Many called us crazy bringing our little girl, just 9 weeks old on Hurtigruta.
For you that do not know what Hurtigruta is, it is a cruise sailing the coast of Norway. It starts in Bergen in the south and finishing in Kirkenes in the north. The trip takes 7 days and you travel more than 2300 km. Some also take the ship back to Bergen. We took it back to Tromsø which is another two days.
So you might wonder how it was to travel with such a small infant on the boat for so long. Here I have listed up the positive and negative things with doing so.
Positive Things With a Baby at Hurtigruten
– You have you own room: a base. You visit many different places, but you have a place to have all yours and the babys things and do not need to carry them around. Another plus – you have people to cook and clean for you. It is a comfortable way of travel.
– Babyes do not get sea sick, as they do not have balance.
– It is no problem to get the vagon out and in of the boat while you stop at different places.
– It is a safe trip if your child have not gotten the vaccines yet. This is why we decided to trip in Norway the country we live in and I am from, and not travel abroad this year.
– You will experience something. You do not just sit at home just bacause you got a baby.
– You will get closer to your baby and get to know him or her better. We shared many nice moments with her on the trip, and learned her to know even better.
– You get alot of positive attention from the other passangers (if you like that). Most of them love that you bring a child on the journey.
– The baby travels for free. But in general this is not a cheap trip.
Negative Things With a Baby at Hurtigruten
– The doors of the rooms are to small to get in a vagon. You have to take off the wheels for get it in.
– The beds are very small if you sleep together in the same bed as your baby. I did this, but it was not comfortable. We had her vagon standing between the beds where she slept sometimes. But then it is also limited space in the room and made it hard to get from the bed to the bathroom.
– The baby might be overstimulated by so much happening. We noticed this with our little girl some of the days, making her a bit uncalm.
– The trip is very long, and if you are travelling with such a small child you should maybe limit the trip to a shorter distance.
– You do not get any better or different service by having a child with you on the boat. I know in many countries you do, but not in any way here. It started with that we had to stay one hour in queue to check in to the boat, and another half an hour to get food the first day. We also had some of the people working there making rude comments about us traveling with a baby. Which was really upsetting.
– Though the baby do not get boatsick, you might. This happened to us twice on the trip, and when the baby needed us it was hard for us to take care of her.
– You might miss out on the nighst, as you have to stay in the room watching the baby. Our infant sleeps from 21.00 and then I had to stay in the room with her. I missed out on by others Trollfjorden which we passed at 23.00. I just got to see it from the window at the room.
Yeah, so maybe we were a bit crazy bringing our newborn on such a long trip. But I am happy we proved that it was possible, even though it had some challenges. It was also a good rehearsal, as we soon are going on a even longer journey with her – to South America.
But all in all, I am not sure I would do it again or recommend others to do it with infants. This because Hurtigruten is not customized for traveling with small children. It is mainly for seniors. I am sure there are many other trips or cruises other places in the world that are both cheaper and more baby-friendly.