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Norwegian Coast and Fjords Cruise Holidays

Each season offers a new experience on a Norway coast cruise. Spring sees the Arctic thawing, with waterfalls cascading into life as you cruise through fjords. Summer transforms northern Norway into the Land of the Midnight Sun where the sun stays above the horizon all night, bathing the dramatic cliffs in hazy colour. Autumn offers cruises of contrast with trees turning red and gold and cruising above the Arctic circle brings early snow. Winter is the time to voyage in search of the Northern Lights, where the spectacular Aurora Borealis brightens the sky with swirls of green and pink.

  • Sailing into Gerianger Fjord
  • Experience the stunning Northern Lights on a Norway coast cruise
  • Winter sunset
  • Trollfjord
  • Northern lights display

Norway Coast Info

Starting your holiday

We offer a superb selection of voyages along the dramatic Norwegian coastline from a range of departure ports. Cruise from a number of UK ports including London Tilbury, Harwich, Newcastle, Liverpool and Hull, or fly and join the ship in the Norwegian city of Bergen or Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.

Norwegian Highlights

The beautiful village of Ulvik at the head of Ulvikfjord is located in the heart of one of Norway’s largest fruit growing districts and is the starting point for excursions to Hardangerfjord. Further north is picturesque Flam, home to the famous Flam Railway which travels through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery in Norway, from cascading waterfalls to soaring mountains. Continuing north, arrive at the small village of Hellesylt, gateway to the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, and the town of Andalsnes, located at the start of the Rauma railway which cuts through spectacular scenery.

Many of our voyages cross the Arctic Circle visiting remote communities. The Lofoten Islands are dotted with traditional fishing villages, while the Arctic capital of Tromso, home to the Arctic Cathedral, offers the best chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in the Winter months. Other ports visited above the Arctic Circle include Honningsvag, gateway to the North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border.

  • The Arctic Cathedral at Tromso in winter daylight
  • See the Northern Lights from your ship
  • Spring arriving at a Norway coast village
  • Spring at a Norway fishing village
  • Trondheim
  • Gerainger Fjord
  • Honningsvag
  • Orcas in the Arctic
  • MS Nordlys entering a fjord
  • Sunset at Tromso

Some of our cruises visit the Norwegian fjords before heading to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the Land of Ice and Fire, while others visit the remote Shetland Islands and colourful Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull.

Tailor your holiday

We offer an exciting choice of optional excursions, allowing your to tailor your holiday, whatever the season. Perhaps enjoy a husky adventure in Kirkenes, kayak in the waters surrounding the Arctic capital of Tromso or take a ride on the famous Flam Railway through stunning scenery.

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  • Wonders of the Fjords

    8 Nights - Hull and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Explore the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords on this 8-night no-fly cruise from Hull and discover dramatic glaciers, picturesque villages and snow-capped mountains 2018 - Jun
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £579pp

    Wonders of the Fjords No Fly Cruise
    From £579pp
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  • Fjordland Treasures

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Combine Norway’s picturesque villages and breathtaking scenery on this fascinating no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the heart of the Norwegian fjords 2017 - Sep
    Save up to 40%!

    Fjordland Treasures No Fly Cruise
    From £589pp
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  • Majestic Fjordland

    7 Nights - Newcastle and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    This no-fly cruise from Newcastle explores the Norwegian fjords visiting picturesque villages and the vibrant city of Bergen. There is also an option to embark in Dundee 2017 - Aug, Sep
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    Majestic Fjordland No Fly Cruise
    From £589pp
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  • Fjordland Jewels

    6 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Experience the beauty of the Norwegian fjords on this fascinating 6-night cruise from London Tilbury on board Columbus, visiting Bergen with its iconic wharf and Flam, home to one of the world's most spectacular railways 2017 - Jun
    Save up to 30%!

    Fjordland Jewels No Fly Cruise
    From £599pp
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  • Fjordland Discovery

    8 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    This superb no-fly voyage from London Tilbury on Magellan showcases the best of Norway's breathtaking fjordland, from beautiful villages to soaring peaks and cascading waterfalls 2017 - May
    Save up to 45%!

