Norway Lights Cruises Collection

The Northern Lights Cruises are a range of exciting short breaks, longer cruises and themed winter voyages sailing above the Arctic Circle. The pitch black sky is the perfect setting to experience the breathtaking Northern Lights. Fantastic winter excursions including dog sledging and snowmobiles take you across the frozen landscape.

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      • Voyage south from Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle to Bergen along the dramatic Norway coast in winter and look out for the spellbinding Northern Lights on this 5-night cruise

      • 2015 - Nov, Dec
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      • A unique 6-night cruise north along the dramatic Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter in search of the Northern Lights

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      • Cruise above the Arctic Circle in winter for the best chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights on this superb 3-night cruise with overnight hotel stay in Tromsø

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      • Voyage in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night Arctic Norway holiday including 3-night cruise and 2-night stay in Tromso. Includes direct flights from several regional airports

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      • A 4-night voyage from Norway's Arctic capital Tromso south to Bergen, sailing through the stunning Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands in search of the Northern Lights

      • 2015 - Nov, Dec

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      • Voyage north from Bergen to Tromso in the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night holiday including 4-night cruise and overnight stay in Tromso

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      • Cruise the entire length of the dramatic Norway coast in search of the spectacular Northern Lights on this 11-night voyage with daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, calling at 34 ports

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      • This exciting voyage is entirely above the Arcitc Circle giving a fantastic opportunity to see the dramatic Northen Lights and take part in exciting option winter activities

      • 2016 - Jan, Feb

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      • A unique 7-night Northern Lights holiday with 6-night Arctic voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and an overnight at the exciting Kirkenes Snow Hotel

      • 2016 - Jan, Feb, Mar

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      • Learn about the night sky and stunning aurora borealis in the company of experts on this 11-night voyage along the dramatic Norway coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return. Includes direct flights from several regional airports

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Northern Lights Cruises

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This exciting range of short break cruises and longer voyages has been carefully designed to experience the best of Arctic Norway in winter. With the sun low on the horizon above the Arctic Circle, the different shades of Arctic light creates wonderful backdrops to the stunning snowy coastal scenery.

The real star of the show on winter Norway cruises is the incredible Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Our cruises above the Arctic Circle between November and March, far away from towns and artificial light, are the best chance to experience the colourful, ghostly swirls of light in the dark sky. Although sightings of the extraordinary Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed, there are more occurrences in Arctic Norway than anywhere else in the world!

For most winter travellers, the Northern Lights is just the ‘icing on the cake’ of an already remarkable winter cruise holiday in Arctic Norway, when the natural, unspoilt beauty of the Norwegian coast is decked in snow and the air is fresh, clean and crisp.

As well as enjoying the dramatic Norwegian scenery from the comfort of the ship, there is a wide range of optional excursions to enhance your Norway cruise holiday. Experience the exhilaration of dog sledging or a snowmobile excursion , the unique Kirkenes Snow Hotel or a King Crab Safari.

With interesting guided city walks in beautiful Bergen and Art Nouveau Alesund and visits to the North Cape or the Russian border, you’re sure to take home memories that will last a lifetime.

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Arctic Highlights

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  • Early evening Northern Lights show
  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • Winter morning coastal view
  • Svolvaer in winter
  • Northern Lights approaching Trondheim
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • North Cape Excursion
  • Northern Lights above Tromso
  • December sunset
  • Ready for a dog sledge excursion

2015/16 Northern Lights Cruises with Direct Flights:
November and December 2015
January, February and March 2016

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following section, which forms part of our booking conditions, includes practical information to help you plan your holiday.

Winter Norway climate and daylight

Temperatures in northern Norway can be consistently below freezing and with wind chill they can easily reach -20°C. However, all Norwegian hotels (excluding Kirkenes Snow Hotel!) and the ships are very well heated. Having a good outer jacket over normal clothes is useful in order to adjust to snug indoor temperatures. In the period from mid November to the end of January the sun does not rise above the horizon in the area above the Arctic Circle but the region is not entirely without light. Instead you are treated to the magical Arctic twilight during the daytime. This reflection of the light against the snow set against the magnificent coastal scenery is often a highlight for many travellers.

Witnessing the Northern Lights

As a natural phenomenon, a sighting of the Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed. It is principally dependant on the level of activity on the sun’s surface and the amount of cloud cover locally. All our trips operate in the region where sightings are most likely with a greater opportunity the further north you travel – Tromsø is a major research centre for the Aurora Borealis since the region experiences regular displays in winter.

