Seeking the Northern Lights Cruise Itinerary - Marella Explorer 2 - from Southampton Port - Adults Only
Based on 2 adults: From £1,465pp, - includes discount £669 - Total Price £2,930.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, for 14 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Seeking the Northern Lights itinerary, Decks 4/5 Inside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - departure port Southampton.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 1: Southampton
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 2: Ship at Sea
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 3: Haugesund
What better way to experience Norway than with a visit to its birthplace? The battle that marked the unification of 29 Norwegian kingdoms into one country took place in the Haugalandet region – just down the road from Haugesund – in the year 872. Nowadays, the town is home to pretty, pastel coloured buildings and stunning natural landscapes. Plus, it’s becoming a hotspot for glitzy film and music festivals.
- Pay a visit to Haraldshaugen – it’s the national monument of Norway and commemorates the unification of the country. Its tall granite obelisk is surrounded by 29 memorial stones – one for each former kingdom.
- See the town from above at Haugesund’s best viewpoint – on top of Steinsfjellet Mountain. If you look over the fir tree forests, you can see out to the North Sea and the picturesque islands that are dotted along the coast.
- In Haugesund, you’re within easy reach of Karmøy island, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. They’ve got soft, white sand, and there are some grassy dunes to hike along, too.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 4: 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 5: 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 6: Molde
Known as the Town of Roses, Molde is tucked away in one of the rugged pockets of Norway’s famous fjords. You might catch your reflection in a mirrored 16-storey hotel on the waterfront, and if you turn the other way you’ll see snow-capped mountains across the strait. The city centre boasts a cosmopolitan blend of cafes and boutiques, but the most talked-about spots are in the hills surrounding Molde. A 10-minute drive will get you to Varden, a beauty spot where the panoramic views are the stuff of Instagram dreams.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 7: Ship at Sea
Seeking the Northern Lights - 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 11: Ship at Sea
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 12: 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.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 13: Stavanger
This sophisticated little city thrives in a patchwork of heather-covered hills and breathtaking fjords. Whether you come here to unravel its spellbinding history or just to soak up the magical scenery, Stavanger puts it all there on a plate for you.
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 14: Ship at Sea
Seeking the Northern Lights - Itinerary day 15: Southampton
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.