5* Land of the Midnight Sun
Enjoy a stunning 14-night cruise to the arctic north of Norway and to the Land of the Midnight Sun onboard the 5-star Sapphire Princess.
This cruise departs from Southampton and heads north to the Norway coast to tour the fjords around Stavanger, Flaam, Hellesylt, Geiranger and Trondheim before you cross the arctic circle and reach Honningsvag, the most northerly point in Europe. On your way back south you will visit Tromso and the beautiful Lofoten Islands and the towns of Alesund and Bergen before you reach Southampton.
This cruise is offered on a cruise-only basis and does not include flights to Southampton.
- 14 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
- Superb dining on a full board basis
- Entertainment onboard
- Taxes, charges
You will board the 5* Sapphire Princess in Southampton. She departs into the English Channel and on to the North Sea.
Norway’s fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea’s enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway’s mercantile and fishing fleets. By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger’s history. At the “Sword in the Rock” Monument, three giant crossed Viking swords commemorate King Harald Fair Hair’s unification of Norway in 872 following his victory at the Battle of Hafrsfjord.
Lying at the head of Aurlandsfjord, this small village of some 400 people is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, isolated farmsteads and waterfalls. Flåm also boasts the extraordinary Flåms Railway. One of the most dramatic train rides in Europe, the Flåm Railway takes an hour to cover 10 miles, hugging cliffs, plunging through tunnels and pausing for its passengers to admire the views as it ascends the Flåm Valley to Myrdal, a desolate mountain plateau. Completed in 2000, the 16-mile-long Aurland-Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest traffic tunnel. It burrows beneath the mountains connecting Flåm and Lærdal on the Sognefjord. Flåm is pronounced “flom.”
Hellesylt is your gateway to the scenic wonders of the Geirangerfjord district. Traveling overland from this old Viking port, the traveler can visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to Norway’s last remnant of the Ice Age. Trek to Briksdal Glacier, and look at its massive beard of ice. The dramatic landscape also offers stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and fast-flowing rivers teeming with salmon. At over 4000 feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers dramatic views that stretch from Jostedalsbreen National Park to the waters of Geirangerfjord. Note: Hellesylt is a cruise-by port. Only those passengers participating in Hellesylt tours will transfer to shore by ship’s tender.
Like the spear it’s named for, Geirangerfjord thrusts nine miles into Norway’s mountains. Over 900 feet deep, the narrow fjord is lined by sheer cliffs that rear some 2,000 feet above its surface. Waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil Falls, plummet from cliff to fjord. At the head of this magnificent spectacle sits the tiny village of Geiranger. No wonder travelers have come to call for over a century and a half. Geirangerfjord is often described as the “most beautiful fjord in the world.” Note: Geiranger is an anchorage port – passengers transfer to shore by ship’s tender.
Trondheim is the third largest – and second oldest – city in Norway. The town was originally called Kaupangen upon its founding in 997 A.D. by Viking king Olav Tryggvason. The city commands the trade routes linking Southern Norway with the fjord lands to the north. Trondheim quickly became a major commercial and cultural center – the city served as Norway’s royal capital. Trondheim’s old city features broad avenues and attractive 17th-century wood buildings – a legacy of the rebuilding that followed a disastrous fire that leveled the city in 1681.
Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway’s North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence. During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island’s treeless, central plateau.
Lying north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø has been a departure point for Arctic explorers and hunters since the 18th century. Today, this town of some 50,000 individuals is home to the northernmost university in the world, which gives Tromsø a lively cultural and street scene, highlighted by the annual Midnight Sun Marathon. Ride the cable car to the summit of Mt. Storsteinen for dramatic views of Tromsø city and Troms Island. Enjoy refreshments at the panoramic restaurant.
As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.
Last Refurbished: February 2012
Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
Number of Crew: 1,100
- Flights and transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, please call for details
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Non-refundable deposit of €250 per person
- Balance due 14 weeks prior to departure
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Child and family prices available on request
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.