Day 1 - London Tilbury
Make your own way to London Tilbury to embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We arrive in the characterful Dutch capital this morning, famous for its extensive canals and many fine museums. View the vast collection of works on show at the Van Gogh Museum and the priceless treasures of the Rijksmuseum and take in sights such as the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), the Ann Frank House and the Royal Palace.
Day 3 - At sea
Relax on board Magellan today as we sail across the North Sea, perhaps taking a dip in one of the pools or enjoying the live entertainment in the lounges.
Day 4 - Olden, Norway
Late morning we arrive in the pretty village of Olden, set amongst green meadows and babbling brooks on the southern shore of Nordfjord. In the centre of the village you’ll find the Old Church, built in 1759, and the Singerheimen, once the home of the American artist William Henry Singer and some of his paintings of the local area are on display in his studio. Olden is the gateway to mainland Europe’s largest glacier, the Jostedal Glacier and the best known glacier arm, Briksdal.
Day 5 - Kristiansund
Most of the town of Kristiansund was destroyed during the Second World War and today it is home to some of Norway’s most interesting modern architecture, although some reminders of pre-war Kristiansund remain, including the Art Nouveau style Opera House. Learn about the local culinary speciality, salted cod, at the Klippfish Museum or take a trip to the nearby Grip archipelago. There are no permanent residents, but the islands are home to one of Norway’s tallest lighthouses, a 15th-century church and abandoned fishing villages.
Day 6 - At sea
A day at leisure on board Magellan as we sail along the Norwegian coast.
Day 7 - Alta
We arrive in Alta this morning, the largest town in the Finnmark region at the northern tip of Norway, which is considered one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in winter, while in summer it enjoys the white nights of the midnight sun. Points of interest include the pretty 19th century Alta Church and the Northern Lights Cathedral, a striking, spiral-shaped modern building, meant to resemble the undulating waves of the Aurora Borealis.
Day 8 - Honningsvåg
With a population of around 2,500 people, Honningsvåg, situated on the Barents Sea island of Magerøya, is one of Norway’s smallest official cities. It is the starting point for excursions to the dramatic North Cape where the monumental 307-metre high cliff plunges into the Atlantic, and is the last point on the mainland before you reach the North Pole.
Day 9 - Tromsø
Lying some 350km north of the Arctic Circle Tromsø is known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ and, unsurprisingly, claims a number of the world’s ‘northernmost’ titles, including the stunning iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ and the world’s most northerly aquarium, Polaria, where you can see bearded seals and other Arctic sea creatures. The town centre is also home to the largest concentration of old wooden houses in northern Norway. You could also ride the Fjellheisen Cable Car, which offers panoramic views of Tromsø.
Day 10 - At sea
Enjoy free time aboard Magellan today.
Day 11 - Trondheim
The vibrant university city of Trondheim is known for its many music, food and cultural festivals held throughout the year, while highlights of the town itself include the medieval Nidaros Cathedral, built over the tomb of St Olav, Norway’s patron saint and Rockheim, Norway’s national museum of pop and rock music.
Day 12 - Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes lies at the end of the 88km-long Romsdalfjord at the mouth of the River Rauma, and is the start of the incredible Rauma Line, a vintage steam train journey which runs as far as Dombås through stunning mountain scenery. Optional excursions feature the beautiful Romsdal Alps with the famous Troll Wall.
Day 13 - Bergen
Known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second biggest city, and a joy to explore. Take a look around Bryggen, the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic wharf, with its colourful timbered houses, restaurants, boutiques and artists’ studios and visit the medieval Haakon’s Hall, built by King Haakon Haakonson as a royal residence and banqueting hall 750 years ago. Also worth seeing is the Hanseatic Museum, offering a fascinating insight into Bergen’s trading history while fans of classical music will enjoy a trip to the Edvard Grieg Museum, in what was once the composer’s summertime home, set in pretty gardens.
Day 14 - At sea
Enjoy the facilities on board Magellan as we sail homewards, maybe unwinding with an indulgent spa treatment in the Wellness Centre.
Day 15 London Tilbury
Upon arrival at London Tilbury, you are free to make your own way home.