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Set sail on one of our northern lights cruises in 2023 & 2024 and witness the mysterious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis – one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders.

With the first recorded sighting dating back to a 30,000-year-old cave painting in France, it's clear that this extraordinary natural phenomenon has been delighting humans for thousands of years. For the chance to enjoy this elusive light show, join one of our dedicated northern lights cruises that sail to Iceland or Norway in late autumn or early spring.  

Cruise through the dramatic landscapes of the fjords and the far north, stepping ashore to explore remote towns by day and then returning to the ship to gaze skywards in search of the magical illuminations by night. Set sail on a northern lights cruise from the UK and discover glorious natural scenery, the fascinating culture of the Sami people, and waterside towns such as scenic Bergen, as well as vibrant cities such as Reykjavík and Tromsø. Some of our cruises include passages through the mighty fjords off the coast of Norway and Iceland, while longer voyages might journey even further north, to the stunning Lofoten Isles or way beyond the Arctic Circle to the very tip of Europe.

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  • Revel in Arctic Norway’s winter wonders, from its snowy landscapes to the astonishing Northern Lights
  • Go husky sledding from Narvik and, in Alta, seek-out Aurora Borealis and connect with Sami culture
  • Experience unforgettable scenic cruising on Christmas Day, and celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ålesund
  • 15 days from £1499pp
  • was £2199pp
  • Southampton
  • Balmoral
  • 21 December 2023
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  • Embark on a cruise created specifically for seeking out the Northern Lights
  • You’ve chances to witness Mother Nature’s light show from the comfort of Balmoral
  • Explore Arctic wilderness, go husky sledding and have a go at traditional ice fishing too
  • 10 days from £1499pp
  • Newcastle
  • Balmoral
  • 19 March 2024
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  • Take in some of the most memorable Arctic sights whilst spending just nine nights away
  • Your journey has been specifically designed to go in search of the Northern Lights
  • During time ashore, husky sled into Arctic wilderness and go ice fishing too
  • 10 days from £1499pp
  • Newcastle
  • Balmoral
  • 10 March 2024
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  • Seek-out the Northern Lights on a very special, shorter-than-usual Arctic exploration
  • With luck on your side, you’ll get to see the lights during nights spent on board Balmoral
  • Enjoy unique Arctic experiences, such as husky sledding and ice fishing, during time ashore
  • 10 days from £1699pp
  • Newcastle
  • Balmoral
  • 01 March 2024
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  • An incredible Arctic adventure packed with memorable experiences, including seeking-out the Northern Lights
  • Mush a team of huskies on an Arctic sledding adventure, sample local Sami life and more
  • Capture the beauty of Arctic wilderness, the Tjeldsundet Strait and stunning natural landmarks
  • 15 days from £1999pp
  • Southampton
  • Balmoral
  • 14 February 2024

Things to see on a Northern Lights Cruise

Things to do on a Northern Lights Cruise

Food and drink

Locally caught fish is a must-try.

In Iceland, look out for Hákarl, a national delicacy made from cured shark meat, and Kjötsúpa, a filling stew consisting of lamb, potatoes, vegetables and herbs.

For those in search of the northern lights on Norwegian cruises, traditional favourites like Kjøttboller, or meatballs, and Fiskesuppe, a creamy fish soup, are a perfect way to refuel.

There are plenty of excellent dishes to sample on your northern lights cruise. Of course, aboard every ship will be a plethora of food and drink to choose from, making a cruise to find the northern lights both exciting and comfortable.

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