Media Release – October 30, 2018

Explore two of the hottest destinations right now in 2020

Save $1,000 per couple or $500 for solo travellers – seven nights on land, six at sea

Norway and Iceland, two of the most popular destinations for Australians right now, are showcased in a new 2020 winter cruise tour combination package released by Cruise Express.

The 23-night combo tour, which includes 15 nights on land and six at sea, features Norway’s spectacular Northern Lights, a husky sleigh ride, a hotel made of ice, stunning fjords and snow-shrouded villages as well as the volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers and whales that have made Iceland a leading destination for nature lovers.

The journey begins with the 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ cruise tour which will see Australians fly on 25 January 2020, to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay and tour showcasing the city’s Viking heritage. Guests depart Oslo by train to the renowned fjord country for overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. A tour highlight is a journey on the panoramic Flam Railway – one of the world’s steepest and most picturesque train rides. Rising over 860m, the track traverses a winter wonderland of snowy peaks, icy waterfalls, mighty rivers and whispering pine forests. In contrast, a breathtaking cruise through two spectacular fjords –Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – provides a perspective of this stunning region from sea level.

The tour includes a guided walking tour along the colourful harbourfront of Bergen from where the itinerary moves to sea for a six-night voyage aboard Hurtigruten’s 690-passenger ship, ms Kong Harald. Named after the king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. Magnificent fjords, mighty glaciers and snow-clad mountains are just some of the picture-postcard spectacles on show during the voyage. Quaint towns like Trondheim and Alesund offer a chance to experience a different way of life high above the Arctic Circle.

After rounding the most northerly point in Europe, the North Cape, the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes where guest can stay in accommodation made of snow, see reindeer, join a thrilling husky sled ride and scour the dark, night skies for the swirling colours of the Northern Lights. The Norway tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a night before flying back to Australia.

Guests can add on Cruise Express’ eight-night adventure holiday in Iceland which includes return flights from Oslo to Reykjavik, accommodation and extensive touring taking in Iceland’s dramatic landscape of geysers, lava fields, fjords, thundering waterfalls and abundance of humpback and minke whales.

Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 23-night Norway and Iceland combo package is available from $11,980 per person, twin-share, or from $14,780 for solo travellers, including a $500 per person saving if booked by 30 November 2018.

The 15-night Norway cruise tour is also available separately from $7,990 per person, twin-share, or from $9,990 for solo travellers, if booked by 30 November 2018.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/northen-lights-of-norway/