Your Holiday

Tour Manager

On board our ships, our expert Norwegian and multilingual crew ensure your experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. On shore, itineraries are supported by specialist local guides or agents, who will help to make excursions and transfers smooth and hassle free. In most cases you will be joined by other travellers from the UK but groups are very informal. This enables us to share transport and participate in excursions together but also allows the freedom of an independent holiday, if that is what you prefer. Our Astronomy Voyages are escorted by a Tour Manager.

Excursions

If you are keen to participate in any excursions, we recommend you pre-book, as only remaining places on ship excursions will be sold locally and space will be limited. All land excursions must be pre-booked. Excursions can only be pre-booked up to four weeks prior to departure. Snowmobile excursions are usually based on two people per vehicle, each driving for part of the journey however you can pay a small supplement to drive your own vehicle for the duration of the tour. Excursions are accompanied by experienced staff but please take care in ice and snow conditions to which you may not be accustomed, especially if taking part in dog sledging or snowmobiling; there is no upper age limit but some trips may prove strenuous. Some of our excursions are subject to a minimum number of people to enable them to take place. Should the minimum number not be reached, we will advise you at least 4 weeks prior to your departure and reserve the right to cancel the excursion and refund monies paid.

Meal Plan

The meal plan for these trips is outlined in the itinerary of the tour pages but generally includes breakfast and dinner (on board dinner is a 3-course set meal).

Requests

Special diets can be catered for as long as we are advised in good time. Please advise your reservations consultant at the time of booking. Guests on strict diets, e.g. vegetarians or vegans, may find there is a limited choice although we will always do our best to meet any special dietary requests depending on local availability. We will always do our best to meet any special requests but cannot guarantee to do so and in no circumstances will any such request be accepted by us so as to form part of our contractual agreement. It is essential that you advise us of all special requirements at the time of booking.

Mobility

We are happy to welcome passengers who are not fully mobile and all ships (except MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen) have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair. We will also try to book appropriate hotel rooms. Passengers who use a wheelchair must bring their own, standard size, foldable chair and travel with a companion who is able to assist them. Not all excursions have been adapted specifically for passengers with walking difficulties. Please check at the time of booking. It is essential that you advise us of special requirements at the time of booking to enable us to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a trouble-free holiday. We regret that due to the unusual structure of the Snow Hotel it is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or for wheelchair users.

Currency and Prices

The currency in Norway and on board is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK). Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country and on board the ships. On board you can sign up to a cruise card which can then be used for all purchases on board and paid by credit card or cash at the end of your voyage.

Clothing

The weather in most of our destinations can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations we recommend the layered clothing approach, which enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation. For all voyages we advise that you take breathable rain and windproof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful together with thermal underwear. On land it can be icy, so sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. You should pack a pair of UV protective sunglasses, as the reflections from snow and ice can be harmful to the unprotected eye. Many ships offer a Jacuzzi on board, so remember to take your swimsuit just in case! Where necessary, excursions include use of appropriate clothing.

Wildlife

The brochure includes pictures and descriptions of wildlife which may be seen from the ships and during excursions. Please be aware that there is no guarantee of sightings.

Hotels and Cabins

The standard of the hotels we use is equivalent to 3 or 4 star. There is no official hotel rating system in Norway and our own grading is based on the overall standard of the hotel and the facilities available. All rooms have a shower or bath and w/c (except the Kirkenes Snow Hotel). Note that single rooms may be twin rooms for sole occupancy or purpose built single rooms. Cabin numbers are allocated when you check in. The Hurtigruten operates a line service to a set timetable Bergen/Kirkenes/Bergen, the shorter voyages being port to port sectors of the round trip. On rare occasions it may be necessary to change cabin after completing one sector (e.g. Tromsø/Kirkenes and Kirkenes – Tromsø).

Accuracy and Changes

Brochure Accuracy

The information and descriptions contained in this brochure have been checked for accuracy by our staff and/or local agents to ensure that they are correct. However, changes may occur after publication and some hotel/ship facilities may be unavailable or suffer from mechanical breakdown. Public holidays and religious festivals may also affect the local ambience and availability of facilities. Tourist offices can provide details. Should we become aware of any significant change which is considered to have an effect upon the enjoyment of your holiday, we will do our utmost to advise you. Some areas we visit are very remote, affected by prolonged cold weather or difficult terrain. Provision of facilities will be subject to local conditions, and customs and lifestyles may differ from those to which you are accustomed in other parts of Europe. This is part of the experience of visiting unusual and isolated destinations and should not detract from your enjoyment.

