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Northern Lights Cruises

Our range of exciting short breaks, longer cruises and themed winter voyages along the Norway coast and across the Arctic Circle to the land of the Northern Lights, have been designed to experience the best of Arctic Norway in winter.

There is the option to cruise from the UK or fly and start your holiday in Bergen, renowned for its Hanseatic wharf, Kirkenes, close to the Russian border, or the Arctic capital of Tromso.

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Finding Cruises
  • Classic Round Voyage

    Choice of Ships
    Bergen 11 Nights Cruise Only from £1899pp Northern Lights Fly-Cruise Packages - Save up to £450pp and £150pp OBC! UK - Bergen (Norway), Florø - Molde, Kristiansund - Rørvik, Brønnøysund - Svolvær, Stokmarknes - Skjervøy, Øksfjord - Berlevåg, Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg, Mehamn - Tromsø, Tromsø - Stamsund, Bodø - Rørvik, Trondheim - Ålesund, Bergen - UK Departs regularly

    Cruise the entire length of the dramatic Norway coast on this 11-night voyage with regular departures from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, calling at 34 ports. This cruise is available throughout the year, and on selected dates direct charter flights from regional airports are included

  • In Search of the Northern Lights

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Northern Lights 12 Nights Fly Cruise from £4490pp London Tilbury (UK), Amsterdam, At Sea, Narvik, Tromso, Alta, At Sea, Bergen, Bergen - UK
  • Winter Voyage North

    Hurtigruten Ship
    Aurora Boralis 6 Nights Bergen (Norway), Alesund, Trondheim, Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands, Tromsø, Honningsvåg, Kirkenes  
  • Winter Voyage South

    Hurtigruten Ship
    Northern Lights 5 Nights Kirkenes, Hammerfest - Tromsø, Vesteralen - Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle - Seven Sisters, Trondheim, Bergen  
  • The North Cape Express

    Oslo, Norway 13 Nights Bergen (Norway), Molde and Kristiansund, Rørvik, Lødingen, Alta, Honningsvåg, Tromsø, Stokmarknes and Svolvær, Brønnøysund, Ålesund, Hardangerfjord & Haugesund, Farsund and Kristiansand, Oslo  
  • Iceland's Land of the Northern Lights

    Ambassador Cruise Line
    Northern Lights 11 Nights Tilbury (UK), Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Tórshavn (Faroe Islands), Reykjavík (Iceland), Invergordon (UK), Tilbury, At Sea  
  • Norway's Land of the Northern Lights

    Ambassador Cruise Line
    Alta 14 Nights Tilbury (UK), Ålesund (Norway), Trondheim, Tromsø, Alta, Bodø, Bergen, Tilbury (UK), At Sea  

Northern Lights Info

The highlight of winter voyages to Norway is the incredible Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.

Departing between October and March, our itineraries offer the best chance to experience the colourful, ghostly swirls of light in the dark sky. Although sightings of the extraordinary Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed, there are more occurrences in Arctic Norway than anywhere else in the world!

Ports visited on one of these once-in-a-lifetime voyages include the Art Nouveau town of Alesund, the former Norwegian capital of Trondheim with its impressive 14th-century cathedral, and the beautiful Lofoten Islands, dotted with traditional fishing villages.

Optional excursions are the perfect way to enhance your experience, from a thrilling husky dog sledge ride over frozen landscapes to a special midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso. Honningsvag is the starting point for excursions to the dramatic North Cape, while Andalsnes is the gateway to the picturesque Romsdal Alps and winding Troll Path Road.

See the Northern Lights from your shipSee the Northern Lights from your ship
The Northern Lights over SvolvaerThe Northern Lights over Svolvaer

About the Northern Lights

The extraordinary beauty of the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, has mesmerised all who witness them.

‘The Northern Lights are caused when electrically-charged particles spiral down Earth’s magnetic field lines into our upper atmosphere at high speed and cause the rarefied gases there to glow with a green, red or purplish light. They are most commonly seen around the Arctic Circle in the autumn and winter months; hence the need to travel to North Norway at that time of year.’
Dr John Mason MBE, South Downs - Planetarium

For the best chance to see this beautiful light show, experts recommend spending as much time as possible above the Arctic Circle, far away from towns and other sources of artificial light.

From your Hurtigruten ship you will see houses on the shore glowing in the dark, becoming tiny harbours as you call to pick up passengers. The snow-clad mountains reflect the polar twilight, with shades of gold, pink and blue, and also the elusive dancing light of the Aurora Borealis itself.

You can never tell when the Northern Lights will appear and disappear but sailing with Hurtigruten above the Arctic Circle between November and March on our exciting range of Northern Lights voyages gives you a very good chance. Not only that, but if requested, passengers on board can be alerted should the Northern Lights appear at any time of day or night!

Early evening Northern Lights showEarly evening Northern Lights show
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Winter morning coastal viewWinter morning coastal view
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North Cape ExcursionNorth Cape Excursion
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Northern Lights Video Preview Northern Lights Video (click the image to play)

Customer Reviews

Magellan cruise from Tillbury to the Northern Lights My friend and I recently spent two weeks cruising to Norway to see the northern lights and had a fantastic time .

Magellan ship - inside cabin excellent Food - excellent Staff - excellent Entertainment - excellent

Shopping was the only thing my friend thought could have been better. I dont shop so it wasnt a issue for me but she loves shopping.

Excursion excellent As you may have gathered we really enjoyed the holiday We booked through Blue Water and were very impressed with management.

If youre apprehensive about taking a cruise, dont be!

The ship was a great place to be, the atmosphere very informal, our fellow passengers were very friendly and the food was wonderful.

We took the 6 day cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes and booked the followingexcursions: a walking tour of Alusand; the dog sledging; and the North Cape. All well worth it.

Every day was a pleasure. A good breakfast (and lunch), magnificent views from the ship, a visit ashore, 3 course dinner and hunting the lights. The viewing gallery was a great place to be whilst at sea (take a good book too) and we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

We have just returned from a six day Taste of the Arctic cruise aboard Hurtigrutens MS Finnmarken.

What a superb holiday, it far exceeded our expectations! The Norwegian coastline is a delight and each day we were treated to amazing scenery, viewed alternately through snow storms, then brilliant blue arctic sunlight.

MS Finnmarken is a superb ship, staffed by a brilliant captain and crew. One night the ship glided effortlessly and silently into a dark, narrow fjord and then, above the black outline of steep mountains, the Aurora gave us a wonderful light show. What an experience!

Also worth a mention was our shore excursion to Bodo and Salstraumen. It was excellent, very well organised and informative.

So finally, our thanks to Hurtigruten and Finnmarken and last but not least to staff at Blue Water Holidays for arranging our Arctic Adventure.

Thanks again to all staff at Blue Water Holidays

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