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Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

The beautiful Aurora Borealis is Mother Nature’s ultimate light show. This amazing natural phenomenon is the result of disturbances caused by solar wind – creating a cosmic lightshow of dazzling colour and complexity. Your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights improve the farther north you go.

A cruise is an unparalleled way to explore Norway’s dreamlike fjords, with the added possibility of witnessing the spectacular enigma of the Aurora Borealis – nature’s most spellbinding phenomena. By day, visit some of Norway’s most enchanting coastal towns, discovering the region’s rich culture and scenery. While at night the prospect of the Northern Lights is enough to tempt you from your stateroom into the crisp, still, darkness beyond.

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Ports you might visit

Alesund, Norway
Alta
Bergen
Bronnoysund, Norway
Calais
Ergersund
Finnsnes, Norway
Kristiansund, Norway
Loen
Lofoten
Narvik
Narvik, Norway
North Cape
Reine
Stavanger, Norway
Tromso
Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway

Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful art nouveau architecture. This owes to a devastating fire that burned a large part of the city to the ground in 1904. The entire town was subsequently rebuilt in the fashionable art nouveau style of the time. Take the opportunity to wander Ålesund’s charming cobblestone streets and admire the numerous spires, towers and highly-ornate buildings. Norway is a seafood nation and Ålesund is its fisheries capital. Take the opportunity to visit the Norwegian Aquarium - built directly into the rocky coastline, the aquarium is also an architectural marvel. Due to excellent oceanic conditions along the Norwegian coast, the aquarium features a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna, including octopus, seals and penguins.
Alta

Alta

Alta lies in the vast wilderness of Finnmark county, well above the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north. Welcome to the turning point of your expedition and to one of the northernmost towns in the world with a population over 10,000. Plan to stay past midnight to stargaze and watch for the aurora in Alta’s usually clear skies. The town is directly beneath the Auroral Oval, a zone known for consistent Northern Lights activity. If the heavens aren’t overcast, and the conditions are right, you might well be in for quite the show...
Bergen

Bergen

Arrive in Bergen, one of Norway’s most beautiful cities and a great place to explore by foot. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen was Norway’s capital for many years. The city has retained a great deal of its local character, history and charm, and is a hub for Norwegian travel. Be sure to stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its colourful wooden wharfs dating back to the 14th century. Wander the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this enchanting, compact city. Drop into one of its many cafés or pubs and order a half-litre of local Hansa beer, browse through unique boutiques and visit world-class museums. Spend the evening relaxing, maybe in the panoramic lounge or out on deck. While its less likely the Northern Lights will appear this far south, it does happen.
Bronnoysund, Norway

Bronnoysund, Norway

A vibrant and pretty little town of 5,000 located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by islands and sea. You are now at the halfway mark along Norway’s long coastline. Brønnøysund is near the famous mountain with a hole in the middle - Torghatten. Brønnøysund is also the gateway to Vega Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was granted UNESCO status because of how the community demonstrates its centuries-old sustainable way of life. Remarkably, the islanders have thrived by practicing the now unique tradition of eider farming and duck down processing.

Calais

It’s our final day at sea and your cruise is fast drawing to a close. Today will be a good time to spend reflecting on and taking stock of all the wonderful experiences you’ve had. Like the sensation of standing at dramatic North Cape. Or the spectacular scenery of the Lofoten Islands in Reine. Or maybe the varied and magical landscapes of Senja. In the evening we reach Calais where we will celebrate the end to our journey to the land of the Northern Lights. At a local cathedral we enjoy a classical music concert and our expedition team will recap our journey so far.
Ergersund

Ergersund

Egersund is famous for its brightly coloured, wooden houses – a real departure from the white-painted dwellings of many of Norway’s towns, and a welcome sight as you approach the harbour. It’s also one of the best natural harbours in Norway, and it used to be the largest in the country when measured in quantity of fish landed each year.  Enjoy exploring the bijoux town centre, which has preserved some of the best examples of wooden houses – a few even dating back 160 years. Explore the many beautifully decorated shops in the pedestrianised town centre, while the varied landscape surrounding the town is great for walking. 
Finnsnes, Norway

Finnsnes, Norway

Today we dock at Finnsnes, just across a bridge from the remarkable island of Senja, called the ‘fairytale island’ because of its spectacular nature. Senja is Norway’s second largest island and counts just under 8,000 inhabitants. Cod and pollock are traditionally fished in Senja’s waters while salmon is farmed. The island is famous for its diverse landscapes and is often referred to as Norway in miniature. The scenery can dramatically change within the blink of an eye. The outer side of Senja is characterised by lofty mountains plummeting straight into the sea, interspersed with isolated coves and sandy beaches. South Senja is distinguished by rocky coastline and pine forests and is home to Ånderdalen National Park. The eastern side of Senja has a a gentler landscape with rolling hills and birch forests. There is little light pollution here, increasing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
Kristiansund, Norway