Changes to the Itinerary and Excursions

All itineraries advertised in this brochure are provisional and subject to change. Weather, sea and ice conditions or technical requirements may force us to change the itinerary. The safety of guests, crew and the vessel is always our prime concern. Any adjustments to an itinerary will be decided locally – if necessary in consultation with the appropriate authorities – by the Tour Manager and/or Captain, whose decision is final. All operators reserve the right to alter the contents of the excursions without prior notice and they may also be subject to minimum/ maximum numbers as well as weather, ice and other local conditions.

Minimum Numbers

Some of our holidays are subject to a minimum number of persons to enable them to take place. Should the minimum number not be reached, we will advise you at least 8 weeks prior to your departure, when we reserve the right to cancel the holiday and refund all monies paid to us. Alternatively, you may choose another holiday with us, but if the alternative arrangement is at an additional cost, the difference will be payable by you. At times with relatively few guests some on board facilities may be limited.

Documentation and Communication

Correspondence

Only one invoice and one set of documents are issued per booking. If you are travelling with friends but you would each like to receive a separate invoice and tickets, please advise our reservations consultant at the time of booking. If you make your booking through a travel agent, all communication between you and Hurtigruten Ltd must be through that travel agent. If you book your holiday direct with us we will send all correspondence direct to the person who is shown as the Lead Name. Please quote the reference number shown on your invoice in any communication. Your travel documents will normally be dispatched to you or your travel agent one-to-two weeks before departure.

Passports and Visas

British passport holders do not require a visa for any of the destinations featured in this brochure. All guests must have a passport that is valid for the duration of the tour. Anyone holding a non-British passport should check with the relevant embassy/consulate for any special requirements. It is important that the family and first names on the passport match exactly to those on your tickets. The above information is correct at time of going to press, it is however the responsibility of all guests to ensure that they comply with the passport and visa requirements applicable at the time of travel.

Health Matters

All tours organised by Hurtigruten Ltd are within the capabilities of any reasonably active person. However, some excursions mentioned could prove a strain for some travellers. Guests suffering from any known or suspected medical condition, or women more than 26 weeks pregnant, are required to notify us at least 14 days before departure and to produce a medical certificate confirming fitness to travel. We reserve the right to refuse or cancel the booking if the relevant certificate is not produced and we will not be liable for the refusal by any operator to carry any person who has failed to notify us as above. We reserve the right to refuse boarding to any passenger displaying symptoms of any contagious or infectious disease. If in doubt, please consult your doctor. Hurtigruten Ltd cannot be held responsible for any situation arising out of a failure to disclose a disability or pre-existing medical condition. It is a condition of booking that you advise of any circumstances which may affect your ability to participate in any tour or excursion. At the time of publication there are no mandatory vaccination requirements for British citizens visiting Scandinavia. For the latest information we suggest you consult your doctor or the Department of Health. The above information is correct at time of going to press, it is however the responsibility of all guests to ensure that they comply with the health requirements applicable at time of travel.

Flights

Airlines

The flights referred to in this brochure are scheduled and operated by Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS), Widerøe, British Midland, KLM, Eastern Airways, Jet2.com or Norwegian Air Shuttle. The aircraft used on the different routes will be Boeing 737 & 757, MD 80, MD11, De Havilland, Dash 8 and Fokker 50 or similar. Airlines may occasionally sub-charter their flights and use a different airline. Your flight number will still be as per your documentation. We reserve the right to change the airline providing your flights and/or the type of aircraft at any time. Any such change will not be regarded as a significant change and you will not be entitled to withdraw from your contract without paying cancellation charges as set out under ‘If you cancel’ (see page 42 – 43).

Fares

Our flight costs are based on special air fares and once booked the reservations cannot be changed. Refunds are not permitted on any unused portion of the air ticket and should you decide to return on a flight other than that shown on your air ticket, the full one way fare will be charged by the airline. Most prices shown are based upon the lowest scheduled fare available. Airlines will limit the number of seats available at these fares by flight and date of travel. If the lowest fare is not available, your tour price will vary according to the level of fare we are able to book for you.

Luggage Allowance

On all scheduled flights referred to in this brochure the luggage allowance is 20 kg per person. In addition each person is permitted to take one piece of hand luggage on board the aircraft. If you exceed the luggage allowance at the time of check-in, carriage of any excess luggage may be refused, or an excess charge may be made by the airline. Please contact your airline for details.

