Sir Ranulph Fiennes' extraordinary achievements as an adventurer and explorer have seen him recognised as 'the world's greatest living explorer' (Guiness World Records). He served in the Army for eight years, as a member of the Royal Scots Greys and the SAS, and later embarked on a series of pioneering missions to many of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet. He was the first person (with Charles Burton) to conquer both the North and South Poles on foot, and was the first (with Mike Stroud) to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. In 2009, Sir Ranulph climbed Mount Everest at the age of 65, becoming the oldest Briton to reach the summit.
Experience the Northern Lights with Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The magical Northern Lights have intrigued and enchanted Arctic adventurers for centuries. And so what better way to experience them for yourself than on our exclusive new 12-day Norwegian adventure along the stunning Norwegian fjords?
As well as enjoying one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places on Earth, you will have the chance to meet Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by the Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest living explorer. Sir Ranulph has completed record-breaking missions to both poles, Mount Everest and the north face of the Eiger. He will give two special talks and a Q&A during your trip, plus join you on a special included excursion to see the spectacular North Cape, the most northerly point of Europe.
You will also enjoy talks from a Northern Lights expert explaining the science behind this natural phenomenon as well as your choice of a number of additional Arctic excursions, including activities such as snowmobiling, kayaking, husky sledding and sea eagle spotting.
This is an unmissable opportunity to explore the majestic Norwegian coast and star-filled Arctic skies, as you travel from the UNESCO World Heritage port of Bergen, where you stay for four nights, before voyaing north beyond the Arctic Circle. You will be sailing on recently-refurbished MS Finnmarken with our recommended travel partner Hurtigruten, the leading expert in voyages along the Norwegian coast.
What is more, Hurtigruten are so confidence that you will see the Northern Lights during your voyage that they will offer you another six-night cruise if you fail to see them for free.
Six reasons to book
Meet the legendary explorer
Brilliant Arctic activities
Your Northern Lights promise
See the spectacular North Cape
World's most beautiful voyage
Sail the fjords in style
Your expert guide
International return flights
11 nights' full-board accommodation on MS Polarlys in an outside cabin
Two exclusive talks and Q&A with Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Special excursion to the North Cape with Sir Ranulph
Your Northern Lights promise***
On-board talk explaining the science behind the Northern Lights
All port fees and taxes
**Supplements apply for optional activities, which have limited capacities and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more, please call our tour partner Hurtigruten on the booking number below.
***For full terms and conditions for the Northern Lights promise, visit hurtigruten.co.uk/uk-offers/norway-offers/northern-lights-promise.
Day1Flying to BergenBergen, Norway
You flight will arrive in Bergen today and check in the to the Radisson Blu, perfectly located by the historic wharf, for a four-night stay in this wonderful city.
Enjoy an array of activities - from nature hikes and boating trips on the fjords - to funicular rides, fascinating tour of the city's maritime history or home of composer Edvard Grieg as well as the wonderful seafood.
Day2Majestic mountains & fjordsÅlesund, Norway
Today you'll have the chance to explore Ålesund, famous for its stylish Art Nouveau architecture. Optional excursion: a scenic drive to take in the wonderful views from the top of Mount Aksla.
Day3Discover TrondheimTrondheim, Norway
You will explore the city of Trondheim, a former Viking trading post and Norway's first capital. Optional excursion: a visit to the country's most famous church, Nidaros Cathedral.
Day4Crossing the Arctic CircleBod, Norway
Join the crew on deck for a traditional ceremony to mark your first crossing of the Arctic Circle. Tonight, listen to a fascinating on-board talk explaining the science behind the Northern Lights.
Optional excursions: a nature hike in beautiful Bodo.
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 Sir Ranulph Fiennes will give an exclusive talk and Q&A on board the ship.
Optional activities: going on a husky-sledding adventure!
Today you'll enjoy the spectacular views from the Northe Cape (Nordkapp), the northernmost point in Europe, on a special included excursion with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as your voyage continues through the snow-covered homelands of the Sami people.
Day7See the SnowhotelKirkenes, Norway
Today you have option of joining a fantastic excursion to visit the famous sculpted ice rooms of the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, have a drink at the Ice Bar and then meet the huskies and reindeer at nearby Gabba Reindeer Park.
Day8Hammerfest & TromsoHammerfest, Norway
Today's highlights will include the pretty waterfront buildings of colourful Hammerfest and views from your ship of the snow-capped Lyngen Alps.
Optional excursions: a midnight concert in Tromso's Arctic Cathedral.
Day9Lofoten IslandsLofoten Islands, Norway
The islands of Lofoten and Vesteralen are among the most beautiful in Norway.
Optional activities: explore Vesteralen's medieval past
Day10Bodo to RorvikRørvik,
Keep an eye out today for the Seven Sisters mountain range and the distinctive shape of Torghatten, the 'mountain with a hole in it'.
Day11Trondheim & AlesundTrondheim, Norway
You will return to the Royal City of Trondheim.
Optional activities: going on a fascinating trip to the magnificent marble mine at Bergtatt.
After breakfast, you will disembark MS Finnmarken and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Hurtigruten's refurbished MS Polarlys is takes its name from the Norwegian for `polar light´
MS Polarlys was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, the Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of the two hot tubs. There's a comfortable bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink. The vessel also has a large compass area where you find the reception, the expedition team, conference room and shop.
MS Polarlys has her own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey.
- Expedition Team
- Refurbished in 2016
- Three restaurants
- Multe bakery and ice cream bar
- Explorer bar lounge
- Fitness room
- Conference room
- Car deck
- Hot tub
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