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Review of Vulkana

Ranked #1 of 4 Spas & Wellness in Tromso
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Owner description: MS Vulkana is the result of a dream and a wild idea between friends. The owners of the boat share a passion for the beautiful nature in Northern Norway, sauna and bathing as well as excellent food. Together with the respected Finish architect; Sami Rintala, they transformed what once was a old worn out fishing vessel into a adventure boat, inspired by bathing cultures around the world. The Vulkana gives you a unique way to access the majestic coastal area of Northern Norway in a comfortable setting. We focus on high quality food with seasonal and local ingredients, comfortable cabins, service minded crew, cleanliness and a low key but still exclusive feeling. Vulkana has taken us in to the fjords and down the coast; bathing, skiing, hunting, fishing, eating, drinking and enjoying life in the sauna, hot-tub og Hamam under the midnight sun and the northern lights. Vulkana is a place for activity and energy as well as an oasis for tranquility and contemplation. Welcome on board for your adventure
Reviewed 8 February 2014

I came to Tromso to fulfill my fiancé's bucket list of seeing the northern light but Vulkana was my little treat. As I was reading the To Do List on trip advisor Vulkana caught my eye because it said you could jump off the ship and into the arctic sea. I'm always up for an adventure and what could be more adventurous than jumping into the arctic sea half naked in January. Vulkana did not disappoint. We signed up for the Laundry Day special which is held only on Saturdays. For 2 hours from 12pm - 2pm you get on the boat and enjoy the salt water hot tub, dry sauna, and the meditation room while the ship sails around Tromso. It was a good change of scenery literally and figuratively since it gave us view of Tromso from the sea. In the middle of the trip the ship anchors and you are given chance to jump into the arctic sea. The trick to staying alive in the 3 degree C water was to stay in the sauna as long as you could bear then run out and jump without hesitation. Few beers before the jump didn't hurt either. The trip ended with delicious fish soup and bread.

Few things to keep in mind. They do charge extra for robes and towel so bring your own. The beers were also very expensive. They also don't have the steam room open during the Laundry Day but they do have 30min massage you can purchase. If you need an activity to do during the day while waiting for the northern lights then give Vulkana a shot.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Nice and friendly service, and an amazing boat :) unfortunary was we not informed about this at the Visit Tromso Turist center despite that we asked several times... and it was pure luck that we found this trip and our Saturday was "saved" :)

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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We went out on a three-hour trip on the Vulkana as part of an itinerary arranged by our host, and it was undoubtedly the BEST part of our Norway trip. Our hosts on board were friendly and laidback, and we felt free to do whatever we wanted, from helping ourselves to beers, to relaxing on deck.. There's a hamam, a sauna and hot tub for those daring enough to get in the water for a swim. Lunch provided by our lovely host was amazing too - a Thai-influenced coconut-based seafood soup with fresh cod caught by us just an hour earlier!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I did not want to get off the boat..

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Our group of 16 rented the Tromso for a dinner cruise. We were out on the water for about 4 hours. There's lots to do on the boat:
* We fished, catching as many cod as we wanted to;
* My wife had a massage;
* A bunch of us heated up in the sauna, then jumped in the ocean, before relaxing in the hot tub;
* Ate the nice fish soup and fresh bread;
* Drank a lot of beers (user pay);
* Enjoyed as much sightseeing as our eyes could take in.

It helped that we had sunny weather, great for sightseeing as the city really sparkled. But if you like boats and water, you are sure to have a great time. Note that we did it as a group activity, but I would also suggest it for a couple or a family on one of their scheduled outings.

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Reviewed 27 March 2013

Super cool journey out into the ocean. My husband and I are from Florida, and we didn't realize exactly what we were getting into...until the Scandinavians all fled the sauna and jumped into the icy sea! We did it too (thanks, Agnes! haha). The crew was awesome and so was the hot tub. It wasn't a particularly touristy activity, so we got to talk to a lot of interesting locals/more regionally local travelers. We were on our honeymoon, and the last thing my new husband wanted to do was go out on a "spa boat," but once he crawled into the hull of the ship (now a zen lounge) and realized it was 19 women and 3 men, he was stoked. Definitely a VERY memorable highlight of our trip.

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