In Search of the Northern Lights 2019
Experience a taste of the Arctic in just 8 nights thanks to Newcastle’s closer proximity to the wonders of Norway. This sailing offers you the chance to marvel at Arctic Norway’s dramatic scenery on unmissable snowmobiling and husky sledding adventures; discover the highlights of Bodø, Tromsø and Larvik; and go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights – one of Mother Nature’s greatest wonders.
Discover the sights and highlights of three stunning destinations in Arctic Norway and go in search of the spectacular Northern Lights – all while spending just eight nights away – on this enchanting sailing aboard Boudicca.
Newcastle’s closer proximity to Norway means it’s the perfect departure point for this short, yet rewarding escape. After spending just two days at sea – plenty of time to settle into comfortable surroundings of your home-from-home at sea – you will arrive in Bodø. Situated on the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route, this historic town boasts breathtaking rugged scenery, quaint fishing villages and skies populated by soaring Sea Eagles. Take the day to explore at your leisure before enjoying a magical evening on board Boudicca, when there is a chance you will get to marvel at the vibrant colours of the Aurora Borealis – Mother Nature’s spellbinding light show – while wrapped up warm on the ship’s decks.
An abundance of unique Arctic sights and experiences will await you in Tromsø. Highlights to tick off your ‘must-visit’ list include the iconic iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral and the Polaria Centre; while the chance to ride a cable car up Mount Storsteinen and admire the unspoilt views from the top is not to be missed. For a simply unforgettable experience, take a husky-sledding ride from the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ through the flawless wilderness surrounding the city. Whatever you choose to do in Tromsø, you can look forward to spending the evening going in search of the Northern Lights aboard Boudicca once again when you depart. Lastly, a call into Narvik will present your final opportunity to encounter Arctic Norway’s stunning scenery. Opt for a sledding or snowmobiling adventure, or perhaps visit the Polar Nature Park for the chance to see many breeds of Norwegian and Arctic animals, including wolves.
- Return flights Dublin to Newcastle
- Return Transfers airport/port
- 8 nights accommodation aboard the 4* Boudicca based on 2 sharing
- Fine dining on a full board basis
- All onboard entertainment
- One check-in bag of 15kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
- Taxes and charges
Following a flight from Dublin to Newcastle, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Boudicca where you will begin your journey.
Discover Bodø’s historic past by visiting one of the museums, explore the Bodø Cathedral, or look out for Sea Eagles – these majestic birds of prey can be seen all year round.
Situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline in Northern Norway, Bodø offers a truly remarkable experience. You can admire the midnight sun from Mount Ronvikfjellet, take a stroll along the chalk-white beach or enjoy a little retail therapy in Bodø ’s busy town centre.
During your time in this charming town you may wish to revisit Bodø ’s historic past by visiting one of the town’s museums or by taking a trip to the aviation museum where you can get up close to famous aircraft such as a Supermarine Spitfire, Tiger Moth and F-86 Sabre and learn about Norway’s aviation history. Bodø cathedral is also well worth a visit, boasting a majestic 12-metre high stain glass window as well as 10 tapestries Nordland.
Bodø is also the ideal destination for bird spotting as it has the densest population of sea eagles in the world. These majestic birds of prey can be spotted all year round, so keep an eye on the sky.
The attractive town of Tromsø, known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, boasts stunning coastal views from Mount Storsteinen, reached by cable car. Visit the iceberg-shaped ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or take a tour to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet the huskies that call this area home.
The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city centre contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, as well as attractive buildings from later periods. Charming and interesting, Tromsø is a real joy to explore.
With numerous sights and attractions to enjoy, visiting Tromsø is never dull. The city’s most recognisable landmark is the must-visit Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, the cathedral’s distinctive iceberg-shaped design was inspired by the landscapes of Northern Norway and features a beautiful glass mosaic. There are also many museums and galleries in the city, including the Perspektivet Museum – set in a neo-classical building from 1838 – that exhibits the history of Tromsø, the Art Museum of Northern Norway and the Mack Brewery.
Tromsø is also home to Polaria, an Arctic aquarium that is popular with locals and tourists alike. The aquarium contains large tanks full of Arctic fish species and display areas where friendly bearded seals perform tricks for the crowd.
Not-to-be-missed are the amazing views of Tromso and the surrounding areas from the top of the Storsteinen Mountain, which stands 420 metres above sea level. Accessible via cable car, the peak is easy to reach and one of the most popular tourist spots in Tromso.
Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but still has an interesting history to explore. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the city’s harbour is surprisingly ice-free, however, there are still a number of stunning Arctic sights to see, including the Narvikfjellet Mountain.
Although Narvik is over 400km north of the Arctic Circle, the harbour is ice-free and in use all year as a centre for exporting iron ore. Although the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the town was not established until 1903 when the Ofoten railway was completed. The line is a tourist attraction in itself, running 42km through magnificent scenery to the Swedish border. For visitors who don’t have time, a cable car ride from the centre of town to the viewpoint on the Narvikfjellet mountain gives fabulous views over the Ofotfjord and surrounding area.
Close to the town centre is the Ofoten Museum, with displays of local history including 5,000-year-old rock carvings. The Nordland Red Cross War Memorial Museum commemorates the occupation of Narvik in the Second World War, which involved land, sea and air battles. Narvik Church is an interesting example of Scandinavian architecture, with a painted altar piece by Eilif Pettersen.
Once you have disembarked the Boudicca and finished your wonderful adventure we will have you transferred to the airport to get your flight back to Dublin.
4* Fred Olsen – Boudicca
Originally designed for world cruises, Boudicca has a high proportion of large cabins and suites, many with sea views. The vessel’s interior is stylish, elegant and very modern, and large windows in public rooms create a very light and airy ambience. In addition they provide magnificent views for passengers in the restaurants, lounges and bars of the ship.
The Secret Garden Restaurant, decorated in an oriental style, is available for informal dining, while the ship’s main formal restaurants are the Tintagel and Four Seasons, which display a wealth of original landscape and botanical paintings, as does the Heligan Room, named after the recreated Cornish “Lost Gardens” of Heligan. In fine weather a poolside buffet is available on the lounge deck, alongside the large swimming pools, two jacuzzis and exercise pool.
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable deposit or transferable booking deposit
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
- Optional Insurance available (Call for details)
- Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Boudicca
- Incredible drinks package available to pre-book – only €18 per person per night
- Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight & fuel supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares.
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