Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
Newcastle’s convenient location means you can escape quickly into Norway’s
effortlessly beautiful winter landscape on this action-packed Arctic adventure.
In less than two weeks aboard Balmoral you can experience a land of polar
parks, authentic husky sledding, intriguing architecture and more, with a
chance to capture the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights too.
The flawless beauty of Norway’s North Cape will dazzle you in every way.
After relaxing cruising along the dramatic
archipelago of Western Norway, the first port of
call, Narvik, presents an initial opportunity to get
up close to the stunning scenery of the wintertime
Arctic. The area surrounding the port offers fabulous
husky sledding, or the thrill of snowmobiling perhaps.
On a tour meanwhile is the popular Polar Nature
Park, home to a variety of Arctic animals.
The following day signals the start of 48 hours in
Alta, and the chance to go in search of the aweinspiring
Aurora Borealis – a simply unmissable
and unforgettable experience. Alta is widely
regarded as one of the best places on the planet
to see the Northern Lights, so if luck is with you
during your stay you might see Mother Nature’s
exceptional light display. You will also have time to
discover the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, with its
30 bedrooms, ice bar, ice chapel and collection
of beautiful sculptures; or you could choose to
immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous
Sami people on a visit to the fascinating Alta
Museum with its famous interior exhibits, some
of which date back five millennia.
The ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, Tromsø, continues this
voyage of exploration. The city skyline is dominated
by the iconic iceberg shape of the Arctic Cathedral
and the tumbling ‘ice floe’ block architecture of the
Polaria Aquarium. A scenic cable car ride up to the
top of Mount Storsteinen to admire the unspoilt
views is not to be missed. For a truly unforgettable
experience, a husky-sled ride through the glistening
wilderness surrounding the city is wholeheartedly
recommended. Your Tromsø adventure will be
followed by another evening in search of the
magical Northern Lights.
Historic Bodø marks the northernmost point of
the staggeringly beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal
Route, with quaint surrounding fishing villages to
uncover under skies populated by soaring Sea
Eagles. There’s a day to explore this remote
location which is the northernmost stop on
Norway’s railway network. The town centre was
rebuilt after being destroyed by World War II bombs,
and its charm extends to the stunning backdrop
of the nearby Lofoten Islands with their range of
rugged crags and peaks.
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