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Northern Lights in Tromso

No-fly Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

15-day tailor-made cruise from £3,495 pp

Summary

Short description

Explore the coast of Norway under the magic of the Northern Lights

Highlights

  • Experience the Northern Lights without having to fly
  • Enjoy in-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology and culture
  • Learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Enjoy full-board accommodation on a newly refurbished ship
  • See some of Norway's most breathtaking coastal towns and villages

In Brief

  • 1 Night Dover
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Bergen
  • 1 Night Molde and Kristiansund
  • 1 Night Brønnøysund
  • 1 Night Reine and Svolvær
  • 2 Nights Tromsø
  • 1 Night Honningsvåg
  • 1 Night Finnsnes
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Alesund
  • 1 Night Stavanger
  • 1 Night At Sea

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Expedition cruise | Mountains | Natural world | No-fly | Northern Lights | Off the beaten track

Experience a special winter expedition cruise under the magical Northern Lights. You'll see everything from charming fishing villages to dramatic mountain scenery as you head north along the spectacular Norwegian coast. Call in at Bergen, Tromso, Alesund, Stavanger and more, with daily included excursions designed to immerse you in the local way of life. An expert onboard Expedition Team offer enrichment lectures and guided tours, helping you make the most of your journey. And, each night, look to the skies in search of the world's greatest light show – the Aurora Borealis. And, this no-fly itinerary means skipping the airport queues in favour of embarking the ship in Dover.


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Dover

With no need to brave the airport, today you'll embark the MS Maud in Dover and settle in to your luxurious stateroom. You'll have plenty of time to explore the ship and its many amenities, including the Science Center, hot tubs, Explorer lounge, and open decks with panoramic views. Your accommodation onboard features natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool, for a stylish and contemporary feel.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: D

Day 2
At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea as you continue north to the Norwegian coastline. You'll meet the onboard Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the exciting adventures ahead. Listen in on talks by these experienced explorers who share their extensive knowledge about the places, people and natural phenomena we are likely to encounter, like the Northern Lights. Or, simply make the most of your free time admiring the views, trying some of the ship’s cuisine, or relaxing with a good book as you watch the world go by.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Bergen

This morning you'll get your first glimpse of the Norwegian coast, as you leave the North Sea and enter its scenic straits and fjords. After lunch, you'll arrive in Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and the perfect place to explore on foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years, and has retained a great deal of its local character, history and charm. Take a stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district, with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. An included excursion to Mount Fløyen sees you to the top of the mountain in just six minutes via the Fløibanen. Experience panoramic views over the city, mountains and the sea from the summit, and if you have the energy, follow one of many light trails into the snow-decked alpine forest. Then, back at sea level, wander Bergen's cobblestone streets and alleyways, drop into one of its many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer. When you return to the ship, dinner awaits. You'll sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings took to the Shetland Islands and beyond. 

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Molde and Kristiansund

Today, you'll arrive by lunchtime into Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde. You may want to visit Romsdalsmuseet, one of Norway’s largest folk museums, exhibiting historic regional buildings and interiors. The city's scenic viewpoint, Varden, is worth a visit, with wonderful vistas across Molde, the fjord and snowy peaks of the Romsdal Alps in the distance. You'll take an included scenic bus trip along the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most-visited tourist destinations, spanning eight bridges through picturesque landscapes and across the open sea, and ending in Kristiansund, where you rejoin the ship. Renowned for its fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries, Kristiansund today is known as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its historic export of dry salted fish, often called bacalao. Take some time to stroll along the waterfront of this interesting little city, past old shipyards and marinas, before rejoining the ship for dinner.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Brønnøysund

Today you'll visit Brønnøysund, a vibrant and pretty little town home to just 5,000 people, located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and sea at the halfway point along Norway’s coastline. Brønnøysund is also close to the famous mountain with a hole in the middle – Torghatten. Join local guides for a historical town walk, stop by a beautiful parish church from 1870 and visit small-scale producers of local food from the region. Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site – so an optional excursion to Vega is available. As you leave Brønnøysund, you'll sail along the coast of Helgeland past the Seven Sisters mountain range. Legend has it that seven beautiful troll sisters were caught out at sunrise and turned to stone, creating the famous peaks.This evening, as you cross the Arctic Circle, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights increase. 