    Fjordland Discovery No Fly Cruise
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  • Spring and Autumn Fjordland

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria Astoria

    Admire majestic scenery and explore the idyllic villages of Eidfjord and Flam on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the picturesque Norwegian fjords 2017 - Apr
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    Spring and Autumn Fjordland No Fly Cruise
    From £639pp
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  • A Flavour of Norway

    4 Nights - Tromso to Bergen

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Get a taste of Norway and its beautiful scenery on this 4-night cruise along the coast of Norway including visits to the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim and Bodo. Includes return flights from London Gatwick and Manchester 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    A Flavour of Norway Coastal Cruise Fly Cruise Package
    From £745pp
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  • Majestic Fjords

    7 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Discover the scenic splendour of Norway’s majestic fjords and explore picturesque villages on this fascinating no-fly cruise from London Tilbury 2017 - Aug
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    Majestic Fjords No Fly Cruise
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  • Arctic Highlights

    4 Nights - Tromso and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise above the Arctic Circle in winter for the best chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights on this superb 3-night cruise with overnight hotel stay in Tromso 2018 - Feb, Mar

    Arctic Highlights Fly Cruise Package
    From £849pp
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  • Scenic Fjordland

    9 Nights - Liverpool and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Admire the breathtaking scenery of the Norwegian fjords, discover the remote Orkney Islands and enjoy a day in lively Dublin on this unique no-fly cruise from Liverpool 2017 - Jun
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    Scenic Fjordland No Fly Cruise
    From £859pp
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  • Taste of the Arctic

    4 Nights - Tromso to Bergen

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    A 4-night voyage from the Arctic capital of Tromso south to Bergen, sailing through the stunning Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands, in search of the Northern Lights 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Feb, Mar

    Taste of the Arctic Fly Cruise Package
    From £869pp
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  • Fjordland Splendour

    8 Nights - Hull and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Enjoy an ever-changing vista of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and picture-postcard villages on this 8-night no-fly voyage from Hull to the Norwegian fjords on board Marco Polo 2017 - Jun
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    Fjordland Splendour No Fly Cruise
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  • Arctic Highlights Extended

    5 Nights - Tromso and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Voyage in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night Arctic Norway holiday including 3-night cruise and 2-night stay in Tromso. Includes direct flights from several regional airports 2017 - Mar
    2018 - Feb, Mar

    Arctic Highlights Extended Fly Cruise Package
    From £899pp
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  • Scandinavian Explorer

    7 Nights - Southampton and back

    Princess Cruises Ship - Crown Princess Choice of Ships

    Visit some of the most spectacular and historical cities in Northern Europe including Copenhagen and Oslo on this 7-night no-fly cruise from the UK 2017 - May, Aug

    Scandinavian Explorer No Fly Cruise
    From £899pp
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  • Winter Voyage South

    6 Nights - Kirkenes to Bergen

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Voyage south from Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle to Bergen along the dramatic Norway coast in winter and look out for the spellbinding Northern Lights on this 6-night cruise 2017 - Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Expedition Team and Guided Hikes on selected dates!

    Winter Voyage South Fly Cruise Package
    From £949pp
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  • Fjordland Gems

    11 Nights - Newport to Liverpool

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, enjoy two full days in the lively capital of Dublin and discover the remote Orkney Islands on this unique no-fly cruise from Newport on Magellan 2017 - Jun
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    Fjordland Gems No Fly Cruise
    From £989pp
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  • Winter Voyage North

    6 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    A unique 6-night cruise north along the dramatic Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes in winter in search of the Northern Lights 2017 - Mar, Oct, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Expedition Team and Guided Hikes on selected dates!

