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See the Northern Lights with adventurer Ben Fogle
Seeing the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky is an unforgettable experience that you won't find anywhere else in the world. On this 12-day cruise, you'll have the chance to seek the phenomenon with aurora borealis expert Hurtigruten. Your voyage will be all the more memorable thanks to the presence of presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle. A regular on our screens, Ben has appeared on Countryfile, hosted Crufts and made the series A Year Of Adventures, among many others. He's keen to see the Northern Lights again, after loving the experience of watching them when filming New Lives In The Wild seven years ago. Ben will give talks and take part in a Q&A session on board, where he'll be happy to answer your questions about his life and adventure-filled career. Your round-trip voyage will take you past 2,500 miles of coastline. You'll explore more than 30 ports and spend seven days in the 'auroral zone', where Northern Lights sightings are common.
Meet Ben Fogle
See The North Cape
The best of Norway's fjords
Sail on MS Richard With
Amazing optional excursions
Your Northern Lights Promise
- International return flights.
- Eleven nights' full-board accommodation on MS Richard With.
- Two exclusive talks and Q&A with Ben Fogle.
- Your Northern Lights promise*.
- On-board talk explaining the science behind the Northern Lights.
- 1,000 Norwegian kroner per cabin onboard credit.
- The services of a tour leader throughout.
- All port fees and taxes.
Day1Fly to BergenBergen, Norway
You will arrive in Bergen today and be welcomed aboard MS Richard With. It is well worth exploring this lovely port if you have time. Tonight you set sail along the Viking route of Hjeltefjord and relaxing as you admire the spectacular landscapes from the deck or the panorama lounge.
Ålesund, a quaint fishing town of approximately 45,000 in western Norway, has been called Norway's most beautiful city. A fire in 1904 destroyed much of it, resulting in the town being rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style-also known as Jugendstil-that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. A year after the fire, Norway gained its independence from Sweden, which led to a campaign to build a "Norwegian town" to mark the creation of the new nation. The colorful buildings feature castlelike turrets and spires with intricate facades of ornamental flowers, gargoyles and Viking-inspired decorations.
Bordering the Norwegian Sea, this area is also famous for its mountain ranges and fjords. For those looking for a more active visit, Ålesund offers great hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. One of the highlights is climbing the 418 steps that lead up Mount Aksla for a spectacular view of the city and the Sunnmøre Alps. Nearby is the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful waterfalls. This is also home to Atlanterhavsparken, or the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Europe.
Trondheim, a former Viking trading post, was Norway's first capital. This historic city has a vibrant atmosphere and is home to Europe's most northernmost, 11th century, Gothic Nidaros Cathedral. Explore the colourful warehouses, waterways or venture up into the hills with the Hurtigruten guides for a hike to immerse yourself in the beautiful wilderness.
In the afternoon, the ship sails northwest, passing the Kjeungskjaer lighthouse, islets and rocky reefs.
Day4Arctic Circle & Svartisen GlacierLofoten Islands, Norway
Today you will cross the Arctic Circle for the first time, marking the best chance to see the famous natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights otherwise known as 'Aurora Borealis'. Enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Lofoten Islands, the Svartisen Glacier and the dramatic entrance to Trollfjord.
You will have more chances to see the Northern Lights as you sail north towards Tromsø, known as the 'capital of the Arctic'. Today our special guest Ben Fogle will give an exclusive talk and Q&A on board the ship.
Optional activities: Join a 'Polar History Walk' to learn more about explorers and Arctic hunters, and enjoy a beer at the world's northernmost brewery. Take a thrilling husky-sledge ride across frozen landscape with stunning views of snowy plateaus or take a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing adventure.
Day6Honningsvag & North CapeHonningsvåg, Norway
Your journey continues through the heartland of the indigenous Sami people as you experience
the bleak beauty of Norway's North Cape (Nordkapp), the most northerly point of Europe. From here you can join a small boat excursion to see the North Cape from the sea or take a bus ride to the North Cape plateau. Take a bird-watching excursion to Gjesvaerstappan or enjoy the thrill of a snowmobile trip across snowy plains in search of The Northern Lights in the starry sky.
The turning point of your epic adventure is Kirkenes, a town close enough to Russia for you to visit the border. There are many ways for you to visit the Russian frontier by bus tours, a riverboat safari, via canoe or hiking. You can also join an excursion to the Barents Sea to catch and eat giant king crabs. You will also get another chance to enjoy a wide range of classic winter activities, like dog-sledging, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or visiting an Arctic Ice Dome.
As the ship starts to to take its journey south, the ports that were visited at night can now be enjoyed by day.
We dock again in Honningsvag where you can join an excursion that includes eating breakfast at North Cape. The ship then continues to Hammerfest, one of the prettiest stops on your voyage. Surrounded by mountains, sandy beaches and impressive costal landscapes, this eye- catching town is an Urban surprise along the mostly uninhabited coast. With spectacular views of the Lyngen Alps and its colourful buildings. From here you can join a mini mountain expedition to learn about local polar hero Adolf Lindstrom.
We then continue south on our second visit to Tromso, one of the best locations to experience the dazzling Northern Lights.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: A midnight concert in Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral.
Day9Lofoten Islands & TrollfjordLofoten Islands, Norway
See the stunning natural scenery of the beautiful islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen, famous for their deserted beaches, fishing villages and Arctic Wildlife. We stop at Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 125 years ago. Here there is a chance to visit the Hurtigruten Museum.
As the ship ventures further south we reach spectacular Trollfjord surrounded by majestic mountains. If sea conditions allow we sail inside to view dramatic landscape which inspires images of fairy tales and trolls.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES UPGRADE: Your optional activity for today is a sea eagle safari.
Day10Arctic Circle & the Seven SistersLofoten Islands, Norway
Join the crew on deck to celebrate the crossing of the Arctic Circle with a traditional 'taste' ceremony - a fun ceremony highlighted by a spoonful of cod liver oil. Today's adventure takes us along the Helgeland coast to view the strange mountain, Torghatten, which was created during the ice age and made famous for its hole in the centre. If the weather allows you can join a hike with your guides for a closer look.
We also sail past the famous 1,100m high mountain range called the Seven Sisters. Fairytale stories suggest that seven beautiful troll sisters got caught out in the sunrise and turned to stone, hence the seven beautiful peaks.
Kristiansund is Norway's 'cured cod capital' due to its long history of exporting dried fish. It is a city spread across four islands with a beautiful harbour. Here you can join an excursion to the renowned Atlantic Road - one of the most scenic routes in the world. Those choosing to stay on board at Kristiansund will cross the open sea to Molde, known as Norway's 'City of Roses'. Along the way, you will take in the steep peaks if the Romsdal Alps on the horizon.
Before our final arrival back in Bergen, we sail through picturesque Nordfjord, beneath the Jostedal Glacier, before calling at Floro. We navigate the mouth of the mighty Sognefjord and enjoy superb views of the island-studded coastline before our arrival in to Bergen, where you disembark for your transfer to the airport and your flight home.
MS Richard With
Your home will be MS Richard With, a ship that boasts a two-storey panoramic lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, an à la carte restaurant, bar, cafes, bakery, swimming pool and hot tub, plus a sauna with a view, fitness room and library. The ship also hosts a series of free talks and demonstrations. The delicious food, which includes Norwegian specialities such as roast reindeer and aquavit ice cream, is sourced locally and is included in the price.