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Norway: Norwegian Cruises in Winter - The Classic Round Voyage

See the greatest light show on Earth

12 Days From £968

The astonishing Northern Lights can often be seen above Norway during the winter months. However, NASA has recently predicted that over the next couple of years, we could see the most impressive Aurora Borealis display for over half a century, and these Norwegian cruises in winter can take you right into the middle of the action. NASA has said that the next few winters coincide with a period when the Sun’s magnetic field is at its fastest, meaning that the Northern Lights may appear brighter than ever.

On Norwegian cruises in winter you will find a variety of shore excursions on offer. Some of these take you on exciting Aurora-hunting expeditions, either by snowmobile, skis, dogsled or a comfortable heated bus. Guests get the chance to proactively go in search of the Northern Lights on Norwegian cruises in winter, rather than waiting for them to appear. Led by expert guides, Aurora excursions aim to take you to the places where the weather conditions are most favourable and where light pollution levels are low, enhancing your chances of seeing the incredible display. With all this to look forward to, and the lure of seeing some stunning scenery to entice you, do not hesitate to book your Norwegian fjords cruise.

  • Day 1 - Bergen

    See the greatest light show on Earth - Bergen

    Arriving in Norway’s second largest city, transfer to the quayside where your ship awaits. Begin Norwegian cruises in winter with a delicious dinner on board the ship as you set sail to head north along the spectacular Norwegian coastline, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights becoming greater with each nautical mile.

    Meals included:Dinner
  • Day 2 - Explore Ålesund

    Explore Ålesund

    Wake up on the first morning of Norwegian cruises in winter to views of Ålesund, a city of inspiring architecture. Take a sightseeing tour and discover the history of the terrible fire that raged through the town over a century ago. If you are feeling energetic, take the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla for breathtaking views of Geirangerfjord, one of the most famous fjords in the world.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Medieval Trondheim

    Medieval Trondheim

    Today on Norwegian cruises in winter we visit Trondheim, a medieval city steeped in history and full of impressive architecture. Walk across Gamle Bybrua, the wooden Old Town bridge, and pay a visit to the Nidaros Cathedral which has the oldest religious edifice in all of Norway. Along the waterfront, colourful buildings stand on stilts, making a perfect setting to enjoy a hot coffee.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Cross the Arctic Circle

    Crossing into Arctic waters this morning, the ship makes two stops today within the beautiful archipelago of the Lofoten Islands. The first is Bodø, where a selection of optional excursions is available such as a visit to Saltstraumen to see the world’s most powerful maelstrom. Later, the ship docks at Svolvær where you can visit the wonderful Ice Gallery.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - The Arctic Capital - Tromsø

    The Arctic Capital - Tromsø

    Arriving in this popular city, there is plenty to do on day five of Norwegian cruises in winter. Visit the Polar Museum or Polaria and learn about life in the Arctic, and make sure you see the magnificent Arctic Cathedral. Tromsø is one of the best places in Norway to see the Northern Lights, and there are several excursions to pick from to enhance your chances of seeing this awe-inspiring display.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Hammerfest and Honningsvåg

    Today Norwegian cruises in winter round the very northern tip of Norway, docking firstly at Hammerfest and then sailing on to Honningsvåg, the gateway to the North Cape. You can choose to take an optional excursion to the North Cape where you will have the opportunity to brave the elements and walk to the edge of the cliff, being among the most northerly people in mainland Europe.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Kirkenes


    Approaching the Russian border, Norwegian cruises in winter make their last stop on the northern leg of the voyage. Here you can take part in a range of exciting activities such as snowmobiling and dog sledding. Kirkenes is another fantastic location for spotting the Northern Lights so make sure you keep watching the skies once darkness falls.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Return to Hammerfest

    Return to Hammerfest

    Backtracking along its original course, the ship docks once again at Hammerfest, only this time during daylight hours. Spend some time exploring the charming colourful town which claims to be the most northerly in the world. Later, Norwegian cruises in winter carry on to Tromsø, this time at night when you can keep watch for the Northern Lights and experience a moving midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - The Stunning Lofoten Islands

    Today is the most scenic leg of Norwegian cruises in winter. You can now appreciate the exceptional natural beauty of the Lofoten Islands in daylight as the ship weaves its way between them. Towering granite mountains, secluded beaches and pretty fishing villages constitute a photograph opportunity everywhere you look.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - The Magnificent Seven Sisters

    The Magnificent Seven Sisters

    Today we cross the Arctic Circle once again during the hours of daylight. Keep a look out for the monument of a globe which marks the point at which you cross. Passing a chain of seven snow-capped peaks, learn about the folklore and mystery that surrounds the so-called Seven Sisters as you sail close to them.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Trondheim and Molde

    An early revisit to Trondheim gives you another chance to see any sights that you missed on the northern leg of Norwegian cruises in winter. The ship then leaves Trondheimsfjord and passes Hitra Island on its way to Kristiansund and Molde, where you have a few hours to explore both towns.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Return to Bergen

    Return to Bergen

    Docking once again in this fascinating city, Norwegian cruises in winter come to an end. Say goodbye to the ship and your fellow passengers before making your way to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • 11 night Classic Round Voyage in cabin grade of your choice incl full board

Not Included...

  • Flight and Land Package (Please see above Itinerary)
  • Luggage handling
  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance (Optional carbon balancing fee (£5 per person)
  • Fuel Surcharges (From 1st April = £5 pp per day on the cruise and £10 - £20 on the air fare)
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  • Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
  • Flight prices quoted are based on London airports
  • Regional departures may be available and a supplement may apply
  • Embarkation port is Bergen
  • Disembarkation port is Bergen

Optional Excursions on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage

Space does not permit us to show all of the excursions available at the 34 ports visited on this cruise. If you would like to find out more information, please call the number at the top of this page to speak to one of our Travel Advisors.

For alternatives to the complete Norwegian coastal voyage see our other Norway Fjords Cruises.

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