    Winter Voyage North Fly Cruise Package
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  • Taste of the Arctic Extended

    5 Nights - Bergen to Tromso

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Voyage north from Bergen to Tromso in the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights on this 5-night holiday including 4-night cruise and overnight stay in Tromso 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Feb, Mar

    Taste of the Arctic Extended Fly Cruise Package
    From £999pp
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  • Voyage North

    6 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Voyage north from Bergen to Kirkenes and enjoy watching the changing scenery across the Arctic Circle on this 6-night, full board cruise. Includes return flights from the UK and all overseas transfers. 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    Voyage North Fly Cruise Package
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  • Voyage South

    6 Nights - Kirkenes to Bergen

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Enjoy an overnight stay in Norway's capital Oslo before flying to Kirkenes to join a 5-night voyage along Norway's stunning coast, cruising through the beautiful Vesteralen and Lofoten Islands to Bergen. Includes flights from the UK and all overseas transfers 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    Voyage South Fly Cruise Package
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  • Northern Lights Explorer

    14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Take in the dramatic scenery of the Norwegian coastline on this 14-night no-fly holiday in search of the spectacular Northern Lights 2017 - Oct
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    Northern Lights Explorer No Fly Cruise
    From £1149pp
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  • Winter Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise the entire length of the dramatic Norway coast in search of the spectacular Northern Lights on this 11-night voyage with daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, calling at 34 ports. This cruise is available daily and on selected dates, direct charter flights from regional airports are included 2017 - Oct, Nov
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear!

    Winter Round Voyage Fly Cruise Package
    From £1169pp
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  • North Cape and Land of the Midnight Sun

    14 Nights - Rosyth and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo Marco Polo

    Explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, dramatic North Cape and stunning scenery of Spitsbergen on this unique no-fly voyage from Edinburgh Rosyth on Marco Polo 2017 - Aug
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    North Cape and Land of the Midnight Sun No Fly Cruise
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  • Norwegian Discovery

    10 Nights - Bergen to Trondheim

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Visit 34 fascinating ports, many above the Arctic Circle, on this superb voyage along the Norwegian coast, with an extensive excursion programme and the opportunity to take the beautiful Dovre Railway from Trondheim to Oslo. Includes return flights from the UK 2017 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Norwegian Discovery Fly Cruise Package
    From £1299pp
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  • Springtime in the Fjords

    7 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore the breathtaking Norwegian coast and fjords on this no-fly discovery cruise, with a stop in Stavanger to join in the celebrations on Norway Constitution Day 2017 - May
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    Springtime in the Fjords No Fly Cruise
    From £1334pp
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  • Arctic Wonders

    7 Nights - Bergen to Kirkenes

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    A unique 7-night Northern Lights holiday with 6-night Arctic voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and an overnight at the exciting Kirkenes Snow Hotel 2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar

    Arctic Wonders Fly Cruise Package
    From £1355pp
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  • Norwegian Coast Autumn Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise the Norway coast in Autumn and enjoy watching the seasons change as you from Bergen to Kirkenes and return on this 11-night, full board voyage with included return flights from the UK 2017 - Sep, Oct
    Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Norwegian Coast Autumn Round Voyage Fly Cruise Package
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  • Magic of the Fjords

    8 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Explore the breathtaking fjords, towering mountains and scenic villages of Norway on this no-fly discovery cruise on board Saga Sapphire 2017 - Jul
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    Magic of the Fjords No Fly Cruise
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  • On the Trail of the Vikings

    10 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    A springtime no-fly discovery cruise to Scandinavia exploring fascinating Viking history and historic Danish cities with an overnight stop in Oslo 2017 - Apr
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    On the Trail of the Vikings No Fly Cruise
    From £1399pp
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  • Norwegian Cultural Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Follow in the footsteps of Edvard Grieg on this unique voyage through breathtaking landscapes which have shaped Norwegian art, music and history, with 11 cultural events and return flights from the UK included 2017 - Apr, Oct, Nov
    Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Norwegian Cultural Voyage Fly Cruise Package
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  • Norwegian Coast Spring Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Voyage along the Norway Coast in Spring and witness days lengthening and the Arctic awakening on this 11-night, full board cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and return with included flights from the UK 2017 - Apr, May
    Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Norwegian Coast Spring Round Voyage Fly Cruise Package
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  • Fabulous Fjords

    7 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Enjoy this summertime no-fly discovery cruise to the heart of the Norwegian fjordlands, with stops at the pretty villages of Olden and Flam 2017 - Aug
    Save up to 35%!

