Join the popular TV presenter and adventurer on this special Norwegian fjords cruise to see the spectacular display

Watching the magical Northern Lights dance across the night sky is an otherworldly experience like no other. On this new 12-day cruise you'll hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis while sailing along the beautiful Norwegian fjords.

To make this once-in-a-lifetime voyageeven more special, you'll be joined by TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle. A former Royal Navy reservist, Ben first appeared on our TV screens in the BBC's Castaway, during which he was marooned on an island in the Outer Hebrides for a year. Since then, he's gone on to present everything from Countryfile to Crufts and says he can't wait to see the Northern Lights again after witnessing them first while filming his TV series New Lives In The Wild.

Ben will give two special talks and take part in a Q&A on board your ship, MS Richard. Don't miss this opportunity to discover one of the most unspoilt countries on Earth on an unforgettable voyage this winter.

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Ben Fogle
Presenter & Adventurer

Ben Fogle has presented numerous programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and Discovery, worked as a special correspondent for NBC News, and made documentaries on Prince William in Africa and Captain Scott in Antarctica. He has written nine bestselling books, including Race To The Pole and The Accidental Adventurer, and is the United Nations patron of the wilderness, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and ambassador to WWF, Tusk and Hearing Dogs For The Deaf, as well as a patron to the Red Cross.

Price includes

  • International return flights.
  • Eleven nights' full-board accommodation on MS Richard With.
  • Two exclusive talks and Q&A with Ben Fogle.
  • Your Northern Lights promise*.
  • On-board talk explaining the science behind the Northern Lights.
  • 1,000 Norwegian kroner per cabin onboard credit.
  • The services of a tour leader throughout.
  • All port fees and taxes.

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Jan 3, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Jan 14, 2021
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,999*
* Price based on two sharing an Unspecified Inside cabin (Cat I, Decks 3-5). Subject to availability. Unspecified Outside cabin (Cat J, N & L, Decks 2-6, may have limited view) start from £2330pp. Unspecified Arctic Superior (Cat P, Deck 5) starts from £2667pp. Unspecified Inside Single cabins starts from £3050pp. Unspecified Outside Single cabin (may have limited view) starts from £3454pp. Unspecified Arctic Superior Single cabin starts from £4045. Price based on flights from Heathrow or Gatwick (subject to availability). 5% deposit applies (non-refundable) and full balance is payable 90 days prior to departure. Regional flights available for a supplement, subject to availability. Our travel partner TS Travel Ltd in partnership with Hurtigruten is 100% financially protected. Supplements apply for optional activities, which have limited capacity and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call our tour partner, TS Travel Ltd, on the booking number. For full terms and conditions for the Northern Lights promise, visit hurtigruten.co.uk/uk-offers/norway-offers/northern-lights-promise.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    You will arrive in Bergen today and be welcomed aboard MS Richard With. It is well worth exploring this lovely port if you have time. Tonight you set sail along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord and relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or the panorama lounge.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Alesund
    Ålesund, Norway

    Ålesund, a quaint fishing town of approximately 45,000 in western Norway, has been called Norway's most beautiful city. A fire in 1904 destroyed much of it, resulting in the town being rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style-also known as Jugendstil-that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. A year after the fire, Norway gained its independence from Sweden, which led to a campaign to build a "Norwegian town" to mark the creation of the new nation. The colorful buildings feature castlelike turrets and spires with intricate facades of ornamental flowers, gargoyles and Viking-inspired decorations.

    Bordering the Norwegian Sea, this area is also famous for its mountain ranges and fjords. For those looking for a more active visit, Ålesund offers great hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. One of the highlights is climbing the 418 steps that lead up Mount Aksla for a spectacular view of the city and the Sunnmøre Alps. Nearby is the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful waterfalls. This is also home to Atlanterhavsparken, or the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Europe.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway

    Trondheim, a former Viking trading post, was Norway's first capital. This historic city has a vibrant atmosphere and is home to Europe's most northernmost, 11th century, Gothic Nidaros Cathedral. Explore the colourful warehouses, waterways or venture up into the hills with the Hurtigruten guides for a hike to immerse yourself in the beautiful wilderness.

    In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the Kjeungskjaer lighthouse, islets and rocky reefs.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Arctic Circle & Svartisen Glacier
    Lofoten Islands, Norway
    Lofoten Islands in Norwary
    Lofoten Islands in Norwary. Credit: Iakov Kalinin/Shutterstock

    Today you will cross the Arctic Circle for the first time, marking the best chance to see the famous natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights otherwise known as 'Aurora Borealis'. Enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Lofoten Islands, the Svartisen Glacier and the dramatic entrance to Trollfjord.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Tromso
    Tromsø, Norway

    You will have more chances to see the Northern Lights as you sail north towards Tromsø, known as the 'capital of the Arctic'. Today our special guest Ben Fogle will give an exclusive talk and Q&A on board the ship.

