essential cruise - Norway’s Northern Lights
A no-fly cruise sailing from London Tilbury
Embark on this unforgettable voyage through Norway’s most dramatic scenery stopping at locations rich in history. Norway’s fine landscapes host unforgettable wonders of nature including soaring mountains and spectacular waterfalls, and possible chances to see displays of the breathtaking phenomenon of the Northern Lights that can dominate the night sky with ethereal blues and greens. This majestic cruise also visits a number of charming Norwegian cities including Ålesund, Tromsø, Alta and Honningsvåg to discover fascinating histories exhibited in museums and galleries, mesmerising monuments and architecture such as the Arctic Cathedral.
- 14 nights cruise on Magellan
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spend a glorious morning exploring the pretty Dutch capital of Amsterdam. With more bicycles than residents, this city is effortlessly charismatic with its tree-lined canals, beautiful gabled houses, charming merchants’ mansions and picturesque bridges crossing the calm waterways. Take the opportunity to visit world-renowned art galleries and museums particularly the fascinating Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
Day 3 - At sea
Day 4 - Ålesund, Norway
Completely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904 burnt the city to the ground, Ålesund now boasts stunning art nouveau style along with beautiful medieval turrets, towers and facades adding romance to this glorious Norwegian city. Visit the breathtaking Mount Aksla, which can be found by following 418 steps from the Town Park. Mount Aksla offers mesmerising views of both Ålesund and the surrounding ocean crashing onto the rocky shores, at the top you will reach Fjellstua which hosts panoramic views and a delightful outdoor restaurant where you can sit back and blissfully enjoy the unforgettable scenery.
Day 5 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea.
Day 6 - Tromsø
Known as ‘The Capital of the Arctic’, Tromsø is located around 220 miles north of the stunning Arctic Circle. Renowned for its northernmost university and brewery, Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden - home to thousands of marvellous plant species from all areas of the world - and the striking Arctic Cathedral, this triangular masterpiece can be seen from much of Tromsø’s land and is famous for its fantastic glass mosaic on the eastern side of the building. While here you can visit a number of attractions including the Mount Storsteinen, which can be reached via a pleasant cable car journey, and the magnificent Polar Museum telling the story of Tromsø’s polar seafaring traditions.
Days 7-8 - Alta (overnight)
We have two days to discover the glorious town of Alta. Located along the inner part of the Altafjord and Norway’s best salmon rivers, Alta is now recognised as the largest town in Finnmark. It has three centres: Bossekop; an old trading and market town, Elvebakken; hosting the town’s airport and harbour; and the new town filled with modern shops. Alta offers beautiful displays of nature all worth exploring, including glorious lakes, magnificent mountainous views and lush green landscapes. We sail on the evening of day 8.
Day 9 - Honningsvåg
Home to as little as 2,500 residents, Honningsvåg still received city status in 1996, regardless of Norway’s law stating that a city must have 5,000 inhabitants. Situated on the eastern side of Mageroya in the Barents Sea, Honningsvåg has now established a reputation as the starting place for excursions to the magnificent North Cape, a dramatic 307-metre high cliff in the Atlantic.
Day 10 - At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the onboard entertainment.
Day 11 - Trondheim
At lunchtime we arrive in fascinating Trondheim, a city that mixes both the modern and the past together and boasts a lavish variety of museums and art galleries, historical sights and beautiful architecture. The Nidaros Cathedral demands much of the city’s attention, built over the burial site of Norway’s patron saint, St Olav; this magnificent monument has an impressive West Wall designed in stone with beautifully stained glass windows and a spectacular tower with 172 narrow steps reaching unforgettable views over the city.
Day 12 - Åndalsnes
Situated at the mouth of the stunning River Rauma, Åndalsnes is a charming small town in Norway’s Møre and Romsdal district. Due to its desirable location views of the picturesque valley, river and beautiful mountains can be admired from almost everywhere. Åndalsnes is also the start of the Rauma Line - an optional excursion can take you on this once-in-a-lifetime vintage steam train journey through remarkable mountain scenery. A number of other optional excursions are also available. taking you to wondrous destinations such as the dramatic Romsdal Alps.
Day 13 - Bergen
The Gateway to the Fjords, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and one with beautiful natural scenery. Situated against an unforgettable backdrop of seven mountains, magnificent views aren’t hard to come by especially when journeying on the scenic funicular ride to the summit of Mount Floien where sights of Bergen and Norway’s amazing coastline await.
Day 14 - At sea
Relax on board as we sail home.
Day 15 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.