    Fabulous Fjords No Fly Cruise
    From £1624pp
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  • Summertime in the Fjords

    7 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, including the UNESCO-listed Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, on this relaxing voyage from Dover on Saga Pearl II 2017 - Jul
    Save up to 20%!

    Summertime in the Fjords No Fly Cruise
    From £1654pp
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  • Astronomy Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Learn about the night sky and stunning aurora borealis in the company of Astronomy experts on this 11-night voyage along the dramatic Norway coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and return. Includes direct flights from the UK 2017 - Oct, Nov
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    NORTHERN LIGHTS PROMISE: Next voyage free if the lights don't appear!

    Astronomy Voyage Fly Cruise Package
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  • Fjords and Fireworks

    8 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This special cruise on Saga Pearl II celebrates 20 years of Saga cruising, with visits to Norway's traditional villages and lively towns, including quaint Flam and Hanseatic Bergen 2017 - May
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    Fjords and Fireworks No Fly Cruise
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  • Norwegian Coast Summer Round Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    Explore the Norwegian Coast in summer and experience the majesty of the Land of the Midnight Sun on our 11-night, full board round voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes and return with included return flights from the UK 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug
    Exclusive £25pp discount!

    Norwegian Coast Summer Round Voyage Fly Cruise Package
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  • In the Wake of Vikings

    9 Nights - Bergen to Reykjavik

    Hurtigruten Ship - Spitsbergen Spitsbergen

    Sail in the wake of the fabled Norsemen from Norway to the beautiful Shetland, Orkney and Faroe Islands and further north to Iceland, the Kingdom of the Vikings. Includes fascinating excursions and expert lectures from the Expedition Team on board 2017 - May
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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  • North Cape Adventurer

    15 Nights - Dover and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Discover Norway's dramatic North Cape and picturesque fjords, illuminated by the midnight sun, on this excellent Arctic adventure from Dover on Saga Pearl II 2017 - May
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    North Cape Adventurer No Fly Cruise
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  • Polar Pioneers of Svalbard

    9 Nights - Tromso and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Join Fram on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the High Arctic in spring, where the midnight sun is present but winter still reigns. Includes Polarcirckel excursions and fascinating lectures from the Expedition Team on board 2017 - May
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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    From £2700pp
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  • Viking Homelands

    14 Nights - Stockholm to Bergen

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sea and Sky Choice of Ships

    Explore the magnificent Baltic cities of Helsinki, St Petersburg and Copenhagen and the picturesque Norwegian fjords on this voyage from Stockholm to Bergen on board brand new ships Viking Star, Sea and Sky. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
    Save £500pp!

    Viking Homelands cruise from Stockholm to Bergen Fly Cruise Package
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  • A Scandinavian Christmas

    17 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Celebrate Christmas Day in style on board Saga Sapphire and see in the New Year in Stockholm on this festive Baltic no-fly cruise from Southampton on Saga Sapphire 2017 - Dec
    Save up to 35%!

    A Scandinavian Christmas No Fly Cruise
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  • Passage Through Western Europe

    14 Nights - Barcelona to Bergen

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star, Sea and Sky Choice of Ships

    Explore the breathtaking Norwegian fjords and cosmopolitan cities of London, Lisbon and Barcelona on this voyage through Western Europe and the Mediterranean on brand new ships Viking Star and Viking Sea. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Apr
    Save £500pp!

    Passage Through Western Europe Fly Cruise Package
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  • Circumnavigating Spitsbergen

    9 Nights - Oslo and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Explore remote Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear, on this unique 9-night expedition, with included Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the experienced Expedition Team 2017 - Jul
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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    From £4459pp
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  • Into the Midnight Sun

    14 Nights - Bergen to London

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Sea, Star and Sky Choice of Ships

    Cruise from the spectacular fjords of the fabled Norwegian coast to the remote islands of Shetland and Orkney, and visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Jun, Jul
    2018 - Jun, Jul
    Save £500pp!

