GoWightAway with IOW Tours and revel in the early winter wonders of Northern Norway. Get closer to dramatic landscapes, experience exhilarating adventures and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights.
Visiting three incredible destinations in Northern Norway presents the opportunity to revel in the early winter wonders of Europe’s spectacular northernmost region. Experience it all one one unforgettable 13 night cruise.
Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen’s smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.
Balmoral will take you in comfort and style into the Arctic Circle, where four consecutive days of discovery are sure to provide sights and experiences you will remember forever. You’ll visit Narvik, which is surrounds by majestic, mountainous landscapes best explored on thrilling husky sledding excursions and is your start point for tours such as Polar Park, home to native wildlife including bears, lynx and wolves. Stopping overnight in Alta, considered one of the best places on Earth to see Aurora Borealis, could be the highlight of your holiday.
With luck on your side, you may be fortunate enough to see Mother Nature’s remarkable light show illuminate the clear night sky with dancing ribbons of culture and see the UNESCO-listed rock carvings of Hjemmeluft at the fascinating Alta Museum too.
Spending the day in Tromsø will afford an opportunity ti uncover the abundant attractions of a city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Take time to explore and you’ll find everything from Neoclassic architecture to Mack Brewery and the iconic, iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral. Be sure to ride a cable car up Mount Storstenen here – the views of Tromsø and its stunning scenery from the top are not to be missed. Elsewhere, en route to and from Arctic Norway, you’ll also visit Molde and Ålsesund. Pehaps begin your time in Norway with a ride on the picturesque rauma Railway or journey along the Atlantic Road, regarded as one of the greatest roads in the world.
TAXI PICK UP & RETURN TO SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE PORT INCLUDED
ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS PACKAGE INCLUDED
Your GoWightAway Cruise includes…
- Taxi Pick-up & Return Home to Southampton Cruise Port
- On-Board Gratuities
- All Inclusive Drinks Package*
- 5 Course A La Carte Dinners
- En-suite Ship Cabin
- Live Nightly Entertainment & Shows
- Daytime On-board Ships Activities
- All on-board Facilities
- Formal Nights
- Afternoon Tea, Late Night Buffet
- Room Service
Shore Excursions booked separately
Guaranteed Cabin Prices
|I Grade||Interior 2 Berth||£1,850|
|H Grade||Interior 2 Berth||£1,934|
|F Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£2,100|
|D Grade||Porthole 2 Berth||£2,181|
|B Grade||Picture Window 2 Berth||£2,379|
Prices guaranteed within allocation up to 16 weeks prior.
All prices quoted per person. Full payment required 16 weeks prior. Cabin Deposit 15%
On Request Cabin Prices
Large Superior Ocean View, Balcony & Suites Available on request only, subject to availability. Superior Rooms & Suites will only be available when passengers are ready to book and cannot be held on allocation. Rooms will be held on option for 24 hours before a deposit and confirmation is due.
This tour is run by Greatdays Holidays and all payments are made to them, in line with ABTA Bonding Regulations.
Day 1 – Southampton Departure
After Taxi pick- up from home to take you to Southampton Cruise Port, board and settle in the ship mid afternoon before setting sail.
Day 2/3 – Cruising
Day 4/5 – Molde, Norway
Depending on your preference, Molde is the town of roses or jazz. Sitting alongside the Romsdalfjord, the town benefits from rich, fertile soil and a mild climate and the town’s gardens – both public and private – are full of flowers, especially roses. In the market square is a statue of the Little Rose Seller.
Day 6 – Narvic, Norway
Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but still offers a fascinating history. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the city’s harbour is surprisingly ice-free, however, there are still a number of stunning Arctic sights to see, including the Narvikfjellet Mountain.
Day 7/8 – Alta, Norway
As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times.
Day 9 – Tromsø, Norway
The island city of Tromsø is one of northern Norway’s true delights. Rich with neo-classical architecture, the city known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ contains the largest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its old world charm makes it a joy to explore.
Day 10 – Cruising
Day 11/12 – Ålesund, Norway
Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps.
Day 13 – Cruising
Day 14 – Southampton, United Kingdom
After a spellbinding, majestic holiday, dock in Southampton where taxis will be waiting to take you home.
To Book Call Brenda or any of the team at IOW Tours on 01983 405116