Saga increases the chance of seeing the lights by including two nights in Alta on each of its two Northern Lights cruises
There has never been a better time to search for the Northern Lights with Saga because guests who book by September 17, 2018, can save up to £700ppˆ on a choice of two all-inclusive cruises which set sail in February 2019 on board the Saga Sapphire.
The 15-night no-fly cruises from Dover start from £2,595pp and feature two-night stays in Alta where there are tours to the best possible points for sightings of the Aurora Borealis*. Away from light pollution, guests can scan the skies for traces of the electrifying natural phenomenon in complimentary Arctic jackets worth £150 each.
Each sailing is packed with adventures from skiing, dog-sledding, reindeer sleigh rides and snowmobiling to a helicopter ride as well as visits to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, meeting the indigenous Sami people and listening to music in Alta Cathedral.
Arctic Norway and the Northern Lights
February 12, 2019
To help guests make the most of their bucket-list adventure there’s a photographer on board to help capture perfect images of the night sky and an aurora borealis expert to explain the natural phenomenon. Saga Sapphire also sails in to maiden port Sortland, in Norway’s Norland, where the traditional wooden buildings have been painted blue – and there’s an option of a flightseeing tour over the city. In Bodo, guests can join a sea safari to look for European sea eagles and otters. Further ports of call include Bergen, Tromso, Narvik and Stavanger.
Magic of the Northern Lights
February 27, 2019
This cruise is packed with Arctic adventures and in Narvik there’s beginners’ downhill skiing or a visit to the Polar Wildlife Park which is home to brown bear, lynx, reindeer and Arctic fox. In Andalsnes, a tour to Fokstumyra Nature Reserve at twilight offers a chance to spot the elusive moose, while in Alta, as well as looking for the Northern Lights, there’s snowmobiling, dog-sledding and reindeer sleigh rides led by Norway’s indigenous Sami people. Further ports of call include Bergen, Tromso and Stavanger.
Money back guarantee
Saga is so confident that first-time guests will love life on board its award-winning cruise ships that it is offering early flights home and a refund of the cruise fare to anyone who does not enjoy the sailing.
15 nights from £2,595 per person for bookings made by September 17, 2018. Price includes UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks – selected wines at lunch and dinner house-branded spirits, draught beer, lager and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, welcome cocktail party, free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount passenger has own insurance.
A Northern Lights tour worth £150 is included in the cruise price while other excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.
Price based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee cabin where guests receive their cabin number shortly before sailing (or at embarkation) and not at the time of booking. Your cabin may be located anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for further details. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.
^Save up to a further £700pp on Arctic Norway and the Northern Lights cruise. Exact saving depends on your chosen cabin grade. Save up to a further £700pp on Magic of the Northern Lights, exclusive to Possibilities members only. Exact saving depends on your chosen cabin grade. Please call for further details.’
*We cannot guarantee the appearance of the Northern Lights, which is a natural phenomenon, but this cruise will take you to the best spot at the best time of the year for sighting them.