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Magical autumn seas & skies

Join glittering Columbus on a classic voyage in search of the celestial occurrence Aurora Borealis, calling at some stunning ports of call along the beautiful coast of western Norway, heading deep into the Arctic Circle and toward Europe’s outer reaches.

Sailing out of London Tilbury, Columbus calls first at Dutch maritime gem Rotterdam, before heading north to fjordland gateway Bergen. She continues north, and to the pretty town of Åndalsnes on spectacular Romsdalsfjord, before heading further into the Arctic Circle, bringing a higher chance of catching a glimpse of the bewitching Northern Lights. Continue to striking Tromsø and remote Honningsvåg, before turning south, to the Arctic port of Alta, pretty Alesund and prosperous Stavanger, before cruising back to the UK.

What does this price include?

  • 14 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
  • Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
  • Luggage porterage from port to cabin
  • Port taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1600hrs

    Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is Columbus' first stop. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable inverted 'U' of the Markthal food market. Browse the world-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    Columbus's first Norwegian port is Bergen, an ancient city of medieval houses, cobbled streets, and the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the vibrant harbour and the fish market, stroll past historic Bryggen’s wooden warehouses and take the Fløibanen funicular to the summit of Fløyen.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    Today, Columbus cruises into Romdalsfjord. Step ashore in Åndalsnes for the chance to join excursions into some of Norway’s most majestic mountain scenery, and perhaps to enjoy the peace and beauty that surrounds the ancient stave church in fjord-side Rodven.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    This morning Columbus calls in Tromsø, instantly recognisable thanks to the magnificent Arctic Cathedral that rises proudly from its bustling centre. Explore the daily market and fascinating Polarmuseum, which chronicles the lives and exploits of the likes of Amundsen and Nansen.

  • Arrive: 0830hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    Columbus cruises still further beyond the Arctic Circle, today, docking in Honningsvåg. Join an optional shore excursion to the Nordkapp Visitor Centre and the northern tip of the whole of Europe.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 0200hrs

    Columbus’s next port of call is remote Alta. Spend the long hours of darkness here sky-gazing – the stars and Northern Lights are at their most astounding here. Spend the clear hours of daylight exploring the Arctic region of Finnmark (home to the indigenous Sami people and the prehistoric rock carvings at Hjemmeluft) on exciting optional shore excursions.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1500hrs

    Alesund, with its natural harbours lined with pastel-painted, gabled and turreted buildings, is an unexpectedly beautiful port. Don't miss the town's fascinating Sunnmore Museum, which offers insight into life in this part of the world through the ages and boasts a fine boat collection.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    The prosperous former fishing capital of Stavanger, its sleek modern buildings (especially the striking Norwegian Petroleum Museum) contrasting with the white-painted, clapboard houses of its waterfront and old town, is Columbus’s final Norwegian port. Step ashore to explore, before enjoying a breathtaking passage though beautiful Boknafjord.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Bid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your Northern Lights cruise to Norway.

     


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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