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Saturday, June 6, 2020, for 14 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Norway's Midnight Sun itinerary, Decks 4/5 Inside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - fly from airport, departure port Newcastle.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 1: Newcastle
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 2: Ship at Sea
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 3: Vik I Sogn
You’ll find the area of Vik I Sogn pulled up along the southern shoreline of Sognefjorden – Norway’s biggest fjord. The first thing you’ll notice here is the textbook Norwegian countryside. Think snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills and plenty of easy-going, waterfront walking trails. A few pocket-sized villages are sprinkled along the coast for you to explore, too. They’re a good place to learn about the area’s Viking-filled history. Make sure you also sample some fresh raspberries during a walk around one of the local fruit farms.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 4: Olden
This sleepy hamlet sprang into life in the 18th Century. Today, it's best known as the gateway to the gleaming Briksdalsbreen Glacier, one of Norway's 'must see' sights.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 5: Ship at Sea
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 6: Bodo
You’ll find Bodo just north of the Arctic Circle, perched on a peninsula with a backdrop of rocky peaks and dramatic fjords that make it incredibly easy on the eye. Known as the Sea Eagle Capital, it has the largest population of white-tailed eagles in Europe. And, during summer, it conjures a little bit of magic in the form of a midnight sun, which bathes the city in daylight around the clock.
- Hop in a speedboat and head out to see the natural phenomenon of the world’s strongest whirlpool. It’s known as Salstraumen, and in this 150-metre-wide passage the sea travels at a white-knuckle 40 kilometres per hour.
- Splash the cash in Glasshuset, a glass-roofed pedestrian shopping area in the city centre. It’s a great place to hunt for souvenirs or give your wardrobe a Nordic twist. Or there’s City Nord, the largest shopping centre in the region, just a five-minute drive away.
- Visit the Bodo Cathedral. The original building was destroyed during the Second World War, and so in 1946, a competition was held to decide who would design its replacement. A decade later, the huge new cathedral was unveiled, featuring a staggering 12-metre-high stained-glass window.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 7: Ship at Sea
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 8: Honningsvag
The village of Honningsvag is tucked deep inside the Arctic Circle, on the island of Mageroya. It’s the most northerly point in Europe, and your gateway to the Northern Cape – a chunk of land that juts out into the sea. Guarded by the eerie Midnight Sun that floats overhead, it’s Norway’s most soul-stirring attraction.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 9: Alta
Alta’s the biggest town in Norway’s north. As such, it’s billed as one of the best places to hunt for the Northern Lights. In fact, that’s what inspired the town’s spiralled cathedral, which looks even more impressive when the swirling Aurora Borealis fill the sky. But there are plenty of other things going on, too, including a UNESCO-listed museum, a salmon-filled canyon and a fancy ice hotel.
- Don’t miss Alta Museum. This World Heritage Site is home to tonnes of rock carvings, dating back to 4,200 BC – proving that humans did venture this far north in prehistoric times.
- Check out the Northern Lights Cathedral. If the lights don’t show outside, this place has an interactive exhibition devoted to the elusive Aurora Borealis.
- Hike around Northern Europe’s biggest canyon, just outside of town. This is real back-to-nature stuff, so you’re likely to pass waterfalls, reindeer and leaping salmon.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 10: Tromso
The biggest city above the Arctic Circle, Tromso's been the starting point for countless polar expeditions. Norwegians call it the Paris of the North, and one thing's for sure - it's a city to fall in love with.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 11: Ship at Sea
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 12: Andalsnes
With its towering snow-capped mountains and plunging valleys, Andalsnes looks like something from J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In fact, the sheer scale of this place makes it easy to believe in trolls, giants and elves. The town itself is set in the Romsdalen Valley – and in typical Norwegian style, you'll find gushing waterfalls and huge lakes around every corner. The Stigfoss Waterfall’s a particular highlight – white water thunders down a mountain side for 180 metres before crashing into the lake at the bottom. If your cruise itinerary allows time, jump on the scenic railway from Andalsnes Station. A train chugs its way over deep canyons that give way to dramatic frothy rivers at the bottom.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 13: Alesund
January 23rd 1904 saw Alesund ravaged by fire, but this hardy little city rose like a phoenix from the ashes – and the result is impressive. It was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style and the medley of turrets, spires and ornamental twists and turns give the town a fairytale feel. What makes it even more unusual is that it’s set across several islands sprinkled in the ocean, with the spectacular Sunnmore Alps as a backdrop.
- Have a look around the Art Nouveau Centre, a gorgeous period building whose displays piece together Alesund’s architectural history.
- A trip to the top of Mount Aksla offers up unbeatable views of the town, the fjords and the surrounding islands. You can climb the 418 steps, starting from the town park, catch the sightseeing train or go by road.
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 14: :Ship at Sea
Norway's Midnight Sun - Itinerary day 15: Newcastle
Cruise Ship Details - Marella Explorer 2 :
- 8 restaurants
- 9 bars
- Coffee shop
- Outdoor pool
- Beauty salon
Marella Explorer 2 is the sister ship to Marella Explorer, so you can expect some similar qualities, like a range of restaurants, a Champneys Spa and Indigo – a chic bar-club-casino space. But there’s one big difference between them – Marella Explorer 2’s reserved for adults.