Embark on a voyage through icy waters and witness the spectacle of the auora borealis. Plus, discover the best Norway has to offer, while creating those memories that will last a lifetime!
One of our most popular voyages is with the exploration experts, Hurtigruten. This classic round itinerary calls at over 30 Norwegian ports and includes stops in Ålesund, Tromsø and Kirkenes. September to April is the best time to witness the magical lightshow and with departures available throughout the winter season, there will not be a shortage of dates to choose from.
Hurtigruten ships are designed to allow you to fully appreciate the spectacular scenery through which they sail. Comfortable cabins, panoramic lounges and a friendly atmosphere form the heart of the on board experience. Informality is key, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the landscapes at will, whilst the intimate and welcoming size of the ships ensure that you will meet like minded and interesting people.
If you're looking to start your Northern Lights cruise closer to home, you can embark on a no-fly voyage with the likes of Cruise & Maritime, Fred. Olsen or P&O, which will offer a more traditional cruising experience.
Embark on this bucket list experience that lights up the sky, while also discovering the impressive scenery that Norway has to offer.
Northern Lights of Norway
Discover the Northern Lights with Hurtigruten
The polar arctic Northern lights aurora borealis sky star in Norway Svalbard in Longyearbyen
Northern lights (aurora borealis) over Tromso, Norway
To call them the ‘Northern Lights’ seems almost demeaning. The aurora borealis is Mother Nature’s most magical lightshow – more spectacular and breathtaking than anything you will ever encounter at a concert or theatrical performance. Blazing their beauty across an endless canvas of empty sky, the Lights glow luminous red and green in an ever-changing tapestry of textures that will alter your perspective on our world. Whether you choose to view them from shore or ship, you will marvel at the almost science fiction-like vortex of colours shifting and dancing across your eyes in a peacock display of shades that you will never want to end.
While some of us may have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the aurora in the UK, this is a rare occurrence. For the best chance of seeing the lights, we recommend you head towards the Arctic Circle, with Norway and Iceland being top close-to-home destinations. Click here to find out more about where to see the Northern Lights to help you start planning your holiday.
Taking a cruise to see the Northern Lights is a truly magical experience, and one that is high on many peoples’ bucket lists. As well as catching a glimpse of the dancing lights, many understandably also wish to capture the moment on camera. In countries close to the Arctic Circle, weather can change very rapidly, making it difficult to see the aurora through the clouds, let alone capture them. But with a little patience and planning, you can take a dreamy image of the lights to cherish forever. To help you to prepare to photograph the Northern Lights please take a look at our guide here.