Overview

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.

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. 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.

 

 

Fri 31 Jan              Late PM                                               Southampton, United Kingdom

 

Mon 03 Feb        Early AM              Late PM               Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. 

 

Tue 04 Feb          Early AM              Late PM               Trondheim, Norway

Founded over a thousand years ago by Viking King Olav Trygvasson, Trondheim was Norway’s first capital city. Its colourful warehouses, charming waterways and wooded hills makes Trondheim one of Norway's most photogenic towns.

 

Thu 06 Feb          Early AM                                         Tromsø, Norway

The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore.

 

Fri 07 Feb             Late PM                                          Tromsø, Norway

The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore.

 

Sat 08 Feb           Early AM                                          Alta, Norway

Sun 09 Feb          Early PM                                           Alta, Norway

As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history.

 

Tue 11 Feb          Early AM              Early PM                 Kristiansund, Norway

Reaching out into the waters of Norway’s Western Cape on four, bridge-connected islands, the clean, open, operatic city of Kristiansund, and its stunning harbour, are impossible to ignore. Destroyed in the Second World War, nearly 80% of Kristiansund has been rebuilt since the 1940s.

 

Fri 14 Feb             Early AM                                           Southampton, United Kingdom

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Key Information
  • Price from£1699
  • Duration13 Days