In Flight Meals

There is no complimentary meal service in economy class for airlines listed in this brochure; snacks and refreshments can usually be purchased on board.

Flight Delays

Whilst the vast majority of flights depart on time unfortunately there are occasions when, for reasons beyond our control, a flight is delayed. Once you have checked in for your flight, the airline you are travelling with will do its best to keep you informed and looked after in the event of extended delays. If you are booking your own regional connections within the UK by bus, train or air, we recommend that you do not purchase non flexible tickets. These usually incur penalty charges in the event of a change or a delay to your international flight.

Our extensive programme of excursions take full advantage of local, English-speaking guides and the fact that our ships call at ports larger vessels cannot reach. Most excursions are pre-bookable and only remaining places can be booked on board.

2C ART NOUVEAU WALK, ALESUND

Available Dates: 1 Jan - 31 Mar; 02 Nov - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours, Price: 2015: £33pp 2016: £34pp

Ålesund is a colourful and picturesque coastal town that is renowned for its charming Art Nouveau architecture. Its history and architectural highlights are best appreciated on foot, Ålesund is spread over a series of islands, linked by bridges. Rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1904, the town was recreated to reflect the Art Nouveau trend of the age and this fascinating guided tour brings the town, its history and the symbolism of its architecture to life.

2D AQUARIUM AND MOUNT AKSLA

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 02 Nov - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours , Price - 2015: £47pp 2016: £48pp
Enjoy a visit to the Atlanterhavsparken, one of Northern Europe's largest salt water aquairum, to enjoy the well know and spectacular diving show. Afterwards, you drive to the top of Mount Aksla where incredible views of Alesund, your Hurtigruten ship and surrounding countryside await.

3B TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL, TRONDHEIM

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015: £44pp 2016: £47pp

Trondheim is a town full of contrasts, with monastery ruins, impressive wooden buildings, colourful wharves, and a beautiful red-painted city bridge dating back to 1861. You will hear all about the city’s many features as the bus takes us through Trondheim’s streets and boroughs. As no sightseeing trip to Trondheim is complete without visiting one of its premier cultural treasures, we will of course make time to take in the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial place of St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway, the construction of this enormous building, with its countless details and decorations, began as early as 1070. After a guided tour around the Gothic-style cathedral, you will soon understand why many describe it as the most beautiful church in Norway.

4D RIB SAFARI, SALTSTRAUMEN, BODO

Available Dates: 15 Mar - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 03 Nov
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015/16: £108pp

Travel by RIB-boats to witness the world's strongest tidal current, where millions of gallons of water are forced through the 150m wide strait. Overhead we hope to see sea eagles, Europe's largest predatory bird.

4E WINTER LOFOTEN VIKING FEAST, STAMSUND

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 3 hours, Price - 2015/16: £101pp

At the Lofotr Viking Museum, the largest Viking building ever found has been recreated. From Stamsund we travel by bus to Lofotr Viking Museum, where you are invited to experience the largest house known from the Viking age. The Chieftain’s house has been recreated in full size with exhibits of finds from the Viking age. The Chieftain and the Lady of the house would like to give you an unforgettable night as they invite you to join in a Viking feast in the banqueting hall. Experience the magic and excitement as they make sacrifices to the Gods, hoping that the sun will turn to avoid Armageddon. After a meal fit for the gods, served with real mead, you travel by bus to Svolvær, where you board your Hurtigruten ship.

5A THE ARCTIC CAPITAL, TROMSØ

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £58pp 2016: £60pp

Tromsø is the largest town north of the Arctic Circle, and it has a unique history that includes hunting in the Arctic Ocean for walrus and polar bears, the transporting of logs from Russian rivers, the Pomor trade, coal mining and sealing. During our excursion here, we will visit the interpretive centre Polaria. Here you’ll be able to watch the movie ‘Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness’, which will take you on a fantastic journey through Svalbard’s spectacular scenery. The tour also includes a stop at the famous Arctic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece and town landmark.

5B DOG-SLEDGING, TROMSØ

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Nov - 31 Dec
Duration: 3h 30mins, Price - 2015: £149pp 2016: £154pp

Complete your winter holiday experience with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride! Our tour begins with a drive to the island of Kvaløya where we change clothes and footwear, before hopping aboard the sledges and letting the huskies pull us over the frozen landscape; enjoying stunning views of the ocean, mountains and open plateaus. If we’re lucky enough, we will see the magical Northern Lights.

