An Arctic Aurora
An Arctic Aurora
A winter cruise across the Arctic Circle to Norway’s northern reaches is an experience like no other. Snow-covered landscapes and picturesque Nordic towns are yours to explore, before retreating to your boutique cruise ship to warm up in complete luxury. Plus, in February, night still comes early, meaning you’ll be in the prime season and locations for viewing the miraculous aurora borealis. Few sights are as spellbinding as the atmospheric display of green and pink light dancing across the inky dark sky.
Your first port in Norway is Kristiansund, a modern town spread across four islands. The town has links to both culinary and cultural delights, being the clipfish capital of Norway and with its own Opera House hosting a fabulous festival each year. Venture north to Tromsø, Norway’s gateway to the Arctic and the launch pad for many important historical expeditions, from where you can go dogsledding through the wilderness. Continue further north to Honningsvag, from where an included tour takes you to the North Cape plateau, mainland Europe’s most northerly point. Two full days in Alta are sure to be a highlight of your cruise. Look forward to an included excursion to a Northern Lights camp where warm drinks are served and a campfire roars whilst you search the skies for the dancing lights of the aurora. Head out of the Arctic circle and on your journey home stop in Alesund, where you can admire the many examples of Art Nouveau architecture.
- A chauffeur service to the port up to 250 miles each way or included car parking,
- All meals, snacks and daily afternoon tea including speciality dining
- All-inclusive drinks & A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
- Gym, sauna & exercise classes
- Included sightseeing excursions
- All on-board 'tips' and bar service charges
- 24-hour room service plus Free Wi-Fi
- Porterage of luggage at the port
- Free shuttle bus at most ports
- Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- Optional comprehensive travel insurance, underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, and additional cancellation rights. If you have your own insurance, we will offer you the holiday at a lower price.
Sightseeing tours included to:
- Alta, Norway
- Honningsvag, Norway
- Tromso, Norway
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Spirit of Discovery
Spirit of Discovery features the design cues, cuisine and levels of service you expect in the world’s finest boutique hotels. Except here you can wake up in a new idyllic location different to the one you went to sleep in. The luxurious, world-class design on board heralds a new era for Saga Cruising, and will offer the chance to experience so much more. All backed by Saga’s famous personal service and inclusive value.
Spirit of Discovery Profile
- Gross register tonnage: 58,250
- Passengers: 999 Guest capacity (double occupancy)
- Crew: 530
- Length: 774.3ft
- Beam: 102.4ft
- Year built: 2019
Day 1: Southampton
Embark Spirit of Discovery.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Kristiansund, Norway
Berth in the cluster of four islands that make up the fantastically colourful Kristiansund. The city is known both as “Opera Town” for its frequent operatic performances and prestigious company and as the “Capital of Clipfish”, as it was once a hub of the fish salting industry. You can visit a museum dedicated to the traditional process of fish salting on the docks or travel out of town on a tour that visits Bremnes, the 14th-century Kvernes Stave Church and navigates the 8.5 kilometre long Atlantic Road. This ocean road that links Averøy to the mainland is simultaneously described as the most beautiful road journey in the world and “Norway’s engineering feat of the century”.
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Tromsø, Norway
Visit Tromsø, the “Gateway to the Arctic”. The city has launched many an Arctic expedition and you can share in its adventurous spirit with a dog sledding excursion into the frozen wilds. With its famous Arctic Cathedral, museums such as the Perspektivet Museum, and attractions including the Arctic aquarium, there’s plenty to discover in the city. Spot some of the highlights on an included sightseeing tour.
350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and with little light pollution, Tromsø is also an ideal place for observing the incredible Northern Lights, so much so that the city holds a festival in honour of the natural phenomenon. Perhaps head out on deck this evening, with a warm drink, in anticipation of your very own light show as the ship sails away from Tromsø.
Day 7: Honningsvag, Norway
Discover Norway’s northernmost town, a small fishing community that’s home to fewer than 2,500 people and covers little over a square kilometre. Within the town, which was rebuilt after WWII, you’ll find the North Cape Museum with information about the region, as well as an Ice Bar constructed anew each year from natural ice. From here, venture to the ‘top of the world’, the North Cape, on an included tour, where you can watch two oceans collide.
Alternatively, explore the snow-covered scenery of Magerøy Island and learn about winter life here.
Day 8: Alta, Norway
Spirit of Discovery will stay two nights in Alta to increase your odds of witnessing the dazzling aurora borealis. With two full days in Alta you'll also have the opportunity to go dog sledding, or perhaps meet some Sami reindeer herders. Come night fall, venture across the wild tundra on an included excursion.
Gather around a campfire, far from the light pollution, to hunt for the Northern Lights and hopefully spy this celestial light show. We'll even provide you with a complimentary Arctic jacket to keep you cosy and warm!
Day 9: Cross the Arctic Circle
Day 10: Alesund, Norway
Alesund is the largest town on the northwest coast of Norway, built on three islands and with a backdrop of impressive mountain peaks. The town centre was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1904 and today is known for its Art Nouveau style architecture. In addition to the National Art Noveau Centre, the city is also home to galleries, shops and cafes.
Alternatively, perhaps head up to the Mount Aksla viewpoint where, weather permitting, you can appreciate impressive views over the city, surrounding islands and fjords. An optional excursion visits the islands of Giske and Godøy, rich in Viking history.
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: At Sea
Day 13: Southampton
Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.