Crossing the Arctic Circle with Midnight Sun
As you cruise from Liverpool to mainland Europe’s northernmost point and back via a string of remarkable Norwegian destinations, you’ll uncover spectacular scenic landscapes and breathtaking wonders. Cruising by magnificent mountains, discovering dramatic islands, crossing the Arctic Circle and witnessing the magical Midnight Sun are just a few of the outstanding experiences on this incredible voyage.
On your journey to the awe-inspiring Arctic north, [ReadMoreMob] Black Watch will stop-off at Trondheim to present you with the eclectic attractions Norway’s original Viking capital. The Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral and colourful houses of the Bakklandet district are among many gems awaiting you here. Relaxing scenic cruising follows, sailing through picturesque Nærøysundet, by the majestic Torghatten and Seven Sisters Mountains, and across the Arctic Circle en route to the beautiful Lofoten Islands, ranked third on National Geographic’s list of the best islands to visit. Visiting Leknes offers you the chance to immerse yourself in Lofoten’s rich Viking history, or explore the islands’ landscapes in search of wild, untamed scenes, bright-white sandy beaches and arctic wildlife. Then it’s on to Tromsø, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Here you can visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral, one of Northern Norway’s most iconic sites; or perhaps meet curious huskies at the Wilderness Centre. The spellbinding coastal views on offer from atop Mount Storsteinen are not-to-be-missed too. [ReadMoreDesk]
Honningsvåg, framed by rugged mountains and the Arctic Ocean, awaits you at the ‘top of Europe’. From here the unspoilt, rocky landscapes of the North Cape plateau, where thousands of reindeer graze in the summer months, are yours to explore on exhilarating adventure tours. Alternatively, you could opt to visit the North Cape Visitor Centre for a fascinating insight into life in the Arctic Circle before joining Black Watch again to cruise by the North Cape and The Horn, and to experience the phenomenal Midnight Sun from the comfort of your ship. As you finally head back south, Alta will then appear on your horizon. Stopping at this enchanting town offers you the chance to immerse yourself in Sami culture and visit the Alta Museum to marvel at the prehistoric, UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft. Finally, a relaxing day of sailing brings you to Kristiansund, a historic maritime city comprising four islands atop a breathtaking harbour, where you can marvel at the old town's remarkable architecture before beginning the voyage home.