Northern Lights Cruises

We get the odd glimpse of the Northern Lights here at home, but Norway is where they truly sparkle.

See Norway in a new light

Join us in the hunt for the enchanting Northern Lights

It tops so many travellers’ wish lists: to experience the Northern Lights, the mysterious dancing arcs, ripples and rays of light that cast an eerie glow across the Arctic sky. Our Northern Lights cruises travel north along Norway’s dramatic coastline and cut deep into the fjords and to the fringes of the Arctic Circle in search of the aurora borealis. 

In search of the Northern Lights

The lights are most active in late autumn and early spring, but most visible when the weather is cold and dry and the nights are long and dark, around December.

Andalsnes

We like to make a grand entrance, so we love sailing into the pretty port of Åndalsnes. Looming all around are the mighty Romsdal Alps, which might be thick with snow or still basking in an autumn glow, depending on the time of your cruise. Venture beyond the charming shops and markets of Åndalsnes on the snaking Troll’s Road to Trollveggen (Troll Wall).

Alta

Home to another striking modern church (it’s actually called the Cathedral of the Northern Lights), Alta is also the site of the world’s first Northern Lights observatory, built in the late 1800s. This is one of the spots you’re most likely to catch a glimpse of the unpredictable polar lightshow, but there are plenty more experiences to be had.

Stavanger

More breathtaking natural beauty, crashing waterfalls and head-spinning vertical drops (this time 600m from the flat-topped Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) can be found about Stavanger. Or find out about more Viking antics in Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology, then explore the cobbled streets of the old town with its lovely white-painted wooden cottages.

Tromso

You’re just 400km from the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, but there’s no need to get out your polar gear. Thanks to its position on the Gulf Stream, this lively city (said to have the greatest number of bars per capita in Norway) is relatively mild for its latitude. It has a centuries-old heart and some impressive modern architecture, including the beautifully austere, peaked Arctic Cathedral with its icy shards of concrete and glass.

Narvik

Second World War buffs will be interested in the interactive exhibits at Narvik’s new War Museum. Then venture out to view the incredible scenery – a cable car up Fagernesfjellet mountain, or the 43km-long Ofoten Railway line from Narvik to the Swedish border and beyond, which takes you through some truly wild and breathtaking landscapes.