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In Search of the Northern Lights

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01 Feb 2025
Portsmouth
14 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

On this two week cruise to Northern Norway, you will be perfectly placed to witness the ethereal lights of the Aurora Borealis illuminating the night sky while cruising in the Arctic Ocean and ashore during extended stays in Tromsø and Alta. Sail past Torghatten, the mountain with a hole through its centre, and enjoy an overnight stay in the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, Tromsø, where you can spend time with a local Sámi community and learn about their daily lives in Northern Norway's harsh winters, before heading to Alta, ideal for joining husky sledding tours through wintry landscapes or going on an exhilarating snowmobile ride. Elsewhere, you will have the chance to explore the rugged Vesterålen archipelago and the hanseatic city of Bergen. Wrap up warm and join astronomers from Go Stargazing, who will enjoy taking you through the many different planets in the night sky, and showing you constellations on a laser-guided session from the decks of Borealis.

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Highlights

Northern Lights in Norway

Experience the awe-inspiring Northern Lights

On your Northern Lights cruise, you will be perfectly placed to witness the ethereal Aurora Borealis from both the decks of Balmoral and on extended stays in Tromsø and Alta. Journey into the countryside, where light pollution is minimal, with knowledgeable guides who will know where and how to best spot the ribbons of green and pink as they flutter across the skies above you. Located beneath the Aurora Oval, Sortland's chaming fishing villages are in the ideal location for you to have the wonderful chance of seeing the Northern Lights illuminating the skies above the Vesterålen archipelago.

Reindeer at a traditional Sami village

Friluftsliv in winter

The Norwegian concept of friluftsliv means to spend time outdoors, connecting with nature in all seasons. In Alta and Tromsø, discover Norway's wintry terrain by experiencing an exhilarating husky ride through snow-covered landscapes, and then spend time with the dogs to learn about their daily lives; or enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling through the countryside to an inland plateau with the absence of light pollution, to witness the Aurora Borealis. Visit a lavvu tent to spend time with local Sámi communities and hear their stories about their lives as reindeer herders, and immerse yourself in reindeer herding, where you may be able to help feed the animals.

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Views of Alesund from Mount Aksla, Norway

Hiking Aksla

Embark on a scenic hike to Mount Aksla, starting from the quayside through Alesund’s town center to the trailhead. Reach Rundskue lookout at 195 meters for breathtaking views, then continue to Fjellstua viewpoint for a glimpse of the Sunnmøre Alps.

££££

Ålesund

Rauma Railway & Troll Mountains

Rauma Railway & Troll Mountains

Journey through the Romsdalen Valley on the Rauma Railway, admiring towering mountains, plummeting waterfalls and sights such as the Kylingbru Bridge, Trollveggen Cliff and the emerald green Rauma River.

££££

Ålesund

Hjørundfjord Cruise

Hjørundfjord Cruise

The Hjørundfjord cuts through some of the wildest mountain ranges in Norway, known as the Sunnmøre Alps. From the comfort of a vintage boat, admire views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular.

££££

Ålesund

Dog Sledding

Tromsø Dog Sledding

Head to the Aurora Alps where you will embark on a relaxing sled ride while one of the experienced mushers drives you through the spectacular Arctic landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Panoramic view of Tromso city from Mt. Storsteinen in summer, northen Norway. A famous view from the top of fjellheisen cable car station, Tromso.

Tromsø City & Cable Car

Begin with a tour of the city centre and visit the Arctic Cathedral before heading to the Fjellheisen cable car. Enjoy a ride to the Storsteinen viewpoint, 1,377ft above sea level, and take in the spectacular views of Tromsø and the surrounding landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Ice Fishing with a Local

Ice Fishing with a Local

Head into the wilderness to a frozen lake where you will enjoy a spot of ice fishing with a local, surrounded by the spectacular Arctic landscape.

££££

Tromsø

Maze Sami Experience

Maze Sámi Experience

Experience the rich culture of the indigenous people of Norway, the Sámi. Travelling to Maze, you will meet a local Sámi family to hear tales of their customs and traditions inside a lavvo.

££££

Alta

 Aurora Photo Safari

Aurora Photo Safari

As you seek out the elusive Northern Lights, your experienced local guides will explain the history and science behind the Aurora, helping you to capture photographs of them should they make an appearance.

££££

Alta

Northern lights over Sami tent , Norway

Northern Lights Camp - An Evening at Pæskatun

Experience the mesmerizing Northern Lights at Pæskatun, under a star-filled sky. Enjoy an informative presentation, view stunning photos and films, relax in warm slate cottages with hot drinks and cakes, gather around a campfire in a traditional Sámi lavvu, and explore the history of local slate mining through a workshop.

££££

Alta

Sámi Reindeer

Sámi Experience

Visit a Sámi family at Inga Sámi Siida and learn about the reindeer herders’ way of life. Join your host inside the reindeer enclosure and experience these unique animals at close range.

££££

Sortland

View from Mount Floyen, Bergen Norway

Introduction to Bergen & Mount Fløyen

Embark on a scenic drive through Bergen, passing King Håkon’s Hall, Rosenkratz Tower, and Bryggen Wharf to the lower funicular station of Mount Fløyen. Board your carriage that ascends to the summit, 400m above sea level in just eight minutes.

££££

Bergen

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

David Blunt - Guest Speaker
Norwegian Culture

David Blunt

David splits his time between Norway and the UK, having been involved with Norway for more than 40 years. He will be on board to provide an insight into Norwegian culture.

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Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. Join Jo & Pete Richardson on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 05:00 25/05/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 05:00 25/05/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £4,799 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £4,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £4,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £6,299 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £6,299 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £8,099 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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