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  • Myths and Magic in the Ice

    10 Nights - Tromso to Longyearbyen

    Hapag Lloyd Ship - Hanseatic Hanseatic

    This 10-night circumnavigation of Spitsbergen forges through a magical icy world to explore breathtaking natural wonders and a unique animal kingdom on board Hanseatic, including Zodiac excursions 2017 - Jul

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  • Grand Arctic Circumnavigation

    11 Nights - Oslo and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Sail to the ice edge of the Arctic Ocean while circumnavigating Spitsbergen on this unique 11-night expedition, including Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team 2017 - Aug
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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  • Svalbard Expedition Land of the Polar bear

    10 Nights - Longyearbyen to Tromso

    Silversea Ship - Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    A 10-night luxury Silversea Expedition around the Svalbard Peninsula and Arctic Spitsbergen aboard superb expedition vessel Silver Explorer, bringing first-class service and accommodation to expedition cruising for the first time 2017 - Jul

    Svalbard Expedition - Land of the Polar Bear Cruise Only
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  • Norwegian Coast and Spitsbergen Adventure

    7 Nights - Longyearbyen to Bergen

    Choice of Hurtigruten Ships Choice of Ships

    A 7-night holiday combining a 4-night voyage along the picturesque Norwegian coast, with a 3-night hotel stay on the remote island of Spitsbergen. Includes return flights from the UK

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  • Norwegian Fjords Expedition Voyage

    11 Nights - Bergen and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Spitsbergen Spitsbergen

    This brand new, unique expedition on board recently refurbished Spitsbergen, has no port stops during the night, meaning more time to explore fascinating ports during the day, as well as five rarely-visited fjords. Includes a professional expedition team delivering lectures on board and leading hikes ashore, and return flights from the UK

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  • Land of the Northern Lights

    14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria Astoria

    An exciting 14-night no-fly voyage from London Tilbury in search of the magical Northern Lights, visiting the Hanseatic port of Bergen, Arctic capital of Tromso and charming Honningsvag, gateway to the dramatic North Cape

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  • Norway Coast Highlights

    Alesund

    Alesund is built across three islands and uniquely for Norway, is an Art Nouveau town, rebuilt in this style after a devastating fire in 1904. The KUBE Art Museum is housed in the former premises of the Norwegian Bank, and upmarket shops line Apotekergata. For good views of the islands, hills and coast, take the steps from Alesund's park up to Mount Aksla. Worthy of a visit is the magnificent 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal.

    Alesund (Norway)

    Bergen

    The old Hanseatic port of Bergen is within walking distance of the city centre and the famous Bryggen, the World Heritage listed waterfront area of gabled traditional buildings which dates back 900 years. The outdoor fish market is one of Bergen's popular tourist attractions, along with the Floibanen, the funicular which travels up Mount Floyen close to Skomadkerdiket Lake for views of the city and the sea.

    Bergen (Norway)

    Bodo

    Like many towns in northern Norway, Bodo was completely rebuilt after the war. It is a very modern town with a buzzing commercial centre. The Norwegian Aviation Museum is one of the most popular museums and off the coast is Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom or 'whirling stream'.

    Finnsnes

    This small town in Troms County is a gateway to the so-called 'Fairytale island' of Senja, with a variety of landscapes covering every type of Norwegian scenery from fjords and mountains to small traditional villages. Finnsnes has a large park which has a natural lake, and pretty white clapboard houses along its shore.

    Flam

    The approach to Flam through Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord is spectacular. Flam itself is positioned between high cliffs streaked with waterfalls, and is the terminus of the Flamsbanen, the scenic railway which travels to Myrdal 2800 feet above sea level, twisting through the mountains. Flam has shops, banks and restaurants and a summer shuttle bus service to nearby villages.

    Flam (Norway)

    Geiranger Fjord

    The village of Geiranger sits at the head of the 9-mile long Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage Site of great beauty enclosed by sheer cliffs and mountains. En route you will pass the famous waterfalls of the Seven Sisters and the Suitor. Athough small, Gerainger is a busy cruise ship port, with up to three vessel visits a day, and is also situated on the scenic Norwegian National Road. The Union Hotel has a collection of classic cars from Geiranger's early days as a tourist destination.

