Norway & Land Of The Northern Lights Cruise
- Duration: 14 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99676
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
13 nights. October 2020. From £1409.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join Astoria for a classic autumn cruise in search of the Aurora Borealis. Call at four stunning ports along the beautiful fjord- and island-dotted coast of Western Norway, and head beyond the Arctic Circle to visit Europe’s northernmost region.
Sailing north from Hull, Astoria’s first port is Bergen, where you can head ashore to explore the historic restored warehouses of Bryggen. Spend a day in pretty Andalsnes on spectacular Romsdalfjord before cruising north, watching the skies each evening in the hope of catching sight of the bewitching phenomenon of the Northern Lights. See Tromsø’s towering cathedral, and perhaps head from the remote village of Honningsvaag to the North Cape Hall visitor centre at Nordkapp on an optional shore excursion. As Astoria begins her scenic cruise home, you’ll spend a full day in the Arctic port of Alta, which offers the opportunity to discover the unique culture and traditions of Finnmark’s Sami reindeer herders. Calls in the pretty, pastel-painted city of Alesund and prosperous former fishing capital Stavanger complete your wonderful Arctic cruise.
What's Included13 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 HighlightsSearching the sky of the Aurora Borealis
Cruise to the tip of Europe
Seven marvellous ports of call
The historic "capital of the Fjords", Bergen
Beautiful Andalsnes on Romsdalfjord
See Tromso’s striking Arctic Cathedral
Remote Honningsvag, close to Europe’s northernmost point
Alta, your gateway to Finnmark – home to Sami reindeer herders
The pretty Art Deco houses of Alesund
Prosperous Stavanger, former fishing capital
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 Hull
Depart: 1815 Make your way to Hull, and board Astoria before she sets sail this evening.
Day 2At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 3Bergen, Norway
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1500hrs Compact and friendly, Bergen was once a great trading city within the Hanseatic League. It remains Norway's second city and, despite being sheltered from the sea by its seven hills and outlying islands, is unashamedly nautical in outlook. Visit the vibrant harbour and fish market, stroll past the wooden warehouses of Bryggen and take the Floibanen funicular to the summit of "Mount" Floyen.
Day 4Andalsnes, Norway
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1600hrs Astoria cruises into beautiful Romsdalsfjord and Andalsnes, today. From here, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an excursion through some of Norway's most spectacular mountain scenery, and perhaps a chance to visit the famous wooden Rodven stave church in its dreamy setting beside the fjord. Optional Excursion:
Day 5At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 6Tromso, Norway
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1800hrs The largest settlement beyond the Arctic Circle, Tromso, its magnificent cathedral rising grandly from its bustling centre, is our port of call today. Step ashore to explore its daily market and fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen.
Day 7Honningsvag, Norway
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Cruise way beyond the Arctic Circle, close to the coast of Finnmark. As Astoria docks in remote Honningsvag, you’ll have the chance to join an optional excursion to the famous visitor centre at Nordkapp (North Cape), which lies almost at Europe’s northernmost point. Optional Excursion:
Day 8Alta, Norway
Arrive: 0600hrs (Day Eight) Depart: 0200hrs (Day Nine) Astoria spends a long day at her next port of call, remote Alta. Sky-gaze at your leisure (the Northern Lights are often at their most astounding here), or perhaps join exciting optional excursions to explore the Arctic region of Finnmark, home to the Sami people, see the prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft or visit the famous Ice Hotel.
Days 9-10At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 11Alesund, Norway
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1300hrs 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 12Stavanger, Norway
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 1700hrs 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 Astoria’s final Norwegian landfall. Step ashore to wander before we enjoy a breathtaking passage though Lysefjord, where the towering Preikestolen rock formation soars above the waters. Optional Excursion:
Iron Age Farm at Ullanhaug
Day 13At sea
Spend today relaxing on board as Astoria heads home.
Day 14Arrive back in Hull
Arrive: 0530hrs Say farewell to Astoria, her crew and all your shipmates, today, as you disembark at the end of a wonderful autumn 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.
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