Book a Norwegian Cruise for your Northern Lights adventure in 2024

Are you feeling inspired by the recent sightings of the Northern Lights? One of the best ways to experience the wonder of Norway's wilderness and have the chance to witness the Aurora Borealis, is to embark on one of our unforgettable Norwegian cruises in the company of experienced guides. Cruise through magical fjords, past towering mountains and combine stargazing and wildlife-spotting opportunities with the unique sight of the Aurora Borealis.

Witness The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is one of the greatest natural light shows on earth, and has captured the imaginations of many from all around the world. It is often top of many travellers' bucket lists, luring visitors from far and wide who are eager to catch a glimpse of this extraordinary phenomenon.

The Northern Lights occur when atom particles charged from the sun interact with the Earth's magnetic field. This creates a shimmering display of vibrant shades of green, blue, pink and purple, that appear to dance across the night sky, creating an unforgettable experience for anyone fortunate enough to witness this mesmerising spectacle.

Norway is one of the most popular locations within the Arctic Circle for spotting the Aurora, due to its remote northern position which provides exceptional viewing conditions, far away from city light pollution. The best viewing locations are in the north of the country in darker regions such as Tromsø, Kirkenes and the Lofoten Islands, during the winter months between September to early April. All the Nordic countries offer the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights at certain times of year, whether you book a memorable tour or a city break at one of our collection of Nordic hotels.

Find out more: Voyage through Norway's fjords and search for the Northern Lights

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Unique Wildlife & Landscapes

Norway is also home to some incredible Arctic wildlife, where you will have the chance to encounter some of the country's rare and unique species in their natural habitat, including arctic foxes, puffin colonies, and even humpback whales that occupy Norway's icy waters.

You'll be taken on a journey through the scenic landscapes along Norway's coastline and behold breathtaking fjords, towering glaciers, snow-capped mountain peaks, verdant forests and cascading waterfalls. The captivating scenery and tranquility of the country truly makes it a nature lover's paradise.

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On board your cruise

If you're feeling inspired to witness the wonder of the Northern Lights, we currently offer two incredible cruise trips to Norway with comfortable cabins. On our 12-day Voyage through Norway's fjords and search for the Northern Lights tour, you'll be sailing with Norwegian cruise experts, Hurtigruten, on board one of their modern, fully-equipped and environmentally progressive vessels.

A highlight of the trip will be crossing the Arctic Circle, where your chances of spotting the Northern Lights during winter are very high. Whether you prefer to view the stunning landscapes and catch the Aurora Borealis from the deck of the ship, weather permitting, or from inside your warm and cosy cabin, the choice is yours. From Tromsø, known as the Arctic capital, you'll sail to the remote and beautiful Lofoten Islands and visit North Cape, Europe's most northerly point, passing herds of reindeer on the way. You will also get to enjoy the onboard dining, sampling fresh authentic cuisine sourced from local regions.

Departure dates throughout 2024 available

Sail with the experts

Another way to seek Norway's Aurora Borealis is on our 12-day roundtrip cruise, sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes aboard the environmentally-friendly MS Kong Harald ship. You will sail through hundreds of incredible fjords and majestic mountains, stopping off to visit historic fishing villages and picturesque towns and cities.

You'll be joined onboard by expert guides, who will provide insightful lectures throughout your trip, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the science of Norway's dramatic landscapes, as well as the country's rich history and cultural traditions during fascinating excursions. You will also hear stories about Norway's folklore and the legends of the Sami people, the indigenous people of northern Norway who believed the Northern Lights were the spirits of their ancestors dancing in the sky, and would perform rituals and ceremonies to honor them.

Meet Doug Allan

A further highlight of the trip is the company of esteemed wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, and winner of five BAFTA awards for his inspiring work on popular documentary shows including Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, The Blue Planet, and many more. He will join you on the trip for three days to give an insightful talk, demonstrate a photography workshop, and accompany you on an arctic coastal walk. He will also be sharing his expert photography tips along the way so that you can capture cherished moments to take home from your wonderful adventure.

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Whether you're a seasoned aurora hunter or its your first-time witnessing this magnificent marvel, our Norwegian Northern Lights cruises offer an unforgettable way to experience the captivating beauty of Norway's Arctic landscapes, whilst chasing the ethereal beauty of one of nature's greatest celestial wonders.

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