Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
Discover all the drama and beauty of Norway’s northern archipelago on
this exceptional autumn cruise. Sailing through an ancient landscape, you’ll
experience Torghatten, the ‘mountain with the hole’, the stunning Seven
Sisters mountain range, the beautiful village of Reine, and more. As if that
wasn’t enough, as you cruise the edges of the Arctic Circle, there’s the chance
of catching a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights too.
Departing from Liverpool aboard Black Watch, you
are en route to the scenic passageways of a truly
majestic landscape. Ranked as the third best islands to
visit by National Geographic, the Lofoten Islands are
rich in Viking history and Arctic nature, representing a
wild, untamed region that delivers one of the most
picturesque cruises for adventures and explorers alike.
In addition to the dramatic Norwegian vistas, this
itinerary is the chance to potentially witness a truly
inspirational sight – the Northern Lights.
Arriving into Kristiansund – comprising a breathtaking
harbour atop four islands – you can admire the old
town’s remarkable architecture. A day of spectacular
sailing follows, through the strait of Nærøysundet,
passing the curious phenomenon of Torghatten,
the ‘mountain with the hole’, and the Seven Sisters
mountain range. Later that day you’ll cross the
Arctic Circle on the way to pretty Svolvær, the largest
town on the Lofoten Archipelago. The adventure
continues through the passageways of Raftsundet
and Trollfjord – both out of reach to larger ships.
The latter is a mile-long narrow fjord with
spectacularly steep mountainsides.
The day ends at Sortland, a town that presents
an extraordinary sight, given the houses have all
been painted blue. Next Black Watch sails to the
‘Gateway to the Arctic’, Tromsø, one of northern
Norway’s true delights, rich in Neoclassical
architecture. You can discover the iceberg-shaped
Arctic Cathedral or meet the huskies at the
Wilderness Centre. The more adventurous can
experience the stunning coastal views from Mount
Storsteinen, which is reached by scenic cable car.
A call to Leknes is a great photo opportunity, as the
jagged peaks, cliffs and white-sand beaches make it
one of the most picturesque places in Norway – and
that’s saying something. All this before passing scenic
Reine, widely-regarded as one of the world’s most
The final stop on the return journey takes in the
friendly capital of the Shetland Islands: Lerwick.
The town retains fascinating small shops and
delightful historic buildings, while it’s the start point
for seeing the islands’ wildlife. Clickimin Broch and
Jarlshof, two ancient Bronze Age settlements, are
of particular interest, too.
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