Experience nature’s magical lightshow in the company of the legendary explorer on our exclusive 12-day cruise along the Norwegian fjords

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.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Adventurer and explorer

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.

Price includes

  • International return flights

  • Transfers

  • 11 nights' full-board accommodation on MS Finnmarken

  • 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.

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Dec 12, 2019
To
Mon, Mon, Dec 23, 2019
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,849*
* Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement prices on request. Price based on flights from Gatwick. Regional flights available for a supplement, subject to availability.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Flying to Bergen
    Bergen, 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.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Majestic mountains & fjords
    Ålesund, 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.

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

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Crossing the Arctic Circle
    Bod, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Tromsø
    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 Sir Ranulph Fiennes will give an exclusive talk and Q&A on board the ship.

    Optional activities: going on a husky-sledding adventure!

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Nordkapp
    Nordkapp, Norway

    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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    See the Snowhotel
    Kirkenes, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Hammerfest & Tromso
    Hammerfest, 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.

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

    The islands of Lofoten and Vesteralen are among the most beautiful in Norway.

    Optional activities: explore Vesteralen's medieval past

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Bodo to Rorvik
    Rørvik,

    Keep an eye out today for the Seven Sisters mountain range and the distinctive shape of Torghatten, the 'mountain with a hole in it'.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Trondheim & Alesund
    Trondheim, Norway

    You will return to the Royal City of Trondheim.

    Optional activities: going on a fascinating trip to the magnificent marble mine at Bergtatt.

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

    After breakfast, you will disembark MS Finnmarken and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

MS Finnmarken

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This comfortable Art Deco-style cruise ship pairs exceptional facilities with superb platforms for viewing the surrounding scenery

With her fabulous lounges and distinctive bow, MS Finnmarken provides a unique setting for viewing the spectacular surrounding scenery. The panoramic lounge on the top deck is a comfortable spot to enjoy the views, and the tip of the vessel can be accessed from deck five.

Art Deco-style design and lavish decoration feature throughout the vessel but it's the facilities on MS Finnmarken that really stand out. When you're not out exploring, there's a swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck, as well as a fitness room and a luxurious sauna with a view.

After a busy day, grab a snack from Babettes Café or head to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. In the evening, choose from a diverse menu of freshly prepared dishes in à la carte restaurant before retreating to the comfort of your cabin.

KEY FEATURES

  • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
  • Top deck features a panorama lounge
  • Fitness room
  • Sauna with a view
  • Library
  • Lift

CABIN ACCOMMODATION

Expedition Suite: Situated on the upper deck, Expedition suites are the most lavish cabins on MS Finnmarken, with separate seating areas and en suites showers. The larger Expedition suites feature more facilities, such as a private balcony or bathtub. All cabins come complete with complimentary cabins kits, bathrobes and slippers.

Arctic Superior: These cabins are also on the upper deck and are equipped with en suite showers. The larger Arctic Superior cabins feature double beds, while the smaller include separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa. Arctic Superiors cabins are complete with tea and coffee-making facilites.

Polar Inside: The Polar Inside cabins are located on decks 2, 3, 5 and 6. All cabins include en suite showers. Most Polar Inside cabins feature separate beds, one of which converts into a sofa, or upper and lower berths.

Polar Outside: These cabins are mostly located on the middle or lower decks of MS Finnmarken. Cabins of varying size have individual specfications but all feature an en suite shower. Most Polar Outside cabins include separate beds, or upper and lower berths.

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Hurtigruten
This tour is operated solely by Hurtigruten
Founded in 1893, Hurtigruten are the world's leading experts in cruises along the Norwegian fjords.

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Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Dec 12, 2019
To
Mon, Mon, Dec 23, 2019
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,849*
* Based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement prices on request. Price based on flights from Gatwick. Regional flights available for a supplement, subject to availability.
Call now to book 02037334876
Quote ref: RANULPH FIENNES