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Northern Lights Explorer

Experience a land where dawn and twilight merge on the edges of the long Arctic night.

 

Itinerary

 

13 February:

Depart Brisbane

14 February:

Arrive Dubai

1 night stopover in a deluxe room at a 5-star hotel. B.

Fairmont Dubai Hotel - 1 night

Day 1-3, 15-17 February:

Dubai - Oslo, Norway

3 nights accommodation in a double room. B.

Raddison Blu Plaza Hotel - 3 nights

Day 4, 18 February:

Oslo - Bergen (Embarkation)

12pm arrival group coach transfer from airport to ship. B.

When you arrive in Bergen, encircled by majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers, you’ll quickly understand how its setting inspired the Viking sagas. With your ship berthed next to Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can easily stroll along its waterfront once you’ve settled in to your veranda stateroom. This evening mingle with the locals and dine ashore, as we will be spending the night in port.

 

Viking Sky - 13 day cruise

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Day 5, 19 February:

Bergen

Take in more of Bergen’s Norwegian charms today. In the city’s Old Town, explore narrow cobblestone lanes and peer into shop windows. You’ll find this Hanseatic haven to be a walker’s delight. You might also spend time on the ship today, perhaps indulging in a treatment at The Spa or settling in with a good book in the Explorers’ Lounge. B, L, D.

Day 6, 20 February:

Cruise the Norweigan Sea

As you sail the scenic coast of Norway, delve into the Nordic-inspired amenities of your ship. Treat yourself to a traditional Norwegian waffle at Mamsen’s gourmet deli. Tour your ship with our Viking Art App installed on your iPhone or tablet and learn about the onboard Scandinavian-inspired art and streamlined design. Perhaps take in an engaging lecture or attend a Viking Historian roundtable discussion. B, L, D.

Day 7, 21 February:

Narvik

Home to a former Viking settlement, Narvik is situated on the innermost shores of the Ofotfjorden. The small town enjoys a dramatic backdrop, encircled by mountains in every direction and the glacier that spills right to the water’s edge. During your visit, you will learn how the ice-free port helped the town prosper as an exporter of Swedish iron ore. At the Polar Park, you can view some of the residents of the far north, including Arctic wolves. You might also enjoy the wilderness during a sleigh ride or meet the native Sami people. B, L, D.

 

Day 8, 22 February:

Alta

Resting on the stunning shores of Altafjord, Alta is the gateway to some of Europe’s most magnificent natural beauty. Its frequent clear skies make it an ideal locale from which to view the Northern Lights. In Alta, fascinating rock carvings tell stories of primitive cultures; you may view them, as well as fascinating exhibits on salmon fishing and the Northern Lights, at the excellent Alta Museum. Or you may opt to visit the nearby Sami community of Máze for an authentic lunch of local dishes and an exciting ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh. B, L, D.

Day 9, 23 February:

Alta

Enjoy another day amid the breathtaking setting of Alta. You may wish to explore the town on your own, perhaps visiting the Northern Lights Cathedral. Admire its fascinating steeple designed to resemble a flame and enjoy the ethereal strains of its organ. Or venture to the spectacular Sautso, a canyon carved over millennia by the Alta River. At 7.5 miles long and up to 1,380 feet deep, it is the largest in Northern Europe. B, L, D.

Day 10, 24 February:

Tromsø

Enjoy the lovely setting of Tromsø’s historic center, spread over a scenic island surrounded by snowcapped peaks. On an included tour along heated sidewalks, installed to keep the snow at bay, admire its blend of wooden structures and neoclassical buildings. You’ll see the stunning Arctic Cathedral with its striking triangular shape, the city’s most recognizable symbol. In winter, the spectacular surroundings can be explored by sled, pulled by reindeer or dogs. You can learn about this long-held wintertime tradition at the Tromsø Wilderness Center, home to more than 100 huskies. B, L, D.

 

Day 11, 25 February:

Tromsø

Enjoy another day to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rich culture of Tromsø. You might set off into Norway’s pristine wilderness on a glacier trek in the Alps. Alternately, learn about the aurora borealis and the indigenous cultures of northern Norway from experts at the Tromsø University Museum. Or pay a visit to the world’s northernmost brewery. B, L, D.

Day 12, 26 February:

Bodø

Explore the lovely city of Bodø today, home to a masterful cathedral. Bodø lies just north of the Arctic Circle, and was rebuilt to what you see today after its destruction in World War II. On an included tour, see the Customs House, Norwegian Aviation Museum and Gothic Bodø Cathedral with its ten glorious tapestries from Nordlund and detached steeple. Its melodious church bells ring out over the town every hour. Rønvikfjellet mountain affords magnificent views over snow-covered roofs. Bodø’s greatest natural landmark, the Saltstraumen maelstrom, can be viewed year-round. B, L, D.

Day 13, 27 February:

Cruise the Norweigan Sea

As you sail the scenic coast of Norway, delve into the Nordic-inspired amenities of your ship. Treat yourself to a traditional Norwegian waffle at Mamsen’s gourmet deli. Tour your ship with our Viking Art App installed on your mobile device, learning about the onboard Scandinavian-inspired art and streamlined design. This evening, savor a romantic dinner at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant. B, L, D.

 

Day 14, 28 February:

Stavanger

From the heart of the Old Town, where your ship berths, you will have the morning and early afternoon to explore. Start here in the old quarter, Gamle Stavanger, which has Europe’s highest concentration of wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Or consider a cruise along the Lysefjord to see the famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, jutting out nearly 2,000 feet above—it is one of Norway’s most famous natural attractions. Offshore oil drilling is an important industry for the local economy, and the award-winning Norwegian Petroleum Museum tells the story of the dangers faced in extracting this precious fuel. While ashore, don’t forget to indulge in waffles with cream and sweet jams with a steaming cup of hot tea. B, L, D.

Day 15, 1 March:

Cruise the North Sea

Cruise the North Sea today. Vikings sailed these waters to establish colonies on Scottish islands, coastal France and beyond. In medieval days, the North Sea became a busy thoroughfare for trade as goods were exchanged between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean, with the powerful Hanseatic League controlling much of the traffic. As you sail, you will have today to get to know your ship and enjoy a timeless Scandinavian winter indulgence at The Spa: a soak in the Thermal Pool followed by an invigorating spell in the Snow Grotto, a calming oasis of snow and chilled air. B, L, D.

Day 16, 2 March:

London (Tilbury), England (Disembarkation)

Awake in Tilbury, a historic town on the north bank of the Thames River. Disembark this morning and transfer to our London Hotel. B.

10am arrival group coach transfer from ship to hotel

Hilton Kensington Hotel - 3 nights

Please note: itineraries may change as conditions warrant

 

Day 17, 3 March:

London

A free day to explore. B.

Day 18, 4 March:

London

A free day to explore. B.

Day 19, 5 March:

London - Dubai

1 night stopover in a deluxe room at a 5-star hotel. B.

Fairmont Dubai Hotel - 1 night

7 March:

Depart Dubai

8 March:

Arrive Brisbane

 

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