    Optional activities: Join a 'Polar History Walk' to learn more about explorers and Arctic hunters, and enjoy a beer at the world's northernmost brewery. Take a thrilling husky-sledge ride across frozen landscape with stunning views of snowy plateaus or take a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Honningsvag & North Cape
    Honningsvåg, Norway
    Coastal sunset in Norway
    Coastal sunset in Norway. Credit: Ron Bennett/Shutterstock

    Your journey continues through the heartland of the indigenous Sami people as you experience
    the bleak beauty of Norway's North Cape (Nordkapp), the most northerly point of Europe. From here you can join a small boat excursion to see the North Cape from the sea or take a bus ride to the North Cape plateau. Take a bird-watching excursion to Gjesvaerstappan or enjoy the thrill of a snowmobile trip across snowy plains in search of The Northern Lights in the starry sky.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Kirkenes
    Kirkenes, Norway

    The turning point of your epic adventure is Kirkenes, a town close enough to Russia for you to visit the border. There are many ways for you to visit the Russian frontier by bus tours, a riverboat safari, via canoe or hiking. You can also join an excursion to the Barents Sea to catch and eat giant king crabs. You will also get another chance to enjoy a wide range of classic winter activities, like dog-sledging, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or visiting an Arctic Ice Dome.

    As the ship starts to to take its journey south, the ports that were visited at night can now be enjoyed by day.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Hammerfest
    Hammerfest, Norway

    We dock again in Honningsvag where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at North Cape. The ship then continues to Hammerfest, one of the prettiest stops on your voyage. Surrounded by mountains, sandy beaches and impressive costal landscapes, this eye- catching town is an Urban surprise along the mostly uninhabited coast. With spectacular views of the Lyngen Alps and its colourful buildings. From here you can join a mini mountain expedition to learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrom.

    We then continue south on our second visit to Tromso, one of the best locations to experience the dazzling Northern Lights.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: A midnight concert in Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord
    Lofoten Islands, Norway

    See the stunning natural scenery of the beautiful islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen, famous for their deserted beaches, fishing villages and Arctic Wildlife. We stop at Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Here there is a chance to visit the Hurtigruten Museum.

    As the ship ventures further south we reach spectacular Trollfjord surrounded by majestic mountains. If sea conditions allow we sail inside to view dramatic landscape which inspires images of fairy tales and trolls.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: Your optional activity for today is a sea eagle safari.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Arctic Circle & the Seven Sisters
    Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Join the crew on deck to celebrate the crossing of the Arctic Circle with a traditional 'taste' ceremony - a fun ceremony highlighted by a spoonful of cod liver oil. Today's adventure takes us along the Helgeland coast to view the strange mountain, Torghatten, which was created during the ice age and made famous for its hole in the centre. If the weather allows you can join a hike with your guides for a closer look.

    We also sail past the famous 1,100m high mountain range called the Seven Sisters. Fairytale stories suggest that seven beautiful troll sisters got caught out in the sunrise and turned to stone, hence the seven beautiful peaks.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Kristiansund
    Kristiansand, Norway

    Kristiansund is Norway's 'cured cod capital' due to its long history of exporting dried fish. It is a city spread across four islands with a beautiful harbour. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road - one of the most scenic routes in the world. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will cross the open sea to Molde, known as Norway's 'City of Roses'. Along the way, you will take in the steep peaks if the Romsdal Alps on the horizon.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    Before our final arrival back in Bergen, we sail through picturesque Nordfjord, beneath the Jostedal Glacier, before calling at Floro. We navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and enjoy superb views of the island-studded coastline before our arrival in to Bergen, where you disembark for your transfer to the airport and your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

MS Richard With
MS Richard With
Kysten Restaurant
Kysten Restaurant

MS Richard With

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Cruise ship

Your home will be MS Richard With, a ship that boasts a two-storey panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, an à la carte restaurant, bar, cafes, bakery, swimming pool and hot tub, plus a sauna with a view, fitness room and library. The ship also hosts a series of free talks and demonstrations. The delicious food, which includes Norwegian specialities such as roast reindeer and aquavit ice cream, is sourced locally and is included in the price.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Jan 3, 2021
To
Thu, Thu, Jan 14, 2021
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,999*
* Price based on two sharing an Unspecified Inside cabin (Cat I, Decks 3-5). Subject to availability. Unspecified Outside cabin (Cat J, N & L, Decks 2-6, may have limited view) start from £2330pp. Unspecified Arctic Superior (Cat P, Deck 5) starts from £2667pp. Unspecified Inside Single cabins starts from £3050pp. Unspecified Outside Single cabin (may have limited view) starts from £3454pp. Unspecified Arctic Superior Single cabin starts from £4045. Price based on flights from Heathrow or Gatwick (subject to availability). 5% deposit applies (non-refundable) and full balance is payable 90 days prior to departure. Regional flights available for a supplement, subject to availability. Our travel partner TS Travel Ltd in partnership with Hurtigruten is 100% financially protected. Supplements apply for optional activities, which have limited capacity and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call our tour partner, TS Travel Ltd, on the booking number. For full terms and conditions for the Northern Lights promise, visit hurtigruten.co.uk/uk-offers/norway-offers/northern-lights-promise.
Call now to book 02039930411
Quote ref: MAIL FOGLE