North Cape & Spitsbergen Adventure Cruise
- Duration: 18 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99674
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
17 nights. June 2020. From £1229.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Witness one of the world’s most unusual sights – the sun dipping to the horizon without actually setting – on this unforgettable cruise to northern Norway. Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, then sail along the South Coast to Norway’s Viking capital, Trondheim, and cross the Arctic Circle to visit the part port, part ski resort city of Narvik beneath Fagernesfjellet's snow-capped peak. Further north still you’ll discover the stunning Arctic scenery of Svalbard, cruise up Billefjord to the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden beneath the Nordenskiöldbreen glacier, and call at Barentsberg and Longyearbyen (the world’s most northerly town).
Back on the Norwegian mainland you’ll have the chance to visit the North Cape Hall visitor centre at Nordkapp on an optional shore excursion from Honningsvaag, and enjoy yet more relaxed days and long evenings at sea as Marco Polo cruises south along the vast coastal landscape of the fjordlands. Stop at the entrance of spectacular Geirangerfjord to explore the Art Nouveau city of Alesund, and spend a day in Bergen, Norways’ second city and the unofficial capital of the fjords before returning to London Tilbury.
What's Included17 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsEndless sunlit days in the Arctic
Eight marvellous ports of call
Honningsvaag at the northern tip of Europe
See the spectacular scenery that surrounds Narvik
Trondheim, Norway’s Viking capital
Barentsberg, Longyearbyen and the remote, rugged landscape of Svalbard
Pretty Alesund's Art Deco houses
Bergen, the delightful "capital of the Fjords"
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 Portsmouth
Depart: 1500hrs Join Marco Polo before she begins her cruise from Portsmouth this afternoon. As you skirt the coast, you'll have time to meet fellow passengers, and to enjoy the ship's facilities, first-class entertainment programme and excellent dining options.
Day 2London Tilbury, England
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs This morning, Marco Polo will call in Tilbury. A new group of passengers will join you on board here, ready to share their excitement about the adventures that lie ahead.
Day 5Trondheim, Norway
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Beautiful Trondheim, picturesquely set between a loop in 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. Explore the imposing Nidaros cathedral, the restored Archbishop’s Palace, and the impressive Stiftsgarden, which is now a royal residence.
Day 7Narvik, Norway
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs The modern, friendly port and ski-resort of Narvik welcomes Marco Polo, today. Take the opportunity to join an optional excursion, and catch the cable car to the heights of Fagernesfjellet mountain for some truly spectacular views.
Day 9Longyearbyen, Norway
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 2000hrs Today we’ll reach Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, a place ice-bound for all but high summer, and covered by glaciers and frozen tundra. The largest settlement, Longyearbyen, has some 3000 hardy inhabitants, and is the starting point for excursions into an Arctic wilderness a world away from the rest of Europe.
Day 10Barentsburg, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs Barentsburg, a tiny Russian outpost on the edge of Grønfjorden, where all 400-odd inhabitants live in the same Soviet era apartment block, is actually Svalbard's second largest town. Step ashore to explore this fascinating relic of the Cold War that is now working hard to evolve from its coal-mining roots (it's now home to the world's most northerly microbrewery).
Day 12Honningsvag, Norway
Arrive: 1600hrs Depart: 0200hrs (Day 13) Today Marco Polo docks in the pretty, remote village of Honningsvaag. Join an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp, almost at Europe’s northernmost point. You’ll return to the ship, passing Europe’s true north tip at Knivskjellodden, before Marco Polo continues south.
Day 15Alesund, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1430hrs Marco Polo’s next port is Alesund. Here you’ll find a beautiful natural harbour, a waterfront lined with tall, pastel-painted buildings, and insights into the history and heritage of the region on a visit to the fascinating Sunnmore Museum.
Day 16Stavanger, Norway
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 1800hrs The prosperous former fishing capital of Stavanger, its sleek modern buildings contrasting with the white-painted, clapboard houses of its old town, is Marco Polo’s final Norwegian landfall. Step ashore to wander before we enjoy the breathtaking passage though Lysefjord, where the towering Preikestolen rock formation soars above the waters.
Day 18Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Disembark, after breakfast, at the end of a wonderful Arctic cruise. An optional coach transfer back to Portsmouth will be available to book in advance. 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.