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Bright Lights in Norway

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Prepare to be spellbound

Seek out Norway's mesmerising Northern Lights and enjoy a host of active winter experiences such as skiing in Narvik, a husky-sled ride and sleeping overnight in a cosy Arctic pod! We've planned an overnight sojourn in Alta too. Known as the ‘Town of the Northern Lights’, there's an included an excursion here to increase your odds of sighting the aurora borealis. You can also look forward to visiting the bustling fishing town of Kålvag, which is a new port for Saga.

Inspiring experiences to enjoy… An exhilarating dog sled ride followed by a night beneath the Arctic sky in a cosy sleeping pod, an included excursion to look out for the Northern Lights, a beginners' ski lesson in Narvik and a boat safari to photograph white-tailed eagles.

Saga price includes...

  • A Northern Lights excursion worth £150
  • Complimentary Arctic jacket
  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Portsmouth

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Bergen

Wake to thrilling views of mountains and glimpses of glittering fjords—the waterside city of Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s fjords and enjoys a truly spectacular setting. There has been a settlement here since the 11th century and the colorful, gabled buildings of Bryggen— originally built by medieval German merchants and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site— stand as testament to its fascinating and successful trading history. Away from the waterfront, Norway’s second city has plenty to explore from the landmark 12th-century St Mary’s Church; several interesting museums; and the notable fortress, to the fascinating fish market. History is not the city’s only draw—the funicular railway to the summit of Mount Fløyen or the cable car up to Mount Ulriken Bergen reward visitors with stunning panoramas, while several art galleries offer visual stimulation and beauty of a different kind.

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Bergen, Norway
Surrounded by mountains and sparkling fjords, the waterside city of Bergen has a spectacular setting. There has been a settlement here since medieval times and the colourful waterfront buildings of the Hanseatic wharf, known as Bryggen, are testament to its fascinating history of trade. As Norway’s best known medieval settlement, the Bryggen is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Our comprehensive selection of excursions allows you to discover the many sides of Bergen, such as the fish market and narrow cobbled streets, as well as stunning views of the city from the summit of Mt Fløyen. Alternatively, those who have visited the city previously may like to experience one of the tours that travel further afield. Just 300 yards from the main piers, you will find the Fortress Museum (Fesningsmuseum), which has an interesting collection of objects related to World War II.

Åndalsnes

Arrive 0800. Depart 1630.

Åndalsnes, Norway
A small town in Norway’s fjord country, Åndalsnes is a gateway to the rugged wilderness of the Romsdalfjord. Known as the 'village between the mountains and the fjords', it typifies Norway's striking natural beauty with its setting on a promontory lined by alps and set at the mouth of the Rauma River. The town itself is tucked under the lofty mountain peaks, backed by lush, green scenery. Nearby is the impressive Trollveggen, or 'Troll Wall', which at 6,000 feet is Europe's highest vertical cliff face and is often topped by cloud. The precipice is said to be the ultimate trial for rock climbers, who regularly flock here to accept the challenge. Åndalsnes is also the terminus of the famous Rauma Railway which runs 70 miles alongside the emerald-green Rauma river and through some of Norway’s most spectacular scenery to Dombås (2160 feet above sea level) where it then connects to the main Oslo to Trondheim line.

Tromsø

A far northern city that’s the perfect spot for watching the Northern Lights from September through March, Tromso is located about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and has long been dubbed the “Gateway to the Arctic”. From May 20 to July 20, it’s truly the Land of the Midnight Sun, with daylight appearing for nearly 24 hours, providing extra time for visitors to enjoy the wealth of activities available there. Hiking, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, dog sledding…it’s all offered in Tromso. Or for those who prefer less-active pursuits, this stunning Norwegian city offers an art museum, the Polar Museum, the magnificent contemporary Arctic Cathedral, the Gothic-Revival Tromso Cathedral, an array of annual festivals, and restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines, thanks to Tromso’s diverse community. For a view of all of it, take the cable car to the top of Mount Storsteinen!

Arrive 0800 on February 20. Depart 1800 on February 21.

Tromsø, Norway
With its centre located on the island of Tromsø, the municipality of Tromsø is more than five times the size of Norway’s capital, Oslo, and is the world’s northernmost university city. Lying 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' because it was used as a starting point for hunters looking for Arctic foxes, polar bears and seals. In the 19th century it was a base for explorers on Arctic expeditions – a history that is remembered in the city’s Polar Museum, which you can visit on an excursion. Also commemorated in the area is the history of Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami. Visitors can learn about the traditions, heritage and modern preservation of the Sami culture at the Tromsø Museum. Nowadays, Tromsø is a charming mix of old and new, with wooden buildings sitting alongside contemporary architecture such as the impressive glacier-like Arctic Cathedral, which features one of the largest stained glass windows in Europe. Looking down on the city is Mount Storsteinen, and a cable car runs to the top, giving wonderful views over the surrounding countryside of forested peaks and reindeer pastures.

Alta

Arrive 0800 on February 22. Depart 1300 on February 23.

Alta, Sweden
People have been attracted to the community of Alta for thousands of years, and prehistoric rock carvings discovered in 1973 can be seen at the Alta Museum. Situated at the head of the Altafjord, it is a lush, green and hospitable shelter in the otherwise cold and windswept Finnmark landscape. Halfway between the grim, barren mountain plateau and the wet, stormy coast, Alta offers tree-clad valleys, pleasant temperatures and no more rain than the Sahara. However at 70 degrees North it is quite a different story in winter, when heavy snowfalls and sub-zero temperatures are the order of the day, and clear dark night skies become the arena for dazzling displays of the elusive Aurora Borealis, also referred to as 'the temperamental lady' by Laplanders. The world’s first Northern Lights Observatory, which played an important role in the development of geophysical and meteorological research during the first half of the 20th century, is located just 12 miles from Alta. Perched atop Haldde Mountain, it towers almost 3,000 feet above Kafjord, where the battleship Tirpitz was based during the Second World War.

Narvik

Arrive 1200. Depart 1800.

Narvik, Norway
At 68 degrees North, Narvik lies 140 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Its history as a settlement began in the Stone Age, and Vikings are also known to have lived in the area. The modern town came into existence in the 1870s to serve the needs of the iron industry. Iron ore is mined in neighbouring Sweden and, as an ice-free port, Narvik was chosen as the ideal export location. The LKAB mining corporation is still a major employer and landowner in the area, shipping some 25,000,000 tons of iron ore from the port annually. This industrial heritage has shaped the town and now forms the basis of some of its most popular tourist attractions. In 1883 a co-owned British-Swedish company was given permission to build a railway connecting the Swedish iron mines in Kiruna to Narvik. It opened in 1902 and the town, then christened Victoriahavn, grew up around it. Unfortunately much of Narvik was destroyed in World War II. Invaded by the Nazis on 9 April 1940, it was later retaken by the Allies, representing the first military defeat of Hitler’s troops, but was evacuated as part of Operation Alphabet when it came under German occupation again. The local war museum documents the turbulent history of this period.

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Kalvåg, Norway

Kalvåg, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

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