    Geiranger Fjord (Norway)

    Hammerfest

    Hammerfest, the world's most northerly town, is at the same latitude as northern Siberia, but largely ice-free thanks to the Gulf Stream. The fur trade and international trade with neighbouring Russia brought prosperity, as did the growing fish processing industry. Its strategic position made it the ideal base for Germany's fleet during World War II. Visit the amusingly named Polar Bear Club for a taste of Arctic natural history.

    Hammerfest (Norway)

    Hardangerfjord

    Over a hundred miles long, Hardangerfjord extends from the Atlantic Ocean near Bergen to Ulvik and Eidfjord. The region of Hardanger is a major fruit and berry producer, and blossom trees add to its beauty in late spring. Among the many sights are the 182-meter Voringsfossen waterfall, the Folgefonna Glacier and the Barony in Rosendal, which has a famous Renaissance garden. The open-air Hardanger Folk Museum is a popular visitor attraction.

    Hardangerfjord (Norway)

    Harstad

    Harstad is an important port with a natural, sheltered harbour surrounded by an archipelago of small islands. Apart from its fjords and mountains, Harstad's attractions include the underground Grottebadet, a cave complex of Jacuzzi, pools, caf' and sauna, and on the Trondenes Peninsula, the Adolf Gun from World War II and 13th-century Trondenes Church. Harstad is also the base for the 1868 schooner, Anna Rogde.

    Harstad (Norway)

    Hellesylt

    The old Viking village of Hellesylt is situated at the head of Sunnylvsfjord. It is a stepping-off point for cruises along Geirangerfjord, and is surrounded by mountains and valleys. Places of interest include the Peer Gynt Gallery, and a small bridge in the town over the tumbling waters of Hellesylt waterfall. On the mountainside there are restored old farmsteads, including Skagefla which was built on a ledge 250 meters above the fjord.

    Honnigsvag

    Honningsvag is the gateway to the North Cape and is Norway's most northerly municipality, set in a landscape of waterfalls and forest. A small fishing town, along the waterfront are brightly-coloured wooden buildings, and shops sell traditional goods including furs, textiles, pottery, silver and enamel ' some of them are tax free to tourists. Worthy of a visit are the North Cape Museum and Visitor Centre.

    Honnigsvag (Norway)

    Kirkenes

    The isolated town of Kirkenes is close to the Sami communities of North Finland, and just 10 kilometers from Norway's border with Russia, situated on the extreme north-eastern coast on Bokfjorden. It is in the Land of the Midnight Sun and popular with visitors in search of the Northern Lights. The Grenselandmuseet is a museum exhibiting woodcuts and historic regional artefacts, but Kirkenes is best-known for the Snow Hotel.

    Kirkenes (Norway)

    Kristiansand

    The pleasant port town of Kristiansand is easy to explore by train, visiting the Fish Quay, the fountain sculpture in Nupen Park, the pretty harbour and the town's beach. The old town area of Posebyen is worth a visit for its elegant and well-preserved white wooden houses. Boat trips are available to the island of Odderoya which has scenic walking trails and military remains, and nearby is the open-air museum of Vest-Agder where there are historic buildings and reconstructed streets.

    Kristiansand (Norway)

    Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen is the capital of the remote and beautiful Svalbard Archipelago, situated on its largest island, Spitsbergen and the gateway to the High Arctic. The town nestles between two glacier tongues on Advent Fjord and has a modern feel to it, with brightly-painted buildings, good facilities and the interesting Svalbard Museum. Longyearbyen has several research stations and the Global Seed Vault, which was dug into the permafrost and preserves seeds to ensure the future of plant diversity and food crops.

    Longyearbyen (Norway)

    Lysefjord

    Lysefjord is the most southerly of Norway's large fjords and offers dramatic scenery, stretching for over 20 miles through a narrow channel bounded by high cliffs. Hengjanefossen Waterfall is 400 meters high, and the famous plateau of Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, overlooks the fjord from a height of 600 meters.

    Molde

    Facing south along the Romdalsfjord, in the northern part of Norway's Fjordland, the colourful and modern city of Molde is known as the 'Town of Roses', surrounded by over 200 mountain peaks. The market place has an impressive city hall and Molde Church has been richly decorated by Norwegian artists. Shoppers buy local crafts including knitwear, silver, reindeer skins and glass. The area of Molde is known for its scenic roads, including the Trollstigen and the island-hopping Atlantic Road.