5D POLAR HISTORY WALK, TROMSØ

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 15 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £45pp 2016: £46pp

Guided walking tour of Tromsø, highlighting the town and its vital links with polar exploration. Visit the statue of Roald Amundsen, then explore the fascinating Polar Museum and “Mack Ølhallen”, Tromsø’s oldest pub, to enjoy a taste of the locally made brew.

6A NORTH CAPE – EUROPE’S NORTHERNMOST POINT, HONNINGSVÅG

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 3 hours, Price - 2015: £118pp 2016: £119pp

An unforgettable experience travelling from Honningsvåg across the sub-arctic landscape to North Cape Hall, carved into the side of a cliff on top of the North Cape Plateau. Explore the North Cape tunnel and the unique chapel, the small museum and the post office, where postcards are franked with a North Cape postmark.

6D SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN LAPLAND, KJOLLERFJORD

Available Dates: 01 Mar - 31 Mar; 15 Dec - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 15mins, Price - 2015: £252pp 2016: £256pp

After being properly kitted out and receiving some driving instructions from our guides, this spectacular snowmobile adventure journeys across the snow covered wilds of Finnmark, to the Hurtigruten quay in Mehamn (weather permitting). Driving licence required.

7A KIRKENES AND THE RUSSIAN BORDER

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015: £51pp 2016: £53pp

This journey takes us through a strategically important region steeped in dramatic history. Travelling via the spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Pretfjellet fjord we travel through Kirkenes – the only town in Norway where West meets East – to Storskog, the border post on the Russian frontier.

7C SNOWMOBILE SAFARI, KIRKENES

Available Dates: 15 Dec - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £156pp 2016: £160pp

An invigorating ride by snowmobile across ice-covered fjords and the serene landscapes of Arctic winter. Guides will explain the fascinating history of the indigenous Sami people and welcome refreshments will be served in the warmth of the Lavvo. Weather dependent, warm clothing and training is provided. Remember to bring your driving licence.

7D VISIT THE SNOW HOTEL, KIRKENES

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 20 Dec - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £61pp 2016: £63pp

Our adventure here begins with a stroll up to the hotel and into Norway’s largest ice bar. The guide will show us around the Snow Hotel, including some of the magnificent suites. After the tour there is time to meet the reindeer. You can also visit Gabba Kennel, taking a look at some of the many Huskies who live there.

7F HUSKY ADVENTURE, KIRKENES

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Dec - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £149pp 2016: £154pp

Experience the real feeling of wilderness during this adrenalin-fuelled ride! You can have a go at driving the sledge yourself, or simply sit back and enjoy the trip. You also have the option to visit the Snow Hotel and the reindeer enclosure.

7G ARCTIC BUSHCRAFT, KIRKENES

Available Dates: 07 Sept - 06 Nov
Duration: 2h 30mins, Price - 2015: £71pp 2016: £73pp

This excursion will provide you with an insight into autumn in the Arctic, as well as how people have harvested, stored, hunted and fished for centuries.

8B THE NORTHERNMOST TOWN IN THE WORLD, HAMMERFEST

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 15 Mar; 1 Nov - 31 Dec
Duration: 1 hour, Price - 2015: £30pp 2016: £36pp

Home to the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world. You’ll visit the Meridian Monument, a column symbolising the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the earth, learn about Europe’s first Liquid Natural Gas factory and stop at Mount Salen for a view over the town.

8C MIDNIGHT CONCERT IN THE ARCTIC CATHEDRAL, TROMSØ

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 1h 15mins, Price - 2015: £51pp 2016: £55pp

Set in the stunning Arctic Cathedral, this is an awe-inspiring midnight concert where a varied programme of folk music, hymns and classical pieces will be performed against the backdrop of the largest stained-glass window in Europe.

8F SNOWMOBILE TRIP IN THE POLAR NIGHT

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 15 Dec - 31 Dec
Duration: 2hr30, Price - 2015: £302pp 2016: £308pp

Join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas. During this excursion you will travel from Mehamn, the world’s northernmost mainland town, located on the often wild and stormy Finnmark coast, over the mountains to the old trading post and fishing village of Kjøllefjord. Along the way, the guides will tell you about the Sami people, the geographic and climatic conditions, what life is like on the Finnmark coast, and how the local population utilise nature in both the summer and winter months.