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Reine and Svolvær

Today you'll make your first approach to Lofoten, its formidable wall of mountains looming on the horizon. The Lofoten Islands are world famous for their distinctive dramatic peaks, sheltered bays and untouched beaches, and today you'll dock in idyllic Reine. Fishermen's huts dot the shoreline and snowy granite peaks shoot out of the fjord, making Reine one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway. You'll have the chance to discover the nearby hamlet of Å, a scenic traditional fishing village where you can tour the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum. Walk among coastal buildings from a century ago and get a sense of everyday life in the Lofoten fisheries over the last 250 years. After departing Reine, you'll sail along the Lofoten wall to Svolvær, passing incredible islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and bays. In Svolvær, choose from a number of exciting outdoor and indoor activities, or simply wander among the intriguing shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the town. Then, after an entire day exploring Lofoten, you'll sail to Trollfjord, where vertical mountain walls jut straight out of the sea. Keep looking skyward to catch sight of the Northern Lights.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Tromso

Today you'll arrive into Norway's spectacular Northern Lights capital – Tromso. Optional winter activities from here include everything from dog-sledging and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing through the wilderness. Your included activity in Tromsø is a ride into the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjords - and hopefully the Aurora. There's plenty more to see – the Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromso visible from the Tromso Sound, featuring a huge stained-glass window, while the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri, is well worth a visit. Other optional excursions with the Expedition Team include nature hikes and Aurora-focused bus rides.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Tromso

You have another day in Tromso today, with an included visit to the Arctic experience centre, Polaria. Look, feel, and understand why life in the sea and on land are inextricably linked. Polaria is also one of two places in Europe where you can see bearded seals at close range. Take the rest of the day to take another optional excursion, do some shopping or sample the city’s range of restaurants specialising in the region’s fresh produce. As you leave Tromso after lunch, spend the afternoon and evening on deck, hunting the Northern Lights.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Honningsvåg

Today you'll dock at one of the northernmost points in Europe, North Cape. Start the day with a scenic bus ride from Honningsvåg, passing small bays and tiny villages, before you cross a mountain plateau and arrive at the spectacular North Cape, just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand at the edge of the cliff and gaze out to the sea – only the Svalbard Archipelago separates you from the North Pole. Visit the North Cape Hall's cinema to take in a short film about the North Cape Plateau, and back in Honningsvåg, take a walk past charming houses, nice shops and a church that was the only structure left standing at the end of World War II. This is the ship’s turning point and from here you will start your return trip southward, keeping your eyes peeled for the Aurora overhead.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Finnsnes

This morning you'll arrive into Finnsnes, where a coach journey sees you over the bridge to Senja, nicknamed ‘fairytale island’. You'll skirt around the outer side of the island along the Norwegian Scenic Route, characterised by lofty mountains plummeting straight into the sea, interspersed with isolated coves and sandy beaches. The island is known for its diverse landscapes and its scenery can dramatically change within the blink of an eye. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park, while the eastern side of Senja has a a gentler landscape of rolling hills and birch forests.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 11
At Sea

Today you'll have the day at leisure to enjoy onboard. Spend your time in the ship’s Explorer lounge, soaking in a hot tub, or out on deck watching for the aurora. The Expedition Team and on-board photography expert can help you locate the Northern Lights and take high-quality photographs as a lasting memory of your trip. The Expedition Team will also continue its on-board lecture series, sharing their vast knowledge and experience about the geography, culture and history of Norway’s long and varied coastline and the places you've seen.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Ålesund

Today, you'll arrive into charming Ålesund, world-renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. Take the opportunity to wander its quaint cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings. Norway is a seafood nation and Ålesund is its fisheries capital, so your included activity today is a visit to the Norwegian Aquarium. Built directly into the rocky coastline, it features a colourful range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins. You can also choose one of our interesting optional excursions in and around this fascinating coastal Norwegian city.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Stavanger

Stavanger is known for Pulpit Rock and long sandy beaches along the North Sea. Its cosmopolitan nature is reflected in the city’s lively, urban ambience, with creative food menus, fun pubs and bars, and a booming cultural scene. And, Old Stavanger has Europe’s best-preserved wooden house area, with more than 170 white wooden structures dating back to the 1700s. Today, you'll visit the fascinating Norwegian Petroleum Museum, where you'll see how oil and gas were formed millions of years ago, how petroleum is found, produced and consumed, and even slide down an escape chute used on offshore oil and gas platforms. Back on board, enjoy dinner, keeping your eyes on northern edge of the horizon, in case the Northern Lights make a final appearance.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 14
At Sea

Today is your final day at sea, and as you cross the North Sea, you might spot giant gas flares atop one of the many oil and gas platforms. Relax with one last soak in the hot tub, with a drink in the ship’s lounge, or by joining the Expedition Team as they review the highlights of your memorable winter expedition cruise to the coast of Norway. Round it all off with a delicious gourmet dinner. During the night, you'll have a technical stop in Calais.

Stay: MS Maud

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Dover

You'll pass the famous white cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the city’s harbour. After breakfast, it’s time to farewell the ship and set off for home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

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Prices

15-day tailor-made cruise from £3,495 pp

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Included in your voyage

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • A rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including on-shore exploration with the Expedition Team
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts from various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail in
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of spikes, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology and culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, and a selection of photos from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Opportunities to casually engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers
  • Destination-focused on-board
  • Port presentations providing destination insights
  • A farewell event

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
  • Gym, hot tubs and sauna
  • Free wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we may sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • No gratuities expected

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