    Molde (Norway)

    Ny Alesund

    Ny Alesund has a population of less than one hundred, and is a former coal-mining town situated on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. It was from here that Raold Amundsen's successful airship flight over the North Pole began, and today it is home to the most northerly, permanently-inhabited Arctic Research Station.

    Ny Alesund (Norway)

    Olden

    The village of Olden has a spectacular position at the head of Nordfjord, with steep mountains on either side. Cruise ships dock at the quay a ten-minute walk away from the town, mainly for visits to the Briksdal Glacier. Two-wheeled horse-drawn carts known as 'Troll Cars' take visitors through the scenic Olden Valley and nearby is the impressive 984-foot Volefossen waterfall. In Loen just outside Olden are some of the many Viking burial mounds found in Nordfjord.

    Olden (Norway)

    Oslo

    The port of Norway's capital, Oslo, is located in the heart of the city below the medieval Akershus Fortress. Oslo is a small city located at the end of Oslofjord, surrounded by mountains and offering interesting shopping opportunities in the Old Bazaar Halls, the Kon-Tiki, Fram and Viking ship museums, the modernist building of the new Opera House at Bjorvika, and restaurants serving traditional dishes of moose, fish and reindeer.

    Oslo (Norway)

    Spitsbergen

    Spitsbergen is the largest island in the remote Svalbard archipelago and the only one with a permanent population. For travellers continuing north, it is the gateway to the High Arctic and the last stop before the North Pole. This harsh habitat supports polar bears, reindeer and hardy flora, and is home to international research stations and the Global Seed Vault. Its dramatic scenery includes Advent Fjord, the Monaco Glacier and jagged granite mountains.

    Spitsbergen (Norway)

    Stavanger

    Stavanger cruise port is situated beside the old wooden seahouses of Gamle Stavanger which now house restaurants, bars and shops. The city is built across several islands, linked by bridges and has a well-preserved 12th-century cathedral. The former sardine canning factory provides an insight into the region's historic fishing industry, and nearby Pulpit Rock is a famous viewpoint overlooking Lysefjord.

    Stavanger (Norway)

    Svolvaer

    Svolvaer is the main port and capital of the Lofoten Islands, and its harbour is idyllically set below a ring of mountains. It's renowned for the special qualities of its natural light which attracts painters and sculptors to the town, built across small islets connected by bridges. For such a small town, there are plenty of shops, restaurants and good public transport links to smaller towns nearby.

    Svolvaer (Lofoten Islands, Norway)

    The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands

    These beautiful, mountainous island chains, rising to 1,000 metres in places, are some of the oldest in the world, fjorded during the Ice Age. Many of the fishermen's cabins are built on stilts along the waterfront in the small settlements here. Tiny islands like Rost are home to nesting seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, eider ducks, cormorants and sea eagles. See the Legends of the Lofoten Islands Tour, which spends more time here.

    The Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands (Norway)

    Tromso

    Tromso is the capital of the Arctic, and has been the starting point for many Polar expeditions. In the waterfront Polar Museum there are exhibits related to these and the history of hunting and trapping in the Polar region. There are shops, cafes, the stunning stained glass Arctic Cathedral and the world's most northerly botanic garden in the town, which benefits from the Gulf Stream.

    Tromso (Norway)

    Trondheim

    Trondheim is an attractive city partly encircled by the River Nid and was once the capital of Norway. Its waterfront is bordered by brightly-painted wharves and the old town bridge leads to the lively Bakklandet neighbourhood where there are numerous wooden houses, shops and cafes. The town's chief sight is the ancient cathedral of Nidaros which was built in the 11th century over the burial site of St Olav.

    Trondheim (Norway)

    Vadso

    This small town in Norway is well known for King Crab fishing and for the airship mast which was the departure point for Amundsen's North Pole crossing aboard the airship Norge. The landscape around its archipelago is dramatic, with mountains, lakes, and Arctic habitats of flora and fauna including cliff-side bird colonies and sea eagles, and is a popular destination for hikers.