9A A TASTE OF VESTERÅLEN, HARSTAD

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 4h 15mins, Price - 2015: £78pp 2016: £60pp

In this outing, discover Viking history, breathtaking scenery and wonderful sights. The trip begins in Harstad where you begin the morning with a little sightseeing through the town streets and then stop at a viewpoint. A few kilometres outside town, in Trondeneshalvøya, stands the white medieval church, Trondenes Kirke. In addition to housing several art treasures, the church is a premier cultural heritage site from the late Middle Ages. Next door, Trondenes Historical Centre offers an in-depth exhibit complete with sounds, scents and objects that capture the region’s dramatic span from the Viking Age and Middle Ages to the present day. The bus then takes us across Hinnøya, an island, where you can enjoy views of the beautiful fjords, steep mountains and fertile farms. You then cross the Gullesfjord by ferry and have coffee, tea and freshly baked cakes. Ferry along the Sigerfjord and in Sortland, the centre of the Vesterålen islands, you rejoin the Hurtigruten ship. Idyllic in summer, picture perfect in winter, this is an eventful tour filled with scenery and Viking culture.

9C SEA EAGLE SAFARI, SVOLVÆR

Available Dates: 24 Mar - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 15 Oct
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015/16: £102pp

The area surrounding Trollfjord is the realm of the mighty sea eagle. Boarding the small MS Orca we sail into this narrow fjord, passing through a narrow sound enclosed by steep mountains. Usually excellent numbers of sea eagles circle above the boat, giving you an intimate view of these rare and beautiful birds. Rejoin the ship in Svolvær.

11A TRONDHEIM WITH NIDAROS CATHEDRAL

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015: £44pp 2016: £47pp

Norway's orginal capital, Trondheim was founded by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason. The city boasts impressive wooden buildings and a red city bridge dating back to 1861. Travel by bus through Trondheim's streets and boroughs to the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral built over the burial place of St Olav, the patron saint of Norway. Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral.

11D TRONDHEIM CITY WALK, TRONDHEIM

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2h 15mins, Price - 2015: £32pp 2016: £36pp

Take a guided walk through the historical streets of Trondheim, passing the city's main attractions including the Royal Residence, the old town bridge and the Nidaros Cathedral.

12A BERGEN SIGHTSEEING, BERGEN

Available Dates: 01 Jan - 31 Mar; 01 Oct - 31 Dec
Duration: 2 hours, Price - 2015: £37pp 2016: £38pp

Bergen is surrounded by seven imposing mountains. During this trip you will receive an insight into the city's history and development from its founding in 1070, right up to the present day.

The extraordinary beauty of the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, has mesmerised all who witness them.

‘The Northern Lights are caused when electrically-charged particles spiral down Earth’s magnetic field lines into our upper atmosphere at high speed and cause the rarefied gases there to glow with a green, red or purplish light. They are most commonly seen around the Arctic Circle in the autumn and winter months; hence the need to travel to North Norway at that time of year.’
Dr John Mason MBE, South Downs Planetarium

For the best chance to see this beautiful light show, experts recommend spending as much time as possible above the Arctic Circle, far away from towns and other sources of artificial light.

From your Hurtigruten ship you will see houses on the shore glowing in the dark, becoming tiny harbours as you call to pick up passengers. The snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight, with shades of gold, pink and blue, and also the elusive dancing light of the Aurora Borealis itself.

You can never tell when the Northern Lights will appear and disappear but sailing with Hurtigruten above the Arctic Circle between November and March on our exciting range of Northern Lights voyages gives you a very good chance. Not only that, but if requested, passengers on board can be alerted should the Northern Lights appear at any time of day or night!

As the UK's leading Northern Lights cruise specialists we offer 4-10 night Northern Lights cruises, two with flights direct to Tromso, the capital of Arctic Norway.

  • Early evening Northern Lights show
  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • Winter morning coastal view
  • Svolvaer in winter
  • Northern Lights approaching Trondheim
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • North Cape Excursion
  • Northern Lights above Tromso
  • December sunset
  • Ready for a dog sledge excursion

2015/16 Northern Lights Cruises with Direct Flights:
November and December 2015
January, February and March 2016

Arctic Highlights and Arctic Highlights Extended - Exclusive discount of up to £225pp, FREE wine package plus direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Dublin and Birmingham!

Winter Round Voyage - Exclusive £50pp discount, FREE wine package plus FREE flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow!