The Northern Lights cruise

Cruise through the magnificent lands of Finland and Norway, hunting the Northern lights along the way. Starting in the magnetic Capital Helsinki, travel up into the Northen circle

A 16 day cruise to see The Northern Lights

Highlights

  • Spend two nights in glass-roofed Aurora cabins in Saariselka where you can marvel at the lights dancing above you
  • Sail from Kirkenes to Bergen aboard Havila, seeing Norway from the water with the fjords surrounding you
  • Take the iconic Flamsbana Railway which climbs up the mountains giving you unapparelled views
  • Spend 9 days in the far Northern reaches, crossing the Arctic Circle twice
Northern Lights boat cruise 16 days Winter northern lights Rovaniemi
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A boat cruise to see The Northern Lights

This popular cruise in Scandinavia is a journey through the magnificent lands of Finland and Norway, hunting the Northern lights along the way. Starting in the magnetic Capital Helsinki, travel up into the Northen circle where you can choose to meet the huskies that live here, break through the ice on an ice-breaker ship, and have your best chance to see the Aurora. 

In Norway you will board your wonderful cruise that will take you down the dramatic Norwegian coastline before taking to the land on iconic Norway in a Nutshell route from Bergen to Oslo.

DAY 1 HELSINKI

Arrive at Helsinki airport and make your own way to you hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Stay at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti (4 star)

DAY 2 HELSINKI

With a full day to discover Helsinki we recommend an optional Panorama Sightseeing tour where you will have the opportunity to see the city’s most popular sights. In the early evening, make your own way to the railway station to board your overnight train to Rovaniemi, also known as the Santa Claus Express.

Overnight by train
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 ROVANIEMI

Early arrival into Rovaniemi, where you will make your way to the hotel for check in. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure in the capital of Lapland and well-known home of Santa Claus, where there are many wonderful experiences to be had.

Stay at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (4 star)

DAY 4 ROVANIEMI / POLAR ICEBREAKER CRUISE

Journey to the frozen waters of the Bothnian Sea to experience the massive ice breaking power of the Polar Explorer Icebreaker. Enjoy floating in the middle of the icy Arctic Sea, walk on sea ice for a great photo opportunity and tour the engine and Captain’s Bridge. After all that excitement, relax in the cosy saloon as your icebreaker makes its way back to land.

Stay at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 5 ROVANIEMI – SAARISELKA

Journey by bus to the small village of Saariselka, located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and set against the beautiful backdrop of Urho Kekkonen National Park. On arrival in the village you will then be transferred to the Northern Lights Village nestled amongst the snow covered spruce trees of the picturesque Finnish Lapland. Your stay in the glass-roofed Aurora Cabins will give you clear views of the night sky from the comfort of your cosy bed. What better way to search for the Northern Lights!

Stay at Northern Lights Village, Aurora Cabin (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6 SAARISELKA

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. You can tailor your Lapland adventure to your own interests with a wonderful collection of optional experiences. You may opt to drive a team of huskies over the white, shimmering fells, an experience you will never forget. Perhaps take a thrilling ride on a snowmobile or power your own exploration with a guided snow shoe hike to a nearby fell where you will build a fire and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
For those interested in photography, there is an optional workshop where you will learn all the tricks you need to capture the Northern Lights and the night sky in such a way that your photos are an accurate representation of reality.

This evening will bring another opportunity to catch a glimpse of the dancing lights.

Stay at Northern Lights Village, Aurora Cabin (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7 SAARISELKA – KIRKENES

Watch the scenic landscape from the comfort of your coach as you travel along small roads in Finland and Norway to arrive in Kirkenes. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this small town located in the far northeast of Northern Norway known for King Crabs, wilderness and dramatic WWII history.

Stay at Thon Hotel Kirkenes (3 star)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 KIRKENES – BERLEVAG

Your journey aboard Havila’s Coastal Journey starts today, first stop Vardø, situated at the far edge of Norway, as far northeast as you can get, right in the middle of spectacular Arctic nature. with colourful houses. This evening there are short stops in the fishing village of Båtsfjord. Up to 10,000 boats come to this small village annually, and large catches are landed at several fishing facilities. The Barents Sea is one of the least polluted seas in the world, and the quality of fish here is second to none.

Overnight aboard Havila Voyage
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9 MEHAMN – TROMSO

Stop in Hammerfest today, founded in 1789, over time it became Norway’s polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the high Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise, geographic measurement of the globe. Continue south with a brief stop at the old trading post ofSkjervøy. Around midnight, dock at Tromso, one of the best places to view the Northern Lights.

Overnight aboard Havila Voyage
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10 FINNSNES – LOFOTEN ISLANDS

Sail through the island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen offering some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the your coastal voyage. Beneath the jagged mountains lie chalky white sandy beaches and fishing villages with a vibrant fishing industry. Make a short stop in Risøyhamn, a small village with only 200 inhabitants, to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. In the evening, arrive in Svolvær, the capital of Lofoten, home to one of the world’s largest cod fisheries.

Overnight aboard Havila Voyage
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11 BODO – BRØNNØYSUND – RORVIK

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’. As you sail along the Helgeland coast, you pass hundreds of islets, fertile farmland and steep granite walls rich in local lore. On deck you can see the strange mountain Torghatten (rising 258m above sea level), famous for its distinctive hole right through the middle and the Seven Sisters mountain range. Stop this afternoon is in Brønnøysund, located in the middle of the Helgeland Archipelago it is the half way point of the Norwegian coastline.

