Chase the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten in winter 2018/2019

05 February 2018

Hurtigruten are the experts in expeditionary cruising, taking you to locations as far flung as Antarctica and South America to see the world’s most elusive sights. The cruise line has been sailing under the lights since 1893, giving them 125 years of experience in spotting this natural phenomenon. This means when you sail on this voyage you’ll have a good chance of viewing the Aurora Borealis for yourself!

The constant quest

Hurtigruten are the experts in expeditionary cruising, taking you to locations as far-flung as the Antarctic and South America to see the world’s most elusive sights. The cruise line has been sailing under the lights since 1893, giving them 125 years of experience in spotting this natural phenomenon. This means when you sail on this cruise you’ll have a good chance of viewing the Aurora Borealis for yourself!

Follow the lights

Search for the Aurora Borealis October 2018 - March 2019 with Hurtigruten on their 12-day ‘Norwegian Coastal Voyages’ cruises. On this round trip from Bergen, head up the fjord-lined Norwegian coast, stopping at traditional villages along the way. You’ll find multiple chances to spot the lights on your ship’s conveniently-positioned observation deck, and the crew will issue onboard announcements every time the Northern Lights come into view, so you don’t miss them. Enjoy inclusive flights to Bergen from nine UK airports ranging from London Gatwick, to Cardiff and Glasgow. The trip includes 50 optional seasonal excursions, and if you fail to spot the lights on your cruise, Hurtigruten will provide you with a complimentary six or seven day voyage the next season!

 

Visit 34 ports, including 22 within the Arctic Circle, on this round trip up the spectacular Norwegian coast…

Days 1 – 3: Bergen – Rørvik

Fly from the UK to Bergen, a thriving Norwegian port known for its colourful houses, scenic hiking trails and historical buildings like the stone Bergenhaus Fortress. Setting sail from Bergen, on your second day journey through idyllic skerries and pine-dotted islands to Ålesund, where you can tour eye-catching art nouveau architecture. The next day stop at Trondheim, a city renowned for its Viking history and religious relics, before sailing on towards the picturesque port village of Rørvik.

Days 4 – 6: Brønnøysund – Berlevåg

Join a traditional ceremony out on deck to mark your Arctic Circle crossing, as you sail from Brønnøysund to Berlevåg. Near Ørnes, the ship sails pas Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier. As you keep watch for the lights on day five, stop in snowy Tromsø where you can engage in Arctic pursuits such as snowmobiling and dog sledding. Day six will give you the chance to see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Arctic Sea, as you travel to the traditional fishing village of Berlevåg.

Days 7 – 9: Båtsfjord – Stamsunnd

Your seventh day will bring you within a stone’s throw of the Russian border, before you turn back around at Kirkenes, known for its pretty church and iconic snow hotel. As you start sailing back towards Bergen, stop again in Tromsø where you can admire the mosaics of its Arctic Cathedral and attend a thrilling midnight concert. Day nine brings unparalleled views of the sheltered bays and imposing peaks of Norway’s picturesque Lofoten Islands, as you journey towards Stamsund.

Days 10 – 12: Bodø – Bergen

On day ten you’ll sail along the scenic Helgeland coastline, passing through a mysterious natural tunnel between the Seven Sisters and Torghatten mountains. You will get to sample Norway’s renowned cured cod dishes in Kristiansund on your penultimate day, as you explore this city’s half-timbered houses and idyllic shop-lined natural harbour. Your cruise comes to an end on day 12 as you return to Bergen, a location famous for its fjords, from where you’ll fly back to the UK.

 

Hunt the Northern Lights while cruising Norway with the following offer…

Stay for 12 days onboard a Hurtigruten ship, from £1,199 per person

Bergen | Florø | Molde | Ålesund | Kristiansund | Trondheim | Rørvik | Brønnøysund | Sandnessjøen | Nesna | Bodø | Stamsunnd | Svolvær | Stokmarknes | Sortland | Risøyhamn | Harstad | Tromsø | Skjervøy | Øksfjord | Hammerfest | Havøysund | Honningsvåg | Kjøllefjord | Berlevåg | Båtsfjord | Vardø | Vadsø | Kirkenes | Round trip back to Bergen

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