Norway and the Splendour of the Northern Lights
Sailing within the Arctic Circle
Visiting Norway in the winter - when the tall mountain peaks are smothered with snow and the cold, unpolluted air is at its crispest - is always a special experience and this stunning cruise offers you the chance to see this breathtaking country at its frozen finest. You’ll have plenty of time to try your hand at some exhilarating dog sledding and discover the UNESCO-listed prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft. Admire the famous Arctic Cathedral, immerse yourself in the unique culture of the indigenous Sami people and take in the stunning mountain landscapes that surround the beautiful Bergen. And when night falls over Northern Norway, deep inside the Arctic Circle, you will have the best possible chance of seeing the astonishing multi-coloured Northern Lights.
- 15 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 44 meals: 15 breakfasts (days 2-16) 14 lunches (days 2-15) 15 dinners (days 1-15)
- £150 per person onboard credit
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- Exclusive Titan drinks party on board
- 4 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Embarkation service by Titan staff
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Days 2-3 - At sea
Settle in on board as we sail the North Sea.
Day 4 - Ålesund
Almost completely destroyed by fire in January 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded today as one of Europe’s true marvels. Ålesund is an astonishing visual experience, an art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. Stroll through the pedestrianised streets, enjoying the art galleries, diverse shops and lively cafés, or climb 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla to enjoy panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago and the Sunnmore Alps.
Day 5 - At sea
Watch the scenery go by as we sail towards the middle of Northern Norway’s coast.
Day 6 - Harstad - Lofoten Islands
We dock in Harstad to explore an island of fjords and mountains that provide a tranquil walk, or visit sites in Trondenes that take you back to the Second World War and to the rule of heroic Viking chieftain Tore Hund. Hinnøya is one of hundreds of mountainous islands that hug Norway’s coastline, placed at the entrance to Vesterålen and Lofoten. Travelling along the 70-mile long Lofoten archipelago, admire the traditional fertile farmlands and jagged coastline dotted with fishing villages. The ancient cliffs - rising sheer from the sea to over 3,000 feet in some places - are composed of some of the world's oldest rocks, divided by fjords during the Ice Age.
Days 7-8 - Alta (overnight)
Although most of the town has been rebuilt after the Second World War, Alta has a fascinating history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times. Visit the Alta Museum in Hjemmeluft to see the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago, providing vital evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during the Stone Age. For some adventure, choose to embrace Norway’s wintery weather on a dog sledding or snow mobile excursion. With a late afternoon departure on day 8, we stay overnight in what is considered one of the best places to see the mesmerising Northern Lights during the winter.
Days 9-10 - Tromsø (overnight)
The attractive town of Tromsø is where we spend the next two days, with plenty of ways to enjoy the area. This island city contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and numerous attractions including the historical Perspektivet Museum, the Art Museum of Northern Norway, the Mack Brewery and the iceberg-inspired Arctic Cathedral, the city’s most recognisable landmark. Take a 4-minute trip by cable car to the top of Storsteinen Mountain and you will find yourself 420m above sea level, with magnificent views to take in through a camera lens or over a cup of coffee. You may also enjoy a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home. Depart early afternoon on day 10.
Day 11 - At sea
Day 12 - Molde
Molde is a great base for an adventure. Take a stroll along footpaths from Romsdal's Museum over Moldemarka, 12 square miles of protected hills ideal for recreational hiking, for unbeatable views of over 222 snow-capped mountain peaks. For a more leisurely but no less impressive experience, take an exhilarating drive along the stunning Atlantic Ocean Road, named as the world’s best road trip. The 8 kilometre stretch of road snakes across bridges from island to island, connecting the outermost islets and reefs right at the ocean’s edge, revealing stunning views of exposed wilderness.
Day 13 - Bergen
In just seven minutes, the Fløibanen funicular railway can transport you to the top of Mount Fløyen. Below you, from whence you came, lay the pretty rooftops and cobbled streets of Bergen, the glistening Byfjorden and the surrounding mountainsides carpeted in evergreen trees. Despite being Norway’s second city, Bergen’s centre can be crossed by foot in just 20 minutes; however its beautiful maze of backstreets and stone staircases will encourage a much slower pace. Stumble upon the Kode art museum which includes a collection of works by Edvard Munch, look for the cannonball in Bergen Cathedral, and enjoy a freshly-baked cinnamon roll in a café in the historical Bryggen area. Away from the city centre is the lakeside home of legendary composer Edvard Grieg, named for the trolls said to watch over the nearby hills. It is now a museum where performances can be enjoyed.
Days 14-15 - At sea
Two days to enjoy at sea as we sail towards Southampton.
Day 16 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.