Kristiansund, Norway

A brief stop in Kristiansund for guests wishing to take a trip along the Atlantic Road, to Molde. Kristiansund's location on four sea islands in the Norwegian Sea has steadily provided livelihoods in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Interested in history? A decisive battle between Danish and Norwegian Vikings was fought near here in 955 and later noted in the famous ‘Lives of the Norse Kings’ by Snorre Sturlasson. After lunch, we reach Norway’s ‘City of Roses’ – Molde, where you rejoin the ship again.
Loen

Loen

Enter into Nordfjord, the sixth longest fjord in Norway. This fjord was created by the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Thanks to the smaller size of the expedition ship, you'll sail through straits and channels that larger vessels simply can’t fit through. This allows you to get that much closer to the fjords and mountains that the Norwegian coast is so famous for. Discover old fishing communities located along the fjord that actually date back to pre-Viking times. The chosen destination to explore the best of Nordfjord is Loen, at the base of the fjord and of Mount Hoven. We dock outside Loen itself, and use small boats to reach the small town. Loen’s Skylift cable car is one of the steepest in the world, climbing 1,100 metres at a gradient up to 60°.
Lofoten

Lofoten

You won’t forget your first approach to Lofoten because of the 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 this is your day to explore them. Lofoten is also known for its excellent fishing, picturesque villages and exciting year-round activities. We dock at idyllic Reine in the morning. Fishermen's huts dotting the shoreline and snowy granite peaks shooting out of the fjord make Reine one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Norway. Keep looking skyward to catch sight of the Northern Lights.
Narvik

Narvik

Narvik has a spectacular setting on a peninsula surrounded by three fjords. The multiple mountains also help to shelter its popular ski slopes from strong coastal winds. And while Narvik is one of the most northerly towns in  the world, some 220km within the Arctic Circle, it enjoys a milder climate than expected thanks to the North Atlantic Current. Narvik  traces its history back to th e Bronze Age and was a Viking  settlement for a time as well. Aside from the War museum, you can enjoy galleries, shops, and restaurants which specialise in locally-sourced seafood  from the fjords and reindeer meat  from the mountains. Ride the cable car to the top of Mount Narvik for the breathtaking views or go on optional excursion hikes, snowshoeing or kayaking on the fjords.
Narvik, Norway

Narvik, Norway

You can reach Narvik on cruises to northern Norway. Indeed it is actually one of the most northerly towns in the world - 220 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle - yet surprisingly mild thanks to a combination of the North Atlantic Current and mountains which encircle the town and shelter it from winds.
North Cape

North Cape

Today we visit one of the northernmost points in Europe, North Cape and is as far north as we go on this winter expedition cruise. Start the day by taking a scenic bus ride from the town of Honningsvåg. At 71°10’21´N, North Cape is just 2,100 km away from the Geographic North Pole. Stand at the edge of the cliff and gaze out on the sea. Only the Svalbard Archipelago separates you from the North Pole. North Cape feels like the end of the world. It’s also a great place to take stunning photos and there will be enough time to visit the North Cape Hall´s cinema, showing a short film about the North Cape Plateau, and there are several exhibits open to visitors. Back in Honningsvåg, you can opt to stroll about, past charming houses, 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 we start our return trip southward. Keep looking skyward!
Reine

Reine

In the morning, dock at the picture-perfect fishing village of Reine back in the Lofoten Islands. This is where red-painted rorbuer cling to a string of islands beneath sharp granite mountain ranges. The 450-metre tall Reinebringen is one of the most distinctive peaks, particularly dramatic when layered with snow. The combination of setting and colour makes Reine one of the most photographed landscapes in all of Norway. After spending some time wandering around the village enjoying the scenery, you’ll go on your included activity. A 30-minute bus ride will take you to Å, one of the best-preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway.
Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

Welcome to Stavanger – known for its many nearby natural attractions, including famous Pulpit Rock and long sandy beaches along the North Sea. The Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Many different nationalities are drawn to the area, making it a highly international destination. 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. While it’s less likely to spot the Northern Lights this far south, it does happen. Keep your eyes on the northern edge of the horizon.
Tromso

Tromso

Explore Tromsø, capital of the Arctic. Tromsø is the perfect destination for winter activities and boasts a wide range of optional excursions to choose from depending on your interests. Enjoy a ride into the sky on the Fjellheisen cable car, with breathtaking views of the city, mountains, fjords - and hopefully the Aurora. Tromsø brims with fascinating history, culture and bold architecture. The Arctic Cathedral is a landmark in Tromsø visible from the Tromsø Sound, featuring a huge stained-glass window. Tromsø is home to the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Bryggeri, which also runs Ølhallen, a lively pub where townspeople go for a chat and a beer. Other winter activities include optional excursions with Huritgruten's Expedition Team on nature hikes, and Aurora-focused bus rides. Tromsø is so far north that you may see the Northern Lights directly overhead.