Northern Norway with Sami National Day
Experience Norway at a time of the year when the dramatic landscapes of this incredible part of the world are at their frozen finest, the country’s enchanting towns, villages and cities really come to life, and you have the best chance to see one of Mother Nature’s most spellbinding phenomena, on this wonderful winter escape.[ReadMoreMob]
As February begins, you’ll leave the gloom of the British winter behind and embark on your unforgettable adventure, with a sense of excitement for Norway’s seasonal wonders building on board Black Watch as your ship heads north. Your Norwegian adventure gets underway in some style; in Ålesund you can marvel at the town’s fine Art Nouveau architecture and climb Mount Aksla for stunning scenic views, while the brightly-painted houses of Bakklandet and the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral await in Trondheim. [ReadMoreDesk]A day’s sailing then takes you across the Arctic Circle en route to Tromsø, where your call coincides Sami National Day. The celebrations of this ancient indigenous people are a real treat, with the traditional dress, yoik choirs and much more on show sure to linger long in the memory. Stopping overnight in the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ also allows you time to visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral, climb Mount Storsteinen, and go in search of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis – a simply unmissable and unforgettable experience – at nightfall.
With the delights of Tromsø behind you, the course is set for Alta, considered one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights. With another overnight stay, you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s incredible light display once again after the sunlight fades away here in the early afternoon. Spending two days in Alta offers you the chance to discover the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its ice bar, ice chapel and beautiful sculptures too; or visit the fascinating Alta Museum, which offers an in-depth insight into Sami culture. There’s even an opportunity to explore Alta’s surrounding Arctic landscapes on an exhilarating dog-sledding adventure. Finally, as you sail south en route back to the UK, Black Watch diverts to Kristiansund, one of Norway’s earliest settlements and your gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Ocean Road – one of the world’s most photographed highways.