See the spectacular Northern Lights – with Dallas Campbell and Penny Thornton
Following the huge popularity of our first ever holiday to see the Northern Lights with Michaela Strachan, we're delighted to launch a new Northern Lights adventure - in the company of special guests: Dallas Campbell, the passionate star of popular BBC science shows Stargazing Live, Horizon and The Treasure Hunters, plus world-renowned astrologer Penny Thornton.
During this exclusive holiday, you'll join Dallas for a private talk and Q&A about his globetrotting TV adventures, the science of stargazing and his new book - Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet - about space travel. You'll also take a guided trip with Dallas to visit beautiful Nordkapp, the northernmost place in Europe - plus hear a fantastic, award-winning talk by Dr Tamsin Edwards about how the entire record of life on Earth is buried deep within the polar ice cap.
What's more, if gazing up at the heavens and seeing the miraculous Northern Lights puts you in a mystical mood, popular astrologer Penny Thornton will also give a private talk to readers during the trip.
For an additional supplement**, you can also pick from a range of optional activities, including guided nature walks and husky-sledding trips, to taking part in a traditional Viking feast and sipping cocktails at the world-famous SnowHotel.
So, come and join Dallas, Tamsin, Penny and fellow readers on our new Arctic adventure - it promises to be the ultimate way to experience the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the unforgettable magic of the Northern Lights.
Six reasons to book now
1 Northern Lights Promise
2 Tromso, "The Gateway to the Arctic"
3 Two remarkable expert guides
4 Visit the majestic landmark of Norway's Northern Cape (Nordkapp)
5 Get up close with Arctic wildlife
6 The Seven Sisters mountains
Your expert guides
- Return flights
- Eleven nights' full-board accommodation on board the comfortable, modern MS Finnmarken, which has a panoramic lounge, bars, café, library, à la carte dining room, sauna with a view, pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room and on-board talks by experts
- Exclusive talks and Q&As with Dallas Campbell, Dr Tamsin Edwards and Penny Thornton, plus a guided trip with Dallas to visit Nordkapp
- All port fees and taxes
- Our travel partner Hurtigruten are so confident you'll see the Northern Lights† during your 12-day voyage that, if you don't, they will give you another 6- or 7-day Northern Lights cruise free of charge***
*Based on two sharing. Single supplement: £387. Deposit payment is: £300pp. Price based on flights from London Gatwick. Regional flights are available for a supplement, subject to availability. A 1.5% credit card charge will apply. Please note that the precise timings of your four exclusive events may be subject to change. Our travel operator is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected
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
SUNDAY 7TH JANUARY, 2018
After your direct flights from the UK, your adventure begins in the port of Bergen, Norway, where you'll board your home for the next 11 nights, MS Finnmarken.
MONDAY 8TH JANUARY, 2018
As you begin your voyage among the fjords, you'll have the chance to disembark and explore charming Ålesund.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Join astrologer Penny Thornton for a private talk and Q&A about the stars.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE (supplements apply**): A scenic drive to see an aerial view of Ålesund from Mount Aksla.
TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY, 2018
Trondheim, a former Viking trading post, was Norway's first capital. This historic city has a vibrant atmosphere and is home to Europes most northernmost, 11th century, Gothic Nidaros Cathedral. Explore the colourful warehouses, waterways and venture up into the hills to immerse youself in the beautiful wilderness.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: A Viking-themed walking tour of the city.
Day4Arctic Circle crossing & Lofoten IslandsLofoten Islands, Norway
WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY, 2018
Today, you'll cross the Arctic Circle for the first time, and see the stunning scenery of the Lofoten Islands. This diverse landscape is made up of majestic mountains, deep fjords and long, surf-swept beaches.
THURSDAY 11TH JANUARY, 2018
Tromsø is famous for its 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows which dominates the skyline aswell as the aquarium and botanical gardens.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Join Dallas Campbell for a private talk and Q&A about his TV adventures in science and stargazing. Plus, hear Dr Tamsin Edwards' award-winning talk about the history buried within the polar ice.
Day6Honningsvåg, North Cape crossingHonningsvåg, Norway
FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY, 2018
Visit the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people as your journey continues to Nordkapp, the most northerly point of Europe. Reach the end of a continent and stand on the steep mountain cliff which stands at 307 meters over the Arctic ocean.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Here, you'll be accompanied by Dallas Campbell as you expereince the bleak beauty of Norways North Cape.
SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY, 2018
Kirkenes, a town close enough to Russia for you to visit the boarder, marks the turning point of your trip. It's also the place where you can choose to visit the world-famous SnowHotel.
Day8Hammerfest & TromsøHammerfest, Norway
SUNDAY 14TH JANUARY, 2018
Hammerfest is one of the prettiest stops on your voayge. Surrounded by mountains, sandy beaches and impressive costal landscapes, this eye- catching town is an Urban suprise along the mostly uninhabited coast. With spectacular views of the Lyngen Alps and its colourful buildings, take some time here before a 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.
Day9Lofoten IslandsLofoten Islands, Norway
MONDAY 15TH JANUARY, 2018
See the beautiful islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen famous for their deserted beaches, fishing villages and Arctic Wildlife.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: Your optional activity for today is a sea eagle safari.
Day10Arctic Circle crossing, Bodø to RørvikRørvik,
TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY, 2018
As you cross the Arctic Circle again, see the spectacular Seven Sisters mountain range along the phenomenal coast of Helgeland.
WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY, 2018
On your return to Trondheim, cross the Old Town Bridge and spend some time in the picturesque Bakklandet district. Savour the tranquillity among the quaint buildings and colorful flowers.
THURSDAY 18TH JANUARY, 2018
After breakfast, you'll disembark MS Finnmarken and transfer to the airport for your direct flight home.
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.
- Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on deck
- Top deck features a panorama lounge
- Fitness room
- Sauna with a view
Expedition Suite: Situated on the upper deck, Expedition suites are the most lavish cabins on MS Finnmarken, with seperate 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 seperate 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 seperate 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 seperate beds, or upper and lower berths.
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