Many Norwegians say that autumn is the time to go hiking, when the air is clear and the countryside turns red and gold. Or experience the winter fjords either on foot, snowshoes or by cable car. Our three winter cruises are designed to enjoy this snowy wonderland to the full. When the sun sets, the Northern Lights may display for us, supplying some memorable and magical night time aurora views. In Norway they have real winters. A metre of snow lying on the ground is not uncommon in Tromsø in the winter, and in the surrounding mountains even more can be expected. Our cruise takes us into the depths of this magical world and northern lights flavour. We sail up the coast of Norway, passing well beyond the Arctic Circle. By day we walk, snowshoe, go dogsledding, visit museums and the Ice Hotel, learn about the local culture and with any luck spot some Arctic wildlife.
In Alta, Tromsø & Kristianund we have local knowledgeable guides, who will lead us, in addition to our Ramblers Cruise & Walk Leader. Travelling at this time of the year, gives us the best opportunity to experience one of Mother Nature’s most atmospheric phenomenon’s which are the northern lights. The effect is so beautiful, you will likely see it all around you. The last time we ran this cruise in 2016 our ship hugged the coast of Norway as it travelled north and then south, with snow-capped mountains all the way and glimpses into the wintry fjords – we anticipate that the captain will take a similar route in 2020.
The winter activities we have arranged are good for anyone who is moderately fit and up for some fun in the snow. Please see the photos on our website, which give you a good indication of what is involved. You don’t need any previous experience of any activity to take part – where necessary full instructions and a safety briefing will be given. We will do our very best to carry out all the activities listed, but it must be emphasised that this is an Arctic winter holiday. The Norwegians are experts at dealing with extreme weather and we should have a huge amount of fun, but don’t be surprised if there’s the odd blizzard and two metres of snow!
At the end of each day we return to the warmth and comfort of Black Watch for an excellent dinner. By night we hope to be blessed with heavenly light shows.
Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.