Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
The spectacular Norwegian North Cape has an extra dramatic dimension in
winter that makes it one of the most exciting places on Earth. During your two
weeks aboard Black Watch, you’ll be able to go in search of the breathtaking
Northern Lights, experience Sami National Day in Tromsø, marvel at Alta’s
unique igloo hotel, and take an authentic dog sled ride across the dazzling
Arctic landscapes. This is an extraordinary exploration not to be missed.
Traditional Sami dress Tromsø
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
After a couple of days to settle in on board, Ålesund,
and its skyline of Art Nouveau towers, turrets,
steeples and spires, gets your adventure underway
in style. The pedestrianised streets are a delight to
explore, as are the art galleries, diverse shops and
lively cafés. Meanwhile, the summit of Mount Aksla
rewards with panoramic views of this attractive city.
In Trondheim, Norway’s former Viking capital,
the brightly-painted houses of Bakklandet and
the Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral are both worth
strolling around. The next day’s sailing takes you
across the Arctic Circle, en route to the ‘Gateway
to the Arctic’, Tromsø, where you’ll have two days
to explore. While the town’s impressive Neoclassical
architecture and beautiful, iceberg-shaped cathedral
are notable highlights, your arrival happily coincides
with Sami National Day. The celebrations of this
ancient indigenous people are a real treat, with
the traditional dress, yoik choirs and more sure
to linger long in the memory.
With the festivities complete, the course is set for Alta,
and the chance to seek out the awe-inspiring Aurora
Borealis – a simply unmissable and unforgettable
experience. During an overnight stay in what’s
considered one of the best places on Earth to see
the Northern Lights you might be fortunate enough
to see Mother Nature’s incredible light display.
There’s also time to discover the Sorrisniva Igloo
Hotel, with its 30 bedrooms, ice bar, ice chapel and
collection of beautiful sculptures.
Alternatively, you can immerse yourself back into Sami
culture by visiting the fascinating Alta Museum with its
famous interior exhibits, some of which date back five
millennia. Or take the chance to meet curious huskies,
and explore the surrounding Arctic landscapes on an
exhilarating dog-sledding adventure.
Final port of call, Kristiansund, is one of the earliest
Norwegian settlements. The elegant natural harbour
is home to the intriguing Klippfisk Museum and
gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Road – a favourite
of advertising agencies for car brands, it’s one of the
world’s most photographed highways. Enjoy some
time to explore the city, before heading home to
conclude this incredible journey.
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