Bergen-Kirkenes) is a cargo-passenger ferry service along Norway's western and northern coast. Hurtigruten's cruiseferries sail nearly the entire length of Norway and complete this roundtrip itinerary in 11 days. The route also includes Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen Islands.

MS Lofoten cruise ship

The 2,621-ton, 400-passenger cruise ship Lofoten was launched in 1964, and is currently operated by Hurtigruten. This extraordinary ship operates cruises around Norway’s coast, sometimes also in Svalbard archipelago. In 2000 she was protected by the Norwegian Director General of Historic Monuments in order to preserve the cultural heritage of Norway.

MS Lofoten has docked 75,000 times and traveled around 3 million nautical miles so far. 1.25 million passenger have boarded the vessel. Another curious fact about the ship is that ms Lofoten has been sailing with its original name since entering service on March 5, 1964. Although the cruise ship is the smallest and the oldest in Hurtigruten's fleet, it remains popular.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Lofoten itinerary program is based on Norwegian Coastal Voyages. Ship's routes include the beautiful Norwegian's fjords. Lofoten is mostly used as a ferry for both passengers and cars. However, some guests stay on board for round-trip 12-day itineraries out of Bergen and Kirkenes (with some departures from Tromso).

Cabins

MS Lofoten has a total of 91 cabins (of which 68 Oceanview, 23 Inside rooms) in 5 grades. Most ms Lofoten staterooms are 75-140-sq.foot Oceanview rooms. The largest aboard ms Lofoten are the Outside cabins cat.N (140 ft2). The ‘old lady’ is incomparable. Her cabins are plain, but cosy, with lower and upper berths. Less than a half provide private bathrooms, and slightly more than a half are outsides, featuring portholes.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

All meals in Lofoten's restaurant, which spans the width of the vessel, are included in fare if booking the full one-way sailing between Bergen and Kirkenes or a complete round-trip cruise. The food is good mid-level cooking, with choices including standard international cuisine and Norwegian specialties. The restaurant is a cozy room with original Norwegian paintings. Reservations apply to dinner only. There is only one sitting, unless the ship is full.

MS Lofoten cruise ship

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  • The Restaurant (offers buffet-style Breakfast 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Lunch 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m. - reservations-only, waiter served, with one fixed sitting)
  • The Cafe (aft of the dining room, 24-hour open cafeteria with a la carte menu for hot/cold meals, snacks, beverages).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

MS Lofoten attracts her passengers with intimate informal atmosphere, panoramic decks and unique lounges. This extraordinary vessel is a perfect choice if you want to sail the Antarctic in a small ship with well trained crew and pleasant accommodations. The vessel was given her name after Lofoten Islands, just north of the Arctic Circle, which are known for their dramatic scenery.

MS Lofoten cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Lofoten lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Bar (after-dinner spot for cocktails)
  • The Shop (sells Norwegian souvenirs and Hurtigruten logo merchandise)
  • Saloon Deck’s Lounge (with 270-degree views)
  • The Panorama Lounge (with 270-degree panoramic views and comfortable seating)
  • The Sun Deck is the place for Hurtigruten’s special ceremony “Arctic Circle baptism”, including a Neptune-costumed crewmember, icy seawater, and a shot for warming up.

MS Lofoten wiki

  • Lofoten cruise ship belongs to the fleet of the Norwegian coastal voyage operator Hurtigruten (cruise and ferry services). This is the second oldest vessel in the fleet - after MS Nordstjernen (built 1956). The ship was built in Oslo Norway for the company "Det Vesteraalske Dampskipsselskab". In 2014, Lofoten celebrated 50 years of service on its March 2 commemorative anniversary itinerary set out from Bergen.
  • Fun fact is, that over the past 50 years, ms Lofoten has traveled 3 million nautical miles (~3,5 million land miles), transported 1,25 million people, docked over 75,000 times.
  • After the 2003 major refit, most of ship's original style was preserved (incl the panoramic deck and unique lounges). Despite its age, MS Lofoten is spotlessly clean and only the black hull is battered, as a result of many dockings at stone-hard wharves.
  • Hurtigruten's Lofoten has very few onboard spots for relaxation or conversation. All meals take place in the restaurant, located on the "Saloon Deck”. There is also a Cafe for snacks and drinks, bar and two lounges, including the "Panorama" (on the Boat Deck). The ship's interior boasts brass railings and wood paneling, wooden floors and plush carpets, comfy sofas and armchairs, original oil paintings. The Lofoten cruise ship is cosy, and even charming, but her cabins are quite small.
  • The vessel was christened on March 5, 1964.
  • On March 2, 2014, the Lofoten ship (named after Norway's Lofoten Islands) celebrated its 50 years of service with an anniversary cruise leaving from Bergen. Although without identical sister, the vessel is similar as dimensions and decks arrangement to the 1960-built MS Harald Jarl.
  • The crew and staff are all Norwegians, most of them speak excellent English. The Lofoten ship attracts international mix of guests. Norwegians sail point-to-point along the Norway's coast between Bergen and Kirkenes, using the vessel as transportation (ferry). International cruise passengers (Germans, Brits, Australians and Americans) book longer itineraries. Most are sophisticated and well-traveled, yet unpretentious. The average passenger is 50+.
  • The ship is powered by Burmeister&Wain marine diesel engines (7-cylinder), generating a total power output of 2500 kW.