    Vardo

    Norwegian Vardo is a small fishing village close to the Russian border, and the gateway to the North-east passage and the Barents Sea. Attractions include the 18th-century Vardohus Festning fortress and colonies of razorbill and Brunnich's Guillemot at Hornoy and Reinoy. Brightly-painted buildings line the harbour, and there is a memorial to the victims of witch hunts conducted here in the 17th-century. On the day when daylight returns after the darkness of winter, a two-round salute is fired from the fortress guns to announce a day's holiday.

    Norway through the Seasons

    Norway Coastal Voyages - cruises for all seasons

    Endless day, endless night. Each season casts its own spell on the Norwegian coastline. As the ship changes latitude it may feel as if you are travelling through all the seasons in a single journey. Between the extremes of Midnight Sun and polar night, and between the temperate south and the Arctic north, natural light always plays an important role, dramatising the scenery and enhancing the experience. Whenever you choose to go your voyage will be unique.

    The Midnight Sun

    Midnight Sun

    An invisible line at 66º 33’ north is known as the Arctic Circle. This is the southernmost point at which the sun shines uninterruptedly for 24 hours at least one day of the year. This takes place at the Arctic Circle around 21 June, when the polar day reaches its climax and the sun never dips below the horizon.

    The equinoxes on 21/22 March and 22/23 September are the two occasions each year when the day and the night are of equal duration and of course, as you head north between these two dates, you get more polar days and longer summers.

    Similarly, if you plan to take a voyage after the autumnal equinox, you will sail towards the polar night as you pass the Arctic Circle. Most people say they do not experience insomnia so much as inspiration when they spend time in these extreme regions.

    The Northern Lights

    The Northern Lights

    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon caused by electrically charged solar particles passing into the Earth’s atmosphere. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, which means ‘dawn of the north’, the aurora can appear abruptly, filling the sky with incredible speed with great arcs as ghostly wisps in green, yellow, red and violet dancing above the horizon, before disappearing again.

    Inspiration to artists and poets, myths and legends, there is no better way to experience the Northern Lights than by sailing through the sheltered coastal waters, on board a ship from the Hurtigruten fleet with the Aurora Borealis set against a dark sky, free from artificial light.

    A celestial show which truly needs to be seen to be believed, no-one has seen the Northern Lights and not been caught in awe by this magical display.

    Winter

    Winter Scenery

    As we sail through the Arctic twilight, we become one with the peaceful atmosphere that descends around us. Clusters of houses glow like embers along the coast, small towns become cosy refuges as we pull into harbour to welcome new passengers on board, and the backdrop of snow-clad mountains reflects the polar light to bathe us in eerie shades. A magical time to travel, winter is also the best time to see the Northern Lights.

    Spring

    Fjords in Spring

    Rising higher and higher each day, the sun works overtime to thaw the land. Each week there is a marked difference in daylight hours and blossom through the fjords. Green leaves bud on bare trees, and colour flows back into the landscape. The sea begins to sparkle once more and long shadows enliven the views.

    At higher latitudes, the winter struggles to maintain its grip on the Arctic regions and eventually recedes under duress. Snow is still often seen as the voyage skirts the Finnmark plateau and takes us along the coast which has been kept largely ice free, due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream.

    Summer

    Norway in Summer

    This is when the Land of the Midnight Sun lives up to its name. With 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle, and every fjord, fell and bay glistening in the powerful sunshine, you have to force yourself to fix a time for ‘night’ and go to bed. The most popular time of the year for exploring the Norwegian coast, it is also when the ships can get very busy - this is the European holiday period, so you will need to book early.

    Autumn

    Autumn Fjords

    With vivid shades of russet, ochre and rouge the autumnal colours creep through the leaves of the deciduous forests, and we witness Nature prepare for the long cool winter ahead. At this time temperatures remain pleasant and the landscape glows with an unearthly light.

    With fewer passengers on board, this is an incredibly tranquil time to travel, and as the planet draws down its blinds in the far north it is almost possible to feel the change in the air as we pass over the Arctic Circle.

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