Land Of The Northern Lights & Norway Cruise
- Duration: 16 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99409
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
15 nights. March 2021. From £1999.00.
SCANDINAVIAN SIGHTS & SKIES
This classic cruise aboard elegant Marco Polo takes you in search of the enchanting, enigmatic Aurora Borealis. Cruise the beautiful coast of western Norway, calling at some stunning ports, before heading north of the Arctic Circle to some Europe’s most remote locations. Leaving London Tilbury behind, you’ll cross to Holland and call in Rotterdam, before heading to the colourful, photogenic Norwegian ports of Bergen and Trondheim. Cruise into the Arctic Circle for a greater chance of seeing the bewitching Northern Lights, and to stop at the spectacularly located city of Narvik and striking Tromsø, gateway to the vast, pristine wilderness that lies beyond. After an overnight stay at the Arctic port of Alta, Marco Polo turns south, and cruises back to the UK via prosperous Stavanger and pretty Alesund.
What's Included15 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsThe remote settlements on Norway's Arctic coast
The awe-inspiring sight of the Northern Lights
Calling at eight unforgettable ports
Bergen and Trondheim, Norway’s Fjordland and Viking capitals
See the spectacular scenery that surrounds Narvik
Alta, your gateway to Finnmark's vast landscape
Tromsø, home to the Arctic Cathedral and the Polarmuseum
The pretty ports of Alesund and Stavanger
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from London Tilbury, UK
Depart: 1600hrs Make your way to Tilbury Cruise Terminal and embark before Marco Polo she sets sail this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1600hrs Your cruise begins with a call in Rotterdam. Discover the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves, or visit the city's excellent museums.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 4Bergen, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Marco Polo's first Norwegian port is Bergen, an ancient city of medieval houses, cobbled streets, and the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the vibrant harbour and the fish market, stroll past historic Bryggen’s wooden warehouses and take the Fløibanen funicular to the summit of Fløyen.
Day 5Trondheim, Norway
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 2100hrs Beautiful Trondheim, picturesquely set between a loop of the River Nid and stunning Trondheimsfjord, welcomes us this morning. Soak up the atmosphere of a city that was once the capital of Viking Norway. Head to imposing Nidaros cathedral, visit the restored Archbishop’s Palace, and see the impressive Stiftsgarden, which is now a royal residence.
Day 6At sea
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 7Narvik, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Narvik – part port, part ski resort and also the famous final stop of the night train from Stockholm – welcomes you today. Catch the cable car up the Fagernesfjellet mountain to enjoy take in spectacular views across a landscape that saw some of WW2’s fiercest northern battles.
Day 8Tromsø, Norway
Arrive: 1400hrs Depart: 2100hrs This morning Marco Polo calls in Tromsø, instantly recognisable thanks to the magnificent Arctic Cathedral that rises proudly from its bustling centre. Explore the daily market and fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen.
Days 9-10Alta, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day 9) Depart: 1900hrs (Day 10) Marco Polo’s next port of call is remote Alta. Spend the long hours of darkness here sky-gazing – the stars and Northern Lights are at their most astounding here. And in the short, clear hours of daylight, explore the Arctic region of Finnmark (home to the indigenous Sami people and the prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft) on exciting optional shore excursions.
Days 11-12At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 13Alesund, Norway
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Alesund, with its natural harbours lined with pastel-painted, gabled and turreted buildings, is an unexpectedly beautiful port. Don't miss the town's fascinating Sunnmore Museum, which offers insight into life in this part of the world through the ages and boasts a fine boat collection.
Day 14Stavanger, Norway
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs The prosperous former fishing capital of Stavanger, its sleek modern buildings (especially the striking Norwegian Petroleum Museum) contrasting with the white-painted, clapboard houses of its waterfront and old town, is Marco Polo’s final Norwegian port. Step ashore to explore, before enjoying a breathtaking passage though beautiful Boknafjord.
Day 15At sea
Spend a final day relaxing on board as Marco Polo cruises back to the UK.
Day 16Arrive back at London Tilbury, UK
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top