Itineraries

According to the Hurtigruten's official announcement, the Lofoten ship's itinerary schedule parallels that of the MS Spitsbergen, having the same dates of departure. The ship visits all the regular Norwegian coastal route ports. Follows the list of all ports of call:

  • 7-day (northbound itinerary) leaving from Bergen (day 1), Alesund (day 2), Trondheim (day 3), Arctic Circle & Lofoten Islands (day 3), Tromso (day 5), North Cape (day 6), Kirkenes (day 7)
  • 6-day (southbound itinerary) leaving from Kirkenes (day 1), North Cape, Lyngenfjord & Tromso (day 2), Lofoten Islands (day 3), Arctic Circle (day 4), Trondheim (day 5), Bergen (day 6)
  • 11-day (one-way combined itinerary) leaving from Bergen and Kirkenes
  • 12-day themed "Northern Lights Promise" itinerary
  • 11-day "Classic Round Voyage" - ends in Trondheim, with included Dovre Railway travel to Oslo
  • Norwegian coastal cruise passengers can opt for 5-11 nights stays, with the full 12-day sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes, then going back southbound. In most ports of call are offered Hurtigruten-sponsored excursions and tours. A ceremony "Crossing the Arctic Circle” welcomes newcomers.
  • On Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voayges, the line offers flight-cruise package deals. Bookings are protected with ATOL Certificate. ATOL stands for "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing" (Civil Aviation Authority, UK).

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MS Lofoten Itineraries

The below listed MS Lofoten cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Hurtigruten fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Oct 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Oct 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Oct 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Oct 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Oct 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Oct 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Nov 02 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Nov 07 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Nov 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Nov 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Nov 13 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Nov 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Nov 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Nov 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Nov 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Dec 05 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Dec 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Dec 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Dec 11 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Dec 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Dec 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2018 Dec 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Dec 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2018 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2018 Dec 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2018 Dec 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Jan 02 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Jan 07 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2019 Jan 07 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Jan 13 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Jan 18 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Jan 18 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Jan 24 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Jan 29 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Jan 29 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Feb 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Feb 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Feb 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Feb 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Feb 20 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Feb 20 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Feb 26 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Mar 03 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Mar 03 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2019 Mar 03 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Mar 09 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Mar 14 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Mar 14 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Mar 14 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2019 Mar 20 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Mar 25 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1300
2019 Mar 25 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$1900
2019 Mar 25 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1980
2019 Mar 31 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$999
2019 Apr 05 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Apr 05 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 05 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1057
2019 Apr 11 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Apr 16 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 16 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Apr 16 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1237
2019 Apr 22 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Apr 27 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1237
2019 Apr 27 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Apr 27 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 May 03 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 08 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 08 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1406
2019 May 08 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 May 14 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 19 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 19 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1596
2019 May 19 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 May 25 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 May 30 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 May 30 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 May 30 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1596
2019 Jun 05 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jun 10 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1660
2019 Jun 10 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jun 10 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Jun 16 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jun 21 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1768
2019 Jun 21 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jun 21 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Jun 27 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 02 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Jul 02 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1660
2019 Jul 02 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 08 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 13 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1660
2019 Jul 13 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 13 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Jul 19 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1660
2019 Jul 24 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Jul 24 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Jul 30 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 04 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1521
2019 Aug 04 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 04 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Aug 10 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 15 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1521
2019 Aug 15 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 15 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Aug 21 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Aug 26 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Aug 26 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Aug 26 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1521
2019 Sep 01 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 06 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1384
2019 Sep 06 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 06 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Sep 12 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 17 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1287
2019 Sep 17 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 17 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Sep 23 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Sep 28 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1287
2019 Sep 28 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Sep 28 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Oct 04 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204
2019 Oct 09 10 days, one-way from Bergen to Trondheim Bergen$2086
2019 Oct 09 6 days, one-way from Bergen to Kirkenes Bergen$1351
2019 Oct 09 11 days, round-trip Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyage Bergen$1172
2019 Oct 15 6 days, one-way from Oslo to Bergen Oslo$1204