Sailing from Dover to the Arctic Circle
March is considered one of the best times of the year to see Norway. Sail through beautiful rugged mountain scenes where melting snow flows into cascading waterfalls, to view iconic landmarks and visit quaint towns brimming with Nordic charm. From our first port of call - Haugesund, where Norway’s first king is buried, to our last port - Stavanger, where he earned his royal status, this itinerary is full of historical sites and opportunities for adventure including a cable car ascent of mighty mountains, husky sledding, and the chance to visit the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, all before the sun sets and the breathtaking Northern Lights hopefully light the sky.
- 14 nights cruise on Braemar
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- £100 per person onboard credit
- Included onboard drinks package
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Embarkation assistance by Titan staff
- Services of the experienced Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Dover
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Dover, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Braemar (3T+) in readiness for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Cruising Karmsund - Haugesund
Sail through the narrow channel between Karmoey Island and Haugesund, docking in the vibrant town of Haugesund. It is said that Harald Fairhair - the first Viking King of Norway - is buried here. Spend your time exploring this old fishing town, with many street and shop names honouring the name of the old Norse king. Maybe take in the Karmsund Folkemuseum and the important historical sites just north of the town centre, including the burial mound and Haraldsstotta - the national monument that commemorates the unification of Norway, or take an excursion into the surrounding countryside to see the beautiful fjords.
Day 4 - At sea
Day 5 - Crossing the Arctic Circle - Bodø
This morning we cross the Arctic Circle and make our way to Bodø, situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline. Discover Bodø's historic past by visiting one of the museums or explore the Bodø Cathedral. It is also an ideal destination for bird spotting - the area boasts the world’s largest population of sea eagles and these majestic birds of prey can be seen all year round.
Day 6 - Tromsø
Tromsø is possibly best known for the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ but this is just one of numerous places you can visit today. The city is a joy to explore, containing the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and many museums and galleries including the Perspektivet Museum, which exhibits the history of Tromsø; the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery. Alternatively, ascend Storsteinen Mountain by cable car for amazing views or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.
Days 7-8 - Alta (overnight)
Although Alta has the demeanour of a modern town, it has a fascinating history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times. After lunch on board, explore the Alta Museum or visit Hjemmeluft to see the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. You may also have the opportunity to visit the Igloo Hotel, made entirely from ice and snow. Having reached our northernmost point on this cruise, we start returning south on the afternoon of day 8.
Day 9 - Narvik
Narvik has a history which goes much farther back than the existence of the city. Close to the town centre is the Ofoten Museum, with displays of local history including 5,000-year-old rock carvings. The Nordland Red Cross War Memorial Museum commemorates the occupation of Narvik in the Second World War. Alternatively, great views may be observed from the heights of Narvikfjellet Mountain, accessible by cable car.
Day 10 - Scenic cruising
Today is all about relaxing on board with a camera in hand as we cruise along the magnificent coast, viewing a myriad of stunning islands and majestic mountain ranges including the Seven Sisters, Toget Island - famous for the mountain with the hole - and also the pretty village of Rørvik.
Day 11 - Andalsnes, More og Romsdal cruises
The tiny town of Andalsnes is located between some of the most incredible mountains and fjords in Norway, including Trollveggen (The Troll Wall) - the tallest vertical rock face in Europe.
Day 12 - Bergen
Bergen was one of the great Hanseatic ports, founded by the intrepid King Olav Kyrre. Explore the delightful and unique Bryggen, the hub of commerce, seafaring and craftsmanship; and Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s oldest and best preserved fortresses presiding over the harbour entrance. Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, spent 22 years at Troldhaugen and his modest home is now a museum devoted to his life and work - many of his famous pieces were composed in the little garden hut. The mountains and fjords that surround Bergen add to the city’s allure and make for a fantastic adventure.
Day 13 - Stavanger
Although rich from oil, Stavanger has retained a wonderful charm. The old town, Gamle Stavanger, has narrow winding streets and ancient wooden houses gathered round the market where fresh fish and vegetables have been sold for over a thousand years. Just outside the town is the Three Swords monument, commemorating the battle of Hafrsfjord in AD 872 - when Harald Hårfagre became Norway’s first king and longest reigning monarch. Stavanger is also perfectly placed for tours to the Lysefjord, one of the most famous and dramatic of Norwegian fjords, flanked by magnificent cliffs. This beautiful fjord is where the incredible Kjerag Mountain and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) are found.
Day 14 - At sea
Spend a day at sea reminiscing over your favourite moments as we return to Dover.
Day 15 Dover
Early this morning we arrive in Dover, disembarking after breakfast. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.