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In Search Of The Northern Lights Cruise

Europe
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8966

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

14 days

Cruise 2020

PRICE FROM ? £1549 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Visiting three incredible destinations in northern Norway presents the perfect opportunity to revel in the early winter wonders of Europe’s spectacular northernmost region. Get closer to dramatic landscapes; embark on exhilarating Arctic adventures; and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights. Experience it all on one unforgettable 13-night cruise.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Home pickup & embarkation in Southampton / Days 2 & 3 – At Sea
A uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home for your comfortable journey in a top specification car so you can begin your holiday in style. On arrival at Southampton Cruise Terminal, we board the Balmoral and begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.

Day 4 – Molde, Norway
We moor up in Molde. Depending on your preference, Molde is the town of roses or jazz. Sitting alongside the Romsdalfjord, the town benefits from rich, fertile soil and a mild climate and the town’s gardens are full of flowers, especially roses. In the market square stands a statue of the Little Rose Seller.

The Romsdal Museum is one of the biggest folk museums in Norway, with over fifty historic buildings including farmhouses, smokehouses and a small chapel. On Town Street are local town houses from the pre-war period. The Fisheries Museum is also in the open air, with old houses, fishermen’s shacks, a school and even a cod-liver oil factory.

Day 5 – At Sea / Day 6 – Narvik, Norway
After a day at sea, we arrive in Narvik. Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but offers a fascinating history. Located over 400km north of the Arctic Circle, the city's harbour is surprisingly ice-free; however, there are still a number of stunning Arctic sights to see, including the Narvikfjellet Mountain.

Although inhabited since prehistoric times, the town was not established until 1903 when the Ofoten Railway was completed. The line is a tourist attraction in itself, running 42km through magnificent scenery to the Swedish border. A cable car ride from the centre of town to the viewpoint on the Narvikfjellet Mountain gives fabulous views over the Ofotfjord and surrounding area.

Days 7 & 8 – Alta, Norway
Our next port of call is Alta. As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times.

Alta needed rebuilding after World War II, so the buildings of this northern Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral. The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.


Day 9 – Tromsø, Norway
We cruise into the island city of Tromsø. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore.

A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is famed as a viewing point for the colourful Northern Lights that often light up the night sky. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-see Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic.

Tromsø, and the stunning landscapes that surround it, are best viewed from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular spots on the edge of the city.

Day 10 – At Sea / Day 11 – Ålesund, Norway
After a day at sea, we arrive in our final destination of Ålesund, Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps.

Virtually destroyed by fire in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded widely as one of Europe’s true visual experiences. The port is home to the Jugendstilsenteret – The National Art Nouveau Centre – which has a well-preserved art nouveau interior and regularly features exhibitions and displays. Ålesund is also the gateway to the iconic northwestern fjords.

Days 12 & 13 – At Sea / Day 14 – Disembarkation in Southampton
After a couple of days at leisure on the ship, we arrive back in Southampton where we disembark and are met by our chauffeur for the journey home – a luxurious and stress-free way to end the holiday.

Cruise Bullets

  • Door to Door Club Class Home Collection Service*
  • 13 nights full board accommodation on the Balmoral
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Morning coffee with biscuits
  • Afternoon sandwiches and cakes
  • In-room sandwiches and snacks
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures
  • Porterage between port and cabin
  • Port taxes
Departure date: 18/11/20
Departure point: Southampton

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  • 13 nights full board accommodation on the Balmoral
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Captain’s drinks party and gala buffet
  • All evening entertainment
  • Use of leisure facilities
  • On board activities and guest lectures

Helpful Information

To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, a programme of optional shore excursions will be available at extra cost in advance of the cruise departure for pre-registration. Please note certain ports may only be accessible by the use of a smaller tender vessel.

The Balmoral operates a cashless system on board and all incidental expenses will be charged to your account. A gratuity of £5 per person, per day will be debited to your account automatically.

Self-drive available.Car parking is available at Southampton Cruise Terminal. Please contact ABP (Associated British Ports Southampton) on 0844 880 6848 or visit their website www.abparking.co.uk. A discount of £100pp on prices shown is applicable if you are making your own way to the port.

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Club Class Home Collection Service

Free* Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 milesFREE
151+please call
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%
*Up to a maximum of 150 miles from your home postcode. The round trip mileage is calculated from your home postcode to the hotel/airport/port postcode and back again using Google maps most direct routing.

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Balmoral

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