Sail along Norway’s fjords with the TV presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup and witness the incredible phenomenon of the Northern Lights

Catching a glimpse of the extraordinary Northern Lights against the stunning backdrop of the Norwegian coastline is an unforgettable experience. On this special 12-day trip, you will have the chance to witness the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights in the company of television presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup.

Mariella will give an exclusive talk about her book Wild Women, which is a collection of over 50 great escapades written by female adventurers. Mariella will also take part in a private Q&A session about her life and career. "As a child growing up in Norway, I listened in awe to stories about the magical Northern Lights, but I never had the chance to experience them. I simply cannot wait to join you to discover these natural wonders," says Mariella.

This is an unmissable opportunity to explore the majestic Norwegian coast and star-filled Arctic skies, as you travel from the UNESCO World Heritage port of Bergen beyond the Arctic Circle. You will be sailing on MS Nordkapp with our recommended travel partner Hurtigruten, the leading expert in voyages along the Norwegian coast. During your trip, you can choose to go on a number of additional Arctic excursions, including activities such as snowmobiling, kayaking, husky sledding and sea eagle spotting.

'As a child growing up in Norway, I listened in awe to stories about the magical Northern Lights, but I never had the chance to experience them. I simply cannot wait to join you to discover these natural wonders.'

Mariella Frostrup

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Mariella Frostrup
Broadcaster, critic, journalist

Born in Norway, Mariella Frostrup is one of the UK's leading broadcasters, critics and journalists. Her work ranges from current affairs shows to writing as an agony aunt. She's a regular travel writer for The Telegraph and author of five books, including her latest anthology Wild Women. She presents the BBC's The Big Painting Challenge, plus Open Book and Bringing Up Britain on Radio 4, and has been a judge for major literary awards.

As a child growing up in Norway, I listened in awe to stories about the magical Northern Lights, but I never had the chance to experience them. I simply cannot wait to join you to discover these natural wonders.

Mariella Frostrup

Price includes

  • Exclusive talk, Q&A session, excursion and book signing with Mariella Frostrup
  • Copy of Mariella's latest book, Wild Women
  • Scheduled return flight
  • 11 nights' full-board accommodation on MS Nordkapp
  • Knowledgeable guides and onboard presentation on the Northern Lights
  • Arctic Cathedral midnight concert
  • All port taxes and fees
  • Your Northern Lights promise**

** Occurrences of the Northern Lights, which can last from a few minutes to several hours, will be logged by the ship's officers and announced to all passengers on-board. More details about the Northern Lights promise.

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Dec 11, 2019
To
Sun, Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,919*
* From price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement on request. Supplements apply for optional activities. This trip is also being offered to readers of The Telegraph.
Call now to book 02035539167
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    You'll fly to Bergen, Norway's historic capital city known as 'the gateway to the fjords'. Here you will board your ship, the MS Nordkapp, where you'll be invited to exclusive welcome talk by Hurtigruten's expert guides, and a welcome dinner.

  2. Day
    2
    Ålesund
    Ålesund, Norway

    Explore the city of seven islands today, Ålesund, with its cool art deco architecture and design. You'll have a choice of a few optional excursions from here and you'll spot 800m cliffs and towering waterfalls on your way to the spectacular Unesco-listed Geirangerfjord (included).

  3. Day
    3
    Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway

    Today you'll stop at Trondheim, the royal city with an ancient Viking history. This city, founded in AD 997, was Norway's first capital and a major trading post.

  4. Day
    4
    Arctic Circle crossing to the Lofoten Islands
    Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Crossing the Arctic Circle, you'll witness fantastic scenery passing you by. On board this evening you'll also be able to enjoy a fascinating lecture on the Northern Lights, highlighting the science and the enchanting myths behind this natural phenomenon.

  5. Day
    5
    Tromsø
    Tromsø, Norway

    Tromsø is one of the best places from which to spot the glimmering Aurora. It's also a hub for activities and excursions. Choose between optional activities which include husky sledding and feeding bearded seals. Broadcaster and writer Mariella Frostrup will join you on-board this evening.

  6. Day
    6
    Honningsvåg, North Cape
    Honningsvåg, Norway

    Discover a place of legend today, the Arctic Circle, on a visit to the North Cape, the most northerly point of Europe. Also marking an important day, Mariella Frostrup will give an exclusive evening talk, she'll answer your burning questions in a Q&A and she'll be signing copies of her book Wild Women.

  7. Day
    7
    Kirkenes
    Kirkenes, Norway

    Explore Kirkenes today independently at your own pace. A variety of optoinal excursions will also be on offer, including the once-in-a-lifetime opporunity to go husky sledding.

  8. Day
    8
    Hammerfest, Tromsø
    Hammerfest, Norway

    Get to know Norway's northernmost town, Hammerfest, whose harbour was used as a German Navy base during the German occupation of Norway in 1940. This evening you'll sail back to Tromsø. If you were disappointed to hear that Hammerfest wasn't a festival, perhaps a midnight concert in the spectacular Arctic Cathedral tonight will make up for it.

  9. Day
    9
    Lofoten Islands
    Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Today you'll have time to explore the rugged natural beauty of the Lofoten Islands, known for their wildlife, deserted beaches and gorgeous traditional fishing villages.

  10. Day
    10
    Arctic Circle
    Trondheim, Norway

    You'll pass the Arctic Circle once again today. This is one of the best places from which to spot the
    Northern Lights, giving you the best chance of experiencing the Aurora.

  11. Day
    11
    Trondheim
    Trondheim, Norway

    Discover more from this ancient city today, wandering at your own pace. This evening you'll be able to fill up on a farewell feast of local delicacies.

  12. Day
    12
    Disembark in Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

    Disembark the ship today in Bergen and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

MS Nordkapp

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Cruise ship

Named after Europe's northernmost point - the North Cape

MS Nordkapp was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, a Multe bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of our two hot tubs. We also have a cosy bar at the front of the ship where you can enjoy a nice traditional drink. The ship additionally has a large compass area with reception, a tour guide, conference room and shop.

MS Nordkapp was christened by Norway´s Queen Sonja in 1996 and her maiden voyage was to the Shetland Islands. The ship started sailing the Norwegian coast in April 1996. She has also sailed in Antarctica. Since 2007, the vessel has been part of Hurtigruten´s fleet of ships dedicated to sailing the Norwegian coastline.

On-board Expedition team
MS Nordkapp has her own on-board Expedition Team and serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures, presentations and activities inside as well as out on the sun deck of the ship make this an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters we sail in. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture and presentation programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck you may participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of `friluftsliv´, and encourage you take part in `friluftsliv´ hikes and activities during the journey.

The dedicated Expedition Team has one mission: to enhance your experience by engaging you and interpreting the nature, wildlife, and culture you encounter during the voyage. Read more about our Expedition Teams here.

  • Special features:
  • Expedition Team
  • Three restaurants
  • Multe bakery and ice cream bar
  • Explorer bar lounge
  • Panorama lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Lift
  • Conference room
  • Car deck
  • Hot tub

Brought to you by

Hurtigruten
This tour is operated solely by Hurtigruten
Founded in 1893, Hurtigruten are the world's leading experts in cruises along the Norwegian fjords.

To view Hurtigruten’s supplier’s terms and conditions click here.

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Dec 11, 2019
To
Sun, Sun, Dec 22, 2019
Duration
12 Days
Price per person
£1,919*
* From price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement on request. Supplements apply for optional activities. This trip is also being offered to readers of The Telegraph.
Call now to book 02035539167
Quote ref: HEARST MARIELLA