A winter cruise to Norway, in search of the amazing ‘Northern Lights,’ must be one of the most exciting itineraries in the world, and 2013 is predicted to be one of the best for many years to view these majestic ‘Aurora Borealis’.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has offered three winter cruises to Norway for its 2013/14 cruise season, and the last of these – a 14-night cruise, D1304A, aboard Boudicca, departing from Portsmouth on 13th March 2013 – still has some availability.
Vicki Forecast said on the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Facebook page upon her return from the second ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’ cruise on 26th February 2013:
“Very hard to put into words to describe the last 16 days spent on Boudicca sailing within the Article Circle. Superb, amazing, breathtaking do not even sum it up. With dancing Northern Lights the icing on the cake! Hats off to Fred.! A lifetime experience. Wow!”
The itinerary for this final Fred. Olsen ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’ departure is ideally suited to a cruise line with a strong Norwegian heritage, and calls first at Ålesund, the pretty Norwegian town famous for its Art Nouveau-style buildings and national Art Nouveau Centre, or ‘Jugendstilsenteret’.
Next is Tromsø, far up into the Arctic Circle, where Boudicca will stay for two nights, giving guests the maximum chance of seeing the ‘Northern Lights’ – from here, guests can choose to take Fred. Olsen’s ‘Chase for the Northern Lights’ tour and, so far this year, they have been lucky enough to witness Nature’s greatest light show from Tromsø several times.
Boudicca then calls at Alta (Finnmark, Norway), the most northerly port on this cruise. From Alta, guests can travel to Hammerfest, thought to be the most northerly town in the world. On the return voyage, the ship visits Kristiansund, with its picturesque old town and quaint wooden buildings, complete with a unique ‘Klippfish’ – or ‘dried cod’ – Museum, before sailing back to Portsmouth.
Prices for this very special cruise start from £1,299 per person, based on two adults sharing an inside, twin cabin, with an ‘Anchor Fare’. The price includes all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.