Overnight aboard Havila Voyage
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12 TRONDHEIM – MOLDE

This morning provides an opportunity to explore the picturesque city of Trondheim with its colourful warehouses and the historic Nidaros Cathedral. Back on board, the ship sails along the coast to Kristiansund whose location has steadily provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. Kristiansund is today regarded as Norway’s ‘dried cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Experience the ship´s crossing of the open sea on the way to Molde, known as Norway´s ‘City of Roses’.

Overnight aboard Havila Voyage
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

At every port there are shore excursions befitting the season of travel, that you may join. We recommend these experienecs which will enhance your coastal journey as you interact more closely with the culture, nature and people of Norway. Ask your consultant today for more information including pricing and pre booking your spot.

DAY 13 ALESUND – BERGEN

During the night, the ship calls at Alesund, Torvik, Maloy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close. Before the ship docks in Bergen, there are some nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead, including the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal Glacier. In the morning, call at Floro, a modern coastal seaport that is very much alive with a charming high street and good selection of shops. Mid afternoon your ship will come to it’s final port of Bergen, the beautiful capital of the fjords. After disembarkation please make your way to your hotel for check in, with the remainder of your day at leisure.

Stay at Hotel Bergen Bors (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 14 BERGEN – FLAM

Early departure from Bergen Railway Station to depart on one of the most beautiful trips in Europe; the Norway in a Nutshell tour. This unique and popular excursion takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found on the west coast of Norway. On arrival in Voss take a coach up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva to the Stalheim Hotel from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Stalheimsfossen and Sivlefossen waterfalls. After a short stop at the viewpoint, continue to Gudvangen and board the ferry along the Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in Europe, and the Aurlandsfjord. The Naeroyfjord is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and surrounded by mighty mountains up to 1,800 metres high; this branch of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful. Along the way there are views of the small traditional farms and villages. On arrival in the idyllic fjord side village of Flam make the short walk to your hotel for check in.

Stay at Fretheim Hotel (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 15 FLAM – OSLO

Travel along the Flam Railway, a 20 kilometre long train journey from Flam to the mountain station of Myrdal. On the journey you have views of some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in Norway with an ever-changing panorama of tall mountains and thundering waterfalls. Along the Flam railway the train moves slowly and stops at the best views. On arrival in Myrdal take the main line train to Oslo arriving in the late afternoon.

Stay at Clarion Hotel Oslo (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 16 OSLO

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast and check out from your hotel. If you have time in Oslo before your departure we recommend a Discovery Tour of the city where you can witness the stunning views over Oslofjord from Holmenkollen Ski Jump, stroll through Vigeland Park encompassing more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.

Meals included: Breakfast

Northern Lights boat cruise 16 days Winter northern lights Rovaniemi

What is included on a cruise?

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in your chosen category
  • 2 nights at the Northern Lights Village in a Glass-roofed Aurora Cabins
  • 5 night Norwegian Coastal Cruise in cabin of your choice (Kirkenes – Bergen)
  • 1 night overnight train in private sleeper compartment: Helsinki – Rovaniemi
  • 2nd class rail: Bergen – Voss, Myrdal – Oslo
  • Flam Railway (Flamsbana): Flam – Myrdal
  • Fjord cruise: Gudvangen – Flam
  • Coach: Rovaniemi – Saariselka, Voss – Gudvangen
  • Porter Service: Oslo to Bergen

What meals do you get on the cruise?

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 7 dinners

 

The food on this cruise will take you on a unique Norwegian culinary voyage. The chefs hand-pick the best raw ingredients from local Norwegian producers to create traditional and modern dishes. The most important ingredient is sustainability. Eating is about more than sustenance, a cruise gives you the taste of Norway reflecting the bold, cold and clean natural environment. This creates memories that you can savour long after you have returned home with a choice of eating options including;

HAVRAND restaurant – the main restaurant with an extensive range of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner that is served.

HAVLY cafe – the cafe upholds the tradition of providing simple, but good and tasty food to seafarers. In the cafe you can eat snacks, coffee and cake, lunch and dinners.

HILDRING fine dining – Fine dining in an intimate, classic and elegant setting serving meals which are a tribute to Norway’s fantastic fresh ingredients and the world’s best seafood.

Cabins and features of the boat for this cruise

The internal décor of the cruise ship is inspired by the sea, the sky, mountains and glaciers, and the food we serve are traditional dishes from the local towns and villages along the route. You can view the Northern Lights and the midnight sun while seated in a comfortable lounge chair under the glass roof. Or perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy the views from a jacuzzi that is heated from surplus heat?

There is a choice of spacious cabins with typical Nordic décor are designed for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. On board the coastal cruise ships, the emphasis is on providing passengers with spacious cabins. The cabins are intended to be pleasant places to relax during the day and sleep well at night. The typical Nordic décor reflects the landscape through which you will be sailing. 

Most of the cabins have sea views, while others are located inside the ship. Some of these are small, with just two beds and make an inexpensive alternative if you are not travelling far. The cabins and suites range from 16m² to 45m², and can accommodate up to four people while all cabins have wifi and USB ports.

  • Length: 124.1m
  • Breadth: 22m
  • Speed: 28km/h
  • Crew: 100
  • Passengers: 350 (sleeping passengers)
  • Cabins: 179

Frequently asked questions

Pricing for this cruise-tour is “dynamic”, this means it varies depending on availability aboard the coastal voyage at the time of booking along with your exact departure date and your chosen cabin category. For this cruise-tour you can choose between a Seaview Cabin or an Interior Cabin aboard the Havila voyage.

Please contact us for a quote, the team will be happy to provide you with further details. To accurately quote kindly advise your preferred departure date and cabin category.

Prices are subject to availability on booking, once your booking is confirmed a deposit will be due to secure the services and guarantee the price

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