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In Search of the Northern Lights

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15 Mar 2025
Newcastle
10 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise for you to visit Northern Norway around the time of the March equinox, which is said to be when the Northern Lights are at their most active. After crossing the Arctic Circle, you’ll have the chance to witness this natural phenomenon illuminating the night sky while ashore on an extended stay in Tromsø and from the comfort of the decks on board Borealis. Your visit to Tromsø will also present the opportunity to learn about life in the Arctic, where you can spend time with the local Sámi people on a reindeer experience through snow-covered landscapes, and step inside a lavvu tent to learn about their culture and daily life in the harsh winters of Northern Norway. In Ålesund, climb the steps to the summit of Mount Aksla for outstanding views across the archipelago and the Sunnmøre Alps. 

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Highlights

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway

Seek out the elusive Northern Lights

Your cruise aboard Borealis has been planned to take you to Northern Norway at the ideal time for you to witness the elusive Northern Lights. An overnight stay in Tromsø, located above the Arctic Circle, offers a unique opportunity to witness nature's stunning light show, with ribbons of green, pink, and purple flickering across the sky, as local guides will be on hand to take you to areas of minimal light pollution for the very best chance of seeing them. The Vesterålen archipelago, located beneath the Aurora Oval, offers fantastic views of the Northern Lights illuminating the skies above it's capital, Sortland's 'Blue Town', bathing it in an ethereal light. Join us on the decks of Borealis for unspoiled views of the Aurora, with a warming cup of hot chocolate, as you turn your eyes to the skies above.

Traditional Sami Tent, Lavvu

Experience friluftsliv in wintertime 

Throughout your Northern Lights cruise, you will have a number of opportunities to immerse yourself in the Arctic way of life. Meet with an indigenous Sámi community in Tromsø and learn about their unique culture as you gather around a fire in a traditional Sámi tent known as a lavvu to hear stories of their age-old traditions and daily life as reindeer herders in the harsh Arctic climate, and enjoy a performance of joik, their beautiful and haunting form of folk music. There are also opportunities to experience an exhilarating dog sledding journey across snow-covered terrain or try snowshoeing across the Arctic countryside.

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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.

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

The Atlantic Ocean Road with an Expert

Once voted Norway's Engineering Feat of the Century, the Atlantic Ocean Road has spectacular coastal scenery, culture and history at every turn. Enjoy a drive along this famous road before meeting a retired employee from the project to gain a deeper understanding of this impressive structure. 

££££

Molde

Northern lights over the Arctic sky

The Elusive Northern Lights

Journey to a renowned fishing village where a unique Northern Lights camp awaits, crafted by your host using locally sourced materials. Experience the rich maritime culture of Norway's north coast, where fishing has been vital for survival and export for centuries.

££££

Tromsø

Self-Mushing Husky Experience

Self-Mushing Husky Experience

Journey deep within the mountains where you will leave in pairs and head out into the winter landscape on a sled ride led by friendly huskies.

££££

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

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

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

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.

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Northern Lights

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 Dr Fred Stevenson & Dr Sheila Kanani on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

Will Cheung - Go Stargazing
Photography

Wil Cheung

International published photographer, Wil Cheung will be joining us on this sailing, ready to assist in capturing unforgettable moments of the destinations we will cruise by, including the possibility of capturing the mesmerising Northern Lights.

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 £3,399 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 £3,399 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,499 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,599 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 £4,599 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 £5,799 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   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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