Spectacular cruise, rail journey and light show in Norway – January 2020
10 December 2019 – Seven nights overland, six at sea
One of the world’s most spectacular voyages, rail journeys and celestial light shows are among the highlights of a winter cruise tour to Norway in 2020.
Cruise Express’ exclusive, 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ tour features a Hurtigruten voyage along the wild, fjord-studded Norwegian coast, billed as one of the world’s most beautiful sea journeys. The picturesque Flam Railway train ride is another highpoint while the ‘star’ of the itinerary is the chance each night to witness Norway’s famous Northern Lights – the Aurora Borealis – which swirl across the skies.
The journey begins on January 25, 2020, with a flight from Australia to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for a two-night stay including a welcome dinner on Australia Day. After a tour showcasing Oslo’s Viking heritage, guests board a train bound for Norway’s famed fjord country, with overnight stays in Voss and Bergen. The pictureque Flam Railway train will take passengers through a winter wonderland of snow-capped peaks, iced waterfalls, wild rivers and brooding pine forests. A half-day cruise through two spectacular fjords – Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord – is also included along with a walking tour along Bergen’s colourful waterfront.
Guests then board Hurtigruten’s coastal ship, ms Kong Harald, for a six-night voyage north from Bergen and across the Arctic Circle. Named after the king of Norway, the ship serves as a passenger, freight, mail and car service for isolated Norwegian towns along the coast. From the decks of the ship, passengers can take in huge glaciers, snow-clad mountains and picture-postcard villages clinging to the coast.
After rounding North Cape, the voyage ends in the remote town of Kirkenes near the Russian border where guests will stay in a hotel made of snow, see reindeer, join a husky sled ride and scour the heavens for the Northern Lights. The tour ends with a flight back to Oslo for a night before flying back to Australia.
Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, the 15-night ‘Northern Lights of Norway’ package is available from $8590 per person, twin-share, or from $10,490 for solo travellers.
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