Sir Ranulph Fiennes' extraordinary achievements as an adventurer and explorer have seen him widely recognised as 'the world's greatest living explorer'. 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.
See 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 the greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has completed record-breaking missions to both poles, Mount Everest and the north face of the Eiger. Sir Ranulph 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 guides
International return flights
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.
Day1Flying to BergenBergen, Norway
You will fly direct from the UK to the pretty Norwegian port of Bergen, famous for its colourful wooden wharfs, where you will board your home for the next 11 nights, MS Finnmarken.
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 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 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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