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In Search of the Northern Lights

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In Search of the Northern Lights In Search of the Northern Lights

04 Jan 2026

Portsmouth

10 nights

Borealis

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Embark on a captivating adventure, timed by our Journey Planners to afford the possibility of sighting the Northern Lights, a cosmic phenomenon casting ethereal ribbons of colour across the night skies. After crossing the Arctic Circle, explore the enchanting ports of Narvik and Bodø, offering yet more opportunities to spot the lights. You can immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Sámi, the indigenous people of Norway. Discover their fascinating history and nomadic lifestyle in the cosy setting of a traditional tepee-style lavvu tent. Unravel the science behind the Aurora Borealis, enhancing your experience with a deeper understanding of the celestial wonder that graces the skies.

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Highlights

Guests looking out to Northern lights from deck

Seeking out the elusive Aurora Borealis

This cruise aboard Borealis has been carefully planned to give you the best chance of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In Northern Norway, the winter months are marked by long, dark nights and brilliant auroras that dance across the sky. You will have plenty of time to search for the Northern Lights from the decks of Borealis while we sail between our exciting Arctic destinations. When in Narvik, you'll be in an ideal location to seek out the enigmatic Aurora Borealis, and on board your ship, you can enjoy the dark starry skies with minimal light pollution while you wait for the lights to appear magically overhead.

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Reindeer at a traditional Sami village

Life north of the Arctic Circle

Throughout your Borealis cruise, you are ideally placed to witness the way of life in the Arctic. When in Narvik, you will have the unique opportunity to interact with the local Sámi community and learn about their rich culture, which is typified by their distinctive language, traditional dress, music, and folklore, as well as their livelihoods of fishing, hunting, and reindeer herding. You will also be able to enjoy spending time feeding the reindeer and hearing stories of daily life for the Sámi in the comfort of a lavvu tent; while in Alesund you can discover the distinctive Art Nouveau architecture and vibrant fishing culture of the adventure capital of the fjords.

Your Hand-crafted Signature Experience | Itinerary Insights

Sami tents in Norway with the Northern lights

Discover the science behind the Northern Lights

As you go in search of the Aurora Borealis, you will also have the chance to discover the science behind the ethereal ribbons of colour that float across the night sky. The colours are created by charged particles from the sun, resulting in the bright green and red shades being produced by oxygen, while the blue and purple tones are caused by nitrogen. During your cruise, you'll have several opportunities to discover more of the scientific reasons behind Mother Nature's spectacular light show, and the historical significance of their creation.

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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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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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Astronomy

Go Stargazing

Acting as tour guides of the heavens, the Go Stargazing astronomers will share their knowledge with group sessions learning interesting and amazing facts about our Universe. The friendly and approachable team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you spot planets and stars.

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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 14:00 19/04/2024, 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 14:00 19/04/2024, 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 £3,299 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 £3,299 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,399 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £4,299 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 £4,299 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 £5,599 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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